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Job position - PhD Candidate

10 December 2017

Cosmopolis is hiring a PhD candidate on the theme of the Circular Economy in Brussels. Application deadline: 10 December 2017

Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research at Vrije Universiteit Brussels is looking for a fulltime PhD candidate in the context of a 2+2-year Innoviris Anticipate project, starting on 1st January 2018.

The project, sponsored by the funding body of the Brussels Capital Region, is entitled “Circular economy and the city: identifying socio-spatial conditions and opportunities for a transition towards a circular paradigm in Brussels”. Research is both quantitative and qualitative in kind, focusing amongst others on a mapping of “circular” activities in Brussels, analysing their embeddedness in the city’s socio-spatial landscape, and thus developing a critical perspective on the theory, policy and practice of circular economy. The project will centre on a number of in-depth case studies in the field of food and transport, and will involve a collaboration between the PhD candidate and a postdoctoral researcher hired on the project. Due to the policy-oriented nature of the project, the PhD candidate is expected to combine the development of a doctoral dissertation with a steady reporting of results relevant to policy makers in the Brussels Capital Region. The PhD candidate will be based at Cosmopolis, a growing inter-disciplinary centre for engaged research into urban geography, planning and design.

Eligible candidates should hold a master degree in geography or urban studies, or demonstrate equivalent education in a related discipline, and be familiar with the field of economic geography and its quantitative and qualitative methods. Advanced knowledge of either Dutch or French is required.

Application submission

Prospective candidates are invited to send a full academic CV (including educational track record), a 1-page motivation letter, and a letter of recommendation to and by 10 December 2017 (10:00 GMT + 1). Following our commitment to gender equality, we especially welcome applications from female candidates.