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In order to make the energy transition happen, governments are heavily dependent upon the choices of their people. For instance, about the temperature in house, the use of warm water, choice for investing in sustainable energy or the choice for an alternative heating system. Hence, the energy transition is also very much a matter of behavioural change. Together with other stakeholders, governments are thus looking for interventions that can help to spur the energy transition.
This research position is dedicated to understanding which interventions can be designed (and how) in order to influence choices and change existing behavioural routines to spur the energy transition. Thereby it is important to acknowledge that individual behaviour is not (just) the result of individual, rational choices, but is highly determined by one’s social context and social-historical background.
The post-doctoral researcher will – in close collaboration with the Public Administration chair & director of the Erasmus Governance Design Studio, and the chair in Behavioural Change – contribute to and develop design-oriented research projects which enlarges our understanding how (the context of) behaviour can be influenced, particularly regarding the energy transition. The postdoc plays a connecting role between the various disciplines within the ESSB (particularly transition sciences, psychology, sociology and public administration) to spur our understanding of the behavioural aspects of the energy transition.
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The Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), named after Rotterdam-born humanist and theologian Erasmus, is a research university with a strong international orientation and a pronounced social focus, both in its education and research activities. On the lively, modern campus, more than 28.000 students and scholars of more than 100 nationalities are constantly encouraged to develop their talents and meet their ambition. Our more than 2700 scientists and employees work together with all our students to solve challenges faced by global society, drawing their inspiration from the consistently dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. The academic education offered at our faculties is intensive, engaging and strongly focused on practical application. We increasingly perform our research in multidisciplinary teams, which are closely interwoven with international networks. In terms of research impact and the quality of its degree programmes, EUR can compete with the foremost universities in Europe, which is reflected in its consistent top-100 position in most major universities rankings. Erasmus University Rotterdam’s key values are daring, curiosity, social involvement, breaking new ground and striving for success www.eur.nl
The Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences is home to a vast diversity of scientific disciplines: public administration, pedagogical sciences, psychology and sociology. In addition, the Erasmus University College, IHS, and two research institutes RISBO and DRIFT are linked to the faculty. This also reflects in the content of the (international) bachelor's and master's programs and in research. Our activities are always focused on people and society. At the ESSB fundamental, internationally oriented research is of paramount importance. In addition, social research for professionals, policy makers, and the society is part of our research activities. ESSB offers a stimulating research environment where major national and international research grants are received. Appealing guest researchers and ambitious PhD candidates come along to conduct their research. Our education is small-scale and works with innovative forms of education such as Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Both the Dutch and English programs are highly ranked by students and alumni. ESSB is home to over 2500 students and 300 staff-members. The different disciplines are supported by the Faculty Office (for more information, please visit www.eur.nl/essb).
ESSB has launched a strategy for the period 2019-2022. Part of the strategy is to create/strengthen four multidisciplinary pillars by specifically investing in research and education in these fields. The pillars are:
The current position is part of the investment in the third pillar; Behavioural Change.