Postdoctoral Fellowship on Modeling global sustainable & healthy food systems

Organization

Ecole normale supérieure

Deadline

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Start Date

Monday, April 1, 2024

This postdoctoral research position is part of the FLORA project ("Sustainable and healthy food solutions: system dynamics and trade-offs"), funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and led by Carole DALIN (webpage), in the Geosciences Department of the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS), in the centre of Paris.

The selected candidate will join the FLORA research team, collaborating with researchers in the team, department and beyond, to answer the project’s first main research question: “How far are current global food systems from environmental sustainability and health goals?”.

About the FLORA project:
Food systems are crucial to end hunger, but also to mitigate and adapt to climate change, to protect and restore biodiversity, to ensure human health and well-being, to end poverty, and to support sustainable communities. While hunger has receded, food systems are causing increasingly severe damage to our environment and health. The FLORA project will contribute to a transformation of global agri-food production, trade, and consumption necessary to achieve sustainable and healthy food systems.

The project will create essential evidence to identify and implement the shifts in practices and behaviours needed to effectively achieve this transformation, by (1) making a diagnosis of the integrated health and environmental outcomes of food systems globally, from the production and consumption perspectives, with innovative measures of sustainability, (2) identifying key threats and opportunities with system dynamics and complex network analyses, and (3) targeting and evaluating tailored solutions with an inter-disciplinary modelling framework.

The project will enable the identification of most effective, targeted solutions by considering trade-offs, synergies, and dynamics of key food systems components. Global in scope, it sets the ambitious goal to overcome barriers in current approaches by taking a systemic approach and establishing a robust, interdisciplinary framework supported by empirical advancements to tackle complex food systems challenges.