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University of Oslo Doctoral Fellowship - ‘Energy Use, Food Consumption and Sustainability, Norway

Publish Date: Nov 15, 2016

Deadline: Jan 09, 2017

‘Energy Use, Food Consumption and Sustainability

The Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) at the University of Oslo is inviting applications to a 3 year PhD research fellowship. SUM is an international research institution at the University of Oslo with a well-established track record of undertaking critical, independent and high quality interdisciplinary and policy-related research on the challenges and dilemmas posed by sustainable development.

SUM’s current research is anchored in four thematic research areas: Poverty and Development in the 21st Century; Energy and Consumption; Culture, Ethics and Sustainability; Global Governance for Sustainable Development and Global Health.

SUM is primarily a research institution, but also offers PhD courses and an International Master in Development, Environment and Cultural Change. The Centre has the status of Research School specialising in educating scholars interested in interdisciplinary perspectives on development and the environment.


The production, distribution and consumption of food significantly contribute to growth in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions as well as to a wide range of other environmental challenges. Food consumption and nutrition also affect human health and wellbeing, and there is evidence that the introduction of modern forms of energy (e.g. electricity, appliances, modern stoves) in poverty ridden contexts may lead to shifts in food consumption practices. 

In this call we encourage applicants to submit proposals that are focusing on the nexus between new forms of energy use, food consumption and sustainability (including nutrition). We are particularly interested in proposals that focus on one or more of the following: 

  • The social, economic and political drivers of – and environmental impacts of – increasing meat consumption in OECD countries and emerging economies
  • The links between the promotion and consumption of fast food, ready-made food and convenience appliances such as refrigerators, freezers and microwave ovens
  • The political, material and socio-cultural drivers of current trends in food consumption and explorations of alternative and more sustainable food consumption practices

Applicants should enclose a project description (max. 10 pages), which shows how the project relates to one or more of the above-mentioned topics. The project description should also include a budget and progress plan.


  • A 2-year Master’s degree in humanities or social sciences (including development studies)
  • Academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame (3 years)
  • Collaboration and communication skills (including written and spoken English)
  • Interest in interdisciplinary academic work

The selected candidates will have their place of work at SUM, but will – as a condition of being granted the fellowship – have to be admitted to a doctoral programme at one of the faculties of the University of Oslo, and follow the researcher education course at that faculty. The academic work will result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at one of these faculties with a view to obtaining a PhD degree.

Personal Skills

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the quality of the project description and on the assumed academic and personal ability on the part of the candidates to complete the project within the given time frame. Short-listed applicants may be invited for an interview at the University of Oslo.

• Applicants must be fluent in English. Knowledge of Norwegian, Swedish or Danish is an advantage.

We offer

  • a challanging and friendly working environment
  • salary 432 700 NOK - 473 100 NOK per year
  • favourable pension arrangement
  • attractive welfare arrangements
  • workout during hours,  1,5 h pr week

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