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4-year PhD Position in "participatory agent-based modelling of food system changes towards a circular economy”

The Social Sciences Unit of the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO), is looking for a PhD candidate (4-year) in “participatory agent-based modelling of food system changes towards a circular economy”.

The PhD candidate will be employed primarily on the European H2020 project RUSTICA (ID-101000527: 2021-2024). RUSTICA aims to foster the technical validation, demonstration and implementation of bio-based fertiliser and soil improvement production techniques based on waste from the fruit and vegetable agro-food system, in order to close regional nutrient cycles. A transdisciplinary multi-actor approach is used to establish multi-valorisation configurations in 4 regions across the European Union and 1 region in Latin America. The main tasks of the Social Sciences Unit of ILVO within the project consist of organising the multi-actor approach, developing an agent-based model to gain insights in the feasibility of different value chain configurations and influencing factors, and contributing to the development of business models based on the obtained project insights.

The PhD candidate will be also involved in two other projects (1 European, 1 Flemish), both following a participatory agent-based modelling approach.

For further information about the position requirements, content and application process, please check the link below (in Dutch and English).

Deadline: November 30th, 2020
Starting date: January 1st, 2021


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