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[ecrea] PhD Scholarship in Sustainability Communication

Thu Apr 27 22:36:43 GMT 2017

12 doctoral scholarships as part of the research group “Processes of Sustainability Transformation”

At Leuphana University of Lüneburg, foundation under public law, twelve doctoral scholarships are being offered as part of the research group “Processes of Sustainability Transformation”, funded by the Robert Bosch foundation. Scholarships start October 1, 2017.


The invitation to apply for the scholarships is targeted at extraordinarily qualified young academics working in sustainability science or in a discipline related to the individual topic of the scholarship as well as a link or interest in sustainability science. The scholarships will first be awarded for one year and will be extended upon request, adding up to a maximum of three years. Periods with alternative financial support for a doctoral qualification prior to the scholarship will be taken into account. Candidates, who have already earned a doctoral degree, cannot be considered.

The scholarship is worth € 1,400 monthly (plus child benefit, if appropriate).

In addition, the scholarship requires enrolling in the doctoral programme at Leuphana University of Lüneburg as well as continuous and active participation in the programme of study. The application for the doctoral programme must be submitted after the applicant has been accepted as a scholarship holder. Admission to and enrolment in the doctoral programme must be finalized at the beginning of the scholarship term at the latest. The prospective scholarship holder will be expected to establish his or her place of residence in Lüneburg during his or her study.

The research group “Processes of Sustainability Transformation”

The focus of this research group is on processes of transformation that lead to more sustainable development. It aims for a better understanding of drivers and barriers of such transformations: What can we learn from disciplinary perspectives on successful transformation processes? What can we take out of insights into failures and less successful approaches? What spatial and temporal scales need to be considered for such dynamics?

Analysis of such processes of transformation is carried out from five distinctive perspectives and contextualized in two specific areas: food systems and textiles. The following five perspectives reflect the different areas of expertise of the faculty and are represented with two PhD scholarships and supervisors each:

Transformations in the Perspective of Individual Learning and Communication

PhD 01a: From the Niche Cuisine to the Mainstream Kitchen? A Communication Perspective on Drivers and Barriers in Popularizing Local Alternative Food Systems (Working Title)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Daniel Fischer

PhD 01b: Transformative Learning in Real-World Laboratories (Working Title)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Matthias Barth

Transformations in the Perspective of Sustainability Management and Entrepreneurship

PhD 02a and b: Sustainability Transformation through Management and Entrepreneurship (Working Title)
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Jantje Halberstadt, Prof. Dr. Stefan Schaltegger

Transformations as a Process of Politics and Governance

PhD 03a: “Textile-Transition” as Political Challenge (Working Title)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Harald Heinrichs

PhD 03b: Food Sovereignty as Food System Transformation: Shifting the Scale of Governance (Working Title)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Julia Leventon

Transformations as a Process of Transdisciplinary Negotiation

PhD 04a: Local Real-world Experiments as Drivers of the Global Transformation towards Sustainable Food Systems (Working Title)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Daniel Lang

PhD 04b: International and Global Real-World Experiments to Identify Sustainable Opportunities for Complementing Local Food Systems (Working Title)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Arnim Wiek

Transformation in resource use

PhD 05a: A Social-Ecological System Perspective on the Disconnect between Food Production and Consumption (Working Title)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Henrik von Wehrden

PhD 05b: Sustainable Chemistry within the Textile Sector (Working Title)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer

An additional cross-sectional perspective focuses on transdisciplinary integration across the different perspectives and methods of transdisciplinary transformation research with two additional PhD scholarships:

PhD 06a: Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research: Methods for Communicative, Social, Cultural and Epistemic Integration (Working Title)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ulli Vilsmaier

PhD 06b: Inter- and Tansdisciplinary Research as a Mode of Learning in Communities of Practice (Working Title)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Matthias Barth

For further information, applicants are welcome to contact the spokesperson, Matthias Barth ((matthias.barth /at/ ) or the respective contact persons of one of the above-mentioned perspectives.

Detailed information on the project, the different perspectives and expectations on the individual scholarship level is given here:

Please send your application as a pdf document (only one attachment including all documents) marked “PhD Sustainability Transformation” via electronic mail, including the following documents:

    Informal cover letter
    CV including your previous research activities and study course
Relevant university degree certificates (simple copies) and transcripts of record (including GPA) Certificates of employment of relevant research activities (simple copies) Research proposal (2 page outline of the envisaged doctoral project with reference to the respective PhD profile description and linking to your expertise and tentative ideas).

Please note: All relevant university degree certificates, transcripts of record and certificates of employment attached to your application must be submitted in German or English.

Address for applications:
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Graduate School
Scharnhorststr. 1
21335 Lüneburg
Email: (gradschool.stipendien /at/

Application deadline: MAY 21, 2017

Further information on studying for a doctoral degree at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg can be found under:

Further information on applying for the doctoral degree programme at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg can be found under:

The doctoral scholarships as part of the research group “Processes of Sustainability Transformation” are funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of Europe’s largest foundations associated with a private company. In its charitable work, it addresses social issues at an early stage and develops exemplary solutions. To this purpose, it develops and implements its own projects. Additionally, it supports third-party initiatives that have similar goals.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is active in the areas of health, science, society, education, and international relations.

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