Postdoctoral Position : Cities, Climate Change & Just Transition

Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Competition No.  -    A107945075
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

About the research group: The Urban Environment Observatory (UEO) is a research group that is engaged in a variety of national and international research works ranging from human rights, multiculturalism, sustainability, land use planning, and energy (

Dr. Sandeep Agrawal, Professor and Inaugural Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning, leads the UEO. The group consists of two postdoctoral fellows, five PhD students along with several graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines.

About the position: The postdoctoral position is available for one year with a possibility of renewals for up to two years. The researcher will work on developing the research in the following projects (but not limited to) resulting in peer reviewed publications:

  • Integration of future energy systems into Canadian cities: This project examines strategic plans, policies, and/or projects undertaken by Canadian municipalities and neighbourhoods to assess how prepared are they to adapt to future energy systems.
  • Just energy transition: This project explores connections between energy production, public policy, and human and Indigenous rights of self-determination in Canada’s North. What are the sustainable ways and renewable sources of producing and supplying energy to Northern remote Indigenous communities?
  • Understanding risk communication in Alberta’s municipalities: The study intends to elicit ways to bolster natural hazard risk knowledge and its effective communication in Alberta’s municipalities.

 The candidate is expected to have:

  • A PhD (or defending soon) in Urban and Regional Planning, Geography or a closely related field  
  • Knowledge and understanding of climate change governance (adaptation and mitigation)  
  • Knowledge and understanding of qualitative research methods
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, prioritize, adapt to rapidly shifting priorities and manage research projects from start to publication
  • Excellent written, communication, and interpersonal skills for peer-reviewed publications and for interactions with other researchers and the public.

 To Apply:

Forward a cover letter along with your CV and contact information of two references to:

Sandeep Agrawal, PhD, AICP, MCIP

Professor and Director, School of Urban and Regional Planning   

T: 780 492-1230 (Ư if outside Canada) 

Starting date: September 1, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive. Fully Vaccinated means a status an individual achieves 14 days after having received the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, and requires the individual to maintain the recommended number and type of vaccine doses as updated and required by Health Canada thereafter.

How to Apply


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.