Professor and Executive Director HCRI

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The University of Manchester

Manchester, UK

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Role coordinated by:

Lucy Roper

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 3928 7358


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 05/05/2024

An exciting opportunity has arisen at The University of Manchester for the post of Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI). The successful candidate will also assume the role of the next HCRI Executive Director. 

Founded in 2008, the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) is a leading global institute dedicated to interdisciplinary research and education. HCRI’s focus and approach are unique, as the only research Institute dedicated to examining the interconnected challenges of armed conflict, humanitarian response, disaster management, and global humanitarian health, and increasingly climate change. In doing so, HCRI brings together scholars from over 10 disciplines (history, history of medicine, peace studies, development studies, sociology, geography, anthropology, politics, epidemiology, emergency medicine) to advance innovative research and evidence-based approaches to effectively respond to these complex challenges. At the heart of HCRI's mission is the desire to educate future leaders, inform and support decision-makers, collaborate with partner organisations, and foster increased understanding and debate. 

The University of Manchester is now seeking to appoint a new Executive Director and Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies to lead the continued growth and development of the Institute in line with its mission and ambitions. The new Executive Director will have the opportunity to provide leadership to help shape the strategic direction and business plan for the Institute, lead on external facing activities with key global partners and provide academic leadership to ensure high quality research outputs. 

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the requisite leadership skills and management experience to provide inspirational and effective leadership to HCRI. As a Professor at UoM, they will also demonstrate a record of success in securing competitive research funding and conducting world-leading and methodologically rigorous research. They will also demonstrate an ability to engage with the Institute’s range of thematic expertise in humanitarian and conflict response, global humanitarian health, and disaster management. They will share the Universities commitment to fostering an inclusive and nurturing culture in which all colleagues and students have the opportunity to thrive and progress their careers. 

For an informal and confidential conversation about the role, please contact Lucy Roper on +(44) 20 3928 7358 or via email at    

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm (BST) on Sunday, 5th May. Final interviews will take place in June 2024.  

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applicants from all sectors of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation. As Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates are currently under-represented at this level at the University, we would particularly welcome applications from individuals in minority ethnic groups. All appointments will be made on merit. The University is positive about hybrid and flexible working. Blended working arrangements may be considered.  

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