PhD candidate (f/m/diverse)

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading research institutes on development policy. Through excellent research, policy advice and training, the Institute contributes to finding solutions to global challenges.

For DFG-funded research on Sustainable urban development in the European Arctic (SUDEA), DIE Research Programme „Inter- and Transnational Cooperation with the Global South“ is looking for a

PhD candidate (m/f/diverse)
Salary according to German public service tariff (TVöD-Bund 13, 65%)
From € 32.500 gross p.a. up to € 47.500,00 gross p.a. depending on qualifications;
Reference number 2020-A01-01

The position may be filled as of The position may be filled as of 1 September 2020 and is currently limited until 31 August 2023.

The person will contribute research on how to enhance transnational cooperation in remote regions using the example of sustainable development in the European Arctic. The person will examine the different views, possibilities and hindrances of stakeholders to inform decision-making-processes in the context of Arctic urban development. Results will be fed into a typology on the different meanings and priorities that (particularly local) stakeholders ascribe to sustainable urban development in the European Arctic. This typology is the basis for a theoretical framework that the project team will develop together to explain how urban development can be steered more effectively in alliance with local and global policies.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Master-degree in political or social sciences or in economics, geography, sustainability or urban studies with focus on social sciences with excellent grades;
  • Proven knowledge and research experience in one or more of the following areas: indigenous knowledge, participatory approaches, transnational cooperation;
  • Relevant theoretical foundations and methodological knowledge in fields such as multi-level governance, policy integration, institutional analysis, Arctic studies, qualitative research;
  • Experience in presenting scientific results to practitioners and in scientific research communities is an asset;
  • Fluent spoken and written English; proficiency in German is an asset;
  • Willingness and aptness to travel and conduct field work abroad.


We offer:

  • A part-time position with a weekly working time of 25,35 hours (65%);
  • Possibility to use a job ticket and a good connection to public transport;
  • Company pension scheme with the VBLU;

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) offers an inspiring, family-friendly working environment at the interface of research and policy advice, with ample opportunities to engage in international discussions, political processes and scientific debates.

In the case of equal qualification, physically challenged persons will be given preference.

For further questions, please contact Christine Hackenesch.

Applications with the reference number 2020-A01-01 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates) must be submitted via application portal by 21 February 2020. The expected date for interviews is 23 March 2020.

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