Malmö University is an innovative, urban and international institute of higher education, located in the centre of Malmö. We have around 1,800 employees and 24,000 students. Our research and education are characterised by the role we believe a university should play in an open society — to contribute to sustainability and equality in a scientifically grounded way with external partners and stakeholders. Identifying and addressing the challenges of the future are of highest priority. Our researchers and students work collaboratively to create, share and spread knowledge in order to understand, explain and develop society — both locally and globally.

Department of Global Political Studies
The Department of Global Political Studies is a multidisciplinary research and educational environment with Bachelor programs in European Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER), Diversity Studies, International Relations, Human Rights, and Political Science. There are two Masters programs – in IMER and Global Politics – as well as two Ph.D. programmes in the same subjects. The Department’s educational programmes and research focus on global processes of change and their impact on societies and individuals. Our research environment also includes MIM (Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare) and the research platforms RUCARR (Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research) and REDEM (Rethinking Democracy).

About the Institute for Urban Research
The Institute for Urban Research (IUR) at Malmö University, Sweden, is a newly established interdisciplinary research institute that brings together geographers, historians, economists, planners, architects, urban designers, political scientists, ethnologists, anthropologists and sociologists. Our researchers conduct research in the fields of migration, housing and urban renewal, housing, urban economics, mobilities, social sustainability, urban ecology, and urban histories, amongst other topics.

By bringing together urban researchers at Malmö University, the IUR seeks to trigger synergies between different strands of research around urban challenges currently existing at Malmö University. The IUR has a threefold aim. First, it wants to expose urban challenges in our research. Second, it wants to propose urban solutions to those challenges, which take the form of scientific interventions, practical solutions resulting in policy advice, and education. Third, it wants to engage in urban transformation through not only gathering knowledge about challenges and proposing solutions, but by playing a pro-active role in the implementation of those proposals through intense collaboration with authorities, private actors and civil society groups. 

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IUR guest researchers
The IUR is currently looking for two visiting urban researchers for a one-month research stay at Malmö University between 1 March and 20 December 2020. The selected scholars will have the opportunity to conduct research at the IUR and to participate in the Institute’s research activities. The visiting scholars will be hosted by the Department of Global Political Studies.

The guest researchers will be fully employed by Malmö University for one month. The salary is negotiable. The guest researchers’ actual presence in Malmö will be agreed upon before the start of the Autumn term.

Profile and requirements

  • You have a doctoral degree (PhD) and have a proven record in research on urban issues.
  • You have experience with multidisciplinary research.
  • You commit to presenting your research and research results in at least one seminar for staff and one guest lecture for students.

You participate actively in the activities of the IUR, and you organize one of more activities.

We offer

  • Employment by Malmö University. Accommodation and travel expenses refund.
  • Facilities to conduct your research at Malmö University (desk space, log-in, library access, etc.). The possibility to fully participate in the research activities of the IUR.
  • The possibility to communicate your own research to the members of the Institute and of the research groups involved.

The assessment criterias are

  • the quality of the motivation letter, the project proposal, the CV, the artist statement and the portfolio.
  • connection of the proposed art project to current urban challenges, current research projects at the IUR, and the urban environment of Malmö as a place to do art
  • ability to show a conceptual and experimental approach.

For Malmö University: Guy Baeten, Director of the Institute for Urban Research,
For the Department of Global Political Studies: Magnus Ericson, Head of Department,
For general employment and procedural questions, contact Rebecka Forslund, Human Resources,

Additional Information
The position is a one-month research stay, starting March 1st 2020 or by earliest convenience and agreement.
The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in Sweden at the start of the appointment. As an employee of Malmö University, you are entitled to salary and reimbursements according to agreements. At Malmö University, individual salary negotiations apply.

You as the applicant are responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and that it is submitted to the University before 13 December 2019.

Welcome with your application!