21 Apr Vacancy: Phd candidate in Governance & Policy Making
The Island(er)s at the Helm project is looking for a PhD candidate in Governance & Policy Making, in the work package “A co-creative approach to policy development and sustainable knowledge practices”.
The objective of this package is to develop a co-creative approach that will advance a transformative policy roadmap enabling the island(er)s to socially adapt their existing WFS-nexus to climate challenges which are in line with SDGs 4, 6, and 11. Throughout the entire process, the researchers trained in political science, political anthropology, and governance and policy making, will be working with representatives of GOs, NGOs, and grassroots organizations to guarantee that the cultural heritage and contemporary ways of being of the island(er)s forms an integral part of the policy roadmap. In developing the co-creative approach with the various aforementioned stakeholders, researchers will facilitate policy prioritization in order to reconcile or overcome trade-offs and identify synergies amongst practices and solutions to make the WFS-nexus more socially and ecologically sound. The PhD candidate in Governance & Policy Making will develop the contours of the conceptual framework of the approach, based on a systematic review (PRISMA), of relevant literature in fields of Political Ecology, Policy Transfer and Diffusion, Participatory Policy-Making, Anthropology, and Critical Legal Studies as these specifically relate to the Dutch Caribbean, wider Kingdom of The Netherlands legislation, and the attainment of the SDGs. In doing so formal and informal power relations between actors at multiple levels of governance influencing current WFS-nexus will be revealed, as well as possible forms of collaborative action and policies necessary to adapt the current WFS-nexus to climate challenges.
First, a thorough analysis will be performed of the specific policy contexts and settings where the WFS-nexus can be improved. In the analysis the SDGs will be included. Second, intensive group dialogues will be organized to inform the key stakeholders about the findings and the importance of the SDGs for the improvement of the WFS-nexus. These meetings will also be used to allow the stakeholders an appreciation of each other’s institutional needs and wants. Third, (renewed) trust and recognition between these stakeholders will lead to joint actions to improve cross-sector resource dependencies and alleviate legal bottlenecks. Fourth, policy roadmaps will be co-developed with the stakeholders to socially adapt the WFS nexus to the existing climate challenges and the SDGs.
Deadline: 21 May.