Postdoctoral Researcher on Sustainable and healthy food systems


Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS), Paris


Monday, December 19, 2022

Start Date

Sunday, January 1, 2023

This postdoctoral research position is part of the FLORA project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and led by Carole DALIN, in the Geosciences Department of the ENS, in the centre of Paris. The selected candidate will join the research team for up to 2 years and 8 months, collaborating with Dr Dalin and other doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in the project 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.

This innovative project builds on the PI’s excellent track record in leading interdisciplinary research focused on the global agri-food system and its environmental impacts.