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Postdoc on intergenerational justice and climate change

The Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm, is looking for a 4 year postdoc to conduct research on intergenerational justice and climate change. The position is part of the research program “Climate Ethics and Future Generations”. Funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences), this program is led by Gustaf Arrhenius (principal investigator), Krister Bykvist and Göran Duus-Otterström (co-principal investigators). The main aim of the program is to provide guidance on climate policy in light of the intergenerational nature of climate change. The program investigates questions as diverse as population ethics, normative uncertainty, intergenerational justice, and environmental attitudes.

The advertised postdoc is located in the work package focusing on intergenerational justice. Here the program seeks to answer questions such as: What is the appropriate pattern and currency of intergenerational justice? How much, if at all, should we discount future effects of climate change? How should the current generation divide the burdens of combatting climate change? How could we make democracies better at representing the interests of future generations?

You can find a more detailed description of the research program here: https://climateethics.se/

The advertised position is a 2+2-year appointment with a preferred starting date of either June 1 or September 1 2018, the extension depending on performance.

What you would do

The successful candidate is expected to spend 70 % of his or her time on research on a topic relevant to intergenerational justice and climate change. 30 % of the time will be spent on more administrative tasks, such as planning and organizing conferences and workshops, and editing books and papers.


The applicant needs to hold, or be close to completing, a PhD on a relevant philosophical topic. We will give strong preference to applicants who have done work on intergenerational justice or related issues. Emphasis will also be paid to administrative experience (including management skills).

The successful candidate is expected to work on-site in Stockholm for most of the year. The working language at the Institute for Futures Studies is English.


We need a letter of application, a research proposal (maximum 3 pages) that outlines the research you intend to conduct and how that will relate to the research program, an up-to-date CV, three examples of your written work, and names and contact information of three persons who are familiar with you and your work.

Please send your application to goran.duus-otterstrom@iffs.se no later than 6 April, 2018. Interviews (if necessary) will take place in April 2018, either in Stockholm or via Skype. Further information regarding this position may be obtained from Göran Duus-Otterström (goran.duus-otterstrom@iffs.se). For information regarding the Institute for Futures Studies, see www.iffs.se/en (in English) or www.iffs.se

For this position we already have the recruitment support we need, and ask that you do not contact us in this matter.


The Institute for Futures Studies is an independent research foundation, founded in 1987 by the Swedish government. The Institute’s task is to promote a future-oriented perspective in research, to use and develop appropriate theories and methods, and to promote an open and broad discussion about possibilities and threats to future social development.