Postdoc Researcher ERC CURIAE VIRIDES in quantitative analyses of ecological litigation and GVCs

Deadline 20-08-2022

The Brussels School of Governance is looking for a postdoctoral researcher.

You will join the team of the CURIAE VIRIDES project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC Str. Grant 909496). This project uses an interdisciplinary conceptual framework, and combines legal research methods with (qualitative and quantitative) empirical research methods. The research is positioned at the intersections of sustainable development law, law and (ecological) economics, and socio-legal analysis of (ecological) litigation in the framework of global value chains. It adopts interdisciplinary methodologies to inquire:

  • how ecological conflicts emerging in the framework of activities of Global Value Chains (GVCs) are reaching the courts,
  • who are the relevant actors and stakeholders and how they develop networks,
  • how human rights litigation is greening to hold leading firms of GVCs accountable,
  • which is the institutional capacity of courts to understand complex environmental and economic issues,
  • which is the impact of litigation on ecological governance gaps and on access to remedy for victims of ecological harm.

Position Description: 

In particular, you will be involved in research activities such as:

  • Application of descriptive statistical methods and social network analyses aiming at identifying correlations and network structures.
  • Conduction of exploratory regression analyses to identify relationships among the relevant variables.
  • Participation in qualitative empirical research (semi-structured interviews) that would support the testing of the hypotheses of the project.
  • Organization and administration of project databases.
  • Drafting of (joint) working papers, conference papers, and journal articles.
  • External communication about the project.
  • Supporting the PhD researchers, mainly from a (quantitative) methodological perspective, and playing a role in the quality control of all outputs.
  • You will be expected to devote most of your time to research; minor additional tasks will include occasional teaching activities, event organisation and contributions to the overall development of the project.

The project is carried out within the Centre for Environment, Economy and Energy (C3E) of the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG) 

For this function, our Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus (Elsene) will serve as your home base.


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