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Postdoc sökes för studier av klimatförändringarnas ekonomiska konsekvenser


Postdoc on the economics of climate change and climate policy

The Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm, is looking for a postdoc to conduct research on the economics of climate change and climate policy. 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 interdisciplinary program is led by Prof. Gustaf Arrhenius (principal investigator), Prof. Krister Bykvist and Prof. 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 equity and justice, democracy and future generations, and environmental attitudes. You can find a more detailed description of the research program here: https://climateethics.se/.

Job description

The advertised postdoc is expected to use tools and lessons from economic theory to address questions such as: What is optimal population size? How much, if at all, should we discount the welfare of future generations? How should such a discount rate be used in Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs)? What is the optimal division of burdens and benefits of combating climate change? How should the possibility of catastrophes be incorporated into economic evaluations of climate change? How should issues of fairness and equity be incorporated into integrated assessment models?

The advertised position is a 2+2-year appointment with a preferred starting date on September 1 2019, the extension depending on performance.

The applicant needs to hold, or be close to completing, a PhD in economics or a related subject (such as decision, social choice, or game theory, operation research, risk analysis). It will be considered an advantage to have worked on a topic related to climate change and climate policy.

The successful candidate is expected to spend 70 % of his or her time on research on a topic relevant to the economics of climate change and climate policy. 30 % of the time will be spent on more administrative tasks, such as planning and organizing conferences and workshops, and editing books and papers. Emphasis will therefore be put on 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
  • names and contact information of three persons who are familiar with you and your work.

Please send your application to jobs@iffs.se no later than April 1, 2019. Interviews (if necessary) will take place in April 2019, either in Stockholm or via Skype.

Further information regarding this position may be obtained from H. Orri Stefánsson,
For information regarding the Institute for Futures Studies, see www.iffs.se, or contact Christina Alwert, christina.alwert@iffs.se.

We look forward to applications from all sexes and birth backgrounds, functionalities and life experiences.


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 carries out interdisciplinary research on important future issues and participates in the public discussion with its seminar and publication activities. Under the management of Director Gustaf Arrhenius (Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy), over eighty researchers from various disciplines work with future studies and long-term analysis.