Postdoc Inclusive Urban Green Governance

Postdoc Inclusive Urban Green Governance

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1 Nov 27 Nov Wageningen

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Job description

Are you an ambitious postdoctoral scholar in the field of social sciences and/or inter-disciplinary environmental sciences? Do you have an interest in urban green governance and environmental justice? Are you enthusiastic about developing effective approaches for governments to strengthen inclusive urban green planning through collaboration with citizens and civil society? Do you like to work in an interdisciplinary and international team? Then this could be the ideal career option for you!

As postdoctoral researcher in the European NATURO-project, you will be responsible for reviewing and innovating approaches from different European cities to strengthen inclusive urban green governance within municipalities and between municipalities, civil society and local residents. You will implement and evaluate governance approaches in one urban Living Lab in the Netherlands, with specific focus on the inclusion of marginalized groups, related to age, ethnicity or physical or mental challenges. You will evaluate the impact on and perception of environmental justice for the Living Labs in all three European project-cities. While the project is a scientific endeavor to advance our understanding of cross-scale collaborations in an urban context, it also includes a hand-on activity to co-create successful inclusion approaches with stakeholders and citizens within municipalities.

Your duties and responsibilities include:
  • Analyze and innovate inclusive planning and co-management in different European contexts
  • Drive the co-creation of one urban Living Lab
  • Develop collaborations with the international team and with city officials
  • Evaluate the environment justice impact of implemented governance approaches
  • Publish scientific papers on the approaches and evaluations

The preferred starting date is January 1st 2024.


Wageningen University & Research


You have strong interpersonal and communicative skills both with practitioners as with scientific peers, you like to drive innovative developments and to have a positive impact relating to societal challenges. You are a team player, and you have good writing skills and enjoy publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

You also possess:
  • A PhD in social or environmental sciences
  • A good scientific track record, including peer-reviewed publications
  • An interest in transdisciplinary research
  • Proficiency in English (C1 level)
  • Understanding of the Dutch language is not required but could be beneficial to this position

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.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 3,226,- and € 5,090,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10). This position is offered as 0.8 FTE position. The total length of this project is 30 months.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in the Netherlands, and at a university ranking very high in international comparisons in forestry and environmental sciences.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees.
Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling. For instance under the "30% rule", certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.


Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen’s unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR: read the 5 reasons to come work at WUR

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


  • Postdoc
  • Agriculture
  • max. 36 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • P1357596-1


Wageningen University & Research

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