Netherlands: Postdoc Position in Adaptive Governance of Mountain Ecosystem Services at Wageningen UR (University & Research centre)

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The Public Administration and Policy group at Wageningen University is looking for a postdoc to carry out research in the project “Adaptive governance of mountain ecosystem services for poverty alleviation enabled by environmental virtual observatories”. We are looking for a social science researcher in this cross-disciplinary project with Imperial College London and the University of Birmingham. This position will involve working with local researchers in mountain regions in Peru, Ethiopia, Kyrgizstan and Nepal and synthesizing the social science insights on the potential of participatory monitoring, knowledge co-generation and environmental virtual observatories for adaptive governance of ecosystem services in these mountain regions. For more information on the MOUNTAIN-EVO project, see The project will be under supervision of dr. Art Dewulf and prof. Katrien Termeer of the Public Administration and Policy group.


We are looking for ambitious and enthusiastic scientist, with a PhD in a relevant social scientific discipline and with cross-disciplinary research skills.
The ideal candidate:

  • Has a PhD in the field of public administration, political science, development studies, environmental studies or other relevant social scientific discipline
  • Is familiar with the literature on ecosystem services, adaptive governance and poverty alleviation
  • Has experience with doing research in the global South and is prepared to travel to the different case study areas for study visits
  • Has published internationally in refereed scientific journals
  • Is able to write articles and reports, to which many researchers contribute
  • Has excellent communication and writing skills in English (knowledge of Dutch or Spanish is an advantage)

Conditions of employment

An initial fulltime postdoc position for one year, with a performance based possibility for extension with another two years. Preferable starting date: 1 December 2013.

Scale 11 CAO NU (Dutch Universities) € 3295 – € 4462 gross per month based on a fulltime (38 hours) employment. The salary is depending on education and relevant experience. In addition we offer a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year allowance of 8.3% of your annual salary.

Contract type: Permanent


Social Sciences Group

The Public Administration and Policy group
The Public Administration and Policy Group studies the governance of wicked problems in the interrelated domains of 1) water and climate, and 2) food and agriculture. The group focusses on how these challenging problems can be observed and theoretically understood; which action strategies are proposed by innovative governance approaches , and which kind of changes in the governance system are necessary to enable innovative governance approaches.

Wageningen University & Research centre

 Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That’s our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

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