Leuphana University Lüneburg (foundation under public law), Faculty Sustainability, Research Group Governance and Sustainability (Prof. Jens Newig) invites applications for the position of a
PhD position (100%) on
Governance institutions for sustainability in globally telecoupled systems
within the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie ETN Graduate School ‘COUPLED’
starting 1 July 2018 for a duration of 36 months.
Topic: Globally telecoupled systems such as commodity chains or long-range pollution present complex new challenges for sustainability and global environmental governance. These are often beyond the capabilities of individual states and even multilateral institutions to regulate. At the same time, the policy and governance interventions of governments and other actors themselves often have unforeseen consequences and knock-on effects. Taking European Union (EU) environmental policy as its primary vantage point, this research will: (1) identify key institutions, networks of actors and instruments deployed to govern for sustainability in specific case studies of telecoupled systems (e.g. global trade and supply chains and networks), and (2) assess their impacts with particular attention to so-called ‘policy-driven displacement’ effects, policy spillovers and feed-backs (e.g. increased deforestation resulting from EU biofuels policy). On the basis of this analysis, the research will (3) identify governance levers for effective intervention at multiple levels and among different actors (e.g. governmental, private sector, civil society) to address policy-driven displacement effects.
In carrying out this work, the early stage researcher (ESR) will: (1) Conduct interviews and documentary research to chart networks and key actors and structures associated with EU efforts to govern for sustainability in telecoupled systems (focusing on certain specific cases such as agricultural commodity chains or raw resource flows); (2) analyse and assess the effectiveness of different governance arrangements; and (3) propose potential policy and governance interventions for increased sustainability in telecoupled systems. The ESR will be jointly supervised by Prof. Jens Newig, Dr. Edward Challies and Prof. Patrick Meyfroidt (Earth and Life Institute, Catholic University of Leuven). Potential secondment placements include the German Federal Environmental Ministry in Berlin (Germany) and the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).
Location: Leuphana University Lüneburg is a young university, repeatedly awarded for innovation. The Research Group on Governance and Sustainability, led by Professor Newig, is affiliated both with Leuphana’s Faculty of Sustainability and with its Centre for the Study of Democracy.
We seek: a candidate with an above-average MSc (or equivalent degree) in Political Science, Human Geography, Sustainability Science or cognate discipline. We expect a strong interest in environmental policy and governance. Excellent written and spoken English is essential, and experience with both qualitative and quantitative methods (e.g. Social Network Analysis) would be advantageous.
Mobility Rule: Please note that at the time of recruitment, candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than 12 months in the last 3 years (in accordance to the funding programme of the ETN). Leuphana University Lüneburg is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering heterogeneity among its staff. Applications by qualified individuals are strongly encouraged. Disabled applicants with equal qualifications will be given priority consideration.
Applications including a letter of motivation, full CV, a draft proposal, relevant certificates/transcripts, and contact details for two references shall be submitted via http://coupled-itn.eu/recruitment/ .
Application deadline: 15 May 2018.