Fully Funded PhD student in Social and Economic Geography – Umeå University Sweden

The Department of Geography and Economic History invites applicants for a Fully Funded PhD student in social and economic geography. The department is located at Umeå University and has around 70 employees including about 10 PhD students.

The holder of this position is expected to work within the framework of two ongoing research projects: Mobilising the rural: post-productivism and the new economy (FORMAS) and Grapes of Wrath? Global labour mobility in the wild berry industry affecting rural development in Sweden and Thailand. The theoretical frameworks of the research projects are related to mobility studies and economic geography with a focus on rural areas and local development. You as a PhD student will be part of a research group of several other PhD students as well as senior and junior researchers who are working within the field of rural development, mobility and natural resources. As a PhD student you work independently with your PhD project as well as collaborate with the research group, participate in seminars and other department activities. The PhD programme is normally four years of full time employment.

As a PhD student you are expected to work with a general direction towards social and economic effects of international mobility on rural areas in Northern Sweden. Suggestions on topics could be economic motivations and path creation in rural communities as a consequence of international mobilities, or entrepreneurship among Swedish landowners and the commercialization of non-extractive forest values.


  • Eligible candidates must fulfil the following prerequisites: 240 ECTS-credits of higher education studies of which at least 60 should be on an advanced level (Master level), at least 90 credits must be in social and economic geography or related disciplines, and at least 30 credits must be awarded for successful thesis work in social and economic geography or related disciplines
  • Candidates must be proficient in both oral and written communication in English and have proven insight into research in social science
  • The PhD position also requires oral and written knowledge in Scandinavian languages (preferably Swedish)


A complete application must include:

  • Research proposal presenting your research ideas and how they are contributing to the current literature, including the project’s relation to the research group (no more than four pages excluding references).
  • A cover letter summarizing your qualifications, scientific interests and motives for applying (max two pages)
  • CV
  • Diplomas of bachelor and Master level degrees
  • Bachelor/Master theses work/other relevant publications
  • Other merits of relevance for the position
  • Contact information to two reference persons
Publish Date:
Institute Name: The Department of Geography and Economic History, Umeå University
Degree/Course: PhD
Deadline: August 17, 2018
Country: Sweden
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