Doctoral Student in the Project Urban Tourism Development in Renewal

Lund University



Department of Strategic Communication

Lund University was founded in 1666 and ranks repeatedly as one of the world's top 100 universities. There are 40,000 students and 7,600 employees in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our quest to understand, explain and improve our world and people's conditions.

The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of Sweden's leading knowledge centers for research and education in social sciences and behavioral science and conducts business in both Lund and Helsingborg. 

The Department of Strategic Communication conducts Sweden's largest educational and research activities within the research field of strategic communication. The department is also one of the largest units in the area in Europe. The business is located at Campus Helsingborg, which is characterized by Lund University's genuineness placed in a young and dynamic environment with interdisciplinary thinking. Characteristic of the activities at Campus Helsingborg is also a strong collaboration with the business sector and public activities in both education and research.

Employment as a doctoral student in media and communication science with specialization in strategic communication.

The main task is to devote to one's own postgraduate education, which includes both own research and postgraduate courses. In addition to postgraduate education, participation in teaching and other institution work (max. 20%) can also be included. The employment is limited to 4 years (maximum 5 years after extension at 20% institution service). Provisions regarding employment as a doctoral student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance (1998: 80).

The doctoral student will be linked to the multidisciplinary research project  Urban tourism development in renewal: managing sustainability in increasing tourism flows carried out in collaboration between the Department of Strategic Communication and the Department of Service Management and Service Science conducted since 2018. The project includes researchers with background in strategic communication, service science, cultural geography, business economics and environmental strategy. The purpose of the project is to address the challenges caused by increasing tourism flows and its effects on sustainability in urban destinations. The project includes social, economic, cultural and ecological sustainability in a destination. The starting point is to challenge, from a multidisciplinary perspective, the prevailing notions of tourism in cities, among other things. by involving stakeholders within and outside the tourism industry. The project includes four sub-projects, all of which deal with concrete challenges in urban environments with a focus on strategic communication, service innovation and environmental strategy. Another purpose of the project is to contribute with knowledge of the future challenges and strategies for creating sustainable destinations. The conclusions can be used by national decision makers and planning organizations for tourism, regional tourism organizations, local stakeholders and industry organizations. The doctoral student is placed at the Department of Strategic Communication (ISK), Campus Helsingborg.

Strategic communication deals with studies of organizations' conscious communication efforts to achieve their overall goals. The research will shed light on, create an understanding of and critically examine the communication processes that govern and shape organizations in our society and the effects of strategic communication. Strategic communication is based on internationally established research within public relations, organizational communication and market communication, and can be explored from both a social, organizational and individual perspective. The research at the department is available in a number of different areas within the field of strategic communication, but preferably in the areas of branding, public diplomacy, digital media, crisis communication, information impact,

Since the department is fairly new, no separate doctoral education is yet offered. The doctoral student will therefore be admitted to the postgraduate program in media and communication science. More information on postgraduate education can be found on the website

In 2019, Lund University will start a graduate school with a focus on societal challenges and Agenda 2030. The doctoral student is given the opportunity to participate in this graduate school together with some 20 doctoral students.


Basic eligibility for postgraduate education has the person who has completed a degree at advanced level, completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 credits at advanced level, or in some other way acquired within or outside the country in the corresponding equivalent.

In addition to the general eligibility for postgraduate studies, the doctoral student must have at least 30 higher education credits within a relevant social science subject at advanced level such as strategic communication, service management, media and communication science, cultural geography, environmental science or equivalent subject. The doctoral student must also have completed independent work of at least 15 higher education credits at the advanced level.

The applicant must have such knowledge in English that he / she can benefit from research literature, postgraduate courses and participate actively in the institution's seminar activities.

The doctoral student should have experience of interdisciplinary education and research environments.

Basis of Assessment

Provisions for employment as a doctoral student can be found in Regulation SFS 1998: 80. As the holder, only one who is admitted to postgraduate education may be appointed. In connection with appointment, the main focus should be on the degree of ability to assimilate the doctoral education. Great emphasis is placed on the applicant's master's thesis (or equivalent thesis) and the presented thesis idea.

To the application is attached:

1) an introductory letter in English, comprising a maximum of 1000 words, which contains a brief presentation of you as an applicant and your qualifications and a brief description of why you are interested in participating in the research project Urban tourism development in renewal and the graduate education in media and communication science with strategic communication at Lund University.

2) a brief draft of a research plan in English, comprising a maximum of 2500 words including references, containing a description of a research problem and research area, possible research questions and method / s. The research plan must relate to the overall themes in the project, but present an independent idea from a strategic communication perspective such as, for example, place branding, medialization, digital media in relation to sustainable urban destinations.

3) CV with certified copies of diplomas, academic grades and other relevant certificates.

4) a copy of the thesis for the master's degree and, if applicable, the applicant's other scientific publications (for example articles in scientific journals).

5) contact details of two reference persons.

6) other documents that you wish to rely on that are relevant to the employment. The assessment will also take into account the ability to work self-sustaining and structured, but also the ability to contribute to good cooperation and a good research environment at the department.


Time-limited employment four years according to HF chapter 5 § 7.

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