Postdocs in innovation governance and sustainability transitions


Copenhagen Business School invites applications for 2 postdoc positions in the field of innovation governance and sustainability transitions.

The postdoc positions have a duration of three years (including one year of teaching responsibility). They are part of a project funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) entitled:  “Public Actors’ Capacities in the Governance of Green Transitions (CAPACITOR)”. The project is managed by Professor Susana Borrás, at the Department of Organization, at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

The project asks: How are public actors developing and using their organizational capacities in the complex governance processes of green transitions? Taking the starting point in innovation governance and sustainable transitions studies, the project addresses questions related to organizational capacity and agency in the governance processes of transformative innovation. The post-docs will be part of a research team that aims at making significant scientific contributions, as well as practical impact by collaborating with relevant stakeholders.

One post-doc will investigate the renewable energy sector, and the other post-doc will investigate the sustainable maritime transport sector.

The postdocs will carry out qualitative studies, including interviews, observations and document analysis of public and other actors in selected case studies. The postdocs will be actively engaged in the collection, management and analysis of a significant amount of data. The research will also involve active interaction and communication with stakeholders in the case studies. The postdocs will be expected to take responsibility for their respective empirical sector, and will be expected to translate high quality research data into publications in scholarly journals in collaboration with other team members.

The postdocs will be subject to a formal annual performance review. The positions will include teaching responsibilities as part of the Department's teaching portfolio and the successful candidates will be offered an opportunity to qualify for CBS’ teacher certification.

Applicants must have completed a PhD, preferably in fields of innovation governance and/or sustainable transitions.

The following qualifications will be emphasized in the assessment of candidates

  • Accomplished academic research record in the fields of sustainable transitions and/or innovation governance.
  • Proven application of qualitative research methods, and advanced social science theory.
  • Good knowledge of NVivo, and/or other relevant digital tools for qualitative social research.
  • Oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a research team.
  • Enthusiasm for empirical research and theoretical curiosity.
  • Openness to learn new research methods and tools.

It is a significant advantage to have knowledge beforehand about either the maritime or the energy sector. It is also an advantage if the candidate speaks a Scandinavian language.

The selected candidates will be required to be physically present at CBS during the contract period, and are expected to develop basic knowledge of Danish unless they are fluent in a Scandinavian language.

About the Department of Organization (IOA)


The Department of Organization (IOA) is an international department comprising 55 faculty members in the areas of organization studies, organization theory, public management and governance, political economy, economic sociology, and science and technology studies. Our research and teaching address processes in and between private and public organizations (including companies, start-ups and NGOs), networks, institutions and markets. Themes of research and teaching include innovation, change, work practices, human resources, project management, institutional dynamics, market formation, technologies, and power dynamics. The department is part of the CBS doctoral school with 35 PhD students enrolled. IOA teaches core courses at all levels of the CBS degree programs. Our teaching aims to combine theoretical curiosity, critical reflexivity, empirical specificity and practical relevance.

For further information about the research project, please contact Professor Susana Borrás:

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Central Academic Organization. A small personal research budget for travel and conference participation will be available. Information about CBS as a workplace is available at

Applications must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below. Application must include:

  • A cover letter.
  • Proof of qualifications and a full CV.
  • Any relevant information indicating experience in teaching, research management, industry co-operation and international co-operation.
  • A complete, numbered list of maximum 10 publications (indicating titles, co-authors, page numbers and year) together with explanation of how those publications are relevant to the position. 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.
  • It is possible, but not required to include letters of recommendation.

Recruitment procedure

The Recruitment Committee will shortlist 5-10 applicants. The shortlisted applicants will be assessed by the Assessment Committee. The 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 his or her application.

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

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

Expected starting date: May 1rst 2021, or shortly thereafter.

Details about Copenhagen Business School and the department are available at

Ansøgningsfrist: 31. marts 2021.


CBS er et unikt erhvervsuniversitet med en høj andel af udenlandske ansatte og studerende. CBS har ca. 644 undervisnings- og forskningsårsværk, 192 ph.d.-studerende og 724 administrative årsværk. Ca. 20.422 studerende er fordelt på bachelor-, kandidat-, MBA/EMBA-, ph.d.- og Executive-programmer, der udbydes på dansk og engelsk. Vores videnskabelige medarbejdere tæller internationale eksperter inden for de klassiske forretningsdiscipliner, men også i filosofi, historie, psykologi, sociologi, jura, politik, informationssystemer og kultur.

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