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Ph.D. scholarship within International Relations at the Norwegian Uni of Life Sciences, Norway 2022


Ph.D. scholarship within International Relations is available for master’s degree candidates in international relations, global development studies, international environment studies, or other social science programs, e.g., in political science and area studies at the Department of international environment and development studies (Noragric), Faculty of Landscape and Society (LANDSAM), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Norway Mar 2022


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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Sept 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: NOK 491 200/year

Department of international environment and development studies (Noragric), Faculty of Landscape and Society (LANDSAM)

NMBU Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway


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Qualification Details

The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at the Faculty. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme.

Required academic qualifications are:

  • Master degree in international relations, global development studies, international environment studies, or other social science programs, e.g., in political science and area studies.
  • Documented strong academic background from previous studies (Master degree GPA: B or better; Master thesis B or better)
  • Documented proficiency in English (written and oral)

For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the supplementary provisions for the faculty’s  PhD programmes.

In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:

  • The applicant’s academic qualifications
  • The quality of the research proposal
  • The applicant’s time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a research group
  • Motivation to work in interdisciplinary contexts.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Department of international environment and development studies (Noragric), Faculty of Landscape and Society (LANDSAM) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant three-year PhD–position in International Environment and Development Studies.

We invite candidates to develop their research ideas on the nexus of international relations and the city. Several contributions in international relations have in recent years applied an urban lens to study global political change. Inspiration is often drawn from the concept of the “global city” and its characterization of a historical shift in the global political economy. This has generated interest in the power of cities to shape global political processes and practices. It also draws attention to the city, whether located at the centre or the margins of global capitalism, as a central site where (global) change is experienced and enacted.

In international relations, global city-scholarship draws attention to the international as a social sphere, interconnecting local and global scales. This provides avenues for research on the nexus of the city and international relations that engages with approaches such as for example, international political sociology, feminist and post-colonial perspectives. We ask candidates to identify where s/he locates her project within international relations theory. This can also include approaches from the vibrant interdisciplinary field of research on global urban transformation in adjacent fields, such as human geography, urban and regional studies, area studies, urban sociology, development studies, etc.

Sustainable and inclusive cities and communities is recognized as a target in the sustainable development goals (SDG 11), and this urban agenda intersects with objectives of equality, climate action, and peace (SDG 10, 13, 16). The nexus of international relations and the city opens for theoretical and empirical studies on the relevant trends in inequality, insecurity, dynamics of violence, warfare, etc. in cities, and how these intersect with the climate crisis. These are complex and central challenges, reflecting core international relations concepts of security and conflict but also justice. We ask candidates to propose themes and context(s) for the study of the nexus of the city and international relations, and to include reflections on the city as lens for analysing struggles over social justice in the era of the Anthropocene.

We welcome applicants that

  • Propose to study specific urban contexts, either in a case study or comparatively.
  • Demonstrate how the chosen empirical focus relates to the nexus of international relations and the city and how it can help to explore and explain specific urban challenges, e.g., inequality, insecurity, and/or urban violence/warfare.
  • Apply suitable social science approaches to the chosen empirical study area. We encourage the combination of qualitative social science techniques and explorative methodologies, e.g., visual methods.
  • Locate the proposed study within international relations theory.
  • Consider the potential to theorize just transformation in relation to the chosen empirical focus.

The successful candidate will join the department’s research cluster on Conflict, Human Security and Development. The candidate can also join a NMBU-wide initiative on sustainable cities called Towards sustainable cities and communities: exploring local transformations in the face of global challenges – TOWARDS, and an international research network on global urban transformation in post-socialist space.

Noragric assembles scholars in international relations, political science, human geography, anthropology, and other social scientists specialized in sustainability, climate change, security, conflict and vulnerability, which provides an interdisciplinary and experienced academic community eager to interact with the successful candidate.

The applicant is made aware that an application for a PhD position at NMBU is at the same time an application for admission to a PhD programme at the institution. The documentation that is necessary to ensure that the admission requirements are met must be uploaded as an attachment.

Main tasks

The appointed candidate is admitted to a PhD programme at the faculty. The PhD programme consists of mandatory and elective courses (30 ECTS) with written and oral examinations, and a major research component. The PhD candidate will develop a full research proposal and progress plan for the three-year PhD scholarship period during the first months of the appointment.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Please register your application electronically under 'Apply for this job'. 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.

In the electronic application process, the candidate must confirm that information and documentation (in the form of attachments) submitted via the job application can also be used by NMBU in a possible admission process.

It is up to the applicant to make sure the application is complete. No changes/additions are allowed after the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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.

For the application to be considered it must include:

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position.
  • Research outline (max 4000 words) indicating research interests related to the themes outlined above, including relevant research questions, theoretical and methodological approaches – this will be further developed after employment (see guideline for research outline)
  • Curriculum Vitae (complete list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience, and other qualifying activities).
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and transcripts. Diplomas, transcripts and diploma supplements that are not in Norwegian or English must be uploaded in the original language. An English translation of these documents must also be attached. Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement, or a similar document, which describes in detail the study program and grading system.
  • One writing sample, for example master thesis, academic paper or article, book chapter, or equivalent
  • Documentation of proficiency in written and oral English
  • Names and contact details for two references (no recommendation letters required at this stage)

About the Department/Section/Group

The Department of International Environment and Development Studies is a leading education and research institution in Norway, conducting world class and highly internationalized critical interdisciplinary research across the fields of International Relations, Global Development and Environmental Studies, focusing on global challenges at the intersection between social and natural processes. The department is organized in four research clusters: rights and power in development; climate change and agricultural development; conflict and human security; and environmental governance. The Department comprises around 30 academic staff, 25 PhD candidates and 400 fulltime students, and is responsible for one Bachelor program and three Master programs. For further information, read here.

The Department is a unit in The Faculty of Landscape and Society, which in addition to Noragric, is home to four other departments, including public health science, landscape architecture, landscape engineering, urban and regional planning, property development and property law. The Faculty has 1300 students and 180 employees and 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 faculty offers two PhD programmes:

  • Society Development and Planning
  • International Environment and Development Studies


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Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. PhD fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 491 200) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars.

The successful applicant is expected to start in the position 1 September 2022 and be on campus on a daily basis.

Information for PhD applicants and general information to applicants

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Contact details

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Kirsti Stuvøy, Noragric. E-mail: [email protected]; phone  +47 67231352

For general questions about the PhD programme, please contact the PhD programme coordinator at [email protected]

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