PhD Scholarship in Political Ecology/ Environmental Governance, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

This is a ‘Sandwich PhD position’ open for qualified candidates from a developing country. The PhD candidate will receive an 18 month grant to spend the initial and final 6-9 months of the 4-year PhD Programme in Wageningen. The scholarship also covers all fees, the research costs and participation in international programme activities. The PhD candidate preferably has the support of their home institute or an international agency to complement their salary or fellowship for the whole research period. The PhD position will start Summer-Fall, 2012. Review of applications will begin April 10, 2012 and continue until an applicant is selected.

Applicants should have a prior degree in political science, geography, anthropology, sociology, political ecology, development studies or related field. Candidates should have proven knowledge of, and experience in agrarian issues and collaboration with the natural/environmental sciences, such as biology, agronomy, or land use sciences. They should have the capacity to develop within this setting a strong and critical social science contribution. Skills and commitment to work in an interdisciplinary team are required. Previous research experience, social science background, and experience with qualitative research methods are preferred. Fluency in English is required and fluency in Spanish is highly desirable. Willingness to travel to different countries for data collection and skills to organize access to respondents at different levels is required. Strong scores at the Master level, and oral and written communication skills are required.

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