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Postdoctoral Researcher Mainstreaming Non-Extractive Economic Practices

Universiteit van Amsterdam - Amsterdam Law School

Location: Amsterdam - Netherlands
Salary: €3,807 to €5,211 or £3,192.63 to £4,370.05 (converted salary*) gross per month, scale 11
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd November 2021
Closes: 31st March 2022

The University of Amsterdam – Amsterdam Law School has an opening for a Postdoctoral Researchers at the Department of Private Law, within the framework of the ERC funded project 

Law as a Vehicle for Social Change: Mainstreaming Non-Extractive Economic Practices’ 

The current economic model is overdue for revision. The relentless focus on economic growth is ravaging the environment, and the concomitant social problems have either already reached glaring levels (rocketing global inequality) or seem poised to do so (climate displaced persons). A number of radical proposals, such as prosperity without growth, circular economy, or doughnut economics, have been proposed to chart a trajectory towards socio-ecological transformation, arguing that a profound change in our ways of living and modes of production is necessary in order to respond to the threats we face. Yet such proposals, however commendable, have gained only modest political traction, insofar as they seem unthinkable from the vantage point of our current economic system, consumption patterns, political discourse and legal institutions. 

This project will show how law can contribute to making such transformative projects politically credible. More specifically, it will demonstrate how law, and private law in particular, can be used to nurture those existing economic practices that already build on the environmental and social aspirations embodied by such projects. The two main objectives are, first, to offer a set of legal tools and policy proposals that would make the adoption of environmentally and socially non-extractive economic practices, such as social cooperatives or solidary financial institutions, more attractive for people to implement. Second, N-EXTLAW theorizes how law can turn seemingly utopian projects for socio-ecological transformation into a realistic legal-political project. By refashioning the concrete socio-legal arrangements for pursuing non-extractive economic practices as well as re-shaping the values on which economic decision-making draws, law can make non-extractive economic practices more present in everyday action, and thereby uphold those cultural frames that affirm the sense that socio-ecological transformation is within our reach. 

 The successful candidate:

  • has a PhD in law, social sciences or humanities;
  • has experience with qualitative research methods and analysis techniques; preferably has experience with participatory action research;
  • is proficient in English, and preferably also in Dutch, Norwegian and/or Italian;
  • has excellent analysis and writing skills, as demonstrated by publications; 
  • is a creative and out-of-the-box thinker;
  • is an excellent public speaker; 
  • while teaching is optional, teaching experience and motivation to teach are a plus. 

The University of Amsterdam’s Law School prides itself on its international orientation and strong social commitment. This is reflected by both its research and educational activities. 

For further inquiries please contact: Prof. Dr. Marija Bartl 

Read in more detail about this project and the application process by clicking the above 'Apply' button.

Deadline for the first stage of applications is 31 March 2022

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