• Description:

    The Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) is inviting applications for PhD scholarships to start up in August 2024 or later.

    IFRO carries out pure basic and applied social science research and has a number of educational and public sector advisory service responsibilities within our thematic fields. We are characterized by a high involvement in interdisciplinary research at both international and national levels.

    Research areas

    The relevant research areas for the PhD scholarships are within the following thematic areas covered by the four larger research groups at IFRO:

    1. Environment and natural resources, which includes environmental valuation methods, behavioural economics, the economic regulation of environmental externalities and natural resource use, environmental sociology and governance, conflict resolution, climate change policies, forest economics and management, fishery and aquaculture economics, energy economics, biodiversity conservation, and environmental ethics.
    2.  Production, markets, and policy, which include production economics, applied micro-economics, efficiency analysis, Innovation studies, sustainability transitions, management science, organization and ownership, policy design and analysis, business economics, agricultural and food economics, policy and regulation, trade negotiations and agreements, and the impact of international trade in food and natural resources.
    3. Consumption, bioethics, and regulation, which include food economics, food sociology and policy, law, consumer behaviour and policy, nutritional policy studies and nutritional sociology, and public health economics and policy in the human and the animal science fields. It also includes ethics and value aspects of food production, nutritional policy, animal husbandry, companion animals, veterinary practices, and the management of the environment and natural resources,
    4. Global development, which includes interdisciplinary research on economic, political, environmental, and institutional dynamics in developing societies. Research areas include livelihoods, small-scale industry, trade, and labor; climate change mitigation and adaptation; forest and natural resource management; resource conflicts and governance; and state formation and law.


    Applicants should hold an MSc degree related to the thematic areas mentioned above with outstanding results and English language skills. As criteria for assessing your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any), relevant work experience and the quality of the applicant’s proposed non-binding research idea.


    Applicants are encouraged to submit a brief (maximum 3 pages) non-binding research proposal to illustrate general interest and ability to formulate a research idea. The final research topic for each employed applicant is decided upon in dialogue. The Department may propose topics relevant to the applicant’s’ profile, which are better fits to ongoing activities, are funded through existing project grants and/or hold greater potential. For inspiration, we recommend carefully looking at the Department’s homepage, staff and publications.


    • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
    • Curriculum vitae, including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant to the position
    • Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
    •  Publication list (if possible)
    • Reference letters (if available)



  • Fields

    • Business and Economics

    • Economics

  • Qualifications

    • Master

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