PhD Position: Pandemic Entanglements: The Political Ecology of Industrial Meat Production in the Pandemic Era 

Job description

The Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) at the University of Oslo has a vacant 3-year PhD-position to work with the project “Pandemic Entanglements: The Political Ecology of Industrial Meat Production in the Pandemic Era (PANDEMEAT)” funded by the Research Council of Norway.

The PhD candidate will study how people involved in poultry production and consumption in Norway frame (narrate, define, articulate) and understand what it means to live and deal with past and ongoing outbreaks of avian influenza. This involves conducting primarily qualitative fieldwork in Norway, including speaking with stakeholders from various industries, social backgrounds and levels of governance, and reviewing documents and texts (official regulations, reports, media coverage, etc.). High competence in Norwegian and previous experience of conducting qualitative research will be an asset.

The candidate’s research provide the candidate with the opportunity to obtain a PhD in the social sciences.

Qualification requirements

Academic qualifications:

  • The candidate must have completed an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at Master ́s degree level. Relevant academic fields include in no particular order, human geography, social anthropology, sociology, gender studies, science and technology studies, history, media studies, political communication, political sciences, development studies and development, environment and cultural change.
  • Minimum B for both GPA and Master thesis
  • Documented proficiency in both written and oral English
  • Documented sufficient knowledge of a Scandinavian language
  • Documented experience with qualitative research methods

How to apply

The application should include

  • A letter of intent (max 1.5 pages)
  • The applicant’s complete CV
  • Electronic copy of Master´s thesis if available
  • Certified copies of relevant transcripts and diplomas
  • Documentation of proficiency in a Scandinavian language and English
  • Contact details for two references

A research proposal that specifies a clearly defined research question, explicit and achievable aims and objectives, a brief description of a relevant conceptual or theoretical framework to answer the research question, a methods section that convincingly relates to the research question and objectives, a list of references and a progress plan. Methods may include but are not limited to participant observation, qualitative interviews, surveys, discourse analysis, visual ethnography. The maximum word count is 1500 words (excluding references and progress plan).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview, which will be conducted in English and Norwegian.

A copy of the research project is available upon request.

Contact information

Professor Mariel Aguilar-Støen (

Head of office Gitte Egenberg (

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