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    PhD position in Agricultural Policy

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    The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) is seeking a highly motivated researcher to fill a PhD position in the Department of Agricultural Policy. The successful candidate will conduct research on small-scale farmers' adaptation strategies to climate change and land degradation risks in post-Soviet Central Asia. The research aims to provide valuable insights for policymaking and sustainable agriculture practices. The position offers an interdisciplinary working environment, support for field research and data collection, and the opportunity to apply for a doctoral degree from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.


    • Develop an innovative and theoretically sound research project on smallholders' risk perceptions regarding climate change and land degradation in Central Asia.
    • Extensive empirical research in rural Central Asia, including primary data collection and analysis using relevant research methods.
    • Write a PhD thesis and articles to be submitted to international refereed journals.
    • Active participation in conferences, workshops, seminars, and other scholarly activities.
    • Active participation in IAMO activities, e.g., colloquia.


    • Master’s degree in social science (human geography, sociology, development studies, resource economics, or a related field)
    • Proven skills in quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis, including programming skills in R or readiness to develop these skills
    • Experience in designing and conducting empirical social science research in low- and middle-income countries
    • Willingness and demonstrated ability to work collegially in an international team abroad (e.g., for fieldwork)
    • Excellent English skills, written and oral presentation skills
    • Russian language skills are an advantage
    • Willingness to actively participate in IAMO activities


    • An inter-disciplinary working environment with multinational teams
    • Support and optimal training courses by our IAMO graduate school
    • Excellent technical facilities
    • Financial support for conducting field research and data collection
    • Financial support to participation in seminars and conferences
    • Support in the preparation of publications for peer-reviewed journals
    • Family-friendly working conditions

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