Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

The Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management is part of the faculty for Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Sciences. Teaching and research responsibilities of the department cover six thematic areas: landscape planning, landscape analysis, governance and management, urban vegetation, cultural heritage, and design of urban landscapes. Teaching and research are multidisciplinary, including the perspectives of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and technology. Of special concern is the development of action-oriented knowledge about society and sustainable urban environments through studies of planning and design practices. The department’s staff comprises 80 members, active in both teaching and research.


We are searching for a Post-Doc to work on research within the VIVA-PLAN project being coordinated by SLU. The VIVA-PLAN project aims to develop a sustainable spatial planning framework for revitalising in-between spaces for social inclusion, biodiversity and well-being, including safety and security. Empirical research will be conducted in three study sites within Malmö, Södertälje and Copenhagen, with support from the international reference sites of Winnipeg (Canada) and Utrecht (NL).

This role will involve research tasks over 12 months. The successful candidate will be responsible for the following tasks, among others: 1) the assessment of ecological values for in-between spaces; 2) the application and analysis of public participation GIS tools for identifying the different types of social values assigned to in-between spaces by residents in each area; 3) support the evaluation of co-creation events; 4) support the creation of a comprehensive report that presents key methods, results and policy implications.

Specific tasks include spatial analyses, data management and collection, analysing and compiling results in a report, and the writing of academic journal articles.



  • PhD in ecology, social sciences or related field
  • Demonstrated experience working on the assessment of social and/or ecological values in urban areas
  • Demonstrated experience in engaging diverse stakeholders (e.g., industry, government, academics and landholders)
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills, including a record of publication in peer-reviewed academic journals
  • Effective inter- and intrapersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in working cohesively in an inter-disciplinary team environment


  • Desired: 
  • Skills in spatial analyses or willingness to learn how to employ spatial analyses techniques in relation to social and ecological values
  • Research track record in environmental science or environmental social science
  • Ability to work independently and to support online meetings
  • Well-networked in international research and stakeholder communities
  • Ability to speak Swedish or Danish will be an advantage.

As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at most.

Place of work:

Alnarp, Sweden

Form of employment:

Temporary employment, 12 months



Starting date:

According to agreement.


The application should include an application letter describing your motivation for applying for the position and your research interests, addressing the required and desired qualifications below (2 pages), as well as a CV that includes a list of publications, a sample of your work, (e.g. a journal article), contact information of two reference persons and PhD diploma/certificate.

We welcome your application no later than 12th March 2021, use the button below.

Academic union representatives:

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Ingrid Sarlöv Herlin

Head of Department

+46 (0)40-415407

Christopher Raymond

Guest Professor