Lund University, Universitetets särskilda verksamheter, 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 for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) is an international and interdisciplinary centre of excellence at Lund University. We advance knowledge on how to catalyse the transition to low-carbon and resource efficient economies across different levels of governance and management. We conduct research across the themes of international and national policy intervention, urban governance and experimentation, business management and practice, and consumption governance.

Subject description

Sustainable consumption is a vital part of a sustainable society. Therefore, new ways of providing, consuming and using goods and services on the market need to be explored. In this respect, the emerging concept of sharing economy holds promise to improve efficiency of resource use and reduce the demand for natural resources, and, at the same time, create new jobs and new sources of income to people. However, these promises are rarely tested and supported by objective evidence. Most of extant evaluations of the sharing economy analyse sharing in one sector or focus on one of the three dimensions of sustainability: environmental, economic or social. The multi-sectorial and multi-dimensional implications of the sharing economy and the rebound effects of consumption are still poorly explored.

The post holder will contribute to two on-going projects on Urban Sharing and Urban Reconomy, which explore environmental, economic and social effects of sharing.

 Work duties

The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning. 

The applicant will work in the area of systemic sustainability evaluation of innovative business and consumption models in the sharing economy. The evaluation shall combine analyses of sustainability profile of urban sharing organisations in different cities around the world with assessment of direct and cross-sectorial economic, environmental and social effects. An illustrative generic question could be: what resource re-allocation is induced when consumers shift from using hotels to using accommodation sharing, e.g. AirBnB? This implies investigating direct and indirect environmental effects, e.g. changes in emission levels and the demand for natural resources, effects on industry, e.g. expansions or contraction of some sectors, as well as social implications, e.g. shifts in employment opportunities across the economy.

The applicant might be invited to teach and supervise MSc students and write research proposal(s) on topics related to her/his research. The applicant will be engaged in collaboration with different stakeholders and in organising field work. Administration related to the work duties listed above might be included.

Qualification requirements

Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position: in Environmental/Ecological Economics, Economics, Statistics, Finance, Social, Environmental or Political Science or other related subjects, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree may have been completed earlier.

 Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • A strong research focus and capacity to independently conduct and successfully finalize research
  • Capacity to publish in high-ranking academic journals in economics, social and environmental sciences

 Assessment criteria and other qualifications

This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will be based on the following criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research
  • Teaching skills

 Additional assesment criteria:

  • Strong analytical and modelling skills, knowledge of quantitative methods:
    • o (Macro)-Econometric methods and environmental accounting
    • o Relevant databases of national economic and social accounts
    • o Input-output modelling (monetary/physical and environmentally extended I/O)
    • o Relevant tools for statistical analysis (e.g. MatLab, SPSS, Stata, Mathematica, R or similar) and relevant socio-economic modelling software (e.g. GEMPACK, REMI, IMPLAN, GAMS or similar)
  • Understanding of linkages between macro-economic dynamics and sustainability implications from a cross-sectorial perspective
  • Familiarity with sustainability evaluations of business models and organisations

 Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, ability to create own research networks, good intercultural communication and experience of international collaborations. The applicant’s experience and skills should complement and strengthen ongoing research at the institute and contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English and submitted online. The following documents need to be submitted together with cover letter:

  • CV with: contact information for three references, proven record of quantitative research skills, e.g. academic publications, reports; and evidence of pedagogical skills
  • a research plan (max 3 pages) in line with the described topic and should be in line with research conducted at the IIIEE
Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2017-09-15
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/2251
  • Lena Neij, 046-2220222
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 27.Jun.2017
Last application date 04.Sep.2017 11:59 PM CET

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