Professor in Impact Assessment and Decision-Making (60222)

Aalborg Universitet (AAU)

Ph.d. project
Northern Jutland

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Planning, The Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment (DCEA), a position as Professor of Impact Assessment and Decision-Making is open from 1 October 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. 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
Specific research areas for the position fall within impact assessment, planning and decision-making. The applicant should have documented experience in these areas such that they can contribute to the continued development of DCEA’s position as one of the leading research centres connecting impact assessment practice to theories of decision-making and governance with a strong focus on critical engagement with governments, business and civil society.

Teaching will primarily be in the undergraduate programme in By-, Energi- og Miljøplanlægning (City, Energy and Environmental Planning) and the graduate programme in Environmental Management and Sustainability Science, but also in other study programmes at the University and in professional training programmes.

In terms of research, the position is aimed at applicants who can document original scientific production in their research and who can demonstrate that they have contributed significantly to the scientific field of the position. The professor will have to take a lead in developing research within the core areas of DCEA. In particular, the professor will be responsible for the research areas and their development:

  • Multi-facetted understandings of the mechanisms underlying planning and decision processes, and how they relate to impact assessment practice
  • Individual and institutional decision behavior, and understandings of change in response to impact assessment
  • Societal planning and systemic assessment approaches for researching and supporting sustainable business models and decision-making
  • Develop prescriptive decision models and theory related to impact assessment
  • Society-sensitive research for sustainability through interactionism – in which knowledge is produced in cooperation and interdependency between research and practice (action/change agency research)Besides the research and teaching activities, the professor is also expected to be willing to take upon the role of research group leader with the administrative and social obligations that relates to this role at the Department.The work place of the position is in Aalborg, but travel activities are to be expected.Qualifications:
  • A Ph.D. with a strong background in impact assessment and decision-making
  • Demonstrated research interest and experience in impact assessment, planning and decision-making
  • International publication record comprising publications within the academic field of the position
  • Possessing experience in action-/ and change-oriented research
  • Possessing an active network and relationships with national and international institutions working with impact assessment
  • Documented experience in successful application for external research funding, and project management
  • Experience in teaching after the PBL (problem Based Learning) methods and with professional training

Mastering Danish or Nordic language is a benefit due to the Danish language teaching opportunities and the many Danish cooperation partners to the center.

Appointment and salary acc. to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of professional Associations (AC) on Academics in the State. Employment as Professor is in accordance with a classified position on scale 37. In addition, a pensionable increment will be given.

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Deadline / Ansøgningsfrist
23 Jun 2017

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