The Society-Environment Interactions Research Group is a team that deals with the scarcity of land as a resource for meeting the increasing demand for land-based functions, goods and services. We believe it is vital to combine insights on the provision as well as the consumption of these goods and services. We therefore aim to improve land use (configurations) so that an optimal bundle of services is provided, to guide consumers of food and land towards more sustainable behaviors.
We thereby give special attention to the decision making processes of land managers like farmers and foresters, as well as end users like recreationists and food consumers. This requires an understanding of their knowledge, preferences and attitudes as well as testing the potential impact of public and private instruments that can catalyze a behavioral shift. The team – composed of researchers from diverse backgrounds such as economics, environmental sciences, bioscience engineering and ecology – believes that an interdisciplinary approach is more than ever needed to decrease pressure on resources while simultaneously meeting societal needs.
Therefore, it integrates different quantitative methods from various disciplines such as agricultural and environmental economics, experimental economics, econometrics, geography, life cycle analysis, spatial analysis. The research group is involved in several European and national projects and is looking for a research assistant to strengthen its team. The research assistant would mainly be involved in projects related to sustainable food consumption behavior.
Research on food consumption behavior and in particular on how we can make those more sustainable.
– Organizing data collection on food consumption behavior, for example through surveys, (lab) experiments, qualitative interviews.
– Analysis of the above mentioned data
– Reporting of research results
– Support with the organization of study days and congresses in the field of sustainable food
– Support to various ongoing projects
– Masters in Economics or Bioscience Engineering with relevant experience in the listed tasks, or a Master’s degree with great affinity with (food) consumption behaviour
– Interested to work in an international and multicultural environment on agriculture and food
– Strong communication skills, both orally and in writing
– A dynamic working environment consistingof motivated and competent researchers and engineers, where quality,professionalism, diversity and respect for social and cultural differences areamong the basic values.
– A work environment in which bridgingresearch, project management, education and outreach is central.
– A position for three months, linked to asalary in Academic staffscale43
– Start: autumn 2021
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