CEDON is an interdisciplinary research group focusing on interactions between economics, business, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Within CEDON about 20 economists, engineers, psychologists and scientists are collaborating to help companies and society to develop sustainable development and CSR strategies. Planet, People and Profit are the central themes in CEDON activities. A list of recent publications and projects and the CVs of researchers can be found on the department website.
The research department of Economics and Corporate Sustainability (KU Leuven campus Brussels, CEDON) is looking for a motivated graduate student to carry out doctoral studies in the field of environmental economics, circular economy and law & economics, starting in October 2019. The transition from a linear to a more circular economy that uses fewer materials and causes less negative environmental impact, entails new business models and a shift from buying products to using products (‘servitization’, ‘access-based consumption’). Taking into account behavioral barriers, and in absence of a clear regulatory framework, users feel uncertain and hesitant to engage in new, circular product-service systems (‘PSS’). This interdisciplinary research project aims at identifying the behavioral and legal barriers that inhibit users to switch to new, circular PSS and at examining (1) to what extent and how the existing contractual liability regimes in the EU and selected Member States (BE, NL) can be applied to product-service contracts and (2) if they can help overcome the reluctance of consumers to engage in circular business models. The PhD project is part of an interdisciplinary project between the Law and Economics and Business faculties of the KU Leuven.
You should have obtained a Master’s degree in Economics, Business Engineering, Applied Economics, Management or in (Bio)Engineering with a strong interest in economics. Preference will be given to students who can show excellent (‘honors’-level) results in prior studies and students having completed a research Master. You should show a strong interest in circular economy and global environmental challenges like climate change. But most importantly, you should share our enthusiasm for scientific research.
You have a strong interest in quantitative research methods (quantitative survey methods, statistics, data analysis, …) and are willing to collaborate in a genuinely interdisciplinary way with legal PhD students and scholars. Fluency in both spoken and written English and good reporting and presentation skills are a prerequisite. Successful candidates are required to enter the PhD program in economics of the Faculty of Economics and Business of KU Leuven (see https://feb.kuleuven.be/research/PhD/PhD). As a PhD student, you are also expected to assist in the supervision of a limited number of Master theses within the field of environmental and sustainable economics.
The contract is initially for one year, with extension possible for another 3 years. We provide office space at the KU Leuven campus in Brussels, IT equipment and a budget for attending conferences. The indicative salary is about 2,200 Euros/month, before tax. You will be hosted in the research department CEDON (Center for Economics and Corporate Sustainability) of the Faculty Economics and Business, campus Brussels of KU Leuven. CEDON is an interdisciplinary research group focusing on interactions between economics, business, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Within CEDON about 20 economists, engineers, psychologists and scientists are collaborating to help companies and society to develop sustainable development and CSR strategies. Planet, People and Profit are the central themes in CEDON activities. A list of recent publications and projects and the CVs of researchers can be found on the department website: https://feb.kuleuven.be/research/sustainability.
To apply for the position, please prepare your cv, proof of academic credentials and a short motivation letter. Applications should be made online (not via e-mail!)
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Sandra Rousseau, tel.: +32 16 32 66 87, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Prof. dr. Johan Eyckmans, tel.: +32 16 37 63 01, mail: email@example.com.
You can apply for this job no later than August 15, 2019 via the online application tool
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|Title||Vacancy for a PhD Position in Circular Economy|
|Job location||Oude Markt 13, 3000 Leuven|
|Published||June 25, 2019|
|Application deadline||August 15, 2019|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Environmental Economics,   Industrial Economics,   Industrial Engineering,   Resource Economics,   Bioengineering,   Environmental Engineering,   Environmental Law,   Management,   Business Economics,   |