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PhD candidate in Public Administration, Political Sciences, Environmental Governance – Wageningen

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We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD researcher on governing dietary change in the European Union at the Public Administration and Policy Group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands, 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 18 Months
Salary: 2.443 to 3.122 Euro/Month

Public Administration and Policy Group

Wageningen University & Research (WUR), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

We are looking for a PhD candidate who:

  • has a master’s degree (or is near completion of a master program) in the field of Public Administration, Political Sciences, Environmental Governance, or another relevant field;
  • has affinity with food system issues;
  • likes to engage in transdisciplinary research, collaborating with both scientists from across disciplines and societal actors;
  • is able to perform tasks independently and in teams, and has good organization and writing skills.
  • For this position your command of the English language is expected to be at C1 level.

Responsibilities/Job Description

This PhD project will contribute to advancing the scientific basis on factors influencing dietary behaviour and the health, environmental and socio-economic impacts of dietary patterns and deliver solutions for transition through a transdisciplinary and multi-level approach. The emphasis of the PhD research lies on exploring and co-designing the policy, political and institutional changes that are needed in order to foster behavioural change.

In your position as a  PhD researcher, you will:

- analyse leverage points for food systems change;

- organise and study food policy summits across EU member states;

- organise and study a food policy summit at the EU level;

- assess the projected effectiveness of co-designed policy interventions.

The PhD project is embedded within the larger Horizon Europe PLAN’EAT project, which will co-create data and interventions in a pan-EU network of 9 Living Labs and a Policy Lab. These living labs will focus on a broad range of population groups, varying according to age, culture, health and socio-economic status.

PLAN’EAT entails four steps that feed into each other:

(1) the mapping of dietary patterns and food environments.

(2) investigating the factors and drivers influencing dietary behaviour at macro- (food system), meso- (food environment) and micro- (individual) levels.

(3) Assessing the impacts of current and alternative dietary behaviours.

(4) Developing policy recommendations and interventions with food chain actors, consumers and policymakers.

The candidate will be based at the Public Administration and Policy Group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands, which has the mission of studying the governance of wicked problems in the life sciences domains to develop more effective and legitimate governance arrangements. The supervisors of the project will be Dr. Jeroen Candel and Dr. Robbert Biesbroek.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Basic documents required for the application

About the Department/Section/Group

The Public Administration and Policy Group is an enthusiastic, ambitious and steadily growing group within the Department of Social Sciences of Wageningen University. Our mission is to study the governance of wicked problems in the interrelated domains of water, climate, food, and agriculture, and to use the generated insights to develop innovative governance arrangements. By doing so the group aims to contribute to scientific progress, to societal debates, and to policy practices. More information on the group can be found on www.wur.nl/pap.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our  Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • study leave and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • 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 you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will receive a fully funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your needs and the research team.

The gross salary for the first year is € 2.443,- per month rising to € 3.122,- in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P). This is based on a full-time working week of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for the duration of the project if you perform well.

There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

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Contact details

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Jeroen Candel ([email protected]).

For more information about the procedure, please contact [email protected].

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