Governing the water-labour-land nexus in agriculture and long-term regional development in the Sa...

KU Leuven
September 12 2017
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An interdisciplinary consortium of the KU Leuven is opening a vacancy for a doctoral researcher for the C1 research project on ‘The role of change in understanding long-term regional development in the Sagalassos/Ağlasun region in Turkey'. This is a joint project between research groups of archaeology, ecology, geography, planning studies and data analysis/visualization. The candidate will be supervised by Profs Loopmans (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Division of Geography and Tourism) and Van den Broeck (Department of Architecture, Research Unit Planning & Development), in close collaboration with the other partners in the project.

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Theoverall C1 project seeks to unravel the interdisciplinary understanding ofchange and its space/time dimensions within already existing and future datasources of the KU Leuven Sagalassos project (running since 1986), whichinvestigates the Sagalassos archaeological site in Turkey and studies itsuninterrupted occupation over nearly 2,000 years in all its aspects, from dailylife, diet, religious beliefs, to architecture, production, trade and itsmechanisms, as well as natural resources and environmental conditions of thepast.


Taking on a historical perspective, the PhD research project will analyse the dynamicsand stability of agricultural regional development in the Sagalassos/Ağlasun region.It will address the region as a sociometabolic system and specifically focus on thegovernance and regulation of the combination of land, water and labour in agriculture.Even though not directly implicated in metabolic processes themselves, the meta-materialand immaterial dimensions of societal organization are important factors in theregulation and stabilization of a particular regime of organizing production.They may include knowledge systems, governance arrangements, culture, discourseand ideology. The research will thus develop a narrative on the governance andregulatory aspects of agricultural regional development in theSagalassos/Ağlasun region.


The analysis of this regulated labour process is divided into three workpackages. First, existing data will be mobilized to reconstruct the productionof livelihoods through agricultural production. Secondly, the materialdimensions of collective labor (water-labour-land nexus) in agriculturalprocesses are investigated. Thirdly, the immaterial dimensions of itsorganization are studied. The focus of the PhD is on the combination of labourwith water and land. Whereas we investigate the late modern period in the firstplace, links will be made with the archeological researchers in the project toanalyze the longue durée change of the organization of production andlabor.


The PhD will interact with a postdoc project, in which a long duréenarrative of agricultural regional development will be created.

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