What is rural sociology?

The field of Rural Sociology is a sub-field of sociology, the study of human societies and social groups. Rural sociologists focus on the study of social life in rural and non-metropolitan areas domestically and internationally. They continue to develop theory and knowledge and produce information relevant to public policy and local development. Rural Sociology research focuses on environmental well-being, sustainable development of natural resources, social and community quality of life, and diffusion and impacts of technologies.

Sources: description of graduate rural sociology at The Ohio State University

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Professorship in Urban-Rural Transformations

University of Basel

The University of Basel, Switzerland, invites applications for a full time tenure track or tenured Professorship in Urban-Rural Transformations at the assistant, associate, or full professor level.

We are seeking applicants with a track record in research and teaching on the shaping of space in the urban-rural continuum, focused on current ecologic, political and architectural developments at the global level. Potential candidates should have a background in political and urban ecology, human geo­graphy or a related field and demonstrate a strong interest in methodological approaches to landscape research and planning.

The University of Basel is creating this new position within a new interdisciplinary MSc program in Urban and Landscape Studies. The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues from anthro­pology, geography, art history, and further disciplines in designing this program and participate in PhD programs. He or she will also contribute to developing architectural and social science competences at the University of Basel, especially within the frame of a collaboration with the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

A Ph.D. or comparable professional experience, significant publications, and a teaching record are requi­red. Responsibilities will include teaching at all levels, research, advising, and administration. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The position will begin August 1, 2015 (teaching duties to begin mid-September 2015).

To ensure that your application is given full consideration, all necessary files should be submitted by September 15, 2014. Applications must be sent electronically to: urban@unibas.ch

For additional information please contact: Dr. Amrita Zahir (amrita.zahir@unibas.ch ), Prof. Dr. Nikolaus J. Kuhn (nikolaus.kuhn@unibas.ch)

The University of Basel is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and encourages all qualified applications irrespective of gender or physical disabilities