Ph.D. studentship in forest economics

Department of Forest Economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå

About the organization

SLU is a leading international university providing research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life.

Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden.

We bring people together who have different perspectives, but they all have a common goal: creating the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.


We are searching for a doctoral student to join the Department of Forest Economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå. The student will work on the project “Climate off-farm rippled impacts on wellbeing and behavioral resilience: cocoa value-added chains in West Africa’.

Farm-level climate change impacts ripple off-farm to affect non-farming individuals whose wellbeing depends on harvests. This research will apply mixed quantitative and qualitative methods in Ghana, Liberia and Ivory Coast to: (1) assess off-farm climate impacts on individuals along local cocoa value-added chains; (2) identify behavioral adaptations to buffer the impacts of climate impacts by actors along value chains; (3) determine socially-acceptable interventions that can enhance off-farm climate resiliency.

The profile of the student is of a person fully committed to development research with foundational training in research methods and background appreciation of farming dynamics in developing countries. The candidate will be responsible for: integrating economics and natural resource management knowledge into relevant research designs; developing research questions; applying appropriate econometric and qualitative analytical tools; writing scientific manuscripts and compile a Ph.D. thesis suitable for examination. The Ph.D. program consists of 4-year full-time studies. Coursework is included in the Ph.D. program



To be eligible, the candidate should hold at least a Master’s degree in economics or related field (e.g. agricultural economics, development economics, natural resource economics, forest economics), or a strong quantitative interdisciplinary program.

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required. Demonstrated capacity to integrate forestry and economics concepts, experience writing scientific manuscripts, and advanced documented knowledge in the use of R, SAS, Stata or other analytical software are considered extra merit. Working knowledge of French is preferable but not mandatory.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Applicants must submit:

a CV
a two-page proposed research statement
copies of degrees and transcripts of all academic records
one copy of the MS thesis
at least two referees familiar with the applicant's qualifications
certified knowledge of the English language
if relevant, copies of relevant publications

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