This is a pre-vacancy announcement for an exciting research position in the Rural Sociology Group.
The Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University is looking for a Researcher to work on a comprehensive mapping of gender-responsive rural policies across the EU. This research is part of a 4-year EU-funded project (SWIFT).
The position is for 10 months at 0.8 FTE and will be based in the Rural Sociology Group in Wageningen University.
In this exciting research position :
- You will lead a systematic review of academic and grey literature to map and assess gender-mainstreaming and gender responsiveness in EU policy and law, pertaining to innovation and rural communities.
- You will undertake a SWOT analysis of the identified strategies from the perspective of rural women and innovation.
- You will interview relevant project partners and stakeholders to validate and expand on the review.
- You will work as part of a team to translate the insights into an accessible report.
- There are also opportunities to develop the work into an academic article.
- You will work closely with project partners (especially at Oxfam Belgium, and BOKU in Austria).
We are looking for a candidate with:
- A passion for agroecology and gender-based approaches.
- An understanding of the challenges within the current food system (inequalities, climate change…) and the need for transformation.
- A BSc (ideally an MSc) in a social science discipline (e.g. sociology, food studies, feminist studies).
- Familiarity with agricultural and rural policies in a European context. Knowledge of the Common Agricultural Policy is an advantage.
- Experience conducting systematic literature reviews and interviewing stakeholders.
- Strong analytic and communication skills, ability to process complex information and translate it into accessible and usable formats.
- Fluency in English. Other languages are an advantage.
This vacancy will be listed up to and including 8 December, 2022.
The job interviews will be scheduled 16 December 2022.
Candidates are expected to start the position1 February 2023.
Additional inquiries should be addressed to Dr Jessica Duncan (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject SWIFT Researcher.
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.
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, a blog entry, an essay from a course)
Please note that only applications sent through the online application button can be taken into consideration.
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 Group 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)