PhD student business administration (forest management)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 02 Apr 2024

24 Feb 2024
Job Information

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Research Field

Economics » Agricultural economics
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

2 Apr 2024 - 22:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
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Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description
Department of Forest Economics

The Department of Forest Economics is engaged in research and education in circular bioeconomy from a business administration, natural resource economics, economics, and policy perspective, focusing on the sustainable development of forest-related natural resources. The Department contributes to education at the Faculty of Forest Sciences, and it is responsible for Bachelor and Master degree programs, as well as offering Ph.D. education in business administration and economics. The Department is located at two campuses: Ultuna, in Uppsala, and in Umeå. The Department has strong domestic and international research connections. We are a key partner in the joint SLU and Umeå University - CERE ; we host the head office of European Forest Institute’s Forest Bioeconomy Network , among many others.

Read more about our benefits and what it is like to work at SLU at

Management of Forestry Resources in Sweden from a Bioeconomy Perspective
Research subject: Business administration

The conditions for forestry management in Sweden change due to technical advancements, climate change, market developments and shifts in political objectives. Increased attention has been given to the role of forests in sustainable development, with new perspectives reflected in bioeconomy concepts, and new expectations on forestry management. Private forest owner management is undergoing a transition, accompanied by a growing diversity within the stakeholder group of forestry owners. Knowledge about forest owners’ management, personal objectives and organizational preferences needs to be further developed.

The research that the PhD student will be part of focuses on the role of the forest owner’s contribution to sustainable development. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop the research area with concrete research questions, and contribute to its development.


We are welcoming a person that has a commitment to sustainable development and value creation in privately owned forestry coupled with a strong interest in research.

Work tasks

A PhD student is expected to take courses and conduct research. The candidate will have opportunities to contribute in teaching. These tasks are not a part of the PhD studies, hence prolongs the study time to ensure a four year time for classes and research.  

The PhD student’s task is to write a PhD dissertation and develop skills as a researcher. The research project serves as a framework where the PhD student plays the central role in collection of data (e.g., interviews, observations, other data). These tasks will involve communication with stakeholders in the forestry sector. The tasks for a PhD student is to write academic articles and reports that are adapted to various audiences (in English and Scandinavian language).


A master’s degree in business administration or forestry/agriculture master’s with a minor in business administration. Spoken and written English and a Scandinavian language is required.


The applicant is expected to have a solid business administration background with methodological skills using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. It is a merit to:  

  • to have an understanding of the forestry sector’s sustainability transition, the Swedish forest sector, its owners and the forest industry,
  • a master thesis in a relevant subject, and/or
  • having authored academic and/or popular science publications.

Further, it is also a merit to have experiences of:

  • quantitative methods, e.g., interviews and participant observations,
  • quantitative methods, including statistical analysis techniques, and
  • scientific research project work.

Place of work


Forms for funding or employment

A four year PhD position

Starting date

According to agreement. 


Click the “Apply” button to submit your application. The deadline is 2024-04-03

To qualify for third-cycle (Doctoral) courses and study programmes, you must have a second-cycle (Master’s) qualification. Alternatively, you must have conducted a minimum of four years of full-time study, of which a minimum of one year at second-cycle level.

Applicants will be selected based on their written application and CV, degree project, copies of their degree certificate and transcript of records from previous first and second-cycle studies at a university or higher education institution, two personal references, a one page statement that reflects research intents and knowledge of English. More information about the English language requirements can be found here:

Please note that applicants invited to interview must submit attested copies of their degree certificate, or equivalent, a transcript of records from previous first and second-cycle studies at a university or higher education institution. Applicants who are not Swedish citizens need to submit an attested copy of their passport’s information page containing their photograph and personal details.

Read about the PhD education at SLU at

Academic union representatives

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has a key role in the development for sustainable life, based on science and education. Through our focus on the interaction between humans, animals and ecosystems and the responsible use of natural resources, we contribute to sustainable societal development and good living conditions on our planet. Our main campuses are located in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, however, the university also operates at research stations, experimental forests and teaching sites throughout Sweden.

SLU has around 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and doctoral students and a turnover of over SEK 3 billion. We are investing in attractive environments on all of our campuses. We strive to provide a work environment characterised by inclusivity and gender equality, where different experiences generate conversations between people and pave the way for science, creativity and development. Therefore, we welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Research Field
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent


Research Field
Economics » Agricultural economics
Years of Research Experience
4 - 10

Additional Information
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Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Postal Code
Ulls väg 27

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Ulls väg 27
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