Department of People and Society

The Department of People and Society is a strong social science research and teaching environment focusing on business management, environmental psychology and advisory services, with the aim of creating sustainable business environments, living environments and work environments in rural and urban areas. We develop and disseminate high-quality knowledge about people, the environment and entrepreneurship. We strive for the highest scientific quality, skill and proficiency, professionalism, reputation and creative thinking. Read more here. The department is now looking for a research passionate and aim-driven post doc in the area of cooperatives in agri-food industries in Sweden.

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The post-doctoral project

The two-year post-doctoral project, financed by the company Mellby Gård AB, will focus on organization and governance of farmer cooperatives in Sweden, the pros and cons of cooperative organisations, the balance of power and the conflicts of interest between members, boards and management. The project will also address questions related to market power and pricing, and where cooperatives differ from other forms of organization of business, and alternative forms, whether these change over time or differ between sectors and in various institutional settings. The post doc will belong to the department´s Business Management research group, will collaborate with a number of researchers operating in adjacent areas and in close collaboration with Mellby Gård AB.


The work duties of this post-doctoral position include research as well as communication activities. The post doc is expected to develop, run and publish high quality research as well as take part in collaborative projects and to actively participate in grant writing. The person filling this position will be expected to contribute to a highly visible research based program within the subject area.


The following are required qualifications:

  • PhD degree or a foreign degree equivalent to a doctorate within a subject area relevant for this position. To be appointed as a post-doc, the applicant should have been awarded her/his PhD no more than three years before the time of application. Candidates who have submitted their PhD dissertation and waiting the final examination are encouraged to apply.
  • A background in one or a combination of the following scientific areas:
  • Economics / Agricultural Economics
  • Organization theory,
  • New institutional economics
  • Contract theory,
  • Analysis of value chains,
  • Economic sociology.
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills
  • Documented experience publishing in peer reviewed journals
  • Effective inter- and intrapersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience of working cohesively in an inter-disciplinary team environment
  • An ability to work independently

In addition, a good understanding and knowledge of the Swedish agrifood-system will be a plus. Also, emphasis will be given to personal suitability.

Place of work:

SLU Alnarp, Sweden

Form of employment:

Temporary employment, 24 months (extension possible)



Starting date:

October/1/2022 or according to agreement


We welcome your application no later than 15/August/2022


Academic union representatives:

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses.

Contact person

Mats Gyllin

Deputy head of department for education

+4640-41 55 37

Kostas Karantininis


+46 (0) 730968654

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