Two PhD positions: Tailored behavioural interventions to stimulate energy efficiency in residential homes
2 dagen geleden - VU - Amsterdam
Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences is looking for a PhD candidate. Are you interested? Then please read the full profile and apply.
Worldwide, diet-related chronic diseases (such as obesity, diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular diseases) increased over the past decades. An important explanatory factor for this increase are the concurrent changes that occurred to our food environment. The food environment consist of all food-related exposures that we come across in our day-to-day lives, including the accessibility of different food outlets (e.g. supermarkets, school canteens, fast food outlets), availability of food products and food labeling, food marketing and food prices. It is critical that within the European Union (EU) as well as within European countries, governments implement preventive policies and actions towards creating healthier food environments. Although monitoring the level of implementation of policies and actions is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), systematic efforts to monitor the implementation of preventive policies and actions are scarce in Europe. Therefore, in this European JPI-funded PhD project, the implementation of European-level and national food policies (e.g. in the Netherlands) will be assessed. Further, the effectiveness and impact of these policies will be determined, with special attention to effects on socio-economic differences in food consumption.
Main purpose of the job
In this PhD project, we aim to test and implement the INFORMAS Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) in an European and Dutch context and in doing so, benchmark (EU and national) policies, with direct/indirect influence on food environments, against international best practices. Also, the effectiveness of particular policy actions will be studied in-depth. In the final year, a Food-EPI to assess food policies in the city of Utrecht will be developed and tested. This PhD project is embedded in the larger, European, JPI-funded “Policy Evaluation Network (PEN)” project. Within PEN, 29 research groups from nine different countries across Europe collaborate on better understanding the implementation and effects of policies related to physical activity and diet across Europe.
Tasks of the PhD candidate consist of (but are not limited to):
To develop your teaching skills, you are expected to contribute to the teaching programme of the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning.
We seek a highly motivated PhD candidate with:
We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for one year. Depending on a good performance, this may be extended to a total period of four years, with the specific intent that it results in a doctorate within this period. The gross salary ranges between €2,222 and €2,840 (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Maartje Poelman (email@example.com) or Dr. Carlijn Kamphuis (firstname.lastname@example.org).