Tailored opportunities: PhD position in Spatial Modeling Value Chains Dynamics in Food Systems in the Global South at the University of Twente


The Department of Natural Resources (NRS) uses earth observation data and spatial information in combination with systems modelling, geo-information science (GIS) and remote sensing for the assessment, monitoring, planning and management of natural resources, for their sustainable use, development and restoration under global change.

Diets and global change shape food systems worldwide. There is numerous data on the current status of food systems, farmers’ income or the state of the environment. Whether food systems will stay or become resilient in future, is unclear. This position will analyze food production, processing, and consumption and consider societal and environmental changes. It will include agent-based/system dynamics modelling of value chains at the sub-national or national level in the Global South. The applicant will also translate scenario narratives of stakeholders into model inputs. The research is embedded in the DeSIRE program of the four Dutch technical universities.


We seek a MSc-level graduate in agricultural science, agricultural economics, system science, geography, environmental science, or comparable. You:

  • Will have a good understanding of value chains/supply chains in the context of food systems and
  • Will be able to address the conceptual and technical challenges of spatial modelling of value-chain dynamics and land systems (agent-based modelling. system dynamics/operations research).
  • Possess strong organizational skills and the ability to function in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Have an excellent command of English.


Before 1 December 2019


For more information about this position you can contact Prof. Dr. Andy Nelson (e-mail: a.nelson@utwente.nl). You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application here. Your application must include:

  • A cover letter (maximum 1 page A4), emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications and motivations to apply for this position;
  • a full Curriculum Vitae, including references;

Interviews are scheduled in the week of 16 December 2019.

More details on this opportunity are available here.

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Author: African Academic/Researcher

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