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University of Antwerp | PhD Scholarship on political ecology of PES

The University of Antwerp (Belgium) is currently offering a 4-year PhD Scholarship on “Political Ecologies of Payments for Ecosystem Services and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Nicaragua and Guatemala” at the Institute of Development Policy. 

The research seeks to engage with questions of power and social dynamics pertaining to indigenous peoples, women and/or young adults. Through comparative analysis, the selected candidate will study how conservation policies become socially embedded, to what extend they succeed or fail to reshape nature-society relations, and how they change resource use behavior in socially and culturally diverse contexts.

The scholarship is part of a broader project funded by the Research Foundation of Flanders (FWO), and is supervised by Gert Van Hecken (IOB) and Jennifer Casolo (Nitlapan-UCA, Nicaragua).

For more information on the scholarship and all requirements, please see the following link:

Deadline for application: June 1st 2020
Start date of scholarship:  between October 1st and December 1st 2020