About Malmö University
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 Urban Studies
The department of Urban Studies is characterised by three core features: dynamic interdisciplinary research; a professional organisation; and a highly qualified faculty. The department comprises around 95 researchers and teachers, as well as 2000 students. We have a strong emphasis on theory-driven empirical research and teaching informed by the social and behavioural sciences.

We are building collaboration within four main intersecting themes: Housing, Real Estate and Urban Renewal; Transport, Mobilities and Urban Business Development; Risk Management and Urban Ecology; and Work and Organisational Psychology and Organisation Studies. Across these themes, we unite around cultural, economic, material, social and discursive processes of change.

Furthermore, we collaborate with our well-established networks within the public sector, the corporate sector and civil society. Read more here.

About the Institute for Urban Research
The Institute for Urban Research is a university-wide research centre that brings together all urban research at Malmö University. The IUR is the first institute for urban research in the Oresound region – the region with one of the highest urban growth rates in Europe. It seeks to consolidate urban research at Malmö University and make Malmö University grow into one of the most prominent places for urban research in Sweden, Scandinavia and Europe. The IUR aims at shaping a collective identity for urban research at Malmö University and creating a research body that adds quality to our research activities. It seeks to create a research infrastructure that clearly meets the research priorities of both the Swedish government and the European Union. The IUR is open to all urban research but has a specific focus on housing and urban renewal, urban economics, mobilities, urban ecology, urban economics, migration and social sustainability. You can find our website here.

Content and work responsibilities
The successful candidate will work in the project ‘Revisiting Allmänningar & Stråk. Spatial Justice in the 21st Century Urban-Rural Land Regime’.

Abstract of the research project
Densification, privatisation and polarisation in the post-industrial urban-rural landscape, risks leading to unsustainable, unequal and unjust access to and distribution of valued public spaces in support of recreation, health, democratic influence and freedom of movement. In contrast to this development, the aim of the project is to investigate spatial justice by analysing usage and planning of allmänningar [commons] and stråk [pathways], i.e. public spaces that connect urban and rural environments and socio-economically and ethnically segregated neighbourhoods.

The project investigates commons and pathways in Malmö, Lund and Staffanstorp in three inter-related work packages.

  • Historical Traces. Comprises analysis of historical definitions and a regional mapping showing significant commons and pathways still in use.
  • Comprises analysis of regulations, rules and economic incentives showing the relation between planning of commons and pathways and socio-economic and ethnic segregation.
  • Comprises ethnographic work and critical mapping on paper and in apps; workshops; interventions and walk-alongs showing use and access of different user-groups to nine commons and pathways.

The project evolves in close collaboration with users, artists, the three municipalities, national and international research- and teaching environments. Results will be presented in research articles a co-written book and an exhibition. The long-term goal is to counteract fragmentation and support an environmentally and socially sustainable city/landscape. For more information see presentation on the IUR homepage.

The successful candidate will execute the following tasks:

Main tasks:

  • Familiarise him/herself with the project and the research work carried out so far.
  • Conduct ethnographic work, including interviews and observations.
  • Identify maps of relevance to the research in map archives. Co-create, analyse and compile maps developed throughout the research (by planners, artists and residents, and, from walks and go-alongs).
  • Participate in writing publications.
  • Present work in public seminars, lectures and at a conference.

Additional tasks

  • Assist in preparing and organizing an exhibition of the research.

A postdoc is primarily employed to conduct research and will have completed a PhD or an international degree considered equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of urban studies or any related field (for example architecture, design, ethnography, geography, history, planning, sociology, and other related disciplines). This employment is primarily relevant to people who have completed their doctoral degree no less than three years before the application period for the position of postdoc has expired. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree may have been completed at an earlier date. Special circumstances constitute time off because of illness, parental leave, clinical practice, union duties or other similar circumstances.

Specific requirements for this position:

  • Fluency in Swedish and very good communication skills in English, in both speech and writing

The following would be of benefit for the position:

  • Proven ability to co-operate with colleagues in other disciplines.
  • Experience of mapping, for example drawing, using G.I.S. or other relevant digital and/or physical-material mapping tools and practices.
  • Experience of qualitative research and interview techniques.
  • Experience of software for layout, such as InDesign or similar.

Assessment criteria

  • The quality and focus of the doctoral thesis
  • Research activities within fields relevant to the appointment in question
  • Documented ability to independently conduct research of a sufficient standard
  • Reflective presentation of their own pedagogical outlook and practices
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with actors in other parts of society with a connection to education and research

Further information
For Malmö University: Karin Grundström, Associate Professor and Principal Investigator, k.grundstrom@mau.se
And Kerstin Sandell, Head of the Department of Urban Studies, kerstin.sandell@mau.se
For general employment and procedural questions, contact Rebecca Nordh, Human Resources, rebecca.nordh.@mau.se

In our recruitment work, Malmö University has taken a stand regarding recruitment channels and marketing. We therefore decline all offers of advertising and recruitment assistance in connection with this advertisement.

You may apply for this position via Malmö University's recruitment system by clicking on the "Apply" button. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is completed in accordance with the advertisement, and that it is provided to the University no later than September 15.

The application must include:

  • A motivation letter including a suggestion of potential contribution to the project
  • Signed curriculum vitae
  • Certified academic transcripts
  • Educational letter of intent
  • A brief account of scientific, educational and other activities relevant to the position to which the application pertains, including a description of how the applicant envisions their future research and teaching.
  • List of scientific and educational work
  • The primary scientific and educational work being cited (maximum five of each)
  • References

The educational qualifications may be documented with guidance from Qualifications portfolio for lecturers/researchers at Malmö University. See also Appointment Rules at Malmö University.

Books and any other documents, such as publications, that cannot be sent electronically should be sent in triplicate in an envelope marked with reference number REK 2020/156 and posted to the HR Department, Malmö University, 205 06 Malmö. If the documents weigh more than 2 kg, they should be sent to the delivery address: HR Department, Malmö University, Matrosgatan 1, 211 18 Malmö, marked with reference number REK 2020/156.

The position is a full-time, fixed-term employment for 2 years.

Malmö University is a workplace and higher education institution that is characterised by an open and inclusive approach, where gender equality and equal terms add value to our activities.

Malmö University applies individual salary setting.

Start date
Autumn 2020 or early 2021.

Union representatives
Saco-S, Rebecka Johansson, rebecka.johansson@mau.se
ST/OFR, Martin Reissner, martin.reissner@mau.se

We look forward to receiving your application!