Lund University, Universitetets särskilda verksamheter, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE)

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The International Institute of Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) is an international and interdisciplinary centre within Lund University. We work at the nexus of economy, industry and the environment, as indicated by our name, and we believe that a profound industrial transformation is a precondition for a sustainable future. We also believe that a transformation towards sustainability would require strategically focused governance and management structures, policy instruments, business models, visions and scenarios. More information is available on the Institute website (


Subject description

The doctoral student will work in the area of sustainable urban governance with a focus on nature-based solutions (NBS) and innovation.


The three objectives of this research are 1) to develop an analytical framework to assess drivers and barriers to the implementation of NBS; 2) to test the analytical framework in case cities; and 3) to compare case cities to investigate processes and mechanisms to improve NBS implementation and transfer knowledge to different contexts.


Work duties

The position will be based at the IIIEE and part of a project on “Nature-based Solutions for Urban Challenges”. This project is performed in cooperation with the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC) at Lund University and the Faculty of Engineering (LTH) at Lund University. The aim of the project is to study under which conditions NBS can meet urban challenges. The objectives of work to be performed by the candidate are described above.


Using a combination of methods for data collection and analysis, including case studies, infra-labs, focus groups, interviews, expert panels and field observations, the research will provide a systematic, integrative and comparative analysis of NBS in cities.


The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).


The candidate is expected to teach in Master’s programmes run by the IIIEE in English. The candidate will also contribute to the operation and on-going development of Massive Open Online Courses at the IIIEE.


Admission requirements

A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.


Additional requirements:

Hold a Master’s degree in a relevant, preferably multi-disciplinary, field (e.g. sustainability studies closely linked to governance, management, innovation, institutional, and/or organisational studies). Degree or a course in sustainability or environmental management/policy is a requirement.

Very good oral and written proficiency in English.


Assessment criteria

Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student’s potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:

  • Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study.
  • An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
  • Written and oral communication skills.
  • Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.


Other assessment criteria:

Capacity to independently carry out and successfully finalise research, to participate in PhD courses. Ability to develop their own research and build societal networks as well as produce academic publications. Good communication and cross-cultural skills. Swedish language skills are a plus.


Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.



Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at IIIEE consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1998:80).


Instructions on how to apply

The application should include a curriculum vita, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, a personal letter stating the applicant’s interest in the project and doctoral studies, and identifying the applicant’s relevant knowledge and experience for the project. Contact information (phone, e-mail) and recommendation letters of at least three personal references are required. Relevant publications, including accepted academic papers or research thesis could also be enclosed.




Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment April 2017
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/202
  • Kes McCormick, Senior lecturer, +46 46 222 02 56
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66,
Published 19.Jan.2017
Last application date 02.Mar.2017 11:59 PM CET

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