Doctoral Studentship in Economic Geography
Ref PAR 2021/88
With its more than 4000 full-time students, 475 employees, 150 international partner universities, its main subject areas – Economics and Law – and four departments, the School of Business, Economics and Law has unique breadth. The School’s close collaborations with the business sector and the public sector are also unique. The School of Business, Economics and Law holds EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA accreditations and is thus the only school of its kind in Sweden to hold Triple Crown accreditation.
The Department of Business Administration with over 140 employees of which 15 are employed doctoral students, is the largest department at the School of Business, Economics and Law. We are one of the leading research department in the field of Economic Geography in the Nordic countries and our research has a strong tradition in empirically based research aiming for publications in well recognized scientific journals.
We are looking for a qualified and motivated person for a doctoral position in economic geography, with a placement at the Department of Business Administration. In Gothenburg, Economic geography is mainly focused on regional economic transformation, and international economic geography. The doctoral studies will be conducted in close connection with the research within one of our two center formations: CRA (Center for Regional Analysis) and CIBS (Center for International Business Studies). Current research in economic geography is presented at
The PhD programme in Economic Geography is equivalent to four year full-time and lead to a Degree of Doctor in Economic Geography .The study programme consists of coursework comprising 90 credits and a thesis part comprising 150 credits, for a total of 240 credits. A general study plan for doctoral studies in Economic Geography is available at
Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their doctoral studies. They may however work to a limited extent with teaching, research and administration (departmental duties). Departmental duties may amount to a maximum of 20 per cent of full time spread over the period of study and should result in a corresponding extension of the studentship.
To be eligible for admission to doctoral studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements below. Furthermore, the applicant must be considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the study programme.
General entry requirements:
The applicant meets the general entry requirements if he or she:
- has been awarded a degree at advanced level
- has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded at advanced level, or
- has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad
Specific entry requirements:
A person meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies in Economic Geography if he or she has completed at least 90 higher education credits in Economic Geography, of which at least 15 higher education credits are from the completion of a degree project, or alternatively has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad, for example through studies in a neighboring discipline, such as human geography, business administration, economics and economic history.
In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from the study programme is taken into account. Applicants are assessed based on the following criteria:
- The applicant’s documented knowledge within the subject area of relevance to the research area,
- The applicant’s documented knowledge in academic theory and methodology,
- The applicant’s analytical ability, as substantiated through an academic report, paper, degree thesis or corresponding work.
Admission and selection are conditional on the Department’s resources to provide supervision within the doctoral student’s focus area.
Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in the Higher Education Ordinance SFS 1993:100. Only those who are admitted to third-cycle studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. They may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration according to the regulations.
The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. The total employment period may not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle studies for four years.
Employment: Time limited employment (temporary), 4 years
Location: Department of Business Administration, Gothenburg
Starting date: 1 September 2021
Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University of Gothenburg.
For further information regarding the position
Professor Martin Henning
+46 (0)31-786 1419
Professor Inge Ivarsson
+46 (0)31-786 1381
Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:
How to apply
In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.
The application must include:
- Cover letter
- Preliminary research topic, including purpose, research question, data collection and method of analysis (4-5 pages)
- Certified copies of degree certificates and certificates of enrolment in completed university courses including grades, to substantiate fulfilment of the general and specific entry requirements
- A copy of a degree thesis or corresponding work and potentially other scientific papers
- Two letters of recommendation including their contact details (title, name, email and phone number)
All attachments are to be named appropriately for their content.
If your documents are not issued in English or Swedish you are responsible as applicant for having them translated into Swedish or English by a certified translator.
Closing date: 1 March 2021
The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.
Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.
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