PhD project on Food Trade in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1900-present

PhD project on Food Trade in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1900-present

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1 Oct 16 Nov Wageningen

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Job description

A PhD candidate in global economic and social history who will develop and execute a research project on Food Trade in Sub-Saharan Africa, focussing on the 20th century transition from food autarky to large scale food imports. He/she will also participate in the research program of the Rural and Environmental History Group at Wageningen University and enrol in the PhD education programmes of the N.W. Posthumus Institute and the Wageningen School of Social Sciences. He/she will be able to develop his/her personal research CV and will co-lecture one or two courses in economic, global and/or environmental history to social science students.



Wageningen University & Research


You are an ambitious and enthusiastic scholar, and a team player devoted to research and education in a highly international and interdisciplinary academic environment.

You also have:
  • a MA/MSc in history, economics or any other social science with a clear historical character.
  • quantitative and qualitative research skills.
  • an interest in societal issues such as the causes and consequences of global inequality.
  • an interest in teaching (international) students in a variety of programmes.
  • good organizational skills.
  • fluency in English.
  • strong motivation to develop your own research project.
  • ability to work both independently and in small teams.

Conditions of employment

In principle this is a 48 month PhD position. We offer you a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended with 30 months if you perform well. Salary will increase from € 2,266 gross per month in the first year up to € 2,972 in the last year, based on full-time employment (38 hours a week). Next to a variety of secundairy labour conditions, we offer a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-the-year bonus of 8.3% of your annual salary.


Wageningen University & Research

The Rural and Environmental History Group

The Rural and Environmental History Group is an ambitious and growing group within the Department of Social Sciences of Wageningen University. Our mission is the study of long term growth, inequality and sustainable development from a global perspective. More in particular we are interested in long term rural development in relationship to changing environmental and global economic conditions. Our research focuses mostly, but not exclusively, on the modern era (c. 1800-2000). Our research is characterised by the combined application of quantitative, qualitative and comparative historical research methods. We draw theoretical inspiration from the social sciences. Archival research and data collection form a central part of research activities. We value the valorisation of research results and strive to reach out to academic as well as public audiences.

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Wageningen University and Research Centre

Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus - each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society - such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don't do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on 'the quality of life', turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

For further information about working at Wageningen UR, take a look at

Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.


  • PhD positions
  • Economics
  • max. 38 hours per week, temporary
  • max. €2220 per month
  • University Graduate
  • 421840


Wageningen University & Research

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