We are seeking a project manager with capacity to offer technical, administrative and scientific support for the European Research Council funded research project called “Transnational Gangs as Agents of Mediation: Experiences of Conflict Resolution in Street Youth Organizations in Southern Europe, North Africa and the Americas” (TRANSGANG). The project manager will join the Research Group JOVIS.com, Department of Communication, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, located in Barcelona (Spain).
TRANSGANG aims to develop a renewed model for the analysis of transnational youth gangs in the global age, in dialogue with two classics of urban ethnography, published nearly a century ago: The Gang, by F.M. Thrasher (1926) and The Polish Peasant in Europe and America, by W. I. Thomas and F. Znaniecki (1918-1920). To do this, the project will start by a systematic review of the historical literature on youth gangs, which will try to overcome the north-american-centrism, dominant in contemporary criminology. The central phase of the research will focus on a multisited and multilevel ethnography that will explore experiences in which gangs have acted as agents of mediation, as well as the barriers that have blocked these attempts. The project will compare street youth organizations from two transnational communities -Latinos and Arabs-, both in their homelands and in their new European neigbourhoods. Starting with three case studies of “good practices” in Barcelona, Medellin and Casablanca, which will be studied in depth, contrasts with other cases in which other policies have been implemented will be established: Madrid, Marseille and Milan in southern Europe; Oran, Tunis and Cairo in north Africa; Chicago, Santiago de Cuba and San Salvador in the Americas. Using an experimental approach based on the “extended case method”, it will have as its theme the making of a film that collects the experience of members or former members of gangs who have participated in mediation experiences. The ultimate goal is to develop a renewed transnational, inter-generational, intergeneric and transmedia approach to Twenty-First-century gangs, very different from the local, coeval, male and face-to-face model used for understanding gangs in the Twentieth century. Although the focus of the project is theoretical, its purpose is applied: to deduce more effective ways of intervention to prevent the hegemony of the criminal gang model that appears as dominant in the neoliberal era.
The successful candidate will be involved in the implementation of the project, administrative support, update and web improvement, budget control and communication outreach.
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The work is supported by ERC Advanced Grant -TRANSGANG
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Information on the minimum requirements
- Oral and written communication skills.
- Fluent spoken and written Spanish and English (Arabic optional).
- Degree in Social Sciences
- Previous experience in EU projects (especially FP7 and Horizon 2020).
Benefits of the opening
The candidate will receive a UPF part time contract from March, 1, 2018 to December 31, 2022, with an annual gross salary of 14.364,56 €.
Information on the application process
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact with the Principal Investigator of this project, Ph. D. Carles Feixa. To apply, send a Letter of interest and a CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline to submit applications: February, 24, 2018