Two PhD positions at the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences in the NWO VIDI Project “Nature's Diplomats: Ecological Experts and the Conservation Policy of International Organizations, 1930-2000”
The PhD candidates will participate in a four-year research project that will explore the role ecological experts have played in international organizations for nature protection, from the 1930s to today. The overall aim of the study is twofold. Firstly, the project will investigate how ecologists have historically combined the role of (neutral) expert with the explicit advocacy of nature protection. Secondly, the project will assess how the local roots of the ecologists influenced the ideas, approaches and values they defended at the international level. The institutions concerned range from the Office Internationale pour la Protection de la Nature, over the World Wildlife Fund to the European Union.
The project will include archival research in several European countries, the setting up of a database and the interviewing of key witnesses.Next to the contribution to scholarly publications we expect from the candidates an active engagement in the preparation of conferences and workshops.