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Postdoctoral Research Officer in Middle East Studies (x2)

 Grade 7: £30,434-£37,394 per annum

The Middle East Studies Programme in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies seeks applications from candidates in a social science discipline or modern history, with special reference to the Middle East, for two fixed term postdoctoral positions, funded by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation for 9 months commencing 1 January 2015. The School is looking for the best possible candidates working within the studies of the Middle East with particular reference to Turkey, Iran or Egypt.

Applications now open for Rio Branco Visiting Professor of the International Relations of Brazil

With generous support from CAPES (Brazilian Ministry of Education), the Brazilian Studies Programme will soon appoint the third Rio Branco Visiting Professor of the International Relations of Brazil. The successful candidate will spend three months at the Latin American Centre in early 2015.


China’s Rise and Structural Transformation in Africa: Ideas and Opportunities

Friday, 17 October, 2014 - 17:00
Doctorow Lecture Room, St Edmund Hall

Justin Yifu Lin is currently professor and honorary dean, National School of Development at Peking University, and vice-chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He was the senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank, 2008-2012.

Justin Yifu Lin (Peking University)