Vacancy PhD Candidate Radboud University: Between Unity and Diversity – Local Implementation of EU Environment and Nature Policy

The Nijmegen School of Management is looking for a PhD candidate – Between Unity and Diversity: Local Implementation of EU Environment and Nature Policy.

Are you an aspiring researcher with an interest in EU policy making and implementation as well as subnational governance and politics? And would you like to examine how subnational governments deal with the EU environment and nature policy implementation? Then join our green, modern campus and open, personal work environment as a PhD candidate, where we stimulate you to learn new things and develop your skills.

The uniform implementation of European Union (EU) environment and nature policies leads to increasing problems regarding effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy at the subnational level. In this project you will investigate how subnational governments in selected EU member states deal with problems related to the implementation of EU environment and nature policy.

EU environment and nature policies increasingly clash with physical conditions and policy preferences at the subnational (local and/or regional) level. Responses range from impressive efforts to deal with uniform requirements from ‘Brussels’ to pleas for more room for subnationally differentiated implementation.

  • You have a Master’s degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Environmental Studies or a related field, encompassing at least a basic understanding of European Union (EU) policy making and implementation and of subnational governance and politics.
  • You have excellent knowledge of advanced qualitative and/or quantitative research methods, and are keen to further develop this knowledge.
  • You have academic excellence, as demonstrated by grade transcripts and CV.
  • You have an excellent command of written and spoken English. A basic command of the language(s) of the country or countries in which your cases are situated will be an asset.
  • You have the willingness and capacity to conduct extensive fieldwork in the case study country or countries.
  • You are able to work independently as well as in close cooperation with the daily supervisor and other members of the research project or research group.
  • You are able to finish the PhD project before the assigned deadline: you have strong skills in project management, flexibility, a proactive approach, and excellent academic writing skills.
  • You have professional and scientific integrity and the necessary social skills required for fieldwork and interviews.

The deadline for applications is October 5, 2022.