Early Career Editor needed for

Spatial Economic Analysis

31 August 2024

About the role

The Regional Studies Association and Regional Science Association International – British and Irish Section seek to appoint an Early Career Editor to the journal, Spatial Economic Analysis.

Early Career Editor (one position available)

The appointment of the Early Career Editor is open to candidates within five years of the date on their PhD certificate on 31st August 2024. The journal is committed to diversity and welcomes submissions from all candidates with the relevant skills and expertise. Applications from candidates based in the Global South and/or with a specialisation in modelling and theory are encouraged.

The Early Career Editor will join the existing team of Co-Editors in managing the peer review of general submissions in their area of expertise, enhancing the journal’s reputation as a world-leading publication in the field of spatial economics, and ensuring that it is in a position to attract the best authors and papers for its readership.

The appointment is a mentored role and will normally have a fixed term of three years after which it will be re-advertised. Re-application as the Early Career Editor is not permitted as this position is designed to offer capacity building and training within the academy. At the end of the term, there may be an opportunity for an outstanding Early Career Editor to join the journal’s editorial team.

About the journal

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Spatial Economic Analysis is a pioneering economics journal dedicated to the development of theory and methods in spatial economics, published quarterly by two of the world's leading learned societies in the analysis of spatial economics, the Regional Studies Association and the British and Irish Section of the Regional Science Association International.

The journal takes regional economics as its focus and is targeted at international audiences. It is a leading outlet for high quality research from international contributors in the field of spatial economic analysis.

See the journal website for more details: http://rsa.tandfonline.com/toc/rsea20/current

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The journal benefits from professional editorial support. The journal is available online for all categories of Regional Studies Association members. It is also available to members of the Regional Science Association International British and Irish Section. It is sold to a large subscriber base by the Publisher, Routledge. The journal is available singly to subscribers or as part of a pack with other RSA journals including Regional Studies; Territory, Politics, Governance; Area Development and Policy and Finance and Space.

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Application Instructions

In making expressions of interest, candidates are invited to submit:

  1. A brief editorial manifesto outlining their intentions for the safeguarding and further development of the academic excellence, relevance and scope of Spatial Economic Analysis;
  2. An indication of host institution support; and
  3. A full CV, giving enough information to demonstrate embeddedness in the field, e.g., information about networks, conferences attended, relevant publications, professional memberships, etc.

The selection of the new Early Career Editor will be made by the Regional Studies Association and Regional Science Association – British and Irish Section in the light of recommendations from the journal Editors and the Regional Studies Association’s Journals Committee, on which RSAI BIS representatives sit for decisions on Spatial Economic Analysis. The post is for commencement as soon as possible after the decision has been made.

The successful candidate may wish to join one or both Associations as a member. For clarity, non-members may apply. Further details on are available from the Regional Studies Association Office or from the Association website at  https://www.regionalstudies.org/about/memberships/ and for RSAI BIS go to: https://www.rsai-bis.org/membership.html

Interested applicants with questions about the journal are invited to contact: Alan Kinder, Chief Executive, RSA, [email protected] or by telephoning + 44 (0)1273 698017

Closing date: No later than 5pm (BST), Saturday 31th August 2024.


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The journal is committed to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion within its editorial team and decision making processes. All applications will be treated as strictly confidential, and each will be judged on its merits without bias for seniority of institutional affiliation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or protected veteran status, citizenship, or other protected characteristics.