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Applications are invited for a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship to work in association with the project “Breaking new ground,” focused on the political economy of regional transformation in China’s Greater Bay Area (GBA).  The fellowship, which will be based in the Department of Geography at UBC in Vancouver, Canada, will begin in September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The fellowship is linked the SSHRC-funded research program, “Breaking new ground: economic integration and regulatory transformation in China’s Greater Bay Area,” led by Jamie Peck at UBC and Jun Zhang at the University of Toronto.  In addition to contributing to collaborative research on the GBA project, the successful candidate will be encouraged and supported to develop their own research and publishing program, preferably in dialogue with the broad objectives of the “Breaking new ground” project.

Renewable annually, the fellowship will be awarded to an applicant holding (or about to receive) a PhD in the area of economic geography, heterodox political economy, economic sociology, or a related field.  Research experience in China will be a significant advantage. Facility in Mandarin or Cantonese is also an advantage, although not a requirement.  The fellowship comes with a stipend of Cdn$55,000 per year (plus benefits).

Further details on the “Breaking new ground” project can be found here.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample (of article or chapter length), and contact information for three academic references, to Jamie Peck at  Consideration of applicants will begin on July 15, 2021, continuing until the position is filled.  Informal inquiries and further details can be obtained from: Jamie Peck ( or Jun Zhang (

How to apply?

Please send applications to and refer to reference number PDFO-55127. Application deadline July 15.

Desired start date: 08 Sep 2021

Duration: Fixed term / Temporary

Contract Type: Full Time