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5 de marzo de 2022

Haz el doctorado en cambio climático en Suecia

Oferta compartida por Cristina

Doctoral Position in Environmental Social Science – with a focus on climate change and migration

Ref PAR 2022/153

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 55 900 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

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 and 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 research programme “A New Interdisciplinary Framework for Studying the Relation between Climate Change and Migration”, financed by the Swedish Research Council. The programme aims to establish an interdisciplinary research environment comprising the natural and social sciences to examine how climate change affects migration in three of the world’s most populated mountain areas: the Andes, the Himalayas and the Ethiopian highlands. As some of the most vulnerable regions to climate change, mountain regions showcase how climate change affects migration, but also how climate change intersects with other drivers of migration. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, ranging from ethnographic fieldwork to non-linear modelling methods, the program will construct and test a novel analytical framework to comprehend the complex interrelationship between various drivers of migration. The PhD student will carry out a study in one of the three regions, using social science methods, such as ethnography and/or demographic analysis.

Job assignments

The purpose of undertaking doctoral studies is to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting independent research within the field of Environmental Social Science. The doctoral studies comprise one year of coursework and three years of research, culminating in the production of a dissertation that makes a significant and original contribution to the research field. The knowledge and skills that are acquired during the studies should be applicable to postdoctoral research or other professional work. The position is salaried and covers four years (full-time equivalent, fixed term), beginning in August 2022. The doctoral candidate may undertake departmental duties corresponding to up to 20% of a full-time position, in which case the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly. There are no tuition fees.

We are looking for a candidate with an interest in climate change and migration, and who has extensive knowledge of one of the regions, including relevant language skills. Moreover, experience from interdisciplinary research, especially combining the social and the natural sciences, is considered favourably.


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):
a degree at the second-cycle level,
at least 240 Higher Education Credits, of which at least 60 must be at the second cycle level, or
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.


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:
A research proposal (max 2,000 words including references) that presents some preliminary ideas about how the applicant envisions that their PhD work will contribute to research on the focus area indicated above. The research proposal will be assessed for the applicant’s ability to formulate a research problem and his/her familiarity with and handling of methodological and theoretical issues. The research proposal should suggest a research problem (including purpose, aims and research questions) and indicate tentative ideas on theory, research design, methods, and data, as well as a provisional timeline.
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 analyse and present research results.
A CV summarizing relevant work experience, language proficiency and other skills.
Grades achieved in undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
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 2022.

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

For further information regarding the position

Anders Burman, associate professor, anders.burman@globalstudies.gu.se, +46-(0)766-185919


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/unionrepresentatives

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: 

A proposal/introduction letter of maximum 2,000 words.
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.
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.
The names of two references and their contact information. NB! No letters of recommendation 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.

For questions regarding the handling of the application portal or technical problems, please contact rekrytering@gu.se

Closing date: 15 of March 2022

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.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we will use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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