SCOOP, a research and training center dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of sustainable cooperation as a key feature of resilient societies, is now inviting applications for 11 PhD positions (four years). In addition, there are vacancies for two postdoc positions (two years).

The center connects research groups from sociology, psychology, history, philosophy, public administration, research methods, and statistics. In May 2017, the research program ‘Sustainable Cooperation – Roadmaps to a Resilient Society’ was awarded a research grant in the NWO Gravitation program. The SCOOP program is carried out in a total of 60 PhD projects at the universities of Groningen and Utrecht, but also at Amsterdam VU, Rotterdam, and Nijmegen.

The interdisciplinary PhD projects are:

Vacancy 1: The Provision of Care: Decentralization and Cooperation
Vacancy 2: Volunteering for Helping refugees in the Netherlands: Building a common identity
Vacancy 3: Connecting Organizational Stakeholders: Corporate Values and Business Practices
Vacancy 4: Shared Values as a Means to Resolve Identity Conflicts
Vacancy 5: Secure and Precarious Employment and Cooperative Tendencies in Workplaces
Vacancy 6: Collaborations Between Schools and Workplaces across two Centuries
Vacancy 7: Social Networks and Prosocial Work Behaviour of Men and Women
Vacancy 8: The CEO and the Employee: a Widening Gap?
Vacancy 9: Reconciling Employee Interests: Migrant Workers’ Workplace Participation
Vacancy 10: Platform Cooperatives: Are User-Owned and User-Governed Platforms Viable?
Vacancy 11: Mobilizing Households for a Sustainable Energy Transition

The two Postdoc projects are:

Vacancy 1: Designing Social Network Interventions for Sustainable Joint Production in a Diverse Team
Vacancy 2: Addressing Intergroup Inequality by Invoking the Moral Responsibility of the Powerful
Extensive information on the SCOOP program and the available PhD projects can be found on the SCOOP website:


Applications, online only through the University of Groningen website, can be submitted up to and including June 22nd, 2018. Interviews will be conducted on August 30 and 31, 2018.


Job Opportunity – 11 PhD and 2 postdoc positions ‘Sustainable Cooperation’ (SCOOP) – deadline June 22, 2018