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PhD student (EXPIRED)

Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, University of Groningen

Job category Graduate fellowship / Fixed term
AOS Ethics of energy
AOS categories Applied Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
Normative Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy
AOC Psychology of energy
AOC categories Applied Ethics
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number 217121
Location Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Start date June 21, 2017
Job description

The Faculty of Philosophy and the Department of Psychology of the University of Groningen are looking for a PhD student in the NWO-funded research project "Designing Innovative and Responsible Heating Systems".

The PhD position, which lasts four years, is hosted by the Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy of the Faculty of Philosophy. The successful applicant will be working under direct supervision of prof.dr. Frank Hindriks, prof.dr. Linda Steg and dr. Angela Ruepert.

Eliminating natural gas use form the built environment and replacing it with suitable heating systems is vital in reaching CO2 reduction targets, which is important for reducing climate change. However, it is a challenge to do this in a way that is fair and acceptable to the stakeholders including (semi)public actors and consumers. Although heating systems are more sustainable energy sources than natural gas, acceptance among end users is relatively low. A major obstacle is that it limits freedom of choice. Other values such as trust and responsibility also have an impact on acceptability. Furthermore, the implementation of heating systems raises issues of fairness, both distributive and procedural. Will the benefits of heating systems be available to all? Do consumers play any role in the decision process to implement heating systems? The main goal of this project is to integrate philosophical theories of fairness with empirical findings concerning acceptability or perceived fairness. This will be conducive to developing a perspective about the conditions under which stakeholders regard heating systems as a suitable option.

How to apply
Application type Online
You may apply for this position until Sunday April 30 (23:59 local Dutch time) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Applications should include the following documents: - letter of motivation - curriculum vitae - contact information of two academic referees - list of grades
Web address to apply http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opport...
Email to apply
Hard deadline April 30, 2017, 11:59pm CET
Contact name Frank Hindriks
Contact email
Contact phone +31503637489
Time created March 23, 2017, 11:47am EST
Scheduled expiry date April 30, 2017, 11:59pm CET
Expired on May 2, 2017, 12:46am CET
Last updated July 1, 2017, 3:00pm EST
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