Post Doctor at Lund University

Lund University, Sweden is inviting excellent students to apply for a PhD position in social sciences. Candidates are welcome before June 22, 2020.

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world's top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malm. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Social Sciences (Social Sciences scholarships) at Lund University (Lund University scholarships) is one of the leading education and research institutions in Sweden (Sweden scholarships) and operates both in Lund and Helsingborg.

We invite applications for a bright, creative, energetic researcher based at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies in Lund, Sweden. The applicant will be part of research projects about interaction of policy/planning and environmental dynamics. One project is about how large-scale interventions in Sustainable Land Management (SLM) affects livelihoods in African drylands. Another project is about how migration policies at different levels affect such livelihoods.

The position is within the interdisciplinary environment of LUCSUS, the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies ( LUCSUS includes about 40 staff (faculty, postdocs, and PhD students), who study a range of issues from global environmental governance to the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. LUCSUS also runs an international master's programme in sustainability science (LUMES,, with about 50 students each year from 20+ countries.

The position will be supervised by Prof. Lennart Olsson, This project includes collaboration with AGRHYMET in Burkina Faso, University of Liege in Belgium, and NASA/GSFC in Washington DC, USA).

Research Focus (80% of time) will have two different but related foci: 1) Assessing to what extent large-scale development interventions by multilateral and national agencies are translated into long term socio-economic and environmental benefits for natural resource dependent communities in selected countries in the Sahel region of Africa. 2) Analysing how migration polices at various levels interact and influence such natural resource dependent communities. For both tasks, the research will focus on the use of mixed methods for assessing socio-economic and environmental impacts. Methods will include data from e.g. Earth Observation Platforms and GIS, large-scale surveys by development agencies, plans and other political instruments, and data from project appraisals by development agencies.

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