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Message posted on 18/11/2020

PhD position in Technology and Social Change

PhD Position New social collectives in a smart and sustainable energy system 4 year, full-time position Linkping University, Department of Thematic Studies Technology and Social Change Application Deadline: 7 December 2020

Dear colleagues, We are happy to announce a fully funded 4 year PhD position at our department and would be grateful, if you could pass on this information to potentially interested candidates. Research and education at Tema T Technology and Social Change, Linkping University, deals with how technology is developed and used in social contexts, as well as how technological change helps shape and is shaped by cultural, political and economic processes in society. The position is part of the research group 'STRIPE - Socio-technical research of infrastructures, politics and the environment. The PhD project will study the emergence of new social collectives in an energy system under transformation. New technologies for energy generation and storage, in combination with digitalization processes and broader socio-cultural changes, create new conditions for social collaboration. Examples are local energy communities, energy cooperatives, groups of households organised by so-called aggregators or new social relations through peer-to-peer trading. An aim of the thesis will be to study the emergence of these new energy collectives and analyze their potential for a sustainable energy transition. Research will be based on qualitative social science methods and comprise conducting and analyzing interviews, collecting and analyzing documents as well as writing scientific articles as part of the thesis.

Relevant educational backgrounds for the announced position include sociology, human geography, urban and regional planning, policy studies or other social science and interdisciplinary programmes. For more information and application, see: (Swedish version) (English version)

Application deadline: 7 December 2020 Best regards, Harald Rohracher

Harald Rohracher Professor

Linkping University Tema T - Technology and Social Change 581 83 Linkping Sweden Phone: +46 (0) 13-28 29 75 Mobile: +46 (0) 70-08 96 002

Visiting address: Hus T, Campus Valla

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