Doctoral student in Urban Studies, at least two positions


Ref REK 2021/235

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.


The Faculty of Culture and Society is a multidisciplinary faculty that includes the School of Arts and Communication, the Department of Global Political Studies and the Department of Urban Studies. The Faculty conducts postgraduate studies in the following subjects: Global Politics, Interaction Design, International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Media and Communication Studies and Urban Studies. The Faculty hosts two of the university’s five research centres as well as four research platforms. Read more about the Faculty of Culture and Society here.


Urban Studies is a multidisciplinary department with roughly 100 co-workers and 2000 students. We conduct research within the fields of urban studies, transport studies, real estate science, sustainable studies and organisation studies. We have a focus on theoretically informed and empirically grounded research. We study economical, social, cultural, material and discursive processes of change with a focus on cities. We also study organisations and leadership with a multidisciplinary critical approach, with a specific focus on relations. Our research takes place in a transgressive environment with a focus on the complex character of society and organisations. The department offers educational programs at graduate, post-graduate and research education levels. The knowledge and research area Urban studies is closely connected to education and research at the department and constitutes a research education field. Furthermore, we collaborate with our well-established networks within the public sector, the corporate sector and civil society. The department offers a PhD program and masters programs in Urban Studies, as well as bachelor programs encompassing city planning, environmental studies, transport and logistics, real estate science as well as both masters and bachelor level studies in organisation and leadership. Read more about the Department of Urban Studies here.

Doctoral program in Urban Studies

As a doctoral student at the department, you are part of the postgraduate subject Urban Studies.
The doctoral studies subject Urban Studies can be defined as the scientific study of the content, form, planning and transformation of urban areas together with environmental, economic, and organisational aspects on urban development. The subject is positioned in a field of tension between social and cultural practices and the material world of global resource flows, manufactured landscapes, buildings, infrastructure, and everyday objects.

Urban Studies is of major substantive breadth and treats several aspects of urban conditions, which requires that it is multi- and interdisciplinary and pluralistic in terms of research methods. Urban Studies is based on a multi- and interdisciplinary foundation with roots in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Read more about the PhD education here.

Work duties

Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. The doctoral program concludes with a doctoral degree and comprises 240 credits, which corresponds to four years of full-time study. The program consists of courses and an independent research project that you will present in a doctoral thesis.

The doctoral student will be expected to play an active part in the academic and social life of the Department of Urban Studies through participating in its academic activities and events.


Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral studentships (Chapter 5, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance). Preparation of admission to postgraduate education and employment as a doctoral student take place in parallel. Those who have basic requirements for admission will have:

  • passed a degree at advanced level, or
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS, of which 60 ECTS at advanced level, or
  • in some other way, in- or outside Sweden, have acquired equivalent knowledge (HEO Chapter 7 section 39)

As the official language of the University is Swedish and since most of our bachelor education is in Swedish, we expect the PhD, if not already fluent in Swedish, to learn Swedish within two years.

Specific requirements:

Those who have knowledge and skills corresponding to a degree at advanced level in Urban Studies or another subject that is relevant to the postgraduate subject Urban Studies as above, fulfills the specific qualifications. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the subject, Social Science as well as Humanities and Technical-Natural Science subjects can be seen as relevant subjects.

Specific requirements for this position:

  • Proven fluency in English in both speech and writing.

Assessment criteria

When selecting between applicants for vacant positions, the ability to complete postgraduate education is assessed (HEO Chapter 7 Section 5). The assessment will take into account:

  • Independence in analysis and structure in previous work
  • Relevance of research plan for Urban studies, as well as its originality and feasibility
  • Problem formulation and rigor in previous work and research plan
  • Methodological and scientific maturity

Terms of employment

Upon admission to doctoral studies, the person will be offered the appointment of doctoral student (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 5, Sect. 3). The doctoral studentship is a fixed-term position comprising four years of full-time studies (Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5 Section 7).

Those appointed to doctoral studentships may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research, artistic research and administration, however, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20 per cent of a full-time post (Chapter 5, Section 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance).

Salaries for doctoral students at Malmö university are regulated by a 'salary scale'.

Further information

For questions regarding the PhD education, contact Per-Markku Ristilammi, Director of third cycle education,, 040-665 73 56.

For other questions contact Kerstin Sandell, Head of Department,, 040-665 73 20.

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 11 February 2022. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the University can read what is written in the application. If the application is not written in Swedish, English, Danish or Norwegian, the attached documents in other language must be translated by an authorised translator into Swedish or English. If you are seeking the services of an authorised translator, you can find a directory list at Kammarkollegiet (

The application must include:

  • Completed application form for admission to Doctoral Education
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diplomas, transcript of records and other certificates relevant for the position
  • A brief research plan presenting the focus of research and a thesis concept, and how this relates to the specific post (max 4 pages). The research plan must contain an overall purpose, questions that the project intends to answer, an account of the methodological approach, a description of material collection and type of research material and an account of the theoretical framework
  • Independent work at advanced level (including master thesis or equivalent)
  • Other publications that you want to cite (research reports or scientific publications, max


The post is full-time and for a limited period, in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5 Section 7

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.

Start date

The starting date is 1 September 2022.

Union representatives

Saco-S, Rebecka Johansson,
OFR, Martin Reissner,

PhD Student Union representative

Michel Anderlini,


We are looking forward to receiving your application!


You apply no later than 11/02/2022 by clicking the apply button.