Project Staff at the Department of Development Studies
The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 179 fields of study, approx. 10.000 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.11.2021 of a
at the Department of Development Studies
Reference number: 12209
At the Department of Development Studies, a subunit of the Faculty of Social Sciences, we focus on the transdisciplinary analysis of global inequalities as well as on questions of methodology and methods referring to the subject of 'development'.
The successful candidate will mainly work in the research area of
development economics and specifically in the research project "Decent Work and GVC-based Industrialization in Ethiopia" (EthApparel), financed by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA). The project focuses on Ethiopia as the newest sourcing location for global apparel buyers. As part of a broader shift to export orientation in recent years, the Ethiopian government has identified the apparel industry as a priority sector and pursued strategic industrial policies with the aim to ensure broader development benefits from apparel exports. However, given increased concentration among apparel buyers (global fashion brands and retailers) and excess-manufacturing capacity among apparel supplier countries and firms, the conditions for new entrants into the apparel global value chain (GVC) have gradually deteriorated since the 1980s. This has been labelled as the supplier squeeze, which has reduced the scope for wealth capture among supplier firms and countries and put pressure on supplier firms and particularly workers, leading to low wages and very problematic working conditions. In this context, EthApparel asks whether Ethiopia’s integration in the apparel GVC can drive industrialization that is sustainable both from the perspective of supplier firms and workers. The methodology builds on a mixed methods approach that includes surveys with supplier firms and workers, trade data analysis, semi-structured interviews with buyers, worker collective organizations and government authorities, content analysis of corporate documents and industrial and labour regulations in Ethiopia, as well as labour ethnography. EthApparel consists of an international research team that includes members from the University of Vienna (Cornelia Staritz and Felix Maile), Roskilde University (Lindsay Whitfield, project lead, and Kristoffer Marslev), London School of Economics (Florian Schäfer) and Mekele University (Kidanemariam Gebregziabher and Kelemwork Tafere Reda, among others).
The successful candidate will mainly conduct research on the 'Supplier Squeeze Analysis' in the apparel GVC with a focus on the interaction of global buyers and supplier firms and workers in Ethiopia, underlying sourcing practices and related distributional outcomes for the involved firms and workers. The tasks spread from conducting secondary research (literature review) and content analysis of apparel industry publications and firm documents, to carrying out a supplier firm survey and semi-structured interviews with apparel buyers, supplier firms and workers. The research includes field trips to Ethiopia. The successful candidate will co-author publications on the results of the project in peer-reviewed journals and present at national and international conferences and workshops. This position also includes the writing of a dissertation on a topic related to the research project under the supervision of Cornelia Staritz and occasional support of other research activities of Cornelia Staritz as well as of department activities.
Master's degree in development studies, economics, political economy, political science, geography, sociology or a related field;
strong interest in issues of international development, uneven development, labour and development, political economy, and development economics;
strong interest in and some knowledge of the four fields of GVCs, labour issues in GVCs, apparel industry, and political economy as well as industrial policy in Sub-Saharan Africa;
interest in firm-level analysis;
knowledge of and experience in processing data in Excel or other programs;
knowledge of and experience in qualitative methods (in particular semi-structured interviews);
excellent English language skills in reading, writing and speaking;
strong ability to work in teams and excellent organizational skills.
application (in English) must include the following bundled into
ONE pdf file:
Letter of motivation (description of your interests and activities and/or research on the topics of the project)
List of publications (if applicable)
Writing sample of a scientific text in English
Certificate(s) of previous employment(s) (if applicable)
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (
http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 26.09.2021, mentioning reference number 12209.
For further information please contact Staritz, Cornelia +43-1-4277-64110.
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (
http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.