International PhD Position in Exploring Water Scarcity Governance Responses Across Different Societies, Netherlands

  •  PhD
  •  12-Aug-2024
  •   Netherlands
  • $$  Fully funded PhD position with a gross salary starting at €2,770 per month in the first year, rising to €3,539 in the fourth year, according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P)

Wageningen University & Research invites applications for a fully funded PhD position in the Wageningen Centre for Sustainability Governance. This opportunity focuses on researching the social science dimensions of climate change and water scarcity. The successful candidate will join a dynamic team to study how diverse communities and governance actors respond to hydroclimatic extremes, particularly severe droughts leading to water scarcity.

This scholarship is open to applicants from all countries with a master’s degree in environmental social sciences or related fields. Candidates must have strong qualitative and quantitative research skills, fluency in English, and a keen interest in social science research.Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is a leading university and research center in the Netherlands that focuses on the themes of healthy food and living environment. It consists of Wageningen University and several research institutes, with locations throughout the Netherlands.

Wageningen Universiteit Information

Wageningen Universiteit Grants

International PhD Position in Exploring Water Scarcity Governance Responses Across Different Societies, Netherlands Founded in 1918, Wageningen Universiteit (Wageningen University) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the medium-sized town of Wageningen (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Gelderland. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, Nederland (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Netherlands), Wageningen Universiteit (WU) is a medium-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 9,000-9,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Wageningen Universiteit (WU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible Countries: Open to applicants from all countries
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: The scholarship will be awarded in any subject offered by the Wageningen University related to environmental social sciences, including sociology, public administration, human geography, anthropology, urban studies, or other relevant social science disciplines.
  • Admissible Criteria: To be eligible, applicants must:
    • Hold a Master’s degree in a field relevant to environmental social sciences.
    • Possess strong qualitative and quantitative research skills, preferably with experience in conducting and analyzing interviews, observations, and surveys.
    • Demonstrate fluency in English (a minimum of CEFR C2 level).
    • Show a high interest in social science research and the ability to interact effectively with academic and societal stakeholders.
    • Be willing to conduct fieldwork in different settings abroad.
    • Have a curiosity and motivation to address important real-world problems through rigorous academic inquiry.

Offered Benefits

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment, including:

  • Partially paid parental leave
  • Flexible working hours for a good work-life balance
  • Options to accrue additional compensation/holiday hours
  • Access to sports facilities on campus for a small fee
  • A fixed December bonus of 8.3%
  • An excellent pension scheme

In addition to these benefits, the selected candidate will receive a fully funded PhD position and a tailored course program.

For more information, please contact Dr. Johanna Koehler at or Dr. Mary Greene at . For procedural inquiries, contact Noorien Abbas, corporate recruiter, at .

Application Process

Interested applicants can apply directly through the Wageningen University website by using the apply button on the vacancy page. The vacancy is open until Monday, August 12, 2024. Initial job interviews are expected to be scheduled for early/mid-September 2024.

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