Postdoc Research Project Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 01 Dec 2021

Postdoc position within the Research Project “Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition” in the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen.

The Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for one 20-month postdoc position within the research project “Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition”. The research project is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. The successful candidate will start January 1, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project
“Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition” examines the impact of Denmark’s Citizens’ Climate Assembly on the Danish political system. The overall research question is: In what way might the assembly strengthen support for green transition policies, and to what extent will it affect existing channels for public debate and democratic decision-making? DIGT aims to answer these questions through a new framework that combines the study of deliberative democracy with affect theory, new materialism, and science and technology studies (STS). The project draws on both qualitative and quantitative methods, and it is organized around three subprojects, which together will allow the project to assess how Denmark’s Citizen Climate Assembly could, and can be expected to, contribute positively to a national green transition.

The postdoc position

The postdoc position is part of a subproject that compares the climate assembly with other civil society initiatives, with a special emphasis on whether or not the assembly co-opts or even crowds out other efforts against climate change. The postdoc project can make use of digital or qualitative/ethnographic methods and interviews to map how the climate assembly interacts with similar modes of democratic participation. The subproject will also examine whether civil society organizations perceive the assembly as a welcome opportunity to have other voices heard at a formal political level, or whether it is viewed as an inefficient and potentially exclusionary institution that crowds out radical climate action.

Are you the right candidate?
Preferred applicants will have an interest in questions related to democratic theory, climate change, and citizenship. We are looking for candidates with completed Ph.D. in political science and with strong analytical skills and proven methodological qualifications. Familiarity with the Danish climate citizens’ assembly and its place in Danish civil society is an advantage. The successful candidate must have strong Danish language skills. Please contact project-PI and Professor with special responsibilities, Lars Tønder (lt@ifs.ku.dk) for a full description of the research project and more information about the position.

Applications
The University of Copenhagen is committed to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment that reflects the diversity of society and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, age, disability, ethnicity etc.

The application must be submitted electronically, using the APPLY NOW button below, and must include:

  • Project abstract
    Please fill in the project abstract in the application form. Must not exceed 1.200 characters.
  • Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the position.
  • Project description (recommended no more than 10,000 keystrokes not including bibliography) 
  • CV   
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)   
  • Time schedule 
  • Budget 
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications, documentation of English language qualifications (if any)  

Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that they are scanned and collected into one file.  

The application must be submitted electronically no later than 1 December 2021, 23:59 CET

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee.  

The following criteria apply when we shortlist candidates for assessment: 

1. Research qualifications as reflected in the project proposal. 

2. Quality and feasibility of the project.  

3. Qualifications and knowledge in relevant disciplines. 

4. Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies. 

Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process here

Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.

Postdoc position within the Research Project “Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition” in the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen.

The Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for one 20-month postdoc position within the research project “Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition”. The research project is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. The successful candidate will start January 1, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project
“Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition” examines the impact of Denmark’s Citizens’ Climate Assembly on the Danish political system. The overall research question is: In what way might the assembly strengthen support for green transition policies, and to what extent will it affect existing channels for public debate and democratic decision-making? DIGT aims to answer these questions through a new framework that combines the study of deliberative democracy with affect theory, new materialism, and science and technology studies (STS). The project draws on both qualitative and quantitative methods, and it is organized around three subprojects, which together will allow the project to assess how Denmark’s Citizen Climate Assembly could, and can be expected to, contribute positively to a national green transition.

The postdoc position

The postdoc position is part of a subproject that compares the climate assembly with other civil society initiatives, with a special emphasis on whether or not the assembly co-opts or even crowds out other efforts against climate change. The postdoc project can make use of digital or qualitative/ethnographic methods and interviews to map how the climate assembly interacts with similar modes of democratic participation. The subproject will also examine whether civil society organizations perceive the assembly as a welcome opportunity to have other voices heard at a formal political level, or whether it is viewed as an inefficient and potentially exclusionary institution that crowds out radical climate action.

Are you the right candidate?

Preferred applicants will have an interest in questions related to democratic theory, climate change, and citizenship. We are looking for candidates with completed Ph.D. in political science and with strong analytical skills and proven methodological qualifications. Familiarity with the Danish climate citizens’ assembly and its place in Danish civil society is an advantage. The successful candidate must have strong Danish language skills. Please contact project-PI and Professor with special responsibilities, Lars Tønder (lt@ifs.ku.dk) for a full description of the research project and more information about the position.

Applications 

The University of Copenhagen is committed to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment that reflects the diversity of society and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, age, disability, ethnicity etc.

The application must be submitted electronically, using the APPLY NOW button below, and must include:

  • Project abstract
    Please fill in the project abstract in the application form. Must not exceed 1.200 characters.
  • Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the position.
  • Project description (recommended no more than 10,000 keystrokes not including bibliography) 
  • CV   
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)   
  • Time schedule 
  • Budget 
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications, documentation of English language qualifications (if any)  

Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that they are scanned and collected into one file.  

The application must be submitted electronically no later than 1 December 2021, 23:59 CET

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee.  

The following criteria apply when we shortlist candidates for assessment: 

1. Research qualifications as reflected in the project proposal. 

2. Quality and feasibility of the project.  

3. Qualifications and knowledge in relevant disciplines. 

4. Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies. 

Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process here

Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.


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