Call for Applications| History/Political Science PhD student –FamilEA Project

What is Ined?
The French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) is a public research institute. We conduct research on various demographic issues (fertility and family, health and mortality, migration, etc.) and inform the public about current developments. We are multidisciplinary in our recruitment and research, manage a total of 250 staff members (tenured, on contract and doctoral students) and host many associate researchers and visiting international scholars. INED is an active member of a network of national and international research partnerships.

The project and PhD position
The Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques (Ined, Aubervilliers) will be leading together with the Graduate Institute (IHEID, Geneva) and the Institute of Demography and Socioeconomics at the University of Geneva ( the research project The Remaking of the Family in East Africa (FamilEA), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, from 1 June 2023 to 31 May 2027. Project FamilEA will apply an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the dynamics of family transformation in East Africa, with special focus on Uganda and Kenya.

At the core of project FamilEA’s data, a demographic survey, conducted in the two capitals Kampala and Nairobi in collaboration with a partner institution the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC). The survey (beginning 2024) will follow a first layer of qualitative data collected jointly (summer 2023) and will be complemented by a second layer of qualitative data, stemming from an anthropologicalethnographic follow-up involving in-depth interviews and observations. In project FamilEA, historians and political scientists will produce knowledge on past family configurations, norms and representations et different times, and the way family and social policies have been built and put in practice up to today.

Project FamilEA will integrate one doctoral student in history, political science or any other relevant discipline. S/he will work under the supervision of Valérie Golaz and another team member. S/he will develop a personal research project within FamilEA, while working closely with the rest of the team. The personal research project will draw on an original case study. It will question for instance new family configurations, family perceptions, the conflictuality of norms and their actors (churches, Ngos, administrations…). The building, the use and the interpretation of quantitative data would also be considered, as would be the formulation of new public policies and/or the successes and failures of those policies. The analysis of successes and failures could also focus on non-governmental actors, national or international, surch as missions or more widely, religious organisations, lobbys or political parties, NGOs or international organisations, etc. A comparative perspective is welcome but not compulsory. In parallel, from her PhD work as well as secondary sources, the PhD student will develop a historical synthesis of the formulation of family and social policies in Kenya and Uganda since the colonial era up to date.

The PhD student will be part of Ined’s research unit 15, Demogrpahy of the global South. Long term stays abroad (over 3 month) are possible during the course of this PhD. The elected candidate agrees to follow the good practice principles defined in the doctoral policy of Ined and detailed in two documents available on Ined’s website : Ined’s policy on hosting PhD students and Charter for PhD students. As indicated in the Charter, the PhD student agrees to be physically present at least at 50% at Ined and to take part in the various activities of the institute, notably those of the research unit and those dedicated to PhD students.

Requirements and assets
• A Master’s degree in history, political science or in any other relevant field
• Excellent knowledge of English; knowledge of additional languages spoken in Kenya or Uganda, as well as of French, would be an asset
• Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team
• A fieldwork experience in East Africa or in the global South more broadly would be an asset
• Experience in interdisciplinary research and mixed methods would also be a strength.

The successful candidate is expected to attend FamilEA’s opening conference in Geneva (8-9 June 2023),
and to take part in a collective qualitative fieldwork in Nairobi and Kampala (23 July to 14 August 2023),
activities which will be funded.

General information on the doctoral contract

BEGINNING OF CONTRACTBetween July and October 2023
37h55 per week
32 days of leave annually and 10 days of RTT
LOCALISATIONCampus Condorcet
9 cours des Humanités in Aubervilliers (France)
Métro line 12 : Front populaire

To apply

APPLICATION MODALITIESCandidates should submit the following documents:
-a complete CV ;
-a lettre de motivation (1 page) ;
-a research proposal (3 pages) ;
-the names and contact details of two referees.
under the reference «FamilEA-dochsp

Selection process
On-line interviews will be organized for shortlisted candidates on 28th June, 2023.
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