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JOB OPENING: Doctoral Student in Climate Risk and Adaptation in the Middle East

A bridge over a river. One person is sitting on the bank and one is in the river.
Photo: Lina Eklund

Apply by 7 June 2024!

A 4-year fully funded PhD position is open in CMES researcher Lina Eklund's group on climate risk and adaptation in the Middle East. The research is focused on GIS, remote sensing and interdisciplinary approaches. 

Climate adaptation is fundamental for reducing vulnerability to climate change impacts, however the most recent Climate Report (IPCC AR6) found that we are not adapting fast enough. The Middle East region is characterized by harsh climates, frequent droughts, water scarcity, flash floods and dust storms, however the region has received limited research attention when it comes to climate adaptation. Parts of the region are also characterised by protracted conflicts, large refugee populations and weak governance structures, along with reliance on, and production of, fossil fuels. Due to this political complexity and high levels of human vulnerability, it is crucial to unpack and understand the region’s challenges relating to exposure of climate hazards, along with the potential adaptation options at different scales.

Work duties

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

This project aims to fill knowledge gaps relating to climate vulnerability and adaptation in the Middle East, by using physical geography methods (e.g. Geographical Information Systems, remote sensing) along with approaches from relevant disciplines to map climate vulnerability and study existing adaptation strategies in the region, with the long-term goal of identifying suitable adaptation strategies for the future. 

For admission requirements, assessment criteria, terms of employment and instructions on how to apply, please visit the recruitment system.