Senior Lecturer/Reader in Urban Studies and Planning

Published at: 10 April 2017

We seek applications from ambitious, highly motivated and talented individuals who will play an active academic and leadership role, in maintaining and enhancing the Department’s national and international reputation for research, teaching excellence and innovation.

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning (USP) is a world-leading centre for research and education in planning and a range of urban-focused disciplines. It seeks to further the study of spatial planning and other urban disciplines through high quality research and teaching on its array of research-focused and professionally accredited planning and property courses. The Department celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015, and has developed over that time widely-recognised and diverse strengths in urban studies, as well as its continuing strong core in spatial planning. In the last national research evaluation exercise (REF2014), we were ranked as the top planning school in the country.

You should be able to demonstrate a track record of international research excellence complementing and enhancing the interests of the Department (including planning; real estate; housing; international development; local economic development; urban design; governance; and participation). You will be expected to produce high quality academic outputs and to play a significant role in research grant capture within the department and to manage research projects and resources as a Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Investigator (CI). You will be required to enhance our interdisciplinary academic partnerships with related institutes, centres and departments within and beyond the University of Sheffield. Appointees will contribute to the department’s impact agenda through engaging with a range of research users and funders.

You will also be expected to lead, develop and teach on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and to supervise doctoral students. We are committed to excellence in leadership and management, and are seeking to appoint colleagues who demonstrate ambition to take on senior leadership and administrative roles that contribute to the collective enhancement of the Department. Further information about the Department and its activities can be found on its web pages at

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