The Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences

The Department of Urban and Rural Development

The Department of Urban and Rural Development at SLU has a strong social science research environment comprised of four research subjects: Rural Development, Environmental Communication, Landscape Architecture, and Agrarian History. We are now seeking to recruit a professor in Rural Development in the Global South.

The professor will be based in the Division of Rural Development, which engages in research, teaching and cooperation in the Global North and South. The department has two educational programs, including a five-year agronomy program in Rural Development and a master’s program in Rural Development and Natural Resource Management. The department’s research has an interdisciplinary social science focus oriented around two overarching themes: “Rural transformations” and “The politics of the environment”. Researchers in our division work on a wide range of topics including natural resource management, agrarian change, food systems, climate change, rural societies and livelihoods, gender studies, rural-urban linkages, and migration. Our work draws on a variety of analytical traditions including political ecology, environmental justice, science and technology studies, and other critical social science perspectives. Our research is committed to robust critical analysis of existing processes of rural development and their effects, but also adopts a forward-looking outlook for identifying strategies for more just and sustainable futures.

Subject area

The subject area of the position is in Rural Development in the Global South, with an emphasis on contemporary studies of socio-economic, cultural, and political aspects of questions related to rural production systems, agrarian change, and natural resource governance. This subject area is concerned with changes that are taking place at local, national, and global levels, with attention to how different dimensions of power influence these processes.


The candidate is expected to further strengthen and develop research and education at the Division for Rural Development. This implies a commitment and an ability to build a productive research environment over time. The following duties are included:

  • Develop and lead an internationally strong research environment within the subject area, through competitive research grant applications and publications in leading internationally peer reviewed journals
  • Actively seek external research funding from both national and international sources
  • Contribute to the development of the educational programmes at the division and participate in teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Actively participate in PhD training and the supervising of PhD students
  • Collaborate with other research groups within the Department, the Faculty, and at SLU
  • Contribute to the development of interdisciplinary research within the faculty and within SLU
  • Contribute to the development of the social sciences/humanities at SLU
  • Collaborate with actors outside SLU in order to develop research collaborations, inform policy processes, and participate in the communication of research to society.

The department has a bilingual working environment. The professor will be able to conduct most academic tasks in English. However, since Swedish is the official working language of the university, the candidate is expected to gain a functional level of Swedish or a Scandinavian language within four years from taking up the position. The department is committed to providing support for the candidate to achieve this objective.


The successful candidate will:

  • have a PhD and competence of at least Associate Professor or equivalent
  • be a scholar of distinction within the subject area of this positions and have a publication record in leading international journals within their area of study have demonstrated a proven ability to lead and develop an outstanding research group
  • have demonstrated ability to attract external research funding in competition
  • have demonstrated strong teaching skills
  • have ability to integrate research and scientific perspectives in teaching
  • have good ability to communicate in written and spoken English.

Assessment criteria

The assessment of candidate will primarily be based on the degree to which they possess the required skills for the position:

  • the assessment of the scientific skills will consider current and previous research
  • ability to independently initiate and lead excellent research
  • ability to attract external funding in competition.

The assessment of teaching skills will consider:

  • planning, conducting and evaluating teaching and research
  • experience of supervision of doctoral students and examination of students
  • pedagogic vision.

The overall assessment will also consider the applicant’s degree of skill in:

  • developing and managing activities and staff within the academy/at university level
  • interact/collaborate with relevant stakeholders and society
  • dissemination of information on research and development projects
  • communication and collaboration.

Assessment of pedagogic skills will be given as much attention as to the assessment of scientific skills, in addition to other criteria of assessment

Application deadline


Place of work

Uppsala, Sweden



Form of employment

Permanent employment

Starting date

By agreement.


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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Lars Johansson



Frida Lindqvist


018 671047

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