Comparative Urban Climate Governance - PhD position: Mapping, exploring and interrogating urban climate governance innovations in the Global South

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Bornsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2191 - € 2801 per maand

Applications are being invited for a PhD student to conduct research through the Comparative Urban Climate Governance programme; attached to the Environmental Policy Group (ENP) at Wageningen University. You will conduct independent research on the ...


Applications are being invited for a PhD student to conduct research through the Comparative Urban Climate Governance programme; attached to the Environmental Policy Group (ENP) at Wageningen University. You will conduct independent research on the possibility for innovative and experimental forms of urban climate governance in the Global South. You will develop your PhD project in line with questions on the performance of these forms of urban climate governance, their transferability to other regions in the Global South, and their similarities and differences with those dominant in the Global North. The post will be based in Wageningen but expected to spend extended periods of fieldwork in either South America (Mexico City and Sao Paulo) or Africa (Cape Town and Nairobi).
The Comparative Urban Climate Governance programme is funded through a VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO) and a DECRA grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC). The project is jointly based at Wageningen University and the Australian National University. The programme is led by Dr. Jeroen van der Heijden. The programme compares the development, performance, and potential of innovative and experimental forms of urban climate governance as they have emerged over the last two decades in 15 cities around the globe. It seeks to understand what governance designs result in effective and equitable outcomes, where and why. As an interdisciplinary programme emphasis is given to social, political, economic and ecological dimensions.


  • A Masters degree in political science, public administration, sociology, planning or geography or any other related field
  • Some knowledge of urban climate governance
  • Capacity to carry out independent fieldwork in an international setting
  • A collaborative and team oriented attitude, with an open mind for other scientific approaches
  • A strong ambition to upgrade your knowledge and academic skills
  • Candidates with a scientific publication record are preferred.
  • Candidates with study/work experience in any of the mentioned cities are preferred.
  • Proficiency test in the English language (only for candidates from non-Anglophone countries and applicants who have not completed their higher education with English language instruction). Wageningen University has the following admission criteria for PhD students: English proficiency of 6.5 for IELTS, with a minimum of 6.0 for each academic module. You also need an acceptance of the candidate by the supervisors and the equivalent of a Dutch MSc degree.
  • For further information on the specific application criteria see:


A 4-years funded PhD study. The candidate will be employed by the Wageningen University for the duration of the study.
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 € 2191 gross per month in the first year up to € 2801 in the last year, based on a full-time appointment (38 hours a week). In addition, we offer a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-the-year bonus of 8.3% of your annual salary.

Additional information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:
dr. Jeroen van der Heijden, E-maill address:
Please do not send your application via e-mail.

To apply for this position upload your CV and motivation letter before 1 June, 2017.
For this position you can only apply online:


The PhD project will take place within the Environmental Policy Group (ENP) at the Wageningen University ( ENP holds a strong position in interdisciplinary research with key areas, such as urban development and transformation, climate futures, and environmental mobilities. ENP develops innovative ways of analysing and understanding social and political transformations of the environment. Core to this mission is the analysis of how and to what extent environmental considerations become incorporated into and change modernisation and globalisation processes, and the design of environmental governance arrangements that extend across multiple levels and spatial scales.

Wageningen University & Research centre aims to deliver 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.


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