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PHD Position Pathways Towards Sustainable Circular Business Models at Utrecht University and VITO (1.0 FTE)

The transition to a circular economy is widely regarded as a solution to address the environmental and economic externalities of resource use and waste …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2395 - € 2395 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

The transition to a circular economy is widely regarded as a solution to address the environmental and economic externalities of resource use and waste management in the current economic system. There is a large body of academic research that conceptualizes circular business models and aims to classify them into different typologies according to certain characteristics, such as the type of circular strategy they apply, the phase of the product life cycle they innovate, or the systemic boundaries they take into account.

While this body of work is very useful for academics to try to grasp what the circular economy is about, at the level of individual firms or clusters of firms it presents little insights into the dynamic transition and innovation process these firms are going through. Also, while the theoretical body of knowledge on Circular Business Model Innovation (CBMI) is growing, there is a need for more empirical insights, and a translation of these insights into recommendations and guidelines for strategic and operational business decisions. What firms need to know to make a successful transition is not “what is circularity about?”, but rather “how do we get there?”.

As a PhD researcher, you will contribute to create a better understanding of transition pathways towards effective, scalable and resilient circular business models, by analysing the past and current trajectories of firms that have been attempting to implement circularity in their business. Investigating the origin and evolution of circular entrepreneurial endeavours allows to identify the main driving and shaping factors as well as (solutions to) barriers from the perspective of the firm or entrepreneur in relation to external actors and trends. Analysing a sufficient number of cases in different sectors and contexts in a structured way will enable to identify change trajectories, fruitful combinations of circularity strategies, pitfall mitigation tactics, and success factors to aspire and protect. This will allow us to investigate circular business models in the broader context of internal and external influencing factors for entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial decision making.

Functie-eisen

You:

  • hold a Master's degree relevant to the position (e.g. (applied) economics, commercial engineering, (bio)-engineering with postgraduate studies in (applied) economics);
  • are fluent in English, both oral and written;
  • are available to defend the PhD topic on 20/10/2021, and officially start between November 2021 and January 2022;
  • are willing to work in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Relevant professional experience is considered as a plus.

Conditions

You will be offered a temporary position (1.0 FTE), initially for one year with an extension to four years in total upon a successful assessment in the first year, and with the specific intent that it results in a doctorate within this period. The gross salary ranges between €2,395 in the first year and €3,061 in the fourth year of employment (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) 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. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

Additional information

This PhD fellowship is granted within the collaboration between Utrecht University (NL) and VITO. For more information, please contact wim.vanopstal@vito.be or Dr Julian Kirchher via j.kirchherr@uu.nl.

You can apply for this PhD vacancy no later than August 23, 2021.