PhD Opportunity: Arctic Mining History

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Built Environment

Job Type: Visiting

Application Deadline: May 19, 2016

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The School of Architecture and Built Environment focuses on future of our societies, on how our cities, buildings and infrastructure should be designed. We study growth, technology and environment, as well as ethical considerations and risks. Our curriculum and our research are based on several academic disciplines: Engineering and the Technical sciences, the Humanities, and the Social sciences.

Job description

The PhD project is placed at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, an integrative post-disciplinary division for research, education and societal engagement. Our point of departure is that science and technology are part of our culture, and shape and change environments and conditions for life on earth. Therefore historical studies of this field is central for understanding contemporary conditions and future change. At the division, the successful applicant will be part of a group of PhD students within the Nordic Centre of Excellence REXSAC – ‘Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities’. REXSAC is an interdisciplinary research environment which aim to provide new thinking about sustainable development, especially in the context of Arctic mining (for details see

This PhD project will address mining in the Arctic from a historical perspective. Potential areas of study include amongst others the development of mining governance across different regions of the Arctic, the development of environmental management in relation to resource extraction, relations between mining companies and indigenous peoples, concepts of social license and corporate social responsibility, and the role of mining in political discourse.


You have a master’s degree or have the corresponding skills and knowledge, as well as proof of your ability to author a longer essay in a relevant field. You must be able to read, write and speak English fluently.

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Posted: May 08, 2016