FACULTY OF SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT FOR GEOSCIENCES, ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
Application deadline: February 3rd, 2020
Start date: October 1st, 2020
Institutional Environment :
The Institute for Environmental Management and Land-use Planning (http://igeat.ulb.ac.be/) within the Department for Geosciences, Environment and Society (https://www2.ulb.ac.be/facs/sciences/dges) is seeking to appoint a new colleague in the wider field of Environmental Humanities to reinforce its research and teaching capacities in the domain of Sustainability Sciences . The profile is framed – in terms of research and teaching – by the candidate’s adherence to a strong sustainability agenda, and her/his capacity to develop a system’s approach, and to apply inter- and/or transdisciplinary methods to the exploration of interdependencies between the micro-, meso- and macro-levels of contemporary societies.
The candidate will be inserted in an institutional environment undergoing a profound reconfiguration. S.he participates to a collective process to establish a new research unit (Socio-ENvironmental Systems’ (r)Evolutions – SENSE) in the course of merging two existing units CEDD (http://igeat.ulb.ac.be/fr/unites-de-recherche/details/unit/centre-detudes-du-developpement-durable) and GESTe (http://igeat.ulb.ac.be/fr/unites-de-recherche/details/unit/gestion-de-lenvironnement-societe-et-territoire/). Both these units currently group expertise in Ecological Economics and Environmental Governance (Prof. Tom Bauler ; http://igeat.ulb.ac.be/fr/equipe/details/person/tom-bauler/), Environmental Impact Assessment & Management (Prof. Wouter Achten ; http://igeat.ulb.ac.be/fr/equipe/details/person/wouter-achten/) and Territorial Approaches to environmental protection (Prof. Marie-Françoise Godart ; http://igeat.ulb.ac.be/fr/equipe/details/person/marie-francoise-godart/). The integrated research unit will regroup around 30 researchers of different disciplinary backgrounds and will be the main animator of the ULB’s Master in Environmental Management & Sciences (http://igeat.ulb.ac.be/fr/enseignements/master-en-sciences-et-gestion-de-l-environnement/), a major education program for environmental issues in Belgium. Along with SENSE’s research program, the Master itself will be subject to a collective reconfiguration along the integration of strong sustainability, problem-based learning and systems’ approaches.
Research domain and field :
The profile is oriented to recruit a colleague with a research experience situated in the understanding of citizens/individuals/consumers as actors in societal, sustainability-oriented transition and transformation processes, be the latter wanted, imagined, governed or forced upon actors. The candidate should demonstrate research activities in the strong sustainability domain centered on the analyses at micro-levels (individuals, consumers, citizens) or meso-levels (collectives, movements, groups, initiatives, networks), while in the same time being able to link these to developments at macro-levels, for instance by questioning institutional or societal structures, or developing governance aspects. Research foci such as on behavioural change and their relation to perceptions or discourse, coproduction of imaginaries, reaction to the deployment of policy instruments and tools, adhesion to social movements or contestation, alternative practice dynamics, citizen science processes would be – among many others – lines of investigations which fulfil perfectly the intended direction.
The profile excludes any mono-disciplinary approaches, and calls for candidates who anchor their work in approaches lend from the social and human sciences (in the wider sense) in order to investigate conditions or characteristics of strong sustainability by deploying pedagogical and research competences that are resolutely inter- and/or transdisciplinary. A focus on European societies, possibly in their urban context, would facilitate the candidate’s future relation to existing in-house competences and fields of investigation, and could help to address the micro/meso systemics. Conversely, a focus on socio-ecological interdependencies and system’s transformation would complement our existing competences in economic-environmental systems.
Research objectives :
It is expected from the candidate to pursue an original research activity within her/his field of expertise, enriching his/her competences and networks and following her/his centres of interest. A direct interest in societal questions and socio-political evolutions is equally expected, be it to tackle emerging and persistent environmental problems and evolutions, or to address the voiced needs of our contemporary societies to envision the wider transitions and transformations. The candidate should be ready to consolidate his/her base in existing international or European research networks and collaborations. S.he should equally be ready to acquire a series of research projects with the main financing authorities (Belgian-FNRS, Belgian-federal BELSPO, Brussels-regional Innoviris, European DG RTD…) and to develop her/his research group in the mid-term. These research activities and wider collaborative efforts are meant to contribute actively to shape the future development of the collective research unit (Socio-ENvironmental Systems’ (r)Evolutions – SENSE) in collaboration with the research unit’s co-pilots (Profs. Achten, Bauler, Godart).
Teaching objectives :
The candidate will participate to the teaching, organisation, configuration and administration of the Master in Environmental Management & Sciences (http://igeat.ulb.ac.be/fr/enseignements/master-en-sciences-et-gestion-de-l-environnement/). Given the Master itself will undergo a major collaborative restructuration – also in line with the future colleague’s expectations and competences, the teaching and monitoring tasks are bound to evolve in order to reinforce students’ competences in strong sustainability, systemic approaches and methods, and inter-/transdisciplinary methods.
The candidate will have obtained with success a PhD-thesis. The position does explicitly not privilege a disciplinary orientation; the PhD diploma could indeed originate from faculties of social sciences, natural sciences, applied sciences or any other. The thesis should however be grounded in or linked to the wider domain of environmental humanities. It should be anchored theory-wise or show marks of approaches and/or methods from social and human sciences in the wider sense, including for instance sociology, anthropology, philosophy, political sciences, economics, psychology and others.
They must include the following :
The appointment to the academic staff of ULB is made at “Premier Assistant” level, if the candidate has had a PhD for less than eight years (on 1 October of the year of appointment). If the candidate has had a PhD for eight or more years, on 1 October of the year of appointment, then the appointment is made at ”Chargé de Cours” level. As of their appointment, members of academic staff are authorised to use the honorary title of ”Professeur”.
By sending in their application, applicants acknowledge they have read and understood the additional information and the regulations relevant to academic staff, available at the following address http://www.ulb.ac.be/emploi/academique.html.
 “'Sustainability science' is problem-driven, interdisciplinary scholarship that seeks to facilitate the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective interventions that foster shared prosperity and reduced poverty while protecting the environment. It is defined by the problems it addresses rather than the disciplines it employs. It thus draws as needed from multiple disciplines of the natural, social, medical and engineering sciences, from the professions, and from the knowledge of practice”. (Harvard SusSci program description, 2008)Läs mer
|Titel||Full-time Academic Position in Environmental Humanities|
|Employer||Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)|
|Job location||Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50, 1050 Brussels|
|Publicerad||november 28, 2019|
|Sista ansökningsdatum||februari 3, 2020|
|Befattningar||Professor,   Universitetslektor  |
|Ämnen||Miljöekonomi,   Miljövetenskap,   Sociologi,   Socialantropologi,   Miljörätt,   Vetenskap, teknik och miljöpolitik  |