Doctoral programmes

There are two Doctoral Programs available in the field of Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law

  • Doctoral Program in Law
  • Doctoral Program in Natural Resources, Environment and Society

Doctoral Program in Law

The UEF Law School offers a general Doctoral Programme in Law, in which the students can choose their topic of research based on their academic and professional interests. Postgraduate students are awarded with the degree of either Doctor of Law (LL.D.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

For further information about the degree content, application requirements and more, visit the program website at

The Doctoral Programme in Social and Cultural Encounters (SCE)

Natural resources, the environment and society constitutes one of the six thematic areas of The Doctoral Programme in Social and Cultural Encounters (SCE). This thematic area offers doctoral students an opportunity to join an international and multidisciplinary doctoral programme. Topics of interest include:

  • the sustainable use of natural resources
  • responsive natural resources governance
  • climate and energy governance
  • bioeconomy research from social science perspectives
  • global environmental challenges
  • global, national and local environmental politics
  • resilient communities
  • human relationships with nature and animals

The focus of research within the doctoral school covers a wide range of societies from the industrialized and developing world. The doctoral research often includes case studies through which wider issues concerning the environment and natural resources are studied. Typically, the research approach has a strong social science or cultural studies approach on the human relations with their environments. Research area is strongly related to Institute for Natural Resources, Environment, and Society (LYY), a network organization based at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF).  Our network combines social science and cultural research expertise for application in the analysis of the environment and natural resource utilization and governance. The cooperative work of our researcher network spans over a hundred researchers and postgraduate students from several disciplines.
More information about the Doctoral Programme can be found here.