PhD Position in Nature-based Transitions of Socio-Economic & Legal Solutions for Climate-Robust

Applications are invited for a PhD Position in Nature-based transition of socio-economic and legal solutions for climate-robust, sustainable and productive sandy-soil landscapes.

The advertised position is part of a major, interdisciplinary research project that develops new propositions of a climate-robust and sustainable (i.e. circular) use of the sandy-soil landscapes of the Netherlands to future-proof their agricultural development and environmental quality.

The PhD project will focus on the socio-economic and legal elements of this important theme.  Societal actors currently lack the incentives to transform to a climate-robust future, mostly because many landscape functions are valuable to society, but private individuals are not compensated for their provision. Insights on how the design of economic incentives and regulatory systems can unlock a transformation towards climate-robust production systems are urgently needed. Methods related to policy / economic experimentation are central to the work, though the disciplinary breadth of the project allows for flexibility regarding the methods to be used. The project is highly collaborative, using living field labs, and building on existing projects and through partnerships.

Duration: 18 months with the possibility of extension

Salary

PhD Position on Nature-based Transitions of Socio-Economic & Legal Solutions for Climate-Robust covers:

  • the gross salary for the first year is € 2.541,- per month rising to € 3.247,- in the fourth year
  • study leave and partially paid parental leave;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation/holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and candidates can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
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Job Requirements

The PhD Position on Nature-based Transitions of Socio-Economic & Legal Solutions for Climate-Robust seeks applicants with

  • A master’s degree (MSc, Mphil, or LLM) in economics, law, political sciences, environmental sciences, or a related field
  • A keen interest to combine economic and legal perspectives of social-ecological systems
  • prior experience with, or demonstrable interest in, Dutch water and/or agricultural systems is an advantage
  • Excellent organizational, communicating, and connecting skills;
  • Interest and ability for collaborating with scientists from other disciplines and stakeholders
  • A background in quantitative methods and statistical analysis;
  • Previous experience with one of the following: economic experiments, surveys, spatial modeling, participatory methods, stakeholder interaction, Living Labs, or other co-creative processes
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Dutch are requirements too.

Application Process

To apply for PhD Position in Nature-based Transitions of Socio-Economic & Legal Solutions for Climate-Robust, please upload the following documents online

  • Letter of motivation including a brief outline of your research ideas related to the PhD project (max 2 pages)
  • CV
  • Names from op to three references
  • Lists of courses and grades for their master’s and bachelor’s degrees.

To apply, click here

Application Deadline: September 30, 2022.

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