Doctoral Position in Peace and Development Research University of Gothenburg, School of Global Studies Sweden

Doctoral Position in Peace and Development Research


Diary id:
PAR 2018/1755
Employment level:
Time limited employment (temporary)
School of Global Studies
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Peace and Development Research at the University of Gothenburg is a leading site of interdisciplinary and action-oriented enquiry that spans all regions of the world. The 50 researchers working there use a broad range of approaches to investigate peace and development. These include conflict research, critical security studies, gender analysis, human rights, global political economy, migration, regional studies and resistance studies.


Hunger is on the rise globally. Although mass-starvation has killed staggering numbers of people, it is usually not conceptualized as mass-violence. Victims are rarely commemorated and actors responsible are not held accountable – despite the fact that famines are largely man-made. Peace and Development Research announces a doctoral position within the Swedish Research Council financed research project Famines as Mass-atrocities: Reconsidering Violence, Memory and Justice in Relation to Hunger. The project aims to analyze the attempts and possibilities to pursue remembrance and accountability after famines. It studies (a) under what conditions, how and by whom famines are understood, remembered and dealt with as mass-atrocities. This is done through a historical study of six famines: Ireland (1845-52), Ukraine (1932-33), India (1943), China (1958-62), Ethiopia (1984-85) and Somalia (2011). The project also analyzes (b) contemporary initiatives to push for remembrance and justice for hunger deaths, for instance by intergovernmental organizations, civil society groups, legal professionals, victim groups and states. We are primarily looking for a PhD candidate who will contribute an in-depth study of one or both of the African cases in the project. Relevant contextual knowledge and language skills will therefore be highly valued.


Job assignments

The purpose of undertaking doctoral studies is to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting independent research within the field of Peace and Development Research. This position consists of one year of coursework and culminates in the production of a dissertation which makes a significant and original contribution to the research field. The knowledge and skills that are acquired should be applicable to postdoctoral research or other professional work.



Applicants must fulfil both general and specific entry requirements. An applicant meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if they have obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.39):

1. a degree at the second-cycle level,
2. at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 must be at the second-cycle level, or
3. largely equivalent knowledge in other ways in Sweden or abroad.


An applicant meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies if they have obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.40) at least 60 higher education credits in the field of international relations, peace and conflict studies or global development studies or another university education of equivalent depth and breadth. Applicants who have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad will also be considered to meet the specific entry requirements.



Applicants will be assessed based on the general and specific eligibility requirements and their estimated ability to benefit from the study programme. The assessment places particular focus on:

1. A proposal/introduction letter (max 2,000 words plus references) that formulates some preliminary ideas of how the applicant envisions that his/her PhD work will contribute to the research project in question.
2. A Master's thesis, academic papers and/or other relevant works. These will be used to assess the applicant’s ability to formulate and delimit research tasks and present and analyze research results, as well as his/her familiarity with and handling of methodological and theoretical issues. 
3. A CV summarizing relevant work experience, language proficiency and other skills. 
4. Grades achieved in undergraduate and postgraduate studies. 
5. Interviews will be held with shortlisted applicants.


The applicant’s skills, experience, creativity and excellence in research are also assessed on the basis of the points above.


Decisions on the shortlist will be made latest in April and final decisions in May.


The Head of Department is in charge of all admission decisions at the third-cycle level. This decision cannot be appealed.



The position is a temporary position of four years according to the Higher Education Ordinance with an extent of 100 %. The employment is located at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. Employment starts August 2019.


Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctorial level are given in SFS 1993:100. Only a person who are admitted to third-cycle (doctoral) programmes may be employed as a PhD student.


The doctoral candidate may undertake departmental duties corresponding to up to 20% of a full-time position. If they do so, the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly.


For further information regarding the position


Camilla Orjuela, Associate Professor in Peace and Development Research, +46 (0) 31 786 5873, Swati Parashar, Associate Professor in Peace and Development Research, +46 (0)31 786 4401,



Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:


How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system.


The application must include:

1) A proposal/introduction letter of maximum 2,000 words (+ references). 
2) A Master’s thesis and/or any other relevant papers or publications. Submitted texts must be written in Swedish or English. Any translated versions must be accompanied by the original text.
3) A CV.
4) Copies of diplomas and/or academic transcripts verifying that the general and specific entry requirements stated above have been met. Evidence of other relevant qualifications.


No reference letters will be considered.


It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete. No changes or additions are allowed after the final submission date.


The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.


Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.


Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed will not be returned.

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