Posted on: 2 January, 2019
Application deadline: January 25, 2019

PhD position Political Ecology of Fisheries in Peru, Bremen University, Germany

The University of Bremen’s Sustainability Research Center (artec) is offering a position (TVL 13, 65%) for a

PhD student  – “Political Ecology of Fisheries in Peru”

The candidate will be working in the collaborative research project “Social-Ecological Tipping Points of the Northern Humboldt Current Upwelling System, Economic Repercussions and Governance Strategies” funded by the German Research Ministry (BMBF). The candidate will developing his/her own research focus in collaboration with the team.

Description of project: The extreme variability in climate-related productivity of the Humboldt Upwelling System (HUS) impacts local livelihoods and worldwide markets. The University of Bremen is one of five consortium members of the Humboldt Tipping project and responsible for the work package (WP) “Stakeholder Engagement and Governance Strategies”. Its focus is directed to coastal (bay) systems, where artisanal fisheries, aquaculture and ecotourism are key maritime activities for provision of livelihoods. Our subproject aims to analyze governance regimes and derive policy recommendations related to tipping points in the social-ecological systems that are critical for Peruvian coastal communities. The planned duration of the project is 3 years.

Suitable candidates should:

  • hold a Master or Diploma degree in human geography, political or social sciences;
  • have some experience in qualitative social research, preferably in an international context;
  • be fluent in the English language and have advanced Spanish language skills;
  • be willing to work in an international (German-Peruvian) scientific environment, including two longer research stays in Peru;
  • participate in the planning and realization of stakeholder workshops in the study regions.

Applicants should submit a letter of motivation, their CV and related documents by e-mail (all within one single PDF document) to flitner[at]

University of Bremen is committed to equal opportunities and family-friendly employment. Deadline for application is January 25th, 2019.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Lotta Kluger, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) Bremen;,  or Prof. Michael Flitner, artec Sustainability Research Centre, University of Bremen;