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Postdoctoral Position – From Climate Change to Conflict, NWO Research Project – UvA, Netherlands

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The University of Amsterdam invites applications for a Postdoctoral researcher for the NWO research project ‘From Climate Change to Conflict, Mitigation through Insurance? Phase 1 (2022-2025), at the Governance and Inclusive Development Group of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, The Netherlands – Nov 2021

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply:
Joining Date: Dec 21, 2021
Contract Period: 6 Months
Salary: 3.807 EURO/Month

Governance and Inclusive Development Group
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Amsterdam The Netherlands

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Qualification Details

We are looking for a researcher who has recently completed the doctoral degree, who is committed to contribute to pre-empting future problems for people in high-risk environments, exposed to climate change, and where mitigating measures should not themselves contribute to the problem. We are looking for a proactive, independent, person with a  problem-solving and flexible attitude. who can research and network and be a team player.

Your experience and profile:

Education and experience


  • A PhD in a relevant discipline (anthropology, development studies/ human geography, other relevant discipline);
  • Demonstrable evidence of ability to publish in high-ranking journals;
  • Research experience in the relevant subject area of the research project including methodological knowledge and development experience.

Skills & Knowledge


  • Excellent interpersonal, networking and communication skills;
  • Proven problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent ICT skills (in particular qualitative data collection and analysis).


  • Understanding of the university research environment and the countries concerned;
  • Skills related to producing highest-quality products for communication for other (non-academic) audiences and policy makers.

Responsibilities/Job Description

You will be working as a post-doctoral researcher for four years in a large multi-year, multi-location research project that focuses on climate change, conflict and cooperation, and insurance in traditional livestock production systems in the Sahel and Sub-Saharan Africa. Studies suggest that climate change aggravates conflict, especially in the Sahel and Horn of Africa. The reasons are, however, poorly understood. One suggested reason is that households affected by weather shocks lack buffers to cope, and have to resort to e.g., migration and resource claims to survive which could exacerbate social unrest and conflict.

To combat this, policymakers increasingly promote insurance against weather shocks. While insuring livestock production may provide relief against direct consequences of shocks, it is unknown if insurance reduces or triggers conflict. In this study we investigate this, and design and test interventions that can be jointly implemented with insurance to help reduce conflicts or mitigate conflict-aggravating effects of insurance.

You will:

  • Conduct a literature review;
  • Co-design and implement a qualitative study to investigate these potential mechanisms by studying IBLI and other (in)formal risk management strategies;
  • Co-design insurance and conflict-mitigating interventions;
  • Co-design survey and experimental measures of conflict and cooperation;
  • Subsequently: write research reports; publish articles and monographs, in cooperation with colleagues, in appropriate high-level journals;
  • Publish material to be used in communication with other audiences;
  • Assist in the organisation of conferences, meetings and other events; and
  • Assist in project management.

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Documents Required

Then we look forward to receiving your application by 30 November 2021. You may apply online by using the link below.

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A letter of motivation;
  • (Co-authored) published papers and single-authored writing samples;
  • Grade transcripts from prior education;
  • Any other required information.

We will invite potential candidates for interviews within 2 weeks after the closing date.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

About the GID Team

The Governance and Inclusive Development (GID) team at the University of Amsterdam scrutinizes development dynamics at various geographical, jurisdictional and temporal scales, realizing that these are situated in different but interconnected multi-level processes. GID analyses and rethinks dominant development paradigms, and engages with international, national and local development practices, policies and debates to identify viable and socially just alternatives. The team focuses on the strategic issues of multi-level (glocal) governance and inclusive development.

About the Employer: University of Amsterdam (UvA)


We offer a temporary full-time contract for the period of 6 months. Preferred starting date is 21 December 2021. Upon positive evaluation and satisfactory performance, you will be offered an extension contract of three and a half years.

The gross monthly salary based on full-time employment (38 hours per week) ranges from €3.807 up to a maximum of €3.950 (salary scale 11). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. The starting salary will be based on qualifications, expertise and relevant experience. The profile Researcher 3 is applicable in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.

The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.

Working at the University of Amsterdam

To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterized by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society. Here you can read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

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Contact details

Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

Fred Zaal
T: +31 6 5575 0279

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