Period: 1st November 2019 - 31st March 2020
Contract type: Hourly, 6 hours per week
Remuneration: £17 per hour
LSE IDEAS is looking to appoint two PhD students registered for full time studies at the School to join LSE's foreign policy think tank as research assistants. LSE IDEAS is currently ranked Europe's top university-affiliated think tank and provides a forum that informs policy debate and connects academic research with the practice of diplomacy and strategy. LSE IDEAS hosts interdisciplinary research projects, produces working papers and reports, holds public and off-the-record events, and delivers cutting-edge executive training programmes for government, business and third-sector organisations.
Project 1: LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission
The project interrogates the principles that should underpin Britain’s foreign economic policy and how the UK should position itself in the changed 21st century world economy. More specifically, it asks:
- Which principles should govern international trade and investment policies?
- Which economies should be the priority for trade agreements?
- Should the UK seek to influence international rules in other areas such as investment policy and trade in services?
- What about digital trade?
- How should new trade and investment policies fit with Britain’s broader foreign policy aims?
- What is the link between the UK’s foreign policy and the impact this has on British society?
- How can Britain promote its values, such as democracy and the rule of law, alongside its other interests on the world stage?
You can find more information on the Economic Diplomacy Commission page.
Project 2: UN Business and Human Security Initiative
The project conducts research on human security, responsible business, inclusive development, and transformative partnerships, examining how business can protect and empower communities in areas affected by conflict and crisis. More specifically, it asks:
- Human security: What is human security and how can it contribute to the development of transformative partnerships between different societal stakeholders?
- Responsible business: How can we ensure that businesses operate in a responsible and sustainable way, positively affecting the environments they operate in?
- Inclusive development: How can we ensure that initiatives are inclusive, and include civil society members beyond the usual suspects?
- Transformative partnerships: What is the difference between transactional and transformative partnerships? How can we ensure long-term investment from all stakeholders, including business, government and civil society?
You can find more information on the UN Business and Human Security Initiative page.
To apply for either of these positions, please email a CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59pm on Monday 30 September 2019.
Speculative job, internship, or volunteer applications cannot be accepted in any circumstances.