Lunds universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

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 Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University is one of the leading education and research institutions in Sweden and operates both in Lund and Helsingborg.

The Department of Political Science fuses traditional roots with cutting-edge research and education. In recent years, it has very successfully competed for external research funds. Among the central research areas of the Department are democratization, diplomacy, peace and conflict studies, environmental politics and welfare studies. The strong research profile of the Department is reflected in the teaching, the educational environment also being firmly set in a global context.

The Legitimacy in Global Governance (LegGov) program seeks two Research Assistants

Project description
LegGov is a six-year research project that is conducted by political scientists from three Swedish universities: Lund University (LU), the University of Gothenburg (GU), and Stockholm University (SU). LegGov aims to offer a systematic analysis of the legitimacy of global governance institutions (GGIs). The project consists of three subprojects that deal with the following questions: 1) what are the sources of the legitimacy of GGIs? 2) by what processes are GGIs legitimized and delegitimized? and 3) what are the consequences of legitimacy for the functioning of GGIs? At least one RA will be hired for the second subproject and one will be hired for the third subproject.

Job description
The second subproject explores processes of legitimation. The research assistant will primarily work with the study of GGI’s self-legitimation. This will be done by coding self-legitimation statements in GGI’s annual reports. The software used for the research is MAXQDA. A coding scheme will be provided by LegGov. The RA will cooperate with LegGov researchers based at the Department of Political Science in Lund.  

The third subproject assesses how public and political challenges to the legitimacy of 16 Global Governance Institutions (GGIs) affect their functioning (e.g. institutional reform, member state compliance, and staff/budget size). The legitimacy challenges are measured by ‘core sentences’ in newswire articles. Core sentences deal with actors that challenge the legitimacy of a particular GGI (the target) because of a particular issue. Now that the newswire data has been gathered, the next step is to code the core sentences in terms of the actor, target and issue information. The coding of the newswire articles will be the main responsibility of the RA. He/she will cooperate with Bart Bes, Postdoctoral Fellow in the LegGov project based at Lund University. 

Qualification requirements
Applicants must be third-year Bachelor students or Master students in either of the social sciences (Anthropology, Communication Science, Political Science, Public Administration, or Sociology), or related disciplines such as Economics, or Psychology. 

Assessment criteria
We are looking for candidates with an interest in global governance as well as in research methods such as content analysis. Preferably, the candidate should have had earlier experience of working with qualitative and/or quantitative text analytical software programs. Additional merits include the capacity to work in a multinational and interdisciplinary team of researchers, as well as knowledge in Swedish.  

Further information about the positions can be obtained from:

  • Anders Uhlin (subproject 2), Professor at the Department of Political Science, Lund University. Email:
  • Bart Bes (subproject 3), Postdoctoral Fellow in the LegGov project, based at Lund University. Email:

For information about the LegGov project, please visit the website at 

Application Process
Please submit your application before 18 January 2018 through the Lund University’s recruitment system. Please include the following information with your application:

  • Your contact details (email address and telephone number) and personal data (name, address, date of birth)
  • Your highest degree obtained
  • A cover letter describing 1) why you are interested in the position and 2) what makes you suitable for the position
  • A CV indicating your 1) degree 2) other competences, 3) work experience, and 4) your language skills


Type of employment Visstidsanställning 3-6 månader
Contract type Part-time
Employment expires 2018-07-31
Number of positions 2
Working hours 50
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/4148
  • Anders Uhlin, +46 (0)46 222 89 53,
  • Bart Bes, +46 (0)46 222 68 38,
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, +46 46-222 93 64
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46 46-222 93 62
Published 21.Dec.2017
Last application date 18.Jan.2018 11:59 PM CET

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