A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.
Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences studies the Earth: from the Earth's core to its surface, including man's spatial and material utilisation of the Earth - always with a focus on sustainability and innovation. With 3,400 students (BSc and MSc) and 720 staff, the faculty is a strong and challenging organisation. The Faculty of Geosciences is organised in four Departments: Earth Sciences, Human Geography & Spatial Planning, Physical Geography, and Sustainable Development.
The new Assistant Professorship in governance studies will be affiliated with the Environmental Governance group, one of the four sections of the university’s Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development
. The Environmental Governance group is a dynamic, ambitious and internationally leading team of more than 50 Researchers with a focus on both fundamental and policy-oriented research of governance processes, from local to global levels. In the last two years, the Environmental Governance group has won four prestigious ERC grants and two NWO-VIDI grants, among other recognitions. The group is also involved in various important European research projects. The Copernicus Institute has been evaluated in the last international review as the highest ranked research institute in environmental and sustainability sciences in the Netherlands. Since then, the institute has intensified its efforts in maintaining its leading position, among others by investing in numerous new international faculty appointments and by developing new, internationally oriented teaching programmes.
Our university is committed to a strategic orientation on four overarching themes, which include “Pathways to Sustainability” and “Institutions for Open Societies”. The Assistant Professor we are hiring will be able to develop his/her career at the interface of these main strategic themes of the university, opening up numerous opportunities for university-wide interaction and support.
Utrecht University has been ranked in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities as the best university in the Netherlands and worldwide as the third-best university in the field of Geography. Utrecht University’s sustainability research in the field of climate change and ecosystems has the greatest citation impact worldwide according to a study conducted by Times Higher Education (2016).
The city of Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with a charming old centre and an internationally oriented culture that is strongly influenced by its century-old university. Utrecht has been consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the Netherlands.