PhD: Socially Inclusive Adaptation Pathways

Department/faculty: Technology, Policy and Management
Level: Master degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 4 years
Salary: €2,222 to €2,840 per month gross

Technology, Policy and Management

The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) develops robust models and designs, to solve the complex challenges of today’s networked society. TPM combines insights from the engineering sciences with insights from the humanities and the social sciences.

Job description

This position is part of the project “Adaptation Pathways for socially inclusive development of urbanising deltas” funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This research project aims to develop an integrated approach for supporting the long-term, inclusive, sustainable economic development of urbanising deltas under uncertain changing conditions. To realise this aim, methodological advancements are needed in incorporating multi-actor complexity, inter-temporal trade-offs, and welfare distribution considerations in a model-based approach for designing adaptation pathways under deep uncertainty. The specific focus of this position is the development of model-based approaches that address this multi-actor complexity and the multi-temporal problem intrinsic to designing pathways. The candidate will complement the Dutch/Vietnamese team currently consisting of two researchers with backgrounds in spatial economics and river hydraulics and morphology. The project involves an application of the methodological innovations to a case study of the Mekong river near Can Tho city in Vietnam.     


The PhD candidate will be based in the policy analysis section, which is part of the Multi-actor Systems Department of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology. The project sits at the intersection of hydrology, social science, welfare economics, and simulation. The candidate should have an interdisciplinary background, with strong roots in areas such as environmental science, hydrology, urban planning, rural development and geography, or policy analysis. A strong and proven affinity with programing in general, and modelling and simulation in particular is a necessary requirement. Proficiency in verbal and written communication in English is another key requirement.

Conditions of employment

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Jan Kwakkel, phone: +31 (0)15-2788487, email: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by 30 June 2017 to Jan Kwakkel,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number ATTBM17.016.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Technology, Policy and Management
Master degree
Working hours
4 years
€2,222 to €2,840 per month gross

Closing date
June 30, 2017
Vacancy nr.


For more information about this job, please contact Jan Kwakkel, Associate Professor.

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For more information about the application procedure, please contact Jan Kwakkel/MAS.