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Postdoctoral Fellow in Economic and/or Environmental Ethics

Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Economic Ethics, Environmental Ethics
AOS categories Applied Ethics
Business Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
Normative Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number PAR 2022/287
Location Gothenburg, Sweden
Start date Fall 2022 or by appointment
Job description

The University of Gothenburg is looking to hire a 2-year post doc in the intersection of economic and environmental ethics. Economic ethics is the application of moral or political philosophy to critical issues in business organizations or the economic system. Environmental ethics is the application of moral or political philosophy to critical issues in the relationship between humans and non-human environmental systems. The research area should be understood broadly so as to include subtopics like business ethics, the political philosophy of financial markets, ethics of commodification, ethics of climate change, ethics of biodiversity, environmental philosophy and the philosophy of (environmental) economics. Any applications related to these subfields are welcome.

Potential research questions in these fields include the following:

  • What moral duties, if any, do commercial firms have to mitigate climate change?
  • Do consumers have a duty to invest in sustainable firms?
  • Is sustainability an irreducible moral value?
  • Can environmental values (such as biodiversity) be expressed in monetary terms?
  • Do advantaged nations have duties to promote sustainability in vulnerable nations?
  • Is the state justified in coercing financial markets towards sustainability?

The post doc will join the Financial Ethics Research Group which consists of philosophers and economists dedicated to ethical and political issues raised by the financial system (in the broadest sense). More specifically, the post doc will be connected to the research program Sustainable Finance Lab, which is a collaboration between several Swedish universities that is funded by Vinnova, Sweden’s innovation agency. Additional funding is due to the University of Gothenburg, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation, and the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra).

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Hard deadline May 31, 2022, 11:59pm CET
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Contact name Joakim Sandberg
Contact email
Time created May 4, 2022, 9:24pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date May 31, 2022, 11:59pm CET
Last updated May 4, 2022, 9:24pm UTC
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