PhD fellowship in Communication and Leadership – ‘Disability representation in the marketing of adventure tourism’

Kristiania University College offers study programs in management, organization, marketing, communication, computer science, information technology, health sciences, innovation and creative arts. Kristiania University College is Norway’s largest independent comprehensive university college with its 18,000 students and a large education offering in Oslo, Bergen and online. Our mission is to strongly contribute to the country’s social and economic development through problem-driven and applied knowledge development and dissemination, in close cooperation with society at large.

Kristiania University College, School of Communication, Leadership, and Marketing (SCLM), is offering a fully funded PhD fellowship in Communication and Leadership. We seek candidates with a solid background in marketing, social science, media and/or communication, leadership, management, human resources, organisational science, business, sociology and anthropology. The successful applicant will be included in a team of researchers with ambitious plans to further develop research and pedagogical activities at the university college.  

The fellowship is part of the project ‘Disability representation in the marketing of adventure tourism’.  Possible research would:  

  • Identify physical, informational and attitudinal barriers to accessing adventure for people with disabilities  
  • Examine disability representation in the marketing of adventure tourism  
  • Investigate the impact of disability representation on participation  

Full description of the project can be found

The PhD programme addresses the relation between communication and leadership in societal and organisational phenomena. Kristiania offers a comprehensive supervision of PhD candidates who will have at least two academic supervisors, one of whom will be the main supervisor. They will also be offered a mentor as a supplement to the supervisor team. PhD candidates will be members of one of Kristiania’s research groups and are expected to participate actively in scientific discussions at meetings and seminars organised by the group. Activities include lunch seminars/coffee breaks and the bi-monthly PhD forum, which support PhD candidates on professional, practical and psychosocial matters.  

Confirmed admission to the PhD programme must be available at the latest three months after signing the employment contract. To be accepted for this programme, it is required that the applicant holds a relevant 180 ECTS bachelor’s degree and a relevant 120 ECTS master’s degree (or integrated bachelor and master) with minimum 30 ECTS master thesis, and with grade similar to the Norwegian/European grade B or higher in average and for the master thesis.  

The application must include:  

  • Motivation letter for the position  
  • Approved diplomas and transcripts (in Scandinavian or English language)  
  • CV   
  • At least two references  
  • Master`s thesis  
  • A proposal for a research project of a maximum of five pages. It must include a brief overview of the specific issue the applicant wishes to focus on; ideas regarding planned subprojects and how they relate to the overarching goal of the project; and reflections on methods and theoretical perspectives.    

Templates for the research proposal and the application form can be found

The starting salary is 492,000 NOK per year.  

The PhD research fellowship is 3 years and is scheduled to start as soon as possible.    

Place of work is School of Communication, Leadership, and Marketing. Kristiania is located in downtown Oslo, with numerous amenities, recreational spaces, and urban fun right next door.   

Kristiania University College value diversity, and we encourage all qualified applicants to apply for this position.   


Application deadline  

15.September 2022.  


If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Professor Nigel Halpern at (+47 95917180)   

We use Semac background checks in our recruitment process.