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PhD fellowship: Sociology of Food and Eating, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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The PhD fellow will be part of the research project “Eating up the crisis: Cultural change seen through the lens of food (CrisisCultureFood)”, which is financed by the Carlsberg Foundation.

The position is available from 1st September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project
CrisisCultureFood explores developments and changes in Danish food culture in the light of the ongoing climate crisis and the global inflation crisis. The research project will, with a prospective qualitative panel design, create knowledge about the unfolding process of how societal crisis interacts with food culture and food practices. The project is carried out by a research group led by Associate professor Kia Ditlevsen.

The PhD project aims to explore dilemmas around food consumption, and everyday strategies employed to cope with (potential) budget restrictions and the need for a green transition of household food practices. The PhD student will, in cooperation with a Postdoctoral researcher, conduct in-depth interviews with the entire panel (60 adults), and independently re-interview a subsection of it.

A five-month research visit to the Department of Sociology at the University of Bristol is included in the PhD project.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for candidates with a master’s degree in Sociology or Anthropology (or other relevant social science disciplines). The applicant must have strong competences in qualitative methods and have an interest in cultural analysis and food and eating.

Because the PhD student must conduct qualitative interviews with people living in Denmark, it is a requirement that the applicant can speak Danish (or other Scandinavian languages easily understood in Denmark).

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Kia Ditlevsen (

The PhD programme

The PhD fellowship is a three-year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme).

Application and Assessment Procedure
 Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page) for this position
  • Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  • Publication list (if possible)
  • Reference letters (if available)

Application deadline:

The deadline for applications is Monday 1st of April 2024, 23:59 GMT+1. 

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.

The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in week 22/23.

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