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Coronavirus: six key factors poor countries should focus on

By Olawale Emmanuel Olayide

Since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic late last year in Wuhan, China, the global community has witnessed unprecedented policy responses to curtail, contain and control the disease. Many have proven to be successful. But others required critical context consideration.

For instance, the lockdown in Nigeria risks threatening the livelihoods of millions of people who are dependent on the informal market for their survival. Another example is the fact that the security measures being imposed are extracting a heavy price from ordinary citizens.

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Invitation to the second Utrecht Degrowth symposium: From circular economy to circular society, 15th May 2020

ISDRS Track 5c Circular Economy

Please join us for our second Utrecht Degrowth symposium: From circular economy to circular society on Friday 15 May. In response to the current measures in place to contain the spread of COVID19, this symposium will be held online.

During the symposium we discuss the possibilities of a holistic societal transformation towards sustainability. We will explore what a circular society can look like and how it can be achieved from the perspectives of academics and practitioners.

Registered participants receive a link to the ZOOM meeting and more information on the online proceedings one week before the event.

We look forward to have this timely discussion with you on May 15th.

The symposium is supported by the Towards a Circular Economy and Society hub of Utrecht University's strategic theme Pathways to Sustainability

Event Organisers

Olga Coretcaia

Dr. Ir. Sanli Faez

Martin Calisto Esquetini-Friant

Dr. Giuseppe Feola

Laura van Oers

Coronavirus Update:

With the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus, life in general and also conference planning has become more complicated. We monitor developments closely and take into account both national and international recommendations as presented by different public health organisations. The safety and wellbeing of the ISDRS community is of utmost importance to us.

Given all uncertainties around travel, we have decided to develop a virtual version of ISDRS2020, which may run parallel to the onsite event, if the situation improves by July, or will be organized solely, if travel for most participants is still not possible.  This change has major implications for most aspects of the conference including the structure of the programme, the required facilities and the financial resources needed to host the event, which in turn will also require the revision of registration categories/fees.

However, our determination to provide a platform for scientific discussion – as ISDRS conferences have always been – is unchanged. For this reason we ask you to continue with the preparation of your presentations and papers. The conference proceedings will be published as normal and details about different ways of participation, changes in registration fees and deadlines will be posted on the website as soon as possible.

The Faculty of Business Economics of Hasselt University seeks a PhD student, Pro-environmental behaviour


The Environmental Economics Research focuses on sustainability assessments of clean technologies and valuation of ecosystem services, and is a visible source of robust science-driven advice in these domains. More info on our research group, its projects, and publications can be found here. Seeing the importance of pro-environmental behaviour in the transition towards a more sustainable society, we are looking to expand our expertise.

Job content

You will mainly be responsible for carrying out and reporting about research in the domain of “pro-environmental behaviour”. Given current research activities of the research group, the scope can be limited to “green purchasing behaviour” and “good citizenship”. The main goals are the realization of publications of the developed research in top international journals and the expansion of the research group’s network for example by participating in international academic conferences. You will have a limited teaching assignment.


  • You have obtained the degree master in (business or behavioural) economics or master in (applied social or environmental) psychology (or equivalent). Final-year students are (likewise) encouraged to apply.
  • You can demonstrate having experience with data collection, quantitative research methods and the matching software.
  • You have the necessary qualities to function within a multidisciplinary research group.
  • You are able to start at the latest on 01/10/2020.
  • Your command of Dutch or English (IELTS>=7 or equivalent) is excellent.
  • You have obtained excellent grades.
  • You can demonstrate having experience with quantitative research that analyses (pro-environmental) behaviour.


You will be appointed and paid as PhD student.

We offer a full doctoral grant for four years on the condition of a positive evaluation after 2 years.

Selection procedure

You can only apply online up to and including 30 June 2020.

The selection procedure consists of a preselection based on application file, an interview and a test lesson / presentation.

Preselection is based on the submitted records. These records contain at least: (1) CV, (2) motivation letter (max. 2p), (3) a writing sample of your own writing (eg your master thesis). Applicants are encouraged to upload: (4) an example of own coding syntax for a statistical software programme of your choice

Further information

Prof. dr. Sebastien LIZIN, +32-11-268696,

More about working at Hasselt University? Check for our staff benefits.

ISDRS “Best Sustainable Development Article Award” 2019

We are now accepting nominations for ISDRS Best Sustainable Development Article Award 2019. Please visit the Best Article Page to read about the article criteria and find the links to the procedures and submission page.

Also visit the ISDRS Best Article 'Hall of Fame".  Here you can read dozens of articles nominated over the past few years, including the winning articles of 2017 and 2018.

The ISDRS serves as a central knowledge hub on research in sustainable development. To strengthen our role, we identify and honour the best research paper written every year. With this we intend to further stimulate solid research, but also their applicability to support introduction of solutions to our immense challenges. We will work with a participatory approach: everyone connected to the ISDRS can suggest nominations for such a ‘best research article’. A Jury with decide on a short list of nominated papers and after that again ISDRS members will vote to select the best article. The winners will be honoured during our annual Conference,  for the 2019 award, this will be in Budapest, Hungary in 2020.