Researcher in International Crisis Governance

Stockholm University Department of Economic History and International Relations


Researcher in International Crisis Governance (temporary employment) Stockholm

Ref. No. SU FV-2663-20

at the Department of Economic History and International Relations. Closing date: 24 August 2020.

The Department of Economic History and International Relations is a dynamic and strong education and research department in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Stockholm University. Its International Relations (IR) section aims to be nationally leading and internationally prominent within its field of research and education, focusing especially on the three IR sub-fields of International Security, International Institutions, and International Political Economy.

Project description

The researcher position is associated with BuildERS (Building European Communities’ Resilience and Social Capital) financed by Horizon 2020, European Union funding for Research and Innovation and launched on 1st May 2019 and running through the duration of this position. The BuildERS project aims to bring local and international governance levels together for more effective resilience in the face of increasingly complex disasters. It will examine what existing national policies in Europe are directed at the resilience of European populations (especially the vulnerable), what gaps exist in national, European, and international policy, and study how social media and social capital interact to shape resilience. For more information on the project, see

Main responsibilities

The role of the researcher in the BuildERS project is to:

  • Assist with the general responsibilities of project partnership, including attending consortium meetings (virtual and physical), reviewing and commenting on other partners’ outputs, and fulfilling the more general tasks associated with the project (social media, blogging, etc.)
  • Assist with a series of case studies on national disaster planning, including crisis management structures, vulnerability definitions and approaches, risk perception indicators, and social capital awareness of public and private actors
  • Lead the work of Stockholm University’s main role in BuildERS: to extract the policy recommedations of the project’s deliverables, aimed at local, national and supranatioal levels
  • Represent the project in Brussels-based events
  • Liaise with other EU Horizon 2020 projects that have a similar theme as BuildERS.

Qualification requirements

Researchers are appointed primarily for purposes of research and must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • A completed, or close-to-completed, PhD degree in a subject related to the topic above (examples include International Relations, Political Science, Public Administration, Global Governance, International Security, etc.)
  • Research experience in fields related to the BuildERS theme: social capital, resilience, disaster management, climate security, crisis management, risk management, or European/global governance
  • Experience working in collaborative research environments, generally, and participating in research projects, specifically
  • Demonstrable track record in spoken and written English, especially as directed to policymaking as well as academic audiences
  • Demonstrable research skills, including data collection, data summarising, analysis, and writing-up results.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research experience, research skills, and writing expertise. Additional emphasis will be placed on communication and collaboration skills.

Terms of employment

This is a full-time position, starting 14 September 2020 for a period of 1 year. 

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of the Department, Professor Thomas Jonter, telephone: +46 8 16 30 08,, or the professor Mark Rhinard,

Union representatives

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).


Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

Closing date: 24/08/2020

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