Three Post-Doctoral Positions – ReSEED Project (University of Lisbon)

RHN 40/2019 | Opportunity

Project ReSEED: Rescuing seeds' heritage: engaging in a new framework of agriculture and innovation since the 18th century, led by Dulce Freire, Instituto de Ciências Sociais – Universidade de Lisboa

Closing date for applications: 31 March 2019

Applications are opened until March 31 for three Post-Doctoral positions for researchers interested in engaging in our ambitious five-year project. ReSEED is led by historian Dulce Freire, based at Instituto de Ciências Sociais – Universidade de Lisboa (Institute of Social Sciences – University of Lisbon) and funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

There are two positions for the ones with a degree in Natural Sciences with particular interest in fields related to historical research and one position for the ones with a degree in Humanities and Social Sciences. ReSEED aims to examine the historical changes in agriculture related to cultivated seeds, environment and human action from 1750 to 1950. The study will contribute to understanding the socio-economic and ecological impacts of the crops from the new worlds across Europe. The research focuses on the Iberian Peninsula, which was the gateway to many of these seeds in the old continent.

Candidates should combine independent thinking, creativity and commitment to complete a cycle of research with several components.

Vacancy for 2 Post-Doctoral Research Fellows
Full-time, 35 hours per week, Research Fields: Anthropology, Biological sciences, Environmental science, Geography, History, Sociology
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Vacancy for 1 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Full-time, 35 hours per week, Research Fields: Geography, History, Sociology
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Project’s aims and description:

The project ReSeed aims to examine how farmers, scientists, state agents and other stakeholders have managed productive challenges set by changing edible seeds over two centuries, from 1750 to 1950. Based on innovative interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary methodologies, it allows building robust historical research on the case of Iberian Peninsula in connection to the global circulation of crops and food products. The main objectives are as follows: 1) To map geographical changes in local crop distribution, paying attention to the new seeds made available since the 15th century. 2) To outline which were the social networks supporting the dissemination and cultivation of edible seed varieties, and at later date, checking how they articulated with state services. 3) To identify human factors that contribute to reducing, increasing, maintaining or restoring regional agro-biodiversity. 4) To assess the impacts of national and international decisions on local management of the triangle formed by seeds, environment and human action. 5) To re-examine the long-term dynamics behind various European agricultural modernization itineraries. By deepening the links between historical, environmental and biological knowledge, ReSeed is designed to improve the explanations on current issues such as food security, sustainable agriculture, agro-biodiversity, innovation and economic growth.

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