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PhD student on 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:
38 - 38 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 partners in a highly interdisciplinary research project, and want to make an impact? Then this is your chance!

As a PhD candidate for the project on Spatial Planning for Environmentally Diverse Circular Development (SPLENDID) you can do all of this. You will be exploring how spatial planning and governance policy can impede or stimulate a transition towards a more sustainable agriculture ('kringlooplandbouw'). By means of qualitative methods such as interviews, document analyses and focus groups, you will reveal economic, legislative, and institutional conditions that facilitates or impedes sustainable agriculture. Based on this, coherent strategies of land policies are developed using instruments such as land consolidation, transferable development rights, land banking, or subsidies for farm relocation. This ultimately results in a set of policy guidelines for practice.

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 who will work Utrecht University on the environmental aspects of ecosystem services provided by sustainable agriculture, the other one who will work at WUR on the farmer's response to the foreseen land policy for sustainable agriculture. Via the links you find both vacancies.

In addition, the PhD is closely collaborating with a wide range of societal partners, 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. Check out our page with news, recent publications and projects.


  • A university degree (MSc) in a relevant field (e.g. Spatial Planning, Environmental Economics, Social or Political Geography) with a broad and interdisciplinary interest;
  • Strong affinity with (sustainable) agriculture and ecology;
  • Preferably experience with living labs and collaboration with societal partners;
  • Very Good English and Dutch communicative and writing skills (field work is largely conducted in Dutch); • A collaborative attitude and a clear willingness to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams;
  • Compliance with all the entry requirements of the WUR PhD programme.


You will receive a fully funded PhD position and receive 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, 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 get in touch with Thomas Hartmann, Associate Professor at the Land Use Planning Group telephone +31 317 485095 or by e-mail: thomas.hartmann@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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