Researcher in the pedagogics of environmental economics

Reference number PAR 2024/209

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract researchers and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

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The Environment for Development (EfD) is a unit at the School of Business, Economics, and Law at the University of Gothenburg. EfD is a global network of environmental economics research centers primarily based in the Global South. The overall objective of EfD is to support poverty alleviation and sustainable development by building environmental economics’ capacity for policy-making processes. EfD has centers hosted by academic institutions in Central America, Chile, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam. More information about EfD can be found on the EfD website:

EfD was launched in 2007 by the Environmental Economics Unit at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. EfD continues to work in close partnership with the Department of Economics, which has around 100 employees and 800 students. The collaboration is particularly strong with the research groups in environmental, behavioral, and development economics.

Job assignments

This research position will strengthen EfD's capacity to conduct higher education research and development with a focus on education for sustainable development, with the overall goal of strengthening the quality of EfD's capacity development efforts.

A primary task is to work with developing EfD's academic capacity building programs. This includes the development of a new capacity building program within the EfD network (3CSD - Collaborative Climate Change and Sustainable Development). Another primary task concerns supporting the existing capacity building program Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) on matters of pedagogy and pedagogical development. Working with both programs include for example 1) project management and collaboration with relevant host universities and EfD centers, 2) the development and continuous evaluation of: curricula, learning environments, learning platforms, learning materials and other learning tools, as well as 3) further education and coaching of teachers. An additional area for this development work concerns online courses focused on environmental economics for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) students and professionals.

The successful candidate is also expected to conduct and create opportunities for educational research centering on higher education for sustainable development, for example focusing on the evaluation on EfD's capacity building efforts. Linking to the EfD research context, the focus should be primarily on capacity building with a focus on climate and environmental economics, where interdisciplinary issues related to poverty, the environment and sustainable development are at the center. This includes tasks such as developing research applications, conducting data collection, analysis and visualization, as well as developing pedagogical interventions and experiments. A main format for the work is thus action-based research where participation in pedagogical development becomes a necessity.



  • Doctoral degree in a relevant subject, such as higher education pedagogy or education for sustainable development.
  • Extensive experience of pedagogical development and research.
  • Experience of working with teacher-training for teachers with multi-disciplinary backgrounds.
  • Good project management and administrational skills.
  • Excellent proficiency of written and spoken English.
  • Experience of using generative AI related to pedagogical efforts 


  • Documented research within the field of higher education pedagogy and development, with clear connections to climate and sustainability education.
  • Experiences of working with international capacity building programs.
  • Experiences of working with STEM education for students and professionals
  • Experiences of working with digital tools for online learning spanning multiple national contexts
  • Ability to collaborate and work with diverse groups.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Swedish.


The employment is a permanent position with an extent of 80 % of full time, located at the Environment for Development, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg. Probationary employment may be applied. Starting date is as soon as possible. 

Contact information for the position 

Please contact:
Gunnar Köhlin, Director of EfD, 031-786 44 26,


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Please attach the following in the application:

  • CV
  • A personal letter of maximum two pages in which you explain how you intend to work if you are offered the position.
  • PhD diploma
  • Research activities: summary of your own academic research activities
  • Teaching activities: summary of your pedagogical merits and teaching track record.
  • Summary of your leadership abilities and administrative skills, and any merits related to collaboration with surrounding society.
  • Three representative and recently produced articles.
  • References (name and contact information)

Applications must be received by: 2024-03-13 

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