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10 PhD positions on Innovation in the Digital Age: EVOCA

Wageningen University (The Netherlands), the CGIAR Research Programme on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics and other international partners are recruiting PhD students for their collaborative programme entitled:

Responsible life-sciences innovations for development in the digital age: Environmental Virtual Observatories for Connective Action (EVOCA) in crop, water, livestock and disease management.

Duration: January 2016-December 2019

Apply before: 28 May, 17:00

The programme will study how ICT based virtual platforms may be leveraged to address development challenges. A central assumption is that enhanced information exchange, participatory monitoring and integration of knowledge may alter the logic of decision-making in networks of inter-connected stakeholders

The programme will work on several issues and in several African countries. We will develop and test virtual platforms in five case studies:

• Case 1: a crop and disease management expert system in potato production in Ethiopia;

• Case 2: water monitoring and irrigation management for food production in Ghana;

• Case 3: a malaria mosquito radar as a digital citizen science platform in Rwanda;

• Case 4: tick-borne disease and livestock-wildlife management in Kenya;

• Case 5: sustainable intensification of cocoa and food crop farming systems in Ghana.

For each of the five case studies we are looking for 2 PhD students who will closely collaborate as part of an interdisciplinary team. All PhD students will be supervised by both natural and social scientists.

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