The University of Lausanne (UNIL) promotes learning, research and living and hosts 14'100 students and nearly 3'800 collaborators, professors, and researchers. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne's city center, its campus brings together over 120 nationalities.
The Institute of Geography and Sustainability invites applications for the position of PhD student position in political ecology of forest transitions (R4D project on Vietnam).
Workload : 100%
Workplace : Lausanne, Switzerland, UNIL Dorigny campus (with fieldwork in central Vietnam)
Starting date : 01.09.2017 (or agreed upon date)
Duration : 1 year. This contract can be renewed for 2 additional years. Pending funding, possible extension to fourth year. Maximal duration 4 years.
This PhD is part of an r4d project entitled “Assessing the ‘nature’ of a ‘forest transition’ in Vietnam: ecosystem services and social-ecological resilience in locally managed forest landscapes”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
The candidate would co-lead (with Professor Kull) the social science research work package of this project (involving research planning and coordination with Vietnam-based researchers) and prepare a PhD thesis on aspects of forest change in central Vietnam (deforestation/reforestation; acacia plantations) related to livelihoods, governance, and community aspirations.
- Master’s degree in human geography or allied fields.
- Excellent reading, writing, and communication skills in English.
- Interest and experience in the social dimensions of environmental change or natural resource management issues in developing countries.
Highly desirable traits:
- Training in methodologies relevant to livelihoods, governance, or other social aspects of environmental management.
- Experience in field research, exposure to theoretical debates, cross-cultural team experience, independence and initiative.
- Qualitative and quantitative data management and analysis.
- Vietnamese language skills, or demonstrated aptitude to learn.
- French language skills.
Please, send your full application in Word or PDF :
- A detailed motivation letter
- Names of 2 references with phone and email (e.g. Masters thesis supervisor)
- Copy of University transcripts / diplomas
- Writing sample(s) (e.g. Masters thesis, publications)
For additional information, please contact the future supervisor, Prof. Christian Kull (http://christiankull.net; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Only applications through this website will be taken into account.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS : 20.05.2017
Seeking to promote an equitable representation of men and women among its staff, the University encourages applications from women.