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Researcher for the Research Program "Legitimacy in Global Govern
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The School of Global Studies (SGS) at the University of Gothenburg invites applications for a researcher for a period of 18 months. The position mainly involves research, but there may also be some teaching/supervision assignments (maximum 20% of full-time). The candidate will form part of a research program "Legitimacy in Global Governance" (LegGov).

The School of Global Studies
The School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg produces top- quality research, teaching and public engagement on today's key global challenges. The staff of over 100 faculty and PhD researchers examines global questions and their governance in disciplines and areas such as peace and security, international relations, development studies, anthropology, regional studies, cultural heritage, environmental sustainability, gender, human rights and migration. These issues are explored both generally and as manifested in different regions and countries. The School's work is highly international, cross-disciplinary and policy-relevant.

Project description
The researcher is part of the research program "Legitimacy in Global Governance" (LegGov), a six-year collaboration among researchers from the Departments of Political Science at Lund and Stockholm University, and the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. The program, which began in January 2016, is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation) with Professor Jonas Tallberg as lead coordinator and Professors Karin Bäckstrand and Jan Aart Scholte as co-coordinators.

The purpose of the LegGov program is to offer a wide-ranging systematic analysis of legitimacy in global governance. The program is organized around three research themes: What are the sources of that legitimacy for global governance institutions? By what processes are global governance institutions legitimated and delegitimated? What are the consequences of legitimacy (or its absence) for the functioning of global governance institutions? Within these core themes, the program examines how legitimacy dynamics in global governance are similar to or different from the dynamics of legitimacy in the nation-state and other forms of governance.

The University of Gothenburg will recruit one researcher oriented toward the second of the three program themes: strategies of legitimation and delegitimation.

Main responsibilities
The research fellow will conduct research within the research program "Legitimacy in Global Governance". The researcher will be part of a collaborative research group engaged in quantitative and qualitative research on processes and strategies of legitimation and delegitimation in global governance. Some funds are available for fieldwork and conferences, but the candidate should also seek to develop research proposals that can attract external funding.

Qualification requirements
Researchers are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country at the point in time of the application deadline. Preference will be given to candidates who have been awarded the degree no more than five years before the application deadline. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances (such as sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or the like).

Assessment criteria
We seek candidates with a PhD in International Relations, Political Science, Peace and Development Research, or a related discipline. We are particularly interested in candidates with a background in quantitative methods, such as qualitative and mixed-method content analysis, process-tracing, semi-structured interviews as well as comparative case studies. Experience of using software, such as MAXQDA or NVIVO, for large scale data analysis is a merit.

Candidates are expected to publish in leading academic journals, and publication potential in the field of legitimacy in global governance will be a key selection criterion. Therefore, the candidate must also have demonstrated excellent skills in academic written English. Precise focus of the work to be undertaken in the research position will be negotiated. Additional merits include capacity to work in a transnational and cross-disciplinary team of researchers and to communicate research findings to wider audiences beyond academia.

How to apply
For complete announcement and information on how to apply, please see

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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