Call for Applications
Theme: Global Epistemologies and Ontologies
Type: PhD and Postdoc Positions
Institution: Wageningen University
Location: Wageningen (Netherlands)
Do you want to contribute to the research and learning in the field
of philosophy, socio-environmental challenges and livelihoods in
global perspective? We have an interesting job opportunity in an
inspiring academic environment!
3 PhD and 2 postdoc positions are available in the research cluster
"Global Epistemologies and Ontologies of Science" (GEOS), which is
embedded in the "Knowledge, Technology, and Innovation" (KTI) Group
of Wageningen University.
GEOS links philosophy with socio-environmental challenges and
livelihoods in global perspective. GEOS develops an empirical,
action-oriented, and participatory approach to philosophy.
- Empirical philosophy:
We address epistemological and ontological questions in collaboration
with natural and social scientists and reflect on the empirical
complexity of socio-environmental challenges such as biodiversity
loss, food sovereignty, and public health.
- Philosophy as action research:
We address epistemological and ontological questions not as abstract
philosophical puzzles but contribute to real-life interventions that
respond to the concerns of local communities in areas such as
biocultural heritage, intercultural education, research governance,
and social activism.
- Participatory philosophy:
We do research with (rather than merely about) local communities and
we aim to learn from epistemologies and ontologies of the Global
The PhDs and postdocs will be employed in the the project
"Ethnoontologies. Relating Metaphysics and Practice of Knowledge
Diversity" funded by a VIDI grant of the Dutch NWO and the project
"Local Ecologies of Knowledge: towards a Philosophy of Ethnobiology"
funded by an ERC Starting Grant.
The ERC project focuses on epistemological questions of knowledge
diversity and local expertise about biodiversity. For more
information on this project, see the following project excerpt:
The VIDI project focuses on ontological questions about different
ways of thinking about the structure of the biological world and
their relations to local livelihoods. For more information on this
project, see the following project excerpt:
For further information regarding the PhD positions:
For further information regarding the postdoc positions:
6706 KN Wageningen