Assistant Professor in Governance of Global Biodiversity


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Start Date

Tuesday, June 1, 2021


The Assistant Professor hired for this position will join the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis (EPA) at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM).
You will have the responsibility to develop and implement innovative research. This should be related to the complexity of global environmental governance across different levels of policymaking related to biodiversity conservation. While working closely with colleagues within the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis, you are also expected to engage in interdisciplinary research. You need to establish collaborations with researchers from other scientific disciplines, such as economics, geography, ecology, hydrology and climatology.

In addition to research, you will be teaching at Bachelor and Master levels within the field of environmental policy and governance. Besides, you will be supervising PhD dissertations, Master and Bachelor theses. Teaching and research at IVM are strongly linked, allowing for mutual cross-fertilization.
Teaching, research and management are respectively distributed following a 40%-40%-20% time and effort allocation.

Your duties

  • conduct innovative research on global biodiversity governance building on existing research lines at IVM
  • write research proposals for external funding
  • teach and coordinate courses in BSc and MSc programmes, including the MSc Environment and Resource Management and the Global Environmental Change and Policy (GEC&P) track of our Earth Sciences Master
  • co-supervise PhD researchers
  • fulfil limited managerial duties at the department and institute level, including managing European consultancy contracts for the department; outreach and valorization activities


  • a related PhD degree and related experience in environmental governance research
  • a background in political science, international relations, public administration, natural resources governance, political ecology
  • record of publishing research on environmental governance in high quality academic journals
  • expertise in research and analytical methodologies, preferably both qualitative and quantitative methods
  • good knowledge of global biodiversity governance; knowledge of related fields such as climate change, energy, water, agriculture, and food is a plus
  • experience with international and/or transnational policy processes; focus on EU level is a plus
  • experience in academic teaching at bachelor and master levels and willingness to engage in innovative teaching techniques including online and hybrid teaching