Ph.D. Position in International Environment and Development Studies (Norway) Deadline: March 29, 2019

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

Application Deadline

March 28, 2019

Program Commencement

Sept.01, 2019

Duration of the Program

3 Years

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Program Details

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) is a public university located in Ås, Norway. Having a history since 1859, it is the second oldest institution of higher education in Norway. 

The Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) at the Faculty of Landscape and Society at the University has a vacant 3-year PhD position related to Extractive resource processes.

Exploitation of exhaustible resources such as oil, gas, and minerals is often contentious. Despite efforts to improve corporate practices and safeguard local interests, such as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, challenges remain in a number of dimensions. These include a lack of transparency, corrupt practices, continuing neglect of social responsibility, the local social, political and economic consequences, and a failure to adequately protect sensitive natural environments. Extractive industries present us with a number of issues at the macro, middle, and micro scales, such as resource governance, foreign direct investment, economic dependence, resource conflicts, the ‘resource curse’, human and/or indigenous rights, institutional innovation and collaboration, local participation and organization, poverty, inequality, and resistance. The Department invites applicants to submit project proposals for critically investigating extractive resource processes. The successful applicant will engage empirically with one or more specific cases of extraction and their local effects, and also indicate how cases connect to broader social and economic issues. Relevant academic fields include – but are not limited to – political ecology, anthropology of development, science and technology studies, environmental & social justice, and environmental history. The PhD program consists of mandatory and elective courses with oral and written examinations and a major research component. The applicant is advised to visit the website for detailed information regarding PhD regulations at NMBU and information about the PhD program at Noragric.

Eligibility/ Requirements

Required academic qualifications

  • The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are at the master’s degree level. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies, and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English.
  • The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD program at NMBU and Noragric.

Additional required qualifications

  • Research-based master’s degree with a GPA of B or above in a relevant field
  • Required qualifications in English with one of the following:
    • Upper secondary school English: Level 1 (140 hours per year) with the grade 4 or better
    • A pass in upper secondary school, English advanced course: Level I and/or II
    • IB Diploma (International Baccalaureat)
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 580 points for the paper-based test (PBT) or 92 points for the internet-based test (IBT)
    • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS Academic) with a minimum score of 7.0 points
    • At least one completed year of university studies in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia
    • A completed Bachelor degree, or a minimum of one complete year of graduate study, with English as the teaching language, in a Nordic country
    • A university degree in the subject English Language or English Literature
    • Other approved documentation by individual assessment.

Desired academic qualifications

Research or work experience within one or more of the following academic fields: political ecology, anthropology of development, science and technology studies, environmental & social justice, and environmental history.

Required personal skills

  • Well-structured in approach to work and time use
  • Independent and responsive
  • Motivated to manage a research project
  • Enjoy interdisciplinary and collaborative work

Application Process

Apply online here. Applications should include:

  • letter of intent
  • a draft research proposal not exceeding 1000 words
  • the applicant’s complete CV
  • list of publications (if any)
  • copy of Masters thesis
  • certified copies of relevant transcripts and diploma’s
  • documentation of English proficiency
  • names and details for two references.

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD Fellow salary grade 51 (NOK 449 400 per year). Further details here.

Please contact Head of the PhD program Professor Espen Sjaastad, Email:, phone: + 47 67 23 13 32; or PhD program coordinator Josie Teurlings, E-mail:, phone +47 67 23 13 09.

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