Assistant Professor in Urban Economics, Urban Sociology, or Geography

Company:ESSEC Business School

Location:France / Paris

Discipline:Urban Economics, Urban Sociology, or Geography

Employment Type:Permanent Full-time


Assistant Professor in Urban Economics, Urban Sociology, or Geography
ESSEC Business School, Paris Campus

The Public and Private Policy Faculty Department at ESSEC Business School invites applications for a full time faculty position at assistant level in Urban Economics, Urban Sociology, or Geography in its Paris Campus.

Created in 1907, ESSEC is a leading European business school, a French “Grande Ecole”, with now two campuses in the Paris metropolitan area, one in Singapore, one in Morroco (Rabbat), and recently an innovative Digital Campus. It offers bachelor, graduate and post-graduate level training in business administration (GBBA, MSc, MBA, EMBA, Advanced Master, PhD). ESSEC has a long tradition of exploring, teaching and researching how strategy and management may be mobilized to further the public good. It was the first French Business School to launch a Chair in Urban Economics, in 1987. The Private and Public Policy Department comprises sixteen faculty members, with expertise in Law, Negotiation, Public Policy, Urban Economics, Real Estate, Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy. It hosts several teaching and research chairs and institutes and research centers in those fields.

Unique among major schools of management, the ESSEC Urban Economics Chair has been educating students for over 30 years on the complex issues that surround the management of cities and territories. Focusing on both the public and the private sector, chair graduates (ESSEC Master in Management - Grande Ecole) are given the tools to promote economic development taking into account social, environmental and urban planning, and start careers as managers within local or regional governing bodies or their partners (infrastructures and public utilities, land and real estate development, consultancy, investment, NGOs…). The Urban Economics Chair also runs post-graduate executive and pre-experience programmes in urban and real estate management. Beside education, the chair develops research activities, and many partnerships with businesses and public bodies, for education, surveys or R&D. The new position is expected to contribute to the development of this chair.

To be considered, candidates should hold a Ph.D. (doctorate) in Urban Economics, Urban Sociology or Geography or encompassing one of those fields. They should show evidence of excellence in both research and teaching, as well as a deep commitment to topics such as city competitiveness & inclusiveness, and business territorial responsibility. A specific expertise on metropolitan areas would be a plus. They will need to demonstrate an ability to reach out and collaborate with practitioners and local elected executives, as well as to manage projects involving public or private partners. The position also includes the participation in academic management of pre and post-experience programmes, in pedagogical engineering and team management. Candidates will have to be fluent both in French and English and be quickly capable of teaching in both languages at graduate, post-graduate and executive education level.

Support to research is key to ESSEC policy and faculty members enjoy a very favorable environment. Salaries and incentives are competitive at European levels. Rank of appointment and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Candidates should send their applications (including a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, a sample article that is most representative of her/his research, three names of individuals willing to write a recommendation letter, and any relevant information about their involvement in academic and professional communities) to Dorothée Quittelier (

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their academic competences, their potential for developing education and research partnerships, and their ability to master the French context as well as an international scope. After a first selection on the basis of the application file, the candidates may be invited to present their research in front of an academic recruitment committee and to participate in some on-campus interviews (air travel and accommodation in Paris will be covered by ESSEC)*.

The final closing date for applications is November 15, 2020.

The position will be available from April 1rst, 2020.

* This process may be adapted to international or national constraints due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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