Assistant / Associate Professor in the Sociology of Sustainable Consumption (Tenure Track)

Wageningen (NL)
30 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant / Associate Professor in the Sociology of Sustainable Consumption (Tenure Track)

We are looking for

We are looking for an emerging scholar in the field of environmental sociology with a demonstrated interest in theoretical and methodological perspectives to understanding the role and impact of sustainable consumption. Your research will contribute to social scientific debates around how everyday practices of consumption contribute to positive environmental change related to climate, urban environments and/or sustainable mobility. You will also have a strong interest in international comparative work linking consumption practices in Europe, China and Africa. Your work will focus strongly on the development of sociological theories of the environment.

You will develop, supervise and carry out global-level, high-quality research in collaboration with your own international network, as well as with colleagues at the Environmental Policy Group and Wageningen University and Research. You will also be pro-active in acquiring funding from a mix of government, EC and private sources and publish regularly in leading international academic journals. Over the medium term, you will be supported to develop an individual research grant application to either the Dutch Innovational Research Incentives Scheme or the European Research Council.

You will contribute to a strongly internationally oriented teaching programme at Wageningen University. In the short term, you will be expected to adapt existing courses taught by the Environmental Policy Group in a number of interdisciplinary Masters programmes, including the Masters of Environmental Science, Masters of Urban Environmental Management and/or the Masters of Climate Studies. Over the long term, opportunities will emerge to develop your own courses and contribute to the design and policy of MSc and BSc programmes at the University.

The successful candidate will proceed through the tenure track system at Wageningen University. You will therefore establish an internationally visible independent research line and identify where your research makes a societal impact.

You will be a strong team player. The Environmental Policy Group is divided into five thematic research areas. You will contribute primarily to the research themes of climate, urban infrastructures and/or sustainable mobility, but will also collaborate with colleagues and students in other themes focusing on food and marine governance. Above all, you are a personable, social colleague willing to balance your personal interests with those of the group.

We ask

  • A PhD degree in sociology or another discipline relevant to environmental social science.
  • An interest in innovating social theory for making sense of sustainable consumption within wider systems of provision and policy.
  • Experience with innovative quantitative research design and methodologies, as well as integrating qualitative social science research is highly desirable.
  • A clear vision on the goals and future direction of consumption for contributing to positive climate, urban environments and/or mobility related environmental outcomes.
  • Excellent communication and social skills, a coaching leadership style and experience in acquiring (and leading) internationally oriented research projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire and supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students.
  • Demonstrated experience and affinity with delivering high quality education at both BSc and MSc levels; A Dutch university teaching qualification (BKO) or equivalent will eventually be required.
  • A strong publishing record in peer reviewed international academic literature.
  • Demonstrated interest or ability to work in an interdisciplinary research environment.
  • Proven capacity to develop an international network in your specific field.
  • A strong team player willing to contribute to the wider interests of the group.

We offer

We offer you, as talented scientist, a challenging Tenure Track career trajectory. From the position of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor you can grow into the position of a Professor holding a Personal Chair in the Sociology of Sustainable Consumption. Of course, training and coaching are provided and interdisciplinary (international) cooperation is stimulated.

Career steps follow an assessment of performance at predefined times by a tenure track committee. See here more information on the Wageningen Tenure Track system.

As we will only be selecting outstanding candidates to take part in Tenure Track, this will be a good stepping stone to a further academic career within Wageningen UR or elsewhere.

We offer a temporary contract for 0,8 to 1,0 fte, with the possibility of extension, which can lead to a permanent employment contract. Gross Salary: for Assistant Professors from € 3.545 to € 5.513 per month and for Associate Professors from € 4.911 to € 6.567 per month based on full time employment and depending on expertise and experience. In addition we offer an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end- of-year bonus (8.3%), the ABP Pension scheme and training and career development. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may also qualify for a temporary special tax relief, in which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax.

More information


Would you like to know more about this vacancy? We will be more than happy to provide you with further information. Please contact: dr. Bas van Vliet, telephone number +31 (0)317 482473; e-mail address:


Please submit your application no later than November 18th, 2018 via our online application button. The application should include:

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV, including a list of publications
  • Names and contact details of two referees
  • If available, teaching evaluations

Job interviews will be held on Tuesday 4 December or on Wednesday 5 December per video conference or (if possible) face-to-face. The second interview including a (public) lecture will be held in Wageningen in December 2018.

You will receive an automatic e-mail confirmation within 24 hours. Please note that only applications sent through the online application button can be taken into consideration.

We are

The Environmental Policy Group in Department of Social Sciences at Wageningen University has an internationally recognised reputation in the area of environmental social science and policy research and education. Our 14 tenured staff, 5 Postdocs and over 35 PhD students focus on the social and political science of environmental transformations. Our research is divided into five research innovation platforms: marine governance, sustainable food transformations, governing climate futures, sustainable urban infrastructures and governing environmental mobilities. Research of the group has a strong international orientation, being conducted at both the global level as well as in number of countries across Europe, Africa and Asia. The staff profile of the group is also international, with more than 12 nationalities employed. For further details see

Wageningen University and Research aims to delivers substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.