PhD Position in Social Sciences with a specific focus on Forest Policy

EmployerEidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ
WorkplaceZurich, Zurich region, Switzerland
CategoryEnvironment / Sustainable Development
Social Sciences
PositionJunior Researcher / PhD Position


At the research group Natural Resource Policy in the Climate Policy group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) the following position is open per 1. April 2018 or as agreed

The PhD thesis is part of the research project "Nature-Society-Interplay: Multifunctional forest management in Switzerland". Conceptually, the PhD candidate will work in the field of social sciences with a specific focus on forest policy. The empirical part will involve analyzing how forest related regulations influence the implementation of nature discovery parks in peri-urban areas. Methods used include comparative case study analysis, qualitative interviews and focus groups. The PhD candidate will be part of the Natural Resource Policy Group at ETH Zurich and be supervised by Dr. Jerylee Wilkes-Allemann.

The successful candidate should hold a master’s degree in environmental sciences (with a focus on nature-society or human-environment interactions) or social sciences such as sociology, human geography or political sciences. The candidate should be interested in forest policy, ideally with experience in the forestry or related sectors in Switzerland and be familiar with qualitative research. The candidate should be fluent in German and English (the empirical work will be entirely in German, scientific publication output will be in English). Skills in French are an asset. If you are excited about working on this topic within an interdisciplinary research team and with the excellent research facilities that ETH has to offer, then we are looking forward to hearing from you. The duration of the position will be three years with a preferred start in April 2018.

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