Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences

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The Department of Geography and Economic History is recruiting a PhD student in social and economic geography. The department is located at Umeå University and has around 70 employees including about 10 PhD students. For more information on the department and Umeå University please visit the following web pages: or

The holder of this position is expected to work within the framework of two ongoing research projects: Mobilising the rural: post-productivism and the new economy (FORMAS) and Grapes of Wrath? Global labour mobility in the wild berry industry affecting rural development in Sweden and Thailand. The theoretical frameworks of the research projects are related to mobility studies and economic geography with a focus on rural areas and local development. You as a PhD student will be part of a research group of several other PhD students as well as senior and junior researchers who are working within the field of rural development, mobility and natural resources. As a PhD student you work independently with your PhD project as well as collaborate with the research group, participate in seminars and other department activities. The PhD programme is normally four years of full time employment.

As a PhD student you are expected to work with a general direction towards social and economic effects of international mobility on rural areas in Northern Sweden. Suggestions on topics could be economic motivations and path creation in rural communities as a consequence of international mobilities, or entrepreneurship among Swedish landowners and the commercialization of non-extractive forest values.

Eligibility requirements Eligible applicants must fulfil the following prerequisites: 240 ECTS-credits of higher education studies of which at least 60 should be on an advanced level (Master level), at least 90 credits must be in social and economic geography or related disciplines, and at least 30 credits must be awarded for successful thesis work in social and economic geography or related disciplines.

Applicants must be proficient in both oral and written communication in English and have proven insight into research in social science. The PhD position also requires oral and written knowledge in Scandinavian languages (preferably Swedish).


A complete application must include:

  1. Research proposal presenting your research ideas and how they are contributing to the current literature, including the project’s relation to the research group (no more than four pages excluding references).
  2. A cover letter summarizing your qualifications, scientific interests and motives for applying (max two pages)
  3. CV
  4. Diplomas of bachelor and Master level degrees
  5. Bachelor/Master theses work/other relevant publications
  6. Other merits of relevance for the position
  7. Contact information to two reference persons

If considered eligible the research proposal together with previous academic achievements will primarily be evaluated. Attention will also be given to the applicant’s research skills, specific qualifications, ability to work in a group as well as independently. In the evaluation we will particularly consider if the research proposal is written within the framework of the two above-mentioned research projects.

Note that incomplete applications will not be processed.

Your application must be registered in Umeå University e-recruitment system no later than 2018-08-17.

Additional information

Your salary is determined in accordance to a stipulated scale for PhD positions.

The procedure for recruitment for the position is in accordance with the Higher

Education Ordinance (chapt. 12, 2§) and the decision regarding the position cannot be appealed.

For more information contact Associate Professor Charlotta Hedberg (phone +46 (0)90-786 5602, e-mail or Associate Professor Linda Lundmark (phone +46 (0)90-786 63 60, e-mail

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1200-18
  • Charlotta Hedberg, Associate Professor, +46 (0)90-786 56 02,
  • Linda Lundmark, Associate Professor, +46 (0)90-786 63 60,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 18.Jun.2018
Last application date 17.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CET

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