Researcher within urban studies - housing inequalities and the green transition in Europe

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 06 Dec 2023

27 Nov 2023
Job Information

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (BYREG)
Research Field

Environmental science » Global change
Researcher Profile

Established Researcher (R3)

Application Deadline

6 Dec 2023 - 23:59 (Europe/Oslo)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

European Union / Next Generation EU
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Interested in researching on affordable and green housing policies in Europe?

Researcher within urban studies - housing inequalities and the green transition in Europe

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About the position

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (BYREG), Faculty of Landscape and Society (LANDSAM) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year researcher position in the field of urban studies.

The researcher will conduct her/his research as part of the European Project “ReHousIn: Contextualized pathways to Reduce Housing Inequalities in the green and digital transition” funded by Horizon Europe.

The project investigates the relationship between green transition initiatives (NbS implementation, densification strategies, ecological retrofitting) and housing inequalities in European urban and rural contexts, and will develop innovative policy recommendations for a better integration between environmentally sustainable interventions and socially inclusive housing. The intended startup time for this position is March 2024.

The researcher will join the project team, as well as the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

Main tasks

The researcher will:

  • provide descriptive and exploratory analyses of housing inequalities in Norway, by using quantitative and spatial data at the highest possible resolution.
  • provide a qualitative analysis of environmental, energy policies and housing policies through an in-depth review of policies and regulations and a multi-level governance lens.
  • analyze the local implications of green housing transitions by conducting qualitative analysis in 3 local case study areas (interviews with stakeholders; focus groups; workshops).
  • conduct cross-case comparative analysis at international level.
  • develop and implement a strategy for communication and dissemination activities.
  • publish in international recognized academic journals.
  • take part in team meetings and activities at national and international level.



Required Academic qualifications

Applicants must:

  • hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian Doctoral degree in spatial planning, urban studies, urban sociology or in a related field
  • hold a good record of scientific publications in international recognized journals on topics relevant to the research project
  • be proficient with common GIS and statistical software
  • have research experience in qualitative methods (document analysis; interviews with key-informants; etc)
  • have fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • have basic knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language
  • be well-structured in approach to work and time use; Independent and responsive; Motivated to manage research projects
  • show good collaborative skills.

The following qualifications will be an advantage

  • Have good knowledge about housing and environmental policies in Norway
  • Experience with international/comparative research in urban studies

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1109 Researcher, wage framework 24 (salary grade 62, NOK 604900) on the Norwegian Government salary scale. The position follows ordinary meriting regulations.

For the first year, the position will be part-time 80 %, with the possibility for the employer to extend to a full-time position in the following 2 years.

For further information, please contact Project leader Ass. Prof. Roberta Cucca

E-mail: [email protected] ; phone +4767232665

General information to applicants



To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 06.12.2023

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their academic qualifications, previous research as well as other relevant experience. The shortlisted applicants will be called for an interview as a part of the evaluation.

Applicants invited for an interview are expected to present original diplomas and certificates.

Applications should include:

  • letter of intent
  • the applicant’s complete CV
  • list of publications
  • copy of the PhD thesis
  • certified copies of relevant transcripts and diploma’s
  • Up to five publications selected by the applicant as most relevant. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested.
  • names and contact details for two references.

Please note that the report from the expert committee will be sent to all applicants.

About the Faculty of Landscape and Society

The Faculty of Landscape and Society is home to some of Norway's foremost academic environments within international environment and development studies, public health science, landscape architecture, landscape engineering, urban and regional planning, property development and property law. The Faculty has 1300 students and 180 employees divided into five departments and a Faculty administration. It offers popular, forward-focused Bachelor, Master’s and PhD programmes. The Faculty is interdisciplinary and works with sustainable social development, both nationally and internationally.


The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

NMBU will contribute to securing the future of life through outstanding research, education, communication and innovation. We have the country's most satisfied university students, who receive research-based education in a unique student environment. Our graduates gain a high level of competence in interdisciplinary collaboration and are popular in the labor market. NMBU has internationally leading research environments in several subjects. Together with our partners in society and business, we contribute to solving some of the biggest societal challenges of our time.

We focus on innovation, communication and entrepreneurship because we believe these challenges are best solved with joint efforts. We believe that a good working environment is characterized by diversity.If necessary, workplace adaptations will be made for persons with disabilities. More information about NMBU is available at

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6th December 2023


Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)






Fixed percentage (80%)



Place of service

Universitetstunet 3, 1430 Ås

Research Field
Environmental science » Global change
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent

Additional Information
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The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (BYREG), Faculty of Landscape and Society (LANDSAM) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

Where to apply



Strandbergsgatan 61


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