Climate Change and Human Migration (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)

January 18, 2020

The application deadline for this posting has been extended to Monday, January 25, 2021.

December 4, 2020

The Department of Geography at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver campus, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a dynamic scholar with expertise in climate change and migration, including their relations to mobility, displacement and conflict. Scholars with a commitment to public engagement and community-based research, in and of the Global South are particularly encouraged. We also encourage applications from scholars who engage with the natural and/or computational sciences.

We welcome interdisciplinary applicants focusing on issues including, but not limited to: climate change and the processes and regulation of international migration, changing national policy systems, forms of adaptation and disaster responses, climate change and inequality including gender and racial dimensions, North-South relations, just transitions, and emerging eco-xenophobia.

The successful candidate will contribute to teaching in the Department’s Human Geography and/or Environment and Sustainability programs, as well as contribute to departmental and University climate research and climate emergency initiatives, including teaching and learning of climate justice and related issues.

Preference will be given to candidates who complement and expand on departmental strengths and who add intellectual diversity to the department. Candidates should have demonstrated excellence or have promise of excellence in research and have a strong commitment to teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and support a research program and contribute fully to undergraduate teaching, including core courses.

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2021. The closing date for applications is January 15, 2021. Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or provide solid indication of imminent completion) in geography or a related field.

Applications are to be submitted via this online form:

Applicants should be prepared to upload by the closing deadline of January 15, 2021 in the following order and in a single PDF (maximum size 15MB):

  • a letter of application;
  • a curriculum vitae that lists the names and contact information of three referees; • statements of research and teaching interests;
  • a one-page statement identifying their contributions, or potential contributions, to diversity, along with their ability to work with a culturally international student body;
  • a publication sample;
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness.
  • In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference – signed and on official letterhead – sent by their referees directly to the chair of the search committee (Dr. Ian McKendry) at by the application deadline, with the subject line “Assistant Professor in Climate Change and Migration”. Only complete applications will be considered by the search committee. Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee: Dr. Ian McKendry

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. For more information about our department, go to:

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.