PhD Social Sciences - Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT)

Type: Job

PhD position (Reference number 4 – Socio‐economics) will focus on the socio‐economic consequences and collective action problems resulting out of increased aquaculture production. The candidate should have a background in a social science disciplines with a focus on the analyses of social‐ecological systems. This should enable the candidate to do a (qualitative) comparative case study approach. Contacts: A. Gärdes (, K. Schwerdtner‐Manez (kathleen.schwerdtner@zmt‐ & A. Schlüter (

ACUTE (AquaCUlture practice in Tropical coastal Ecosystems‐ Understanding ecological and socio‐economic consequences) is an interdisciplinary project funded by the Leibniz society. The overall goal of ACUTE is to examine impacts of aquaculture effluents on i) ambient microbial community structure, particularly the distribution and spread of pathogens and antibiotic resistance genes, ii) organic particle transportation and sedimentation rates of labile organic matter, iii) metabolic performance of cultured fish stock, and iv) a detailed investigation on human dimensions and stakeholder decisions towards aquaculture practices. The project combines field studies in Indonesia and the Philippines, lab studies, as well as experimental model systems.We are seeking for four scientists, each for a period of three years, starting earliest on October 1, 2015:




This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological
development and demonstration under grant agreement no 603218.

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