Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships

Job posting

Research program title

Embedding global automobilities: A comparative study of the politics of low-carbon mobility transitions in global megacities

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Program description

The persistence of automobilization in several global megacities points to a crisis in the transition to a low-carbon mobility. This diagnosis of crisis exists despite several international and national policy efforts that have explicitly proposed redressive measures. A postdoctoral fellow is needed for two years to critically examine the current scenario to investigate processes that sustain automobility on the ground and through a consultative process, build transnational networks and expertise, which will further an equitable and sustainable mobility transition. The successful candidate will be expected to accomplish three objectives – conduct an in-depth qualitative study of recent mobility efforts in selected megacites in Asia and in other regions of the global South, engage different stakeholder perspectives, and advance equity and sustainability through network development. The candidate must be familiar with urban mobility in Asian and/or other Southern contexts, related policy initiatives, and must have demonstrable experience in contributing to urban mobility scholarship in terms of conference papers and/or journal articles.

Academic qualifications required

Interdisciplinary social science scholar with a PhD in fields of Urban Studies, and/or Environmental Studies and/or Science and Technology Studies (STS) with demonstrable experience in studying politics of urban mobility. Those with comparable research backgrounds and specialization in in Geography, Urban Planning or allied fields are also welcome to apply.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must not currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at Concordia
  • Priority will be given to postdoctoral fellows who have obtained their PhD from another university although in exceptional cases Concordia graduates may be considered
  • Applicants must adhere to the postdoctoral fellow eligibility criteria outlined in Concordia University’s Postdoctoral Policy


Candidates are encouraged to contact Govind Gopakumar before applying. Review of applications will begin after May 1, 2022 with a project start date of August 1, 2022. However, interested candidates are encouraged to apply even after the application review date. There is some flexibility in the project start date but the Postdoctoral Fellow must start their appointment by March 1, 2023.

Submission process

  • All documents must be submitted to Govind Gopakumar
  • Please include the reference number with your application

Application checklist

  • One to three (1-3) page research statement demonstrating fit with the program described above
  • Current curriculum vitae demonstrating research excellence and a capacity for leadership in the domain (maximum 5 pages)
  • Two letters of reference from academic supervisors or current employers to be sent via e-mail directly to Govind Gopakumar


The prestigious two-year Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $50,000 per year plus benefits and full access to Concordia’s services, including GradProSkills.

Concordia University is a vibrant research and teaching environment, with state-of-the-art research facilities and many research centers. Concordia is located in Montreal, Canada, a diverse and creative city, often ranked as offering one of the best quality of living experiences in North America.

Concordia University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.


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