PhD Scholarship in International Environment and Development Studies – Norway

Applications are invited for Fully Funded PhD Fellowship in International Environment and Development Studies by The Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) at the Faculty of Landscape and Society, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

In today’s world, exploitation of exhaustible resources such as oil, gas, and minerals is often contentious, in part because of the manner in which extraction pitches powerful corporate interests against those of local communities, and the tangible traces that extraction tends to leave on both natural and social environments.

Despite efforts to improve corporate practices and safeguard local interests, such as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, challenges remain in a number of dimensions. These include a lack of transparency, corrupt practices,the local social, political and economic consequences, continuing neglect of social responsibility, and a failure to adequately protect sensitive natural environments.

On the other hands, extractive industries, straddling the range of intra-state governmental, economic, and environmental levels, present us with a number of issues at the macro, middle, and micro scales, such as resource governance, foreign direct investment, economic dependence, institutional innovation and collaboration, resource conflicts, the ‘resource curse’, human and/or indigenous rights, local participation and organization, poverty, inequality, and resistance.

The successful PhD applicant will engage empirically with one or more specific cases of extraction and their local effects, but also indicate how cases connect to broader social and economic issues . Relevant academic fields include – but are not limited to – Political Ecology, Anthropology of Development, Science and Technology Studies, Environmental & Social Justice, and Environmental History.

The Department invites applicants to submit project proposals for critically investigating and analysing extractive resource processes.


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