Associate Professorship in Digital South Asian Studies

LOCATION: The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA), The University of Oxford.

SALARY: £52,815 to £70,918 per annum plus additional benefits and allowances.

Reference/ID: 167076


The Oxford Internet Institute (OII), the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA), in association with St Antony’s College, propose to appoint an Associate Professor in Digital South Asian Studies. 

OSGA is one of the fifteen constituent parts of the Social Sciences Division at Oxford. The School represents a commitment by the University to enhancing teaching and research in Area Studies. OII has been a world-leading home for multidisciplinary study of technology and society, with activities focusing on research, graduate teaching, policymaking, and practice spanning the last twenty years.

About the Role:

The post is offered on a full-time basis, available from 1 October 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Appointments to Associate Professorships are confirmed as permanent on successful completion of a review during the first five years.  The successful candidate will be expected to engage actively in research in digital South Asian studies; and to contribute through world-class publications to the departments’ and University's international reputation for research excellence. Further responsibilities include teaching and supervising at the graduate level, contributing fully to academic administration and examining in both University departments.

The post will be held in conjunction with a Governing Body Fellowship at St Antony’s College and their role in the College will entail advising students, serving on committees, participating in its running as a College member and trustee.

About You:

The candidate will be a South Asian specialist, undertaking research on and holding a doctorate in a social science field relevant to the study of digital technology and society in one or more South Asian countries. We particularly welcome applications from candidates conducting outstanding research into digital activism or digital era politics and government; evolving Internet regulation or the intersections between technology and gender, race or caste and from candidates whose research employs digital methods for collecting and analysing research data, including computational social science techniques.

Applications are particularly welcomed from women and Black and Minority Ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Circumstances such as caring responsibilities, ill health or disability may result in the quantity of a candidate's outputs being less than might otherwise be expected, therefore when considering candidate's research and publication record, career breaks will be taken into consideration.

Application process:

Information about the application process, as well as the full list of responsibilities and selection criteria can be obtained from the job description (Vacancy ID: 167076) here.


Queries about the post should be addressed to Dr Victoria Nash, Director of the Oxford Internet Institute at or telephone: +44 (0) 1865 287231, and/or to Professor Paul Chaisty, Head of OSGA, at or telephone: +44 (0) 1865 284748. All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence and will not form part of the selection decision.


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The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon (UK time) on Monday, 9th October 2023.

Interviews are expected to be held in person in Oxford in November 2023.




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