Lund University, Faculty of Social Sciences ,

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.

About the graduate school

The 2030 Agenda is the framework for sustainable development that the world’s nations have signed to end extreme poverty, reduce inequalities, solve the climate crisis, promote peace and equity and much more. In order to achieve the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, research has several important roles: to identify challenges and conflicting objectives, contribute new solutions, generate dialogue and learning between different societal stakeholders and critically analyse the goals. Lund University aspires to be a part of the solution and has therefore started a graduate school focusing on societal challenges, sustainability issues and the 2030 Agenda.

We now welcome applicants from various disciplinary backgrounds who want to take an active role in 2030 Agenda research to apply for the new PhD student positions. The graduate school offers a unique opportunity to gain interdisciplinary perspectives on global challenges and contribute to current research while deepening your subject knowledge.

The graduate school has PhD students enrolled with all faculties of the university. You will be associated with a specific research studies programme, and simultaneously take part in two of the university-wide interdisciplinary research studies courses, developed on the basis of the issues defined by the Sustainable Development Goals. The courses provide great potential to develop new forms of collaboration and work for change across disciplinary boundaries. Besides the research courses, you will participate in several activities linked to the graduate school in order to take an active part in the global sustainability agenda and to advance the research front on issues concerning the 2030 Agenda, for example through seminars, conferences, study trips and collaborations with various societal stakeholders.

The application processes and general qualification requirements for the relevant doctoral studentship can differ depending on the faculty and department responsible for the position. A common requirement for all applicants is to present a research project with a clear connection to the 2030 Agenda. All project ideas are welcome, but applicants should take 2030 Agenda’s holistic approach as a starting point rather than focusing on individual Sustainable Development Goals.

More information on the Agenda 2030 Graduate School is available here:


Faculty of Social Sciences is offering two doctoral student positions in Social resilience

The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of the leading research and teaching environments for social and behavioural sciences in the country.

The Faculty of Social Sciences has the following subject areas: Gender studies, Human Ecology, Human Geography, Media and Communication (Strategic communication included), Psychology, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Social Work, Sociology of Law, Political Science, Service studies, and Sustainability sciences.

The Faculty of Social Sciences is offering two doctoral student positions in social resilience. Social resilience can be broadly understood as the ability of groups or communities to withstand and recover from external stresses, such as environmental change or social, economic or political upheaval.



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, the candidate needs to have completed 30 credits in the subject or related field, at the Advanced level, with 15 credits or more being comprised of a thesis.

Specific admission requirements Human Geography

Oral and written proficiency in English corresponding to English 6/B from a Swedish upper secondary school is a requirement. Equivalence is assessed in accordance with national guidelines.

Specific admission requirements Sociology and Social Anthropology

A person meets the specific admission requirements for thirdcycle programmes in social anthropology as well as sociology if they have completed a second-cycle degree in the subject or have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad. The degree must contain independent projects comprising at least 30 credits or equivalent, half of which is at second-cycle level.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. 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.



The application must include the following:

  1. An explicit statement of which subject the applicant wishes to be enrolled in (Gender studies, Human Ecology, Human Geography, Media and Communication, Psychology, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Social Work, Sociology of Law, Political Science, Service studies, and Sustainability science
  2. CV
  3. Copies of degree certificate
  4. Introductory letter (500-750 words). Briefly describe why you are interested in research studies at Agenda 2030 Graduate School. On      the basis of your disciplinary background, describe how, through the graduate school, you could      contribute to innovative thinking and boundary-crossing research linked to social resilience and       Agenda 2030.
  1. Research plan (max 2000 word). Briefly describe your planned research project (research problem, issues/hypotheses, research design, theory/literature, method, etc.)
  1. Contact information for two (2) academic references

 Applications that do not include all the items above will not be considered.


Type of employment

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



Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment 2022-01-01 or on opointment
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 2
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2021/2617
  • Andréa Björk, HR, Email
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 30.Aug.2021
Last application date 30.Sep.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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