4 PhD Positions in Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala, Sweden

Deadline: 30 April 2012
Open to: Holders of at least a Bachelor degree or the equivalent to 240 Swedish university credits (including at least 60 credits at advanced level) from a recognised university or third level institution
Scholarship: A study grant (currently 15500sek per month) during the first year and then a PhD studentship (currently22400sek per month)


Applications are invited for 3-5 fully funded places in the department’s PhD/Doctoral program in Social and Economic geography. The studentships are available from the 1st of September 2012 and offer full funding for four years.

Uppsala University, founded in 1477, is Scandinavia’s oldest university, and one of the largest with more than 40 000 students. It is a world-class research university and grants about 300 doctoral degrees each year (see www.uu.se).The University is one of the foremost research environments in Europe and has extensive library facilities and data resources that rank amongst the best in Europe. The University is located in the centre of lively and historic Uppsala, which is Sweden’s fourth biggest city and located a short distance north of the capital Stockholm.

The Department is specifically looking for candidates with interest and expertise in one or several of the following themes:

Creativity Innovation, Industry and Regions in Change
This theme focuses the multiple geographies that underpin creativity and in two socio-spatial processes that underpin all types of cultural innovation and creativity: individual learning and knowledge creation. Creative and cultural industries are treated using critical economic geographical perspectives and attention is paid to the role of individuals as well as the districts and milieus where creative individuals and firms seem to thrive. The theme also covers research on how innovation and institutional change co-evolve with processes of industrial and local, urban and regional clustering, transformation and change.

Spatial Planning and Sustainability
This theme addresses issues related to physical and spatial planning. They focus on: the changing ideological underpinnings of planning and their spatial articulation; the ways in which planning strategies conflict with or incorporate the changing social and economic structures of society; and the relationship between planning and environmental change. Areas of interests are urban and rural housing research, resource management and planning and varieties of space and place usage.

Mobility, Space and Identity
A prevalent characteristic of modern society is mobility, ranging from everyday movements in local environments, to commuting in urban regions, to long-term urban-rural interactions, and to historical and contemporary migration on the global scale. Against this background, research focuses on the individual and collective sense of belonging in changing life worlds. Research addresses the significance of space, place and landscape in processes of identity formation, at various geographical scales.


To be considered for admission to postgraduate studies in human geography the candidate must have at least a Bachelors degree or the equivalent to 240 Swedish university credits (including at least 60 credits at advanced level) from a recognised university or third level institution.

Specific entry requirements for admission to postgraduate studies in human geography are that the applicant has completed the equivalent of 90 Swedish university credits in human geography, or has other experience deemed equivalent to this. Applicants who completed undergraduate studies by 1 July 2007 inSweden with at least 120 ‘old’ Swedish university credits will be considered eligible to 31 June 2015.


PhD Studentships are fully funded. This comprises of a study grant (currently 15500sek per month) during the first year and then a PhD studentship (currently 22400sek per month).

The doctoral program is designed to take four years of full-time study. In terms of the Swedish university credit system, the program comprises 240 credits (1.5 credit = 1 week of study, 30 credits = 1 term of full-time study). There are two main blocks in the program: course work (90 credits) and work in connection with the Ph.D. dissertation, including research, writing and seminars (150 credits). Faculty funding normally finances the studentships; some studentships may to be linked to specific research programs and projects and thus have a particular direction. Students may be expected to assist with applying for external funding.


A recruitment team makes an initial selection through a review of submitted documents and contact with referees. This group of candidates are then called to an interview in Uppsala. The interviews will most likely take place in the week starting May 14th. Candidates will be informed of the results of the selection process in the middle of June. Criteria for assessing applications are described in a separate document (‘Kriterier för antagning’, see http://www.kultgeog.uu.se/research/Forskarutbildning/).

How to apply:

High quality applicants are currently sought and applications are due on April 30, 2012. Applications should consist of:

  • A completed application form (Appplication form found here)
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • A short description (2-3 pages) of your research interests and outlook (including an indication of which of the studentship areas listed above you are most interested in)
  • Certified transcript(s) of your academic record/degree(s) to date
  • One example of written work
  • Two academic references (with contact numbers + details)
  • Other documents the applicant may wish to attach (including for instance additional written work or references if desired)

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