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Tourism Studies – PhD Vacancy in Mid Sweden University

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Mid Sweden University, Department of Economics, Geography, Law and Tourism (EJT) is pleased to announce the availability of a faculty-funded PhD position in Tourism Studies.

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , , ,
Deadline to Apply: October 22, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: May 01, 2022
Contract Period: 5Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Department of Economics, Geography, Law and Turism
Tourism studies and Etour
Mid Sweden University

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Qualification Details

One of the following requirements must be fulfilled for applicants to be considered for these positions:

  1. Successful completion of a second-cycle (Master’s) program;
  2. Successful completion of 240 university credits (ECTS) overall of which at least 60 were at the second-cycle (Master’s) level;
  3. Successful completion of equivalent programs either in Sweden or

Additional Entry Requirements: To be accepted to the PhD program in Tourism Studies, applicants must have at least 90 university credits in the areas of tourism studies, human geography, or business administration, or must demonstrate equivalent knowledge. In addition, the successful applicant is required to have the necessary language skills in order to complete the program (see below for further clarification).

Evaluation criteria: Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the field of tourism studies for the applicant(s) to succeed at the PhD level,
  • Scientific/analytical skills as demonstrated by a second-cycle (Master’s) thesis or equivalent,
  • Additional documentation of the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and abilities that indicate readiness to conduct research at the PhD level,
  • A high level of competence in English (oral and written),
  • Bear in mind that the working language of Mid-Sweden University is Swedish.Candidates with a solid understanding and ability to use a Scandinavian language will be regarded favorably.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The successful applicant is expected to complete the assignments and tasks associated with the PhD program in tourism studies. These include administrative tasks and up to 20% teaching and other duties.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: MIUN 2021/1523
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Copies of certificates and diplomas;
  • A personal letter in which the applicant introduces their interest in the position (1 page maximum);
  • A written proposal outlining a direction of the research the applicant would like to undertake (3 pages excluding references);
  • A copy of the applicant’s Master's thesis;
  • The names and contact information of three references;
  • Other material the applicant deems necessary to support their application.

About the Project

Our PhD program has three pillars of 1) tourism resources, 2) consumer behavior in tourism, and 3) tourism management, where several scientific perspectives and disciplinary backgrounds come together to study tourism. Examples of current research topics; nature-based tourism & outdoor recreation, transformative e-Tourism, events, management of destination brands, tourist behavior, entrepreneurship, destination sustainability, environment and climate, culture and popular culture, socio-economic effects of tourism, and tourism  in traumatized regions.

Tourism and hospitality are currently under unprecedented pressure from the pandemic but the signs of recovery are already visible in many tourist destinations. In  addition, new patterns and modes of travelling are emerging with the development of  ICT. This creates a great need for new knowledge and critical analysis of the ongoing rapid transformations of the tourism and hospitality sector as well as in support of its efforts towards sustainability using the transformative powers of tourism.

In this announcement we invite applicants with their own research proposals. We particularly encourage those oriented towards tourism destinations, businesses, entrepreneurship, tourist behavior, tourist experiences, governance and management.  Links to global sustainability frameworks, such as the UN SDGs, Planetary boundaries, or international agreements and conventions, are also encouraged.

About the Department

The department conducts research and education in the subjects: business administration, law, economics, statistics, geography and tourism studies.

The Department of Economics, Geography, Law and Tourism (EJT, at Mid Sweden University) is pleased to announce the availability of a faculty-funded PhD position in Tourism Studies. It is anticipated that the successful applicant can take up the position from 1st of May 2022.

Tourism studies and Etour (the tourism research center at Mid Sweden University) is a leading academic tourism environment in Northern Europe. It is home to the first Scandinavian PhD program in tourism studies established in 2009. The Department offers a rich, multidisciplinary and international research environment.

About the Employer: Mid Sweden University

Other details

  • Terms of employment: This is a fulltime position. The PhD position refers to employment corresponding four years of fulltime studies and is planned to lead up to a PhD.
  • Location: The position is located at the Östersund Campus, Mid Sweden University. It is expected that the successful candidate will be on-site in Östersund
  • Salary : Salary is commensurate with Mid Sweden University guidelines for PhD students.
  • Entry: 1 May 2022 or according to an agreement between EJT/Tourism studies and the candidate.

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Contact details

For further information please contact: 

Maria Lexhagen, Associate Professor, Head of the Discipline of Tourism Studies, Tel: (+46) 010 142 8339,, Daniel Laven, Associate Professor, Head of Department, Tel: (+46) 010 142 8620,

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