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Postdoc Scholarship ESG and The Blue Economy: Copenhagen Business School in Denmark 2021

Copenhagen Business School in Denmark invites applications for a vacant 3-year Postdoc in ESG and The Blue Economy at the Department of Management, Society and Communication in the 2021/22 academic session.

Project details:

Financial institutions have a key role to play in protecting the biodiversity of the oceans and its carbon absorption and storage capabilities. Still, most investors are not aware of their investments’ impacts on the marine environment and of how a degrading ocean may subsequently affect their portfolios’ performance and value. Financial service institutions have, up to now, been slow to react to the state of the ocean.


In partnership with Green Digital Finance and WWF-Denmark this project will follow the money of major Nordic FIs calculating the ocean impacts per invested krone and translating it into financial value at risk and carbon at risk. Quantifying ocean risks into negative impacts on the business and carbon commitments will help to drive oceans into financial decision-making practices of Nordic FIs. The project will not stop at ocean risks but will facilitate an innovation process to consider new financial products, and translate research findings into Blue Economy curricula for students at CBS and in financial institutions.

As part of this larger project, the postdoc will specifically support the building of business cases, analysis of ESG metrics for the Blue Economy and their uptake within Nordic financial institutions, and course materials that integrate key thematic areas from the project to graduate students that will be leaders in the new.

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This position is funded in collaboration between the Velux Foundation’s “A Healthy Ocean in a Changing Climate” programme and CBS.

Examples of research areas that the Postdoc might cover:

  • Identifying and evaluating key impact measures for Blue Economy ESG
  • Analysis of trends in ESG concerns of financial institutions in Europe
  • Role of Blue Economy in Sustainability Transitions
  • Comparison of uptake of ocean ESG considerations across Nordic Financial institutions

Worth of Award

  • A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent of ½ year’s work.
  • 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.
  • The salary level and appointment is determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.


  • The applicant must hold a PhD or the equivalent. In assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed on research potential.
  • Emphasis is placed on research and teaching relevant to the job description.
  • Part of the position is a teaching obligation equivalent of 1 year of teaching. Relevant courses will include contributions to the new CBS ESG minor (ESG, Sustainable and Impact Investments, Critical Cases in Environmental, Social, and Governance and Sustainable Investments); Achieving the SDGs: Environmental Sustainability for Organizations; Consulting for sustainability – Harnessing Business Models and Innovation.
  • The applicant must have professional proficiency in English (written and spoken).

How to Apply

The application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system.

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The application must include:

  • A summary of the candidate’s main strengthens and abilities.
  • A complete, numbered list of publications (indicating titles, co-authors, page numbers and year) with an * marking of the academic productions to be considered during the review. A maximum of 5 publications for review are allowed. Applicants are requested to prioritise their publications in relation to the field of this job advertisement.
  • Copies of the publications marked with an *. Only publications written in English (or another specified principal language, according to research tradition) or one of the Scandinavian languages will be taken into consideration)
  • Information indicating experience in research management, industry co-operation and international co-operation.
  • Documentation of relevant, significant, original research at an international level.
  • Transcript(s) and a full CV

Deadline: The application closes on March 15, 2021.


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