The University of Amsterdam’s Urban Planning research group is looking for a postdoctoral researcher (3 years) to contribute to the new project “Growing Effective & Equitable Nature-based Solutions through Inclusive Climate Actions” (GREEN-INC).
To enhance the transition towards climate-proof and climate-zero cities, cities have to address existing and future urban inequalities and injustices when creating Nature-based Solutions. Both theory and practice have turned to Inclusive Climate Actions
that could tackle climate change and inequalities simultaneously in cities. Yet, so far, a systematic evaluation of Inclusive Climate Actions is lacking. By comparing and contrasting cities that face different climate change impacts and patterns of urban inequalities, GREEN-INC aims to define institutional conditions under which Inclusive Climate Actions can flourish to develop just Nature-based Solutions.
The candidate will assess the performance of Inclusive Climate Actions in three European cities in order to create more climate-just and climate-effective cities. To this end, the candidate will conduct empirical comparative research to examine Inclusive Climate Actions in the cities of Amsterdam, Brussels and Bucharest. In addition, the candidate will combine critical and conceptual thinking on urban environmental justice and nature-based solutions with meaningful advice for policymakers and communities.
The postdoctoral researcher will be working directly with Dr Jannes Willems (GREEN-INC’s Principal Investigator), Prof Maria Kaika and Dr Mendel Giezen. The candidate will also become part of GREEN-INC’s consortium, which includes leading universities in Europe. The candidate will be embedded in the Urban Planning research group, in the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies (GPIO) at the University of Amsterdam. The postdoc will become part of the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR) and the Centre for Urban Studies (CUS).What are you going to do?
The candidate will become part of the GREEN-INC consortium and undertake research activities for three years that assess the urban environmental justice of Nature-based Solutions in European cities.You will/tasks
- Develop a conceptual framework to assess the performance of Inclusive Climate Actions;
- Conduct a benchmark of Inclusive Climate Actions derived from translocal networks such as C40 Cities and ICLEI using qualitative research methods;
- Conduct fieldwork in Amsterdam, Brussels and Bucharest to assess the performance of Inclusive Climate Actions using qualitative research methods;
- Map hotspots of urban vulnerabilities through spatial analysis (GIS), in which you combine socio-economic and wellbeing characteristics of neighbourhoods with urban morphology and climate risks;
- (Co-)organize consortium meetings and workshops to share and discuss insights;
- Contribute to international debates relating to nature-based solutions, environmental justice and cities, for example by presenting your work at international conferences and achieve publications in high-ranked journals;
- Take a lead role in preparing publications and research outputs, including co-authored academic articles, policy briefs and community events.