Associate Professor in Human Geography

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Associate Professor in Human Geography
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About the position

A permanent 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Social Sciences, as Associate Professor in Human Geography with emphasis on ‘Urban Theory and City Planning’, at the Department of Global Development and Planning. The workplace is Campus Kristiansand and presence is expected. The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.

The Department of Global Development and Planning has a lively research environment and offers both urban and regional planning studies and global development studies at the Bachelor, Master and PhD-level. The position is linked to the bachelor programme in Planning and Communication and the master’s specialisation in Urban and Regional Development.

The Department wishes to expand its current interests in communicative, deliberative and strategic urban planning and, in particular, research on the forces and effects of power and conflicts. The Department hosts a cross-disciplinarian environment covering human geography, focusing on socio-spatial aspects of cities, regions, place and mobility. Our research spans urban studies on planning and development, city life and space, regional studies on inter-regional mobility and connectivity, planning perspectives on urban and rural change, and environmental studies on sustainable planning, praxis, politics and participation. 

The Department continuously works to enhance our analytical and methodological capacity to deal with complexity and complex processes. Beyond an institutional praxis regulated by law, urban planning deals with a complexity of forces, including rhetoric and visual communication with the public. The applicant should be able to add competences to this endeavour and the Department’s current critical research on democracy, inclusion, communication and planning with perspectives on how to study urban planning.


The position is important for developing the Department’s teaching and research profile on urban planning and its associated processes. From up-front knowledge within the fields mentioned above, we expect the candidate to be able to develop a teaching profile on all levels, including the PhD, and to have an internationally competitive research profile on the subjects already mentioned. The Associate Professor will be expected to contribute to teaching in the fields of urban, regional, economic, and cultural geography, and urban and regional planning. The Department has worked to develop a problem-orientated learning profile. The position also includes teaching introductory topics of human geography for teacher training. 

Applicants should describe 2-3 preferred research areas. In addition, we expect applicants to describe experiences and ambitions regarding education and teaching.

Required qualifications

The criteria of employment are pursuant to the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts.

Criteria for educational competence for appointment as Associate Professor at UiA.

  • The applicant must hold a PhD degree within a relevant subject area from a Norwegian or accredited foreign university.
  • Fluency in written and oral English.

The University of Agder will facilitate the completion of courses in Norwegian. Permanently employed staff are expected to be proficient in Norwegian within two years.  

Desired qualifications
  • Proficiency in a Scandinavian language, as most courses at the BA and MA level are given in Norwegian
  • International publishing, good international networks and experience from international cooperation will be emphasised
  • Able to contribute to the long-term development of the Department’s research
  • Experience from supervision of students and development of new academic courses
  • Experience from applying for and achieving external funding

Personal qualities
  • Passionate about urban planning and its associated processes.
  • A strong focus on teaching and dissemination.
  • Value teamwork.
  • Contribute to building an exciting professional environment.

A comprehensive assessment of the applicants’ scientific qualifications forms the basis of appointment. UiA has signed the DORA declaration. Emphasis will be given to the applicants’ teaching qualifications, teamwork skills and personal suitability for the position.  

In the ranking of eligible applicants, emphasis will be given to the suitability of each applicant’s field of specialisation in relation to meeting the needs of the Department and complementing the academic staff.

We offer
  • A variety of responsibilities in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation
  • A position with opportunities for development in a diverse environment
  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • Membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

More about working at UiA.


The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1011 Associate Professor, NOK 575.600-694.400 (64-74) gross salary per year. In the case of particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.


General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. The appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews and a demonstration of their teaching competency, usually in the form of a trial lecture. With permission from the applicant, the university also will conduct a reference check before the appointment. Read more about the employment process.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.  

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.


The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link “Apply for the position”.

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • CV
  • Diplomas and certificates 
  • List of publications
  • Academic articles (no more than 10)

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. 

Closing date: 15 April 2021.


For questions about the position:

  • Head of Department Hanne Haaland, phone (+47) 38 14 23 62, e-mail:

For questions about the application process:

  • Senior Adviser Inger-Lise Myrvold, tel. 38 14 17 65, e-mail

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1400 employees and 13 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

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