Are you fascinated by sustainability issues created by Dutch import of natural resources and how these came about? You could be our Postdoc who analyses transnational sustainability trade-offs. Are you enthusiastic about combining long term historical insights with contemporary sustainability challenges then apply for this Postdoc position at the TU/e in collaboration with Statistics Netherlands (CBS).
How should we understand the immense effects in global sustainability trade-offs of the Netherlands? The huge Dutch imports of raw materials and goods have been causing profound impacts in economic, social, and ecological developments elsewhere on the planet. These trade-offs have historical origins. Your postdoc research is part of the Sustainability Trade-offs in the Netherlands’ Entangled Modernisation 1900-2020 project, funded by the Dutch Research Council NWO.
You will study how transnational production chains developed and how these mutually changed the social, economic, and environmental relations both in the Netherlands and abroad, from the nineteenth century onwards. Your tasks are to develop databases on Dutch global trade from 1900 to the present, including reconstructions from archival material; and connect these data to sustainability measurement indicators. Databases on material flows and sustainability developments in the entangled regions will be developed in consultation with experts from Statistics Netherlands (CBS).
Your in-depth analysis of historical and contemporary trends in Dutch international trade will reveal the volume, rise, and decline of various commodities. Recombination of national and regional data allows you to elaborate on temporalities in regional shifts and interregional interdependencies. An assessment of sustainability developments will be based on the approach of sustainability and wellbeing monitors developed by CBS. In conjunction with other researchers in the STONEM project you will perform in dept analyses on localized case studies on extraction and production of edible oils and metals.
In the STONEM program you will collaborate with scholars at Eindhoven University of Technology (TUe) and Utrecht University (UU), Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and other partners in the STONEM research program. As a postdoc from TUe you will partly be a ‘researchers in residence’ at CBS. Here you will get inhouse training and access to relevant contemporary data resources. Historical (archival) data reconstructions is expected as part of this research.
At TUe you will work in the multidisciplinary environment of the Technology Innovation and Society (TIS) research group . Your project will connect to ongoing research on global sustainability histories at the Eindhoven History Lab, transitions studies and development studies at TIS; agricultural transition and global history of the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group of Wageningen University. At Utrecht University your insight connect to economic and social history and ongoing research on Deep Transitions in The Netherlands of Utrecht Center for Global Challenges. Together with our societal partners your results become visible in (inter)national policy realms on international trade and sustainable developments.
Conditions of employment
A meaningful job at a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central railway station. In addition, we offer you:
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Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.
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Please contact the hiring manager dr.ir. Frank Veraart, assistant professor, F.C.A.Veraart[at]tue.nl
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We look forward to receiving your application and will screen at the end of October. Starting date of Postdoc position is foreseen in spring 2024.
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