Three Research Fellowship Vacancies at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is now seeking to appoint two or three established researchers with expertise in taxation and development, who are able to develop and implement policy-oriented research projects by working closely and supportively with partners in Africa (and to a limited extent South Asia).

Salary:  £35,450 to £65,239 per annum
Initial appointment will be in the above range per annum (depending on experience)
Post Type: Full Time: 35 hours per week
Contract Type:  Permanent
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Monday 26 November 2018
Interview Date:  Tuesday 11 December 2018
Reference:  33-2018

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global institution for development research, teaching and learning, and impact and communications, based at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK.

The appointees will join the IDS Governance Research Cluster and the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD), a global policy research network dedicated to improving the quality of tax policy and administration in developing countries, and currently the leading organisation in its field. The ICTD has funding until 2025.

We welcome applications from candidates with research expertise in any aspect of tax and development and a commitment to interdisciplinarity.

We are particularly seeking candidates who can lead our work on:

  1. International taxation, with a special focus on the question of how governments of low income countries can get the best possible tax deal from the rather disadvantageous international tax system.
  2. Informal (broadly non-state, unofficial) taxation. Informal taxation is widespread in many parts of the low world, especially in Africa. ICTD research over the last few years has put this issue on policy agendas. Further work is needed. The successful candidate will require skills and experience in quantitative and qualitative field work.

The ICTD’s other main research interests lie in: tax and inequality; gender and taxation; digitalization and taxation; tax administration, especially the use of data by tax authorities;  civil society and taxation; and tax and state-building.

Applicants who are willing and able to make substantial leadership contributions to ICTD, both intellectually and managerially are of particular interest.

Applicants should have a PhD in economics or social science (or very exceptionally comparable research and practical experience), a strong commitment to working across disciplines, an excellent research and publication record, and a commitment to bridge research, practice and policy.

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