Barcelona University Recruiting PhD and Early Career Researchers

Deadline: 15 May 2014
Open to: researchers with MA degree in socio-cultural anthropology or closely related discipline
Scholarship: annual gross salary 19.850 €


Grassroots Economics: Meaning, Project And Practice In The Pursuit Of Livelihood (GRECO) project based at the University of Barcelona, is recruiting 7 PhD students or early career researchers.

The project proposes a bottom-up approach to economic dynamics and conceptual frameworks. It is dedicated to give theoretical value to non-academic logics that guide economic practice and to explain their significance for understanding practices that have an effect in the large scale economy. The research addresses the social, cultural and political environments in which common people make everyday economic decisions. It investigates the interaction between individuals, households and institutions.

PhD Students/Researchers will conduct ethnographic research in Portugal (2 positions), Italy (2 positions), Greece (2 positions) or Spain (1 position). They are expected to complete their PhD by the end of the Grant (4 years) or, in the case of non-degree seeking researchers, publish several papers in refereed indexed journals. They will take an active role participating in scholarly activities related to the project.

For administrative reasons regarding the Anthropology PhD program at the University of Barcelona, some of the PhD students will register and defend their thesis at the University of Amsterdam. Joint supervision with a University in one of the Research countries may be considered.


  • Candidates will have a completed MA degree in socio-cultural anthropology or closely related discipline (e.g. economic anthropology, economic sociology, economic geography).
  • Previous experience with ethnographic method is necessary.
  • A willingness to work cooperatively with other members of the research team and collaborate with the aims of the project is required.
  • Excellent written and spoken English + another research language (Spanish, Italian, Greek, or Portuguese) are necessary.
  • Previous experience in the proposed fieldwork location and on the proposed research issues will be considered a strong advantage.


Full-time appointments will be for a period of four years (12 months plus a further 36 months contingent on a satisfactory performance during the first year), starting 1 September 2014. Annual gross salary will be 19.850 €, gross monthly salary will be 1.654,20 €.

How to apply

Applications must include, in a single PDF file: A curriculum vitae, A motivation letter, A research plan with an indication of expected theoretical implications (2,000 words maximum) and Names and contact details of two referees. In addition, applicants must include as an attachment: One published (or accepted) article or paper presentation in an international conference or, alternatively, a chapter of the MA thesis.

Applications must be sent as e-mail attachments to [email protected] by May 15 2014. E-mail message subject lines and attachment names must consist of the text “GRECO_Field Research Country_applicant’s-last-name”, e.g. GRECO_Italy_Santino.

For more information visit the official website HERE.

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