Chair of Public Policy with a focus on Innovation and Sustainability(1,0 FTE)
The Institute of Public Administration is looking for a Professor of Public Policy, with a focus on Innovation and Sustainability, to strengthen its expertise in these areas.
Vacancy number 23-012 13347
The Institute of Public Administration is looking for a Professor of Public Policy, with a focus on Innovation and Sustainability, to strengthen its expertise in these areas. It is essential for the analysis of these societal problems as well as their potential solutions. Within the area of sustainability, on which the Institute collaborates with others at Leiden University, we wish to strengthen our expertise in governance of sustainability and the university-wide collaboration in the Livable Planet program.
The ambition of this chair is to conduct transdisciplinary research on the transition towards a society that uses its natural and social resources in a sustainable way. The grand societal challenges of this time almost always have a technological component, leading to high interdependence between technical and governance questions and insights. Based on this interdependency, it is particularly important to further develop governance approaches, which are essential to foster the required change in a system that is characterized by the absence of dominant coalitions and differences in framing. This chair examines those governance approaches, which enable a transition towards a more sustainable world.
Within this context, the following major themes may define research and teaching of this chair:
In all these themes, the main feature is the interaction between the complexity of sustainability problems and the innovation of the governing arrangements. In this respect, governance of sustainability builds on and strengthens the existing Research Program of the Institute of Public Administration (https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/governance-and-global-affairs/institute-of-public-administration/research)
Leiden University has a strong research position on sustainable natural and social resources use in Europe through its transdisciplinary university-wide program research program Livable Planet. This program enables the university to integrate the domains of the natural sciences with the social sciences/governance & law, humanities, health sciences and history/archeology. The overall aim is to combine natural science research and historical/archaeological, policy and socio-cultural science research at Leiden university into a coherent research program allowing to tackle the grand challenge of a transition to environmental sustainability. The program supports several chairs in different faculties including this chair in the field of Public Administration. Since this chair is part of the Livable Planet program, it requires collaboration with the other chairs within and outside Leiden University. Noteworthy are the collaborative efforts with especially the Faculty of Science (environmental sciences), the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Archeology (see for information: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/liveable-planet).
An elaborated profile description of the chair as well as the general research program of the institute is available via Report-Chair_Public-Policy-and-Sustainability_20221011.pdf
Service and leadership
We also outline additional expectations and requirements of the candidate. We are aware that no one can fully meet all these expectations and requirements. We are also aware that lists of requirements may deter qualified candidates. We therefore invite candidates to indicate in their letter of application not only which of the requirements mentioned below they meet, but also which they would like to develop further in view of the indicated expectations.
Science for and about society is the domain of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA). FGGA is one of the seven faculties of Leiden University and is based in The Hague. It provides high-quality interdisciplinary education and research on social and governance issues such as terrorism, organization of public administration, climate change and economic crises. Because social issues are not bound by the boundaries of scientific disciplines, these themes are approached from various public administration, political science, economic, legal, and sociological perspectives. The faculty is a young, enterprising, and innovative organization that is growing rapidly. It has three scientific institutes, two centers, 3,500 students and 330 staff members.
The Institute of Public Administration, which is part of FGGA, is one of the largest and oldest institutes of academic research and teaching in the field of public administration in the Netherlands. The institute combines a solid international academic reputation with a central positioning among the international, national, regional, and local governance institutions of The Hague. The institute has an international profile and gets high peer reviewed ratings, both for its research and education. It offers a Dutch Bachelor of Public Administration, a Dutch Master Management of the Public Sector and the English Master programs Public Administration and Governance of Sustainability. Based on the strong academic disciplinary approach, the institute collaborates with other institutes and faculties of Leiden University on interdisciplinary research and education programs, including the Livable Planet program. It employs around 90 people and provides education to 1,200 students.
Conditions of employment
The prospective professor will become part of an ambitious and dynamic team of colleagues that wants to further expand the successes of recent years. There is a lot of collaboration across the boundaries of disciplines.
The appointment will be under the terms of the Collective Labor Agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities. The appointment (1,0 fte) is initially a temporary employment for one year, with the prospect of a permanent position after positive evaluation.
Salary ranges from € 6.099, - to € 8.881, - gross per month, in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities).
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), and training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.staff.universiteitleiden.nl/human-resources/conditions-of-employment-salary-and-allowance?cf=governance-and-global-affairs
Fostering an inclusive work environment is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to develop their full potential.
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For further inquiries about the vacancy, please contact Prof.dr. Bernard Steunenberg via email@example.com.
Please submit online your application no later than 28 February 2023 via the blue button in our application system.
Applicants should submit online a letter of interest accompanied by a CV.
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