PhD in Innovative City Solutions

Copenhagen Business School - CBS

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The Department of Management, Society, and Communication (MSC) invites applications for a Ph.D. position centered on innovative city solutions and the underlying governance and finance architectures.

Today, cities are struggling with economic, social and environmental challenges, including outdated infrastructure, deprived neighbourhoods, and air pollution. However, conventional governance and finance mechanisms are often inadequate to address these challenges. Even when we know the solutions, we do not know how to deliver them. As an example, a report from Realdania concludes that 60 per cent of Danish municipalities lack know-how on how to finance green projects.

MSC carries out multidisciplinary research on the relationship between business and society. Its members study the interaction and intersection between organisational forms and practices in the socio-economic contexts in which they occur (

The objective of the Ph.D. is to advance our understanding of governance and finance models underpinning innovative city solutions. Of special interest are self-governing and self-financing city solutions, which hold the potential to be scaled up and implemented in different urban contexts. Examples include solutions of social housing for inclusive growth and urban regeneration of deindustialised harbours. The expected impact of the Ph.D. project is to generate new knowledge on how to deliver and finance innovative city solutions through public and/or private stakeholders - solutions that can serve public purposes.

The successful Ph.D. applicant will be member of a research team focusing on urban governance and finance, urban greening, regenerative cities and multi-stakeholder partnerships. The Ph.D. project is co-financed by Realdania (

We invite interested students from different disciplinary backgrounds within the social sciences, such as, but not limited to: political science, accounting and finance, or management and organisation studies.

There is no restriction on possible issue areas, but the Department is particularly interested in research on issues which reflect the interaction of more than one dimension of urban sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.

The Department will give priority to applicants with high grades from their universities.

It is also required that the applicant shows an interest in joining the Department’s research environments.

Copenhagen Business School has a broad commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research programmes. Candidates who wish to join us should demonstrate enthusiasm for working in an organisation of this type (highlighting, for example, relevant business, educational and dissemination activities).

The three-year PhD program at CBS allows you to conduct research under the supervision of CBS professors, supported by research training courses. The program is highly international, and you are expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time abroad as a visiting PhD student. See the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD program,

CBS PhD graduates are held in high esteem not only in academia and research institutions but also in government and business where their research qualifications are increasingly demanded. One third of CBS PhD graduates go on to employment outside universities and public research institutions.

General information
A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent of ½ year’s work (840 work hours).

The scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish collective agreement. The scholarship includes the tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary, currently starting with per month app. DKK 23.770 (app. 3,160 euro) up to DKK 28.964 (app. 3,860 euro) depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totalling 17,1 % of 85% of the base salary. The salary level and appointment is determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.

The PhD student will be enrolled at PhD School in Organisation and Management Studies

To be considered, the candidate should have a basic training at the Masters level (similar to the 3 + 2 Bologna process). An educational background in the social sciences is necessary. The applicant must have successfully completed the Master’s degree before commencing PhD at CBS.

The applicants must be fluent in English.

The application (see link below) must include a 5 page project description. This research proposal should contain a presentation of an original research question, a description of the initial theoretical framework and methodology, a presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a work-plan.

In addition to the research proposal, the application must include:

  • Copies of a Master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level
  • Brief curriculum vitae (CV)
  • List of papers and publications
  • One copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis)
  • Documentation for English language skills

Application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.

The application deadline is 6 March 2019.

Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline.

Recruitment procedure
The Recruitment Committee expects to shortlist at least 2-5 applicants to be assessed by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline.

Applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and later in the process about the result of the assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application.

Please find guidelines and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Programme at

Further information:
Head of Department Dorte Salskov-Iversen, e-mail

Information about the department may be found at

Details about Copenhagen Business School are available at

Ansøgningsfrist: 6. marts 2019.

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CBS er et unikt erhvervsuniversitet med en høj andel af udenlandske ansatte og studerende. CBS har ca. 644 undervisnings- og forskningsårsværk, 192 ph.d.-studerende og 724 administrative årsværk. Ca. 20.422 studerende er fordelt på bachelor-, kandidat-, MBA/EMBA-, ph.d.- og Executive-programmer, der udbydes på dansk og engelsk. Vores videnskabelige medarbejdere tæller internationale eksperter inden for de klassiske forretningsdiscipliner, men også i filosofi, historie, psykologi, sociologi, jura, politik, informationssystemer og kultur.

Universitetet tager imod ansøgninger fra kvalificerede kandidater uanset alder, køn, race og etniske baggrund.

How to apply
1. Enter the vacant position you wish to apply for
Click on the link Apply online at the bottom of the page. You will then be directed to an external webpage which is the recruitment system.

2. Application form
Fill in the online form with your personal data and upload the relevant documentation (see guide to required documentation below).

3. Terms of use
At the bottom of the page you are asked to accept the fact that we register your data – if you agree put a check mark in the box and click send. You cannot apply without giving your consent. Personal information is automatically anonymised after six months.

4. After sending your application
You are now registered in the system and within 24 hours you will receive an e-mail confirming your application. In the e-mail you have the possibility of making sure that your application and attached documents are correct. If you do not receive an e-mail please contact HR Services, Tel.: +45 3815 2022. Once the deadline for applications has expired all submitted applications will be read and you will hear from us.

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Guidance notes for assessment of academic positions

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