Content and work responsibilities
The successful candidate will work in the project ‘Revisiting Allmänningar & Stråk. Spatial Justice in the 21st Century Urban-Rural Land Regime’.

Abstract of the research project
Densification, privatisation and polarisation in the post-industrial urban-rural landscape, risks leading to unsustainable, unequal and unjust access to and distribution of valued public spaces in support of recreation, health, democratic influence and freedom of movement. In contrast to this development, the aim of the project is to investigate spatial justice by analysing usage and planning of allmänningar [commons] and stråk [pathways], i.e. public spaces that connect urban and rural environments and socio-economically and ethnically segregated neighbourhoods.

The project investigates commons and pathways in Malmö, Lund and Staffanstorp in three inter-related work packages.

• Historical Traces. Comprises analysis of historical definitions and a regional mapping showing significant commons and pathways still in use.
• Comprises analysis of regulations, rules and economic incentives showing the relation between planning of commons and pathways and socio-economic and ethnic segregation.
• Comprises ethnographic work and critical mapping on paper and in apps; workshops; interventions and walk-alongs showing use and access of different user-groups to nine commons and pathways.

For more information see presentation on the IUR homepage.

The successful candidate will execute the following tasks:

Main tasks:

• Familiarise him/herself with the project and the research work carried out so far.
• Conduct ethnographic work, including interviews and observations.
• Identify maps of relevance to the research in map archives. Co-create, analyse and compile maps developed throughout the research (by planners, artists and residents, and, from walks and go-alongs).
• Participate in writing publications.
• Present work in public seminars, lectures and at a conference.

Additional tasks

• Assist in preparing and organizing an exhibition of the research.

A postdoc is primarily employed to conduct research and will have completed a PhD or an international degree considered equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of urban studies or any related field (for example architecture, design, ethnography, geography, history, planning, sociology, and other related disciplines). This employment is primarily relevant to people who have completed their doctoral degree no less than three years before the application period for the position of postdoc has expired. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree may have been completed at an earlier date. Special circumstances constitute time off because of illness, parental leave, clinical practice, union duties or other similar circumstances.

Specific requirements for this position:

• Fluency in Swedish and very good communication skills in English, in both speech and writing

The following would be of benefit for the position:

• Proven ability to co-operate with colleagues in other disciplines.
• Experience of mapping, for example drawing, using G.I.S. or other relevant digital and/or physical-material mapping tools and practices.
• Experience of qualitative research and interview techniques.
• Experience of software for layout, such as InDesign or similar.

Assessment criteria

• The quality and focus of the doctoral thesis
• Research activities within fields relevant to the appointment in question
• Documented ability to independently conduct research of a sufficient standard
• Reflective presentation of their own pedagogical outlook and practices
• Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with actors in other parts of society with a connection to education and research

Further information
For Malmö University: Karin Grundström, Associate Professor and Principal Investigator, [email protected]
And Kerstin Sandell, Head of the Department of Urban Studies, [email protected]
For general employment and procedural questions, contact Rebecca Nordh, Human Resources, [email protected]

In our recruitment work, Malmö University has taken a stand regarding recruitment channels and marketing. We therefore decline all offers of advertising and recruitment assistance in connection with this advertisement.

You may apply for this position via Malmö University's recruitment system by clicking on the "Apply" button. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is completed in accordance with the advertisement, and that it is provided to the University no later than September 15.


The position is a full-time, fixed-term employment for 2 years.

Malmö University is a workplace and higher education institution that is characterised by an open and inclusive approach, where gender equality and equal terms add value to our activities.

Malmö University applies individual salary setting.

Start date
Autumn 2020 or early 2021.

Union representatives
Saco-S, Rebecka Johansson, [email protected]
ST/OFR, Martin Reissner, [email protected]

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We look forward to receiving your application!

Detta är en jobbannons med titeln "Postdoctoral position at the Institute for Urban Research" hos företaget Malmö Universitet och publicerades på den 17 juni 2020 klockan 13:48.

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