Modelling transition towards recycling while observing consumer preferences at GREDEG, Université Côte d’Azur
Université Côte d’Azur(UCA) is a research-intensive university relying on a strong ecosystem of higher education and research institutions (Observatory of the Côte d’Azur, CNRS, INRIA, etc.). The UCA model of university is based on new transdisciplinary cooperation, an experimental model for coordination between research, training and innovation, as well as strong and sustained partnerships with private sector entities and local policy makers.
GREDEG is a pluridisciplinary Lab with researchers in Law, Economics, Management and sociology. With more than 100 researchers the lab is very much involved in joint research projects with other sciences. GREDEG is one of the founders of the LEEN (Nice Laboratory of Experimental Economics) and has a strong expertise in innovation studies and behavioural changes towards ecological transition (https://gredeg.univ-cotedazur.fr/) .
Context of the application
Since the first industrial-scale production of polymers in the early 20th century, plastics have become such an integral part of the global economy. In 2019, Europe produced 58 million tonnes (Mt) plastics which will account for 20% of oil consumption and 15% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 if practices remain unchanged. While recycling rates for plastics have been steadily increasing, it is clear that the potential is far from realised; only 32% of the 29,1 Mt of plastic waste collected annually in
Europe was recycled, while 43% is used for energy recovery, and 25% is sent to landfill. Understanding diffusion processes is key to market strategies as well as innovation and sustainability policies. In promoting new products and technologies, firms and governments need to understand the conditions favouring successful spread of innovations in recycling, their sustainability and local conditions for their scalability.
In the frame of ABSolEU (paving the way for an ABS recycling revolution in the EU) HORIZON-CL4-2021-RESILIENCE-01-Project: 101058636; an ambitious European project with global impact to accelerate the transition to a circular economy for ABS plastics), GREDEG, is hiring a PostDoc researcher for 2 years.
The candidate will be part of the economics team and will have frequent interactions with the consortium, the chemistry team and the different stakeholders. He (or she) will be responsible for the following tasks :
- Modelling ecological transition for scrutinizing new emergent options in recycling and diffusion of innovations more generally ;
- Observing initial conditions and technological trajectories with possible bifurcation processes ;
- Understanding demand and framing effects for diffusion of technological innovations ;
- Involving in the team project through collective meetings ;
- Participation to scientific communication and publications.
The candidate must hold a PhD in economics, eager to work in team and to learn from other fields, able to understand the state of the art of technological problems. (S) he must have a good background in mathematical economic modelling, ideally with knowledge of one framework for agent-based modelling (ABM) and a solid background in experimental economic methods. As for the latter, previous implementation of laboratory or field experiment -software programming (zTree or oTree), experimental instructions writing, and experimental data analysis -is highly appreciated.
Timetable for the application
The audition of the candidates will take place in July 2022.
The selected candidate will start on 01st September 2022. The net salary is 2600 euros per month (gross salary 3100 euros).
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