SUM Research School

We facilitate active career planning for our younger researchers, both doctoral and postdoctoral. We also offer informal events and doctoral courses that are open to external research fellows.


Ph.D. students already participating in a Ph.D. programme at the University of Oslo may enroll in SUM's Research School. If you are interested in joining us, please fill out the form below, and we will contact you.

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Activities for members

Work in progress discussion seminars

During these sessions, students present and obtain feedback on their respective texts and provide critical-constructive comments on other students' work. Senior researchers may also be involved in giving feedback to the presentations.

Monthly training sessions 

Through our monthly workshops, SUM Research School seek to develop doctoral students' professional skills related to teaching, media and communication, publishing, policy relevance, research ethics etc. The programme is developed from student demand.

Postdoc seminars and meetings

We organize seminars and meetings through the year to facilitate for furthering SUM's postdoctoral research fellows’ understanding of the researcher role and competence as such, while also facilitating for exchange of views and experience among colleagues.

Involvement in SUM's network

SUM Research School members enjoy opportunities for closer involvement in SUM's network, seminar and conference activities.

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Doctoral courses

Together with SUM, the Research School offers multidisciplinary and international doctoral courses originating in the centre's ongoing research.

Background and aims

We work towards developing highly qualified researchers prepared for the international academic community.

Erik Blytt stipend

We offer the Erik Blytt stipend for master's students. Tasks include assisting the Research School activities and more.

Contact us

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Research School Director
Mariel Aguilar-Støen
Centre for Development and the Environment
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Iris Leikanger
Centre for Development and the Environment
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Jonas Simensen
Centre for Development and the Environment