DC08 - Develop a socio-ecological value scorecard for farming

The objective for this position is to develop a socio-ecological value scorecard for small farms including environmental impact underpinned by the Green Charter, providing a tool for managing farm activities. This allows to increase further value of data to farms aiming to amplify data sharing. The scorecard will include measure on improving quality, reducing business costs, reduce waste and reducing CO2 emission.

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Host Organisation: Linnaeus University (LNU), Sweden

PhD awarding University: Linnaeus University (LNU), Sweden

The purpose of this doctoral research project is to contribute to a deeper understanding of diverse data sources, stakeholders, and their interactions for developing a socio-ecological value scorecard for farming.

The research efforts will be based around the use of system thinking as way to manage the complexity in these dynamic settings, and to create awareness of how we think that the world works. The goal of this research will be to develop a value scorecard in order to achieve a holistic perspective and identify synergies and emergent properties of data within agri-sector.

The value scorecard will provide the farmers and forest owners with means to use data to measure and drive performance toward a European Green Deal.

The position is based at the Department of Informatics at Linnaeus University. Furthermore, the position will be affiliated with The Swedish Research School of Management and IT (MIT).

The MIT research school is an arena for exploring IT-related phenomena that pervade several disciplines in the field of management and IT. Furthermore, this position will be part of cluster in Sweden focusing on digitalisation within forestry and wood products sector together with Södra and Interior Cluster Sweden.

About Host Organisation:

Linnaeus University aims to focus on how curiosity in knowledge creation generates utility through close collaborations, when we set knowledge in motion for sustainable societal development. This project is placed at the Department of Informatics within the Faculty of Technology that is a co-founder of the recently established Digital Transformation Knowledge Environment.

The Department of Informatics’ core activities relate to the design and use of information technology in various domains, such as industry, forestry, health care, administration, and social life etc. At the department of informatics, research is carried out within three main areas: system thinking, digital business transformation and interaction design.

For this position we are looking for a candidate with interest in a cross disciplinary work and ability to apply an innovative mindset focusing on utilizing data as a key resource for creating new insights for value proposition focusing on delivering on the European Green deal.
To read more about Linnaeus University please check the website


The applicants need to meet several requirements to be eligible for this position.

Mobility rule: Researchers can be of any nationality, but they are required to undertake physical, transnational mobility (i.e., move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Consequently, applicants for this position will have to move their centre of life to the greater area of host beneficiaries’ country. Additionally, researchers shall not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention97 will not be considered for the mobility rule.

Doctoral Researchers (DRs) rule: Applicants at the date of recruitment, must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.


  • Hold a Master’s degree in computer and information sciences or equivalent discipline.
  • Prior experience with applying system thinking in the agri-sector will be considered an advantage.
  • Prior experience with data science applications will be considered an advantage.
  • Meet the admission requirements of the doctorate degree program of the corresponding university of this position
  • Proposal for research plan connected to the position, maximum 1 A4 page
  • Language Skills: Applicants should have professional knowledge in (Scientific) English language. Basic knowledge of Scandinavian languages will be considered an advantage.

How to apply?

All Candidates must apply electronically and follow the instructions to fill the details and compile the documents in one pdf file, following the order:

  • Completed application form (available at above online link)
  • Cover Letter
  • A detailed Curricula Vitae (CV) of maximum 3 pages
  • Master’s degree transcripts that are validated
  • Any additional documents that prove the eligibility for the corresponding doctorate degree program
  • Proof of sufficient English language skills
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Proof of current residency/residence country (i.e., official document with the applicant’s name, surname, and address).

Note 1: Please be informed that the application must be written in English.
Note 2: Applicants can apply for up to a maximum of three Doctoral positions.


All Entrust DCs will be internationally recruited for a period of 36 months, will receive full-time employment contracts, will be enrolled in a PhD programme and actively participate in the Entrust Training Programme. Entrust will provide training equivalent to 30 ECTS over the duration of the programme.
The candidate is supposed to study and pass successfully numerous of doctoral courses and to design and execute an advanced research project that will constitute the doctoral dissertation


Professor Anita Mirijamdotter, Linnaeus University (LNU)
Associate Professor Arianit Kurti, Linnaeus University (LNU)

Secondment Plan:

  1. Secondmet to Södra skogsägarna ekonomisk förening (SOD) in month 15 for 5 Months, to collect measures from practice
  2. Secondment to Interior Cluster (ICS) in month 28 for 3 months, to examine the measures

Intersectoral Secondment supervisors:

  • Torbjörn Karlsson -Södra skogsägarna ekonomisk förening (SOD)
  • Anna Rosenqvist -Interior Cluster (ICS)

Contract Type: Fixed term- 36 months
Contact Term: Full-time

Opening of the Online Application: 14 March 2023
Application Deadline: 07 May 2023

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Arianit Kurti via arianit.kurti@lnu.se.