PhD in Sustainable Finance in Central Banking

Copenhagen Business School


The Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant PhD scholarship within the field of central bank expertise and sustainable finance. The scholarship has a special focus on how the experts of systemically important central banks integrate climate change into their expertise and activities, how they coordinate with each other on this issue in transnational settings and, finally, how they coordinate with the financial sector with a view to normalizing sustainable investment. We are interested in a PhD project that 1) conducts qualitative and quantitative research across several central banks of systemic importance to global finance in order to better understand the spectrum of reactions to climate change among central bank experts and 2) theorizes the distinctive nature of the emerging sustainable finance regime and the place that central bank expertise has within it. We encourage applications that address these themes within the fields of political economy, organisational sociology, and public administration. The PhD student will benefit from the strong expertise within the Department of Organization on financial governance in general and central banking in particular, as well as in the relevant quantitative and ethnographic methods for studying these practitioners. The political economy group provides a robust research community with regular meetings and an active mentorship tradition.

The Department of Organization (IOA) pursues a problem-oriented, business in society approach to understand and intervene in organizations and institutions. Our research is driven by an interest in organization as a practical, situated, contested and changing matter. Our approach is interdisciplinary and combines social-scientific traditions such as organization theory, sociology, science and technology studies, political economy, and social psychology in the analysis of organizing processes and their outcomes. Methodologically, we value qualitative research methods highly and often adopt case study and fieldwork methodology.

The teaching responsibilities associated with the scholarship comprise undergraduate teaching and supervision in subjects such as organizational analysis, international political economy, and qualitative methods.

The Department will give priority to applicants with high grades from their universities.

The three-year PhD programme at CBS allows candidates to conduct research under the supervision of CBS professors, supported by research training courses. The programme is highly international, and you are expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time abroad as a visiting PhD student. See the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD programme,

It is also required that the applicant shows an interest in joining the Department’s research environment, see

The 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 (highlighting, for example, relevant business, educational and dissemination activities)

For further information, please contact: Associate Professor Cornel Ban, e-mail: Information about the department may be found at

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

General information:
A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent of ½ year’s work (840 work hours). The scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish collective agreement. The scholarship includes the tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary, currently starting with per month app. DKK 23.770 (app. 3,160 euro) up to DKK 28.964 (app. 3,860 euro) depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totalling 17,1 % of 85 per cent of the base salary.

The salary level and appointment are determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.

The PhD student will be enrolled at the PhD School in Organisation and Management Studies.
To be considered, the candidate should have a basic training at the Masters level (similar to the 3 + 2 Bologna process). An educational background in the social sciences is necessary. The applicant must have successfully completed the Masters degree before commencing PhD at CBS.

The application must include:

  • A project description (max. 5 pages): This research proposal should contain a presentation of an original research question, a description of the initial theoretical framework and research methodology, a presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a work-plan in the form of a Gantt Chart, and finally a brief outline of how the project would fit within the framework of the collaborative research project.
  • Copies of a Master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level.
  • Brief curriculum vitae (CV).
  • A list of papers and publications.
  • One copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis).
  • Documentation for English language skills if English is not mother tongue.

The recruitment procedure:
The Recruitment Committee expects to shortlist at least five applicants to 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 find guidelines and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Programme at

Application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.
Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline.

Details about Copenhagen Business School and the department are available at
The envisaged starting date of the position is between October-December, 2019.

Application due: 8/1/2019


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