The Human Ecology Division applies an anthropological and inter-disciplinary definition of its research field. Research and education at the division deals with human-environmental relations in different cultural contexts. The ambition is to integrate perspectives from the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities in understanding sustainability issues at local and global scales. Particularly important is to complement and elaborate definitions of environmental problems deriving from natural and engineering sciences by emphasizing aspects such as culture, power, and global distribution. Research at the division has, for instance, focused on ecologically unequal exchange, global environmental load displacement, climate justice, the political ecology of indigenous populations, traditional resource management, and ethnobiology.
The post comprises teaching and research in Human Ecology. 20 per cent of the post is made up of government-funded research and 80 per cent is teaching, including administrative duties. The proportion of research can be expanded through external research funding. In addition to conducting high-quality research and education in human ecology, the successful candidate is expected to be able to take responsibility for the development and administration of study programs and courses in the field of Human Ecology. In addition teaching and administrative tasks may also take place in courses/programs in the interface between Human ecology and Human geography Teaching may take place in both Swedish and English.