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Predoctoral Researcher at University of Ghent

A new opening PhD position in sustainable development is available at University of Ghent, Belgium. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for 4 years in Belgium. Applications are invited up to September 16, 2019.

We are seeking a highly motivated fulltime PhD student for a project on short run and long run determinants of environmental preferences and environmentally related behaviour, with a duration of 4 years at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of Ghent University. Supervisor of the PhD will be Prof. dr. Bart Defloor. The first aim of this research project is to set up a framework for analysing (individual) decision making with consequences for CO2 emissions and climate change. Some of these decisions (investment decisions such as housing) have consequences for many years, while others (consumption decisions, such as dietary choices) might change in the short run. The second aim is to construct a longitudinal dataset containing information on preferences and behaviour. The third aim of this research project is to analyse the determinants of environmental preferences based on existing international datasets. An important overarching goal is to provide advice to policymakers on climate policy.

- A strong motivation to perform scientific research and to obtain a PhD based on scientific papers as result of the research project (this includes following a doctoral training program).

- An interest in / background in sustainable development, microeconomics, econometrics, public economics and environmental economics.

- Focus and perseverance, and a positive attitude towards criticism.

- Good project planning skills and the ability to work independently on this project.

- Very good to excellent English language skills (spoken and written).

(3) (for applicants who did not graduate at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at UGent) contact details of one referent (e.g. the supervisor of your master thesis).

Informal enquiries and applications must be addressed to bart.defloor@ugent.be.

Interviews will take place at the end of September or October 2019.


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