Associate Professor in Marine Governance and Coastal Culture (42215)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Planning, Innovative Fisheries Management (IFM), a position as Associate Professor of Marine Governance and Coastal Community Development is open from 1 July 2017, or soon hereafter. The Department of Planning (PLAN) conducts research and teaching on development and planning in a broad sense, including social science aspects as well as more technical aspects of development, and with a focus on environmental, international as well as administrative dimensions. Innovative Fisheries Management is a research centre within PLAN undertaking social and economic research within fisheries and marine management and development of coastal communities and regions, both internationally and nationally. IFM focuses on the large societal challenges which coastal communities are facing including how their resource bases (fisheries, maritime industries, service and tourism areas) can be utilised in order to create change and adaptation to the global economy on one side and sustainable local development on the other. IFM also has a particularly strong focus on ecosystem-based approaches to marine and fisheries management, including management institutions and their role in ensuring the integration of the varied government policies. IFM collaborates cross-disciplinarily in order to develop sustainable solutions.

Job description

Specific research areas for the position fall within marine governance and coastal community development. The applicant should have documented experience in these areas such that they can contribute to the continued development of IFM's position as one of the leading research centres investigating the political processes surrounding fisheries/maritime management and development and transition within coastal communities in Europe and internationally.

The associate professor has the following general duties:

a. To take an intellectual lead in developing research within IFM’s core areas. In particular, the associate professor will be responsible for:

i. Developing IFM’s capacity for carrying out Social Impact Assessments in fishing/coastal communities in regards to impacts of policy, disasters and climate change

ii. Developing IFM’s international research and development profile in Asia.

b. To be lead on applications for external research funding in order to make significant contributions to the continued high level of external funding in the research Group.

c. To contribute to maintaining the national and international profile of IFM as a centre of scholarly excellence through the publication of research results and their applications, and the development and maintenance of a network of institutional partners.

d. Take part in- and develop teaching activities at Aalborg University where expertise in anthropology is needed.


  • A Ph.D. in anthropology or related social science with a strong background in coastal cultures

  • Demonstrated research interest in natural resource management

  • Possessing experience in policy-oriented research

  • Documented experience with mixed methods research, including qualitative interviewing and analysis, sample survey methodology, data management and basic statistics

  • Possessing an active network and relationships with international institutions working with fisheries, marine and natural resource management.

  • Documented experience in successful application for external research funding

  • Experience in teaching after the PBL (problem Based Learning) methods


The position requires a track record of publications appropriate to a position as associate professor in the Danish university system. The position requires an extensive knowledge of social impact assessment methodology and experience in the application of these methods in an applied fisheries/marine governance context.

 Furthermore, the applicant should have documented experience for participation in multidisciplinary research teams, research project management, producing advice to the European Commission or to national authorities. An ability to conduct research in an Asian language and research experience in developing countries is also highly desirable.

The application must contain the following:

• A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position.

• A current curriculum vitae.

• Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD).

• Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 10 publications.

• Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.

• If available a teaching portfolio.

• Additional qualifications in relation to the position.

• References/recommendations.

• Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

 An assessment committee will assess all candidates.

 You may obtain further professional information from Associate Professor Søren Q. Eliasen, phone number +45 9940 2422 or e.mail:

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Nickie Hermansen by mail or phone (+45) 9940 7902
Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force, teaching portfolio and procedures can be seen here.


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

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Wed Mar 29 00:00:00 CEST 2017

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Online application - some good advice

Online application - some good advice

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