PhD Fellowship: Political Ecology, Greenmentality and Education in Tanzania

*** Posted on behalf of Hanne Svarstad ***

PhD Fellowship: Political Ecology, Greenmentality and Education in Tanzania

Section for Development Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University

Candidates are invited to apply for a doctoral fellowship starting September 1st 2018. The fellowship is fully funded for three years. In addition, there might be possibilities to extend the position up to one more year with academic and administrative work at the Section for Development Studies. Here is the full announcement.

Area of research

The theme of the PhD fellowship is Political Ecology, Greenmentality and Education. Applicants must submit a research proposal for data collection in northern Tanzania. See additional information here concerning the research proposal. The PhD fellow will be part of the project Greenmentality: A Political Ecology of the Green Economy in the Global South, which is funded by the FRIPRO Toppforsk program from the Research Council of Norway, led by Noragric at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and with participants from several universities and research institutions in Tanzania, India, the UK and the USA, in addition to NMBU and OsloMet in Norway.

Deadline: 14. March 2018 11:59 PM CET


  • A research-based Master’s degree in social or educational sciences
  • Talent and interest for research
  • Knowledge and skills of one or more of the following fields and topics: Political ecology, development studies, education, power and governance, knowledge of Africa South of the Sahara
  • Proficiency in oral and written English
  • High working capacity
  • Ability to work independently as well as to communicate and co-operate with research colleagues

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of the research proposal, the academic qualifications of each applicant, research publications if any, and oral communication skills for candidates shortlisted for interviews.

We offer

  • Opportunity to be a part of dynamic professional environments and networks on political ecology, development studies, and education studies.
  • Internationally competitive salary for PhD students.
  • Budget for field work, travel expenses and running costs totalling NOK 75,000. The PhD Fellow might also apply for additions.
  • International competitive pension benefits under the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund scheme.
  • Internationally competitive welfare benefits.
  • Office located at OsloMet’s campus in Pilestredet in the centre of Oslo.

Salary is set in accordance with the Norwegian State Salary Scale, job code 1017, wage scale 50-54 (NOK 436,900 – 466,500 annually). 2% of the salary is deducted to the State Pension Fund.

The successful candidate will be required to enrol in the PhD programme at the Faculty of Teachers’ Education and International Studies at OsloMet. More information can be found here. Applicants for the PhD position will receive information about the application procedures for admission to this PhD program after they have applied. In addition to a 10 credits PhD course at the Faculty, the candidate will be encouraged to cover the additional requirements of 20 course credits at suitable PhD courses offered at other universities in Norway and abroad.

Submission of the application

The application shall include:

1) A cover letter

2) Curriculum Vitae, including list of publications

3) Draft research proposal (see information in the first link above)

4) Copies of diplomas and certificates

5) Applicants with education from abroad are required to enclose explanations of the grading system of their diplomas/certificates.

Applications must be submitted electronically by clicking «Login and apply». All documents must be uploaded by the applicants. Applicants are recommended to start their uploading of files in due time before the deadline.

Documents 1 – 3 must be in English, while document 4 and 5 might be in a Scandinavian language or English. If diplomas and certificates originally are in other languages, they must be translated to English or a Scandinavian language. OsloMet performs document inspections of the shortlisted candidates.


The applications will be assessed by an expert evaluation committee. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews conducted by an internal committee at OsloMet. Interviews will be held in English. For candidates outside the Oslo region, interviews will be conducted via the web (Skype or similar).

Contact information

  • Professor Hanne Svarstad –
  • Head of Department Gunn Bjørnsen –, Phone: +47 90090962





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