The Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University is looking for a Research Assistant to work on citizen-engagement strategies to support food sharing initiatives. This research is part of a 4-year EU-funded project.
The position is for 16 months at 0.8 FTE and will be based in the Rural Sociology Group in Wageningen University.
The start date is 1 February 2023, and the position will end on 30 May 2024.
In this exciting research position:
- You will undertake an independent, systematic desk review of social norms, cultures, local conditions, and citizen engagement around food sharing innovation.
- You will undertake a SWOT analysis of the citizen engagement strategies.
- You will interview at least 15 stakeholders to validate and expand on the review.
- You will work as part of a team to translate the insights from this review into user-facing tools.
- You will also contribute to an EU database of food sharing initiatives.
We are looking for a candidate with:
- A Passion for food sharing and citizenship engagement.
- BSc (and preferably an MSc) in a social science discipline, ideally with a background in food studies and an understanding of the kinds of social and cultural norms and local conditions that shape food sharing.
- Experience doing systematic literature reviews and conducting semi-structured interviews
- Strong analytic and communication skills, ability to process complex information and translate it into accessible and usable formats.
- Fluency in English is required, ability to speak Dutch, Spanish and/or Italian is an advantage.
Additional inquiries should be addressed to Dr Jessica Duncan (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject CULTIVATE Researcher.
Do you want to apply?
Applications can be submitted through the Wageningen University Vacancy Website.
To apply, you will need to upload the following:
- Letter of motivation, clarifying your interest in the position and research experience
- A current Curriculum Vitae, including names and contact details of two referees
- A writing sample (e.g. a chapter from your thesis, blog post, or assignment from a class)
Please note that only applications sent through the online application process will be taken into consideration.
This vacancy will be listed up to and including 8 December 2022.
The job interviews will be scheduled on 16 December 2022.
Candidates are expected to start the position 1 February 2023.
You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 18th consecutive time.
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organization and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.
Wageningen University and Research
The mission of Wageningen University and Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University, and the specialized research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.
With its roughly 30 branches, 7.200 employees, and 13.200 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organizations in its domain. An integrated approach to problems and cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen’s unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.
The Rural Sociology Group (RSO)
A more detailed profile of the Rural Sociology Group can be found in its 75th Anniversary book ‘On meaningful diversity: past, present and future of Wageningen rural sociology’.
Central to the research program of the Rural Sociology is a relational approach to transformation processes, explored from the perspective of the everyday life of people, with a focus on agrarian and rural change, food provisioning, and place-based development. These processes are studied from a range of critical perspectives (e.g. interpretative and micro-sociological perspectives, cultural political economy, or governmentality studies). We actively engage in interdisciplinary (including collaborations with natural scientists), multi-method and multi-stakeholder approaches. A common denominator in our research is the focus on actors, agency, the institutionalization of practices, differential development paths, and political organization.
Our mission is to contribute to the development of sustainable and socially acceptable modes of farming, food provisioning, and rural development, which foster social and spatial justice. Through our research we attempt to un-familiarize the familiar and undertake critical analyses, but, importantly, also be transformative by engaging in the exploration of new practices and by showing a diversity of credible options beyond dominant understandings and constellations. A key characteristic of our research program is its threefold relevance: it should contribute to the scientific development of our field and scientific discipline(s), inform policymaking and provide support for practitioners.
The Rural Sociology Group is embedded in the sub-department Space, Place & Society (SPS) together with two other chair groups: Health & Society (HSO) and Sociology of Development and Change (SDC). Within SPS the groups share administrative support and collaborate in education. Together with the Cultural Geography group the sub-department Space, Place and Society has founded the Centre for Space, Place and Society (CSPS), which aims to advance critical-constructive scholarship within the social sciences with a particular focus on issues of socio-spatial inequalities and social and environmental justice. Within the CSPS the chair groups participate in research and PhD supervision and training.
More information about Wageningen University, the Rural Sociology Group, the sub-department SPS and CSPS can be obtained through one of the following links.
- Wageningen University
- Rural Sociology group
- Rural Sociology’s weblog
- Sub-department Space, Place and Society
- Centre for Space, Place and Society (CSPS)