Phd Candidate Legal Opportunities And Obstacles Towards A Sustainable Expansion Of Offshore Wind Energy In The North Sea (1.0 Fte)

Utrecht University
June 01, 2023
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PhD candidate Legal opportunities and obstacles towards a sustainable

expansion of offshore wind energy in the North Sea (1.0 FTE)

Job description

As a PhD candidate at Utrecht University, you will conduct research for four years, under the guidance of various colleagues of the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law from Utrecht University to generate relevant results for the Dutch society and the legal community. The subject of your PhD dissertation, focusing on the international, EU and domestic legal framework regulating offshore wind energy in the North sea, falls within the NWA-funded project ‘Ecosystem-based Adaptive Management for Renewable Energy in a Sustainable North Sea' (Ecoamare). The PhD will be embedded within the School of Law, department International and European Law. The candidate will also be a member of the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability law (UCWOSL – one of the research groups of the School of Law) and the UU strategic theme Pathways to Sustainability. The precise focus of the project will be agreed in consultation with the supervisors dr. Nikolaos Giannopoulos, prof. dr. Alex Oude Elferink and prof. dr. Chris Backes.

  • To what extent is the current international, European and domestic legal framework fit for assessing the ecological risks (including cumulative impacts and uncertainty) of the projected expansion of offshore wind energy in the North Sea?
  • How is the applicable legal framework enabling or hindering a) the interface between scientific and technological knowledge and policymaking, and b) the balancing of the offshore wind expansion with other offshore (non) uses?
  • How is the EU and international legal framework interpreted and applied in some selected EU member states? Can the results of this comparative analysis of the interpretation and application of the EU and international legal framework in other EU member states contribute to finding smart solutions for policy and legal frameworks in The Netherlands?
  • How can legal and policy frameworks be improved to accommodate economic and social interests to operate within the ecological boundaries as required by international and European law?
  • Your letter of motivation should ideally express what appeals to you about this subject, and the ideas you have about the execution of the PhD research (such as research question, methodology, suggestion for case studies, normative and/or critical theoretical framework).In addition to setting up and conducting your own research, you will also devote some of your time to sharing knowledge by participating in internal and external research meetings with the rest of the participants in the Ecoamare project and by helping to organise such meetings. A portion of your working hours will also be set aside for training and development, for example by attending courses for PhD candidates. A small percentage of your time will be allocated to gaining teaching experience.

    Qualifications We seek a candidate who:

    Offer You will be offered a temporary position (1,0 FTE), initially for one year with an extension to a total of four years upon a successful assessment in the first year, and with the specific intent that it results in a doctorate within this period. About the organization

    Sharing science, shaping tomorrow. A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

    Additional information For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Nikolaos Giannopoulos (Assistant Professor in International and European Law), via [email protected].

    Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

    The application deadline is 01/06/2023

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