IDS & ICTD recruiting 2-3 Research Fellows


The ICTD is seeking to appoint two or three established researchers with expertise in taxation and development, who are able to develop and implement policy-oriented research projects by working closely with partners in sub-Saharan Africa (and to a limited extent in South Asia).

The appointees will join the Governance Research Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global institution for development research, teaching and learning, and impact and communications, based at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK.

We are particularly seeking candidates who can lead our work on:

  1. International taxation, with a special focus on the question of how governments of low income countries can protect their tax bases, in the context of a disadvantageous international tax system.
  2. Informal (broadly non-state, unofficial) taxation. Informal taxation is widespread in many parts of the developing world, especially in Africa. ICTD research over the last few years has put this issue on policy agendas, but further work is needed. The successful candidate will require skills and experience in quantitative and qualitative field work.

The ICTD’s other main research interests lie in: tax and inequality; gender and taxation; digitalization and taxation; tax administration and compliance, especially the use of data by tax authorities; civil society and taxation; and tax and state-building.

Applicants who are willing and able to make substantial leadership contributions to ICTD, both intellectual and managerial, are of particular interest.

Applicants should have a PhD in political science, economics or a related discipline (or very exceptionally comparable research and practical experience), a strong commitment to working across disciplines, an excellent research and publication record, and a commitment to bridging research, practice and policy.

Salary: £35,450 to £65,239 per annum (depending on experience)
Post Type:Full Time: 35 hours per week
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Monday 26 November 2018
Interview Date: Tuesday 11 December 2018
Reference: 33-2018

See the full vacancy particulars here

Apply online here.