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OPEN POSITIONS Research Position in Environmental and Resource Economics

The Department of Economics, School of Economics, Business and Law at University of Gothenburg offers a research position. The department has around 110 employees. In terms of research, it has several core strengths including behavioral, development and environmental economics, where researchers work on, for example, cooperative behavior, subjective well-being, valuation of non-market goods, climate, and natural resource management. More information about the department at www.economics.gu.se and information about Environment for Development (EfD) via: www.efdinitiative.org

Job assignments

The position mainly involves research, but also includes teaching/supervision assignments 20% of the time. The position focuses on marine challenges and is linked to the EfD program Policy Instruments for Sustainable Management of Oceans and Marine Resources.

The program has two themes: Effective Management of Fisheries;and Combatting Marine Pollution. The research under the first theme may investigate the management of fisheries when institutions are poorly developed and when fairness and distributional aspects are prioritized, which is often the case for developing countries. The research under the second theme will focus mainly on marine litter and debris. Whether marine pollution is most properly addressed by legal means, economic policy instruments, attitudinal and behavioral changes or a mix of all is an open question where more research is needed. Our focus is primarily economics, but multidisciplinary approaches are certainly well motivated within this program. Possibilities of collaboration both within the School with legal and business administration scholars as well as with natural scientists within the University exist.

The Program is carried out in a collaborative effort together with researchers at 10 EfD centers around the world. The candidate is expected to contribute to the research, and to take active part in the general work of the Program, e.g., by participating in joint meetings, seminars and conferences. The research can involve evaluation of current incentives and behavior, but also design of new incentive mechanisms. We particularly welcome research that focuses on a global or regional context with a clear link to developing countries. The work can be theoretical or empirical. We expect candidates to aim at publishing in leading or highly ranked journals. There will be funds available for travel and shorter visits to other universities, as well as support for carrying out data collection.


Applicants should hold a recent PhD in economics, or be close to finishing their thesis. Research in environmental and resource economics and behavioral economics is valuable.Experience of marine issues as well as multi-disciplinary work is appreciated. Experience from developing countries is also valuable. The applicant who, in the overall assessment of skills and potential, is deemed to be best suited to carry out the identified job assignments will be selected for the post. Research potential will be our key selection criterion, with a particular emphasis on the degree of progression and forward-looking aspects of the research. We encourage applications from those who have a doctoral degree not older than 3 years, or are close to graduating.

Long-listed candidates will be interviewed via video link. Short-listed candidates will be invited to our department for interviews and research seminars after mid-January.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 2 years Extent: 100 % Location: Department of Economics, Gothenburg First day of employment: September 2018 

For further information regarding the position

If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Håkan Eggert, Associate Professor +46 31 786 4175 hakan.eggert@gu.se


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline Dec 18, 2017. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

The application must contain:

  • Resumé/CV and personal details.
  • Educational certificates, diplomas e.d. should be attached. 

  • A declaration of intent on a maximum of two pages in which the applicant explains how he/she intends to work if he/she is offered the position.

  • Research activities, a brief written account of the applicant’s own academic research activities.

  • One relevant and recently produced paper (job market paper)

  • Two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to marineref@economics.gu.se by the referees. Please mark the e-mail and the letters with PAR 2017/1484 and the name of the applicant.

  • Additional material might be requested.



The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.


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Utskriftsdatum: 2017-12-11