PhD - Planetary health risks:Communicating climate change-related health impacts

PhD - Planetary health risks:Communicating climate change-related health impacts

Published Deadline Location
28 Jun 2 Aug Rotterdam
Are you passionate about climate change and its effects on human health? Do you want to be at the forefront of Dutch risk communication research?

Job description

We invite you to join us in exploring the critical intersection of climate change and health as a PhD candidate.

One area of planetary health focuses on understanding and addressing the broad impacts of climate change on human health. Our changing climate poses significant risks: emerging allergies, increased mortality from extreme heat, and more. To mitigate these impacts, it's crucial to implement effective measures and ensure public adherence to guidelines that minimize health risks related to climate change.

Effective risk communication is key to this effort. However, to communicate risks effectively, we first need a deep understanding of public perceptions. This is where your research will come in. By examining how citizens perceive climate change-related health risks through a planetary health lens, you will uncover the complex interplay of factors that influence readiness to act.

Job description
This project aims to understand how people living in the Netherlands perceive different climate change-related health risks, how they search for and process information about these risks, and what factors determine readiness to act, to ultimately make recommendations about how to communicate effectively about the health impacts of climate change.

To do this, four studies are performed utilizing survey designs, social media analysis, and mixed methods (survey and focus groups/interviews). As a start, the risk perceptions of the general public in relation to several possible health risks related to climate change are examined. Special attention is paid to vulnerable groups, such as elderly, children, individuals with chronic diseases and migrants. Based on the results of this first study and literature review, a particular subgroup and risk will be chosen to focus on (for example mental health of young people, or heat stress among the elderly) in the subsequent studies.

Specifications

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Requirements

The applicant for this position is expected to have a (research) master’s degree in the social sciences (e.g., sociology, social or health psychology, communication studies) or health sciences (public health, global health). A good statistical background and experience with quantitative research is essential; an interest or experience with qualitative methods is an advantage. Computer skills should include SPSS, SAS, R or similar statistical software. Applicants must have excellent speaking and writing skills in English and preferably Dutch, should hold a strong motivation for the research topic ‘planetary health’ and are fairly interested in risk communication.

Conditions of employment

We offer you an internationally oriented and varied job in an enthusiastic team, with excellent working conditions in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU).

The start date of this position is 1 Sep 2024 (or in mutual agreement) and you will be based at campus Woudestein Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM). This position is for 1 fte. The salary ranges from a minimum of € 2.770 to a maximum of € 3.539 gross per month Scale PhD on a fulltime basis (38 hours), in accordance with the CAO-NU. The contract is entered into for the duration of 1.5 year, which will be extended with a second term of 2.5 years if the candidate performs well.

Everything else we offer you, you can find below!

Employer

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research, as expressed in our mission ‘Creating positive societal impact’. EUR is home to 4.100 academics and professionals and almost 33.000 students from more than 140 countries. Everything we do, we do under the credo The Erasmian Way – Making Minds Matter. We’re global citizens, connecting, entrepreneurial, open-minded, and socially involved. These Erasmian Values function as our internal compass and create EUR’s distinctive and recognizable profile. From these values, with a broad perspective and with an eye for diversity, different backgrounds and opinions, our employees work closely together to solve societal challenges from the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. Thanks to the high quality and positive societal impact of our research and education, EUR can compete with the top European universities. www.eur.nl.

Faculty / Institute / Central service
Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) is part of Erasmus University Rotterdam and is responsible for a bachelor and four master programs on policy and management in healthcare, which serve 1000 students. In addition, research is being done on three major research themes: ‘competition and regulation in healthcare’, ‘quality and efficiency in healthcare’ and ‘healthcare management’. ESHPM has about 175 employees. The position offered is within the department of Socio-Medical Sciences. The department of Socio-Medical Sciences within ESHPM addresses socio-medical themes such as patients’ experiences, quality of care, and the accessibility and use of (health) care services. Other topics addressed include the consequences of care provision and care reform for health and well-being of vulnerable groups (including vulnerable elderly, older migrants, youth with chronic conditions, people with an intellectual disability, the chronically ill, and low socioeconomic status groups).

Specifications

  • PhD
  • Health
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • 4428

Employer

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, 3062PA, Rotterdam

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Application procedure

Please submit your application, consisting of a motivation letter and CV, before the vacancy closing date.

Interviews are expected to be held on Wednesday 14 Augustus.

You can find more information about the EUR on our website www.eur.nl. For more information about this vacancy, please contact Femke Hilverda via hilverda@eshpm.eur.nl

We look forward to receiving your application.

Persons of all gender identities or expressions, sexual orientations, religions, ethnicities, ages, neurodiversities, functional impairments, citizenships, or any other aspect are welcome to apply and join the EUR community.

Application procedure

Application procedure

Please submit your application, consisting of a motivation letter and CV, before the vacancy closing date.

Interviews are expected to be held on Wednesday 14 Augustus.

You can find more information about the EUR on our website www.eur.nl. For more information about this vacancy, please contact Femke Hilverda via hilverda@eshpm.eur.nl

We look forward to receiving your application.

Persons of all gender identities or expressions, sexual orientations, religions, ethnicities, ages, neurodiversities, functional impairments, citizenships, or any other aspect are welcome to apply and join the EUR community.

Make sure to apply no later than 2 Aug 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).