Karlstads universitet / Fakulteten för hälsa, natur- och teknikvetenskap / Institutionen för miljö- och livsvetenskaper

Karlstad University takes pride in combining active external cooperation with academic excellence. Karlstad University has around 16 000 students and a staff of over 1 200 members.

Democratic principles, equality and diversity are cornerstones of the University. We value the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and competencies among students and staff.

This PhD-student position is affiliated to the Centre for Climate and Safety (CCS) and the national Centre for Natural Disaster Science (CNDS). CCS is a multi-disciplinary competence centre in the field of management of climate-related risks (www.kau.se/en/ccs). CNDS is a centre for research on natural hazards and risks that brings together social, engineering and earth scientists from different departments at Uppsala University, the Swedish Defence University, and Karlstad University (www.cnds.se). The PhD student will be admitted in Risk- and Environmental Studies at Karlstad University.

The 5 year position is financed through one of the government’s strategic research areas and the employment starts as soon as possible, but no later than 1 January 2018. 

Integration of risk management and climate change adaptation at local level
Society is constantly evolving and builds capabilities, such as technological, political and organizational, in response to the economic, social and ecological challenges. One challenge is climate change and climate risks. The link between the development of society and climate risks is complex and therefore interesting to study. Globalization and urbanization coupled with increasing dependence on the technology of electricity, water and sanitation, transport, the Internet, etc., implies that climate risks have direct and indirect impacts in several stages. An increased growth, in terms of economic investment in housing, buildings, industries, etc., may also contribute to increased vulnerability. Local processes related to climate risks and the development of society and its organization affect growing geographies, i.e. local activities in one context can have effects in another local context. Accordingly, climate risks cut across many human-established limits, such as territorial, administrative and scientific disciplines and there is a clear need for research that focuses on society's management of these risks. The aim of this project is to contribute to knowledge about society's ability to manage climate risks by studying the interaction between climate risks and their management (risk management), climate adaptation with a focus on the organization of society (including public-private network) and the effect of normative or ideological aspects that frame society's understanding and definition of risks related to climate change. The project requires collaboration with graduate students and researchers in e.g. political science, geoscience and with relevant social actors.

Possible research design: Case studies of municipalities or cities in Sweden, but also internationally. Data collection through interviews, observation and document studies. It is important to put the local level in an international and national context, and this means that international and national policy, legislation and policy documents should be included in the data.

Other type of duties, usually teaching and administrative tasks, will require up to 20% of the student’s time. Information on postgraduate studies is found on the university website: www.kau.se/en/research/doctoral-studies. Local guidelines exist for salary levels.

Eligible for this position are candidates with a university degree of 240 ECTS, from which at least 60 ECTS were awarded for courses at advanced level and have a Master’s degree or the Swedish Magister degree in environmental science, risk management, or equivalent disciplines relevant to the field of risk and environmental studies. International applicants who have achieved corresponding/equivalent degrees are also eligible to apply.

Strong motivation and ability to work independently are important qualities. We require good oral and written proficiency in English.

The selection is based on individual assessments of the applicant's ability to benefit from the research training and successfully pass the research education. Expressed interest in interdisciplinary research is important.

The application is done electronically and attachments can be uploaded:

  • A verified CV
  • Copies of relevant publications
  • A letter to demonstrate the applicant’s research interests in relation to the announced position
  • Copies of relevant diplomas, certificates and recommendation letters

Non-electronic documents (state registration number REK 2017/165) can be sent to: Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technolgy, Att: Åsa Ivansson, 651 88 Karlstad, Sweden.

Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this reqruitment and decline any contacts from advertising or recruitment agencies.

Type of employment Visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2017/165
  • For the position: Mikael Granberg,, mikael.granberg@kau.se, 054-700 10 15
  • For CNDS: Giuliano Di Baldassarre,, giuliano.dibaldassarre@geo.uu.se, 018-471 70 28
Union representative
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 14 34
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 17 14
Published 19.Jun.2017
Last application date 22.Oct.2017 11:59 PM CET

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