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*PhD candidate: The Geography of Corporate Financialization *

The Division of Geography & Tourism at KU Leuven (Belgium) is looking for a
full-time PhD candidate for 4 years. Together with a postdoctoral
researcher you will work on the research project "The Geography of
Corporate Financialization", which will be part of the "Real
Estate/Financial Complex" (REFCOM) research group, coordinated by dr.
Manuel B. Aalbers. REFCOM is an internationally comparative and
transdisciplinary research group looking into the increasing
interconnectedness of real estate and finance, and the role of states,
politics and institutions. This particular research project is funded by
Research Foundation Flanders (see fwo.be).

Website unit <http://ees.kuleuven.be/refcom>


The financialization of the economy is widely discussed in the literature.
There is evidence of a shift towards finance at the level of the economy at
large as well as regarding the financialization of households, but the
literature on the financialization of traditionally non-financial firms is
less conclusive. The problem is that our understandings—and our
statistics—of manufacturing firms versus financial firms are becoming
increasingly outdated. New data sources and conceptualizations are needed
to understand the contemporary economy. Our first aim is to show to what
extent, nonfinancial corporations in different economic sectors make profit
in the so-called “real” versus the “financial” sphere. Our second aim is to
arrive at an understanding of the reasons for and workings of
financialization in non-financial corporations, in particular those working
on the built environment. We present a mixed methods study that consists of
a largely quantitative study based on the analysis of a large international
corporate dataset on the hand and on the other a set of four case studies
of financialized corporations working on the built environment. As such,
the project starts with data mining and quantitative analysis of recent
historical trends and the geography of these trends for different economic
sectors; and continues with a case study approach that includes sector- and
firm-specific data as well as in-depth interviews, company documents and
reporting on firm strategies.


   - An MSc/MA level university degree in Geography, Sociology or another
   social science;
   - Proficiency in English is a prerequisite, proficiency in other
   lnaguages an advantage for fieldwork;
   - Affinity with both quantitative and qualitative research methods is an
   advantage; we are not looking for someone to perform econometric analysis,
   but it does help if you have good statistics and computer skills;
   - The candidate is willing to move to Belgium, but also willing to
   travel to other places for fieldwork, research cooperations (e.g.
   Amsterdam) and conferences;
   - The candidate is willing to assist in teaching tasks (not more than a
   few hours/week, on average);
   - Candidates who are familar with the financialization literature will
   have an advantage, so will candidates that have finished a master's thesis
   in economic geography or economic sociology. If you are trained as an
   economist, it is important that you are familiar withheterodox and other
   non-conventional critical approaches.


   - A fully funded PhD scholarship for one year, extendable to four years
   after positive evaluation;
   - Funding for workshops and conferences and access to a one-week
   specialized summer school in the May/June 2018;
   - A dynamic research group at the forefront of financialization studies
   / financial geography;
   - Starting date: at earliest April 1, 2018; at latest October 1, 2018.

For more information, please e-mail both manuel.aalb...@kuleuven.be and

You can apply for this job no later than January 31, 2018 via the online
application tool  <http://www.kuleuven.be/eapplyingforjobs/light/54483600>

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish,
regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments.
If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please
contact us at diversiteit...@kuleuven.be.

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Manuel B. Aalbers, Ph.D.

KU Leuven / University of Leuven

Department of Geography & Tourism

Celestijnenlaan 200e -- bus 2409

3001  Heverlee




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