University of Gothenburg Doctoral studentship in Environmental Social Science, Sweden

Publish Date: Dec 10, 2015

Deadline: Feb 01, 2016

University of Gothenburg Doctoral studentship in Environmental Social Science

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 4 years
Extent: 100 %
Location: School of Global Studies, Gothenburg
First day of employment: 1 September 2016
Reference number: UR 2015/1199

The School of Global Studies (SGS) is advertising a doctoral studentship in environmental social science. Environmental social science at SGS is an interdisciplinary subject that is organized as joint faculty PhD-program, incorporating advisors, lecturers and researchers from different social science disciplines. Substantively research in ESS analyses causes, effects, and solutions in relation to environmental change and unsustainable natural resource use in the context of both the global north and south.

The focus of ESS is to develop an understanding of how various social scientific disciplines can be combined to grasp the complexity of current environmental problems, both theoretically and methodologically. It is thus developed at the interface between social and behavioral disciplines. Given the complexity of the topic, ESS can also include relevant insights from the humanities and ecological sciences, and the combination of scientific and non-scientific expertise in applied and transdisciplinary approaches.

Current research in environmental social science at SGS includes (but is not limited to) critical analysis of natural resource use and governance, studies of the institutional dynamics of environmental change, as well as the development and application of transdisciplinary approaches in relation to the sustainability challenges posed by urbanization.

Job assignments

The aim of the doctoral studentship is for the doctoral student to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to conduct research autonomously within environmental social science and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline through the production of a scholarly thesis. Another aim is for the doctoral student to develop an ability to later apply the acquired knowledge and skills within post-degree research or other professional work.

The doctoral studentship is a fully payed position limited to 4 years in duration and is carried out on a full-time basis unless there are acceptable reasons to the contrary (minimum 50%). The position may include departmental duties corresponding to up to 20% of a full-time post over the course of study. If such tasks are required, the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly.


To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and specific entry requirements.
An applicant meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he/she has obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.39):

1.a degree at the second-cycle level, 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.

Applicants who fulfilled the general entry requirements for postgraduate studies prior to 1 July 2007 shall be considered to fulfil the general entry requirements for postgraduate studies also after this date and until the end of 2015.

An applicant meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he/she has obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.40):

1.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.
2.equivalent knowledge acquired in Sweden or another country.


According to the Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, applicants will be assessed based on their estimated ability to benefit from the study programmes and available supervisory resources at the faculty. To this end, applicants must submit the following documents with their application:

1.papers, degree projects and other relevant works, which will be assessed in terms of the applicant?s ability to formulate, delimit and analyse research tasks and present research results.

2.a project draft of maximum 2000 words stating the applicant?s research interest(s) and planned focus area of his/her doctoral thesis. In addition, the project draft must demonstrate familiarity with previous and current research as well as an ability to formulate scientific problems.

The selection process will furthermore include interviews.

Admission to third-cycle studies may also be granted within a framework where the University of Gothenburg does not serve as employer (external position, so-called samverkansdoktorand). The assessment process for these applicants is the same as for other applicants. A special agreement will be developed in these cases.

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

Additional information

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