Doctoral Grant (BOF) in Urban farming University of Antwerp, Faculty of Social Sciences Belgium

Doctoral Grant (BOF), Urban farming 


The Departments Marketing (faculty Applied Economics) and Sociology (Faculty of Social Sciences) are seeking to fill a full time (100%) vacancy for a


Doctoral Grant in the area of urban farming


It concerns a doctoral research that focus on sustainable management models for the implementation of urban farming projects. Through urban farming, open spaces, food and natural resources are treated as commons and we hereby investigate innovative collaborations and shared ownership. Apart from shaping social business models and providing guidance for urban agricultural governance, we focus on gaining insights in co-creative processes in which as well citizens, companies and policy makers are involved.


The proposed research consists of a collaboration between the faculties social sciences, applied economics and design sciences. The focus of the study is a co-creative design of an urban agricultural governance whereby open spaces, food and resources are treated as commons. Besides questions that arise concerning social inclusion and participation -which are related to sociological topics- adoption processes by users and other stakeholders are studied, which is typically embedded in the domain of consumer behaviour and therefore leans on insights from the marketing domain (applied economics). To set up an appropriate research design, we borrow some typical research techniques from the field of design sciences, such as tools and action research. Throughout a co-creative research the outside in approach, typical for market research, is applied in an iteration of several field surveys, workshops and concept tests.


Job description

  • You prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of applied economics or social sciences (or a particular domain in these fields).

  • You publish scientific articles related to the research project of the assignment.

  • You contribute to teaching and research at the department of marketing and sociology.


Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree in sociology or a master degree in applied economics. Experience with design sciences is a plus but not a condition.

  • You can submit outstanding academic results.

  • Students in the final year of their degree can also apply.

  • Foreign candidates are encouraged to apply.

  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.

  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.

  • You speak and write English fluently.

  • You show insights in management processes and in the link between strategy and actions.

  • You master the methodology typical for social and economic sciences. Research experience is a plus.

  • You show interest in design processes in relation to system design and service design. Experience with co-creation is a plus.

  • You agree on spending time abroad.


We offer

  • a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for a further two-year period after positive evaluation;

  • the start date of scholarship will be October 1st 2018;

  • a gross monthly grant ranging from € 2.324,20 to € 2.469,08;

  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.


How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online until the closing date August 12th 2018 and should include a copy of your CV and a cover letter.

  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications.

  • The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel.

  • The interviews of the candidates, preselected by a selection panel, will take place from August 20th until September 14th 2018.

  • More information about the application form can be obtained from For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact prof. Ingrid Moons ( or prof. Stijn Oosterlynck ( (not available after July 22th).


The University of Antwerp is a family friendly organization, with a focus on equal opportunities and diversity. Our HR-policy for researchers was awarded by the European Commission with the quality label HR Excellence in research.


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