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On 1 January 2014, the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science and the University of Life Sciences merged and became –NMBU, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students, and is currently located on two campuses – Ås, about 30 km south of Oslo, and Adamstuen in Oslo. In 2019, the new research- and education-building for veterinary science will be completed and all of NMBU will then be located at Campus Ås.


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Ph.D Fellowship in International Environment and Development Studies - Norms and knowledge in global environmental politics – Ref. no 17/01090

The Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) at the Faculty of Landscape and Society at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) invites applications for a doctoral fellowship in International Environment and Development Studies. The selected candidate is expected to start the doctoral studies in August/September 2017.


The Faculty has 1300 students and 180 staff. It consists of five sub-units, carrying out research and education in the fields of urban and regional planning, property management and law, landscape architecture, international environment and development studies, and public health.


The Department of Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) is engaged in education, research, institutional collaboration and assignments within international environment and development studies. The Department has a PhD programme, three Master programmes and a Bachelor programme. The Department has approximately 35 doctoral candidates and 380 students. Research at Noragric is organised within four research clusters: Climate Change, Agriculture and Development; Conflict, Human Security and Development; Environmental Governance; and Rights and Power in Development. For further information regarding Noragric’ s thematic areas and ongoing research programmes, please visit:



Research project

The Faculty hereby invites proposals for PhD projects that develop new research on the role of norms and knowledge at the nexus of International Relations and International Environment and Development Studies. Priority will be given to creative and innovative proposals addressing “norms and knowledge in global environmental politics” within or across the following thematic and theoretical foci:

  1. The power of norms and knowledge related to environmental politics and to actors such as civil society, scientists, cities, religions, bureaucrats or other
  2. Critical research on normative change with a focus that includes but is not limited to global agri-food, sustainable development or climate change governance
  3. Science-policy interface and the politics of knowledge and expertise in global governance

Norms and knowledge feature prominently in debates on global environmental politics. Related discourses of ‘sustainable development’, ‘justice’, ‘precaution’ or ‘green economy’ are highly contentious. In light of an increasing politicization of knowledge, contentious knowledge claims have implications for the transformation of norms and related practices in global environmental politics. At the often ambiguous intersection of economic development and sustainability concerns, the power and legitimacy of these norms define the possibilities and restraints of political-decision making. We are seeking PhD proposals that address these challenges from an International Relations perspective and demonstrate theoretically and methodologically innovative approaches.



Main tasks

The PhD programme consists of mandatory and elective courses with oral and written examinations and a major research component. The applicant is advised to visit the website for detailed information regarding PhD regulations at NMBU and information about the PhD programme at Noragric.



Academic qualifications

Required Academic qualifications

  • a research-based master’s degree (see PhD regulations § 5.1) with a GPA of B or above in a relevant field
  • Proficiency in English

Desired Academic qualifications

  • Research and/or working experience in developing countries will be considered an additional desirable qualification.


NMBU offers:

  • An optimistic academic institution with focus on professional development, dissemination and competence.
  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that provides exciting research- and development opportunities.
  • Daily contact with inspiring students and skilled colleagues.
  • Various welfare schemes.
  • Beautiful surroundings just outside Oslo.




The selected candidate will be appointed as a doctoral research candidate for a period of three or four years, depending on duty work for the department.  The salary starts at level 50 (NOK 435 100 per annum) and follows ordinary meriting regulations. There are additional funding available for running expenses for the PhD studies.



Further information

For further information contact Katharina Glaab, Associate Professor in Global Change and International Relations,, tel (+47) 6723 1387, or Josie Teurlings, PhD Programme Coordinator,, tel (+47) 6723 1309.




Applications should include a letter of intent, a draft research proposal not exceeding 4000 words, the applicant’s complete CV with certified copies of relevant transcripts and the names and contact details for two references. The topic of the proposal should fall within International Environment and Development Studies, concentrating on the thematic foci mentioned above. Please use the “jobbnorge format” for your CV.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their academic qualifications, the quality of the draft research proposal and previous research as well as other relevant experience. The shortlisted applicants will be called for an interview as a part of the evaluation.

Applicants invited for an interview are expected to present original diplomas and certificates.


The application, including the required documentation, should be submitted via the link: “Søk stillingen / Apply for this job' at the top of this page. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.


Application deadline: 02.04.2017



A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background. The workplace will if necessary be facilitated for persons with disabilities.


According to the Freedom of Information Act § 25 the list of applicants for this position may be made public irrespective of whether the applicant has requested that his/her name be withheld.

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