Webinar: “Let’s talk about reuse”, October 8, 1pm – 4 pm (CEST time)

In the list of circular economy strategies, reuse is consistently ranked as one of the most circular strategies – higher than recycling. But while recycling is omnipresent in academic and industrial research, very little is known about the practice of reuse in any country. To fill that gap, HIVA & the Circular Economy Policy Research Centre undertook a study on the size and the environmental and socio-economic impact of reuse in Flanders.

In this webinar, we will present detailed estimates of the amount of reuse channeled in Flanders and this for all categories of household consumer goods. The results will be used to feed the Flemish Circular Economy monitor by adding a specific reuse indicator. Additionally, in the webinar, one product stream – textile – will be discussed in more detail. Furthermore, in a panel debate, the impact of reuse and its potential role in the future circular economy, both in Flanders and in general, will be discussed.

More information and registrations (free of charge):  http://tinyurl.com/eventreuse

Assistant Professor Environmental and Sustainability Governance – Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University

Job description

Utrecht University has opened one new faculty position at Assistant Professor level (tenure track) in the field of environmental and sustainability governance. Successful candidates for this Assistant Professorship are expected to bring broad expertise (as evidenced by key publications and/or successful acquisition activities) on the main themes of our governance research programme, notably on different modes of governance (institutional design and effectiveness); on the normative foundations of governance (such as social justice and democratic legitimacy); and on the governance of societal transformations. The new Assistant Professor will undertake cutting-edge research on the global, regional or local level of environmental and earth system governance and develop competitive research proposals in the field. Empirically, the successful candidate will have strong affinity with governance challenges in fields such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable production, biodiversity conservation, water management or sustainable urban development. However, there is no specific empirical field or governance level linked to this recruitment. In addition, our research programme supports in all of its activities a transformative vision of change, expecting faculty members to engage in fresh thinking that goes beyond existing political institutions and governance systems, which have failed so far to address the fundamental sustainability challenges of our time.

The application deadline is 23 October 2020

More info and to apply: https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrecht-university/jobs/assistant-professor-environmental-and-sustainability-governance-10-fte

4 year PhD candidate @ University of Twente – Deadline Sep. 18th!

The Science, Technology and Policy Studies department at the University of Twente is looking for

(4 year) PhD candidate to study expectations and imaginaries and explore possible transition pathways related to the new concept of ‘Technology-4-Ecology-based farming’ (T4E). The PhD project is part of the Synergia project, which aims to develop ecological forms of arable, dairy and horticulture farming and new types of technological and socio-technical systems that challenge current forms of agriculture. The successful candidate will investigate the implicit and explicit concepts and visions of these new forms of farming and identify challenges and tensions. These insights will feed into exploration of socio-technical scenarios and transition pathways, which will be conducted together with stakeholders and partners in the project. This will serve as a basis to deduce requirements and options for responsibly governing transformative change. This PhD is part of the Science, Technology & Policy Studies (STePS) group, and supervised by prof.dr. S. Kuhlmann and dr. Kornelia Konrad.

The Synergia project is a crossover program funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). For more information see https://technology4ecology.org.

Your profile

  • You have a master degree in science, technology and innovation studies, policy studies or a closely related field;
  • You have experience with qualitative research methods such as interviewing and discourse analytical methods;
  • You have an interest in innovations and their societal implications;
  • Knowledge in the agricultural sector and technologies is a pre;
  • You are an excellent team-player and are excited about working with scientists from different backgrounds;
  • You are proficient in English, preferable also in Dutch.

Information and how to apply

Please apply via https://www.utwente.nl/en/organisation/careers/!/1308605/phd-transition-pathways before September 18,2020. The application should include :

  • A motivation letter emphasizing motivation and qualifications,
  • A detailed CV, summarizing your education, previous work experience and contact details of at least 2 referees,
  • A list of all courses attended and grades acquired during your MSc and BSc courses.

General information about the Science, Technology & Policy Studies group can be found on https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/steps.

Post-doc position: sustainability transitions @ AgResearch in New Zealand

AgResearch – a public agricultural research institute in New Zealand – has just advertised for a  2-year post-doctoral position starting this year.

We are seeking to build social science capability in the study of sustainability transitions. This is a project that has a strong emphasis on transdisciplinary research with stakeholders. We are seeking a Social Scientist that has expertise in the study of sustainability transitions, with an in-depth knowledge of sustainability transitions theory, current research in this space and the role and impact that science has in these transitions

There is a link to the advertisement and application details here.

Next NEST Webinar – Register now!

We would like to draw your attention to the next NEST webinar! 


On Tuesday 29 September we will have a webinar by Dr. Flor Avelino (DRIFT, Erasmus University Rotterdam) on transformative social innovation. The webinar will take place at 12:30 CEST and will be held via Zoom. You can register in advance by clicking here!


The recordings of the previous webinars are now available on our  Youtube channel. We have also included the recent IST keynote lectures in our playlist. By having a wide range of recordings, we aim to create a curated resource for newcomers to the field of transition studies to familiarise themselves with key concepts and state of the art research within the field of sustainability transitions research. In order to spark the conversation, we would like to encourage the discussion on Twitter by promoting the hashtag #NESTwebinar.


If you have any questions regarding the webinar series, do not hesitate to get in touch.

PhD position at EPFL on the diffusion of innovations

The Laboratory on Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems (HERUS) at EPFL in Switzerland is offering a full funded 4-years PhD position on the diffusion of innovations in socio-technical energy systems. The application deadline is on September 15. Please find the details here.

The PhD student will work within the research project funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy called “Diffusion of innovations in the energy landscape: the role of supply and demand side network effects for integrated energy management systems”. The research of the PhD student will focus on the information diffusion patterns of state-of-the-art innovations and its role on the uptake of integrated energy management systems linking photovoltaics and electro-mobility in Switzerland. The focus is set on the role and dynamics of information networks on both, the supply and demand side, as well as between them. The student is expected to develop an explicit geographical approach focusing on the role of physical and social proximity relevant for the diffusion of innovations. S(he) will combine qualitative and quantitative social network analysis to investigate information networks in different case study regions in all three linguistic areas of Switzerland.

Contact:

Maria Anna Hecher, Postdoctoral Researcher

maria.hecher@epfl.ch

Laboratory on Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems www.epfl.ch/labs/herus/

Global South Webinar Series: Changing Social Practices in the Crisis Webinar Panel Announced

We are happy to announce the panel of the fourth webinar of our series, Sustainability Transitions in the context of COVID-19: Perspectives from the Global South:
Dr. Anabel Marin – Research Director at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Prof. Dr. David Walwyn – Professor in the Graduate School of Technology Management at the University of Pretoria. His research interests cover sustainability transitions, renewable energy, science and policy, research management and industry localisation.

Suci Lestari Yuana – Ph.D. candidate at Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University. She started her Ph.D. in 2017 and her research focuses on the platform economy and societal transition.


This webinar will be held on September 9th, 14:00-15:30 CEST. Please fill out the registration form at https://forms.gle/U13oygaMEx7VV1Gi9 to receive the zoom link to participate in the event. Click here to save the date on your calendar!

This webinar series is an initiative of the Transitions in the Global South thematic group, part of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network. You can check out the previous webinars of the series on the Global South Transitions Youtube Channel.Please feel free to contact us in case of any further questions.

Best regards,
Transitions in Global South Webinar organizing team

PhD position on ‘Technology-4-Ecology-based farming’ @ University of Twente

The Science, Technology and Policy Studies department at the University of Twente is looking for a (4 year) PhD candidate to study expectations and imaginaries and explore possible transition pathways related to the new concept of ‘Technology-4-Ecology-based farming’ (T4E). The PhD project is part of the Synergia project, which aims to develop ecological forms of arable, dairy and horticulture farming and new types of technological and socio-technical systems that challenge current forms of agriculture. The successful candidate will investigate the implicit and explicit concepts and visions of these new forms of farming and identify challenges and tensions. These insights will feed into exploration of socio-technical scenarios and transition pathways, which will be conducted together with stakeholders and partners in the project. This will serve as a basis to deduce requirements and options for responsibly governing transformative change. This PhD is part of the Science, Technology & Policy Studies (STePS) group, and supervised by prof.dr. S. Kuhlmann and dr. Kornelia Konrad.

The Synergia project is a crossover program funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). For more information see https://technology4ecology.org.

Your profile

  • You have a master degree in science, technology and innovation studies, policy studies or a closely related field;
  • You have experience with qualitative research methods such as interviewing and discourse analytical methods;
  • You have an interest in innovations and their societal implications;
  • Knowledge in the agricultural sector and technologies is a pre;
  • You are an excellent team-player and are excited about working with scientists from different backgrounds;
  • You are proficient in English, preferable also in Dutch.

Information and how to apply

Please apply via https://www.utwente.nl/en/organisation/careers/!/1308605/phd-transition-pathways before September 18,2020. The application should include :

  • A motivation letter emphasizing motivation and qualifications,
  • A detailed CV, summarizing your education, previous work experience and contact details of at least 2 referees,
  • A list of all courses attended and grades acquired during your MSc and BSc courses.

Additional information is provided via the link above. For further questions, please contact dr. K.E. Konrad, email k.e.konrad@utwente.nl, phone: +31 53 489 3906. General information about the Science, Technology & Policy Studies group can be found on https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/steps.

Junior Professor (W1) Innovation and Sustainability in Ibero-America at Heidelberg University

Junior Professor (W1) Innovation and Sustainability in Ibero-America

Full-time for up to six years, beginning March 2021 at Heidelberg University.

The successful candidate will join the Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies (HCIAS) at which the Ibero-America-related research of different university colleges (faculties) converges, offering a unique range of expertise to address interdisciplinary issues concerning this region. The junior professor is expected to implement individual and collaborative research projects concerning bioeconomy and sustainability transition in Ibero-America, with a particular focus on its social and communication dynamics. S/he will teach in an English/Spanish-taught MA and PhD program in Ibero-American Studies.

Please click here for the full job positing: https://www.uni-heidelberg.de/md/hcias/images/call_w1_innovation_and_sustainability_in_ibero-america.pdf

PostDoc Position at the University of Bergen on Politics of Decarbonization

The Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation at the University of Bergen is hiring a postdoc to implement a new Horizon2020 research project. CET is an interdisciplinary research centre that aims at producing actionable knowledge about how to achieve deep, rapid and sustainable transformation of society to meet the climate challenge. We are now seeking a postdoc <https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/191521/postdoc-on-decarbonisation-in-europe> (3 years full time) to help us do research on decarbonization in Europe.
In order to meet the climate change mitigation objectives of the Paris Agreement, it is inevitable to phase out fossil fuel consumption in the power sector and decarbonize fossil-fuel dependent industries in Europe. CET is partner in that addresses these challenges. The project is titled Carbon Intensive Regions in Transition – Unravelling the Challenges of Structural Change (CINTRAN). Specifically, UiB will study the politics of decarbonization including the effects of populism and anti-democratic attitudes, focusing on selected carbon-intensive regions.

The applicant is expected to conduct both qualitative and quantitative analysis. At CET we will seek to understand qualitatively regional political discourses in the context of national/EU-level debate on decarbonization through assessing political narratives and key actors articulating them. This will be complemented with a quantitative assessment of voting patterns to explore the rise of populism and anti-democratic attitudes in carbon-intensive regions.

About the project/work tasks

The postdoc will conduct research and develop publications in close collaboration with other academic and user partners in the project. The postdoc will conduct specific research tasks as stipulated in the proposal and further developed by the research team.

The postdoc will have her/his work place at CET, and is expected to contribute to making CET a dynamic and productive academic environment. The postdoc will also work closely with other partners in the project, including researchers at the Wuppertal Institute, Chalmers University of Technology, the University of Sussex, and other institutions.

Applicants are expected to submit a research statement, which describes how her/his competence contributes to the CINTRAN project and the activities described above.

Deadline: September 18, 2020.

For more information and application requirements, see here:
https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/191521/postdoc-on-decarbonisation-in-europe

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