PhD Scholarships Position in Applied Economics – Belgium

Essays on cooperative business models

Applications are invited for Fully funded PhD Scholarships Position in Applied Economics at the Department of Finance, Accounting & Tax, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium.


Cooperative enterprises are member-owned and democratically controlled organizations that operate primarily outside of the traditional profit-to-capital owners’ model. Because of their specific governance-model, they are typically value-driven and therefore foster the transition towards a more sustainable economy. This research project aims to study whether ‘platform cooperatives’ can provide an alternative to ‘platform capitalist companies’ in the growing digital community-based economy. Specifically, we take a ‘sustainable finance’-perspective and analyze to what extent and under what conditions the ‘platform cooperative model’ is able to alleviate social, environmental and/or governance externalities inherent to ‘winner-takes-all’ digital economy. Besides this focus on digital cooperative models other academic papers within the emerging field of ‘sustainable finance’ will be developed. Possible research topics include the study of cooperative banks and/or cooperative microfinance institutions.

Successful applicant job will consist of the following main activities:

  • Conducting academic research on cooperative business models and sustainable finance
  • Writing up academic papers with the aim of composing a PhD dissertation and publishing in high-quality academic journals
  • Active participation in international Conferences and dissemination of research results. 
  • Completing the PhD program in Business Economics of the Faculty of Economics and Business, KU Leuven
  • Assistance in project-writing, teaching-assistance and supervision of a limited number of master theses


To be eligible for Scholarships position, an applicant must:

  • Have obtained a Master’s degree in Economics, Business Engineering, Applied Economics or related discipline, and/or have a background in Finance
  • Have a strong interest and/or affinity with cooperative business models, social entrepreneurship and financial sustainability
  • Having obtained excellent (‘honors’-level) results in prior studies is a prerequisite and students holding a Research Master are also encouraged to apply
  • Having good skills in applied quantitative and qualitative research methods, applied econometrics and expertise in statistical software is considered a plus
  • Have affinity and/or prior experience with conducting academic research is considered a plus
  • Proficiency in English language (spoken and written) and good presentation skills are a prerequisite
  • qualify for enrollment in the doctoral programme of ‘Business Economics’ of FEB KU Leuven according to the prerequisites specified


To apply for PhD Scholarships Position in Applied Economics, an applicant must submit the following documents with application:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A short motivation letter
  • Proof of academic credentials

Scholarships Position link

Publish Date:
Institute Name: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Degree/Course: PhD
Deadline: September 10, 2019
Country: Belgium
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