Two PhD positions in the discipline of tourism studies

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Mittuniversitetet, Avdelningen för turismvetenskap och geografi

Mid Sweden University is a place where people meet, find inspiration and think innovatively. Our campuses are situated in Sundsvall and Östersund, and we offer a wide range of courses and education, both on-campus and distance education. Our good relations with society ensure well-supported research and education, not least in the region.

The Department of Tourism Studies and Geography is situated at Campus Östersund.

Mid Sweden University 
Dept. of Tourism Studies and Geography/European Tourism Research Institute (ETOUR) 

Announces two PhD positions in the discipline of tourism studies MIUN 2016/2365

The Department of Tourism Studies and Geography (TuG)( and the associated European Tourism Research Institute (ETOUR) ( at Mid Sweden University is pleased to announce the availability of two faculty-funded PhD positions in Tourism Studies. It is anticipated that successful applicants can take up these positions from 1 March 2017.

TuG-ETOUR is one of the leading academic tourism environments in Northern Europe. It is home to the first Nordic PhD program in tourism studies established in 2008. The Department offers a rich, multidisciplinary approach to tourism studies and hosts a diverse group of scientists from a number of countries around the world. Researchers at TuG-ETOUR are currently engaged in a variety of tourism-related research efforts both within Sweden and globally.

In recent years, rapid and turbulent forces have affected destinations and the tourism sector at large in unpredictable ways. Specifically, the resilience of tourism destinations and businesses faces constant threat due to several forces including: climate change and associated human-nature interactions; geopolitics and conflict; as well as shifts in human attitudes, behavior and culture. Moreover, tourism destinations, along with various key actors commonly associated with the tourism sector (e.g., businesses, organizations, public agencies, visitors, and host communities) must navigate these challenges while also coping with disruptive societal shifts including globalization, digitalization, new media, and the emergence of the sharing economy. 

These phenomena and the rapid but yet unpredictable effects they have at various scales demonstrate that new research is necessary to further comprehend how the tourism sector interacts with these challenges within the emergent resiliency and/or contemporary sustainability paradigms. Thus, the hope is that successful candidates for the advertised positions will be those who can clearly demonstrate the ability to plan, develop, and complete innovative research in the field of tourism studies.  

Basic Entry Requirements: One of the following requirement must be fulfilled for applicants to be considered for these positions:

(i) Successful completion of a second-cycle (Master’s) program;

(ii) Successful completion of 240 university credits (ECTS) overall of which at
least 60 were at the second-cycle (Master’s) level;

(iii) Successful completion of equivalent programs either in Sweden or abroad.

Additional Entry Requirements: To be accepted to the PhD program in Tourism Studies, applicants must have at least 90 university credits in the areas of tourism studies, human geography, business administration, or must demonstrate equivalent knowledge. In addition, successful applicants are required to have the necessary language skills in order to complete the program (see below for further clarification).

Evaluation criteria: Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

- Demonstrated knowledge of the field of tourism studies for the applicant(s) to succeed at the PhD level; - Scientific/analytical skills as demonstrated by a second-cycle (Master’s) thesis or equivalent;

- Additional documentation of the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and abilities that indicate readiness to conduct research at the PhD level;

- A high level of competence in English (oral and written);

- Bear in mind that the working language of Mid-Sweden University is Swedish

Candidates with a solid understanding and ability to use a Scandinavian language will be regarded favorably.

Position duties: Successful applicants are expected to complete the assignments and tasks associated with the PhD program in tourism studies. These include administrative tasks and may also include teaching and duties along with participation in other research projects.

Residency requirement: These positions are located at the Östersund Campus, Mid Sweden University. It is expected that the successful candidate(s) will be in residence in Östersund for the majority of their PhD studies. Östersund has a population of about 45 000 and is located about 550 km north of Stockholm. Situated in the foothills of the mountain group that defines the Swedish-Norwegian border, Östersund offers numerous opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation (

Salary: Salary is commensurate with Mid Sweden University guidelines for PhD students.

Employment: This is a fulltime position.

Admission: 1 March 2017 or according to an agreement between TuG-ETOUR and the candidate.

Reference number: MIUN 2016/2365


To Apply: Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Copies of certificates and diplomas;
  • A personal letter in which the applicant introduces their interest in the position (1 page maximum);
  • A written proposal outlining a direction of the research the applicant intends to undertake (3 pages excluding references);
  • A copy of the applicant’s Master's thesis;
  • The names and contact information of three references;
  • Other material the applicant deems necessary to support their application.

The application must be received by Mid Sweden University no later than 20 January 2017. Applicants are also requested to indicate the following reference information on the application: Ref no MIUN 2016/2365. For additional information these positions, applicants may contact the following: 

- Dimitri Ioannides, Professor and ETOUR Director, Tel: (+46) 010 142 8711,  

- Maria Lexhagen, Associate Professor and Head of Discipline of Tourism Studies,
  Tel: (+46) 010 142 8339, Email:

- Daniel Laven, Associate Professor and Head of Department, Tel: (+46) 010 142
  8620, Email:


Mid Sweden University works actively for equal opportunities and strives to embrace the qualities that diversity and equality bring to the organization.

  • Type of employment
    Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • Contract type
    Full time
  • Salary
    According to Mid Sweden University guidelines for PhD students
  • Number of positions
  • Working hours
  • City
  • County
    Jämtlands län
  • Country
  • Reference number
    MIUN 2016/2365
  • Contact
    Daniel Laven, 010-142 86 20
  • Union representative
    Lollo Ljuslin, Fackförbundet ST/TCO, 010-142 79 14
    Ummis Jonsson, SACO, 010-142 88 09
  • Published
  • Last application date

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