The Stockholm Resilience Centre is a joint initiative between Stockholm University and the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Founded in 2007, the Centre is part of the Faculty of Science at Stockholm University.
The mission of the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) is to advance research for biosphere stewardship and innovation. Research at the SRC applies a social-ecological systems perspective and resilience thinking to generate knowledge and understanding to enable social-ecological transformations towards sustainable futures. Research is advanced through transdisciplinary collaboration with international leading researchers, research environments worldwide, and environmental actors.
The SRC aims to foster new generations of researchers and academic leaders through our Resilience Research School. The school equips students with a theoretical and practical foundation in Sustainability Science with a focus on resilience in social-ecological systems. Students are encouraged to develop new approaches that integrate methods and concepts from the social, natural and applied sciences. Emphasis is placed on developing student ability to define a problem, develop research methods, and communicate research findings within international scientific and science-policy discussions.
We seek an enthusiastic, committed and ambitious PhD candidate interested interdisciplinary environmental research to join us as part of the FORMAS funded research project Seafood in Japan and Sweden – alternative pathways to sustainability.
The main research question in the project is “What are suitable and effective pathways to sustainable seafood production and consumption in Japan and Sweden given different market and supply chain characteristics?” The project will consider two very different markets for seafood – Japan and Sweden – to better understand barriers and drivers to a shift towards sustainability. Perspectives from key value chain actors, including seafood companies and retailers will be considered.
The student should preferably have experience working within seafood sustainability and be familiar with the seafood sector, language and cultural context in Japan and Sweden. The supervisor team includes Malin Jonell (main supervisor), Tim Daw (SRC) and Hiroe Ishihara (The University of Tokyo).
The selected PhD candidate will be employed at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC),
Stockholm university and be part of the “Food for Resilience” research theme at the centre. However, the student should also be motivated to explore different research grounds and acquire knowledge and skills across the broad field of sustainability science. As part of the transdisciplinary environment of SRC, the student will collaborate with and benefit from other students and researchers with diverse research interests and perspectives.
To be hired as a PhD student at the Stockholm Resilience Centre one must be eligible to be admitted to a PhD Programme in Natural Science at Stockholm University.
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.
Specific entry requirements for admission to postgraduate studies in Sustainability Science are that the applicant has a total of at least 30 credits, or equivalent, at advanced level in Natural Science, as well as a thesis of at least 30 credits at advanced level in a relevant subject, or equivalent knowledge. The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.
The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on:
- Subject knowledge relevant to the research task.
- Knowledge of scientific theory and methodology.
- Willingness and ability to work as part of an inter- and transdisciplinary team.
- Fluent in English.
- Analytical ability as demonstrated by a scientific report, paper or degree project thesis.
- Experience working within seafood sustainability, preferably market based instruments, including eco-certification.
- Qualitative research skills, including experience using semi-structured interviews.
- Professional Working Proficiency in Japanese.
- Familiarity with the Japanese and Swedish seafood sector.
Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: www.su.se/rules and regulations.
Terms of employment
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.
The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not
exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.
Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage
in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.
Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.
Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal
opportunities for all.
For more information on the PhD research, please contact the main supervisor Dr. Malin Jonell, telephone: +46 70 48 77 992, email@example.com.
For more information about the Resilience Research School or Sustainability Science at the
Stockholm Resilience Centre, please contact Head of Subject, Prof Garry Peterson, telephone:
+46 73 707 85 92, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, email@example.com, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com (SEKO), and PhD student representative, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the
responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with
the instructions in the advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.
Please include the following information with your application
- Your contact details and personal data
- Your highest degree
- Your language skills
- Contact details for 2–3 references
and, in addition, please include the following documents
- Cover letter
- CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree
- Project proposal/Research proposal describing:
- why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
- why and how you wish to complete the project
- what makes you suitable for the project in question
- Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
- Letters of recommendation (no more than 6 files)
- Degree projects/theses (no more than 6 files)
The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.
You are welcome to apply!