New vacancy at Wageningen University - Frugal innovation

Are you interested in the realities of food provisioning and the implications for access to affordable and nutritious food? Do you have a PhD in development studies, political science, innovation studies, geography, sociology, or a related field? Then this may be the perfect opportunity for you!



The Knowledge Technolology and Information group at Wageningen University and Research have an opportunity for an integrative researcher interested to unravel the multiple dimensions of the major societal challenge of ensuring access to nutritious, healthy, and affordable food for low-income groups in contexts plagued by scarcity and inequality. Our research gaze shifts attention to practices connecting production and consumption, in particular the role and performance of small and medium enterprises in this middle terrain. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the middle of agri-food chains perform important functions in arranging food access for vulnerable and low-income groups. They create, maintain, or transform connections between production and consumption, often by using scarce resources. Understanding their modus operandi creates space to explore sustainable and inclusive pathways for food provisioning.

The Knowledge Technology and Innovation group and its partner the International Centre for Frugal Innovation (ICFI) are looking for a post-doctoral researcher for an NWO-funded project titled “SMEs as driving force of inclusion and sustainability in global food provisioning”. The project contributes to the game changer ‘SMEs as accelerators of inclusion and sustainability in global food provisioning’ in the route ‘Sustainable production of safe and healthy food’ of the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA). The project aims to generate, and feed gained insights into forward-looking dialogues co-organized with partners in the Dutch and international policy landscape.