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Environmental Social Science

The Environmental Social Science (ESS) PhD-programme provides a platform for interrogating how we understand and investigate the relationships between society and the environment. A cornerstone of the ESS programme is the application of cutting edge social theory to environmental questions, in conversation with the natural and biological sciences.

"The biggest challenge is not the lack of knowledge of how the climate is changing due to emissions of greenhouse gases, but how we can act collectively, locally and globally, to decrease the emissions" says Per Knutsson, Senior Lecturer at SGSWe bring together scholars from across the Faculty of Social Science to tackle the complex conceptual and methodological challenges of today’s environmental issues. The programme offers students the opportunity to be co-supervised by staff across the Faculty of Social Sciences on interdisciplinary environmental topics.

Our location in the School of Global Stuides capitalises on the links between departments in the School (Human Ecology, Peace and Development, Social Anthropology, Human Rights), and across the Faculty (Political Science, Sociology, Journalism and Media Studies, Public Administration, Psychology, and Social Work). Working language for the program is English.

For more detailed information see:

General syllabus for the PhD-programme in Environmental Social Science (ESS)

Eligibility, application and admission

To be admitted to PhD Studies the applicants must meet the requirements of general, as well as specific eligibility. Read more about the general entry requirements

In addition, there are specific entry requirements as well as specific instructions on what to include in the application.

Ranking and Selection

In order to determine the capability of the qualified applicants and their capacity to benefit from the education, an assessment will be made of the applicant’s BA or MA theses or equivalent, as well as of other written documents that the applicant has referred to, and its scientific quality. An assessment of the applicants' project outline, academic performance in the previous undergraduate education, previous experience (field work, knowledge of languages), and research specialisation in relation to field of activities within Environmental Social Sciences, will also be made. Application and admissions

Announcement of vacancies

Announcement of vacancies on postgraduate level are advertised on both the School of Global Studies website, and on the University website for job opportunities.


Research Administration:
Gustav Rudd
Tel: 46 (0)31-786 4868

Gunilla Blomqvist Sköldberg
Tel: 46 (0)31-786 4319

Chair of the PhD education board:
Camilla Orjuela
Tel: 46 (0)31-786 5873

Director of Studies:
Environmental Social Sciences
Annica Kronsell

Peace and Development Research
Johan Karlsson Schaffer
Tel: 46 (0)31-786 5931

Social Anthropology
Lisa Åkesson
Tel: 46 (0)31-786 5336

Page Manager: Gunilla Blomqvist Sköldberg|Last update: 4/10/2019

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