The scaling of innovations (novel technologies, products, services, management practices, organisational models and/or institutional arrangements) is a key requirement for achieving development impact at scale. Impact never arises from an isolated innovation or change, but involves the uptake of multiple interdependent changes across different actors, levels and spheres, including the private sector. Thus, research for development programmes need to engage with multiple scaling processes and partners simultaneously, and consider both the 'up-scaling' of novel technologies, practices and arrangements, as well as the 'down-scaling' of the currently dominant ones.
The CGIAR initiative 'Excellence in Agronomy' uses a unique and novel approach to foster a coherent set of scaling processes. Instead of pushing a particular innovation that is deemed useful by researchers, it starts from a stated demand for agronomic solutions stated by an active scaling partner. Identified demands are further articulated, refined, developed and operationalized as a 'Use Case' that more precisely defines a particular scope for an intervention, including agronomy products, a zone of influence, a relevant network, user- profiles and process agreements. An assumed key advantage of this approach is that it builds on real rather than assumed demands, and starts from initiatives and networks that are already working towards scaling and innovation rather than bringing partners together from scratch.
We are looking for a PhD candidate who is interested to study this new demand- led scaling approach. Relevant lines of investigation may include:
Organisation of the PhD-research project The position is made possible by the CGIAR Excellence in Agronomy initiative, and is hosted by Wageningen University. The PhD-candidate will be a member of the Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS) of Wageningen University. The PhD-candidate will be located in the Netherlands for the first and the final 10 months at the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation group in Wageningen, and be based at IITA in Nairobi for the remaining period. The research will include case-studies in several parts of the world, and hence there is a need for considerable travel and periods abroad.
,Conditions of employment
We offer a so-called PhD-sandwich scholarship position of 4 years at WUR. The scholarship will provide for 20 months of stay in Wageningen and 28 months elsewhere. The student will be provided with:
,Employer Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen University & Research The mission of Wageningen University & Research is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life". Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR's Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.
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We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.
General information about the Wageningen University PhD programme is available on Wageningen Graduate Schools Sandwich PhD programme - WUR.
For more information about this position you can contact: Prof. Dr. Ir. Cees Leeuwis Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands. Email: [email protected] OR Theresa Ampadu-Boakye, IITA Nairobi, T.Ampadu- [email protected]
For more information about the procedure, please contact Noorien Abbas, email: [email protected]
Do you want to apply? You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.
This vacancy will be listed up to and including 29-03 2023.
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