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The transition to animal-free safety assessment needs to accelerate. While our understanding of transitions and societal transformations is growing, the question of how to govern the acceleration of such transitions receives less attention. Do you want to contribute to the transition to animal-free safety assessment? Then you have a part to play! Radboud University is looking for a PhD researcher ‘Governing the accelerating transition to animal-free safety assessment’.
The Chair Group of Environmental Governance and Politics (EGP) at the Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University, is looking for a PhD candidate. You will be part of the transdisciplinary consortium working on the project ’Accelerating the transition to animal-free Next Generation Risk Assessment (NGRA): A transformative governance approach’, funded as part of the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA). The aim of this research project is to contribute to the acceleration of the transition to animal-free safety assessment for chemicals and pharmaceuticals in the EU, including the Netherlands, and the USA. To achieve this aim, the consortium applies a transformative governance approach.
The consortium will experiment with transformative governance approaches to accelerate the transition through action research. As PhD candidate, you will play a central role in the project, working together with a postdoctoral researcher (also based at Radboud University), and another PhD candidate (based at Utrecht University). A central part of your PhD project comprises action research, applying a transformative governance approach, in order to gain experience with governing the acceleration of the transition to animal-free safety assessment. The research conducted by the postdoctoral researcher and other PhD candidate will feed into this action research, in which the entire consortium will collaborate.
We are looking for a colleague who is passionate about animal and sustainability issues - a researcher who wants to make a difference. We are looking for someone who can make connections across disciplines and among a variety of societal actors, and has excellent organisational skills.
Fixed-term contract: You will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract).
The Nijmegen School of Management enables students, institutions and companies, societal actors and governments to play their part in a transformation towards sustainable societies. In doing so, the faculty is committed to Radboud University’s mission of contributing to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all.
In the context of our 'Responsible governance for sustainable societies' mission, we address scientific and societal challenges from a good governance perspective. Our work focuses on the topics Beyond Economy, Climate, Inclusivity, Safety, and Democracy. By building, questioning and extending the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), we acknowledge their interrelatedness and focus on a number of grand challenges within society. We contribute to innovation and sustainable growth with regard to topics such as inequality, gender, decent work and poverty. Furthermore, we address environmental and climate challenges, seeking to contribute towards resolving them.
At Nijmegen School of Management, academic research and teaching are carried out in challenging educational programmes. These programmes are offered in the areas of Business Administration; Economics and Business Economics; Geography, Planning and Environment; Political Science; and Public Administration. Academic research takes place within the Institute for Management Research (IMR). Research is carried out within the above mentioned domains and in interdisciplinary research groups: the Hotspots. The Nijmegen School of Management currently has 400 FTE staff and approximately 5,000 students.
The EGP chair group, part of the Geography, Planning and Environment Department, is a growing, inclusive and collaborative social science team of engaged researchers who aim to critically reflect on and contribute to sustainability transformations. We develop useful insights into the why and how of such processes, which can serve to enable, accelerate, deepen and broaden the transformation towards a global sustainable society. To this end, we engage in research, teaching and collaboration with societal partners. We are specialised in agriculture, animal, biodiversity, circular economy, climate change, energy, and freshwater governance. We focus on transdisciplinary research, incorporate futures studies, and mostly apply qualitative methods and comparative analyses. Theoretically, we mainly use discursive, institutional, and practice-based perspectives.
Houtlaan 4, 6525 XZ, Nijmegen
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