PhD candidate position in Economic History directed towards agricultural/rural history (Uppsala University)

RHN 63/2019 | Opportunity

Department of Economic History, Uppsala University, Sweden

Closing date for applications: 7 June 2019

The Department of Economic History invites applications for:
Two PhD candidate positions without a specific research orientation and two PhD candidate positions in specific research projects specified below, all beginning on 1 September 2019.
One of the research projects focuses on “Institutional change and agrarian growth” by
studying the impact of 19th century enclosures.

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Economic History is a strong research and teaching environment with over 40 researchers, including around 20 PhD students. Our PhD Program forms part of the National Postgraduate School in Economic History. See our website for more information

Duties/description of Projects
The PhD program consists of four years of full-time studies. In terms of the Swedish university credit system, the program comprises 240 credits (30 credits = 1 semester of full-time study). There are two main components of the program: course work (75 credits) and work related to the PhD dissertation (165 credits). PhD students are also expected to participate in departmental activities such as seminars, workshops, etc., as well as in the activities of the National Postgraduate School. Applicants must have a willingness and ability to learn Swedish rapidly, as parts of the program are held in Swedish, as well as many seminars and meetings. 

Full funding is offered for a maximum of four years, either as a salaried PhD candidate or as a combination of an initial study grant (three years) corresponding to the net salary of a salaried PhD candidate position, followed by a salaried PhD candidate position for the final year (this applies regularly for PhD positions linked to specific research projects). 

PhD candidate positions without specific research orientation implies that the subject matter of the dissertation can be chosen within the economic-historical field, provided that the department has capacity to supervise the chosen project. PhD candidate positions linked to specific research projects have a stipulated research direction, but the PhD candidate can define his/her own research topic within this direction. The following research projects offer doctoral positions: 

Project 1. Science and money: An economic history of research policy
This project studies the economic conditions of science from the late 19th century and onwards when research emerged as an important political question in Sweden. In particular, the project investigates the scope of public research funding and how it was shaped politically. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are used. Good knowledge of Swedish is a requirement. Project leader: Ingemar Pettersson (

Project 2. Institutional change and agrarian growth
This project studies the impact of 19th century enclosures ­– the process of privatisation of land previously owned in common and the redistribution and consolidation of open field splintered ownership – on productivity and economic growth, indicated by land prices and demographic growth. The principal method is to compare how these variables developed where land was enclosed to where land was not enclosed, and before and after enclosure. Land price notations, village population data and enclosure acts from circa 2000 villages in East central Sweden will be used. The work will involve substantial collection and processing of quantitative archival data. Some knowledge and interest of agricultural/rural history is desirable. Project leader: Marja Erikson (

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral program in Economic History, the general requirement for the applicant is a completed a master’s degree (or an advanced degree equivalent to at least 240 Swedish university credits including at 60 credits or more from advanced level) from a recognized university or third level institution. Specific requirement for admission is the completion of an equivalent to 90 Swedish university credits in Economic History, or other academic qualifications equivalent to this or of high relevance for research in Economic History.

How to apply
Applications can be written in Swedish or English, should be posted via the link specified at the bottom of the jobs detail page and consist of:

  • A filled in application form Curriculum Vitae
  • A description (2-3 pages) of your research interests, skills, outlook and motivation to apply for the PhD program. Explain which project you are interested in and/or describe a research question that you would like to study
  • Certified transcript(s) of your academic record/degree(s) to date
  • Copies of your thesis work (from bachelor and master degrees or equivalent academic papers)
  • Two academic reference letters (with contact details)
  • Other documents you may wish to attach (including for instance additional written academic work or references) 

Assesment procedure
A recruitment committee will select applicants through a review of submitted documents and contacts with referees. The decision will mainly be based on the quality of the submitted thesis works. A group of applicants will be called to an interview in late June 2019. Applicants will be informed of the results of the selection process shortly thereafter.

Terms for graduate studies can be found in Högskoleförordningen 5 kap 1-7 §§ and in University rules

More information concerning doctoral education, requirements and rules of admission can be found at at and

For further details about the positions please contact:
Mats Morell, Director of postgraduate studies ( or Fredrik Sandgren, Head of department (

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2019-06-07, UFV-PA 2019/1750.

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Placement: Department of Economic History
Type of employment: Full time, temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 4
Working hours: 100 %
Town: Uppsala
County: Uppsala län
Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/1750