PhD Researcher (Degrowth)

January 31 2023

Nyenrode Business Universiteit is seeking a full-time PhD student with a research interest in degrowth (business organization in a degrowth economy). The PhD program is a four-year fully funded program. The PhD-student will join the Center for Entrepreneurship, Stewardship and Governance (ESG). Under the supervision of Prof. dr. Andre Nijhof, Dr. Nicolas Chevrollier and Dr. Aikaterini Argyrou, and advisory role of Dr. Timothée Parrique, the PhD student will perform theoretical and empirical research on degrowth from the perspective of sustainable organizations.

We are looking for candidates with a Master of Science in business administration, (ecological) economics or/and sustainable development. Candidates must have strong analytical and research skills and a genuine interest on the topic. In addition, they should possess solid academic writing skills, solid communication skills and a profound command of English.




Overall, high-income nations are all overshooting planetary boundaries. This situation is the result of an economic architecture centered on the overarching objective of constantly making more money, whether it is income, profits, or GDP. In these economic systems, economic growth is seen as a central economic and political goal.

New utopias emerge that challenge these traditional economic principles and propose alternative frameworks focusing on social and environmental aspects of our society. One of the utopias focuses on a society with limited growth called “degrowth”. Degrowth is the planned and democratic reduction of production and consumption in rich countries to reduce environmental pressures and inequalities while improving wellbeing.

While a transition to degrowth has been studied thoroughly as a political and societal phenomenon, the essence of degrowth in business and management is unknown, i.e., how degrowth can be operationalized in organizations and especially by the dominant modern for-profit businesses. Thus, degrowth also requires a new understanding of how organizations operate under a new economic system and a new definition of what degrowth means in business is needed.

We are interested in candidates with a clear academic research ambition and a background in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Candidates must have the ambition to publish in highly ranked international peer reviewed academic journals, and to develop a high-quality and original research portfolio that is relevant to academia and the business community. The objective is that the research project results in several high-quality, original academic research papers, suitable for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals.

This fulltime PhD position involves research, teaching, and contributing to the academic community. The teaching responsibilities will include teaching sessions in sustainable transition, sustainable development, ESG reporting and purpose driven organizations, grading and thesis supervision.  


Who are we?

Nyenrode Business Universiteit offers a combination of sound theoretical knowledge, practical experience, and personal development. Nyenrode aims to achieve a diverse mix of researchers and teaching staff with international experience, to optimize research and the education that is offered and to reflect the university’s distinguished status. Nyenrode is a small-scale private university, founded in 1946 for and by business, with an international orientation. Nyenrode offers degree and executive education programs in business, management, accountancy and controlling, and conducts research in these disciplines. The mission of Nyenrode is: ‘Serving society by shaping responsible leaders’. Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Stewardship are the core values, embedded in all the education programs offered at Nyenrode Business Universiteit.

The Nyenrode PhD School
As a PhD candidate you will be part of the Nyenrode PhD School that offers courses, guidance on article writing and opportunities for participation in scientific conferences and seminars. The candidate will work to produce a doctoral dissertation, which is to be written in English.


Who are you? 

You hold an MSc, MA, or MPhil degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited university, preferably in the fields of business administration, (ecological) economics or/and sustainability. You have excellent results in your graduate study. You have a genuine interest in and a strong motivation for academic research. 


What do we offer? 

The PhD project is a salaried position (EUR 2.766 – 3.708 monthly salary), which means that the appointed PhD candidate is employee (Promovendus) of Nyenrode Business Universiteit. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the collective labor agreement. In addition, a holiday allowance, end-of-year bonus, and 30 vacation days are part of employment conditions. Accepted candidates are appointed on a full-time basis for a duration up to four years, starting with a 12- month appointment. 



We would like to receive your application package, consisting of:

  • A university degree of minimum five years (300 ECTS credits) within the field of business (Master of Science), (ecological) economics or equivalent education, of which at least two years (120 ECTS) at the master level that includes a master thesis as the final academic accomplishment. 
  • Curriculum Vitae + Motivation letter + two academic reference letters. 
  • A manuscript of master thesis.
  • Proof of excellent grades from the Master of Science degree or equivalent education (average of B or better and the same for the master thesis, or equivalent level in a different grading system).
  • Proof of excellent English written and oral language skills. Applicants from non-European countries where English is not the official language must present an official language test report. 
  • Good analytical skills and knowledge about research methods relevant for the proposed project.


Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Grades.
  • Quality of the master's thesis.
  • Applicant's description of motivation for the doctoral dissertation.
  • Relevant experience from research work.
  • Teaching potential.

The application package should be sent to with reference to the position of ’’PhD Researcher Degrowth’’

In addition to the formal requirements, the selection will be based on interview(s) with the supervisors, Prof. dr. Andre Nijhof, Dr. Nicolas Chevrollier, and Dr. Aikaterini Argyrou. Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Nyenrode Business Universiteit ambition is to create an inclusive working environment where everybody feels involved, valued, and recognized. In addition to your talent, experience, and motivation, the specific aspects of your identity enriches our organization in various ways. Talent as basis, diversity as power.