PhD Fellowship position: Critical education to transform the world

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city centre and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.

The Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI) has approximately 550 employees and 7000 students and is located in Oslo and Akershus. The Faculty is comprised of four departments as well as the National Centre of Multicultural Education (NAFO). The Faculty educates tomorrow’s teachers from kindergarten through upper secondary school, in close cooperation with the field of practical training. The Faculty offers a PhD in Education. In addition, the Faculty offers development studies and studies in sign language and interpreting. Diversity is a core value for the Faculty and its activities. The Faculty’s research and development focuses on practical training and is both profession-oriented and internationally oriented.

The Department of International Studies and Interpreting (IST) has leading scholars in development studies, sign language interpreting, and interpreting in the public sector, and its activities are characterised by extensive international research and cooperation. The department offers bachelor’s degrees in development studies, public sector interpreting and sign language interpreting, as well as a master’s degree in international education and development, and sign language didactics in the master’s degree in primary education. In addition, the department offers a number of continuing education courses.

PhD Fellowship position: Critical education to transform the world

The Faculty of Education and International Studies announces a fully funded three-year research fellowship position for studies about education’s relationship to global sustainability challenges and transformations.  The fellowship position is in the Department of International Studies and Interpreting, affiliated with the Section for Development Studies, and the research group Development, Power, and Inequality. The project leader, Professor Tom G. Griffiths, is a member of the Development, Power, and Inequality research group, whose members carry out cross-disciplinary research analysing the nature of and inequalities in development within historical and current political and economic structures and power relations in the Global South. This extends to work considering the actual and potential roles of formal and informal education in realising current and/or reconceptualised models of development.

Apply by: 1 February 2022

Area of research 

A three-year PhD Fellowship position is vacant at the Department of International Studies and Interpreting in the Section for Development Studies. The PhD candidate will work independently, but in close co-operation with the project leader, and with other academic staff in the section. The candidate will engage in critical research examining education about approaches to sustainable development, with emphasis on targets such as universal well-being across time and space on the one hand, and models of economic growth on the other. The global context includes initiatives like ‘Education for Sustainable Development’, associated with the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which the UN characterised as ‘17 Goals to Transform Our World’. Projects may focus on educational interventions that prepare students to critically consider such targets and approaches, and/or provide analyses of how transformative projects associated with world-systems analysis, political economy, political ecology, or degrowth, might be included in education. The project is grounded in critical analyses of the actual and potential roles of education in response to global challenges of sustainable development and climate justice.

The fellowship position is a 100% position for three years, available from 01.09.2022. The successful applicant(s) should have the goal to complete the PhD programme within this time frame and receive a Ph.D.

Applicants must submit a PhD project description with the application based on the template available here. The PhD project description must be in English. Potential applicants are asked to get in touch with the contact person for the overall project for additional information about the project and input on the planned individual project description.

Required qualifications and terms:

  • Successful applicants must have completed a master’s degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a grade B or better, and in addition have a background in educational studies, teacher education or comparative and international education, development studies, or other relevant education at a comparable level. For more information, see Admission requirements. Foreign diplomas must be translated into English by the degree-conferring institution. Education taken in other countries than Norway should be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and an authorized copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
  • Admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Education and International Studies is a prerequisite.
  • Successful applicants must have excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

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