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PhD of International Development Studies

Roskilde University - Department of Social Sciences and Business

The emergence of the environmental state under authoritarianism (China, Vietnam and beyond)

Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as PhD of International Development Studies from 15th of January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position as PhD is limited to a period of 3 years.

Description of the PhD project
The PhD project is part of a larger international research program under the heading: “The emergence of the environmental state under authoritarianism (China, Vietnam and beyond)”. The PhD candidate will participate in cooperation between international researchers and local partners and should make an independent contribution to the overall research program, which aims to: “examine new forms of the environmental state under authoritarianism and test the resulting governance models on their ability to solve the dual crisis of social and environmental protections in its fringe areas (including protected areas and national parks)”.

The applicant should outline a research project that adds to this research program, ideally by means of combined literature studies and fieldwork in a relevant locality.

The full wording of the research program may be obtained by contacting the program coordinator, Ole Bruun, email:

The Doctoral School
You will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Social Sciences and Business.

The Doctoral School of Social Sciences & Business (ISE) provides PhD training and research within an interdisciplinary, international, and professional environment.

The Doctoral School is part of a dynamic community of researchers who share a commitment to understanding society in diverse contexts of change and global engagement. Researchers come from all over the world and engage in topics that are geographically, theoretically and methodologically diverse.

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As a PhD student you will be associated with the research area, International Studies. Read more here: .

 Responsibilities and tasks
The PhD position is an educational position and the main tasks are in accordance with chapter 3, Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (

You must hold a master’s degree or equivalent within International Development Studies or a related discipline. Qualifications within the following areas are required

  • Experience from environmental or climate change studies
  • Theoretical and analytical ability in the social sciences

We also emphasize the following qualifications:

  • Ability to cooperate with international researchers and foreign partners
  • Willingness to participate in field studies under challenging conditions

You are required to be enterprising and to possess good communication skills and to be a visible, involved participant in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.

In the assessment regarding employment consideration will be given to;

In the assessment regarding enrollment consideration will also be given to the following criteria:

  • Educational skills and any further professional qualifications
  • Grades at Master’s programme or equivalent
  • Quality and relevance of the project description
    • Considerations regarding shall be included in your project description
    • Your project description shall be no more than 2 pages
  • Quality and relevance of the methodical and theoretical choices
  • Consistency and coherence between the problem and the choice of method and theory
  • If the PhD project seem realistic and feasible
  • Ability to complete the PhD project
  • Relevance of the project to the profile of the Doctoral School

For further information about the position, please contact Professor (MSO) Ole Bruun,, tel. +4546742689. For administrative or technical questions pleace contact PhD coordinator Annika Mogensen, +4546743499.

Terms of employment
The employment is full time, 37 hours and you will refer to Head of Department Peter Kragelund.

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure 

After the deadline for applications the Head of Department will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.


To apply for the position go to

Only applications in English are accepted.

Applications must include:

  1. Cover letter 
  2. CV 
  3. Documentation of education including grades from Master’s programme or equivalent 
  4. Your description of the PhD project 
  5. Your time schedule of the PhD project 
  6. If applicable: Documentation for any research experience, work experience or publications.

Please submit your application no later than 22 October 2019

Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Roskilde University’s foremost task is to engage in experimental and innovative forms of learning, research and problem-solving that contribute to progress in society. We educate skilled, interdisciplinary graduates and produce scientific results of the highest quality through transparency, engagement and knowledge-sharing.

Roskilde University has 9000 students, 880 employees and an annual turnover of DKK 740 million.

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Roskilde - Denmark
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th October 2019
Closes: 22nd October 2019
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