Vacancy PhD position: Policies for a resilient European agriculture  

Published on
March 6, 2017

Job Title:          PhD position:  Policies for a resilient European agriculture

Contact             Prof. C.J.A.M.  Termeer and Prof. P.H. Feindt

Apply before 10 February 2017 via Academic Transfer

This project is a collaboration of the Public Administration and Policy Group (PAP) and the Strategic Communication group (COM) of Wagenigen university and research. The project  is embedded in the EU-funded program (Horizon2020) “Towards SUstainable and REsilient EU FARMing systems (SURE-Farm)”. SURE-Farm is led by Wageningen University & Research, includes 16 partners (13 countries) and has a strong transdisciplinary approach

The focus of this position

The European farming system is characterized by a complex multi-level governance context and various policies which directly affect farming activities. The Common Agricultural Policy and its various national transpositions is the most overarching policy framework. This project  aims to (i) analyse to what extent these policies enhance the resilience of the farming sectors; and (ii) assess how the policy framework can be improved to better support the resilience of European farming systems. The research is carried out in Wageningen, and should lead to a PhD dissertation. In addition the candidate will work closely with two other Wageningen-based PhD students, and the other members of the SURE-Farm consortium, and will regularly travel to these partners for collaborative work and meetings.

We ask

We are looking for a social scientist with a Master degree in public administration, environmental policy studies or political science, or another relevant social science program, and who is interested in agricultural policies  (the common agricultural policy) and in adaptive governance theories.  Fluency in English and excellent academic writing and oral communication skills are essential. Experience with interdisciplinary research and in depth knowledge of qualitative research methods is an advantage.

We offer

We offer a PhD position for a period of 18 months, extended by another 30 months after positive evaluation. Gross salary will increase from € ...... in the first year up to € ..... in the last year based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week). You will be working in a pleasant and inspiring environment in the context of an innovative research consortium. More information about the Public Administration and Policy  and  Strategic Communication group can be found on and

Application and information

Please upload your curriculum vitae and motivation letter online by 10  March 2017.

Go to Academic Transfer to apply: The interviews will be held on 29 March 2017.

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Additional information

Wageningen University and Research Centre

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