Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a PhD scholarship in Wind Energy and Society for the 2018/2019 academic session which is being offered through a collaboration between two DTU departments: DTU Management Engineering and DTU Wind Energy.

The successful candidate will be formally hosted by DTU Management Engineering, in the Industrial Dynamics and Strategy (IDS) group at the Technology and Innovation Management division, on the Lyngby campus. The IDS group focuses on understanding change processes of wider innovation systems and empirically has a stronghold in the sectors of energy and cleantech. There will be co-supervision by DTU Wind Energy on the Risø campus where the candidate is expected to spend time with the small but growing social science community in the department.

Denmark is still world leading when it comes to utilising wind energy for power production, but wind power projects on land have become increasingly contested, which has led to a halt in the integration of more land based wind power into the Danish energy system. However, existing research suggests that the development of wind energy projects on land, which are locally co-developed and –owned, is associated with several benefits, such as less opposition towards wind power, local economic progress, business development and improved social coherence and empowerment in rural communities.

Worth of Award

  • The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.
  • The workplace is primarily DTU Lyngby Campus, but co-supervision and other activities will also take place on DTU Risø Campus.


  • Candidates should have a master’s degree in a social science related field, e.g. science- and technology studies, human geography, planning and public participation, sustainability transition studies, design and innovation studies, sociology, environmental management, anthropology etc. or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in a social science related field of study.
  • Moreover, They expect the candidate to have a strong interest in wind energy and qualitative research experience. Proficiency in Danish language and knowledge about the Danish energy system and societal context is considered an advantage.
  • All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply
Please submit your online application no later than 3 June 2018 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system(see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
  • A short research proposal (maximum 1000 words including references)
  • Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

Deadline: applications close 3 June 2018 (local time)

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