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Doctoral Positions (f/m) in the Research Group "Sociology of Public Finances and Debt"
The International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political
Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE), conducted jointly by the Max
Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, the University of Cologne, and
the University of Duisburg-Essen, invites excellent candidates to apply
for up to two
Doctoral Positions in the Research Group
"Sociology of Public Finances and Debt"
The doctoral projects, supervised by Dr. Leon Wansleben (MPIfG), will be
situated at the intersections of economic sociology, fiscal sociology, and
the study of financialization. Topics with potential interest for this group include
budgetary politics and "innovative" financing techniques on national
and municipal levels; practices of public debt and political risk evaluation
on bond markets and in financial market institutions (banks; rating agencies,
etc.); transnational governance efforts for standardizing, monitoring,
and "policing" public finances; and the particular role of agencies like independent
central banks and debt management offices in defining how
contemporary states manage their debt.
Doctoral students of the research group will be part of the IMPRS-SPCE,
which explores the relationship between the modern economy and its
social and political foundations. The graduate school features a unique
curriculum of core courses, research methods, electives, and summer
school sessions. Doctoral researchers take part in the intellectual life of
the Institute and the two universities and can spend time at partner institutions
Candidates with a two-year master‘s degree or equivalent qualification in
sociology, political science, political economy, or related fields are welcome
to apply. Applications from candidates with prior knowledge in economic
sociology are particularly welcome. All candidates are expected to
have a strong interest in pursuing an academic career. A joint German and
French doctoral degree (cotutelle) is possible.
The positions begin on October 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted
from December 10, 2018 and must be submitted by the final deadline of February 28, 2019. For program details and an online application form,
please see http://imprs.mpifg.de. The Max Planck Society, the University
of Cologne, and the University of Duisburg-Essen are equal opportunity