We seek two new postdocs to the project "Dynamics of interconnected crises in the global economy and the environment".


The GEDB programme is advertising up to two 2-year postdoc positions, on the topic of understanding how multiple shocks (social, economic, and environmental) combine to create global systemic crises. Of special interest is the mediating role of human-environment interactions and how shocks are transferred, absorbed, and linked together across space, time and sectors of society.

The postdoc(s) will focus on applying, combining, and developing new methods to empirically answer these questions. To achieve these goals, you will work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists based at GEDB and at our collaborating partners in Sweden and abroad. As the topic is highly interdisciplinary, we will welcome applications from candidates from a diversity of disciplinary and methodological backgrounds including, but not limited to, the computational social sciences and digital humanities.

Background to the call

The Anthropocene is characterised by rapid global environmental and social change with evidence of increasing frequencies of shocks to highly connected sectors of society. These shocks interact to reveal underlying vulnerabilities in national and global systems. Recent examples of these dynamics include the years from the great recession to the Arab uprising and refugee crises, and most recently the combination of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine threatening to create a global food security crisis.

This new landscape of interconnected crises emphasises the importance of understanding how components of the global system absorb, transmit and link together social and ecological shocks. However, there is a lack of empirical methods to study these questions. This postdoc will aim to develop such methods and apply them to test theories of global system dynamics and resilience under multiple crises. This will likely entail combining a diverse set of methods and data sources in innovative ways.

For more information on qualifications and how to apply, read more at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences website.