Södertörn University in south Stockholm is a dynamic institute of higher
education with a unique profile and high academic standard. A large proportion
of the university staff holds doctorates and there is a strong link between
undergraduate education and research. Södertörn University has around 11 000
students and 840 employees.
Södertörn University is an equal opportunities employer.
Environmental Science is a broad interdisciplinary research subject that
examines societal interactions with natural values, processes and resources.
Environmental Science covers the study of ecological, climatic and other
natural processes that affect ecosystems over space and time, human-induced
environmental problems, and environmental policy, governance and
sustainability challenges. Knowledge in both natural and social sciences is
necessary for the understanding of environmental and, more broadly,
sustainability challenges. Research in Environmental Science at Södertörn
University focuses on two integrated themes: (1) Environment and (2)
Sustainability Challenges and Pathways. These themes, as well as research in
Environmental Science at Södertörn University, are described in more detail
For more information about doctoral education and research in Environmental
Studies at Södertörn University, please click here.
These doctoral studentships are within the Sustainability Challenges and
Pathways research theme, which studies how sustainability is described,
understood and practiced in and across different contexts, and how it is and
can be promoted and implemented at various levels from the local to the
global. Research in the theme is conducted in three overlapping and
interrelated focus areas: (a) Governance and management , (b)
Development, justice and power and (c) Transdisciplinarity and
transformation. The positions are affiliated with the Baltic and Eastern
European Graduate School (BEEGS) and the research plan will be assessed for
its relevance to the graduate school's specific geographic area, i.e. the
Baltic Sea region or Eastern European area, as well as for its relevance for
the Sustainability challenges and pathways research theme.
These doctoral positions include admission to third-cycle education, i.e.
research level, and employment on a doctoral studentship. The intended outcome
for students admitted to third-cycle education is a Degree of Doctor of
Philosophy. The programme covers 240 credits, which is the equivalent of four
years of full-time study. A doctoral student's working hours should primarily
be dedicated to third-cycle studies, but may include education, research
and/or administration up to 20% of full-time.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS, APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND SELECTION
The general entry requirements are:
a second-cycle/Master's level qualification,
fulfilment of the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are awarded at second-cycle/Master's level, or
the acquisition of substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
The Faculty Board may permit an exemption from the general entry requirements
for an individual applicant, if there are special grounds (Ordinance
The specific entry requirements are:
A qualified applicant has the equivalent of 90 credits, including a degree
project worth at least 15 credits at second-cycle level, in Environmental
Science, or a related subject with an environmental social science
specialisation (e.g. Sociology, Political Science, Human Geography) that is
of central importance to the Sustainability Challenges and Pathways research
theme. The suggested topic for the doctoral thesis, as described in the
research plan, must be clearly relevant to the study of the Baltic Sea region
or the Eastern European area, as well as to the Sustainability challenges and
pathways research theme.
An application must include:
An application letter
Degree certificates and proof that the entry requirements are fulfilled
Bachelor's essay and Master's dissertation in the field in accordance with
the entry requirements
A research plan consisting of no more than two pages. The plan should:
identify and justify the relevance of a research problem to be addressed;
clearly state the research aims and question(s); and outline the
proposed theoretical-analytical, and methodological approaches for the
study. It must have a specific bearing on the Sustainability Challenges
and Pathways research theme and on the study of the Baltic Sea region
or the Eastern European area.
Two references, with contact details
A maximum of three publications may also be appended
Incomplete applications will not be processed.
The following criteria are considered during selection:
autonomy and originality in the formulation of research questions,
analysis and presentation of previous work.
theoretical and methodological stringency in previous work and in the
research experience or relevant professional activity in Environmental
Science or an equivalent subject as described in the specific entry
good skills in the English language and any other languages that are
importance to work on the thesis.
a multi-, inter- or transdisciplinary background relevant to Environmental
Science or an equivalent subject as described in the specific entry
relevance of the research plan to the study of the Baltic Sea region or
the Eastern European area.
relevance of the research plan to the Sustainability Challenges and
Pathways research theme.
feasibility of the research plan in terms of time, resources and practical
communication and cooperation skills.
Since the successful completion of a doctoral degree requires guidance and a
suitable research environment, a lack of supervisory capacity pertinent to the
suggested research topic may mean that applicants cannot be admitted to the
third-cycle programme. To minimise this risk, applicants are advised to link
their research plan to relevant parts of the Sustainability Challenges and
Pathways research theme and to existing research interests and research
projects in Environmental Science at Södertörn University.
The application deadline is 14 February 2022.
ADMISSION AND EMPLOYMENT
An application for a place on a third-cycle programme is also an
application for employment on a doctoral studentship. Employment is for no
longer than the equivalent of four years of full-time study. The provisions
relating to employment on a doctoral studentship are stated in the Higher
Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Sections 1-7. Doctoral students will be
employed by the School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental
Studies at Södertörn University. The first date of employment is 1 September
Information and instructions for the application procedure are available on
our website, www. sh.se.
When applying, please use Södertörns University's web-based recruitment system
ReachMee , or follow the link "ANSÖK" (APPLY) provided at the end of this
Follow the links below to learn more about admission regulations and third-
cycle education at Södertörn University:
Regulations for third-cycle education at Södertörn University
Södertörn University's Admission Regulations
General Syllabus for Environmental Science
Karin Ebert, Director of Doctoral Studies, karin.ebert(AT)sh.se, +46
Kari Lehtilä, Chair of the Steering Committee for Environmental Studies,
kari.lehtila(AT)sh.se, +46 (0)8-608 4861
Ester Appelgren, Head of the School of Natural Sciences, Technology and
Environmental Studies, ester.appelgren(AT)sh.se, +46 (0)8-608 4183
Marie Granroth, Human Resources Administrator, marie.granroth(AT)sh.se, +46
(8)0- 608 47 71
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the applicant needs to follow. Publications referred to must be attached to
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