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PhD in Assessment of Trade-off Processes between Sustainable Development Goals

This PhD-position is part of an NWO-funded project on trade-offs and synergies between multiple sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Laos and Myanmar. Specifically, the aim of this project is to find where such trade-offs and ...

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

This PhD-position is part of an NWO-funded project on trade-offs and synergies between multiple sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Laos and Myanmar. Specifically, the aim of this project is to find where such trade-offs and synergies exist, and what constellation of social and biophysical conditions moderate such outcomes. We take improvements in food security as a starting point and assess to what extent these developments affect SDG1 (No poverty), SDG3 (Good health and well-being), SDG13 (Climate action), and SDG15 (Life on land), taking land use and land cover as a pivot relating these SDGs. The aim of this project is to disentangle the processes that moderate the trade-offs and synergies between SDGs at the local level, while a companion PhD project embedded in the faculty of economics aims to quantify and model these relations.

Tasks
The research will comprise the following activities:
• Systematic collection and coding (i.e. literature study) of case study evidence of trade-offs and synergies between food security and other SDGs;
• Fieldwork in Laos (and possibly Myanmar), using techniques like time-lining, participatory mapping, and other approaches;
• Collaboration with the companion project on quantitative mapping and modelling of SDG relations, and the Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies.

The successful candidate is expected to write scientific papers for international per-reviewed journals, present his/her work in international conferences, and finalize the work in a PhD thesis.

Functie-eisen

The candidate must have finished a (research) master in geography, environmental sciences, sustainability sciences, or related field of study, with above average grades. He or she should have experience in qualitative research methods (focus groups, stakeholder analysis) and literature research, and have a proven interest in sustainability and development issues. Proficiency in English is a requirement, while experience working or studying abroad, especially in developing countries would be an asset. The candidate should be willing to and able to travel to Laos and Myanmar for extended fieldwork periods.

Conditions

The appointment will be initially for 12 Months. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it can be extended for a total duration of up to 4 years in total, depending on the starting date. The desired starting date is 1 february 2018.

Information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment are for example:
• Remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance
• Solid pension scheme (ABP);
• A wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge.

Additional information

For additional information please contact Dr. Jasper van Vliet.
phone: +31 20 59 83052

Bedrijfsomschrijving

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) is a leading, innovative and growing university that is at the heart of society and actively contributes to new developments in teaching and research. Our university has ten faculties, and provides work for over 4,500 staff and scientific education for more than 23,000 students.

Established in 1971, IVM is a leading environmental research institute that is internationally recognized for its high quality research in a range of environmental disciplines, as well as for its interdisciplinary work. IVM aims to do excellent problem-oriented research that is useful to a wide range of stakeholders in the Netherlands and internationally. A unique strength of our research is to understand sustainability problems in their social and economic context. IVM’s research community works within four departments: Environmental Economics; Environmental Policy Analysis; Environmental Geography; and Water and Climate Risk. Since 2001 IVM has been part of the Faculty of Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.