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PhD Vacancy in Aarhus, Denmark – Towards Climate Friendly Vacation Practices

Aarhus University (AU), Denmark

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Environmental Science programme in the area of Environmental Sociology.

Title: Towards Climate Friendly Vacation Practices


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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
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Joining Date: May 01, 2022
Contract Period: -
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Graduate School of Technical Sciences,
Department of Environmental Science - Environmental social science and geography
Aarhus University (AU)
Roskilde, Denmark

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Qualification Details

You should have a relevant Master’s degree, with excellent academic results, in sociology, anthropology, media and communication studies, education science,, psychology, political science or similar.In addition, the following will be considered- candidates with ability to conduct empirical studies in Danish will be preferred- prior knowledge of practice theory and/or actor-network theory or other key theoretical approaches in the broad field of environmental sociology is an advantageCandidates are kindly asked to upload a short description, 3.000-5.000 keystrokes (including spaces), of how they envision their role in the project – within the overall project description. What is your approach to the theoretical and empirical analyses to be performed by the PhD scholar?

Responsibilities/Job Description

This PhD position in environmental social science is concerned with the socio-cultural aspects of green transition. The PhD scholar will be part of a larger project that investigates how media and informal learning feed into and shape pro-environmental transition processes. This aim is pursued with a focus on vacation practices. Thus, the project seeks to develop an in-depth comprehension of people’s potential adoption of climate friendly vacation forms, the socio-cultural benefits such vacation forms may provide, and the barriers they are likely to encounter. The project integrates the academic fields of environmental sociology, communication and learning, utilizing practice theory and actor-network theory as theoretical entry points.

Empirically, the project focuses on two groups of vacationers: young adults and the 50+ segment. We will employ a mixed methodology to explore the imaginaries, desires, competences and material conditions that influence vacation practices. The quantitative approach of surveys is combined with the qualitative approach of focus groups, semi-structured interviews, and journals kept by a handful of respondents in each age group. Furthermore, netnographic and qualitative content analysis will be applied to investigate how climate concerns and vacation imaginaries are represented in conventional and social media items. These items are selected on the basis of respondents’ media habits and their sources of inspiration for vacation desires. Together, these studies will uncover the ties between media content, informal learning and people’s lifeworld.The scholar will be involved in all phases of the project, but will in particular have the task to analyse vacation and travel practices of young adults and the role of social media in inspiring and shaping these. With full support from the entire project team, the scholar is expected to engage in the development of theoretical and methodological approaches and in empirical studies of young vacationers and their media sphere.The project is funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark and involves 3 senior staff members from 3 departments at Aarhus University: Environmental Science, Business Development and Technology, and Danish School of Education.Please check the project homepage at Here you can also find a link to the full project description.

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About the Employer: Aarhus University (AU)

Note or Other details

Shortlisting will be used, which means that the evaluation committee only will evaluate the most relevant applications.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Salary and terms of employment are in accordance with applicable collective agreement.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants

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Contact details

Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:Senior Researcher Lars Kjerulf Petersen,

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