Green Growth and the Fishing Industry Post-Doctoral Position

Green growth and the fishing industry

A 2-YEAR POSITION as post doctoral researcher on assessing how to reduce GHG emissions from the fishing industry and contribute simultaneously to green growth, is available at the Institute of Economic Studies, within the Faculty of Economics at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik Iceland.


To assess how reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental impacts from the fishing industry and examine to what extent steps in this direction are welfare enhancing. The successful candidate will assess the emissions from the Icelandic and Norwegian fishing industries and identify mitigation possibilities. The successful candidate will also i) review causes of overfishing and management methods to remove them, ii) document the success (or lack thereof) of the methods adopted by Iceland and Norway and iii) conduct a policy analysis to identify to what extent the authorities can push the fishing industry to greater marine resource conservation and GHG-reductions within the existing management systems, and to what extent new ones are needed. The candidate will furthermore investigate the problem that the standard measures of economic success in the socio-political discourse do not measure the gains derived from reduced GHG-emissions and conservation of marine resources. For this the candidate will review and develop the concept of green national accounts with respect to GHG-emissions and other environmental implications of fishing fleets and the size of fish stocks and rework the Icelandic and Norwegian GDP-measurements to reflect changes in fish stocks and GHG-emissions.

Applicants for this position are requested to submit a research proposal that explains how he proposes to deal with these issues.

Mobility is encouraged across the different GreenMAR nodes, and this particular case will entail spending part of the time in Stockholm Resilience Center and at Wageningen University.


The candidate should have a PhD in economics, environmental sciences, policy analysis or fisheries management. Experience in green national accounts and assessment of GHG mitigation is a plus. The applicant should have a keen interest to work in an interdisciplinary environment with scientists from different disciplines. In particular, any documented experience in bringing together insights from environmental sciences into economics would be a key asset. We also emphasize that we are looking for a candidate with good communication skills across different disciplines and cultural backgrounds, as well as good collaborative and organizational skills. A good command of English is required. The candidate must have a proven record of independent work.

The application must include:

  • Motivation letter describing how you fit the description of the person we seek and how the project fits you (max. 1 page).
  • Research proposal describing how you envision to achieve the research goals and the methods you propose to use (max. 2 pages).
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic experience).
  • Copies of educational certificates (PhD), and transcript of records.
  • Two letters of recommendation, or names and contact details of references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).
  • A complete list of publications and unpublished works, and up to 3 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee.

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English.

In accordance with the University of Iceland´s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

About the position:

The appointment for the position is for two years, and is currently available. Salary is according to the wage contract by the minister of finance and appropriate trade union.

How to apply:

Fore more information please contact Dr. Brynhildur Davidsdottir ( at the University of Iceland and at . All applications should be sent to the Division of Human Resoures, University of Iceland, Main Building at Sudurgata, 101 Reykjavík or to as soon as possible as the position is open until a suitable candidate has been found. All applications will be answered and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made.


This website uses cookies to enhance the browsing experience. By continuing you give us permission to deploy cookies as per our privacy and cookies policy.