Are you a young ambitious researcher who wants to investigate how Dutch
farmers can contribute to the important challenge of (climate robust) water
management? Do you like to collaborate with other researchers and societal
stakeholders in a highly interdisciplinary research project , and want to
make an impact ?
We are looking for A PhD student on social-cultural perspective on water
retention by farmers. In the era of increased climate change, water is
becoming an increasingly influential factor for agriculture. Droughts,
salinity intrusion, limited supply from groundwater or surface water
increasingly occur in different agro-ecological regions of the Netherlands.
How do farmers and water managers in the Netherlands respond to all this?
In this research project you will investigate the tensions and opportunities
in the agriculture-water domain in the context of increased climate change and
rezoning of agriculture in the Netherlands. You will specifically focus on
(regional) collective choices versus individual (farmer) decisions while
distinguishing pro-active and reactive actions. You will combine interviews,
questionnaires, and (geo)statistical analyses to answer this questions. In
the end your study will lead to clear recommendations for policymakers how to
engage farmers in water retention in order to make the country more robust to
climate change. Case studies have not yet been defined, we therefore welcome
innovative research ideas in the application procedure.
This PhD study will have high academic impact as well as high societal
relevance. You will collaborate with stakeholders such as farmers, provincial
policymakers, water authorities, and with other PhD students working on
similar projects. In addition, you are expected to conduct interviews and
organize focus groups with farmers. The project is a collaboration between the
Water Resource Management (WRM) Group and the Landscape Architecture and
Spatial Planning (LSP) group at Wageningen University. Do you want to know
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A university degree (MSc) in a relevant field (e.g. Spatial Planning,
Resource management, Environmental economics or Environmental Sciences)
with a broad and interdisciplinary interest;
Strong affinity with (sustainable) agriculture and working with farmers;
Demonstrated experience with (spatial) statistics;
Very good English and Dutch communicative and writing skills (interviews
and questionnaires will be conducted in Dutch).
A collegial attitude and a clear willingness to collaborate in an
Compliance with all the entry requirements of the WUR PhD programme.
Conditions of employment
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;
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 € 2.434,- per month rising to € 3.111,-
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
You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland,
and at a university that has been chosen as the " Best University " in the
Netherlands for the 17th consecutive time.
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with
very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other.
We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the
same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from
people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our
inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be
read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.
Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University and Research is "To explore the potential
of nature to improve the quality of life". Under the banner Wageningen
University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research
institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in
contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of
healthy food and living environment.
With its roughly 30 branches, 6.800 employees and 12.900 students, Wageningen
University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An
integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various
disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen's unique approach. WUR has been
named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.
Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch
this video to get an idea of our green campus!
For more information about this function you can contact Martha Bakker,
chairholder LSP Group, telephone +31 317 483357 or by e-mail;
General information about our Group can be found here.
For more information about the procedure you can contact Edgar Tijhuis,
corporate recruiter, e-mail: email@example.com.
Do you want to apply?
This can be done directly via the application button at the vacancy on our
website so that we can process your personal data with your permission.
This vacancy is open up to and including 24 January 2022. We want to plan the
first job interviews on 3 and 4 February 2022.