Netherlands: Post-doc Position in African Economic History at Wageningen UR (University & Research centre)

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Job description

We are looking for
a post-doc researcher who will do independent research in the context of the NWO VIDI Project “Is Poverty Destiny? Exploring long term changes in African living standards in global perspective”. To assess the current opportunities of, and threats to, sustainable development in Africa it is crucial to obtain a better understanding of Africa’s historical development record. The post-doc project aims to explore long term changes in living standards in Southern Africa from the mid-19th century until present, including the development of trade, real income, conditions for rural production and mining activities, as well as the geographical and institutional factors that have affected long term changes in living standards. The research will be conducted under supervision of Professor Ewout Frankema, the chair of the Rural and Environmental History Group. The research is carried out at Wageningen University, and should lead to a number of (joint) international journal articles on specific topics within the overall framework of the project.


We ask
a scholar with a recently obtained PhD degree in history or (development) economics. He/she should have a keen interest in African and/or global development issues. Fluency in English and good communication skills are essential. Experience with empirical research projects, interdisciplinary research and both quantitative and qualitative research methods is an advantage. Candidates should be prepared to travel to Africa for local archival research.

Conditions of employment

We offer
a 0.8 fte contract for a period of 18 months, extended with another 24 months upon favourable evaluation (a full-time contract for a shorter period is also possible). Gross salary will start in scale 11.0 (€ 3259 at full time conform CAO Dutch Universities) and will be raised with an annual periodic. You will be embedded in a young, dynamic and ambitious research team.

Contract type: Temporary, Onbekend


Social Sciences Group

The Rural and Environmental History Group

The Rural and Environmental History Group is an enthusiastic, ambitious and growing group within the Department of Social Sciences of Wageningen University. Our mission is the study of growth, inequality and sustainable development from a global perspective. More in particular we are interested in long term rural development in relationship to changing environmental and global economic conditions. Our research focuses mostly, but not exclusively, on the modern era (c. 1800-2000). Our research is characterised by the combined application of quantitative, qualitative and comparative historical research methods. We draw theoretical inspiration from the social sciences. Archival research and data collection form a central part of research activities. We value the valorisation of research results and strive to reach out to academic as well as public audiences.

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Wageningen University and Research Centre
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