Postdoctoral Position in Ecological Macroeconomics Modelling for a Post-Growth Deal — ICTA-UAB, Barcelona

Deadline: 05 May 2024
Position: Postdoctoral Position, Ecological Macroeconomics Modelling for a Post-Growth Deal
Location: Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) in Barcelona, Spain
Salary: 35.000€ gross annual salary
Project Description

ICTA-UAB is seeking applications for an outstanding postdoctoral researcher to work on two exciting international collaboration projects. REAL is an ERC-Synergy project that aims to explore new models of provisioning systems, policies, and politics in a post-growth direction, in which achieving universal human wellbeing is achieved within planetary boundaries – and removed from dependence on economic growth. ToBe (short for Towards a Sustainable Wellbeing Economy), is a Horizon Europe project that aims to develop integrated policies and transformative indicators for a post-growth economy.



The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Ecological/Environmental Economics, Energy Economics, or another field involving the modelling of environment and society. Expertise in quantitative research methods and computer programming is essential. Previous modelling experience in the field of ecological economics is desirable. Experience with stock-flow consistent models, agent-based modelling, social metabolism, or input-output models will also be valued. Note that we do not expect a single candidate to know all of these areas.

Other requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required. Fluency in Spanish or Catalan will be valued but is not required.
  • Track record of research publications.
  • The successful candidate will have the ability and commitment to work both independently and collaboratively as part of the interdisciplinary teams of the REAL and ToBe projects.
  • The position is full-time and based in Barcelona. Successful candidates will be supported in their travel to conferences and presentations.
  • Ability to create and contribute to a well-functioning, inclusive and productive research environment.

The position will be hosted at ICTA-UAB, under the supervision of Dr Jason Hickel, but the candidate will also spend some time working with the modelling team at the University de Barcelona (one day per week). The candidates will work in close collaboration with the REAL project team at ICTA-UAB and the University of Lausanne (led by Jason Hickel, Giorgos Kallis and Julia Steinberger), and in collaboration with the ToBe project team at the University of Barcelona (led by Daniel W. O’Neill and Federico Demaria). Successful candidate will be supported in conducting a research stay at one of the other leading modelling teams in Europe, if they so desire.

We are committed to advancing the careers of junior women researchers, and researchers from under-represented backgrounds, who are encouraged to apply.


Expected Tasks
  1. Collaborate on the design of policies for a post-growth deal (such as a job guarantee, universal public services, working-time reduction, ending unequal exchange).
  2. Contribute to the development of an ecological macro-economic model of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries, with the objective of assessing the impact of post-growth policies both nationally and internationally.
  3. Contribute to the development of pathways for North-South convergence, enabling the attainment of high levels of human wellbeing for everyone within the planetary boundaries.


How to Apply

Deadline: Sunday, May 5th 2024, 23:59 CET
Start date: June-September 2024 (It is desirable that successful candidates take part in the kick-off of the project that will take place in Pontevedra, Spain between June 14th and June 16th).
Salary: Approximately €35,000 per year

How to apply: Please submit your CV, transcripts from previous degrees, and a motivation letter to Dr Jason Hickel at by May 5th 2024, 23:59 CET. The subject of your email should be: “Application for the REAL postdoctoral position on ecological macroeconomics”. In your motivation letter we would like you to present a short outline of a research approach to address the following challenge:

One potential risk of degrowth in high-income economies is that reduced demand could inadvertently harm lower-income economies that depend on exports to high-income economies. This problem may be resolved to the extent that global South countries can re-organize production around local needs, national development, and South-South trade.  This raises two questions.  First, how could an existing eco-eco model (e.g., EUROGREEN) be modified to explore these dynamics in the case of a global South economy? Could it enable us to identify useful policy choices? Second, how could an international model be designed to explore the North-South dynamics in such a scenario?

The motivation letter should have a of maximum 1000 words.

Please ask two referees to submit reference letters for you directly to by May 5th 2024, 23:59 CET. The subject of their emails should be: “Reference for YOUR NAME for REAL position”.

Online interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held in the third or fourth weeks of May 2024.