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Post-doc in environmental or agricultural economics - Université catholique de Louvain

The Biodiversity Governance Unit of the Centre for Philosophy of Law (at the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) is looking for 2 postdoctoral research fellows in the field of environmental or agricultural economics in one of the following areas:
Economics of the provision of environmental services
Common pool resources
Agri-environmental policies
Technological change, innovation and the environment
Economics of epidemics, infectious diseases and crop pathogens as bioeconomic problems
Economic growth and the environment

The Biodiversity Governance Unit is an interdisciplinary research centre among one of the top research departments in Europe working on biodiversity governance. For the last 15 years, it has been awarded a number of major European research grants, which have been evaluated as top rank projects by external reviewers. With its strong focus on high quality research and with researchers in the fields of law, political sciences, and economics it offers a vibrant and stimulating interdisciplinary environment for postdoctoral research fellows.

The researchers will work in the Biodiversity Governance Unit of the Centre for Philosophy of Law under the supervision of prof. Tom Dedeurwaerdere, in one of the following research projects, depending on their qualifications and interest (project descriptions at
GENCOMMONS (Institutionalizing global genetic-resource commons) (ERC-StG-2011). The task under this project is to conduct a large-scale comparative economic assessment of governance arrangements for managing genetic resource commons, with a special focus on plant, animal and microbial genetic resources used in food and agriculture.
BIOMOT (Motivational strength of ecosystem services and alternative ways to express the value of Biodiversity) (FP7-ENV-2011). The task under this project is to establish, through a large-scale survey, which (economic and alternative) ways expressing the value of biodiversity have been at work in cases of successful projects, regulations and policies for biodiversity conservation, both at the global, the EU, the national and local scales.
LOWINPUT (Development of integrated livestock breeding and management strategies) (FP7-KBBE-2007). The task under this project (WP5.1) is to conduct an economics assessment of the impact of lowinput and organic production systems on farm level investment choices and environmental and food safety benefits.

The positions are strongly research oriented with very limited organizational duties and no teaching obligations. We offer a competitive remuneration package (including a monthly allowance, social security and insurance expenses) and generous funding of research related activities (participation to conferences and research missions in selected developed and developing countries). The fellowships are granted for a period of 24 months.

For the postdoctoral positions: a completed PhD in Economics (general econcomics, environmental economics or agricultural economics). Postdoctoral applicants are expected to develop a strong research record aiming at publications in international journals. Excellent English language skills are required. Postdoctoral applicants should also send a copy (in pdf) of 2 publications with their application.

Application form at Applications can be sent electronically from the 10st of October 2011, but no later than 2nd of December 2011.

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