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PhD position on the role of law and governance in moving towards a circular plastics economy in Europe and Asia

We are looking for a motivated and independent scientist who loves to work on a comparative analysis into the transition to a circular plastics economy in …

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Standplaats:
Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

We are looking for a motivated and independent scientist who loves to work on a comparative analysis into the transition to a circular plastics economy in Europe and Asia.

Concerns over plastic pollution are growing worldwide. The production of plastic continues to grow and plastics are now found in all parts of our living environment. Responses to the plastic crisis are varied and come from all layers and parts of society, i.e. governments, business and social actors. Many governments have begun to build policies aimed at moving towards a circular plastic economy, which requires a systemic transformation in terms of production, consumption, disposal and waste practices. Even in cases of a shared regulatory vision, the trajectory towards this circular plastic economy will be marked by legislative, cultural, institutional and technological differences, within and between countries.

This PhD research will center on a comparative analysis between Europe and Asia with respect to their legislative and policy approaches to this issue. Within this, the main focus lies on the interplay between governmental actors and the private sector. We seek to understand:

  • how circular plastic economies are being operationalized and shaped by differences in hierarchical relations between governments and business in European and Asian countries;
  • choices for policy instruments that aim to accelerate the transition towards a circular plastic economy;
  • the current set-up of plastic production and recycling networks in, and between, Europe and Asia.
Within this research, attention will be paid to both the formal legislative frameworks present, or developing, in the meaningful countries, and any informal governance practices that have developed.

Functie-eisen

Your successful selection to this position will be based on:

  • your academic track record (see below);
  • the theoretical and methodological quality of your ideas;
  • your ability to communicate (both written and verbally);
  • your two-page research proposal;
  • your fit with research of the Environmental Policy and Law Groups.
We are looking for someone who is willing and able to engage in research on the intersection between environmental law and environmental sociology.
You will also have to meet the entry requirements of the WUR PhD programme.

We expect to start this position in early 2020.

Academic Track Record
The assessment of grades follows the Dutch Scientific Organisation's criteria.
Candidates following or having concluded their academic education in The Netherlands: The overall weighted average grade of the completed bachelor study is at least the Dutch grade 7,5 and the overall weighted average grade of the completed first year of the master study is at least the Dutch grade 8,0.

Candidates following or having concluded their academic education outside of The Netherlands: The candidate's grades have to be converted to a grade according to the United States Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 4 point scale. The overall weighted average GPA of the completed bachelor study is at least 3.37 and the overall weighted average GPA of the completed first year of the master study (see also footnote 2) is at least 3.95.

Conditions

An international and interdisciplinary research environment with an encouraging mentoring program for PhD researchers. All PhD researchers are provided with a personalized Training and Supervision Program (TSP) through the Wageningen School of Social Sciences. Moreover, supervision will be provided by both the Environmental Governance and Law Group, with the possibility to gain additional training in either law or governance studies during the PhD depending on the applicants past training.

The gross salary for the first year is € 2.325,- per month rising to € 2.972,- in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreement (scale P). This is based on a full working week of 38 hours.
In addition we offer:
  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • use the sports facilities on campus.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.

We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

The researcher will be expected to live in the Netherlands and will be given an office within one of the Groups.

Additional information

Your application has to include:
  1. Cover letter motivating why you want to do a PhD at the Environmental Policy and Law Groups at Wageningen University;
  2. CV with certified copy of your academic transcript;
  3. And 1 document that contains a two-page research proposal together with two letters of recommendation.
Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present their proposal (in 10 minutes) to a panel composed of three staff members of the groups.

Do you want more information?
For more information about this function please contact Dr. Judith van Leeuwen, Assistant professor Environmental Policy Group, Judith.vanleeuwen@wur.nl and/or Prof. dr. Josephine van Zeben, Chair Law Group, Josephine.vanzeben@wur.nl

This vacancy is open until December 1, 2019. The first job interviews will take place on December 9, 2019.

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