Copenhagen Business School

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Postdoc in Global Value Chains and Sustainability



Postdoc in Global Value Chains and Sustainability at the Department of Management, Society and Communication, Copenhagen Business School

MSC is looking for a Postdoc to join the Climate Change and Global Value Chains project, which explores how the garment/textile value chains connecting Europe and Bangladesh are being reconfigured in response to climate change.

MSC brings together scholars from a range of research areas within management, communication and the broader social sciences and humanities, studying organizations in global environments and the interaction and interdependencies of business, society and government. They share a common interest in studying organizations in global environments and the relations of organizations to the wider society. Information about the department may be found at www.

MSC is a significant supplier of research-based teaching to a broad portfolio of programs, which includes undergraduate, graduate and doctoral teaching and supervision as well as executive education in the fields of:

  • Responsible management, leadership and governance
  • Corporate responsibility and sustainability
  • Business and development (with an emphasis on the emerging/growth economies context)
  • Organisational communication (corporate communication, strategic communication, leadership communication, marketing communication, international business communication)
  • In this position, our new colleague will build on our past and ongoing work to advance knowledge on the interconnections between global value chains and climate in Bangladesh and its wider links to other countries in South Asia. This includes but is not limited to (1) conceptualizing the links between global value chains and climate change; (2) exploring how Bangladesh and other South Asian garment/textile producer nations strategically try to brand themselves as climate friendly producer nations; (3) investigating the drivers and barriers to decarbonization and climate adaptation in the European and Bangladesh garment and textile value chains, and (4) analyzing the links between climate change and global recycling networks in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan.

    Examples of research areas that the Postdoc might cover:

  • Global value chains and networks theory
  • Corporate sustainability theories
  • The garment and textile industry
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods
  • The Postdoc is expected to engage with several project related tasks, such as literature synthesis, writing up of empirical studies, undertake fieldwork, and collaborate with practice partners and the scientific community. The position also involves minimal admin tasks related to the research activities, such as planning and organizing mini conferences and workshops.

    The Postdoc is a non-tenured position up to a 1-year period with research obligation. To fulfill the research requirements of the position, the applicant chosen is expected to be physically present on a regular basis and actively participate in the research activities of the Department.


    1. The applicant must hold a PhD or equivalent in the area of global value chains/global production networks and sustainability. In assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed on the applicant having an existing documented record of publications of articles in highly ranked international journals within the research area relevant to the job description.

    2. Previous experience in conducting detailed fieldwork in the South Asian garment and textile industries within the broad area of sustainability is a pre-requisite.

    3. A university level degree or practical work experience in fashion or textiles is desirable.

    4. Working knowledge of NVivo is required.

    5. The applicant must have professional proficiency in English (written and spoken)

    Copenhagen Business School has a broad commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research programmes. Candidates who wish to join us should demonstrate enthusiasm for working in an organisation of this type.

    The position is based in Copenhagen. The expected start is 15 June 2024.

    If you're enthusiastic about sustainability and believe that global value chains are a key lever for systemic change towards sustainable development, we want to hear from you.

    Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance's agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.


    Applications are to be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below:

    Application must include:

  • A cover letter with a summary of the candidate's main strengths and abilities.
  • A complete, numbered list of publications (indicating titles, co-authors, page numbers and year) with a marking of the academic productions to be considered during the review. A maximum of 5 publications for review are allowed. Applicants are requested to prioritise their publications in relation to the field of this job advertisement.
  • Copies of the publications marked with a . Only publications written in English (or another specified principal language, according to research tradition) or one of the Scandinavian languages will be taken into consideration)
  • Information indicating experience in research management, industry co-operation and international co-operation.
  • Documentation of relevant, significant, original research at an international level.
  • Transcript(s)
  • A full and updated CV
  • Recruitment procedure

    The Recruitment Committee will shortlist minimum two applicants; when possible five or more applicants will be shortlisted. The shortlisted applicants will be assessed by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline.

    The applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and later in the process about the result of the assessment.

    Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application.

    Please be aware that this process might be prolonged as it takes place during the Danish summer holiday.

    Application deadline: 21/04/24

    Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline.

    Copenhagen Business School invites all qualified candidates to apply for the position. An appointment committee will review the applications and invite a selection of qualified candidates to an interview.

    One of CBS' strategic goals is the promotion of diversity, which is why every effort has been made to ensure a recruitment process that reduces potential bias. Applicants are therefore encouraged not to include a photo or unnecessary personal information in their application.

    Details about Copenhagen Business School and the department are available at www.

    For further information regarding the position please contact: Professor MSO Peter Lund-Thomsen, email: [email protected]. For information regarding the hiring process please contact HR-Coordinator Rikke Petersen, email: [email protected]

    Closing date: 21 April 2024.

    Job details


    Postdoc in Global Value Chains and Sustainability


    Copenhagen Business School




    March 23, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 21, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics

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