Professor of Human Geography

Permanent position
Full time
The application deadline is

Ref no: ORU 2.1.1-05075/2022

We are looking for a professor of human geography for a permanent position at the School of Humanities, Education and Social Science.

Subject area

The subject area for this position is human geography.


We are seeking a professor to lead and develop the subject area of human geography at Örebro University as the current postholder is retiring.

The School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (HumES) offers bachelor’s and master’s education within a wide range of subjects and fields, in the form of both freestanding courses and study programmes. In addition, the school is host to research and doctoral study programmes. Its activities are characterised by cross-disciplinary cooperation and a desire to continuously develop both education and research.

The Division of Human Geography, Social and Political Sciences offers a range of study programmes. Human geography is the main field of study on the Programme in Urban and Regional Planning. In addition, it constitutes a field of study on a number of one- and two-year master’s programmes, such as the one-year Master’s Programme in Public Planning for Sustainable Development, which is a collaboration between sociology, political science and human geography. The subject also offers a doctoral study programme and collaborates with Dalarna University.

The research conducted by the team of some 12 researchers at Örebro University revolves around various themes relating to local (urban) and regional development, planning, as well as environmental and sustainability issues in different geographical contexts. The research is characterised by a diverse set of methods, where both quantitative and qualitative research is represented.

Duties and responsibilities

As professor, you are expected to take a leading role within the subject. You will spend most of your working hours on research activities and doctoral education, but also on courses and study programmes at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. Your duties and responsibilities also include working actively to bring in external research grants to the subject, take overall responsibility for its research activities, support the continued career development of junior researchers in the subject, and contribute to developments within the subject field nationally and internationally. As professor, you are expected to communicate and collaborate around your own and the subject’s research activities. Administrative duties are also included.

You are expected to make yourself available for management and administrative assignments at the university. Through presence and dedication you are expected to take special responsibility for supporting a collegial and inclusive atmosphere within the organisation.

We expect the position holder to have a high degree of workplace presence.


A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise is qualified for employment as a professor.

The applicant is required to have completed qualifying courses on teaching and learning in higher education, or equivalent, corresponding to ten weeks, as well as courses on supervising doctoral students. Knowledge and skills equivalent to such courses may also be assessed to establish whether these provide eligibility. This assessment will be made by Örebro University. If either of these requirements are not met, the successful applicant is expected to complete the requisite training course(s) within two years of their appointment.

Assessment criteria

When appointing a professor, the degree of the expertise required within research activities and teaching respectively is assessed. The assessment criteria research expertise and teaching expertise both encompass a consideration of collaborative and leadership skills. In addition, the applicant’s suitability for the position is assessed, meaning for instance that the applicant has the personal qualities required to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities at hand, the ability to cooperate, and the ability to contribute to the development of the operations.

Research expertise

The applicant’s research expertise is demonstrated through their independent research contributions. These are to significantly exceed the qualifications required for appointment as a docent, in terms of both quality and quantity. Scientific publications are to be at a high continuous level and published in quality-assured channels of relevance to the subject in question. Research expertise includes the ability to obtain funding in competition, experience of serving in academic positions of trust, and experience of doctoral supervision. In addition, research expertise encompasses leadership and administrative skills, notably the ability to initiate, organise and lead research projects or research teams, as well as collaborative skills, notably the ability to conduct research in collaboration with the wider community.

Teaching expertise

Teaching expertise is demonstrated through the ability to teach and supervise at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, the ability to draw on research in teaching, as well as the ability to develop students’ self-learning and interest in the subject. Teaching expertise also includes considerable ability to independently take responsibility for planning, implementing, examining and evaluating courses and study programmes, as well as the ability to contribute to and lead the pedagogical development of teaching. In addition, leadership skills, such as the ability to organise and coordinate study programmes or other educational activities, as well as collaboration and public engagement skills, such as the ability to develop and implement training courses for outside the higher education sector, are also included. Applicants must have documented experience of teaching on doctoral study programmes, including doctoral supervision.

Other assessment aspects

The position holder is required to have the ability to teach in both Swedish and English. If the successful candidate does not possess such skills, they are expected to acquire them within two years of taking up the position.


This is a permanent full-time position. At Örebro University, salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.

For more information about the position, contact Deputy Head of School Patrik Lundell, +46 19  30 24 10, email: This is an email address or Head of Division Ann-Sofie Lennqvist Lindén, +46 19 30 30 37, email This is an email address.

At Örebro University, we expect each member of staff to be open to development and change, take responsibility for their work and performance, demonstrate a keen interest in collaboration and contribute to development, as well as to show respect for others by adopting a constructive and professional approach.

Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as well as a work environment characterised by openness, trust and respect. We value the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.


Apply for the position via Örebro University’s website. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • Covering letter, outlining how you believe you can contribute to the continued development of Örebro University
  • CV with a relevant description of your overall qualifications and experience
  • Teaching portfolio (as instructed in Örebro University's guidelines)
  • Research portfolio
  • Publication list
  • Relevant scientific publications (maximum of 10 and in full-text format)
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met

Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian or Danish can be reviewed.

More information for applicants can be found on our career site:

The application deadline is 2023-01-09. We look forward to receiving your application!

After the application deadline, no supplements can be made electronically. If you have scientific publications that cannot be attached electronically to the application, you will, once the external experts have been appointed, receive instructions on how the missing publications can be submitted.

We decline any contact with advertisers or recruitment agencies in the recruitment process.

As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), we are required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.