Tailored opportunities: PhD position in Animals and biodiversity conservation: Enhancing synergies through Integrative Governance


As a PhD Candidate you will conduct research in the project Animals and biodiversity conservation: Enhancing synergies through Integrative Governance. Your task will be to conduct research, write scientific articles, and complete a PhD thesis in time. You will also participate in conferences, workshops and other scholarly activities and collaborate with societal partners.

The project aims to advance our understanding of the relationships between animal governance and biodiversity governance. At first glance, the relationship between the issues of animal welfare and biodiversity conservation might seem synergistic, but when taking a second look, this relationship is much more complex. However, a generic debate about, and a thorough empirical analysis of, the synergies and trade-offs between animal governance and biodiversity governance are still lacking. The research contributes to debates on Integrative Governance (IG), defined as the theories and practices that focus on the relationships between governance instruments and/or systems. The research will apply the IG framework, which has been designed to enable explanatory analyses of the relationships between, and the performance of, governance systems. The project will utilise a multi-level governance perspective, including global, regional, national, and sub-national levels. Geographically, the research will focus on important locations for studying the relationship between animal governance and biodiversity governance, namely the European Union, including Germany and the Netherlands, and the African Union, with Kenya and South Africa as country cases. The project will be organised around three case studies, focused on the most important issues relevant for both animal and biodiversity governance: protecting ecosystems and species, hunting, and invasive alien species. Qualitative research methods to be applied include interviews and participatory/non-participatory observation.



  • A Master’s degree in Environmental Social Sciences or a related social science discipline.
  • Academic excellence, as demonstrated by grade transcripts and CV.
  • A solid understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • The ability to work both independently and as a team player.
  • The ability to finish your PhD thesis in time, i.e. strong skills in project management, flexibility, proactive behaviour and excellent academic writing skills.
  • Experience with, knowledge of and affinity for animal rights and welfare perspectives and sustainable development issues.


Application deadline is 1 November 2019


Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Motivation letter, explaining your motivation, your interest in and ideas for the project, and your competences.
  • CV including qualifications, grades, a list of academic publications (if applicable), and an academic reference supporting your application.
  • Proof of academic writing skills such as a chapter from your Master’s thesis or an academic paper.

The first round of interviews will take place in week 47. The second round interviews will take place in week 48.

Make online application here.

For more details on this opportunity click here.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers, Professor Environmental Governance and Politics
Tel.: +31 24 361 20 95
Email: i.visseren@fm.ru.nl

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Author: African Academic/Researcher

Science and Research by Africans for Africa

2 thoughts on “Tailored opportunities: PhD position in Animals and biodiversity conservation: Enhancing synergies through Integrative Governance”

  1. Dear Madam /Sir;
    I am Genet Zewdie from Ethiopia. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology and masters degree in Genetics particularly on livestock. So i would like to have scholarship in the Netherlands for PhD animal and biodiversity . So please inform me any information and send my application form how can i apply for it here is…my contact address
    Lastly, I would like to thank you for your time considering my rough introduction

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