Postdoc Position in ‘Intersectionality and Climate Policy Making’ (Sweden) Deadline: April 30, 2019

University of Gothenburg

Application Deadline

April 30, 2019

Program Commencement

July 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

2 Years

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Program Details

The School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg produces top-quality research, teaching, and public engagement on today’s key global challenges. The staff of over 100 faculty and Ph.D. researchers examines global questions and their governance in disciplines and areas such as environmental studies, human ecology, sustainability, international relations, peace and security, and development studies as well as in anthropology, regional studies, cultural heritage, gender, human rights, and migration. The School’s work is highly international, cross-disciplinary, and policy-relevant.

The School invites applications for a two-year full-time postdoctoral research fellowship. The position forms part of a research project led by Professor Annica Kronsell on ‘Intersectionality and Climate Policy Making’. The post mainly involves research on this project, but there may be opportunities also to teach (to a maximum 20% of full-time).

Climate issues are salient on the political agenda and governmental institutions are deeply involved in developing policies with significant distributive effects for the future. Proposed strategies tend to focus on technical and economic solutions while research stresses the importance of social inclusion to achieve a climate transition in line with current environmental and sustainability objectives. The project ‘Intersectionality and Climate Policy Making: Ways forward to a socially inclusive and sustainable welfare state’ aims to demonstrate the many ways in which climate change is entangled with intersectional power dynamics – e.g. gender, class, ethnicity, and geographical location – and attempt to remedy the fact that recognition of such factors in climate policy-making has been very limited. The aim of the project is to increase knowledge among climate policymakers about intersectional factors so they may develop socially inclusive and just climate policies in line with Agenda 2030. Drawing on feminist institutionalism and intersectional theory, the project asks: How can the awareness of social differences be increased among Swedish climate policy makers? Why has Swedish climate policy hitherto generally not recognized the importance of including social differences? How might intersectionally-informed climate policies be formulated?

The project is closely aligned with a concurrent four-year research programme on Intersectionality and Climate Policy Making which runs 2019-2022 with funding from the Swedish Research Council Formas. The postdoc will thereby be part of a vibrant larger research endeavor including a Professor and Ph.D. student placed in Environmental Social Science at the School of Global Studies, researchers at Malmö University and Linköping University.

Within the project the postdoctoral fellow will: (a) contribute to theoretical framing; (b) assemble literature and policy documents from Swedish national authorities c) prepare and conduct interviews; (d) conduct qualitative analysis (e) author single and joint publications from the data. The project includes funds for fieldwork as well as presentations at academic conferences.

Eligibility/ Requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a doctoral degree from Sweden or an equivalent degree from another country by the date of the application deadline. The doctoral degree should have a focus on climate/environmental or sustainability issues acquired in the social sciences or another area deemed relevant for the project Preference will be given to candidates who have been awarded the doctoral degree no more than three years before the application deadline and who have not held a postdoc position within the same or similar subject area at the University of Gothenburg for more than one year. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, etc.

Applications will be judged against the primary criteria of (a) theoretical and empirical knowledge of climate/environmental and sustainability issues acquired in one of the following areas: political science, policy studies, global studies, gender studies, economic studies or another area deemed relevant for the project (b) demonstrated skills in qualitative research methods (c) full fluency in spoken and written English and Swedish; (d) interest and capacity to work independently and in a research team; and (e) ability to communicate research findings to societal audiences beyond academia.

Application Process

In order to apply for a position, the candidate has to register an account on the online recruitment system.  Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed in 2 copies to: University of Gothenburg, Andrea Iriarte, School of Global Studies, Box 700, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden. Clearly quote reference number PAR 2019/388 when sending complementary documents. Applications should be written in English.

Click here to apply for the position. For clarifications and queries, contact: Professor Annica Kronsell +46 704 50 54 72,

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