The Department of Physical Geography is one of the major departments within the Faculty of Science. The department has approximately 135 employees and educates approximately 2 000 students annually. Education is oriented towards geography, geosciences, biology-earth sciences, and environmental management. The main research areas are: Biogeography and Geomatics, Climate science and quaternary geology, Environment, resource dynamics and management, Geomorphology and glaciology, and Hydrology, Water resources and permafrost.

Project description
The position will be associated with the project: Green Access: Accessing urban nature. Opportunities and challenges of territorialisation processes in relation to environmental justice and the promotion of multifunctional green commons. 
Due to ongoing urbanization by sprawl and densification, green spaces are shrinking in size and changing in character, functions and accessibility. Ongoing demographic changes in cities worldwide (e.g. immigration, aging, segregation) also contribute to a diversification of demands and expectations of public green spaces. The result is an increasing competition for space and as a consequence existing forms of territorialisation processes of urban green commons are amplified and new forms emerging.

It is important to apply interdisciplinary research to the opportunities and challenges this poses for human access to and use of urban green commons in relation to issues of equity and multifunctionality. The PhD student will do this by applying a political ecology research framework, including a case study approach where initial quantitative surveys of actual change as well as qualitative explorations of social and ecological values ascribed to green commons, their use and accessibility will be essential. The main case study area is Järvakilen in Stockholm, but comparative work in other parts of Stockholm, and/or Sweden as well as elsewhere in Europe is likely to be part of the PhD project.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements and to fulfil the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of physical geography applicants should have acquired a total of 240 higher education credits (of which at least 60 at advanced level) in one or more of the following subjects: Geography, Human geography, Physical geography, Sustainability science, or Environmental science (in a broad sense). Or have acquired the equivalent knowledge in some alternative fashion. Preference will be given to those with a background in and/or a documented interest in interdisciplinary research, experience in applying a political ecology approach, combining qualitative and quantitative methods as well as working closely with stakeholders in collaborative processes.

The applicant must be fully fluent in Swedish since the position involves frequent interaction with Swedish stakeholders (e.g. interviews, workshops) and analysis of official Swedish documents.

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. The primary assessment criteria in appointing a doctoral student should be the capacity to benefit from the training.

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidates’ documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, written and oral proficiency in both Swedish and English, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate’s written motivation for seeking the position.

The candidate should have basic knowledge in GIS and an interest in developing such skills further, and preferably have an understanding of, and interest in, urban development. Finally, the candidate should have a documented interest in socio-environmental interactions and is expected to work closely with researchers across the natural and social sciences.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at:

Terms of employment
The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For more information, please contact please contact Associate Professor Annika Dahlberg, telephone: +46 8 674 7850, Information about the position can also be obtained from Assistant Professor Sara Borgström,

Further information about the position can be obtained from HR responsible Susanna Blåndman,

Union representatives
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), (SEKO), and PhD student representative,

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing: 
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement 
    – why and how you wish to complete the project 
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 30/09/2017

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