PhD research fellow (sociology, management and human geography)





UCLouvain is hiring 3 PhD research fellows (sociology, management, and human geography) in a research project on “Just Transition in the Circular Economy”


Job Id : SF  36509
Internal and external job posting until 19th of August


For institute :Analysis of Change in Contemporary and Historical Societies (IACCHOS), the Louvain Research Institute in Management and Organisations (LouRIM) and the Louvain Platform for Partnership Research on Ecological and Social Transition (LPTransition) of Humanities Sector
Main campus :  Louvain-la-Neuve

Fixed-term, full time (100%) contract, until 4 years
Starting date : 1st of October 2024


The 3 PhD research fellows will work together in the research 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 aim of the AICE-T project is to identify and analyse the potential contributions of circular economy initiatives to achieving just transitions. The AICE-T project asks the following two research questions: 


  1. what are the existing practices used by circular economy initiatives to address the social and environmental issues raised in the context of their activities? 

  1. how to create capacities of engagement of actors in the circular economy initiatives for contributing to improved environmental justice outcomes, in particular through social learning on values conflicts and the formation of shared narratives of change? 

Job description

To address the research questions, the AICE-T project will use an innovative transdisciplinary research design, combining an assessment of existing circular economy initiatives in the Brussels Region with a set of participatory research methodologies geared toward capacity building and the fostering of organisational change. 

The researchers will benefit from the research environment of the different teams that contribute to the AICE-T project and will be hosted in the offices of one the supervisors. These research teams have been awarded several major national and European research grants in the past. With their strong focus on high quality research and with research covering the fields of management, organizational and labour sociology, human geography, political science, and philosophy, they offer a vibrant and stimulating interdisciplinary research environment. 


You can read the full project description :


  • PhD1 One doctoral fellowship in sociology and organization studies, with competences in settling of ethical conflicts in organizational settings
  • PhD2 One doctoral fellowship in management and social entrepreneurship, with competences in participatory governance
  • PhD3 One doctoral fellowship in human or social geography, with competences in quantitative and/or qualitative analysis of environmental justice issues 

The positions are strongly research oriented with very limited organizational duties and no teaching obligations. We offer a competitive remuneration package (including a monthly allowance, social security, and insurance expenses) and generous funding of research related activities (participation to conferences and research missions in selected developed and developing countries). The research fellowships are granted for 4 years (full time contract, 38h/week schedule).

Required qualifications and skills

-Master Degree or equivalent:


  • Human geography


  • Management science


  • Sociology


-Good English skills  

Application process

Starting date: 1st of October 2024

Application deadline: 19th of August 23h

Interview: 3rd of September 2024. Applicants should keep this date free to be able to participate to the interview.

Submission process : please apply online through this application (


The application should contain the following documents:


  • Your detailed CV
  • A motivation letter (max 2 pages)
  • A copy of your master thesis and/or a published peer-reviewed paper
  • Name of 1 or 2 reference persons we could contact for information on your profile


Please do not include additional documents beyond those listed above.

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Les candidatures sont à soumettre en ligne uniquement, jusqu’au 19 août 2024, 23h (fuseau horaire de Bruxelles)



Contact: Chantal Herman -