PhD Position in Industrial and Environmental Economics

Catholic University of Leuven Department of Economics and Corporate Sustainability

This PhD project is part of the Global PhD program of KU Leuven and Université Catholique de Louvain that aims to foster research collaboration between both institutions. It is a sandwich grant meaning that both institutions finance 2 doctoral years with equal joint supervision and the successful PhD candidate will obtain a joint doctorate of both KU Leuven and Université Catholique de Louvain. Within both institutions, the following research groups are involved in this PhD project: CEDON is an interdisciplinary research group of the Faculty of Economics and Business of KU Leuven, located at the KU Leuven campus Brussels (Belgium). The research group focuses on interactions between economics, business, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. Within CEDON about 20 economists, engineers, psychologists and scientists are collaborating to help companies and society to develop sustainable development and CSR strategies. Planet, People and Profit are the central themes in CEDON activities: CORE, the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics, is a research center of the Université catholique de Louvain, located in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). It is part of the Louvain Institute of Data Analysis and Modeling in economics and statistics (LIDAM). Founded by Prof. Jacques Drèze in 1966, it now houses about 35 professors, and 50 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. It is recognized as a leading interdisciplinary research institute in the fields of economic theory, game theory, operations research and econometrics:


The research departmentof Economics and Corporate Sustainability (KU Leuven campus Brussels, CEDON) andthe Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (Université Catholique deLouvain, CORE) are looking for a motivated graduate student to carry outdoctoral studies in the field of industrial and environmental economics andcircular economy, starting preferably in October 2020. The transition from alinear to a more circular economy that uses less materials and causes lessnegative environmental impact, requires new ways of cooperation amongstakeholders (virgin material companies, commodity traders, producers,retailers, consumers, waste handlers, repair shops, remanufacturers, recyclers,…) in the supply chain. This project aims at investigating how market structure(i.e., the competitive nature of the market in the sense of vertical andhorizontal integration) and strategic cooperation incentives interact. Theproject will focus in particular on market structure, the switch towardsservitisation, and policy instruments (and the interaction and trade-offsbetween them) as mediators of cooperation incentives. The theoretical resultswill be applied in an integrative case study zooming in on repair andmaintenance aftermarkets for durable goods. Methodologically, the analysis willcombine analytical, game theoretic micro economic models (UCLouvain expertise)with numerical partial equilibrium models (KU Leuven expertise) ofinterconnected markets. The PhD project is part of joint Global PhD program of KULeuven and Université Catholique de Louvain. Funding is shared 50/50 betweenboth institutions and the final PhD is a joint degree of both.


  • You should have obtained a Master’s degree in Economics, Business Engineering, Applied Economics, Management or in (Bio)Engineering with a strong interest in economics. Preference will be given to students who can show excellent(‘honors’-level) results in prior studies and students having completed a research Master. You should show a strong interest in industrial economics/organization and circular economy. But most importantly, you should share our enthusiasm for scientific research.
  • You have a strong interest in quantitative research methods (analytical and numerical economic modeling). 
  • Fluency in both spoken and written English, as well as good reporting and presentation skills are a prerequisite. 
  • Successful candidates are required to fulfill the requirements of the PhD programs in economics of the Faculty of Economics and Business of KU Leuven (see and Université Catholique de Louvain. ( 
  • As a PhD student,you are also expected to assist in the supervision of a limited number of Master theses within the field of environmental and sustainable economics. 


  • The contract is initially for one year, with extension possible for another 3 years after positive evaluation. 
  • We provide IT equipment and a budget for attending conferences. 
  • The indicative salary is about 2,200 Euros/month, before tax. 
  • You will be hosted in the research department CEDON (Center for Economics and Corporate Sustainability) of the Faculty Economics and Business, campus Brussels of KU Leuven and CORE (Center for Operations Research and Econometrics, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve). 
  • The PhD candidate is expected to spend approximately half of its time in both institutions.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Johan Eyckmans, mail:, Prof. dr. Sandra Rousseau, mail: or Prof. dr. Paul Belleflamme mail:

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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven/Brussel
  • Apply before: July 10, 2020
  • Tags: Economie