Vacancy PhD Policy Changes in the Food Climate Nexus

Published on
June 6, 2014

We are looking for

The Public Administration and Policy Group at Wageningen University offers a position for a 4-year PhD project on “The influence of international norms in the shaping of national policies in the food-climate nexus”. Food security and climate change are specific types of policy problems which are particularly difficult to govern and are increasingly connected. Thus far the international norms are developed in separated institutional contexts. The aim of the PhD project is to analyse how different types of international norms  on climate change (mitigation and adaptation) and food security influence national policy change on these domains in low and middle income countries. Key theories include the influence of international norms, boundary spanning policy problems, and mechanisms for policy change. The project will be conducted within the group's research program “Changing governance, governing change.”

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The research is carried out in Wageningen, and should lead to a PhD dissertation.

We ask

We are looking for a social scientist with a Masters degree in public administration, policy studies, political science with at least an interest in international relations, climate change and food policies. Fluency in English and good communication skills are essential. Spanish and/or French language skills would be valuable. Experience with empirical research projects, interdisciplinary research and combining quantitative and qualitative research is an advantage.

We offer

A PhD position for a period of 18 months, extended with another 30 months upon favourable evaluation. Gross salary will increase from € 2083 in the first year up to € 2664 in the last year based on a full-time appointment
(38 hours per week). You will be working in a pleasant environment in a small, dynamic and innovative group.

Application and information

Please upload your curriculum vitae and motivation letter online latest on 22 June 2014. The job interviews will be on 27 June 2014. Go to Academic Transfer to apply:

Additional information (research proposal) can be obtained from: 

Dr. Robbert Biesbroek,, tel. +31 (0)317 487757

Dr. Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen,, tel. +31 (0)317 4 82133

Please do not use these e-mail addresses to apply.

The Public Administration and Policy Group

The Public Administration and Policy Group is a young, enthusiastic, ambitious and growing group within the Department of Social Sciences of Wageningen University. Our mission is to analyze governance in the life science policy domains, to flesh out the social mechanisms that contribute to stability and change, and to use these findings for designing innovative governance arrangements and interventions. In this way the group aims to contribute to scientific progress, to societal debates, and to the reflective practice of professionals involved. It does so by creative synthesis of theories from change management, organization science, public management and policy science. More information on the group can be found on

Wageningen University and Research Centre
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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