RurAction – Social Entrepreneurship in Structurally Weak Rural Regions: Analysing Innovative Troubleshooters in Action

The European Training Network RurAction (“Social Entrepreneurship in Structurally Weak Rural Regions: Analysing Innovative Troubleshooters in Action”) announces 10 positions for Early-Stage Researchers with the option of awarding the doctoral degree. The positions last 36 months and are expected to begin between September and November 2017. Early -Stage Researchers (ESRs) with a strong interest in research about regional development, social entrepreneurship and social innovations are invited to apply for positions at leading research institutions and acknowledged social enterprises in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Poland and Portugal.

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Die Europäische Kommission konstatiert in ihrem Bericht „Social innovation research in the European Union“ (EU 2013) einen Mangel an Forschungen zu sozialen Innovationen in ländlichen Regionen. RurAction füllt diese Forschungslücke. Das Forschungs- und Ausbildungsnetzwerk bringt renommierte Wissenschaftler und erfahrene Praktiker aus Bereichen der sozialwissenschaftlichen Raumforschung, der sozialen Innovationsforschung und des sozialen Unternehmertums zusammen, um zu erforschen, wie in strukturschwachen ländlichen Regionen sozial-innovative Lösungen für bestehende Problemlagen entwickelt werden. mehr info

RurAction is an integrated research and doctorate programme funded by the European Union in the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Action. RurAction recognizes a lack of knowledge and cross-sectoral trainings at the intersection of rural development, social innovation and social entrepreneurship research. It addresses this gap by systematically integrating these three fields of research. RurAction offers a unique opportunity to 10 Early Stage Researchers to investigate highly relevant topics about social innovations and social entrepreneurship in rural regions. The 10 Early Stage Researchers will benefit from transnational high quality trainings, bringing together both academic education and practical skills trainings provided by social enterprises with great expertise in innovative rural development. The enrolment as PhD students in the contributing universities enables the ESRs to contribute to their institutionalized PhD courses, complementary to the RurAction trainings.

A consortium of seven leading research institutions and two highly experienced social enterprises will run the training network. The consortium is formed by the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS - Erkner/Germany), Adam-Mickiewicz-University (AMU - Poznan/Poland), the Roskilde University (RUC - Roskilde/Denmark), University College Cork (UCC - Cork/Ireland), Ballyhoura Development (Kilfinane/Ireland), Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL - Leipzig /Germany), University of The Aegean (UAE - Mytilini/Greece), Otelo eGen  (Vorchdorf/Austria) and University Institute of Lisbon (ISTE-IUL - Lisbon/Portugal). Each institution offers one Early Stage Researcher position - except of the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space which offers two ESR positions. Please find an overview of the positions in the attached pdf file at the bottom of the page.

Project timeline

The successful candidates will be appointed in autumn 2017 and employed in a 3-year full-time position. The contract will cover allowances for living, mobility and family (if applicable) according to the mobility requirements of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN Actions.

For more information on application requirements as well as on the conditions of the training programme, please click on your interest field and follow the hyperlink.


For any questions related to the upcoming call, please don't hesitate to contact project manager Marie-Julie Jacquemot at the IRS.

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15. September | 2016

Das Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung (IRS) in Erkner hat ein „European Training Network“ im hoch kompetitiven „Marie-Sklodowska-Curie“ der Europäischen Union eingeworben. Ab Dezember 2016 werden – koordiniert vom IRS – insgesamt zwölf Forschungseinrichtungen und Unternehmen aus sieben Ländern eine strukturierte Doktorandenausbildung anbieten. Die zehn Nachwuchswissenschaftler und -wissenschaftlerinnen werden sich mit der Frage auseinandersetzen, welche innovativen Lösungen Sozialunternehmen bei Abstiegsprozessen ländlicher Räume in Europa anbieten können. Das Projekt hat eine Laufzeit von vier Jahren und ein Budget von 2,5 Mio. Euro. mehr Info


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Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS, Erkner / Germany)

Adam-Mickiewicz-University (AMU, Poznan / Poland)

Roskilde University (RUC, Roskilde / Denmark)

University College Cork (UCC, Cork / Irland)

Ballyhoura Development (Kilfinane / Irland)

Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL, Leipzig / Germany)

University of the Aegean (UAE, Mytilini / Greece)

Otelo eGen (Vorchdorf /Austria)

University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon / Portugal)


ADC Moura (Moura / Portugal)

Johannes Kepler University (Linz / Austria)

Social Impact gGmbH (Potsdam / Germany)

Stevia Hellas (Lamia / Greece)

Technical University Berlin (Berlin / Germany)

Universität Leipzig (Leipzig / Germany)


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