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Are you interested in the drastic transition that Dutch agriculture has to go through in the years to come? Finding answers to the challenges around nitrogen, biodiversity, climate adaptation and water quality? And do you have a MSc in a relevant field (e.g. Spatial Planning, Environmental Law, Public Administration) and a broad and interdisciplinary interest? Then this could be the PhD position you have been waiting for!
Driven by pressing national challenges, Dutch agriculture has to change drastically in the coming years. Specific targets, however, will vary from one area to the other, depending on soil, water, environmental and social factors. You will investigate how the area-specific targets can be met by means of a coherent set of legal and policy instruments. How effective, efficient, legitimate and fair are the various existing instruments? What are the trade-offs between e.g. fairness and effectiveness and how should we go about with such trade-offs? How can instruments be combined so that they offset each other’s downsides and strengthen their efficiency? Is there a need for new instruments in addition to those that are already in use?
In this PhD position, you will look for answers to these questions. In doing so, you will be collaborating with two other PhD students, one working on the environmental dimension, the other one working on the social dimension (from the farmers’ perspective). Prevailing methods are document analyses and interviews, but you will also prepare input for an agent-based model (which requires the ability to reduce complex instruments to simple, quantitative variables to which artificial, stylized land owners/users can respond). Additionally, the analysis of all these instruments will ultimately result in a set of policy guidelines for practice.
The project is attached to the Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning (LSP) group at Wageningen University. Do you want to know more about our work at the Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning (LSP) group? Check out our page with news, recent publications and projects.
- A university degree (MSc) in a relevant field (e.g. Spatial Planning, Environmental Law, Public Administration) with a broad and interdisciplinary interest;
- Affinity with Dutch agriculture and rural landscapes;
- Preferably experience with societal stakeholders;
- Very good Dutch communicative and writing skills (field work is conducted in Dutch)language page. For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special
- Compliance with all the entry requirements of the WUR PhD programme.
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.
The gross salary for the first year is € 2.443,- per month rising to € 3.122,- 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 atmosphere.
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.
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