PhD student in International Relations with orientation towards Environmental Politics

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 06 Oct 2023

Ref. No. SU FV-1189-23

at the Department of Economic History and International Relations . Closing date: June 10th, 2023.

The Department of Economic History and International Relations is a dynamic and strong education and research department at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm University. Its International Relations (IR) section aims to be nationally leading and internationally prominent within its field of research and education, focusing especially on the three IR sub-fields of International Security, International Institutions, and Global Political Economy.

The Department of Economic History and International Relations announces one vacant position in the doctoral program with an orientation towards Environmental Politics. The Ph.D. position is fully funded for 4 years and positioned at the Department of Economic History and International Relations.

Subject area
The aim of the doctoral programme is to give the student specialised knowledge within the field of International Relations, a thorough training in research methods, and a good understanding of the problems occurring in research and in the practical application of results. The programme familiarises the student with different structures of society and ideas, and gives a broad orientation of the research development within the subject, with the purpose of making the student a critical and independent researcher with the ability to plan and develop scientific projects. There are two main blocks in the programme: course work (75 credits) and work in connection with the Ph.D. dissertation (165 credits). For further information about the structure of the programme, see the department’s website.

The PhD position will be part of a research project How public-private sector interactions can promote democratic and effective climate adaptation, which is funded by FORMAS (# 2022-01852). The project investigates emerging interactions between public and private actors in the area of climate adaptation. Empirically, the project combines quantitative and qualitative methods, and focuses on the following four countries: Brazil, Germany, South Africa, and Sweden.

The PhD thesis is expected to align with the project’s main aim to map and explain such interactions, and to what extent they lead to more coordinated, democratic, and effective ways of governing climate risks (for further information about the project, see: Nytt forskningsprojekt om företags roll i klimatanpassning ).

Qualification requirements

General entry requirements (according to the HEO)

In order to be eligible for doctoral studies, students must have obtained:

  • a second-cycle qualification,
  • completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 must be in the second cycle, or
  • acquired essentially equivalent knowledge in another way in Sweden or elsewhere.

The Department Board may grant an exemption for an individual applicant from the general entry requirements if there are special grounds for doing so.

Special entry requirements

Admission to doctoral studies in international relations requires the following:

  • a completed first-cycle programme in international relations or an equivalent programme of at least 90 higher education credits, as well as a completed second-cycle programme in international relations or an equivalent programme of at least 30 credits, of which at least 15 credits (or equivalent) shall consist of independent thesis work at a second-cycle level (either 60 credit or 120 credit Master’s thesis),
  • an additional 60 credits from completed higher education with a theoretical specialisation in subjects relevant to the doctoral studies, or equivalent studies,
  • sufficient knowledge of English to be able to benefit from the third-cycle education.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

The selection is based on the applicant’s ability to successfully pursue the research education.

Selection criteria and admission regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are specified in documentation provided here .

More specific criteria for the selection process are:

  • independence in the analysis and planning of previous degree projects,
  • previously demonstrated ability to complete tasks within specified time limits,
  • ability to formulate areas of investigation and problems, both in previous projects and in the research plan for the planned thesis project,
  • degree of methodological and scientific maturity in previously performed work, and in the research plan,
  • ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing.

Terms of study funding
The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

The graduate training period includes four years. Doctoral students are expected to assume their education full-time, and to actively participate in the activities of the institution. Doctoral students will primarily engage in their own studies, but other tasks such as teaching or administration may be combined up to 20% of full-time employment.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For further information or details concerning the application procedure, please contact the director of PhD studies, Prof. Dr. Lisa Dellmuth ( ), or the head of department, Prof. Dr. Magnus Petersson ( ).

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, , Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/OFR), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, ,  (SEKO), and PhD student representative, .

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application:

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents:

  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    • which research task you want to pursue within the position
    • why and how you wish to address this research task
    • what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 3 files)

The instructions for applicants are available here .

You are welcome to apply!

Stockholm University contributes to the development of sustainable democratic society through knowledge, enlightenment and the pursuit of truth.

In the event of a discrepancy between the Swedish original vacancy and the English translation, the Swedish version takes precedence.

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