Doctoral student in political science focusing on water policy and governance

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Örebro University

Ref no: ORU 2.1.1-04443/2023

Örebro University and the School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences are looking for a doctoral student for the doctoral programme in political science. The programme, which concludes with a doctoral degree, will start in the autumn 2023.

Project description

This doctoral project in political science aims at examining conflicts linked to the use and management of water and how these can be managed in a sustainable way. Within this brief, a number of political science perspectives and research questions may be relevant. The project may for instance explore various forms of governance (exercise of public authority, urban and regional planning, voluntary initiatives); collaboration/cooperation between public and private stakeholders; policymaking and implementation within and between decision levels; or the design and utilisation of various forms of citizen participation.

This doctoral studentship is offered as part of the interdisciplinary research school Water challenges in sustainable planning and the built environment (WATCH) (in Swedish), to which seven doctoral students will be linked. The aim of the research school is to understand and identify solutions to the growing number of challenges that arise in the intersection between strategies for sustainable urban and regional planning – such as densification, shoreland exploitation and water use – and various water challenges – in the form of flooding, drinking water shortages and water pollution etc. The research school is coordinated by Örebro University and Karlstad University in collaboration with the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency (MSB), Swedish Water, the County Administrative Boards of Örebro and Värmland, and the municipalities of Örebro and Karlstad. WATCH is backed by Formas and their strategic funding programme for sustainable planning and built environments.

The doctoral programme is offered and organised jointly by the research school and the political science department. Political science at Örebro University constitutes a research and education environment that combines subject depth with collaborations within multidisciplinary research environments. At the department, research is primarily conducted within two themes: Governance, public policy and political institutions and Citizen participation, democracy and civic engagement. Within these fields, the department’s researchers are active in national and international collaborations on both research and doctoral education.

The programme and the doctoral studentship

The doctoral programme consists of courses and an independent research project that you will present in a doctoral thesis. The programme concludes with a doctoral degree and comprises 240 credits, which corresponds to four years of full-time study.

Our ambition is for your doctoral studies to be stimulating and purposeful throughout the programme until you have obtained your doctoral degree. A thorough introduction will therefore get you off to a good start and provide a solid foundation on which you can build your studies. As a doctoral student at Örebro University, you will be offered a specially tailored seminar series, covering matters ranging from doctoral programme rules and careers to student welfare support and networking.

The place on the programme is linked to a full-time doctoral studentship for the duration of the study programme, which corresponds to four years. More information on doctoral studentships, part-time studies and part-time doctoral studentships can be found in the Regulations Handbook . The initial salary for a doctoral studentship is SEK 29,100 a month.

Entry requirements and selection

For admission to doctoral studies, applicants are required to meet both general entry requirements and specific entry requirements. In addition, applicants must be considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the programme. For a full account of the entry requirements, refer to the admissions regulations as well as to annex 2 to the general syllabus for political science.

Applicants meet the specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in political science if they have received a passing grade in courses of at least 90 credits, including an independent project at the advanced course level, in political science, i.e. a Bachelor’s project. A person who has acquired substantially corresponding knowledge, in Sweden or abroad, also meets the specific entry requirements.


For more information about the programme and the doctoral studentship, contact Project Manager Erik Hysing ([email protected] , +46 19 30 24 42); Director of the research school WATCH Ida Andersson ([email protected] , +46 709 47 16 87); Head of Subject and Director of the doctoral programme in political science Martin Karlsson ([email protected] , +46 19 30 36 27) or Assistant Head of Division Ann-Catrin Kristianssen ([email protected] , +46 19 30 34 09).

At Örebro University, we expect each member of staff to be open to development and change, take responsibility for their work and performance, demonstrate a keen interest in collaboration and contribute to development, as well as to show respect for others by adopting a constructive and professional approach.

Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as well as a work environment characterised by openness, trust and respect. We value the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.

Application to the programme and for the doctoral studentship

The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • The form Application for/decision on admission to research studies.
  • CV
  • Proof of completed higher education courses and study programmes, and if applicable a degree certificate.
    • Original certificates for both bachelor’s degree and master’s degree.
    • Official transcripts of records regarding both bachelor’s degree and master’s degree.
    • If the documents above are in any other language than Swedish, English, Norwegian, or Danish, please also attach official translations to Swedish/English of all the documents.
  • Degree project (independent project).
  • A research plan detailing how the applicant wishes to take on the doctoral project described above, including theoretical and methodological approaches (2–3 pages).
  • Other relevant documents, course and degree certificates verifying eligibility.

As a main rule, application documents and attachments are to be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, or English. Documents in other languages must be translated by an authorised translator to Swedish or English. A list of authorised translators can be obtained from the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency, Kammarkollegiet .

When you apply for admission, you automatically also apply for a doctoral studentship. More information for applicants can be found on our career site .

The application deadline is 2023-08-06. We look forward to receiving your application!

As we have already made our choices in terms of external collaboration partners and marketing efforts for this recruitment process, we decline any contact with recruitment agencies and advertisers.

As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), we are required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.

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