Professor of Economics

University of Copenhagen

Professor of Economics

Professor of Economics and Management of Marine Resources and Aquaculture
Department of Food and Resource Economics
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

The Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) looks to raise the profile of its research, teaching, and outreach within the Economics and Management of Marine Resources and Aquaculture by opening a professorship in this area. The professor will be engaged in research within their field, and in collaboration with colleagues at the department and elsewhere, including interdisciplinary work related to fisheries and/or aquaculture and use and management of renewable marine resources. Key elements are to add to the understanding of 1) sustainable and efficient exploitation and management of renewable marine resources and 2) how aquatic resources can add to food security, income generation and development, without exceeding the limits of environmental sustainability.

We expect applicants to have an academic background either within economics with specialization in marine resources, or within environmental and nature management, specializing in economics of marine resources. We expect applicants to possess documented theoretical and empirical research competence of a high international standard within the economics and management of Marine Resources and Aquaculture.

The professor is expected to maintain a significant record of publication at the highest level, to encourage research achievement, and to nurture the research culture within the research group. Fund raising, external collaboration, and active participation in research networks will be a specific priority for the professor in order to enhance and sustain the development of departmental research activities. The department will support the professor in this task. The professor is expected to disseminate his/her research to multiple stakeholders outside of the university (including policy makers, NGOs, and the industry) and pursue societal impact of their research. Furthermore, the professor is expected to have contributed to innovative developments in marine resources, fisheries or aquaculture, for instance through projects having a direct social impact - either related to management or policy implementation.

Applicants are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon their own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required. Teaching obligations outside the core topic are to be expected.

Duties include the applicant’s own research, development of the field, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. In addition, outreach to society and contributions to advisory work are expected. The successful applicant must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfill other tasks requested by the Department. Finally, the professor is expected to contribute broadly to development of the academic environment of the department, including taking on duties of common good character.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

Six overall criteria apply for professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for an overall assessment of the candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement.
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The professor will be based at the Section of Environment and Natural Resources. The professor is expected to collaborate broadly within and outside the Department. In all sections, social scientists from several disciplines undertake research to address the critical challenges society face with respect to protecting our planet, its climate, environment and life, the sustainability of global natural resource-based sectors like the agro-food sector, fishery and forestry, and the link between development and natural resources use. The Department of Food and Resource Economics is uniquely placed in the enviable role of undertaking research, educations and public-sector services of international excellence in these fields and with significant impact in the scientific community, and on policy and practice. Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of department Bo Jellesmark Thorsen ( + 45 20138345) or Head of Section Jette Bredahl Jacobsen ( +45 21147912).

The position is open from 1 January 2025 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 25 August 2024, 23:59 GMT +2.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews will be held on 6 December 2024.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0284/24-2K


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Bo Jellesmark Thorsen


Jette Bredahl Jacobsen


Application deadline: 25-08-2024
Employment start: 01-01-2025
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Food and Resource Economics
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