PhD position on the governance of marine ammunition risk in the German SeaGlobal Climate Forum e.V. • Adaptation and Social Learning • Berlin

Germany Universities


December 8, 2021


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Time Span as soon as possible for 3 years Application Deadline 08 Dec 2021 Financing yes Type of Position

  • PhD - Doctoral Programme
  • Field of Research

  • Law, Economics, and Social Sciences
  • Subjects environmental social sciences (e.g. institutional economics, political sciences, sociology or similar) Description The Global Climate Forum (GCF) in Berlin is a non-profit transdisciplinary research institute founded by noble laureate Klaus Hasselmann. GCF brings together representatives of different parties concerned with climate change including energy industries, insurances, policy-makers, environmental NGOs, and scientists to carry out joint studies that support environmental policies. The Research Process Adaptation and Social Learning (ASL) at GCF conducts internationally leading work on the economics and governance of sea-level rise and coastal/marine social- ecological systems from local to global scales. The process is led by Privatdozent Dr. Jochen Hinkel, who co-leads work on coastal adaptation in the United Nations World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and has been Lead Author on coastal adaptation in the last two Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

    The German North Sea and Baltic Sea are contaminated with about 1.6 million tonnes of ammunition from the two World Wars, which threatens both human safety and the integrity of ecosystems (e.g., Tageschau or Deutschlandfunk). The new collaborative research project CONMAR, funded by the German Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF), addresses this challenge through a transdisciplinary process bringing together stakeholders with natural and social scientists to develop governance and management solutions. For this project, ASL is seeking a doctoral researcher that conducts an institutional analysis of relevant governance arrangements, a media analysis on the public discourse on marine ammunition, and a participatory multi-criteria analysis to prioritize areas for remediation options. The PhD would be obtained from the Division of Resource Economics at the Thaer Institute of Humboldt University in Berlin, where Hinkel is an external professor (Privatdozent).

    The successful candidate is expected to have: - An excellent Master degree in environmental social sciences (e.g. institutional economics, political sciences, sociology or similar) - Excellent commands (oral and written) of German (the language of the stakeholders) and English (the language of the PhD thesis) - Deep intrinsic motivation to understand environmental and more specifically coastal/marine governance - Familiarity with qualitative social science methods and institutional theories. Experience in gathering data through interviews or focus groups. - Familiarity with methods of media analysis and multi-criteria analysis is an asset.

    We offer the opportunity to work in a high-profile, internationally recognized research institute within a global network of leading researchers on social and economic aspects of climate change and environmental issues, as well as national and international organizations concerned with climate change. The successful candidate will join a young, friendly and highly motivated transdisciplinary working environment in central Berlin within the Mercator Center Berlin. The contract will be limited to 3 years. A salary will be paid according to the German university standards (65 % position).

    The application deadline is 8.12.2021. Please send your application including a motivation letter, a copy of relevant certificates, a complete CV, your Master thesis, as well as names, email addresses and telephone numbers of two possible referees as a single PDF file with the subject “CONMAR application” to Jochen Hinkel ( For further information please contact Jochen Hinkel.

    Working Language

  • English
  • German
  • Language of Dissertation

  • English
  • Required Documents

  • CV
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Others : Master thesis, as well as names, email addresses and telephone numbers of two possible referees
  • More Information https: // content/uploads/2021/11/PhDpositionattheGlobalClimateForumongovernanceofmarineammunitionsites.pdf

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