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PhD-student: Climate adaptation and spatial modelling of future pathways (1 FTE)

Project: Interreg 2Seas project Co-Adapt: Climate adaptation through co-creationIn the European Union, many countries have to deal with flooding, water …

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Valkenburgerweg, Heerlen, Limburg
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur


Project: Interreg 2Seas project Co-Adapt: Climate adaptation through co-creation
In the European Union, many countries have to deal with flooding, water pollution and droughts. New technologies and solutions are needed to enhance environmental and economic resilience. Nature based solutions specifically are seen as a key solution as they aim to restore the natural functioning of water systems, and to deliver high societal value. But there are many challenges: under climate change, decision makers deal with deep uncertainties about future developments such as rainfall patterns, sea level rise but also increased urbanization and intensification of land use. In addition, institutional and societal challenges might arise: how well do land use planners take water management integrate in their decisions?; how strong will societal support be for solutions that require space (think of managed retreat or transforming agricultural land into water storage areas)?. New types of decision processes, centred around co-creation will become the norm, but we currently lack an understanding of how this can be arranged effectively.

In this light, the Open University of the Netherlands (OU) is looking for a Ph.D.-student (f/m), who will improve upscaling and downscaling methods to develop different adaptation pathways for the future. Further it will develop and compare nature-based solutions among four different countries (UK, France, Belgium Flanders, Netherlands) in six case studies, and will analyse and design new co-creation governance frameworks among a large variety of stakeholders.

The Ph.D.-student will become part of the recently started Co-Adapt project, funded under the EUInterreg 2Seas programme. The consortium has 12 partners over the four countries, in which six innovative pilot projects are selected as case studies to study climate adaptation of nature-based solutions, future scenarios and co-creation processes. The partners, mostly water boards, have a large network of a variety of stakeholders.



  • Master’s degree in the field of environmental/sustainability sciences or a Master’s-degree that is closely related to this.
  • Practical and research experience (e.g. Master’s thesis) in water science.
  • Demonstrated interest in mapping, data visualisation and modelling.
  • Knowledge and experience with statistical and spatial data analysis.
  • Ability for and willingness to work in a multidisciplinary team, including a large variety in stakeholders.
  • Willingness to undertake regular visits to the six pilot projects, and international project meetings.
  • A strong interest in sustainability issues, interdisciplinary research, and a scientific publication of your master degree research are an asset.
  • Very good command of spoken and written English.


The PhD candidate will be appointed for a period of 12 months (max. 38 hours per week). The appointment will be extended to four years when progress and performance are good. The salary will be determined on the basis of your education, experience and qualifications but will be in accordance with the general salary scale P of the CLA-NU. The salary is € 2.325,= gross per month in the first year and is expected to increase to € 2.972,= in the fourth year, for a full time appointment, contingent on satisfactory performance. The Open Universiteit provides good secondary benefits such as training and mobility.

The Open Universiteit provides good secondary benefits such as training, mobility, part-time employment and paid parental leave.

The possition is temporary for the duration of 1 year with the intention to extend to 4 years

Additional information

A summary of the project proposal is available by e-mail from dr. ir. Angelique Lansu (angelique.lansu@ou.nl), who will be co-supervisor for the PhD student. prof. dr. Stefan Dekker and prof. dr. Dave Huitema will be supervisor.

PLEASE NOTE: The email address indicated above is to be used exclusively for the gathering of more information regarding this vacancy. You are urgently requested to only send your application to the email address as indicated below under ‘Application Procedure’.