Vacancy: postdoc researcher Horizon Europe projects on the governance of crises and trust

The research group Politics & Public Governance, the research group Government and Law, and the GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence of the University of Antwerp are looking for:

A postdoc researcher (80-100%) for research in and coordination of Horizon Europe projects on the governance of crises and trust

Are you interested in studying how the EU and national, regional, and local governments reacted, coordinated, and adapted to big crises like the COVID-19 crisis; how these actors use experts and lay information to make decisions; and how the governance of crisis affects the trust of society in democracy, the rule of law and fundamental values? We are looking to hire a new postdoc researcher for three years. The successful applicant will conduct research and help coordinate research of two complementary Horizon Europe projects: ‘Robust Crisis Governance in Turbulent Times – Mindset, Evidence, Strategies’ (ROBUST) and ‘Legitimate Crisis Management and Multi-level Governance’ (LEGITIMULT).

Unexpected crises in turbulent times pose significant challenges to public governance and call for robust crisis governance. The ROBUST research consortium, led by the University of Roskilde and composed of ten partner institutions from across Europe, investigates how European societies can harness flexible adaptation and proactive innovation to deliver effective crisis responses. By studying three recent crises (the financial, refugee, and COVID-19 crises), the ROBUST project aims to set in motion a paradigm shift from ‘resilience’ (‘bouncing back’) to ‘robustness’ (‘building back better’) as the central principle of future crisis governance.

The LEGITIMULT Research Consortium, led by the University of Fribourg and the EURAC Institute for Comparative Federalism, composed of eleven partner institutions from across Europe, assesses the impact of the pandemic measures taken by various international, national, and subnational governments on multi-level institutions and intergovernmental relations. LEGITIMULT analyses the effect of these measures on democratic governance, looking for a new model of legitimate crisis management.

You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including August 15th, 2022