Vacancy: Post-doctoral researcher on Environmental Globalisation

Published on
September 24, 2018

We are looking for

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher to explore the ways in which globalisation can be shaped to contribute to environmentally positive outcomes. You will have a PhD in environmental sociology or geography with a demonstrated interest in how global trade, investment and international relations affect environmental policy and practice in the field of food, energy, climate and/or transport. Your research will take a comparative empirical approach to understanding how these policies and practices (involving China, Europe and the US) contribute to different modes of ‘environmental globalisation’ in both the global North and South. In doing so you will analyse the processes and practices as well as limits and constraints of environmental globalisation in achieving positive sustainability outcomes.

Your work will contribute to the development of a new theoretical field working with a team of established environmental social science scholars.
You will also be a strong team player. The Environmental Policy Group is divided into five thematic research areas of food governance, marine governance, urban transformations, climate futures and environmental mobilities. You are expected to collaborate with colleagues across these themes in the development of environmental globalisation as a field of inquiry. Above all, you are a personable, social colleague willing to balance your personal interests with those of the group.

We ask

  • A PhD degree in sociology, geography or another discipline relevant to environmental social science.
  • An
    interest in innovating social theory for making sense of environmental
    policy, politics and practice through a globalisation lens.
  • Experience
    with innovative quantitative research design and methodologies,
    especially integrating qualitative social science research is highly
  • Excellent communication and social skills.
  • A willingness to design and carry out extensive international field-work.
  • An emerging publishing record in peer reviewed international academic literature.
  • Demonstrated interest or ability to work in an interdisciplinary research environment.
  • Proven capacity to develop an international network – desirably in and between China, Europe and/or the US.

We offer

We offer you a temporary postdoc position for 38 hours per week for 2 years (0.8 to 1.0 FTE possible). Gross Salary: max. € 3545,- per month in the first year based on full-time employment, with a yearly periodical increase. In addition we offer a holiday bonus 8% and an end-of-the-year bonus 8,3%.

More information

Would you like to know more about this vacancy? We will be more than happy to provide you with further information.
Please contact prof. Simon Bush, telephone number +31 (0)317 483310; e-mail address:

Interested? We are looking forward to receiving your letter of motivation and your CV online via our online application button before November 4, 2018.

We are

The Environmental Policy Group in Department of Social Sciences at Wageningen University has an internationally recognised reputation in the area of environmental social science and policy research and education. Our 14 tenured staff, 4 Postdocs and over 35 PhD students focus on the social and political science of environmental transformations. The research of the group has a strong international orientation, being conducted at both the global level as well as in number of countries across Europe, Africa and Asia. The staff profile of the group is also international, with more than 12 nationalities employed. For further details see

Wageningen University and Research aims to deliver 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. Could you be one of these people?