PhD project on Food Trade in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1900-present

Published on
October 1, 2018
Location Wageningen
Scientific field Economics
End date Fri 16 November 2018
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We are looking for

A PhD candidate in global economic and social history who will develop and execute a research project on Food Trade in Sub-Saharan Africa, focussing on the 20th century transition from food autarky to large scale food imports. He/she will also participate in the research program of the Rural and Environmental History Group at Wageningen University and enrol in the PhD education programmes of the N.W. Posthumus Institute and the Wageningen School of Social Sciences. He/she will be able to develop his/her personal research CV and will co-lecture one or two courses in economic, global and/or environmental history to social science students.

We ask

You are an ambitious and enthusiastic scholar, and a team player devoted to research and education in a highly international and interdisciplinary academic environment.

You also have:
- a MA/MSc in history, economics or any other social science with a clear historical character.
- quantitative and qualitative research skills.
- an interest in societal issues such as the causes and consequences of global inequality.
- an interest in teaching (international) students in a variety of programmes.
- good organizational skills. 
- fluency in English.
- strong motivation to develop your own research project.
- ability to work both independently and in small teams.

We offer

In principle this is a 48 month PhD position. We offer you a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended with 30 months if you perform well. Salary will increase from € 2,266 gross per month in the first year up to € 2,972 in the last year, based on full-time employment (38 hours a week). Next to a variety of secundairy labour conditions, we offer a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-the-year bonus of 8.3% of your annual salary.

More information

To apply, please upload the following documents online via, latest on Friday, November 16th, 2018:
1) Letter of motivation.
2) Your CV
3) One or two reference letters.
4) A brief outline of your research ideas related to the PhD project.
For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Ewout Frankema (

We are

The Rural and Environmental History Group

The Rural and Environmental History Group is an ambitious and growing group within the Department of Social Sciences of Wageningen University. Our mission is the study of long term growth, inequality and sustainable development from a global perspective. More in particular we are interested in long term rural development in relationship to changing environmental and global economic conditions. Our research focuses mostly, but not exclusively, on the modern era (c. 1800-2000). Our research is characterised by the combined application of quantitative, qualitative and comparative historical research methods. We draw theoretical inspiration from the social sciences. Archival research and data collection form a central part of research activities. We value the valorisation of research results and strive to reach out to academic as well as public audiences.
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Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

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