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Message posted on 07/10/2021

PhD position Transition Pathways Technology-for-ecology-based farming

The Science, Technology and Policy Studies group at the University of Twente is looking for a (4 year) PhD candidate to study expectations and imaginaries and explore possible transition pathways related to the new concept of ‘Technology-4-Ecology-based farming’ (T4E). The PhD project is part of the Synergia project, which aims to develop ecological forms of arable, dairy and horticulture farming and new types of technological and socio-technical systems that challenge current forms of agriculture. The successful candidate will investigate the implicit and explicit concepts and visions of these new forms of farming and identify challenges and tensions. These insights will feed into exploration of socio-technical scenarios and transition pathways, which will be conducted together with stakeholders and partners in the project. This will serve as a basis to deduce requirements and options for responsibly governing transformative change. The PhD will be supervised by dr. Kornelia Konrad and prof.dr. E. Turnhout. The deadline is November 1st, 2021. The Synergia project is a crossover program funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). For more information see Your profile

  • You have a master degree in science, technology and innovation studies, policy studies or a closely related field;
  • You have experience with qualitative research methods such as interviewing and discourse analytical methods;
  • You have an interest in innovations and their societal implications;
  • Knowledge in the agricultural sector and technologies is a pre;
  • You are an excellent team-player and are excited about working with scientists from different backgrounds;
  • You are proficient in English, preferable also in Dutch. For more information and to apply please go to!/211/phd-position-transition-pathways-technology-for-ecology-based-farming For further questions, please contact dr. K.E. Konrad ( Information about the Science, Technology & Policy Studies group can be found on
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