Research Associate Vacancy: Developing BISA’s EDI strategy: Global South scholar representation in BISA’s journals

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to undertake a survey of journal practices relating to strengthening submissions from Global South scholars in International Studies. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to help shape our approach to equality, diversity and inclusivity in relation to the two leading journals we publish - Review of International Studies and European Journal of International Security.
You will work closely with the BISA publications committee and the editors of the two journals to survey initiatives undertaken by other professional associations nationally and internationally, to evaluate their effectiveness, and to draw up a proposed strategy for enhancing the level of submissions and acceptances of papers from Global South scholars. Alongside your assessment of previous initiatives, you will undertake a series of interviews with academics and editors who have been involved in such initiatives to identify best practice. This will include skype interviews with scholars in the Global South.
Outcomes will include:
  • a comprehensive review of existing literature and initiatives from cognate professional associations nationally and internationally; 
  • an evaluation of the effectiveness of such strategies, based on data gathered from initiative reports, interviews and focus groups; 
  • recommendations to BISA set out in a draft strategy. 
You will be expected to develop a robust methodology for undertaking the research, identifying and negotiating access to relevant data, and analysing that data using appropriate methods. To undertake the interviews, initial funding of up to £500 will be provided. 
The research you generate may also be used by you to develop article(s) for peer reviewed journals under your authorship.
You will have a PhD in social sciences, ideally in International Studies. You will also have experience of reviewing for academic journals and submitting your research to peer reviewed journals. You will be based in the UK.


The contract is for 420 hours (equivalent to 35 hours per week for 12 working weeks), but the work may be undertaken over a longer period on a part-time basis. 
Pay will be £18.00 per hour and you will be able to invoice BISA weekly or monthly for hours worked. 

Application Process and Selection Criteria

Applications should be submitted by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the deadline of 5pm on Friday 13 December 2019. Interviews will take place on Thursday 23 January. 
We ask you to provide a CV, and a statement of no more than two pages, setting out how your previous experience equips you for the role, addressing the selection criteria set out below.
We will use a range of selection methods to measure your abilities in these areas including reviewing your application, seeking references, and inviting shortlisted candidates to interview. 

Selection Criteria




PhD in Social Sciences




Research in the discipline of Politics and International Studies




Strong grounding in broad-based social sciences research methods




Experience of undertaking qualitative interviews




Experience of conducting focus groups




Training in, and experience of, navigating research ethics issues




Publications in peer reviewed academic journals




Experience of submitting papers to peer reviewed academic journals




Experience of undertaking peer review for academic journals




Participation in activities of professional associations or learned societies, e.g. BISA, PSA, ISA




BISA and Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity

BISA is opposed to discrimination on the basis of gender or sexuality, ethnicity, race, nationality, age, physical ability, mental health status, marital status, family responsibility, class, religion or ideological belief. BISA is also committed to ensuring that inclusionary norms are embedded into all of BISA’s policies, processes, governing arrangements, and activities.   
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