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3 PhD Positions at Université catholique de Louvain (Sociology, Management, & Human Geography)

Are you passionate about sustainability and social justice? Do you hold a Master’s degree in Sociology, Management, or Human Geography?

Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) in Belgium is seeking three PhD researchers to join a project investigating the intersection of just transition and the circular economy. This exciting opportunity offers the chance to contribute to cutting-edge research in a vibrant and collaborative environment.

The Project: Analysing and Identifying the Circular Economy’s contribution to a just Transition. A Transdisciplinary Environmental Justice Approach in the Brussels Capital Region (AICE-T-)

The AICE-T project aims to understand how circular economy initiatives can promote a just transition towards a more sustainable future. The project will focus on the Brussels Capital Region and will address the following questions:

  • How do existing circular economy initiatives address social and environmental issues?
  • How can these initiatives be strengthened to ensure fairer and more equitable outcomes?

The Positions

UCLouvain is recruiting three PhD researchers, each with a specific area of expertise:

  • PhD1 (Sociology & Organization Studies): Expertise in resolving ethical conflicts in organizational settings.
  • PhD2 (Management & Social Entrepreneurship): Expertise in participatory governance.
  • PhD3 (Human or Social Geography): Expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative analysis of environmental justice issues.


  • Competitive salary and benefits package.
  • Generous funding for research activities (conferences, research missions).
  • Four-year full-time research fellowship (38 hours/week).
  • Opportunity to work in a stimulating interdisciplinary environment.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field.
  • Strong research skills and a passion for sustainability and social justice.
  • Excellent English language skills.

For two of the positions, fluency in French is also required.

How to Apply

The application deadline is August 19, 2024. Interested candidates should submit the following documents:

  • Detailed CV
  • Motivation letter (max 2 pages)
  • Copy of Master’s thesis or published paper
  • Contact information for 1-2 references

For more information and to apply, please visit HERE by August 19, 2024


  • Chantal Herman (application procedures): [email address removed]
  • Project supervisors (for additional information):
    • Matthieu de Nanteuil (PhD1):
    • Tom Dedeurwaerdere (co-promotor for all positions):
    • Julie Hermans (PhD2): [email address removed]
    • Brendan Coolsaet (PhD3):

Don’t miss this opportunity to make a real difference in the world!