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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 Formas Research Council financed research project “Wolf conflicts: Optimizing socio-ecological sustainability in large carnivore management”. The aim of this research project is to study the politicized large carnivore question in three regions in Sweden as part of a wider debate over democracy and inclusion, where many on the countryside with large carnivore presence express feelings of being unfairly treated, disrespected, and continuously excluded by decisions affecting their cultural values and wellbeing. In understanding this policy conflict, and assessing the potential for managing this conflict through collaboration, the project will apply the integrative approach to social-ecological transformations, drawing on the fields of social ecology and political ecology. The research project uses a mixed method approach for data collection, including document studies, interviews and participant observation. The PhD project is structured along three components: (1) exploration of decision-making within current large carnivore policy and management; (2) assessment of the viability of environmental collaborative governance; and (3) comparison across regions to contribute to better understanding the opportunities and challenges with environmental collaborative governance to transition to sustainable development.
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 interest in environmental collaborative governance and human-wildlife conflicts, and who wishes to contribute to the growing research area of critical conservation social sciences. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience from wildlife management, preferably in a Scandinavian context. The candidate must be fluent in Swedish or Norwegian.
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 proposal/introduction letter (max 2,000 words including references) that formulates some preliminary ideas of how the applicant envisions that his/her PhD work will contribute to the research project in question.
- 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
Annelie Sjölander-Lindqvist, email@example.com, phone 076-6185165
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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.
- A CV.
- 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.
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Closing date: 15 of February 2022
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