Radboud University

Postdoctoral Researcher: Plural Values and Intersectionality for Biodiversity

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Employment 0.8 - 1.0 FTE

Gross monthly salary € 3,974 - € 5,439

Required background PhD

Organizational unit Nijmegen School of Management

Application deadline 04 September 2022

Are you interested in understanding how factors such as gender, religion, ethnicity, race, age, culture, disability, norms, values and behaviour intersect and are implicated in biodiversity relevant decision-making? And do you want to translate lessons from decision-making theories, social theories of change and the behavioural sciences into improving biodiversity-relevant behaviour and practice? Then you have a part to play as a postdoc. 

Your research will be part of the Horizon Europe Planet 4B Project, which aims at understanding how factors such as gender, religion, ethnicity, race, age, culture, disability, values, norms and behaviour intersect and are implicated in biodiversity-relevant decision-making across different sectors, scales and settings. The project also aims at channelling this understanding into stakeholder interventions, elucidating transformative pathways and policy recommendations. The ultimate goal is the prioritisation of biodiversity and halting and reverting biodiversity loss.

Biodiversity is fundamental to humans and non-humans and to the Earth's integrity. Despite scientific evidence of the importance of the diversity of life for ecosystems, food security, health and well-being, and calls to halt biodiversity loss, there is a huge gap between the scale of the problem and the responses to it. Accelerated biodiversity loss is unprecedented, not only because of its pace and scale, but mainly and foremost due to its anthropogenic drivers and potential catastrophic consequences Much is needed to maintain the diversity of life on Earth. However, what can be seen is the lack of biodiversity prioritisation in the political agenda, private enterprises and society's everyday behaviour. We need to have a better understanding of how values, norms and behaviour are intertwined with decision-making by diverse actors, across sectors and scales. Besides, we are well aware of power imbalances and inequities within and across countries, so transformation requires that politics and plural values of human-nature relations: i.e. the diversity of knowledges, beliefs, values, worldviews and aspirations entrenched in people-nature relationships are brought to the fore, along with the role of intersectionality of social characteristics.

Understanding theories of decision-making and intersectionality is one of the project's research goals, particularly with a view to create a transdisciplinary framework of analysis. Your research will help to build this transdisciplinary diagnostic framework of theories of behaviour, decision-making and change by identifying and listing all the ins and outs and facilitating dialogue among consortium disciplines and partners. For that, you will need to identify, systematise and discuss the main theories, concepts and debates in different disciplines, conducting systematic reviews in diverse sets of literatures, preferably using bibliometric and meta-analyses. Moreover, you will conduct your own extensive case study related to agricultural trade between Brazil and the EU/Netherlands and its impacts on biodiversity and on indigenous peoples and traditional communities.


  • You have a PhD degree in a relevant social science field (e.g. environmental social science, political science, sociology).
  • You can identify and understand broad disciplinary and theoretical debates related to transformative biodiversity governance, transformative change, theories of decision-making, behavioural change, justice and intersectionality.
  • You have a strong affinity with biodiversity policy, sustainability, governance and justice issues, preferably evidenced by publications.
  • You can analyse, discuss and synthesise theoretical and conceptual debates within and across different disciplines.
  • You have an interest in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research.
  • You have knowledge of and experience with mix-method and qualitative research methods.
  • You are familiar with systematic literature review.
  • You have excellent written and spoken English skills. A working knowledge of Portuguese is recommended.
  • You have good communication and facilitation skills, and are able to work in a team.
  • You have strong skills in project management, flexibility, a proactive attitude, and excellent academic writing skills.

We are

Nijmegen School of Management enables students, institutions and companies, societal actors and governments to play their part in a transformation towards sustainable societies. In doing so, the faculty is committed to the mission of Radboud University as contributing to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. In the context of our mission 'Responsible governance for sustainable societies', we address scientific and societal challenges from a good governance perspective. Our work focuses on the topics Beyond economy, Climate, Inclusivity, Safety, and Democracy. By building, questioning and extending the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG's), we acknowledge their interrelatedness and focus on a number of grand challenges within society. On topics such as inequality, gender, decent work and poverty, we contribute to innovation and sustainable growth. Besides that, we address environmental and climate challenges, which we seek to contribute towards resolving. 

At Nijmegen School of Management, academic research and teaching are carried out in challenging educational programmes. These programmes are offered in the areas of Business Administration, Economics and Business Economics, Geography, Planning and Environment, Political Science and Public Administration. Academic research takes place within the Institute for Management Research (IMR). Research is carried out within the above mentioned domains and in interdisciplinary research groups: the Hot Spots. Around 5,000 students study at the Nijmegen School of Management, and the faculty has around 350 FTE staff.

You will join the Environmental Governance and Politics (EGP) chair group at the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment (GPE). The EGP chair group is a growing, inclusive and collaborative social science team of engaged researchers who aim to critically reflect on and contribute to sustainability transformations. We develop useful insights into the why and how of such processes, which can serve to enable, accelerate, deepen and broaden the transformation towards a global sustainable society. For this purpose, we engage in research, teaching and collaboration with societal partners. We are specialised in agriculture, animal, biodiversity, circular economy, climate change, energy, and freshwater governance.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,974 and a maximum of €5,439 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 3 years.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

Additional employment conditions

Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

Would you like more information?

For questions about the position, please contact Cristina Inoue, Associate Professor at cristina.inoue@ru.nl. Alternatively, you can contact Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers, Full Professor at ingrid.visseren@ru.nl.

Practical information and applying

You can apply until 4 September 2022, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Cristina Inoue. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation.
  • Your CV.
  • A writing sample.

The first round of interviews will take place on Wednesday 14 and Friday 16 September. The second round of interviews will take place on Friday 30 September. You would preferably begin employment on 1 December 2022.

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Application deadline 04 September 2022

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