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Ongeveer 11 uur geleden - Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) - Amsterdam
We have a PhD position available within the large Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions International Training Network "Smart-BEEjS Project".Do you want …
We have a PhD position available within the large Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions International Training Network "Smart-BEEjS Project".
Do you want to participate in an effort to better understand the behavioral, economic and social aspects of the energy transition? Are you able to combine fundamental behavioral research with more applied field studies? Are you looking for a research challenge that can make a difference, within a very international setting?
The chairgroup Urban Economics at Wageningen University is looking for a PhD student to carry out a research project on "Human-Centric Energy Districts: Behavioral Drivers and Barriers (ESR3)":
The success of any innovation in the energy domain, such as transitions to positive energy districts critically depends on human decision making. Such innovation by definition involves change, and such change involves many psychological processes that can help or hinder such transitions. In the case of positive energy districts, one of the major changes is a change in the levels of interdependency between agents. The decentralization involved with positive energy districts will, ironically, likely increase the complexity of the relationships between agents, not only physically (these new energy networks will involve complex linkages between many smaller suppliers and customers), but even more so in a psychological sense. A transition to a positive energy district, for example, will require participants to change their networks of trust, and will decrease the distances between suppliers and customers: Your supplier may be your neighbor rather than some distant energy company.
In the current project we will investigate the behavioral drivers and barriers that help and hinder these transitions. We will use interviews, surveys, choice experiments and scenario experiments in which we investigate how behavioral factors such as interdependence, fairness and trust, need for autonomy, environmental attitude, financial considerations and social factors (such as norms and status) play a role in decisions regarding participation in positive energy districts for different subgroups.
In our project we plan to collaborate with organizations within Amsterdam (such as the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, City Council, local developers, housing associations, the Innovation Lighthouse, Energy suppliers, etc.) and other cities to identify areas of interest for studying the effects of this increasing interdependence. We will do this a) in areas where such a transition has already taken place, b) in areas where such a transition is happening or going to happen, and c) areas where such a transition is not on the table (yet).
We also aim to study different segments of the population (i.e. groups that differ in in their level of motivation to be part of the energy transition) and their perceptions, to try to be able to predict differences in the likelihood that transitions will be successful between groups and possible ways for addressing issues that may occur once less motivated groups are asked to make the transition. The project will be supervised by Michel Handgraaf and Eveline van Leeuwen.
Please note the mobility requirements for the position:
Conditions of international mobility of researchers: You are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. You must not have resided or carried out your main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the country where you have been recruited (the Netherlands, in this case) "for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before your recruitment date". Holidays are not counted. Your employer is required to verify this fact, therefore you may be required to provide supporting documentation proving your place(s) of residence or work during the previous 3 years. Note that the mobility rule applies only to your first recruitment within the project, and not to other organisations to which you might be sent on secondment. Finally, the mobility rule is related to your residence and not to your nationality.
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