WUWageningen University (The Netherlands), the CGIAR Research Programme on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics and other international partners (see Annex 1) 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.

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 (see Annex 2 for a Programme summary).

By applying responsible innovation concepts across different life-science domains, the EVOCA programme will generate a thorough understanding of the conditions for successful virtual platforms that enable participatory monitoring and effective action in development contexts. It will thereby make a major contribution to the combination of ICT-based participatory technologies and life-science knowledge, and to our understanding of how inclusive digital platforms can enable connective action for irrigation, livestock, crop and animal disease control and resource management strategies that effectively address rural development challenges. Click here to download full call INREF-PhD advert Final.

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