Post-doc in International Waste Streams and Their Impact on the (De)growth of City Regions

The University of Amsterdam is looking for a post-doctoral researcher who is able to investigate the role of (inter)national flows of construction waste in the (de)growth of city regions.

The post-doc will critically analyze the regulations that organize these flows and conceptualize the relation between circular economy and degrowth in the socioeconomic transformation of cities. The overall aim of the post-doc is to develop a framework that explains if and how circular economy and degrowth agendas can be combined in the sustainability strategies of cities. The focus of the analysis is European flows of construction materials and their impact on the development industry in The Netherlands.

Duration: 2 years


  • Collect data on regulations and legal frameworks that apply to construction and demolition waste in the Netherlands and those that apply internationally.
  • Analyze how these regulations have been reformed in the last years, focusing on the power relations that shape these regulatory frameworks.
  • Conceptualize the relationship between circular economy and degrowth in city regions.
  • Publish in top-ranked journals both independently and in collaboration with the PI.
  • Help with the dissemination of results, assisting the PI with the scientific activities of the DECYCLE project.
  • Help tutor the DECYELE PhDs in collective reading groups.
  • Assist the PI and the research assistant in the organization of workshops.


The Post-doc in International Waste Streams and Their Impact offers:

  • Depending on experience, the minimum salary is €3,974 and the maximum salary is €5,439 gross per month 
  • an extensive package of secondary benefits, including an 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A highly collaborative environment, both within the DECYCLE project and within the Urban Planning Research Group.
  • Support in preparing the next steps of your career after the post-doc.
  • Support in improving your publications record as well as in developing your own research profile.
  • The possibility to develop your experience in international research settings. You will be fully integrated with the international research of the DECYCLE project, which takes place in The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Austria.
  • An enthusiastic and engaged research environment both within and outside the University. You will be invited to be involved in policy debates on circular economy and degrowth both in The Netherlands and in the city of Amsterdam
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Job Requirements

The Post-doc in International Waste Streams and Their Impact Required skills are:

  • A PhD degree in urban planning, social geography, environmental studies, environmental geography, environmental sociology, or planning law. Other disciplines are also suitable, but candidates need to show a clear socio-spatial dimension in their previous work.
  • Research interest in political ecology and the critique of the ecological impact of urban development.
  • Excellent writing skills in English.
  • Basic knowledge of the Dutch language, sufficient to understand written materials.
  • Experience in publishing in a peer-reviewed academic journal, and/or other relevel academic publications (edited books).

Application Process

Applications in one combined .pdf file should include:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a letter where the candidate motivates their intention to research degrowth, circular economy, and (international) waste streams (max. 1000 words);
  • two writing samples of published materials.

Deadline: December 15, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.