Junior Research Scientist on Public economics, agro-environnemental policy


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The French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (INRAE) is a public research establishment under the dual authority of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Research.

INRAE is recruiting researchers by open competition and offering permanent position.

It is a major player in research and innovation created on 1st of January 2020. INRAE is a research institute resulting from the merger of INRA and IRSTEA. It is a community of 12,000 people with more than 200 research units and 42 experimental units located throughout France.

The institute is among the world leaders in agricultural and food sciences, in plant and animal sciences, and is 11th in the world in ecology and environment. INRAE’s main goal is to be a key player in the transitions necessary to address major global challenges. In the face of the increase in population, climate change, scarcity of resources and decline in biodiversity, the institute develops solutions for multiperformance agriculture, high quality food and sustainable management of resources and ecosystems.

Work environment, missions and activities

The Public Economics unit is a joint research unit between INRAE, AgroParisTech and the University Paris-Saclay specialized in economics applied to agriculture and the environment.
Your research will contribute to the “Public policies and evolution of land use, production, and ecosystems” research theme which aims to design, analyse, and assess public agro-environmental policy instruments favouring more sustainable agriculture. Your initial research program will address the incentive instruments that allow the integration of the spatial dimensions that are key to the agroecological transition in agricultural landscapes (spatial externalities, threshold effects, coordination of heterogeneous agents that interact strategically). Your research will lead to publications in international, peer-reviewed journals.
In 2022, Public Economics will merge with another research unit, ALISS, and will move to the AgroParisTech-INRAE campus of the University Paris-Saclay. In this context, you will participate in the deployment of the research strategy of the unit on these themes within the University Paris-Saclay.

Transitional assignment to Thiverval-Grignon to come, and move to Saclay in 2022

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent.
Advanced training in economics with a specialization in public economics and/or environmental economics is highly recommended.
Candidates with a theoretical background with demonstrated skills in economic modelling based on formalized tools such as game theory, incentive theory and/or contract theory (mechanism design) will be favoured. Candidates with a background more oriented towards experimental approaches relying on experimental and behavioral economics (public good games, discrete choice experiments) can also be considered.
Candidates should have a good command of English, and long-term international experience would also be desirable. Successful candidates who have not yet acquired this experience abroad will be required to do so after their probationary period (1st year).

INRAE's life quality

By joining our teams, you benefit from:

- 30 days of annual leave + 15 days "Reduction of Working Time" (for a full time);
- parenting support: CESU childcare, leisure services;
- skills development systems: training, career advise;
- social support: advice and listening, social assistance and loans;
- holiday and leisure services: holiday vouchers, accommodation at preferential rates;
sports and cultural activities;
- collective catering.

Offer reference

  • Profile number: CR-2021-ECOSOCIO-3
  • Corps: CRCN
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 17

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