The position is fully funded through a three year Swiss National Science Foundation’s research grant. The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Eva Lieberherr at ETH and Dr. Tobias Schulz at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape research (WSL). The PhD student will be part of Dr. Eva Lieberherr’s group at ETH. The PhD thesis is part and parcel of the integrated research project ATREE - Analyzing TRade-offs in forests between sustainable Economy and Environmental objectives - within the recently started Swiss National Research Program NRP 73 Sustainable Swiss Economy (please see http://www.nfp73.ch/en/Pages/Home.aspx).
Conceptually, the PhD student will work in the field of political science with a specific focus on policy process theories. Methods will include, but are not limited to, case study and social network analysis. The empirical part will focus on analysing trade-offs between forests and other sectors of a sustainable economy, such as agriculture, renewable energy, water and wood production. The focus is specifically on the plateau region of Switzerland and more specifically on agglomerations. Within the ATREE project, the PhD student will collaborate with a Postdoc and a second PhD student working on policy design questions as well as spatial econometric analysis and agent-based modeling at WSL and the Berne University of Applied Sciences, School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL).
If you are excited about working on this timely and challenging research topic within an interdisciplinary research team and with the excellent research facilities that ETH has to offer, then we are looking forward to hearing from you. The duration of the position will be three years with a preferred start in March 2018.