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Professor/Head of Department of Economics & Finance

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8 Mar 2021

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Dynamic and vibrant, Durham University Business School is seeking to appoint an ambitious Professor and Head of Department, to lead the Department of Economics and Finance through a dynamic phase of expansion and development. The Department's research is internationally renowned both for intellectual rigour and its impact on and benefits to society. Applications are sought from candidates from within both domains of Economics and Finance.

Durham Universities Business School's vision is to lead thought and practice to improve global wealth and well-being. Our associated mission is to create, share and use knowledge to deliver equitable and sustainable futures around the world. We pursue this mission by advancing world-changing knowledge and securing global impact through increasingly collaborative research across disciplines and around the world.

In line with the overall strategy, there are ambitious growth plans over the next three years which will further strengthen the intellectual base and footprint of the research and teaching delivered by the Department of Economics and Finance.

Economics and Finance is one of three Departments in the Business School, itself one of Durham University's four Faculties, alongside Science, Social Science and Health, and Arts and Humanities. The School is comprised of three research-intensive departments: Accounting, Economics and Finance, and Management and Marketing.

Known for its global reputation, its impact on policy and practice and its strong focus on ethics, responsibility and sustainability, the School is a leading European business school with a strong global presence. The School currently has 180 academic and teaching staff, with plans and resource commitments to grow to 230 by 2027. In addition, 11 funded research centres ( blend leading theoretical perspectives with a strong emphasis on impact and engagement with practice, noted at our website. The school's student population is around 4000, across undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes.

The role:

We seek to appoint a Head of Department who is a leading scholar in their field and has a keen understanding across the domains of research and teaching, significant leadership experience, including fiscal and resource management skills. The position as Professor is a continuing post, with appointment as Head of Department initially for 3 years, which can be extended.

The role of the Head of Department is to provide strong academic leadership; oversee and develop the department's operations, whilst leading on the strategic development of research curricula across department programmes in order to foster an innovative, transformative and enabling education for students.

The successful candidate will be a key member of the School's Executive Team, contributing to the development and implementation of the School and University Strategy. Embracing the Business School strategies, they will empower others to deliver innovative research, develop and deliver exceptional teaching and enhance the overall student experience.

The Head of Department is responsible for the leadership of both academic and professional services colleagues leading and overseeing faculty recruitment, retention, and advancement, to promote excellence in scholarship and the advancement of early career colleagues. The role works closely with the Executive Dean to promote equality and diversity across the School, ensuring essential steps are taken to encourage wide participation and leadership from all genders and ethnicities.

The Department of Economics and Finance is home to over 80 academics, whose internationally renowned research spans specialism areas such as Banking, Institutions and Development; Ethical Finance Accountability and Governance; Economics Analysis and Mechanisms; Quantitative Research in Financial Economics; Environment and Energy Economics and Experimental Methods in Business Research.

Colleagues work closely with business partners around the world, sharing insights, supporting innovation, and educating tomorrow's leaders making Durham an exceptional place in which to base an academic career.

More details about our research, teaching, and business connections can be found on our website.

For an introduction to the Department of Economics and Finance, please visit our website.

About Durham University: Established in 1832, Durham University is the third oldest university in the UK and is listed as a top-5 UK and top-100 global university. Located in the historic city of Durham, it is a dynamic and highly selective research university that enrols nearly 18,500 students. Durham University is also a member of the distinguished Russell Group Universities in the UK
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