KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Built Environment

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The School of Architecture and the Built Environment is one of ten schools at KTH. We employ about 700 people and we have about 3 000 students. We have a unique breadth of subject range where we educate and research on future society, about how cities, buildings and infrastructure should be designed and built. On how to create a good living environment for people while taking into account environmental, energy, economic and social factors. We are proud of the good relations we have with industry and other players in the world.

Job description

The PhD project is placed at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, an integrative post-disciplinary division for research, education and societal engagement. Our point of departure is that science and technology are part of our culture, and shape and change environments and conditions for life on earth. Therefore historical studies of this field is central for understanding contemporary conditions and future change. At the division, the successful applicant will be part of a group of PhD students within the Nordic Centre of Excellence REXSAC – ‘Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities’. REXSAC is an interdisciplinary research environment which aim to provide new thinking about sustainable development, especially in the context of Arctic mining (for details see https://www.kth.se/2.1231/historia/nyheter/new-grant-for-a-nordic-centre-of-excellence-1.615536).

The PhD project will explore de-industrialization processes in Arctic communities, with a focus on how actors interpret and deal with legacies of extractive industries. The point of departure are the challenges which Arctic communities have had to face when the business cycles of the global mining industry has turned from booms into busts, both in the present and in the past. The objective is to provide new knowledge on how de-industrializing communities can charter new roads to the future, building on the legacies of the past.


You have a master’s degree or have the corresponding skills and knowledge, as well as proof of your ability to author a longer essay in a relevant field. You must be able to read, write and speak English fluently.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment September 2016
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH´s PhD student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number A-2016-0566
  • Peder Roberts, peder.roberts@abe.kth.se
  • Dag Avango, +46 (0)8 790 87 37/dag.avango@abe.kth.se
Published 21.Apr.2016
Last application date 19.May.2016 11:59 PM CET

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