Postdoc opportunity: Exploring food systems transformations in Africa’s rapidly changing cities

The Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellowship on African city food systems. The research forms part of an international collaborative project under the auspices of LEAP-Agri and includes researchers from South Africa, Uganda, Netherlands and Belgium. The project aims to promote sustainable and nutrition-secure city food systems by developing knowledge and tools for local and national development planning.

The research will be undertaken in two case studies (Cape Town and Kampala) and includes:

  1. characterizing city food systems through identifying key food system activities, drivers, feedbacks and outcome indicators;
  2. modeling current food systems dynamics and exploring alternative futures;
  3. developing response strategies that target local and national development planning;
  4. running and evaluating knowledge co-production and participatory planning approaches for achieving impact.


Application instructions:

Applicants should send a full CV, contact details for three references, and a cover letter that details their interest in the position and outlines their relevant skills and experience. The cover letter should be a maximum of 2 pages.

Please submit all materials as one pdf file. The submission should be made by email with subject line ‘Postdoc Application: LEAP-Agri’ to Ms Marjolijn Staarink ( Contact Dr Jeanne Nel ( should you have questions.

The application deadline is Friday 19 October 2018

For more information, consult the attached document below:

Postdoctoral Researcher_City food security_October18


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