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Associate Professor in public participation in environmental assessment and planning

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Department of Planning, The Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment (DCEA) Copenhagen, a position as Associate Professor in public participation in environmental assessment and planning is open for appointment from 1 September 2019 or soon thereafter.  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.  The Danish Center for Environmental Assessment is an inter-disciplinary research and policy engagement centre within PLAN undertaking research within the field of impact assessment and environmental decision-making. The Centre provides theoretically pluralistic, methodologically rigorous, and analytically sound input to research and practice, and contributes to out-reach and educational programmes – all with a view to promote participatory and sustainable transitions. DCEA is a leading research centre connecting impact assessment practice to theories of decision-making and governance, with a strong focus on critical engagement with governments, businesses and civil society within regional, national and international policy-making arenas.

Job description

Research areas will be within public participation and decision-making processes in environmental assessment and planning. The applicant should have documented experiences in these areas such that they can contribute to the continued development of DCEA’s profile within this area. In particular, the associate professor will be responsible for the research areas and their development: 

The associate professor is expected to contribute to and develop DCEA’s critical engagement with society, and the candidate should thus have a strong profile within applied and collaborative research, as well as a robust theoretical grounding. 

The associate professor will also be part of and manage research projects and competences with participation and management of research project is therefore a prerequisite. 

The associate professor will have a central role in coordination of teaching programs and modules. Applicants should therefore have a strong teaching profile with competences within coordination of courses and semesters. Teaching will primarily be on the bachelor programme in Urban, Energy & Environmental Planning and the masters programme in Sustainable Cities, but also in other study programmes at the University. 
Some of the teaching will be in Danish. 

The work place of the position is in Copenhagen, but travel activities are to be expected. 


  • A Ph.D. with a strong background in public participation and impact assessment
  • Demonstrated research interest and experience in public participation, impact assessment and planning
  • International publication record comprising publications within the academic field of the position
  • Possessing experience in action research 
  • Possessing an active network and relationships with national and international institutions working with public participation and impact assessment
  • Documented experience in project management
You may obtain further professional information from Professor Lone Kørnøv, email: lonek@plan.aau.dk, tel.: 9940 8287 and Associate Professor Ivar Lyhne, Department of Development and Planning, e-mail: lyhne@plan.aau.dk , tel.: +45 5142 2310.

Qualification requirements: 

The level of qualification for Associate Professors shall correspond to the level, which can be achieved on the basis of the appointment as Assistant Professor, but may be achievable in other ways. The appointment presupposes that the applicant can demonstrate original scientific production at an international level as well as documented teaching qualifications. Appointment to the position requires that both research and teaching qualifications are at the requested level. The two qualifications will be given equal and principal priority in the overall assessment.

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 are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • 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.
  • Teaching qualifications described in the teaching portfolio.  If this is not enclosed the applicant must include an explanation for its absence.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • 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.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Lisbeth Palmelund by mail est-st-hr@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 7553.

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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