PhD research fellowship - Inclusion in civil society through children and youth sports

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Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 05 Feb 2023

5th February 2023

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PhD research fellowship - Inclusion in civil society through children and youth sports
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About the position

The Faculty of Social and Health Sciences at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN) invites applications for a sociological, anthropological, or social scientific PhD research fellowship. 

This PhD emphasizes children and youth’s upbringing and socialization. It does so by means of the theoretical toolkit of cultural sociology and sports sociology about civil society and social inequality. As such, the position's focus coincides with the core area of ​​children and youth studies in the new PhD program in Health and Welfare, where the candidate will apply for admission. PhD candidate will be responsible for the collection, processing and interpretation of ethnographic data produced through observation and conversation/interviews. The main aim is to explore how local sports teams of the Inland region experiences their work at the interstice of social inequality and civic actions. The PhD candidate will be a member of the interdisciplinary research group BUOS led by associate professor Trygve B. Broch.

The place of work is Elverum/Lillehammer and there is an expectation of personal presence on campus. The duration of the PhD Research Fellow is stipulated to 3 years. 

About the project

The project will shed light on concrete civic and incorporating action. It aims to explore whether social inequality incites counter-reactions in the form of inclusive strategies in civil society in general and through children's and youth sports in particular. The project will study if and how sport is an arena that can counteract social inequalities in children and young people's lives.

The PhD candidate will primarily use ethnographic methods and work with cultural theories in a comparative study of civil-society incorporation through sport. The candidate must therefore seek out and spend time with sport teams that carry out different inclusive measures. Through comparisons, the candidate will show us how these various measures are implemented and perceived as valuable in the local community. To be able to represent a small, but vital part of the Inland's socio-geographical variation, the aim is therefore to locate a multiplicity of measures. In this way, the diverse and locally adapted role of civil society actors who work to incorporate children and youth through sport can be revealed.

Possible research focuses and question about civic actions can be:
• How do voluntary actors in sport interpret and negotiate their role as facilitators of civil-society inclusion through children's and youth sports?

• How is voluntary work with the inclusion of vulnerable children and young people dealt with and inspired by experiences with social inequality and democratic hopes?

• How do sports actors in the Inland cooperate with local political organizations, businesses and non-profit organizations in their work to achieve civic actions?

• How can inclusive attitudes and actions be understood through concepts such as the civil sphere, civil society, space, place and belonging?

• How do children and youth experience the incorporating measures of sport clubs and adult sport actors?


Eligibility requirements
We welcome applicants with relevant theoretical experience and education. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate that wants to address a scientific challenge in a stimulating collaborative environment. You should like to work as part of a team, both at INN and internationally, yet be willing to take on responsibilities on your own. You are required to be an independent learner, with the ability to perform demanding tasks within defined time frames. Personal qualities will be essential for the final ranking of candidates.

  • Two years Master's degree or equivalent in relevant disciplines, normally with the average grade of B or better, as defined by the Norwegian Qualifications Framework (120 credits).
  • Master's degree should be in social science disciplines such as anthropology, social geography, sociology, sport sociology, children and youth studies, or another relevant master´s degree.
  • Experience with ethnographic, comparative and interpretive methods, as well as being able to document the use of cultural and social theory, is a clear advantage
  • The project will be carried out in Norwegian sport clubs in the Innland region. Knowledge about Norwegian culture, Norwegian sports and the Norwegian language is a clear advantage.
  • Experience with relevant information and communications technology systems


  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries must document English competence through an approved test (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).
  • Applicants must have excellent communication skills in a Scandinavian language, both oral and written.

Personal competence

  • Good implementation skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Be proactive towards external partners
  • Good communication skills towards both colleagues and partners
  • Flexibility and independence will be emphasized

Evaluation of candidates for the position will be based on a total assessment of educational background, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation and other eligibility requirements, as defined in the advertisement. In addition, the following will be emphasized: quality of the project description, documented independent research and development work or experience relevant to the project.


How to apply

Your application must include:

  • Application letter including a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • Proposed project description of the study (max 8 pages, including references), outlining its academic relevance, methods, challenges and possibilities, and containing a tentative progression plan. The project description can be written in English or Norwegian.
  • CV detailing your relevant educational background and experience (registered in Jobbnorge's form).
  • Copies of academic diplomas and transcripts (A certified English translation of all educational documents is required unless the documents are in Norwegian.)
  • A list of eventual publications.
  • The names and contact information for two referees.
  • Any other documentation you would like us to consider.

Attachments must be uploaded as separate files. If the attachments exceed 30 MB, they must be compressed prior to upload. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all attachments are uploaded. Documents submitted after expiry of the deadline will not be considered in the evaluation of your application.

We offer
  • An exciting and challenging position at a developing institution
  • Position is paid and placed in position code 1017, PhD candidate in the Government Salary Scale
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension, with among other things, good pension and insurance schemes.

For more information about INN University as an employer, please see here .


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General information

For further details about the position, please contact 

  • Vice-Dean Research Stian Ellefsen, email: tlf 61288103 / 97666521.
  • Leader of research group BUOS, Trygve B. Broch, mail:, tlf 62430261.

HINN believes that there is strength in inclusion and diversity. We desire employees with different competencies, professional combinations, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to an even better way of solving problems. We will facilitate for employees who need assistance to realise their goals. Relevant adaptations can be, for example, technical aids, adapting furniture or adjusting routines, work tasks and working hours.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, gaps in the CV or immigrant background, we shall call at least one applicant in each of these categories for an interview. In order to be considered as an applicant in these groups, the applicants must meet certain requirements. You can read more on this here: .

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About Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University) is home to over 14,000 students and 1,000 employees, and has campuses in Lillehammer, Hamar, Elverum, Rena, Evenstad and Blæstad.

INN University aspires to build strong and enduring academic and research environments that will spearhead regionally, nationally and internationally. We are developing a new and better institution with high academic and pedagogical quality, aiming at achieving university accreditation by 2020.

Our vision is "Stronger Together".

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5th February 2023


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