CFA: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Public Finance

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Public Finance

Department: UCL Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy

Grade: Grade 7/8/9

Hours: Full time

Salary (inclusive of London allowance)
Salary will be on the UCL Lecturer A or B salary scale grade 7 as appropriate, (£37,152-£40,313 per annum), and grade 8, (£41,430-£48,873 per annum) or the Senior Lecturer salary scale grade 9 (£53,119 – £57,760) inclusive of London Allowance.

Duties and Responsibilities
UCL wishes to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Public Finance to contribute to research and teaching within the Department. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in the fields of public policy and especially in public finance and budgeting.

The new Lecturer will deliver one core module on ‘Public Finance and Budgeting’ to students on the new MPA in Public Administration and Management within the Department of Political Science. In addition, they will make a contribution to existing modules and/or create and develop a new course that complements current offerings in the department. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake research of the highest international standards within his or her own specialist field, which will contribute to the research standing of the Department.

The appointment is available from 1st August 2015.

Key Requirements
Candidates must have a PhD in political science or a public policy related area, a proven track record of publications in leading journals and/or major university presses and a demonstrated ability to win grant-funding. Previous experience of teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate level and an excellent understanding of public finance is essential.

Candidates wishing to be considered for the role of Lecturer (Grade 8) or Senior Lecturer (Grade 9) would need to fulfil the additional criteria as specified in full detail within the attached Person Specification.

Further Information
A job description and person specification is attached. To apply for the vacancy please visit and search using reference 1442392.

Further information on the Department of Political Science and our teaching programmes is available on our website (

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Marc Esteve ( If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Alex Skinner (email: telephone: +44 (0) 207 679 4944).

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 5pm, 27th November 2014

It is anticipated that short listed candidates will be invited to interview in the week commencing 12th January 2014.

Alexandra Skinner
School of Public Policy
Department of Political Science
University College London
29-30 Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9QU

Tel: 020 7679 4944 (x24944)

Data: FBI Investigations Vary Widely by Region

New, from TRAC:

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during FY 2014 the government reported 10,979 federal criminal convictions resulting from cases referred by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The most common category of offense was narcotics/drugs, accounting for nearly one out of four (23.8%) convictions during FY 2014. The white collar crime category was a close second, accounting for 21.6 percent of all convictions.

No other offense type comprised more than 5 percent, the level found for weapons offenses. The next most frequent category for federal convictions was official corruption (2.6%). The remaining offenses were quite diverse, ranging from bank robbery to the sexual exploitation of minors. These results for all twelve months of FY 2014 derive from a detailed analysis of case-by-case information from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) under the Freedom of Information Act.

CFA: Public Management Fellowship in Colombia

Opportunity for a Public Management Fellowship in Colombia

The USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships program is seeking potential fellows interested in international development-related research opportunities in Public Management and Human Capital Management in Colombia, hosted by the Alberto Lleras Camargo School of Government at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota. The fellow will join an interdisciplinary research team dedicated to propose new guidelines to reform the human capital management policy in Colombia´s public sector. As part of the fellowship, we expect the fellow (ideally a PhD student or candidate) to have a knowledge of public affairs concepts and issues at Ph.D. level, as well as strong quantitative and qualitative analyses skills. The fellow will have the opportunity to pursue empirical research on public management that may contribute to her/his doctoral project. Furthermore, the fellow will also have several opportunities to interact with high level Colombian public sector practitioners and scholars, and to learn, in situ, about public affairs in a developing country.

If you are interested in this host opportunity, please visit:; the deadline is December 1st, 2014. In case you need further assistance, you may contact the Research and Innovation Fellowships Program directly at for more information.

Data: Indigent Defense

New from BJS:

State Government Indigent Defense Expenditures, FY 2008–2012 – Updated is now available at

Indigent Defense Services in the United States, FY 2008–2012 – Updated is now available at

CFP: 1st Gothenburg-Barcelona Workshop on Experimental Political Science

Dear all,

Please, find attached the call for paper for the 1st Gothenburg-Barcelona Workshop on Experimental Political Science, that will be held nex 7-8 May 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden. We would be grateful if you could circulate it to all potentially interested researchers.

The workshop brings together researchers who use experimental methodologies to address political phenomena. We welcome contributions from any subfield of the discipline. Papers can be empirical studies, methodological contributions on experimental design or analysis, or works that explore the relationship between experimental and observational data. Both senior and junior scholars are encouraged to participate. It is our ambition to develop this into an annual arrangement that alternates between Barcelona and Gothenburg.

The workshop will accommodate about 14 papers over the course of two days. A keynote lecture will be delivered by professor Neil Malhotra (Stanford University).

We invite those interested in participating in the workshop to submit paper proposals (max 500 words) by January 31, 2015 to Authors of selected papers will be notified by February 15, 2015. We expect relatively short papers (no more than 8,000 words) and they should be submitted by May 1. Participants are encouraged to seek funding for travel from their home institutions. A limited number of travel grants will be available for junior participants from the conference organizers.

Dates: May 7-8, 2015
Venue: University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Scientific committee: Peter Esaiasson (University of Gothenburg), Jordi Muñoz (University of Barcelona), Wouter van der Brug (University of Amsterdam), Sara Hobolt (London School of Economics), Elisabeth Ivarsflaten (University of Bergen), and Rune Stubager (Aarhus University).
Deadline for paper proposals: January 31, 2015
More information is (will be) available at

Best regards,

Jordi Muñoz
‘Ramon y Cajal’ Research Fellow
Dept. de Dret Constitucional i Ciència Política
Universitat de Barcelona

Data: The most productive judges

According to TRAC:

Billy Roy Wilson of the Eastern District of Arkansas closed 3,008 civil cases in the twelve-month period ending June 30, 2014 — more than any other federal district court judge in the country — according to the latest data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University.


On Wilson’s heels for the most closed cases are three other judges handling multidistrict litigation: Alabama North’s Inge P. Johnson (2,619 closures), Illinois South’s David R. Herndon (2,307) and Minnesota’s John R. Tunheim (1,878).

Excluding the judges who were assigned large numbers of cases as the result of MDL bundling, Arizona District Chief Judge Raner C. Collins closed the most cases (1,368) in the year ending June 30. Part of the reason for Collins’ productivity may be related to the type of case Collins tends to hear — 95.2 percent of the cases he closed were prisoner petitions. That is a significantly higher mix than the average judge in his district (69.3%) and in the country, for whom about a quarter (23.4%) of closed cases comprise prisoner petitions.


Collins said that the bulk of the cases were filed by a single prisoner in Arizona:

“My closings look more impressive than they should as most of them come from one prisoner who filed more than 2,000 cases by himself,” Collins said. “I had an excellent pro se law clerk who helped process those cases. So regardless of the numbers, I do not believe I am the hardest working judge in the country. I am sure I am not.”

CFA: The American Political Science Association Pracademic Fellowship

The American Political Science Association announces the inauguration of a new Pracademic Fellowship for faculty members for the academic year 2015-16.

About the program

Over the past several decades, there have been limited opportunities for faculty members in public management, public policy, and related fields to move between the academy and the world of practitioners. This program is designed to create opportunities for newer faculty members to recreate the historical experience of joining theory and practice. Read more about the Pracademic Fellowship here.

The inaugural year of the program will place selected individuals in federal government agencies in the Washington, DC area. They would be assigned to work closely with a decision-maker involved in a program of their interest to get a first-hand vantage point of a decision making environment.

The inaugural fellows will be closely involved in crafting subsequent fellowships through regular feedback with APSA on their experiences. As such, inaugural fellows will have the opportunity to grow their own experience and help shape the direction of the program for future participants.

About the 2015-2016 Fellowship

The fellowship will be available for either one semester or a full year. Faculty members from a range of departments and fields are eligible for the program, for example faculty in political science departments, public administration, public management, public policy, federalism/IGR and related fields. Participants in the program are expected to be midcareer, likely at the associate professor level. Fellowship funding is expected to come from a variety of sources — sponsoring agencies, an APSA program, and, potentially, sending institutions. Specific arrangements will be tailored to the individual candidates.

Applications for the program are due December l5 and should include the following:

· A curriculum vitae
· A two page statement that includes information about how this experience would contribute to an individual’s teaching and research.
· An explanation of the relationship between the individual’s research and the proposed experience.
· Any initial conversations with a host organization or host individual.

Please email application packages to For more information on the program or for any enquiries, please contact Betsy Super at

Data: Trademark Lawsuits

New from TRAC:

The latest available data from the federal courts show that during September 2014 the government reported 705 new Trademark civil filings. Those cases had the nature of suit classified by the court system under “Property Rights” along with Patent and Copyright cases. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is up 145% over the previous month when the number of civil filings of this type totaled 288.


Most of this increase appears to be due to retired football players who brought suit against the National Football League (NFL), alleging that the NFL used their likenesses to generate income without their permission or compensation. Over 450 such cases were filed in district court in Minnesota in September, more than all trademark lawsuits in any month in the last five years.



October 16, 2014

Dear Colleague,

In light of the recent emergence of the lethal Ebola virus in the US, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical care research that can be used immediately to better understand how to model and understand the spread of Ebola, educate about prophylactic behaviors, and encourage the development of products, processes, and learning that can address this global challenge.

I invite researchers to use the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism, which allows NSF to receive and review proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment, as well as quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events.

Complete guidance on submitting a RAPID proposal may be found here:


Dr. France A. Córdova