Dear colleagues

We are seeking applications for a 4-year funded PhD scholarship related to the topic of governance of responsible corporate behaviour, at the University of Groningen, Faculty of Economics and Business, Department of Global Economics and Management, in the Netherlands.

The aim of the PhD scholarship is to study how multinational corporations work collectively with stakeholders to take action to address sustainability. The research is expected to extend or develop theories of governance and collective action, with a focus on responsible investment and/or CSR. Topics of current research in this area include sustainability rankings and standards, shareholder engagement on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, and the role of organizations such as the Principles for Responsible Investment.

The student will be actively involved in designing the PhD project, for example in developing the appropriate case study design, collecting and analyzing the data (most likely using mixed methods, including qualitative & quantitative statistical methods) and writing scientific papers based on the findings.

The PhD Scholarship student will be enrolled in the PhD Scholarship Programme and receives a scholarship of €2,120 per month (gross) from the University of Groningen under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year.

Further details on qualifications required and application procedure can be found at:

Met vriendelijke groet / kind regards,


Dr. Rieneke Slager

Rosalind Franklin Fellow
Assistant Professor, International Business

University of Groningen
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)
Department of Global Economics and Management
P.O. Box 800
9700 AV Groningen
The Netherlands

The FEB belongs to the 1% of business schools worldwide with both EQUIS and AACSB accreditations

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