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Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships

Multi-stakeholder partnership effectiveness in formulating and implementing community climate action plans

Reference number: 14005
Supervisor: Adriane MacDonald

Program description

Addressing complex sustainability challenges like climate change requires coordinated actions from organizations of all types, including governments, businesses, and non-profit agencies. An increasingly popular way that organizations are enacting their social responsibility to these challenges is through multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs). While MSPs are presented as one of the most effective ways to address complex sustainability challenges, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is little evidence showing that MSPs have been successful at advancing the SDGs.

This program of research aims to develop evidence-based insights that support and/or challenge popular claims about the role of MSPs in realizing the SDGs with a specific focus on local sustainability initiatives in Canada.

The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to contribute expertise to the design and implementation of research protocols (e.g., surveys, interview protocols, and coding schemes) to collect data about existing climate action partnerships and the current state of greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, measurement, monitoring, and planning in Canadian municipalities.

They will also participate in the PI’s research teams and mentor graduate students.

The postdoctoral fellow will also be expected to initiate, and collaborate on, other research projects on multi-stakeholder sustainability partnerships, and sustainable development more broadly.

Academic qualifications required

PhD in Management (specialization in Strategy, Organization Studies, Corporate Social Responsibility, or Sustainability) or related field.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must not currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at Concordia
  • Priority will be given to postdoctoral fellows who have obtained their PhD from another university although in exceptional cases Concordia graduates may be considered
  • Applicants must adhere to the postdoctoral fellow eligibility criteria outlined in Concordia University’s Postdoctoral Policy


Horizon position is expected to be filled as soon as possible but no later than March 1, 2024.

Submission process

  • All documents must be submitted to Adriane Macdonald
  • Please include the reference number with your application

Application checklist

  • One to three (1-3) page research statement demonstrating fit with the program described above 
  • Current curriculum vitae demonstrating research excellence and a capacity for leadership in the domain (maximum 5 pages)
  • Two letters of reference from academic supervisors or current employers to be sent via e-mail directly to Adriane Macdonald


The prestigious two-year Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $50,000 per year plus benefits and full access to Concordia’s services, including GradProSkills.

Concordia University is a vibrant research and teaching environment, with state-of-the-art research facilities and many research centers. Concordia is located in Montreal, Canada, a diverse and creative city, often ranked as offering one of the best quality of living experiences in North America.

Concordia University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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