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PhD position on Interorganizational Networks and Cascading Disasters (1.0 FTE)

We are seeking a candidate for a PhD project on the reliability of networks of organizations involved in the prevention and management of disasters when facing complex disaster situations (cascading, compound or multiple disasters). This project aims to contribute to the current

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Broerstraat, Groningen, Groningen
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 3111 - € 3111 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

We are seeking a candidate for a PhD project on the reliability of networks of organizations involved in the prevention and management of disasters when facing complex disaster situations (cascading, compound or multiple disasters). This project aims to contribute to the current understanding of crisis management and post-disaster resilience by combining sociological theory on network governance and hazard response and philosophical inquiry into ethics and decision theory.

The proposed theoretical approach advances our understanding of network governance by bringing together the study of hazards and research on the governance of inter-organizational collaborative networks - two areas of investigation that so far have remained largely disconnected. Current approaches are based on post-hoc assessments of existing disasters and their consequences. In contrast, this project will start from a fine-grained conceptual analysis of risk and responsibility in cascading disasters, and subsequently assess how the resulting conceptualization maps on the processes within the organizations and inter-organizational networks under investigation.

The position is located at the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences – Department of Sociology, but the project is part of a collaboration between sociologists and philosophers.

See the link below for a further description of the project:

https://www.scoop-program.org/program-projects/719-10-5-high-reliability-inter-organizational-networks-and-cascading-disasters

The project is part of the transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research programme SCOOP: Roadmaps to Resilient Societies (see: http://www.scoop-program.org ). SCOOP is a research and training centre dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of sustainable cooperation as a key feature of resilient societies. SCOOP brings together researchers of the University of Groningen, Utrecht University, VU Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Radboud University Nijmegen. The PhD student will participate in the SCOOP PhD training program, see: https://www.scoop-program.org/training-program-towards-transdisciplinarity

Functie-eisen

We are looking for candidates who have finished, or are close to finishing, a Master’s degree in sociology, public administration, political science, philosophy, or similar. Additionally, we require that candidates have:

- strong analytical skills
- an interest in integrating insights from philosophy into an organizational sociology framework
- affinity with mixed-method research approaches
- eagerness to learn to work in an interdisciplinary research team and to conduct interdisciplinary research in the SCOOP programme
- a strong motivation for doing a PhD.

Conditions

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- a gross salary of € 2,434 gross per month in the first year to a maximum of € 3,111 gross per month in the final year (salary scale PhD), based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and a 8.3% year-end bonus
- a position for four years (full time). Each successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of the Faculty.
- PhD students in Sociology are expected to contribute to the department's undergraduate teaching program from the 2nd year of the PhD employment.

The preferred start date is 1 November (or 1 December 2021).

Additional information

Prof. Rafael Wittek
r.p.m.wittek@rug.nl

Conditions of employment