Ph.D. Position in Political Science

University of Bergen - Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism

We are announcing a 4 year Ph.D. positon related to children´s rights 

We are announcing a four year Ph.D. position in political science at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism, at the University of Bergen, Norway. The overarching aim of the Acceptability project is to expand our understanding of the principle of the child´s best interests and the normative platform for the values underpinning this principle across societies. This project employs an innovative methodological approach, with multilevel and cross- country studies. The goals are to:

  • Examine and compare populations’ value and sentiments regarding the child’s best interest
  • Explore how different legal systems evaluate and justify decisions based on the child’s best interest
  • Investigate interconnections between public opinion and court decisions
  • Enhance our understanding of cross-country differences in regard to children’s rights, status and interest 

The PhD positions is part of the Acceptability project: a large four-year research project, funded by the Norwegian Research Council at the FRIHUMSAM program and the University of Bergen, Norway. Professor Marit Skivenes, ERC Consolidator Grant holder, is the principal investigator for this project.

We can offer an immensely interesting and devoted research group in Bergen, with high ambitions and a solid and wide international network of researchers. The staff at the two departments of political science at the University of Bergen are highly international, publishes in high end journals, and has lately secured several large EU grants.

The University of Bergen is located in the midst of Bergen City, and Bergen City is close to beautiful nature, mountains ready for hiking and skiing, and the city is surrounded by sea. The Norwegian welfare state is very welcoming for families and individuals, and with fair working life conditions for employees.

Application deadline: October 1, 2017

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