PhD Document in Geography with Specialization in Environmental and Resources Management Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Geography Norway

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At the Department of Geography, it is available as a fellow for a period of three years. This is an educational position that will give promising researchers a chance for professional development in the form of doctoral degrees, and will lead to a PhD in social sciences, geography at the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences, NTNU. Read more about the Department of Geography here:


The PhD grant is affiliated with NTNU Sustainability. Sustainability wishes to contribute research-based knowledge of environmental sustainability to decision-making processes in politics, business and other community life. Read more about NTNU Sustainability and research communities participating in .


The Department of Geography currently has 33 employees in scientific positions and approximately 400 students divided into six different study programs. The Institute has active research and teaching environments, and is internationally oriented. The Department of Geography is further characterized by a professional breadth including social and natural geography and GIS. The PhD project will be included in the focus area Environment, Resources, Management. A key concern for research in this field is to understand how resources are understood in different contexts - such as ecosystem services, landscape or biodiversity - and how this forms different discourses and practices. Read more about the focus area here:


The PhD candidate will have the main supervisor at the Department of Geography, and preferably the Faculty of Science or the Science Museum, NTNU.


Theme for the PhD project


The PhD project deals with categorization and ranking of nature in Norwegian environmental management. Specifically, the project will investigate the consequences of the use of so-called Red Listers and Black Listers, as examples of categorization. Such lists are considered as important tools for conserving biodiversity and are part of Norway's follow-up of the Convention on Biological Diversity.


Establishing such lists to document and rate natural values represents an interesting development of nature conservation, where traditional territorial protection seems to have reached a saturation point. The lists have no formal legal status, but are potentially important because, for example, processes based on the Planning and Building Act may use this type of documentation (red list) as the basis for objections. In his project, the PhD candidate shall look into the use of the Red and Black List within practical nature management with a view to discovering whether they are suitable means of conserving biodiversity.


Further discussion of the project can be found in this document .


Areas of work - Fellowship


The fellow student will work on developing his / her own research competence.




Appointment is in accordance with the current regulations on employment conditions for posts as postdoctoral, fellow, scientific assistant and specialist candidate of 31.01.06.


The qualification requirement is completed with a master's degree / master's degree in geography or equivalent education. The applicant must have a strong academic background from his previous study and have a weighted average grade in the last two years of the master's degree program or equivalent education (equivalent to 120 credits) which is equal to B or better compared to NTNU's grade scale. Applicants without letter grades from previous studies should have an equally good academic basis. Applicants with a weaker grade of background may be involved if it is documented that the candidate is particularly suitable for a PhD degree.


Applicants must master Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, but the project description can be written in English if desired.


Personal qualities such as the ability to work independently and structured, be solution oriented and cooperative and have the motivation to contribute to a good working environment will be given great importance.


Wages and working conditions


Fellowship code 1017 is paid after payroll 50 in the state wage regulation, minimum gross kr. 436 500 per year. From this, 2% of statutory deposits are deducted from the Government Pension Fund.


The employment is made on the terms that apply to state employees at any time, and the employee must find himself in any changes in the work area. It is a prerequisite that the employee is settled so that he or she may be present at and available to the institution.


A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, functional capacity or cultural background. NTNU is an IA business.


We offer

  • exciting academic environment with the opportunity for competence development
  • an open and inclusive working environment
  • membership at the fitness center and access to corporate sports teams
  • favorable terms in the Government Pension Fund




Appointment in fellowship positions requires admission to the current PhD program. The person employed in the position must submit an application for admission to the institute immediately after accession (and no later than three months after accession). For information about the PhD program, see


Application form can be found at: . 


Together with the application attached

  • Project description in the form of a 4-6 page sketch, requiring final approval within six months of admission. The sketch should include a presentation of research questions, theoretical and methodological approaches, and suggestions for empirical basis for the study.
  • CV, certificate and diploma
  • Scientific work. Joint work will be taken into account. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's efforts, the applicant must attach a brief account of his involvement.


In accordance with section 25 of the Public Procurement Act, we note that information about you may be disclosed even if you have requested confidentiality.


Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Gunhild Setten, telephone 73590677 or e-mail


Information about the application process can be obtained from the HR section, at Aaste Line Strand, e-mail


The application with attachments must be sent electronically via Attachments that can not be sent electronically are sent to NTNU, Faculty of Social and Educational Science, 7491 Trondheim, and marked with SU-99.

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