Researcher in urban political economy with specialization in Real Estate

Jan 05, 2021
Feb 04, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
  • Organize, conduct and analyze interviews with diverse actors in the international real estate sector (including asset managers, real estate service firms, investors, developers).
  • Collect and analyze grey literatures and data on real estate markets.
  • Collaborate with team members working on specific case studies in Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, and São Paulo.
  • Contribute to the organization of conferences, and to the publication of results.

You will join the research group Urban revolution and the Political funded by an ERC Starting Grant (ID 680313) at LATTS (Research Centre on Technologies, Territories and Societies).

'Urban-rev politics' is on the political implications of speculation-driven urbanization. It examines the global dimensions of accumulation practices based on rent extraction and the extent to which our 'urban age' corresponds to a new kind of 'urban politics'. The project is organized around three research themes: 1. uneven globalization of real estate markets, 2. exploitation of urban space through rent extraction, 3. the ways in which these are negotiated and contested at different scales. Through a multi-sited ethnography approach the work is based on case studies in Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, and São Paulo.

Your main role will be to plan and conduct research on the first research theme, namely the organization of the global real estate markets. You will also support other team members in their research on specific case studies of speculative urban transformations.

LATTS (Research Centre on Technologies, Territories and Societies) is a multi-disciplinary research lab, and a major center of urban research in France. It is situated in Campus Descartes, a large cluster of research centers and institutes of higher education in the eastern Parisian region. LATTS is affiliated with three institutions: École des Ponts ParisTech, Gustave Eiffel University, and CNRS (the French National Centre for Scientific Research).

The main means of communication and publication within the research team is English. Nonetheless basic notions of French would be helpful in your integration to the working environment in LATTS.

  • Experience in urban or economic geography, urban economics, urban sociology, finance, real estate, or a related discipline.
  • Ability to work collectively as a part of a research team.
  • Qualitative research skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

  • A good understanding of or professional experience in the real estate industry
  • Quantitative research skills.

The position is available immediately, but later starting dates will be considered.

We are open to researchers to be hired on a post-doctoral contract, as well as already employed academics interested in a fully-funded research collaboration.

To apply, please provide a cover letter and a CV by 11 January 2021.