The University of Kassel is establishing a new and unique interdisciplinary centre in the field of Sustainable Development and Transformation and is currently looking for a senior scholar, offering a W3 professorship in “Cultures of sustainability”

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The University of Kassel is establishing a new and unique interdisciplinary centre in the field of Sustainable Development and Transformation. The centre will bring together top global research and teaching expertise across the entire thematic range of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as defined by the United Nations. The centre aims to become a significant force in developing solutions to inspire and enable social transformations through scholarly research, effective networking and dedicated teaching.
As an innovative and progressive educational institution with 25,000 students located in central Germany, the University of Kassel is undertaking a worldwide search for candidates to staff the new centre. Since its foundation 50 years ago, the University of Kassel has established a strong reputation for engaged interdisciplinary study programs across a wide range of fields pertaining to critical issues of global politics and development.

We are currently looking for four senior scholars with outstanding credentials working in the broad areas of nature, technology, culture, and society. As directors of the new centre, this core group will shape and oversee its further development in the coming years, including definition of research priorities, development of international networks and hiring of additional team members.

Culture: W3 Professorship (m/f/o) “Cultures of sustainability”

This position will focus on research and teaching on topics related to cultural representations, discourses and practices of sustainability. In addition, concepts of sustainability themselves should be subjected to explicit critical reflection.

  • Fields of research may cover various sustainability-related topics and practices, including their historical, creative, philosophical, linguistic-communicative, architectural planning, space-related and cultural anthropological dimensions.
  • Possible approaches could include constructivist, aesthetic, hermeneutic or empirical methodologies to investigate the interaction of social and cultural parameters as well as social and discursive practices.

General qualifications
Potential appointees will have an interdisciplinary research and teaching profile that is relevant to the respective areas. They will have a strong record of highly regarded publications and have excellent international networks at their disposal. They will be experienced in successfully acquiring third party funding. They will have supervised successful doctoral candidates and be interested in developing new courses of study. In their willingness to make a significant contribution to the design of the new centre in both research and teaching, they will have shown the ability to cooperate in larger teams and to lead personnel.

Each professorship will be affiliated with both the centre and one of the University’s existing faculties. Successful candidates will be prepared to commit to research and teaching activities while also contributing to the structured doctoral training programmes in the relevant fields as well as to the academic self-administration of the University.

Prerequisites for employment are excellent relevant doctoral qualifications, university teaching experience and pedagogical aptitude as well as further qualifications towards a professorship, usually through a positively assessed junior professorship, habilitation or equivalent scholarly accomplishments.

If you have any questions about one of these vacancies or the application process, please contact Prof. Dr. Reiner Finkeldey, email: praesident(at)



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Prof. Dr. Reiner Finkeldey

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