Are you passionate about Dutch landscapes, and especially how we can
safeguard their sustainability in the future? Are you a social scientist with
a strong interest in how we can use insights from economics and law to
reconcile conflicting objectives, and design policy interventions that
facilitate a sustainability transformation? Are you excited about
empirical methods and interdisciplinary collaboration? Then this PhD position
is the perfect fit for you!
This 4-year fully funded PhD position is part of the Netherlands Organization
for Scientific Research (NWO) grant "Climate-production systems and water
management" carried out in collaboration with several academic institutions
and societal partners in the Netherlands.
Recent extreme weather events have clearly shown that intensive agricultural
use, drainage-focused water management, and groundwater extraction endangers
present and future agricultural production and environmental quality in Dutch
sandy-soil landscapes. These are especially vulnerable as fresh-water supply
is limited and soils drain fast. Hence, there is an urgent need for a radical
paradigm shift to secure future socio-economic functioning of these
The advertised position is part of a major, interdisciplinary research project
that develops new propositions of a climate-robust and sustainable (i.e.
circular) use of the sandy-soil landscapes of the Netherlands to future-proof
their agricultural development and environmental quality. The PhD project will
focus on the socio-economic and legal elements of this important theme.
Societal actors currently lack the incentives to transform to a climate-robust
future, mostly because many landscape functions are valuable to society, but
private individuals are not compensated for their provision. Insights on how
the design of economic incentive and regulatory systems can unlock a
transformation towards climate-robust production systems are urgently needed.
Methods related to policy / economic experimentation are central to the work,
though the disciplinary breadth of the project allows for flexibility
regarding the methods to be used. The project is highly collaborative, using
living field labs, and building on existing projects and through partnerships.
Your research project is a joint undertaking by the Environmental Economics
and Natural Resources Group (ENR) and the LAW group (LAW) of Wageningen
We are looking for an enthusiastic, curious, and creative candidate,
A master's degree (MSc, Mphil, or LLM) in economics, law, political
sciences, environmental sciences or a related field
A keen interest to combine economic and legal perspectives of social-
prior experience with, or demonstrable interest in, Dutch water and/or
agricultural systems is an advantage
Excellent organizational, communicating and connecting skills;
Interest and ability for collaborating with scientists from other
disciplines and stakeholders
A background in quantitative methods and statistical analysis;
Previous experience with one of the following: economic experiments,
surveys, spatial modelling, participatory methods, stakeholder
interaction, Living Labs, or other co-creative processes
Fluency in spoken and written English and Dutch are required.
Conditions of employment
You will receive a fully funded PhD (AIO) position, which will mean you will
be employed by the Wageningen University.
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 € 2.541,- per month rising to € 3.247,-
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.
Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for
life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the
world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot
to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the
Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our
team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa
application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen
University & Research's International Community page contains practical
information about what we can do to support international employees and
students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any
additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job,
housing, schooling, and other issues.
Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen University & Research
The mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve
the quality of life. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised
research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen
University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in
the domain of healthy food and living environment. With approximately 30
locations, 7.200 employees, and 13.200 students, it is one of the leading
organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and
the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique
approach of Wageningen.Wageningen University & Research.
Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group
The ENR group is a vibrant community of PhDs and researchers at various stages
in their careers. We aim to improve our understanding of local and global
environmental problems, contributing from the environmental economics
discipline to the construction of sustainable and circular economies, and low-
carbon, climate resilient social-ecological systems. ENR methods and tools
provide an in-depth understanding of what drives decision-making at multiple
levels, offering key insights into the inevitable trade-offs faced by every
decision or policy.
The Law Group focusses on legal solutions to social problems, including those
studied in life sciences domains. These issues touch on every aspect of the
law, which means that we have collective expertise on matters relating to EU
law, food law, environmental law, international law, WTO law, intellectual
property law, private law and human rights law. The research of the group is
strongly international and interdisciplinary, with faculty and students from
all over the world.
For more information about this function, please contact Andries Richter
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Josephine van Zeben
To apply, please upload the following documents online latest on 31 August
via https:// www. wageningenur.nl/en/Jobs/Vacancies.htm
Letter of motivation including brief outline of your research ideas related to the PhD project (max 2 pages)
Names from op to three references
Lists of courses and grades for your masters and bachelors degrees.
Job interviews will be scheduled on 09 of September 2022 (7 and 8 of
September are alternative dates). The starting date for this position is
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.