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PhD researcher FWO-project pharmaceutical market - Belgium  

KU Leuven (company)


Posted on : 13 May 2017

Project Description

A full-time researcher is sought for a four-year project, which is funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO).
Using the pharmaceutical market for a “life-style” and a “life-saving” class of medicines (e.g., Viagra and oncological products) in Belgium and India as a case, the project is intended to:
  •  Identify the market segments on the basis of their legal status (thus from fully legal to fully criminal) and related policies, assess the segments’ size and categorize the players and products involved in the segments;
  •  Analyze players’ and products’ shifts across these segments and the resulting overlaps and start explaining shifts and overlaps by identifying their promoting and discouraging factors; and
  •  Develop the policy and theoretical implications of these shifts and overlaps.
  • The project will collect data through a multi-method instrumentation set, combining qualitative data collection methods (e.g., interviews, document analysis, virtual ethnography) with a web-survey. By conceptualizing the pharmaceutical market as a market with various shades of illegality, collecting empirical data in both a developed and a developing country and studying the new segment for falsified medicines, the project will add value to the literature on illegal markets, which has so far largely focused on 100% criminal drug markets. 
  • It will also expand research on corporate crime, which is still a neglected topic in criminology. 
  • Lastly, it will contribute to more theoretical topic debates on what criminology’s study object is and ought to be.
  • The PhD researcher is expected to write a dissertation on the basis of the findings of the project.
  • S/he will contribute actively to the scientific debate, inter alia by participating in (international) conferences and preparing scientific publications in order to communicate the results of the study.

  • Candidates should hold a Master’s degree in criminology or in other neighboring social sciences or an equivalent university degree and they should have obtained excellent results during their studies.
  • Previous experience in criminological empirical research will be regarded as an asset.
  • Candidates should be fluent in English, both in writing and in speaking, and they should have at least passive knowledge of French.
  • They should be willing to spend several weeks in India to collect project data.

A full-time position as PhD researcher  which will offer the candidate the opportunity to work towards a PhD in criminology at LINC.