PhD Research Fellowship in Rural housing

Deadline: 03.10.2023

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University) is home to over 16,000 students and 1,500 employees, and has campuses in Lillehammer, Hamar, Elverum, Rena, Evenstad and Blæstad.

INN University aspires to build strong and enduring academic and research environments that will spearhead regionally, nationally and internationally.

We are developing a new and better institution with high academic and pedagogical quality, aiming at achieving university accreditation.

Our vision is "Stronger Together".

Inland School of Business and Social Sciences invites candidates to apply for a PhD Research Fellowship in Rural housing

About the position

Inland School of Business and Social Sciences, The PhD programme Innovation in Services in the Public and Private Sectors (INSEPP), invites candidates to apply for a 3-year PhD research fellowship to work with the broad field of innovation/regional development with particular focus on rural housing. Depending on the department`s needs, and the candidate`s competence and desires, the position may be transformed into a four years position with 25% teaching duties.

The purpose of the PhD Research Fellowship for the admitted candidate is to undergo a research-training programme that leads to the successful completion of a doctoral degree. The candidate has to apply to the PhD programme INSEPP and is expected to participate actively in INSEPP’s activities.

The candidate will be part of the Department of Economics and Business Administration. In addition to INSEPP, this milieu represents a valuable resource to the PhD studies. There are also various research groups in which the candidate can participate.

Contact information:

  • Associate professor Mary Ann Stamsø, phone number: +47 93254967, e-mail: mary.stamso@inn.no
  • PhD-leader Martin Rønningen, phone number: +47 612 883 18, e-mail: martin.ronningen@inn.no

About the project

The PhD candidate will be a part of an international team of innovation researchers at INN University. The project Rural housing explore different drivers and barriers for regional renewal within the housing sector with empirical main attention on the region of Inland in Eastern Norway. The candidate will carry out studies of the housing market, to investigate possible new innovative housing solutions, and what measures are needed. By comparing several municipalities, the candidate will also explore variation within the housing market and the extent to which municipalities in rural areas have developed strategies and tools to deal with challenges in the housing market.

The Rural housing project will co-operate with leading milieus in the field, and abroad research stays will be facilitated. The project will seek to establish new knowledge about the challenges Norwegian rural municipalities’ face in the housing market, and which housing policy options and solutions that may be applied, and at the same time, link this research to policy advice. Rural housing draw on interdisciplinary literature from social science, economics, geography, regional planning, and public policy.

The candidate must have good methodological knowledge in the method chosen in the project, as well as other relevant theoretical and empirical tools. The following description provide information about the different fields of study:

- We are seeking a candidate with particular attention towards the role of housing in rural development. 

Examples of study topics can be: 

1) To what extent does locality contribute to challenges on the housing market? 

2) To what extent does challenges in meeting the housing need of the population vary between urban and rural areas, and between rural areas, today and over time? What characterize rural regions and dwellings that perform best or worse in meeting the housing need of the population?

3) Which innovative housing solutions, economically and environmentally sustainable, may be relevant to increase settlement in rural areas? (owning, renting, subletting, type of housing, and location).

 4) How may stakeholders, private companies and public actors cooperate to create affordable housing solutions, adapted to local development and jobs? What instruments exist and what barriers do they face?

We are looking for candidates that are highly motivated for research on housing in the field of social science, economics, geography, or regional development.


  • The master’s degree must be composed of 120 ECTS, including a master's thesis of at least 30 ECTS cf. the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education’s (NOKUT) requirements for admission to PhD-education at Norwegian universities and INN’s PhD regulation. As a rule, the average grade must be B.
  • Applicants with a master’s degree from universities abroad, must attach “Recognition of foreign higher education” from Directorate of Higher Education and Skills (HK-Dir). Instructions on how to get this master’s degree assessed and approved are given on HK-Dir`s website, cf. https://hkdir.no/en/foreign-education/education-from-outside-of-norway
  • Master Thesis on the topic of social science, economics, regional and rural planning, geography, public policy etc.
  • Good methodological knowledge
  • Expertise in the use of relevant ICT software in the PhD program and possibly in teaching.
  • Research experience acquired after completion of the master’s degree is a pro, but not a requirement.
  • Oral and written English is required. In addition, it is highly desirable to have command of a Scandinavian language.
  • Ability to work independently and purposefully but also have a command of co-operation on research tasks and publishing.

For information on PhD position in general, see Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, research fellow, research assistant and specialist candidate.

Evaluation of candidates for the position will be based on a total assessment of educational background, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation and other eligibility requirements, as defined in the advertisement. In addition, the following will be emphasized: quality of the project description, documented independent research and development work or experience relevant to the project.

How to apply

Relevant applications will be considered by an expert committee. 

The application and all attachments are to be submitted electronically and should include the following:

  • The applicant must submit a project proposal with a progress plan in Norwegian or English, 5-7 pages, that explains how the research work will be carried out and addresses academic relevance, challenges and possibilities within the project. The PhD research fellow hired will prepare a complete project proposal creating the basis for admission to the PhD program in collaboration with a supervisor. The project proposal plays an important part in evaluating applicants and must show how the project will lead to a successful completion of a doctoral degree within four years.
  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, job positions, and academic work)
  • Other work that is relevant for the application
  • Certified copies of transcripts and diplomas for the whole bachelor and master’s degree. An English translation of all education documents is required unless the documents are in Norwegian.
  • Names and contact information of at least 2 reference persons.
  • A copy of the master thesis (in PDF)

Attachments must be uploaded as separate files. If the attachments exceed 30 MB, they must be compressed prior to upload. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all attachments are uploaded. Documents submitted after expiry of the deadline will not be considered in the evaluation of your application.

We offer

  • An academically stimulating and supportive work environment at a developing institution.
  • Possibility of professional development in an exciting academic research environment.
  • Position is paid and placed in position code PhD candidate in the Government Salary Scale
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension, with among other things, good pension and insurance schemes.

For more information about INN University as an employer, please see here.

General information

The position and associated tasks must be carried out in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations for government employees, including also the Act on Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology, etc. Candidates who, after assessment of the application and attachments, come into conflict with the criteria in the latter act, will not be able to take up the position at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. Necessary approvals must be maintained throughout the employment relationship.

HINN believes that there is strength in inclusion and diversity. We desire employees with different competencies, professional combinations, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to an even better way of solving problems. We will facilitate for employees who need assistance to realise their goals. Relevant adaptations can be, for example, technical aids, adapting furniture or adjusting routines, work tasks and working hours.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, gaps in the CV or immigrant background, we shall call at least one applicant in each of these categories for an interview. In order to be considered as an applicant in these groups, the applicants must meet certain requirements. You can read more on this here.

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