Jobs

October 2017

New PhD position on governance and policy analysis in globally telecoupled systems

We are now seeking to fill a 100% PhD position on “Governance institutions for sustainability in globally telecoupled systems” within the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie ETN Graduate School ‘COUPLED’, starting 1 July 2018 for a duration of 36 months.

Topic: Globally telecoupled systems such as commodity chains, long-range pollution or distant policy-driven effects present complex new challenges for sustainability 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 a range of 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 (from multilateral to local) and among different actors (e.g. governmental, private sector, civil society) to address policy-driven displacement effects.

In carrying out this work, the 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 (success factors and barriers, social and environmental impacts) of different governance arrangements and their unintended policy-driven displacement effects; 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, focusing on sustainability, cultural and political science, education, and management and entrepreneurship, and has repeatedly been awarded for innovation. The Research Group on Governance, Participation and Sustainability, led by Prof. Newig, is affiliated both with Leuphana’s Faculty of Sustainability and with its Centre for the Study of Democracy. A multidisciplinary group of senior and early-career social scientists, it focuses on addressing the big challenges of governance in the context of environmental and sustainability politics.

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.

Contact: Prof. Dr Jens Newig; e-mail: newig@uni.leuphana.de.

Applications including a letter of motivation, full CV, a draft proposal, relevant certificates/transcripts, and contact details for two references shall be submitted via the project website http://coupled-itn.eu/.

Application deadline: 24 November 2017.


November 2016

Doctoral Programme “Democracy under Stress” – 7 new PhD positions

Deadline for applications: 12 June 2016

 


May 2016

Doctoral Programme “Democracy under Stress” – 7 new PhD positions

Deadline for applications: 12 June 2016

Leuphana’s Center for the Study of Democracy has been awarded a major grant for funding a total of 14 PhD scholars. The first 7 scholarships are advertised now.

The doc­to­ral pro­gram in­ves­ti­ga­tes how the new po­li­ti­cal, eco­no­mic, eco­lo­gi­cal, and cultural chal­len­ges (‘stress fac­tors’) that mo­dern de­mo­cra­cies en­coun­ter are per­cei­ved, dealt with, and sol­ved in view of the exis­ting ten­si­on bet­ween po­li­ti­cal le­gi­ti­ma­cy and re­stric­ted per­for­mance. It will fur­ther look into the im­pli­ca­ti­ons that dif­fe­rent mo­des of pro­blem-hand­ling have for the ‘sur­vi­val chan­ces’ of de­mo­cra­cy. This two­fold re­se­arch agen­da will be ana­ly­zed in three fiel­ds of stu­dy that re­pre­sent the core func­tions of de­mo­cra­cies: par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on, re­pre­sen­ta­ti­on, and in­clu­si­on.

The first field of stu­dy is con­cer­ned with how ci­ti­zens in de­mo­cra­tic so­cie­ties per­cei­ve cur­rent so­cie­tal – e.g. environmental or sustainability-related – chal­len­ges in light of in­cre­a­sing ’eman­ci­pa­ti­ve’ va­lue ori­en­ta­ti­ons and how the­se per­cep­ti­ons are trans­la­ted into po­li­ti­cal be­ha­viour (participatory democracy).

In the frame­work of the se­cond field of stu­dy, the re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ve ca­pa­ci­ty of po­li­ti­cal in­ter­me­di­a­ry or­ga­niza­t­i­ons as well as po­li­ti­cal in­sti­tu­ti­ons wi­t­hin and outs­ide the na­ti­on sta­te will be ana­ly­zed (representative democracy).

By me­ans of selec­ted po­li­cy fiel­ds (e. g. en­vi­ron­men­tal, cli­ma­te, sci­ence and me­dia po­li­cy) the third field of stu­dy looks into the is­sue of how new forms of po­li­ti­cal par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in­ter­act with tra­di­tio­nal in­sti­tu­ti­ons, ac­tors, and pro­ces­ses of re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ve de­mo­cra­cy (inclusive democracy).

Deadline for submission of applications is 12 June, 2016.

For more information, please see http://www.leuphana.de/en/research-centers/zdemo-english/doctoral-program-democracy-under-stress.html

27 July 2015

New position as

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, salary group E 13 TV-L, full time

– Institutional dynamics in sustainability transformation / policy and legal analysis –

Starting approximately October 2015, for a duration of up to 3.5 years. The position is part of a new, transdisciplinary project funded by the State of Lower Saxony and Volkswagen Foundation entitled: Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation: Institutions, People and Knowledge (leveragepoints.org).

Deadline for applications is 27 August 2015.

The full job description can be found at http://www.leuphana.de/bewerben/jobs-und-karriere/forschung-lehre.html.


2 June 2015

Leuphana University Lüneburg (foundation under public law), Faculty of Sustainability, is offering a post as:

PhD Researcher– Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, salary group E 13 TV-L (50%)

 – PhD 1: Institutional dynamics in sustainability transformation (Policy and Governance) –

Starting ideally October 2015, for a duration of up to 3 years. The position is part of a new, trans-disciplinary project funded by the State of Lower Saxony and Volkswagen Foundation entitled:

Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation: Institutions, People and Knowledge

About the project

Understanding how changes in interconnected social-ecological systems facilitate the transformation to sustainability represents one of the key challenges of sustainability science. Drawing on insights from systems thinking and solution-oriented transdisciplinary research, this project will focus on hitherto under-recognized leverage points – system properties where a small shift can lead to fundamental changes in the system as a whole. Leverage Points will focus on changes in relatively intractable, but potentially highly influential, system properties that could help to realign complex social-ecological systems to the normative goals of sustainability. Specifically, we will analyse three sustainability-relevant leverage points: 1) institutional dynamics (RESTRUCTURE); 2) human-environment interactions (RECONNECT); and 3) sustainability-related knowledge creation and use (RETHINK). The three leverage points will be studied individually and with regard to their interdependencies, on two key themes (food and energy) in two contrasting case study regions (Transylvania in Romania, and Lower Saxony in Germany). For details, see www.leveragepoints.org

About the job – PhD-1: Institutional dynamics in sustainability transformation (RESTRUCTURE: Policy and Governance)

This position focuses on processes of institutional change for restructuring food and energy systems. RESTRUCTURE will address dynamics (transformations) in institutional arrangements. Social structures embodied in institutions (rules, regulations and policies) enable, constrain and guide human action and thus are of central concern to sustainability transformations. Different from most existing research, Leverage Points will not only consider institutional innovation and ‘successful’ institutional arrangements, but will specifically investigate what can be learnt from institutional failure, and assess how purposeful institutional decline could foster sustainability.

You will be expected to work closely with the research consortium, including seven other PhD students, eight Principal Investigators, and four postdoctoral researchers.

Tasks and responsibilities include:

1) Policy and governance analysis regarding food/agriculture and energy, and its dynamics in a multi-level institutional setting (case study regions, countries, EU); 2) systematic review and meta-analysis of productive functions of institutional failure and decline for sustainability transformation; 3) Study decline and failure as institutional change (both conceptually and empirically); study institutional redundancies and inconsistencies within study regions; compare sustainability-relevant institutional change; 4) expert interviews with representatives of public policy and administrations in the regions; 5) study the role of citizen and stakeholder participation in institutional change; 6) publication of manuscripts.

Person specification

Essential selection criteria: a) Masters or equivalent degree in a field relevant to the analysis of institutional dynamics (e.g. political science, public administration or other); b) highly developed conceptual skills; c) excellent written and oral communication skills (English); d) ability and willingness to work in a large, multi-disciplinary research project; e) willingness to engage with systems concepts such as path dependency or self-organization.

Additional desirable selection criteria: a) previous experience in food/agriculture and/or energy systems; b) experience with sustainability transitions research; c) experience with empirical social science methods such as conducting expert interviews; d) experience with institutional analysis/research, such as from a policy or governance perspective.

An additional advantage will be fluency in German or Romanian.

Leuphana University Lüneburg is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering heterogeneity among its employees. Applications by qualified individuals of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged. Disabled applicants with equal qualifications will be given priority consideration.

To apply

Please address all selection criteria under clearly labelled headings in up to one short paragraph for each. Please also send a motivation letter stating why you are interested in the position, a CV (including publications), copies of relevant certificates and transcripts, and the names of up to three academic referees.

Please submit all materials in PDF format (as a single merged file) with the subject: Leverage Points PhD1 to bewerbung@leuphana.de and cc abson@leuphana.de. Files should be named with the applicant’s surname (e.g. SmithLeveragePointsPhD1.pdf).

Application deadline: 30th June, 2015

For any questions about the job, please contact Prof. Dr. Jens Newig (newig@leuphana.de) or Dr. Dave Abson (abson‌@leuphana.de) about the larger project.

For more information on the Leverage Points project, please visit www.Leveragepoints.org.

You may submit hard copy applications (not preferred!) to:

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Personalservice Petra Mühl-Beulke
Kennwort: LeveragePointsPD1
Scharnhorststr. 1
21335 Lüneburg
Germany.

 

March 2015
Four new Postdoctoral positions in “Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation: Institutions, People and Knowledge”

Leuphana University Lüneburg’s Faculty of Sustainability is advertising four postdoctoral positions. They will contribute to the transdisciplinary Leverage Points project. Drawing on insights from systems thinking and solution-oriented transdisciplinary research, this project will focus on hitherto under- recognized leverage points – system properties where a small shift can lead to fundamental changes in the system as a whole. Leverage Points will focus on changes in relatively intractable, but potentially highly influential, system properties that could help to realign complex social-ecological systems to the normative goals of sustainability. For details on the project, see http://www.leveragepoints.org.

The deadline for all four positions is 10th March, 2015.

 

Post-doc position 1: RESTRUCTURE: Institutional dynamics in sustainability transformation

This position focuses on processes of institutional change for sustainability, with an empirical focus on restructuring food and energy systems in Lower Saxony (DE) and Transylvania (RO). Social structures embodied in institutions (rules, regulations and policies) enable, constrain and guide human action and thus are of central concern to sustainability transformations. Different from most existing research, Leverage Points will not only consider institutional innovation and ‘successful’ institutional arrangements, but will specifically investigate what can be learnt from institutional failure, and assess how purposeful institutional decline could foster sustainability. More information and how to apply → here.

Post-doc position 2: RECONNECT: Conceptualising and quantifying human-nature connections

This position focuses on conceptualising and quantifying human-nature connections and how changes in such connections relate to sustainability outcomes, in food and energy systems in Lower Saxony (DE) and Transylvania (RO). More information and how to apply → here.

Post-doc position 3: RETHINK: Sustainability-related knowledge creation and use (Germany)

This position focuses on consolidating conceptual foundations related to new forms of knowledge pro- duction and use, and will apply these to local transdisciplinary case studies. The themes of the case studies will revolve around the food and energy systems in Lower Saxony (DE) and Transylvania (RO). This position focuses on the Lower Saxony case, but contributes to the Transylvania case. More infor- mation and how to apply → here

Post-doc position 4: RETHINK: Sustainability-related knowledge creation and use (Romania)

This position focuses on consolidating conceptual foundations related to new forms of knowledge pro- duction and use, and will apply these to local transdisciplinary case studies. The themes of the case studies will revolve around the food and energy systems in Lower Saxony (DE) and Transylvania (RO). This position focuses on the Transylvania case, but contributes to the Lower Saxony case. More infor- mation and how to apply → here

All positions are full time for a duration of up to 3.5 years, salary group E 13 TV-L.

Application deadline for all positions: 10th March, with an expected start date of 1st July, or as soon as possible thereafter.

 

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