Postdoctoral Researcher in Bioeconomy

Company:NEOMA Business School

Location:France / Reims


Employment Type:Full-time 12-month fixed-term contract


Postdoctoral Researcher H/F

NEOMA Business School is a leading international school, dynamic and eager to constantly transcend the frontiers of knowledge and innovation. We are currently recruiting a post-doctoral researcher who will join our REIMS campus on a full-time 12-month fixed-term contract (starting january 2021) as part of the “how circular is the bioeconomy? " project.

The bio-economy has emerged as one of the major vectors for initiating ecological transition, alongside the circular economy or energy transition. While debates have initially focused on the definition and content of the bioeconomy, they are now turning to the tools to make it sustainable (Vivien et al., 2019). In public policies, particularly at the European level, the topic of the circular bioeconomy has become increasingly important since 2016. Thus, the intersection between the circular economy and the bioeconomy is anticipated as a key to ensuring the sustainability of the bioeconomy, particularly through approaches in terms of "cascading" or the development of processes that reuse organic waste (food or non-food) (Carus and Dammer, 2018).
Despite this growing interest in the interaction between the bioeconomy and the circular economy, this perspective remains essentially normative (Giampietro, 2019). The aim of the project is to go beyond the normativity of the 'circular bioeconomy' to understand its shapes.

Main activities and responsibilities

In order to characterise the circular bioeconomy, the interactions between the bioeconomy and the circular economy will be studied both in the representations of the actors, the business models developed and the reconfigurations of the value chains induced by the development of circularity loops in the bioeconomy.

You will work within the Chair of Bioeconomy in collaboration with its members. You will be in charge of data collection and processing, under the supervision of Nicolas BEFORT, as well as the valorisation of the results in scientific publications.

The NEOMA BS Chair of Bioeconomy exists since 2012. It is developing a multidisciplinary research programme aimed at shedding light on the challenges and prospects of the transition to the bioeconomy. Its analyses are at the crossroads between institutionalist political economy, ecological economy, management and transition studies.
The Chair aims to be useful both to its territory and to society by linking high-level research and the dissemination of its knowledge to bioeconomy players and citizens


  • PhD in economics or a related field (economic sociology or science and technology studies; transition studies; management; innovation studies)
  • Proven knowledge in circular economy or bioeconomy
  • Interest in heterodox economic approaches (institutionalist, ecological economics, socio-economics), innovation studies or transition studies
  • Experience of qualitative approaches (interviews, etc.)
  • Ability to publish scientific articles
  • Autonomy and ability to team work expected
  • English necessary / French is not compulsory but would be a plus

At NEOMA Business School, we know that well-being at work is also a source of motivation. We also have excellent complementary health insurance and life insurance. The Works Council also offers many sports, social and cultural offers and activities.

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