The Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy comprises a young and vibrant team of international researchers committed to empirically grounded and theoretically informed research that furthers the field of policy research in the area of forest and other land uses, nature conservation, water, climate and bioeconomy

Project description: The announced PhD position is anchored in the new EU project “PathFinder – Towards an Integrated Consistent European LULUCF Monitoring and Policy Pathway Assessment Framework” with 22 partners from diverse EU member states. The project will start in September 2022 with the aim to provide both tools and participatory processes for evidence-based policies in the EU that foster synergies between forest-based bioeconomy and biodiversity to utilize the potential of Europe’s forests to mitigate climate change and halt the loss of biodiversity. More specifically the PhD position will be responsible for work package (WP) 4 of PathFinder.

This WP aims to co-design policies that lead to desired forest management pathways and offering ways to integrate scientific knowledge in policy and practice. The PhD will apply a comparative analysis of targets and demands set by EU, national, and sub-national policies from different sectors including climate, nature conservation, bioeconomy addressing forests. Additionally, the PhD will in strong collaboration with our partners from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research and the European Landowners Organization co-design policy pathways together with EU and national policy makers and stakeholders.

Your background:

  • Completed M.Sc. university degree or equivalent in relevant academic studies, including but not restricted to policy/political sciences forest sciences, environmental sciences, geography, environmental governance, forest and environmental, public administration, law studies, and economics.
  • Very good English language skills
  • Very good communication and writing skills
  • Interest in and ideally experience with forest and environmental policy analysis.
  • Interest in and ideally experience with empirical social research methods (e.g. document analysis).
  • Comfortable with working in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment with strict deadlines.
  • Skills in organizing and structuring work Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Work experience in scientific research and/or consultancy and/or project management is an asset.

Your responsibilities:

  • Collection and analysis of empirical social research data through content analysis of policy documents;
  • Co-design policy pathways in a participatory process;
  • Organisation of work package 4
  • Publication of the main results (e.g., scientific publications, mass media articles)

We are looking forward to your application!

Please apply by sending in electronic documents of a motivation letter, a short CV and copy of supporting documents (e.g., diplomas, transcript of records, past employment documents, recommendation letters, writing samples, references, etc.).

Please send your full application documents online (via email) as soon as possible, but not later than August 8th, 2022 to:, Prof. Daniela Kleinschmit, Head of the Chair and Professor of Forest and Environmental Policy, University of Freiburg.

We will acknowledge all applications, but we will contact only short-listed candidates.

The position is limited to 31.08.2026. The salary will be determined in accordance with E13.


Please send your application in English including supporting documents citing the reference number 00002404, by 08.08.2022 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

Prof. Dr. Daniela Kleinschmit
Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy
University of Freiburg
Tennenbacherstr. 4
79106 Freiburg i.Br.

For further information, please contact Prof.Dr. Daniela Kleinschmit on the phone number +49 761 203-3712 or E-Mail

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