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    Full-time Position
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    Research & Science
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    • Date Posted
      December 24,2021
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    Postdoctoral Researcher on Inclusive Governance for Resilient Indonesian Slums (0.8 FTE)

    Postdoctoral Researcher on Inclusive Governance for Resilient Indonesian Slums

    • Employment: 0.8 FTE
    • Gross monthly salary: € 3,807 - € 5,211
    • Nijmegen School of Management
    • Required background: PhD
    • Application deadline: 17 January 2022

    You will be working on an inventory of current policies and governance instruments relevant for socio-ecological resilience in the three regions, including on situation-based environmental problems, flooding, water quality, water stress, and other livelihood relevant factors. Methods are desk research on policy documents, observation, focus groups and interviews and a baseline survey. You will analyse the roles of centralised and decentralised government, market actors and civil society (NGO's, neighbourhood organisations, community leaders) in water and environment-related policies. Furthermore, you will detect the underlying causes of aggravated deprivation in slums, for instance by investigating effects of privatising water supply, changes in climate, changes in population, migration, declining biodiversity, and changes in human-nature relationships.

    Thereafter, you will zoom in on the practices of collaborative governance in the case areas, discussing matters of inclusion, trust in policies, community autonomy versus dependencies and compliance, levels of participation and self-regulatory mechanisms of communities.

    On the basis of your findings, you will conduct research on the possible situation improvement and the role of change agents in promoting socio-ecological resilience in slums. You will draw lessons for identifying and facilitating change agents and good practices, also in light of improving the relationship between slum communities and policy makers. You will evaluate what policy instruments were more or less effective. Finally, you will envision the region's future and prospects.

    Based on your findings, and further studies of inclusive and collaborative governance, a roadmap will be designed for inclusive governance, including various steps towards enhancing well-being and resilience. Your work will contribute to knowledge sharing, learning materials and capacity building for the investigated cases as well as more generally for resilience in slum areas.


    • You hold a PhD degree in the social sciences (e.g. political science, public administration, sociology).
    • You have excellent academic writing skills.
    • You have an excellent track record in scientific research, as evidenced by publications in international academic journals.
    • You are interested in and have proven expertise on the topics of collaborative and inclusive governance, socio-ecological resilience, policy analysis and environmental governance and politics.
    • You have a team player mentality and have experience working in an international, multidisciplinary research environment, preferably by way of a project or consortium related to Indonesia or South-East Asia and urban areas.
    • You have an excellent command of written and spoken English.
    • You have good communication and organisational skills.
    • A working knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia would be a plus.

    We are

    Indonesian cities are facing both societal and ecological challenges, especially in slum areas. Due to the rapid and unsustainable mode of urbanisation and climate change, slum dwellers need to deal with environmental challenges, such as surface water pollution, flooding and unmanaged solid waste, while sustaining their livelihoods and well-being. You will be part of an international Dutch-Indonesian team that aims to contribute to the transformation of Indonesian cities towards socio-ecological resilience and enhanced well-being. You will investigate the practices of inclusive and collaborative governance in the slum areas of Bima, Manado and Pontianak and, together with the team, develop a roadmap for inclusive governance in slum areas.

    The Resilient Indonesian Slums Envisioned (RISE) programme is funded by NWO-BRIN, and consists of a multidisciplinary, Dutch-Indonesian team of around 20 academic researchers and a number of societal stakeholders. In different work packages an approach is being developed on the basis of collected water sensitivity data and by combining ideas and concepts of well-being, socio-ecological interactions, resilience, and collaborative and inclusive governance. This should lead to practical ways of knowledge sharing, creating educational materials and capacity building.

    The consortium is the result of a long-standing multilateral cooperation between Dutch universities (Radboud University and Open University Heerlen), Indonesian universities (Universitas Indonesia, Institut Teknology Bandung, Universitas Kristen Maranatha), Deltares, HIVOS-Southeast Asia and LAPAN. In addition to senior researchers from various academic institutes, the consortium comprises two PhD candidates and three postdoctoral researchers. You will be based at the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment of Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands) and will be part of the Environmental Governance and Politics (EGP) chair group at the Nijmegen School of Management (NSM). This chair group is a team of social science researchers that aim to critically reflect on and contribute to sustainability transformations. The group is developing useful insights into the why and how of such processes, which may serve to enable, accelerate, deepen and broaden the transformation towards a global sustainable society. To this end, they often engage in research, teaching and collaboration with societal partners. EGP is specialised in the relationships between agriculture, animal husbandry, biodiversity, circular economy, climate change, energy and freshwater governance. As the chair group is embedded in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, we often approach sustainability issues from a spatial perspective. Theoretically, we mainly use discursive, institutional and practice-based perspectives.

    The Nijmegen School of Management (NSM) is an academic centre of research and higher learning. It has seven focus areas: Business Administration, Public Administration, Political Science, Economics, Environmental Governance and Politics, Human Geography, and Spatial Planning. NSM strives for a multidisciplinary approach whenever possible. Altogether, NSM employs 350 FTEs, 75% of whom are academics.

    Both Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes are offered in the seven focus areas, which are organised in NSM's educational institute. The educational programme is characterised by small-scale teaching and provides a stimulating learning environment with an emphasis on the development of academic skills. NSM currently has approximately 5,000 students. NSM's research activities fall under the responsibility of the interdisciplinary Institute for Management Research (IMR). Under the motto 'Responsible Governance for Sustainable Societies', our researchers carry out state-of-the-art research into complex problems of governance and management in order to explain the causes of these problems, and to use that knowledge to create potential solutions. They combine knowledge and expertise from multiple disciplines with collaboration of relevant societal actors.

    Radboud University
    We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

    We offer

    • Employment for 0.8 FTE.
    • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,807 and a maximum of €5,211 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11).
    • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
    • It concerns a temporary employment for two years.
    • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
    • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
    Additional employment conditions
    Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

    Would you like more information?

    For questions about the position, please contact Mark Wiering, Associate Professor at +31 24 361 55 67 or +31 24 377 26 77 or Alternatively, you can contact Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers, Professor at +31 24 361 20 95 or

    Practical information and applications

    You can apply until 17 January 2022, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Mark Wiering. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
    • A letter of motivation.
    • Your CV.
    • A writing sample (an academic publication).
    The first round of interviews will take place in the afternoon of Monday 31 January. The second round of interviews will take place on Monday 17 February. You would preferably begin employment on 15 April.

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