JOBANNONCE: Roskilde University PhD of Global Norms and Violence Against Women
Afdeling Instititut for Samfundsvidenskab og Erhverv. Ansøgningsfrist 01-06-2019

Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University and The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) are announcing a three-year, fully funded PhD project on global norms and violence against women in Ethiopia. The project is expected to start 1 August 2019. The PhD project is part of a larger research program on "Global Norms and Violence Against Women in Ethiopia (GLOW)" funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its Consultative Research Committee. The international community has invested substantial resources in establishing the SDGs and similar global norms, hoping they will drive forward global development. Yet we know little about their use, relevance and influence in development at national and local levels. The aim of GLOW is to explore the dynamic interplay between global norms, national politics and development by asking how actors and politics mediate the relationship between dissimilar global and local norms in a way that enables social change towards the elimination of Violence Against Women (VAW). The position as PhD is limited to a period of 3 years.  

Description of the PhD project  

GLOW is an international and interdisciplinary research program that brings together scholars to produce understanding of the interplay between global norms, national politics and development projects in efforts to address structural and culturally embedded gender inequalities and VAW. As GLOW is based on the assumption that global and local processes of norm development interact, the candidate is expected to contribute to the broader research program by formulating an individual project on how Ethiopia and other African countries have sought to influence the production of global norms on the elimination of VAW.  
The PhD project should explore how global political debates on VAW have evolved historically until today and its inclusion into the SDGs, and how Ethiopia and other African countries have sought to influence this global norm-making over the past decades. By studying Ethiopian and African efforts in international negotiations, the project should explore what issues diplomats have sought to promote in relation to violence against women and analyse the relationship between these inputs into international negotiations on violence against women on the one hand and national women’s livelihoods, development cooperation and the dynamics of global norm production on the other. On this basis, the project should contribute to the program's overall aim to understand the interplay between local circumstances of VAW, VAW-related politics and globalised ideological confrontation in norm production. The PhD project will include multiple interesting opportunities for fieldwork, workshops and conferences in Africa, Europe and the US, as well as field work collaboration with other PhD students in the research program. The result of the PhD studies can either be a monograph or a number of international, scientific articles.  

The Doctoral School  

You will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Social Sciences and Business, which provides PhD training and research within an interdisciplinary, international, and professional environment. The Doctoral School is part of a dynamic community of researchers who share a commitment to understanding society in diverse contexts of change and global engagement. Researchers come from all over the world and engage in topics that are geographically, theoretically and methodologically diverse. Read more here 
As a PhD student you will be associated with the phd programme in International studies headed by professor mso Lindsay Whitfield. The PhD in International Studies provides an opportunity to examine politics, societies and cultures around the world and how they interact. Faculty in this program come from across the social sciences (political science, sociology, anthropology, geography, economics). Our aim in the IS PhD program is to educate thoughtful and analytical thinkers who are able to understand and engage in the world around them. Our program focuses on developing highly systematic thinkers whether they use qualitative or quantitative methods, and we prioritize the combination of holistic analysis and academic rigor. PhD students in International Studies come from a wide variety of Masters Level Programs around the world. They engage their scholarship with international academic communities and spend some portion of their time during the PhD engaging in fieldwork abroad. Read more here  

About DIIS  

DIIS is a leading public institute for independent research and analysis of international affairs. We conduct and communicate multidisciplinary research on globalisation, security, development and foreign policy. Within these areas, we aim to be agenda setting in research, policy and public debate. DIIS offers a dynamic and innovative international research environment with a focus on professionalism, flexibility and mutual respect amongst all colleagues. DIIS is a bilingual Danish-English workplace where we attach great importance to skills in written communication and dissemination of knowledge in both languages with equal weighting. 

Responsibilities and tasks  

The PhD position is an educational position and the main tasks are in accordance with chapter 3, Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (  


The applicant must have obtained a master’s degree in a relevant field and meet the general requirements for being accepted as a PhD student at a Danish university. We imagine that candidates with a background in Development Studies, Global Studies, International Relations, Sociology, Anthropology or Gender Studies would be particularly well suited for such a project, but this does not exclude candidates from other fields. Prior fieldwork experience is an asset, but not a requirement. We emphasize research potential and academic qualifications as well as an ability to collaborate broadly and to communicate research findings competently in English. The ideal candidate is fluent in English, and has an independent, social and outgoing personality.  
The candidate will enrol in the PhD school at the Department of Business and Society at Roskilde University, but will spend at least half of her/his time at DIIS. The PhD Candidate will be jointly supervised by Senior Researcher Lars Engberg-Pedersen (DIIS) and a main supervisor from Dept. of social science and business (Roskilde University). In addition to working on the project itself, the candidate will participate in PhD courses and international conferences, actively support research at DIIS, and gain teaching experience at the university. The project also includes funding for fieldwork.  
You are required to be enterprising and to possess good communication skills and to be a visible, involved participant in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.  


In the assessment regarding employment consideration will be given to;  
In the assessment regarding enrollment consideration will also be given to the following criteria:  
  • Educational skills and any further professional qualifications  
  • High grades at Master’s programme or equivalent  
  • Quality and relevance of the project description  
    • Considerations regarding relevant ethical aspects shall be included in your project description  
    • Your project description shall be no more than 5 pages  
  • Quality and relevance of the methodical and theoretical choices  
  • Consistency and coherence between the problem and the choice of method and theory  
  • If the PhD project seem realistic and feasible  
  • Ability to complete the PhD project  
  • Relevance of the project to the profile of the Doctoral School  


For further information about this project, please contact Senior Researcher Lars Engberg-Pedersen, For further information about the position, please contact PhD Coordinator Julie Skjold Omdal,, on tel. (+45) 4674-3851 or Head of Department Peter Kragelund, (+45) 4674-3335  

Terms of employment  

The employment is on full time and you will refer to Head of Department Peter Kragelund.  
The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.  

Application procedure 

After the deadline for applications the Head of Department will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.


Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.


The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.


Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.


To apply for the position go to 
Only applications in English are accepted. 
Applications must include: 
1. Cover letter 
2. CV 
3. Documentation of education including grades from Master’s programme or equivalent 
4. Your description of the PhD project 
5. Your time schedule of the PhD project 
6. If applicable: Documentation for any research experience, work experience or publications. 
Please submit your application no later than 1st of June 2019.
Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. 
Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. Podcast

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