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A PhD student on farmers' response to land policy for sustainable agriculture

Are you a young ambitious researcher who wants to investigate how a new spatial layout of the Dutch countryside can lead to more sustainable ('circular') …

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Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 32 uur


Are you a young ambitious researcher who wants to investigate how a new spatial layout of the Dutch countryside can lead to more sustainable ('circular') agriculture in the Netherlands? Do you like to collaborate with other researchers and societal stakeholders in a highly interdisciplinary research project, and want to make an impact? Then this is your chance!

We are looking for a PhD candidate for the project on Spatial Planning for Environmentally Diverse Circular Development (SPLENDID). You will be exploring the preferences in farmers for specific types of sustainable agriculture ('kringlooplandbouw'), in order to understand on what conditions farmers are willing to adjust their practices. Will it be possible to establish larger, contiguous areas in which farmers all work together to realize particular ecosystem services? And which policies are most effective to this end? You will combine interviews, questionnaires, statistical analyses and agent-based modelling to answer these questions. In the end your study will lead to clear recommendations for policymakers how to engage farmers in a radical transformation of the countryside towards more sustainable agriculture.

This PhD study will have high academic impact as well as high societal relevance. You will be embedded in an interdisciplinary team including a coordinating postdoc and two other PhD students, one willl work on the environmental aspects of ecosystem services provided by sustainable agriculture, the other one will work on spatial planning and governance for stimulating a transition towards a more sustainable agriculture. Both PhD vacancies can be found via the links above.

In addition, you will be closely collaborating with a wide range of societal stakeholders, such as policy makers and farmers. The project is attached to the Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning (LSP) group at Wageningen University. Do you want to know more about our work at the Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning (LSP) group? Check out our page with news, recent publications and projects.


  • A university degree (MSc) in a relevant field (e.g. Spatial Planning, Rural Sociology, Geography or Environmental Sciences) with a broad and interdisciplinary interest;
  • Strong affinity with (sustainable) agriculture and working with farmers;
  • Demonstrated experience with landscape or agent-based simulation techniques;
  • Very good English and Dutch communicative and writing skills (interviews and questionnaires will be conducted in Dutch).
  • A collegial attitude and a clear willingness to collaborate in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Compliance with all the entry requirements of the WUR PhD programme.


You will receive a fully funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your needs and the research team. The gross salary for the first year is € 2.395,- per month rising to € 3.061,- in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreement (scale P). This is based on a full working week of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for the duration of the project if you perform well. In addition, an appointment of 0.8 FTE is negotiable.
In addition, we offer:
  • 8% holiday allowance
  • a structural end-of year bonus of 8.3%
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions
  • flexible working hours that we determine together in good consultation
  • excellent pension plan through ABP
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes, e.g.
    the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra for extra leave
  • a flexible model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan
  • a lively workplace on the Wageningen Campus
  • make use of the sports facilities on campus for a small fee.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with our internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for personal initiative in a learning environment. With us you get a versatile job in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere, with students and staff from over 100 countries around the world. You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the "Best University" in the Netherlands for the 15th consecutive time.

Additional information

For more information about this function you can contact Martha Bakker, chairholder LSP Group, telephone +31 317 483357 or by e-mail; Martha.Bakker@wur.nl.

For more information about the procedure you can contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, e-mail: edgar.tijhuis@wur.nl.

Do you want to apply?
This can be done directly via the application button at the vacancy on our website so that we can process your personal data with your permission. This vacancy is open up to and including 23 November 2020. We want to plan the first job interviews on 08, 09 and 10 of December, 2020.

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