Job at TU Munich, Germany

The Chair of Environmental and Climate Policy at the School of Public Policy (HfP) of the Technical University of Munich, Germany is seeking a researcher for a 5-year position in the interdisciplinary research project Trans4Real. The focus of the work will be policy, discourse, and acceptance analyses with regard to hydrogen technologies and sector coupling. The work will take place within an interdisciplinary consortium of leading energy research institutes in Germany.

As the job requires very good German language skills, the job posting is in German: 

https://portal.mytum.de/jobs/wissenschaftler/NewsArticle_20210419_132810/index_html

The application deadline is April 30th, 2021. 

Eu-SPRI PhD Summer School “Advancing Mission-oriented Innovation Policy”, 25-27 August 2021 Utrecht University (online)


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: 

ADVANCING MISSION-ORIENTED INNOVATION POLICY” 

Eu-SPRI Early Career Research Training School, Utrecht University, 25-27 August 2021 (online) 

1. OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE  

Against the background of societal challenges (climate change, biodiversity loss, ageing, cyber-insecurity), innovation policy has changed markedly during the last decade. Governments are shifting the emphasis in innovation policy from generic R&D and triple-helix support to new programs and instruments to target specific problems following the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Europe’s Green Deal and Digital Agenda, or more specific challenges rooted in national or regional contexts. 

Most of the new policies can be headed under ‘Mission-oriented Innovation Policy’ where policies are directed towards a societal challenge and articulated in specific targets and timelines. Missions should guide the policies and actions by the stakeholders involved and can be used as a yardstick for continuous evaluation.  

While this type of policy is gaining ground in policy circles around the world, many open questions remain regarding its rationales, design, implementation and evaluation. What is more, as various mission-types of innovation policies are now embraced at regional, national and European levels, questions arise about subsidiarity and multi-level coordination. Finally, to further our understanding, we are in need of more empirical research on the experiences and effectiveness of various forms of mission-oriented innovation policy in tackling societal problems.  

This course aims to provide PhD-students and early-career scholars insights into the state-of-the-art research and practice in mission-types of innovation policies. We will cover the following topics: 

  • The rise of challenges, missions and SDGs in innovation policy 
  • System perspectives on Mission-oriented Innovation Policy 
  • Regional innovation policy in times of grand societal challenges 
  • Quantitative mapping of knowledge and innovation for grand societal challenges 
  • Governance of Mission-oriented Innovation Policy 
  • Mission-oriented Innovation Policy in practice. Experiences across Europe (policy roundtable) 

Next to lectures and a policy roundtable, we organize parallel paper sessions for young scholars to discuss and receive feedback on their research. Participants should send in a full draft in advance (see details below). We also offer a social event on Wednesday evening. 

2. GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION 

Target audience for this course are PhD-students and early career researchers in innovation policy, and is part of the series of training activities sponsored by Eu-SPRI. The course is also open to participants not affiliated to any Eu-SPRI member organization and outside Europe. We expect participants to have basic knowledge of innovation policy upon entering the course. 

3. SUBMISSION OF THE APPLICATIONS  

Send an email to k.frenken@uu.nl with (1) your CV, (2) abstract of your paper (max. 1,000 words) and (3) motivation letter (max. 500 words). Deadline for submission: June 1, 2021

4. SELECTION  

The maximum number of participants for the course is 36. Participants will be selected on the basis of their interests and CV. Notification of acceptance and request of confirmation will be sent at June 10, 2021.  

Participation is conditional upon sending your paper (5,000-10,000 words) to k.frenken@uu.nl before August 10, 2021

5. FEES AND PAYMENTS 

No fees.  

6. SCHEDULE FOR THE COURSE  

The course will take place online from 25-27 August 2021 (afternoon sessions only).  

7. VENUE  

Online (Zoom). 

8. TEACHING STAFF (CONFIRMED)

Anna Bergek (Chalmers University) 

Frank Biermann (Utrecht University)  

Gaston Heimeriks (Utrecht University)  

Matthijs Janssen (Utrecht University) 

Kevin Morgan (Cardiff University)   

Ismael Rafols (Leiden University)  

Karoline Rogge (SPRU & Fraunhofer ISI) 

Iris Wanzenböck (Utrecht University)  

Mattias Weber (Austrian Institute of Technology) 

Joeri Wesseling (Utrecht University) 

9. LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITEE  

Koen Frenken (Utrecht University) (chair) 

Gaston Heimeriks (Utrecht University)  

Matthijs Janssen (Utrecht University)   

Iris Wanzenböck (Utrecht University)  

Joeri Wesseling (Utrecht University) 

10. SUPPORT 

This training initiative is part of Eu-SPRI Early Career Research Training Schools and is locally supported by the Mission-oriented Innovation Policy Observatory (MIPO) at Utrecht University.

PhD position in climate targets and energy choices @ Chalmers, Sweden

We’re recruiting a PhD position to examine what shapes energy choices and the ambition of climate and energy plans particularly in developing countries. The researcher will be part of the ERC project MANIFEST in the POLET research group and based at the Physical Resource Theory Division at Chalmers University in Sweden.
Read more about the position and apply here. Applications should be received by May 21st, 2021.

SPRU post on Dutch-UK heating decarbonisation

An exciting opportunity to come and work at the Sussex Energy Group, within the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex Business School on a project being led by Dr Matthew Lockwood comparing UK and Dutch approaches to the decarbonisation of domestic heating. 

In the UK, residential heat is dominated by the use of natural gas, with the Netherlands being the only other country in Europe with a similar reliance on gas. Following earthquakes in the Gröningen region linked to gas extraction in January 2018, the Dutch government moved decisively to ‘get rid of gas’ by 2030. This has provided major momentum to heat decarbonisation policy, which is moving ahead far quicker than in the UK. This project will seek to learn from Dutch successes and challenges, including decisions about networks, technologies, vectors, and governance frameworks.

The Research Fellow will map and analyse the governance and institutional context of heat decarbonisation efforts in the Netherlands; track local activities and outcomes in municipalities; assess the characteristics of Dutch heat transition governance; contribute to comparisons with the UK, recommendations and dissemination.

For more details, including the person specification and how to apply go to: https://www.sussex.ac.uk/about/jobs/rf-governance-heat-transitions-ref5635
Closing date: 21 May 2021

Job opening in sustainability and global production @ University of Southern Denmark

The SDU Global Sustainable Production, University of Southern Denmark, is looking for one or more assistant/associate professors within the field of global sustainable production.

We are currently working mostly within the field of social sustainability among suppliers in the Global South but are expanding to cover green parts of sustainability too. We have projects in among other places Bangladesh, Myanmar and Greenland. We have funding from the Danida, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Denmark and EU-OHSA.

We are teaching global supply chain management as well as electives, summer schools and PhD courses in global production and sustainability.

Check out the job opening here:

https://www.sdu.dk/da/service/ledige_stillinger/1148787?sc_lang=en

SDU is a really interesting place to work because it is fully committed to the SDGs.

EU-SPRI Early Career Researcher Webinar series – April Reminder seminar today

Dear all,

We have the pleasure to invite you to the first EU-SPRI Early Career Researcher Webinar that will take place on the 15th of April at 3.30-5pm (CET). We inaugurate the webinar series with two speakers (see information below) whose papers will be discussed by two senior researchers with expertise in the topic. Each speaker will have 20 minutes to present the paper, followed by 10-15 minutes of discussion and 10-15 minutes Q&A from the audience. You can register to attend the seminar in the following link: EU-SPRI Webinars Tickets, Thu 15 Apr 2021 at 15:30 | Eventbrite.

THURSDAY 15th APRIL at 3.30-5pm (CET)

Characterising Innovation Policy Mixes in Innovation Systems. David Howoldt. Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research

Does Green Public Procurement Trigger Environmental Innovations? Bastian Krieger. ZEW Mannheim and University of Luxemburg

Two other webinars will follow in May and June, information will be sent in due course, so stay tuned! 

Best regards,

The Organising Committee.

PhD position “Industrializing offshore wind through networks of new technology” @ NTNU, Norway

About the position

The Department of geography has a temporary position available as PhD Candidate in ‘Industrializing offshore wind through networks of new technology’.

The 3-year research position as PhD candidate is an educational position that shall provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a Ph.D. The position is connected to the PhD-program at the faculty of Social and Educational Science, specializing in geography, and the faculty will be your employer. You will be a part of a growing research environment in economic geography, innovation and sustainability transition studies at the Department of geography. You will report to Head of Department.

This PhD project is part of the newly established FME NorthWind (Norwegian Research Centre on Wind Energy) that has as aim to bring forward outstanding research and innovation to create jobs and grow exports, and to facilitate the sustainable development of wind power.

The Centre is led by SINTEF, with research partners NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), UiO (University of Oslo), NINA (The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research), and NGI (Norwegian Geotechnical Institute).

The Centre involves more than 40 national and international industrial partners that, together with the research partners, comprise a world leading consortium for the development of a sustainable wind energy future. 

The Department of Geography participates in this interdisciplinary centre and contributes with the social science research. The PhD-position will be organized within the work package 5 Sustainable Wind Development and will focus particularly on the creation of a knowledge base for accelerated deployment of wind energy in the European energy transition supported by Norwegian competence, technology, and resources.

See https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/202634/phd-candidate-in-industrializing-offshore-wind-through-networks-of-new-technology for details.

Research Fellow – EXperimenting with city streets to TRAnsform urban mobility (EX-TRA), University of Westminster, London

We’re looking for a Research Fellow, full time fixed term (3 years), to work at the European project EXperimenting with city streets to TRAnsform urban mobility (EX-TRA).

EX-TRA is an international, transdisciplinary, action orientated research project in which the University of Westminster collaborates with the Technical University of Munich, the University of Ghent, the University of Amsterdam, and the cities of London, Amsterdam, Munich, Turin and Milan. Central to EX-TRA’s approach are transition experiments in city streets, or intentional, temporary changes in street use, regulation and/or form, aimed at exploring systemic change towards a ‘post-car’ city.

The postholder will work on these new projects with a dynamic, trans-disciplinary research team, led by Dr. Enrica Papa, reader in Transport Planning. The position requires individual and collaborative research, contributions to research bids, co-authored publication work and activities to promote impact and extend the team’s research portfolio, with a high standard of written and spoken English.

The position requires experience with research on urban mobility, urban planning, and urban experimentation, experience with research involving stakeholders from practice. The post holder must also be proficient in qualitative data management; ethnographic and auto-ethnographic studies. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate ability and experience in facilitating meetings and other activities aimed at knowledge transfer and dissemination.

Working knowledge of the Dutch and German languages is appreciated as well as experience with using Geographical Information System.

It is likely that the initial period in post would be undertaken remotely.

Further information and how to apply can be found at this link:

https://vacancies.westminster.ac.uk/Hrvacancies/default.aspx?id=50060219

Closing date: midnight on 22 April 2021

Interviews are likely to be held on: w/c 10 May 2021

27th Annual SPRU PhD Forum: call for presentations – deadline 23 April 2021

27th SPRU PhD Forum: ‘Collaboration in Context: Advancing Research and Policy Practices in Science, Technology, and Innovation’

Thursday 17 and Friday 18 June, 2021

Online

In an increasingly complex world, the key to innovative problem-solving lies in challenging old system boundaries and using the potential of many actors, institutions, and knowledge sources – in short, collaboration.  

Under this umbrella, the 27th SPRU PhD Forum aims to bring together novel research insights to deepen and broaden our understanding of Science, Technology, and Innovation. The forum provides a unique platform for doctoral researchers to present and discuss their work with scholars in their field and to extend their horizons past their own disciplines. 

We welcome doctoral researchers from areas like Science, Politics and Decision Making; Energy Policy and SSH; Sustainable Development and Sustainability Transitions; Economics of Innovation and Industrial Policy; Technology and Innovation Management, and related fields. This year, we especially welcome contributions related to collaboration, which can cover but are not limited to the following topics:

•       Research across disciplines and beyond academia, in multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects;

•       Participation of civil society and/or the private sector in policy and governance processes;  

•       Multi-actor collaboration and transition experiments in sustainability transitions; 

•       Collaboration patterns in a digital society;

•       Power dynamics, risk perception, and strategies in multi-actor system;

•       Multi-level governance, large system disruptions (e.g. Climate Change, COVID), and innovation

Call for Presentations

To participate, please send an Abstract of your work or well-developed project idea (max. 400 words) including a short professional biography (100-150 words) to the registration link.

Successful applicants will be offered the opportunity to present their research in a short presentation (10 mins) and discussion (3-5 mins) during the Forum. 

The deadline for applications is 23 April 2021. We will send out notifications of acceptance by 14 May 2021. We look forward to receiving your abstracts!

Website: www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/newsandevents/events/phd-forum

Twitter: twitter.com/SPRU_Forum

Register now for 1st GeoST webinar ‘Just energy transitions: a spatial perspective’ 28 April @ 15:00 CET

Register now for the 1st GeoST webinar ‘Just energy transitions: a spatial perspective’ on 28 April @ 15:00 CET. Prof. Stefan Bouzarovski will give the opening talk followed by a discussion by Prof. Jennie Stephens. We will then open up to Q&A. The webinar is free to attend, but registration is required. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RNnJchawRISLSUZf1OzkaA. For more information, see flyer below.

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