Post-doctoral researcher Public participation in environmental & energy matters
The University of Groningen invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher to study the effectiveness of regulatory frameworks and practices about Public participation in environmental and energy matters (34 months). This position is part of the Like!Me Living Lab Project (https://www.rug.nl/about-ug/organization/collaboration/research-collaboration/onderzoekenergietransitie/afgeronde-projecten/) focusing on effective public participation in environmental matters. This project is a collaboration between the Department of Business Law, European Law and Tax Law and the Environmental psychology group at the University of Groningen.
The aim of the project Like!ME Living Lab is to study the relationship between regulatory frameworks on and people’s preferences for public participation in decision-making about various environmental matters, in particular the sustainable energy transition. We propose that in order to achieve a high level of environmental protection and socially acceptable energy policies and projects, equal opportunities need to be created for different societal groups to participate in decision making and people’s different values need to be taken into account throughout the whole chain of decision-making.
Accordingly, you will study EU and national public participation regulatory frameworks and strategies on energy transition and carry out qualitative and/or quantitative studies (e.g. semi-structured interviews, questionnaires, experiments, longitudinal research) to examine the alignment of these strategies with public acceptability of energy policies and projects and public preferences for public participation practices. You will study real-life public participation in decision-making on polices and projects in various municipalities and provinces in the Netherlands. You will collaborate closely with the local provinces and municipalities, as well as with business associations and knowledge institutes, in order to conduct the research and to disseminate your findings in practice. You will publish the results of your studies in international scientific journals as well as popular magazines and newsletters, and present your studies at international conferences and to project partners. You will work in an interdisciplinary team of lawyers and environmental psychologists. You will supervise students working with empirical methods of research linked to the subject of public participation in decision-making. You will contribute to expanding the Living Lab into a Research Centre on Public Participation and be part of the Groningen Centre for Empirical Legal Research (GELR).
We are looking for an early-career scholar who has a strong research record, and is interested in studying the effects of public participation in decision making on public acceptability of renewable energy policies and projects.
We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:
- a PhD degree in (European) Environmental law, Sociology (of law), or Public Administration, preferably focusing on empirical legal research in the field of environmental democracy (in particular, public participation in decision-making)
- knowledge and skills in qualitative and/or quantitative research
- a relevant publication record demonstrating your ability to publish international academic publications, preferably in top tier peer-reviewed journals
- experience with theory driven research with a clear eye for practical implications
- a clear interest in collaborative interdisciplinary research
- affinity with connecting people, manage collaborations, reach out to different discipline
- the ability to manage collaborations with partners outside academia (e.g. local governments, businesses)
- the ability to communicate verbally and in written form in English and preferably Dutch
- ability to work independently and manage joint research activities
- affinity with supervising students at undergraduate level
- a team player with good communication skills.