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  • URBAG- Integrated Systems Analysis of Urban Vegetation and Agriculture
    Horizon 2020 European Research Council funded-project ICTA-UAB (PI: Gara Villalba)


  • Johannes Langemeyer (ICTA-UAB)
  • Gara Villalba (ICTA-UAB)
  • David Barton (NINA)

Core objectives

  • Development of an integrated and spatially explicit multi-criteria decision framework for Nature-Based Solutions (NbS) considering social vulnerabilities, environmental burdens and ecosystem services (under consideration of social justice, space and time)
  • Mapping and visualization of social risks/vulnerabilities, environmental burdens (spatial Life-Cycle assessment, ecosystem services and other spatial data
  • Co-development of a spatially explicit index of social and ecological deficits in cities to be addressed through NbS
  • Application of spatially explicit multi-criteria decision frameworks in Oslo and Barcelona (context specific prioritization of NbS implementation)
  • Developments of guidelines for NbS evaluation applicable in other cities


Other tasks

  • Focal point for the organization of stakeholder processes in Oslo (in collaboration with local partners NINA, NILU)
  • Support in data provision for mapping of Ecosystem services, Life-Cycle-Assessment / air pollution models
  • Publication of at least 3 first-authored scientific articles (minimum requirement for obtaining a PhD in environmental science and technology from UAB)


Skills (required)

  • GIS tools and spatial data management
  • Proficiency in English (and Norwegian)
  • Experience in organizing participatory stakeholder processes and transdisciplinary research
  • Experience with quantitative social science methods
  • Experience with Life-Cycle Assessment


Skills (useful)

  • Experiences with multi-criteria decision analysis
  • Expertise with life cycle assessment tools: Open LCA, Brightway, Simapro
  • Capacity to work in an interdisciplinary research team
  • Spatial statistics, programming in R and python
  • Proficient level of Spanish or Catalan
  • Scientific writing skills / data visualization skills


Gross salary
1,640€/month, with annual raises until the fourth and final year.



The PhD candidate will be primarily based at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain, but the candidate will need to be flexible to move between Barcelona and Oslo as the tasks require (minimum six month stay in Oslo). In Oslo the candidate will be based at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA). We seek for low environmental impacts through our day-to-day work and travel and will encourage teleworking as much as possible.


Application deadline

August 15th 2020


How to apply

The application process will be available via Euroaxes at the following link:
You will be required to sign up with a new account at the UAB portal.