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International PhD Position in Tackling Fixophobia, Netherlands

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Wageningen University & Research presents an exciting opportunity for ambitious scholars passionate about sustainability and consumer behavior. Through the PhD Position in Tackling Fixophobia, the university aims to address pressing environmental challenges by fostering a repair economy for electronic products. This scholarship, funded by the NWO, invites individuals with a keen interest in understanding and influencing consumer decisions towards repair practices. Aspiring candidates will delve into the psychology behind consumer choices, develop innovative strategies, and contribute to the development of a circular economy.

In the current PhD position, you will work together with all project partners, and investigate the consumer perspective. Your responsibility will be to examine the factors that influence consumers’ repair behaviour, to develop a taxonomy of marketing and service innovations for repair, and to develop interventions that stimulate consumers to engage in repair practices.

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Wageningen University & Research is a renowned public research institution, located in the Netherlands. With a diverse student body comprising over 12,000 individuals from over 100 nations, the university offers a broad spectrum of academic programs. These include six bachelor’s degrees, thirty master’s degrees, and three online master’s degrees, catering to the educational needs of a global community.


Application Deadline: May 3rd, 2024

Brief Description

  • University/Organization: Wageningen University & Research
  • Department: Marketing and Consumer Behaviour group
  • Course Level: PhD
  • Award: Fully funded position
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: Not specified
  • Nationality: International
  • The award can be taken in: Netherlands


  • Eligible Countries: Open to all nationalities
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: The scholarship will be awarded in any subject offered by Wageningen University
  • Admissible Criteria:
  • Applicants must hold a completed MSc University degree.
  • Background in consumer behavior (e.g., consumer science, marketing, social psychology, behavioral economics). Other backgrounds will not be considered.
  • High level of interest in sustainable/circular marketing/consumer behavior.
  • Statistical/modeling skills and experience with quantitative data collection.
  • Interest in conducting qualitative research.
  • Openness and willingness to collaborate with people from other scientific disciplines.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
  • Fluency in English language (C1 level).

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit the following documents through the online application system:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Motivation letter
  3. Document demonstrating writing skills (e.g., master thesis or research vision for this position)

Applications not submitted through the online system will not be considered.


  • Fully funded PhD position.
  • Enrollment in the Wageningen University Graduate School (WASS) with access to an inspiring research environment and excellent team of supervisors.
  • Participation in a Doctorate Education Programme to further develop research, teaching, and interdisciplinary skills.
  • Excellent terms of employment including partially paid parental leave, flexible working hours, sports facilities, pension scheme, and a fixed December bonus.
  • Gross salary ranging from €2,770 to €3,539 per month based on a full-time working week of 38 hours.
  • Opportunity for personal initiative in a learning environment with excellent training opportunities.
  • Unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere at Wageningen University, known for its green and innovative campus.

    For more information about the position, contact Dr. Ilona de Hooge at [email protected]. For inquiries about the application procedure, contact Noorien Abbas, Corporate Recruiter, at [email protected]


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