Junior Research Scientist in risk economics applied to natural resources and forestry

54041 NANCY

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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 Bureau for Economic Theory and Applications (BETA) is a Joint Research Unit (UMR) with 6 supervisions: INRAE, CNRS, University of Strasbourg, University of Lorraine, AgroParisTech and University of Haute Alsace. BETA is a multi-site unit with three main sites, two in Nancy and one in Strasbourg. The unit's research is broken down into 6 research groups: cliometrics and history of thought (CHPE); economics of law (ED); creativity, science, innovation (CSI); behaviors, incentives, coordination, interactions (2C2I); macroeconomics (MACRO); environment, forest, energy (EFE). Since the creation of the laboratory, the research conducted at BETA has been guided by the desire to articulate the theoretical aspects and applications of research in economics, while seeking to interact with the societal issues of the moment.

The recruited candidate will carry out research in the field of Risk Economics applied to natural and forest resources, so that the work will mainly fall within the 2C2I research groups for the microeconomics dimension and EFE for the application of natural resources and forest. The researcher will join a dynamic team with strong national and international recognition. The researcher will have the material (computer, office, etc.) and human (support staff) support necessary for her/his work. To carry out their research project, the candidate will be able to rely on internal BETA platforms such as the Strasbourg Experimental Economics Laboratory (LEES) and the Observatory for the Forest Economy (OLEF).

From an institutional point of view, the research will be carried out within the INRAE programme XRisques ( which will promote encounters with other disciplines (mathematics, sociology, ecology, etc.).

The research carried out will also be an integral part of the Targeted Project 2 Analysis and management of multiple risks for forest socio-ecosystems of the PEPR FORESTT.

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

Position open to candidates with a PhD in economics (or equivalent).

The research context is as follows: natural and anthropogenic risks and their interactions increase under the impact of climate change, which modifies the decision-making process of forest managers and requires a multi-hazard analysis framework.
The economic analysis work envisaged will address: (i) the impact of risks and their interactions on the provision of ecosystem services; (ii) how uncertainty is taken into account in decision-making models; (iii) the hedging srtategy of forest owners, notably via insurance.

This profile requires solid skills in microeconomics and applied economics. Skills in the economics of risk and uncertainty are required, both theoretically (microeconomic modeling of expected utility behavior, prospect theory, smooth ambiguity model, etc.) and empirically (experimental economics, econometrics). Skills in insurance economics will be appreciated.

Fluency in English is essential, and long-term international experience is desirable: candidates who have not yet acquired such experience will be required to spend a year abroad at the end of the internship 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.

For international scientists: please visit your guide to facilitate your arrival and stay at INRAE

Offer reference

  • Profile number: CR-2024-ECOSOCIO-3
  • Corps: CR
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 6
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