Denmark : Collaborative Research and Fisheries Management, Aalborg University, Denmark

Denmark : Collaborative Research and Fisheries Management, Aalborg University, Denmark

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Collaborative Research and Fisheries Management, Aalborg University, Denmark

The PhD stipend is available within IFM, Fisheries Management Research Centre under the general study programme Planning and Development.

The purpose of this research is to evaluate, whether, when and how participatory research involving fishers and natural scientists makes a difference to empirical knowledge and to fisheries management. The proposed investigation has four main research tasks that involve both qualitative and quantitative (survey-based) research.

1. The first task places three case-studies of collaborative research into context through an examination of overall institutional framework for the participatory research for three case studies of collaborative research in different parts of Europe. These case studies are funded by the same programme as the PhD stipend.

2. The second task examines the impact of the participatory research process on the attitudes of the participants by comparing attitudes and agreement among fishers and scientists at the beginning and near the end of the project.

3. The third task examines the impact of the new learning processes on management decision making both from the perspective of the characteristics of the knowledge produced and the characteristics of the management system receiving the knowledge.

4. The fourth task synthesises Tasks 1-3 along the key dimensions of credibility, salience and legitimacy.

The successful candidate will have a strong interest in the subject matter, a background in social science, science and technology studies, or interdisciplinary environmental studies and will have adequate training in qualitative and quantitative social science research methods. Adequacy would include a year of course work in statistical analysis /survey methods or equivalent skills.

The stipend is open for appointment as early as December 1, 2010 but can begin as late as June, 2011. The PhD will be supervised by Dr. Douglas C. Wilson and is funded by a grant that has already been approved by the EU 7th Framework Programme. Funding is contingent on final contract negotiations. Review will begin 15 October 2010 and continue until the stipend is awarded.
Qualification requirements:
PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Masters degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of the Faculties of Engineering, Science and Medicine, in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 18 of January 14, 2008 on the PhD Programme at the Universities. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Faculties of Engineering, Science and Medicine will make a decision for allocating the stipend.
Appointment and salary acc. to the Ministry of Finance Circular of January 11, 2006 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance Circular of June 13, 2007 on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

For further information about stipends and salary contact Ms. Maj-Britt Trolle Ståhl, The Faculties of Engineering, Science and Medicine, email:, phone: +45 9940 7582.

The PhD application form can be downloaded from the following address:

The faculty has a research school, The Doctoral School of Engineering, Science and Medicine: and a Network for all PhD students:
You may obtain further information from Dr. Douglas C. Wilson, IFM, Innovative Fisheries Management Research Centre, Department of Development and Planning, phone: +45 9940 3674, email: concerning the technical aspects of the stipend.
Application marked with the PhD stipend No. 562/06-20-10063, should include in four copies: the PhD application form, two letters of recommendation, cover letter explaining interest in this research, transcript or Masters diploma including grades (or just grades if Masters is expected by June, 2011), a scholarly writing sample in English, Curriculum Vitae, and a list of submitted material. A study plan is not required for this stipend. Due to legal constraints electronic applications will not be accepted. The application must arrive at Aalborg University with the morning post by the 15.10.2010.

Application is to be forwarded to :
Aalborg Universitet
De Ingeniør-, Natur- og Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakulteter
Niels Jernes Vej 10
DK-9220 Aalborg Øst

Application Deadline : 15 October 2010

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