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While this body of work is very useful for scholars to try to grasp what the circular economy is about, at the level of individual firms it presents little insights into the dynamic transition and innovation process these firms are going through. Also, while the theoretical body of knowledge on Circular Business Model Innovation (CBMI) is growing, there is a need for more empirical insights, and a translation of these insights into recommendations and guidelines for strategic and operational business decisions. What firms need to know to make a successful transition is not “what is circularity about?”, but rather “how do we get there?”.
Description of the vacancy
This PhD position focuses on empirical work, making use of relevant academic concepts and theories. At the core of the PhD is the building of a large-scale European database on circular business model implementation across a wide variety of industrial sectors. This will entail the design and roll-out of a large-scale survey, data collection and processing, statistical analysis, as well as qualitative empirical research such as interviews, focus groups, etc. Underpinning literature research will be instrumental to assure scientific sound empirical work. The geographical scope of your empirical work will focus on Belgium and the Netherlands, but also other European countries can be addressed depending on your own interests and contacts. Based on your interests or former experience, you will further scope research questions and subtopics to focus on (e.g. change management, governance, capabilities, value chain collaboration, etc).
This PhD position is granted within the collaboration between VITO (B) and the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development at Utrecht University (NL). You will be mainly stationed at VITO (Mol, Belgium), where you will be embedded in an application-oriented circular economy research team under supervision of Wim Van Opstal and Saskia Manshoven. Your academic supervision is located at Utrecht University, where you will be able to follow courses, seminars, and enjoy network opportunities with other researchers on circular business models. The academic supervisory team includes prof. dr. Marko Hekkert, dr. Julian Kirchherr, and dr. Christina Bidmon. Both institutions are output-oriented, with a strong focus on applicable knowledge development.
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Please submit your application through the VITO application portal by uploading your CV, letter of motivation, and bachelors and master degree transcripts. The selection procedure will start as soon as we receive your CV.