Publisert: 24.11.21

PhD Candidate in impact assessment on biodiversity at a company level

This is a 3-year PhD position with the possibility of an additional year with working duties at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management – section for Health, Safety and Environment Management. The position is resident at NTNUs campus in Trondheim. It is an educational position, which will provide promising research talents the opportunity for professional development towards a PhD-degree. The position is connected to the PhD program at the Faculty of Economics and Management and the faculty will be your employer.

We are searching for a PhD candidate to develop and test tools for impact assessment on biodiversity from land use activities at a company level.  

The position will be part of a larger multidisciplinary project "Nature-based solutions for land use transitions towards more sustainable societies", funded by the NTNU Sustainability call. The project has following main objectives:

  • To quantify how land use changes affect local and regional biodiversity, and to assess the societal costs such biodiversity losses
  • To provide an in-depth understanding of the societal aspects related to land use change and biodiversity loss and identify the roles and rights of stakeholders in defining biodiversity and nature
  • To develop tools to implement compensation and restoration of societal and biodiversity costs into practical planning in order to reach the aims of the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDG).

The project involves a collaboration between the following departments at NTNU: Department of Biology, Department of Geography, Department of Natural History, and Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management. The main study area for the project is Trøndelag county.

About the position

The aim of the PhD project is to develop tools for assessment of the use of area on an industry or company level, and potential habitat degradation this might cause. Such an assessment should enable comparison of alternative locations and/or management and create a foundation for potential compensatory actions.

One task will be to evaluate existing strategies and tools, such as biodiversity offsets schemes, compensation and restoration, and LCA. Further tasks will be to test these on case studies within the project, and suggest improvements and new tools if relevant. The work will interact with activities within the project to fulfil the overall goals.

We search for a highly motivated candidate with a relevant background. The candidate preferably has competence in environmental impact assessments and indicator development, with additional knowledge in either biology or economics. Backgrounds in social sciences, management and/or ecology could all be relevant. The successful candidate will be part of a multi-disciplinary research team in environmental management. In addition, being part of the NTNU Sustainability project "Nature-based solutions for land use transitions towards more sustainable societies", the candidate will be in close contact with PhD-candidates from other departments at NTNU. The project will be included as a part of the proposed Gjærevoll-centre for biological diversity and green transitions. The project will be in collaboration with The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) who also will contribute in the supervision of the candidate.

The position will suit a PhD candidate who is motivated by collaboration with different scientific professions as well as research on companies and industry. It will provide complete doctoral education to obtain a doctoral degree, including primary research training, PhD-level credit courses, and appropriate teaching experience (if agreed). Research training will include data management, case studies, critical evaluation of existing methods, and experience of working within a collaborative research team.

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Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management

IØT has challenging and inspiring educational programmes and research projects in the cross-disciplinary field of technology management. Through its programmes of study, IØT educates candidates with a solid technological basis in methodology and theory on how to develop and manage technologically based organisations.


Participation in, and development of, research projects in close co-operation with Norwegian industry, the department is also developing models, tools and methods for how to manage Norwegian industry.

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