Research/Post-doc positions @ Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan


The Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) in Kyoto, Japan is looking to fill four, full-time research positions (one senior project researcher, three project researchers) for the “Lifeworlds of Sustainable Food Consumption and Production: Agrifood Systems in Transition” (FEAST Project) to begin in April 2016.

Taking a bottom-up, action research approach, this interdisciplinary project seeks to understand and catalyze sustainable agrifood transition through the co-creation of new communities of social practice and collective action at locations in developed and emerging Asian countries.  The project looks to combine and advance three particular realms of research: 1) alternative food network and sustainable food planning research that seeks to define appropriate scales for “foodsheds” and supports evidenced-based, collaborative approaches to agrifood governance, 2) sustainable consumption research on the critical socio-cultural elements that shape human behavior in diverse Asian contexts, and 3) socio-technical transition research on the effectiveness of community futures envisioning, valorization, and market transparency based interventions.

Minimum Requirements
•   PhD in relevant field
•   Experience or knowledge working in Asia (in particular, Japan, China, Thailand, Bhutan)
•   Ability to communicate and write in English; Ability to speak Japanese is beneficial but not essential

Submission Deadline:  January 15th, 2016

Full descriptions of each of the four positions can be found at this link:

For more information on the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature: (English); (Japanese)

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