Institutionen för Strategisk Kommunikation

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University is one of the leading education and research institutions in Sweden and operates both in Lund and Helsingborg.

The Department of Strategic Communication runs Sweden’s largest education and research activities in the field of strategic communication. The department is also one of the largest in the field in Europe. The activities of the department are based at Campus Helsingborg, which is characterised by the authenticity of Lund University in a young and dynamic environment with an interdisciplinary approach. Another characteristic of the activities at Campus Helsingborg is strong engagement with the business sector and the public sector in both education and research.

The Department of Strategic Communication offers three popular undergraduate and Master’s degree programmes. At present, the department has almost 25 staff and around 330 full-time equivalent students. The department conducts successful research in various areas, including crisis communication, branding processes, organizational communication, public diplomacy and information warfare, and new media and democracy. The research environment is growing strongly, has active international contact and welcomes cross-disciplinary initiatives. The work environment at the department is characterised by cooperation in teaching teams, active work on strategy and development, and an international environment where communication in English is a natural part of the everyday

Doctoral studentship in Media and Communication Studies specialising in Strategic Communication within the research project Rethinking urban tourism development


Employment as a doctoral student in Media and Communication Studies specialising in Strategic Communication.

The successful candidate is primarily to focus on his or her doctoral studies. The doctoral student is expected to be present and actively participate in the research and education environment at the department and has the opportunity to take on other duties, such as administration and teaching, up to 20 per cent of full-time working hours. The employment is limited to 4 years (maximum 5 years after extension at 20 % service at the department). Regulations concerning appointment as a full time doctoral student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

The PhD candidate will be part of the multidisciplinary research project Rethinking urban tourism development: dealing with sustainability in the age of over-tourism that is performed in collaboration between the Department of Strategic Communication and the Department of Service Management and Service Studies since 2018. The aim of the project is to address the challenges generated by the increasing flows of tourists and its effects on sustainability in urban destinations. The project has a holistic view on sustainability from social, economic, cultural and ecological perspectives on destinations. The project departs from a multidisciplinary perspective that aims to address the current views regarding urban tourism by involving a range of stakeholders.  The project consists of four subprojects that all deal with challenges in urban destinations with a focus on strategic communication, service innovation and environmental strategy. In addition, the project contributes with new knowledge on future challenges and strategies for sustainable destinations. The result should be applicable to national policy makers and planning agencies for tourism, regional tourism organisations, local stakeholders in municipalities, and partner organisations. 

The position is located at the Department of Strategic Communication (ISK), Campus Helsingborg.

The department is quite new and does not yet offer a PhD programme. This means that the doctoral student will be admitted to the PhD programme in Media and Communication Studies. For more information on the programme, please visit the website (

Lund University will in 2019 start a graduate research school focusing on societal challenges and Agenda 2030. The PhD candidate will be given the opportunity to participate in this school with other PhD candidates.


Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.


In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, the doctoral student must have at least 30 second-cycle credits in a social science subject, for example strategic communication, service management, media and communication, human geography, environmental studies or equivalent.. The PhD candidate must have completed independent projects of at least 15 second-cycle credits.

The applicant must have proficiency in English sufficient to assimilate published research and PhD teaching, and participate actively in seminar activities.

The PhD candidate should have experience of multidisciplinary education and research environments

Assessment criteria

The appointment rules for doctoral students are stipulated in the Swedish Code of Statutes (SFS 1998:80). Only applicants who are eligible for doctoral studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Admission is primarily to be based on the applicant’s ability to benefit from the doctoral programme. Major emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s Master’s degree project (thesis or equivalent degree project) and the project idea proposed. 

The application must include:

1) a cover letter in English of max 1,000 words, which contains a brief presentation of yourself and your qualifications, as well as a brief explanation of why you are interested in participating in the research project Rethinking urban tourism development and the third cycle programme in Media and Communication Studies specialising in Strategic Communication at Lund University,

2) a brief outline of a research proposal in English of max 2,500 words including references, containing a description of a research problem and research field, possible research questions and method/s. The research proposal needs to address the overall theme of the research project but present an independent research idea from a strategic communication perspective for example place branding, mediatization and digital media in relation to sustainable urban destinations,

3) a CV including certified copies of degree certificates, grade transcripts and other relevant certificates,

4) a copy of the Master’s degree project and, if available, other research publications (e.g. articles in scientific journals),

5) contact details for two references,

6) any other documentation of relevance to the position.

In addition, the assessment will take into account the ability to work independently and structured, but also the ability to contribute to good cooperation and a good research environment at the department.

Type of employment

Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 2019-09-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Helsingborg
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/4503
  • Mats Heide, professor, +46 42 35 66 14
  • Jörgen Eksell, Proj.lead. Rethinking urban tourism, +46 42 35 66 17
  • Maria Månsson, Proj.lead. Rethinking urban tourism, +46 42 35 65 47
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 20.Dec.2018
Last application date 10.Jun.2019 11:59 PM CET

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