Doctoral Position in Environmental Social Science University of Gothenburg, School of Global Studies Sweden

Doctoral Position in Environmental Social Science

Diary id: PAR 2018/1764

Employment level: Time limited employment (temporary)

Location: School of Global Studies

Apply by: 2019-02-13

Environmental social science (ESS) at the School of Global Studies is a new and growing interdisciplinary subject that explores questions related to environmental change and unsustainable natural resource use in the context of both the global north and south. The overarching aim of ESS is to contribute to an increased understanding of complex environmental problems through the application and development of social science theory and methodology. Currently, the 20 researchers within the ESS group are addressing a broad range of themes, including environmental governance & policy, sustainable development, green growth, environmental justice, traditional ecological knowledge, environmental education, political ecology, environmental conflicts, and marine resource use.


Environmental Social Science at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, announces a doctoral position within the FORMAS financed research project: Intersectionality and Climate Policy Making: Ways forward to a socially inclusive and sustainable welfare state. The aim of this project is to explore how Swedish climate policy makers understand social differences and how a more inclusive climate policy could be achieved. To this end the project develops scientifically sound guidelines that can aid policy makers in their efforts to recognize intersectional factors to develop socially inclusive and just climate policies. Drawing on feminist institutionalism and intersectional theory, the project asks: How can the awareness of social differences be increased among Swedish climate policy makers? Why has Swedish climate policy generally not recognized the importance of including social differences? How might intersectionally-informed climate policies be formulated? The project is qualitative and works with two types of cases – climate policy making in four national agencies and in three municipalities – because achieving climate goals demands action among both national and local institutions. The project will develop intersectional methodology for studying climate policy making and will work with both policy analysis, elite interviews, focus group discussions and with mobile lab methodology in the three local cases.


Job assignments
The purpose of undertaking doctoral studies is to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting independent research within environmental social science. 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 secondcycle 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) a degree at the second-cycle level in a social and behavioral science discipline, including 30 higher education credits at either first- or second-cycle level that have an environment focus and a thesis at the second cycle with an environment focus. Applicants who have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad will also be considered to meet the specific entry requirements. The doctoral candidate is required to be fluent in Swedish to read local materials and conduct interviews.


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 the one who are admitted to third-cycle (doctoral) programmes may be employed as 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
Annica Kronsell, Professor in ESS, +46 (0) 31 786 5472,


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. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.


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


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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