Lund University, Department of Business Administration

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Lund University School of Economics and Management is one of eight faculties within Lund University. More than 4 000 students and 450 researchers, teachers and other staff are engaged here in training and research in economic history, business administration, business law, informatics, economics, statistics and research policy.

Lund University School of Economics and Management is accredited by the three largest and most influential accreditation institutes for business schools: EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. Only just over 100 business schools in the world have achieved this prestigious Triple Crown accreditation.

The Department of Business Administration announces a vacancy for a doctoral student in Business Administration within a FORMAS funded project called Special-purpose money: Complementary digital currencies and the sustainable development goals. The project is an international collaboration with scholars based in the UK, the Netherlands, Brazil and Canada. The project will undertake a systematic review of the literature on local complementary economy initiatives followed by primary research through international case studies to identify the internal factors (e.g. governance rules and management practices, monetary design and technology platform), the stakeholders (e.g. communities, local authorities, private actors) and the conditions (e.g. local productive capacity, funding dependence, or level of knowledge) required for the development of special-purpose complementary currencies that would encourage sustainable production and consumption. 

The doctoral student is expected to focus on how complementary digital currencies, and money more generally, may be used and designed to foster sustainable production and consumption, in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals. Analytical themes include:

  1. understanding the character and the long-term role of complementary digital currencies for creating sustainable societal development;
  2. comparing the social value and sustainability potential of various types of complementary currencies for local and global communities;
  3. investigating the governance, the stakeholders and the various value-spheres involved in developing new complementary currencies

Work tasks

The doctoral programme consists of two parts, courses (90 ECTS credits) and a thesis (150 ECTS credits). The main work task for a doctoral student is active participation in the doctoral programme, which involves independent research and taking courses that are part of the programme.

The doctoral student is expected to conduct independent research on a topic within the general theme outlined above and to collaborate with other researchers in the project. 

The doctoral student will be provided with necessary equipment and an office space at the department.


Applicants must possess very high proficiency in English, in speech and writing.


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.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to doctoral studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. 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.

Basis of assessment

The applicants will be assessed on the basis of their prospects of meeting the requirements for a doctoral degree (PhD) in Business Administration. Particular emphasis will be on the following:

  • Academic merits, particularly at the Master’s level
  • Bachelor's and Master's theses (with special importance attached to the Master's thesis)
  • The submitted research plan
  • Other merits and distinctions which attest to the applicant’s ability to perform in the PhD programme

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

Application procedure

Your application should be written in English. The application is to include the following documents:

  • A complete application form, found at
  • Letter of introduction
  • Research plan of no more than 5 pages
  • Degree certificates of your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees
  • Copy of your Master’s thesis, and, where appropriate, your Bachelor’s thesis
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of certificates and copies of any other documents that you wish to include in your application

All submitted documents must be attested as to their authenticity.

Type of employment Temporary position
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2021/207
  • Alexander Paulsson,
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 16.Feb.2021
Last application date 09.Mar.2021 11:59 PM CET

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