Are you passionate about social science and interdisciplinary collaboration, and do you have an interest in forests, forest management and nature conservation strategies? Do you have an MSc in forest and nature conservation/management, social anthropology, rural sociology or a similar field? Then this could be the ideal opportunity for you!
Specifically, we are looking for a PhD candidate who is interested in understanding how European forests are managed and conserved today with a focus on close to nature management approaches, with qualitative social science methods. You will need to be open and interested in interdisciplinary research, specifically with the natural sciences. Your work will contribute to a bigger research program on “green frontiers” in Europe as they relate to conservation ideas, policies and discourses.
The position is a part of a large European research project that investigates the potential of “land sharing” approaches for forests in Europe, with a focus on close to nature forestry. As part of this European research project, you will conduct social science field research in different European forest landscapes, and engage in collaboration with researchers from all across Europe. You will conduct in-depth interviews with nature and forest managers as well as stakeholders, analysing social science data work on scientific publications as well as policy related reports. You will also support communication and stakeholder engagement activities. As a PhD researcher, you be part of the vibrant international team of PhD researchers at the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group and the Department of Environmental Sciences, as well as the Wageningen Cluster for Sustainability Governance and the Wageningen Graduate School for Social Sciences.
The starting date of this position is January 1st 2024. You will work here:
The Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group
is embedded in the Department of Environmental Sciences of Wageningen University, which provides fundamental research and academic education on our living environment. The chair group focuses on the political, socio-cultural and economic dimensions of forests and nature. The FNP research program includes three interrelated themes:1 Forest and nature policy and governance; 2 Value chains and markets for ecosystem services; and Nature-society interactions. FNP is a member of the Wageningen School of Social Sciences
(WASS) and of the Wageningen Centre for Sustainability Governance.