Position: Researcher

Project: Curated online resources on climate change/populism and post-neoliberalism

Location: Remote

Posting date: 2022/09/19

Deadline for application: 2022/09/30

Position start date: October 2022

About CAII

A non-profit sibling of The Syllabus, the Center for the Advancement of Infrastructural Imagination (CAII) aims to expand the global conversation about infrastructural and institutional alternatives. One of its first forays into the global public sphere was The Crypto Syllabus web site, which, by drawing on interviews with field experts (later syndicated with international media outlets) and by curating critical readings about all things crypto and Web3, enhanced global public debate about these subjects.

Project Description

Thanks to generous funding from the Ideas Workshop of the Open Society Foundations, CAII will now apply the well-tested Crypto Syllabus model to two other domains:

  • Climate change and populist politics
  • Political-economic order after neoliberalism

Each topic will have a dedicated website featuring interviews, reading guides, and a searchable archive. Social media presence and a dedicated monthly newsletter are in the works as well.

Role

The ideal candidate will contribute to research activities in at least one of the two topical streams above. In particular, they are expected to:

  • Conduct initial literature reviews and conceptual maps to separate each of the two topics into sub-topics
  • Identify the most relevant authors and thinkers on each of the sub-topics
  • Prepare shortlists of candidates to be interviewed on each of the sub-topics
  • Assist in the preparation of sub-topical bibliographies and reading lists.
  • Draft interview questions and occasionally conduct expert interviews
  • Propose likely content partners for syndicating interviews and promoting the reading lists/bibliographies
  • Contribute to the production of the monthly newsletter publicizing the activities of the research sites

The research process will be greatly enhanced by the reliance on the methods and infrastructures of CAII’s sibling institution, The Syllabus.

Conditions

The project is set to last 12 months, with the possibility of renewal. The position is paid. The work is to be done virtually/remotely. The hours are flexible but we expect you to commit to at least 15 hours a week.

Requirements

  • Strong interest in at least of one the following research areas: 1) Politics of climate change; 2) Populism; 3) Neoliberalism and its future
  • Extensive research experience in a field relevant for at least one of the topics listed above, PhD is desirable but not required
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English
  • Some experience with conducting interviews is preferred
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, German, or French is desirable but not required
  • Good proficiency with the use of technology and applications, spreadsheets in particular
  • Willingness to learn new methodologies and research practices

Contact

If this position is of interest to you, please submit your CV and a brief (not longer than a page) cover letter to careers@infra-imagination.org