Associate Professor/Professor in Economics

Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom

Job description

The Post

Stirling Management School is seeking to hire an outstanding scholar in the areas of behavioural economics and/or behavioural science to lead and develop our teaching and research activities in this area, as well as contribute at a Professorial level to the development of the Division of Economics and School of Management at Stirling. Behavioural economics is a key area for the Division of Economics and the interdisciplinary area of behavioural science more generally is a key research theme for the Stirling School of Management. The candidate will be located within the Division of Economics and will ideally either be a behavioural economist or a behavioural scientist with a high degree of experience and interest in building lasting collaborations with economics researchers. Over the last 5 years, we have build this area as a key theme with over 100 research publications, significant competitive peer reviewed funding from bodies such as ESRC and EU Commission, and the development of a full MSc programme in this area. We hope to continue to grow and develop this area and the successful candidate will be given significant support in pursuing this.

The University

Stirling was the first new university to be established in Scotland for nearly 400 years, created by Royal Charter in 1967. Since its foundation, the University has embraced its role as an innovative, intellectual and cultural institution with an established reputation for blending arts and science.

Stirling is a University of distinction, home to leading researchers and scholars attracted by the unique learning environment, exceptional facilities and student-centred approach, where ability, not background, is recognised and valued.

The essence of the University of Stirling is its people: graduates, staff and students are helping to shape the world by making a direct and positive contribution to the development of prosperous, healthy and sustainable communities around the globe.

The University population has grown from 164 undergraduate students and 31 postgraduates in 1967 to 8,000 undergraduates and 3,105 postgraduates in 2015. With over 125 nationalities represented at Stirling, around one in five students come from overseas.

A truly Scottish university, Stirling’s reach extends to campuses in the Highland capital of Inverness and to Stornoway, gateway to the Western Isles.

Stirling’s main campus is located at the historic heart of Scotland, with convenient links to the rest of the UK and beyond. The University is within easy reach of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, and its largest city, Glasgow. Scotland’s two main international airports are less than an hour away, with direct flights to Europe and beyond.

Equality and diversity are central to our activities at the University of Stirling. We believe everyone should be treated with respect and we deal with people as equals. We promote equality and celebrate diversity through a variety of initiatives. We have been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze award, the national charter for women in science, which recognises and promotes good practice in advancing women’s careers in STEMM academia (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine). Further details can be found here:

About Us

The University of Stirling Management School provides a vibrant and stimulating community rich in diversity, with staff and students from over 50 countries. We have over 1,600 students and 73 FTE academic staff, as well as 23 FTE support staff.

We are a member of the Association of Business Schools; the European Foundation for Management Development; in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute and are signatories to the Principles for Responsible Management Education.

A number of our taught programmes are recognised and accredited by professional bodies, including AMBA accreditation for our MBA and MBM programmes, the CMI – Chartered Management Institute (MBA); CFA – Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (MSc in Investment Analysis); ACCA (MSc International Accounting and Finance), CIMA and ICAS (BAcc Accountancy); CIM – Chartered Institute of Marketing (MSc Marketing) and Chartered Banker Institute (MSc Banking and Finance).

The School has a divisional structure comprising four main academic divisions: Marketing & Retail, Economics, Accounting & Finance and Management, Work and Organisation as well as two academic centres: the Centre for Advanced Management Education which is home to the School’s MBA and MBM programmes and the Centre for Graduate Research in Management which oversees our PhD community.

Stirling Management School is recognised as a centre of academic excellence that offers innovative scholarship and widespread engagement with a variety of stakeholders to improve business, society and lives. The research carried out in the School creates lasting impact through its contribution to public policy and management practice in addition to furthering academic debate.

Stirling Management School’s exceptional performance in REF2014 has resulted in a coveted place among the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management, out of 101 business schools. The Management School is also ranked 14th in the UK for Research impact. In Scotland, the School is ranked in the top five and over 90% of our research impact is rated either world leading or internationally excellent and we are now amongst the 2% of Business Schools globally to hold AMBA accreditation.

Description of Duties

  • The successful candidate will teach behavioural economics and behavioural science topics primarily at postgraduate level and will lead the development of this research area in Stirling.
  • The candidate will be expected to develop the MSc in Behavioural Science and to build a portfolio of research projects in this area.
  • The candidate will build on the success of the development of the behavioural science in Stirling and will lead the development of this area in Stirling throughout the next REF period.
  • The candidate will also work with colleagues in the Division of Economics and School of Management to ensure that collaborations with this area and other strengths in the School are developed.
  • The successful candidate will also be expected to provide Professorial leadership in the development of the Division of Economics and Stirling Management School. The School has achieved a number of milestones in the last 3 years, including moving into the top quartile of UK management schools in REF2014 and achieving AMBA accreditation. Our medium term aim is to be one of the UK’s top management schools with a distinct emphasis on ethical and sustainable business and policy. We also aim to attain triple-accreditation status within the next three years and to build our portfolio of innovative undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and international partnerships.
  • As well as leadership of the behavioural science theme, the successful candidate will also be expected to work with colleagues across the School and University towards attaining these ambitious goals.
  • The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to mentoring junior colleagues and PhD students, and contributing to a strong collegiate attitude in the Division and School. As an emerging interdisciplinary School, it is particularly important that our senior staff work well together across divisions and disciplines, and the successful candidate will have demonstrated substantial experience and motivation in this regard.

Additional Information

Informal inquiries can be made to Professor Frans De Vries email: tel: 01786 467485.

The University offers great benefits such as generous annual leave and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme with employer contributions of 18%. Additionally staff can benefit from a reduced membership rate at the University’s excellent Sport Centre facilities and the option of childcare vouchers through a salary sacrifice scheme.

How to apply

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The essence of the University of Stirling is its great people: our graduates, staff and students are helping to shape the world. Founded by Royal Charter in 1967, the University of Stirling was the first genuinely new university in Scotland for over 400 years. We retain our pioneering spirit and a passion for innovation and excellence in all we do.