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Professor Position in Rural Development with a Focus on the Global South – SLU, Sweden

Sweden, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) invites applications for a position as Professor will be based in the Division of Rural Development, which engages in research, teaching and cooperation in the Global North and South, the Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, at the Department of Urban and Rural Development, Sweden – Dec 2021

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General Info

Position: Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Permanent Position
Salary: According to Standard Norms

The Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences
The Department of Urban and Rural Development

Uppsala, Sweden

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Qualification Details

The successful candidate will:

  • have a PhD and competence of at least Associate Professor or equivalent
  • be a scholar of distinction within the subject area of this positions and have a publication record in leading international journals within their area of study have demonstrated a proven ability to lead and develop an outstanding research group
  • have demonstrated ability to attract external research funding in competition
  • have demonstrated strong teaching skills
  • have ability to integrate research and scientific perspectives in teaching
  • have good ability to communicate in written and spoken English.

Assessment criteria

The assessment of candidate will primarily be based on the degree to which they possess the required skills for the position:

  • the assessment of the scientific skills will consider current and previous research
  • ability to independently initiate and lead excellent research
  • ability to attract external funding in competition.

The assessment of teaching skills will consider:

  • planning, conducting and evaluating teaching and research
  • experience of supervision of doctoral students and examination of students
  • pedagogic vision.

The overall assessment will also consider the applicant’s degree of skill in:

  • developing and managing activities and staff within the academy/at university level
  • interact/collaborate with relevant stakeholders and society
  • dissemination of information on research and development projects
  • communication and collaboration.

Assessment of pedagogic skills will be given as much attention as to the assessment of scientific skills, in addition to other criteria of assessment.

This position offers the vibrant research climate at SLU. The benefits of the position include Swedish family health care provisions, parenting support including generous paid leave of absence policies that allow both parents to care for newborns and toddlers. Additionally Sweden has a well-established pre-school structure as well as an educational system that provides no-cost education through university studies. Find out more facts and stories about Sweden at

Located in the greater Stockholm region, the city of Uppsala has a rich history and culture, and is a true academic and cultural hub. Find out more about moving, living and working here at

Responsibilities/Job Description


The candidate is expected to further strengthen and develop research and education at the Division for Rural Development. This implies a commitment and an ability to build a productive research environment over time. The following duties are included:

  • Develop and lead an internationally strong research environment within the subject area, through competitive research grant applications and publications in leading internationally peer reviewed journals
  • Actively seek external research funding from both national and international sources
  • Contribute to the development of the educational programmes at the division and participate in teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Actively participate in PhD training and the supervising of PhD students
  • Collaborate with other research groups within the Department, the Faculty, and at SLU
  • Contribute to the development of interdisciplinary research within the faculty and within SLU
  • Contribute to the development of the social sciences/humanities at SLU
  • Collaborate with actors outside SLU in order to develop research collaborations, inform policy processes, and participate in the communication of research to society.

The department has a bilingual working environment. The professor will be able to conduct most academic tasks in English. However, since Swedish is the official working language of the university, the candidate is expected to gain a functional level of Swedish or a Scandinavian language within four years from taking up the position. The department is committed to providing support for the candidate to achieve this objective.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number:–3769
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Documents Required

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About the Department

The Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences 

The Department of Urban and Rural Development

The Department of Urban and Rural Development at SLU has a strong social science research environment comprised of four research subjects: Rural Development, Environmental Communication, Landscape Architecture, and Agrarian History. We are now seeking to recruit a professor in Rural Development in the Global South.

The professor will be based in the Division of Rural Development, which engages in research, teaching and cooperation in the Global North and South. The location of the professor implies access to an attractive a research environment with a unique breadth and hence the possibilities for multi- and transdisciplinary collaborations with research groups within both social sciences, natural sciences and technological sciences.

The department teaches mainly in two educational programmes at the Faculty, the Bachelor’s programme in Rural Development (samhällsutveckling – landsbygd) and the Master’s programme Rural Development and Natural Resource Management, which together make up a five-year education in Agriculture.

The department’s research has an interdisciplinary social science focus oriented around two overarching themes: “Rural transformations” and “The politics of the environment”. Researchers in   our division work on a wide range of topics including natural resource management, agrarian change, food systems, climate change, rural societies and livelihoods, gender studies, rural-urban linkages, and migration. Our work draws on a variety of analytical traditions including political ecology, environmental justice, science and technology studies, and other critical social science perspectives. Our research is committed to robust critical analysis of existing processes of rural development and their effects, but also adopts a forward- looking outlook for identifying strategies for more just and sustainable futures.

About the Employer:


  • Place of work : Uppsala, Sweden
  • Extent :100%
  • Form of employment : Permanent employment
  • Starting date : By agreement.

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Contact details

Lars Johansson
Professor, Head of Department

Eva Enström
Faculty Administrative Officer
0738-42 17 34

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