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PhD candidates within the project ‘Foodcitizens? Collective food procurement in European cities'

The Institute of Cultural Anthropology of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is looking for PhD candidates within the project ‘Foodcitizens? Collective food procurement in European cities' (3 positions, 1.0 FTE).

11 maanden geleden


Begijnhof, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


Also see the Project description under Additional information.

In the context of a research team consisting of 3 PhDs, two post-docs and a research assistant we will work towards a multilevel and multi-sited ethnographic comparison. Within this project, it is the responsibility of the PhD candidate to do research in respectively Gdansk in Poland, Rotterdam in the Netherlands or Turin in Italy. Through prolonged ethnographic fieldwork, you will work at three case studies and map out the context for collective food procurement. In order to contribute to the online interactive platform, you will receive an intensive training in audio-visual media (expected during the second year of PhD).

Deliverables for all the three positions:

  • Elaborating a research proposal, conducting fieldwork (total 15 months) and writing a PhD thesis; publishing one journal article and one book chapter;
  • Submitting research papers and presenting reports at the project’s workshops and at the project’s final conference;
  • Actively contributing to the project’s summer school;
  • Providing footage and edits for the online interactive platform and for pitching the case studies;
  • Organising one's case study according to a research protocol and data management plan, in coordination with the rest of the research group;
  • Organising and participating in reading and discussion groups, seminars, workshops, and masterclasses (as appropriate) within the research group and the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology.


  • A Research Masters or Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology or related field, with a top quality Masters thesis;
  • Well-developed research skills, including the ability to formulate relevant and creative research questions and hypotheses, descriptive and analytical skills, and a clear and persuasive style of writing.
  • Experience with ethnographic research and the extended case study method;
  • Excellent mastery of English (spoken and academic writing);
  • Independent thinker and team player;
  • Determined and motivated to complete the proposed PhD research within 4 years;
  • Experience in digital and visual media is preferred;
  • Experience with data management plans is preferred;
  • For the case study in Poland the PhD candidate must have a native or near native competence in Polish;
  • For the case study in the Netherlands the PhD candidate must have a native or near native competence in Dutch;
  • For the case study in Italy the PhD candidate must have a native or near native competence in Italian.


We offer a one year position starting from 1 February 2018. The appointment may be extended for up to a total of four years, subject to need and satisfactory performance. Salary range from € 2,222.- to € 2,840.- gross per month based on a full-time appointment (pay scale P, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at www.workingat.leiden.edu/.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Additional information

Project description
The PhD candidate will work within the ERC Consolidator project ‘Foodcitizens? Collective food procurement in European cities: solidarity and diversity, skills and scale’ directed by prof. Cristina Grasseni. Considerable attention goes to ‘smart’ urban food procurement, with little notice of the cultural diversity within Europe. For a growing urban population (80% by 2050), food is a mediator of relations within social networks, not only a commodity or nutrient. This project studies in-depth nine cases of collective food procurement across three European cities, asking if collective food procurement networks indicate emerging forms of ‘food citizenship’, or if they concomitantly co-produce hegemonic notions of participation and belonging – and either way, how.

Challenging stereotypical imaginaries of European urbanites, multilevel comparison in Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Turin (Italy) and Gdańsk (Poland) will investigate three types of collective food procurement networks (a. urban foraging; b. short food chains; c. local food governance) in post-industrial cities, considering the dimensions of solidarity, diversity, skill and scale of action.
Conceptually, we deliver a critical theory of food citizenship, adding a ‘meso’ level of sociocultural analysis to food scenarios, which mostly focus on the ‘macro’ (food systems) or ‘micro’ (individual deliberations and habituated reflexes) scale. Methodologically, we match in-depth fieldwork observation with participants’ narratives, using pioneering digital visual media to deliver collaborative and immersive ‘thick descriptions’ of their experiences and trajectories by eventually presenting them in an interactive online platform.

Enquiries can be made to prof.dr. Cristina Grasseni, email c.grasseni@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.
If you have any enqueries about the procedure, please contact Louise van Gent, email l.m.van.gent@fsw.leidenuniv.nl, telephone +31 71 527 3451.

Please submit online your application no later than 24 November 2017 via the blue button of our application system.
Applicants should submit:

  • A one page cover letter stating your motivation for the position and any relevant work experience/skills;
  • A CV;
  • MA thesis;
  • Two referees names and contacts. Referees will be contacted directly by the search committee.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates are expected to be held the week of 11 December 2017.

Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated.


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