The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz Association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.
The UFZ is going to establish a graduate school within the Research Unit “Environment and Society” on the topic Leverage Points for the Transformation to an Environmentally Sound Agriculture (AGRI-TRANSFORM).
Within this graduate school, we are looking for 4 dedicated PhD students. All PhD students will participate in a structured PhD training program, which facilitates integration and exchange among the PhD projects as well as within the larger UFZ research context. The PhD students will contribute scientific evidence for an agricultural transformation by conducting policy-relevant research on the following topics:
Widespread application of novel digital technologies in agriculture (Farming 4.0) is a potentially double-edged sword for the environment, since the new possibilities can foster a more environmentally sensible agriculture or a further intensification of agricultural land management. If Farming 4.0 is to relieve the burden on the environment, appropriate governmental framework conditions are needed. Moreover, Farming 4.0 is not only a challenge but also an opportunity for enforcing environmental regulation, as it enables public authorities to monitor and evaluate individual agricultural land management digitally and in high-resolution. By addressing both challenges and opportunities of Farming 4.0, the envisaged legal dissertation project will identify institutional and regulatory preconditions in Germany that need to be met in order to facilitate an environmentally sustainable transformation of agricultural production.