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Postdoc in urban governance and transition politics available

CET is seeking a postdoc for three years to help us develop our research. Deadline August 20th!

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Urban governance and transition politics are one of CETs core competence areas, and we are now looking for at postdoctoral fellow who can contribute in this area:

Cities and urban-level action are critical to mitigating climate change. Urban areas today contribute more than 70% of the world’s total CO2 emissions. Urban municipalities, actors and residents can typically exercise significant influence on transport, heating, land use, energy supply and other sectors that combine to constitute a significant share of these emissions. In other words, the actions that cities, urban governments and inhabitants take will be critical to limiting global warming to the 1.5-degree and 2-degree targets. However, there is a need for more knowledge on what policies, strategies and actions can stimulate urban low-carbon transformations, and the implications of these actions for social justice.

In recent years, CET has developed research at a high international level addressing these issues. Topics of particular interest include urban mobility, co-production with urban actors, alternative and counter-hegemonic urban development and planning agendas, populism, and justice implications of green transitions. To advance and expand this research focus, we now seek an ambitious and dedicated researcher to fill a postdoctoral position.

The postdoctoral fellow will be part of the SpaceLab research group, and will be expected to develop independent research within the above themes and to actively collaborate with other researchers in the group. They will be expected to take a leading role in initiating research activities, such as proposals, seminars and publications that provide opportunities for other researchers in the group, particularly PhD candidates. The postdoc will have their workplace at CET and is expected to contribute to making CET a dynamic and productive academic environment.

Applicants are expected to submit a research statement that describes how their competence contributes to research on climate and energy transformation in an urban context. The choice of regional focus is open, and candidates with an interdisciplinary background within the qualitative social sciences (e.g. human geography, social anthropology, political ecology) are especially welcome to apply. Postdocs hired at CET tend to have an emerging record of publications and/or policy-relevant work experience...

Read the full announcement here. Deadline August 20th!