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Canada Research Chair, Tier 1

Associate Professor or Professor

Political Science - Faculty of Social Sciences

CRC Tier 1 – Climate-Related Migration and Displacement

Date posted: April 19, 2023 Posting closed - August 1, 2023.

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. The University of Victoria is committed to the ongoing work of decolonizing and Indigenizing the campus community both inside and outside the classroom. 

The Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria invites applications from external candidates for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Climate-Related Migration and Displacement. The successful applicant will be nominated by the University for a CRC chair and, upon approval by the CRC Secretariat, will then be offered an appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The CRC chair is tenable for seven years, and is renewable once after successful performance review. The successful candidate’s research program will address the interaction of climate change and extreme climate events with human migration and/or displacement. The CRC’s scholarly activity will contribute to the University of Victoria’s existing world-class research on climate change and migration, supporting research related to the political dimensions of extreme climate events, migration, and displacement. The applicant is expected to maintain an active research program, to teach and supervise at the graduate level, and to build and expand the department’s offerings on the environment and climate change.


Tier 1 CRC’s are for exceptional researchers, already acknowledged by their peers as leaders in the field. The successful candidate will have a completed PhD in Political Science or a closely related discipline. The candidate will be an established, world-class researcher who has developed an original and innovative future research plan with the potential to attract external funding and international recognition. The candidate is expected to have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and student supervision, including efforts to create an inclusive learning environment for a diverse student body. Furthermore, the candidate will demonstrate the potential for collaboration with a diverse range of colleagues. Finally, the candidate will provide evidence of knowledge mobilization and dissemination from their research to academic and community audiences.

Additional information

The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the University of Victoria’s sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. Situated in the Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration. Defined by its edges, this extraordinary environment inspires us to defy boundaries, discover, and innovate in exciting ways. It’s different here, naturally and by design. We live, learn, work and explore on the edge of what’s next—for our planet and its peoples. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation. Experience the edge of possibilities for yourself.

Department of Political Science
The successful candidate will be joining an active Political Science department with vibrant undergraduate, MA and PhD programs. The Department includes several faculty members working at the intersection of environmental politics and human mobility, and applicants are encouraged to consult the department website for information on the research interests of department faculty and programs it offers. The Department also has strong connections with other units and research centres on campus working on the environment and human mobility, including the School of Environmental Studies, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, the Centre for Global Studies, and the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives.

Canada Research Chair Program
Additional information on the Canada Research Chair Program can be found on the program website. In accordance with the SSHRC Tier 1 CRC regulations, Tier 1 CRCs are intended for ‘outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their field’.  

The CRC program does not place restrictions with respect to nationality or country of residence, but applicants are asked to indicate current citizenship status.

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Contact information

To apply, candidates should send the following application materials:

1) A cover letter providing an overview of the candidate’s qualifications and how their research complements existing research strengths in the Department of Political Science;

2) A detailed curriculum vitae;

3) A four-page (max) description of the candidate’s proposed CRC research program;

4) One-page description of the candidate’s most important research contributions;

5) A two-page (max) statement of teaching philosophy and experience;

6) A one-page statement outlining their experiences and contributions to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion;

7) Contact information for three references.

Please note that reference checks will be done and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

Application deadline

Posting closed - August 1, 2023.

Equity statement

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.

Read our full equity statement.

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.