Postdoctoral Fellowship in International Environment and Development Studies: "Governance of global agri-food systems"

Global challenges regarding energy and climate change, the environment, health, food safety, technology and renewable solutions, use and conservation of land and natural resources, and development of the bio-economy, requires greater effort. NMBU is well equipped to conduct further research in these fields. NMBU's expertise spans entire value chains and includes both basic and applied research.

The Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in International Environment and Development Studies. The fellowship is for a period of 2 years beginning autumn 2016, and may be extended with 6 months if the selected candidate is interested in taking on teaching duties for the department.

As a department at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the NMBU, Noragric is engaged in education, research, institutional collaboration and assignments within international environment and development studies. The Department has a PhD programme in International Environment and Development Studies, three Master’s programmes and a Bachelor’s programme. The Department has approximately 45 employees of which 5 postdoctoral fellows. Research at Noragric is organised within four research clusters: Climate Change, Agriculture and Development; Conflict, Human Security and Development; Environmental Governance; and Rights and Power in Development.

Research project

The department hereby invites proposals for a Postdoctoral fellowship on “Governance of global agri-food systems” within or across the following thematic foci:

  • Global political economy, trade and regulations;
  • Food supply and food security;
  • Issues of power and rights in agricultural development.

The globalization of agriculture and food has led to a change in production and consumption practices, market power and regulatory regimes. This shift is embedded in social, political and economic processes and poses a challenge to the governance of the global agri-food system. It raises questions of how the global agri-food system impacts farmer livelihoods, food security, global and local rule-making, and agricultural development as well as consumers’ sovereignty. We are seeking project proposals that address the challenges of the global agri-food system and are grounded in an International Relations, Global Political Economy or International Environment and Development Studies perspective.

Academic qualifications

Required Academic qualifications

  • Applicants must have a PhD degree, or at least have a PhD thesis accepted for defence when submitting the application, in a relevant field. Appointment in the position is conditional on the candidate having successfully defended the PhD thesis. 
  • Proficiency in English as a working language is a prerequisite.

Desired Academic qualifications

  • Research and working experience in developing countries will be considered an additional qualification.

NMBU offers

  • An optimistic academic institution with focus on professional development, dissemination and competence.
  • An International, interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that provides exciting research- and development opportunities.
  • Daily contact with inspiring students and skilled colleagues.
  • Various welfare schemes.
  • Beautiful surroundings just outside Oslo.


The selected candidate will be appointed as a postdoctoral fellow with a salary starting in the range from 57 to 62 on the Norwegian state salary scale (NOK 483.700 – 529.800 per annum).

Application date
29 Mar 2016
2 years, renewable
Europe Norway
Social sciences Economics Environmental Sciences Geography International Relations Political science Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 5 years
Grants available
Award granted
NOK 967.400-1.059.600