Monday, November 27, 2006

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Sponsoring Empirical Research on Gender and Collective Action

The CGIAR Systemwide Program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi) invites participating CGIAR centers to respond to this Request for Proposals (RFP), with at least one partner organization (research institute or NGO) in the country or countries of research.

The objectives of sponsoring empirical research through the CAPRi program are to:

  1. Develop policy-relevant findings on how the interaction of gender relations with institutions of collective action and, if applicable, property rights can contribute to reducing poverty;
  2. Demonstrate the importance of collective action and property rights issues for the CGIAR's mandate, and mobilize attention and resources for collective action and property rights research informed by a gender perspective within the CGIAR, partner institutions in developing countries, and policymakers at all levels;
  3. Develop and disseminate best practices for methodologies to address the links between gender, collective action, and property rights;
  4. Build or strengthen capacity to do such research in the CGIAR and partner institutions in developing countries.

Research proposals should address at least one of the following topics:

The full RFP and the application form can be accessed at http://www.capri.cgiar.org/gender_rfp.asp. The application (including all the necessary attachments) has to be submitted by a CGIAR center by January 21, 2007 as outlined in the RFP. Please read the RFP carefully before submitting a proposal and keep the CAPRi liaison of your center informed, to allow centers to coordinate their submissions. A CGIAR center can submit more than one proposal, provided that all submissions are endorsed by that center.

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Friday, November 24, 2006

 

EMPLOYMENT: Senior Scientist, Agricultural Economics

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropica (ICRISAT) seeks an experienced Agricultural Economist (or related discipline), for a senior position, to be based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He/She should be capable of articulating a strong vision of the priorities for developing of smallholder agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa's semi-arid topics. He/she should be able to translate this vision into a consistent and productive research program offering a significant array of international public goods.

For more details on the job and how to apply see: http://www.icrisat.cgiar.org/careers/Senior_Scientist%20(Agricultural%20Economics).htm, for more on ICRISAT go to http://www.icrisat.cgiar.org/.

Applications will be received until 30 November 2006, or until the position is filled.

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EMPLOYMENT: Assistant Professor in Economics of Agricultural Sustainability, UC, Davis

The Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) at the University of California, Davis is seeking an Assistant Professor (tenure track), Pos. #06-15. The position in Economics of Agricultural Sustainability will be in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. The deadline for applications for this position is 15 December 2006.

Teach and conduct research concerning the economics of agricultural sustainability, and contribute to the new Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI). Appropriate areas of specialization include agricultural economics, production economics, industrial organization, environmental economics, natural resource economics, agricultural marketing, agricultural policy and economics of sustainability. The position will carry a fiscal year term appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and will be expected to conduct applied research and outreach of relevance to the mission of the California AES. This is one of 8 new positions being recruited for the ASI.

Please apply on-line at http://arejobs.ucdavis.edu. If you experience difficulty, email arejobs@primal.ucdavis.edu. Reference position number #06-15. Include a statement of qualifications outlining research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, publications list, official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, copies of representative publications (including manuscripts submitted or in press), a summary or abstract of the dissertation, and the names and contact information of three referees who can provide letters of reference. Position open until filled. To ensure consideration, apply by December 15, 2006. For the expanded position description, please see http://arejobs.ucdavis.edu.

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EMPLOYMENT: Postdoctoral Fellow, International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) Network

The International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) Network is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow to help coordinate its research, data collection, and networking activities. The IFRI network comprises a group of approximately 50 researchers interested in forestry, livelihood, and governance. Currently the program is coordinated through the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan and the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University. Collaborating research centers are located in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, India, Nepal, Thailand, Bolivia, Columbia, Guatemala, and Mexico.

The fellowship will involve some travel, and close coordination with Arun Agrawal (the network coordinator), and other IFRI network researchers. It will lead to approximately 50% of the fellow's time being available for research, and 50% of time being committed to IFRI-related activities. The position will be based in Ann Arbor, Michigan The selected candidate will have a strong background in forestry-related issues in developing countries, demonstrate evidence of ability to publish independently, and be able to work with survey data. The Fellowship will provide $38,000 plus benefits, and a budget for travel and research expenses.

We are interested in appointing the IFRI Fellow as early as possible. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, their CV, and two letters of recommendation to Natalie Dushane by email at nadushan@umich.edu or by mail at Natalie Dushane, the IFRI program, SNRE, University of Michigan, 440 Church Street, Ann Arbor MI 48109. We will begin to review applications from December 31, 2006 and continue until the position is filled.

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EMPLOYMENT: Assistant Professor in Agricultural Sustainability and Society, UC Davis

The Community Studies and Development Unit, announces an opening for an academic year (9 month), tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to teach and conduct research on agricultural sustainability and community development. Fiscal term employment (i.e., 11 month) will be offered and continued based on academic personnel review.

Candidates should have a Doctorate or equivalent in anthropology, geography, planning, political science, rural sociology, or sociology, and a record of research in the social dimensions of agricultural sustainability. Candidates will be expected to develop a strong undergraduate and graduate teaching program and a research program relevant to the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) of the University of California. Appointment is expected before July 1, 2007.

Applicants should begin the application process by registering online at hcd.recruitments.ucdavis.edu. Review of the applications will begin January 1, 2007. The position will remain open until filled. Position number is # 06-16.

Inquiries about this position should be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Stephen Brush (sbbrush@ucdavis.edu). For technical or administrative questions regarding the application process please email the Search Committee Coordinator, Jeri L. Sorensen (jlsorensen@ucdavis.edu).

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INTERNSHIP: World Bank Summer Internship Program

The Internship Program is open to students who are nationals of the Bank's member countries. The goal of this Internship Program is to offer successful candidates an opportunity to improve their skills as well as the experience of working in an international environment. To be eligible for the Program, candidates must possess an undergraduate degree and already be enrolled in a full-time graduate study program pursuing a Master's degree or PhD with plans to return to school in a full-time capacity. Generally, successful candidates have completed their first year of graduate studies or are already into their PhD programs. The application period for the Summer Internship Program begins on December 1. Read more on the World Bank's website.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CGIAR-Canada Linkage Fund (CIDA)

CIDA is again launching the CGIAR-Canada Linkages Fund for 2006-2007. Full details of the announcement can be found on-line on the CIDA web page, at http://www.cida.gc.ca/cidaweb/acdicida.nsf/En/JUD-116123446-NMA.

The proposal must be submitted by an eligible CGIAR International Agricultural Research Center and arrive complete with all attachments by 5:00 PM EST, Monday, 15 January 2007 at the address specified in the full call. Electronic or faxed copies are also acceptable with scanned signatures (originals to follow).

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ONLINE RESOURCE: ConservationEconomy.net

On http://www.conservationeconomy.net/, fifty-seven patterns provide a framework for an ecologically restorative, socially just, and reliably prosperous society. They are adaptable to local ecosystems and cultures, yet universal in their applicability. Together they form what we call a Conservation Economy.

Together, the patterns form a visual and conceptual framework that can be used to inspire innovation, focus planning efforts, and document emerging best practices. A conservation economy comprehensively integrates Social, Natural, and Economic Capital to demonstrate that a sustainable society is both desirable and achievable.

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Friday, November 17, 2006

 

EMPLOYMENT: Chair and Professor Department of Environmental Studies (Emory)

The Department of Environmental Studies at Emory University invites applications for the position of Chair of the department. The appointment is at the level of Professor beginning Fall 2007. This position is a unique opportunity to build on the interdisciplinary strengths of the department and engage a faculty who is committed to excellence in both research and teaching that integrates the natural and social sciences in the study of the environment. The applicant should have a demonstrated history of excellence in administrative leadership and a strong record in interdisciplinary research and teaching. Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant discipline such as environmental science, earth and atmospheric sciences, ecology, public health, public policy, urban studies, economics, or other fields that examine sustainability and dynamics of the linked human/ natural systems. The position provides an opportunity to build collaborative research, teaching, and training programs that are consistent with the University’s newly launched Strategic Initiatives (http://www.emory.edu/univ_planning.cfm) in state of the art facilities within a unique urban forest setting. For additional information about the department and the chair’s position, plus links to Atlanta and Emory University, please visit the departmental website (http://www.envs.emory.edu).

Please submit a cover letter, CV, a statement of research interests, experience, and departmental leadership philosophy as well as the names of three references. Materials can be submitted electronically to wsize@emory.edu or mailed to Chair, Search Committee, Department of Environmental Studies, 400 Dowman Drive, Suite E-510, Mathematics and Science Center, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322. The review of applications will begin in January, 2007. Emory University is an Equal Opportunity, affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply for this position.

Also posted at the IASCP blog

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EMPLOYMENT: WaterNet Research Leader (SADC)

WaterNet is a regional network for capacity building in integrated water resources management (IWRM) in Southern Africa, with a membership of 48 university departments and research institutions in fourteen countries. WaterNet facilitates a number of projects to build capacity of professionals to conduct water related research and to train and educate practicing water sector professionals in southern Africa. On one of its research projects entitled “The Challenge of Integrated Water Resource Management for Improved Rural Livelihoods: Managing Risk, Mitigating Drought and Improving Water Productivity in the Water Scarce Limpopo Basin” also referred to as CP-PN17 has now taken off in all of the four countries involved, namely, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe and requires strategic leadership support. In addition, there are a number of initiatives that require a senior person to work with the WaterNet Manager. WaterNet wishes to recruit a Research Leader, reporting to the WaterNet Manager, with two key result areas: providing leadership to the CP-PN17 project and working with the WaterNet Manager. The job description includes: Within the Key Result Area of Project Leadership:

Within the Key Result Area of Working with the WaterNet Manager:

The suitable candidate shall have a good background in the water sector, hold at least a Masters Degree and proven track record of research in a water-related field and have experience in project leadership, research and training (professional or academic). Experience in social and institutional sciences, and skills to lead multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research projects offer a distinct advantage. Applicants should be Southern African Development Community (SADC) nationals.

The position will be open as of January 2007, and will be based in Harare, Zimbabwe. A competitive and negotiable international package is offered. Appointment will be for two years full-time, renewable subject to satisfactory performance. Suitable candidates are invited to submit an application letter, including motivation, curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of three referees by 8 December 2006, to: WaterNet Secretariat, PO Box MP 600, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe. Please also submit the letter and c.v. in electronic form by e-mail to: mailto:waternet@eng.uz.ac.zw. For further inquiries, please contact the WaterNet Manager, Dr. Bekithemba Gumbo, phone +263 4 336725, mailto:bgumbo@eng.uz.ac.zw.

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EMPLOYMENT: SADC-WaterNet Professor of Integrated Water Resources Management Chair (2 posts)

WaterNet is a regional network for capacity building in integrated water resources management (IWRM) in Southern Africa, with a membership of 49 university departments and research institutions in fourteen countries. WaterNet is establishing two SADC-WaterNet professorial chairs: one at the University of Dar-es-Salaam and one at the University of Zimbabwe. The two posts will be appointed and employed by the two universities, but supported by WaterNet. The professors shall provide academic guidance and leadership to most areas of WaterNet activities:

The successful applicant must hold an earned PhD and have an excellent international research and publication record in field relevant to IWRM as well as having successfully supervised PhD students. She or he must be appointable on merit as a professor at the employing university. Previous experience in a position of leadership at a higher education institution, experience of the NGO or network environment and a working knowledge of Portuguese and/or French will be added advantages.

In addition to the package offered by the employing university, WaterNet shall provide the incumbents with a responsibility allowance and a discretionary fund to facilitate their effective operations.

The positions are for a two year contract renewable subject to satisfactory performance. Applicants should submit six copies of their application letter, c.v., full publications record and certificates and set of five of their recently-published journal articles no later than 8 December 2006 to:

For University of Zimbabwe Position:
The Senior Assistant Registrar (Academic Staff)
University of Zimbabwe
PO Box MP167
Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe

For the University of Dar es Salaam Position:
The Chief Academic Officer
University of Dar es Salaam
PO Box 35091
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

All candidates should also submit an additional copy of their applications to:
The WaterNet Secretariat
PO Box MP 600
Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe

Please also submit the letter and c.v. in electronic form by e-mail to: mailto:waternet@eng.uz.ac.zw

For further inquiries, please contact the WaterNet Manager, Dr. Bekithemba Gumbo, phone +263 4 333248 or 336725, mailto:bgumbo@eng.uz.ac.zw

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EMPLOYMENT: Robert Bosch Junior Professorship, Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources

at a German university or research institution of the applicants' choice. We expect joint applications of promising young scientists and potential host institutions. Prerequisite for an application is the willingness of the host institution to guarantee a tenure track position after the expiry of the grant to successfully evaluated position holders.

We seek an outstanding scholar in the research area "sustainable use of renewable natural resources" as it relates to agriculture, forestry, fisheries, use of biodiversity (animal and plant genomic re-sources) and water. Research approaches can root in the natural sciences as well as in the social, economic and political sciences. Focus areas should lie in developing and emerging countries. With this new program we seek to contribute to a better standing of the emerging field of sustainability science in Germany. Scientists who explore this area with new concepts and methods and possess international experience are especially encouraged to apply. Promising concepts are inter-disciplinary and integrating research methods that explore interconnections between global and regional environmental problems. We expect that research results should contribute to the solution of urgent environmental problems.

For more information, guidelines and application procedure, please visit the web site of the Foundation http://www.bosch-stiftung.de/juniorprofessorship

Application deadline: February 28, 2007

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FELLOWSHIPS: Sustainability Science Center for International Development, Harvard University

The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University's Center for International Development invites applications for resident fellowships in sustainability science for the University's academic year beginning in September 2007. The fellowship competition is open to advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students, and to professionals engaged in the practice of harnessing science and technology to promote sustainable development.

Successful applicants will spend their fellowships in residence at the Sustainability Science Program, receiving a competitive stipend plus health, office space and computer support, and access to Harvard's libraries and other research facilities. Fellows will be expected to spend about half time on their own work, and half time in collaborative work with other fellows and faculty associated with the Program.

More information on the Sustainability Science Program and Fellowships is available at http://www.cid.harvard.edu/sustsci/grants/fellows/07_fellows_RFP.htm

Due date for preliminary applications: December 15, 2006

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ONLINE RESOURCE: Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE)

Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), an international public-private consortium coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers, enables developing countries to gain free or low cost access to one of the world's largest collections of proprietary environmental science literature.

Launched in October 2006, OARE has a mission to improve the quality and effectiveness of environmental research, education and training in low-income countries.

Institutions that would like to access full-text articles and use the A&I database search tools must register with OARE and receive an institutional password. Upon successful completion of the registration process, all employees, staff, faculty, administrators and students of that institution may use the password to access OARE resources. A password is not required to access journal abstracts.

http://www.oaresciences.org/en/

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ONLINE RESOURCE: Guide to participatory tools for forest communities (CIFOR)

This toolkit contains a collection of participatory tools for environment and development practitioners, researchers, and local government leaders for promoting sustainable forest management and the empowerment of forest-dependent communities.

http://www.cifor.cgiar.org/Publications/Detail?pid=2095

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ARTICLE: Women still lack land rights in East Africa

Kenya’s The Nation published a commentary by Esther Mwangi, Post Doctoral Fellow with the CAPRi Program and IFPRI on November 17, 2006.

Women still lack land rights in East Africa By Esther Mwangi

Dorcas Ondiek is a worried woman. The 69-year-old widow from western Kenya fears she might soon be homeless if her son evicts her from the family land. The land had been titled in her husband’s name several decades ago, and like most people in the area, Dorcas didn’t know she should get the title updated when her husband died.

... the full article can be read at: http://www.nationmedia.com/dailynation/nmgcontententry.asp?category_id=25&newsid=85668

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

 

EMPLOYMENT: Faculty members in the area of coupled and human and natural systems (Michigan State)

Michigan State University seeks three faculty members in the area of coupled and human and natural systems. One of these positions will emphasize environmental policy, one land use and one population and environment. We are especially interested in researchers who apply modeling to understanding human-environment interactions. Appointments will be joint between the Environmental Science and Policy Program and the Departments of Geography (land use position), Political Science (environmental policy position) and Sociology (population and environment position), or another appropriate department.

The appointments will be tenure system at the assistant professor level on an academic year basis. Ph.D. or equivalent is required at the time of appointment. Candidates should have strong methodological skills and rigorous theoretical focus. International experience or demonstrated interest in international issues is an advantage. The positions will be structured to allow development of internationally renowned research programs with extramural support. Preference will be given to candidates who could engage in an initiative to introduce computational and other formal modeling techniques into the undergraduate social science curriculum.

Letters of application should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae, short statement of professional goals, a list of references we can contact and examples of published work. Applications will be reviewed starting November 24, 2006, and will be accepted until the positions are filled. Applications can be mailed or sent electronically. Mailed applications should be addressed to: Dr. Thomas Dietz, ESPP Search Committee, Environmental Science and Policy Program, Michigan State University, 274 Giltner Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1101. Electronic applications should be sent to mailto:ESPP@mail.msu.edu and directed to Search Committee.

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EMPLOYMENT: Core Faculty and Visiting Fellows, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development (CISED)

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development (CISED) seeks to recruit Core Faculty working in the areas of (a) water resources, (b) forests and common lands, and (c) energy and pollution.

Candidates must be dynamic and highly motivated scholars, typically with a Ph.D., with a strong track record of academically rigorous but socially relevant research in the areas indicated above. They could be trained in any branch of either the social sciences or the natural/ physical/ engineering sciences or both. But applicants must have a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and teaching on environmental issues.

More at http://www.cised.org/JobAdvt-Faculty-2006.pdf .

CISED is also offering Visiting Fellow positions for persons interested in pursuing a writing project in residence at CISED for 6 months to 1 year: http://www.cised.org/JobAdvt-VisitingFaculty-2006-final.pdf

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FELLOWSHIPS: Sustainability Science - Center for International Development, Harvard University

The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University’s Center for International Development invites applications for resident fellowships in sustainability science for the University’s academic year beginning in September 2007. The fellowship competition is open to advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students, and to professionals engaged in the practice of harnessing science and technology to promote sustainable development.

Successful applicants will spend their fellowships in residence at the Sustainability Science Program, receiving a competitive stipend plus health, office space and computer support, and access to Harvard’s libraries and other research facilities. Fellows will be expected to spend about half time on their own work, and half time in collaborative work with other fellows and faculty associated with the Program.

The Sustainability Science Program seeks to advance basic understanding of the dynamics of human-environment systems; to facilitate the design, implementation, and evaluation of practical interventions that promote sustainability in particular places and contexts; and to improve linkages between relevant research and innovation communities on the one hand, and relevant policy and management communities on the other. Applicants should describe how their work would contribute to “sustainability science,” the emerging field of use-inspired research seeking understanding of the interactions between human and environmental systems as well as the application of such knowledge to sustainability challenges relating to advancing development of agriculture, habitation, energy and materials, health and water while conserving the earth’s life support systems. In addition to general funds available to support this fellowship offering, special funds are available to support applicants from developing countries and Italy, who are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

Due date for preliminary applications: December 15, 2006. More information: http://www.cid.harvard.edu/sustsci/grants/fellows/07_fellows_RFP.htm

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Southern Africa Trust

The Southern Africa Trust invites submission of concept notes from eligible organisations for work that addresses the RISDP and strengthens SADC national committees, in application for grants. Through this call the Trust aims to promote greater awareness of the RISDP and encourage analysis and action that strengthens its regional ownership and effectiveness.

To view the full call go to: http://www.southernafricatrust.org/docs/proposals/Call%20For%20Proposals%20CPF1-2006.pdf

The Southern Africa Trust invites those organisations or alliances of organisations with a regional-level presence, a mandate relevant to overcoming poverty, and a policy-influencing agenda to submit concept notes in the Trust’s prescribed format. The template for concept notes is available at http://www.southernafricatrust.org or by contacting Ms Shupikai Gwabuya, mailto:sgwabuya@southernafricatrust.org.

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Pre-RFP RELEASE: Aquaculture & Fisheries Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP)

Oregon State University will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) in late November 2006. The RFP will invite 30-month proposals for the period of 1 April 2007 through 30 September 2009. Based on current budget projections, about 8 awards of approximately $400,000 each will be made to eligible U.S. universities or colleges to serve as Lead Partners. Eligibility will be specified in the RFP.

Awards made under the RFP will focus on aquaculture and the nexus between aquaculture and fisheries. Fisheries-only topics will not be addressed under this RFP. Projects are envisioned to comprise many partners in a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional approach to solve a development problem. Lead Partners are expected to assume strong administrative and technical leadership for projects, be involved in advisory groups serving the overall program, and form collaborative partnerships through sub-awards to developing country institutions, NGOs, IARCs, private sector firms, and other U.S. universities or colleges. Matching support (non-federal cost share) is required and will be specified in the RFP. Proposals will be peer-reviewed through an open and competitive process.

The Aquaculture & Fisheries CRSP is a brand new 5-year program awarded to Oregon State University on 29 September 2006 by USAID. CRSP funding is provided by USAID, OSU, and its partners. Activities under the concurrent Aquaculture CRSP can be viewed at http://pdacrsp.oregonstate.edu. The goal of the new Aquaculture & Fisheries CRSP is to “develop more comprehensive, sustainable, ecological and socially compatible, and economically viable aquaculture systems and innovative fisheries management systems in developing countries that contribute to poverty alleviation and food security.”

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CALL FOR PAPERS: European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE) 2007: Integrating Natural and Social Sciences for Sustainability

The European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE), in co-operation with the German associations for ecological economics VÖÖ and VÖW, are pleased to invite you to join us in Leipzig, Germany for the 7th biennial international conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics: 5-8 June 2007.

The conference will explore contemporary scientific approaches for incorporating the concept of Sustainable Development in research and practice, with a particular focus on the bridging of contributions from the natural and social sciences. It will address a broad range of sustainability topics including loss of biodiversity, human vulnerability to global change and water problems on all geographical and institutional levels. The aim of the conference is to contribute to a better understanding of societal and natural processes and their interaction through the integration of different scientific methodologies, in order to overcome shortcomings associated with single- and multi-discipline approaches. Impediments to inter- and trans-disciplinary research will be examined and new research approaches for addressing sustainability questions will be identified.

Deadline for submitting abstract and full paper proposals is 20 November 2006. To submit your abstract or full paper proposal go to http://www.conftool.com/esee2007/. To register go to http://www.esee2007.ufz.de/participation/registration.html.

PhD Student and Early Stage Researcher Workshop, 3-5 June 2007, Leipzig
Ahead of the seventh ESEE conference in Leipzig Germany, a special two and a half day workshop will be organized by and for PhD students and Early Stage Researchers. The objectives of this workshop are three fold: (1) strengthen the European Ecological Economics student network (2) expand students’ perspectives on interdisciplinary science and the future of Ecological Economics, (3) provide a forum for students to share experiences and stimulate collaboration. The programme includes lectures by Prof. Richard Norgaard, Dr. Sigrid Stagl and Dr. Martin Drechsler and a field trip in the vicinity of Leipzig. To apply for a place at workshop contact Esteve Corbera (mailto:estevecorbera@telefonica.net) – for more information contact Kate Farrell (mailto:katharine.farrell@ufz.de)

For more information: http://www.esee2007.ufz.de

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CALL FOR PAPERS: European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) 2007

The European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) 2007 will be held from 11-14 July 2007 in Leiden, the Netherlands. Full information on the conference is available at http://www.aegis-eu.org. We would like to draw your attention on following panel which is now open for paper proposals.

Panel 36: Between customs and state law: The dynamics of local law in sub-Saharan Africa

In all African countries, the official legal system is based on European state law. Since its introduction under colonial rule, however, it only deals with a minor part of the actually arising conflicts. Most legal problems are solved or regulated on a local level, outside the state system and its institutions.

Over the past years, development agencies and international organisations have increasingly paid attention to "traditional authorities" and "customary dispute resolution" as alternatives to state judiciary. Their recognition within the official legal system is expected to facilitate "access to justice" and to enhance political decentralisation processes.

But beside these large-scale initiatives, most Africans have already developed their own ways to reconcile customary legal conceptions with state law. On the one hand, tradition is reinvented; on the other hand, the role of state law is readapted to local realities. State administrators or policemen intervene in "traditional" disputes; "traditional" land transactions are settled through written contracts. There are lots of examples of local legal innovations in Africa.

The purpose of this panel is to collect different field studies on such dynamics of local law. To what extend are these legal practices viable? Can and should they be integrated into state law? Are they precursors of some new forms of law which are neither "customary" nor "modern"? Or are they mainly the manifestation of a dilemma due to the erosion of pre-colonial traditions and the lack of legitimacy of state law?

Abstracts should not be longer than 500 words and can be submitted via http://ecas2007.aegis-eu.org/Commence.aspx. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 December 2006. The proposals will be reviewed in January 2007 and those who have submitted abstracts will be notified as to whether their paper has been accepted or not in February 2007.

For general questions concerning paper proposals, please contact mailto:conference@aegis-eu.org. For questions concerning an already proposed paper, you can contact the organizers of the panel at mailto:aegis2007@acaj.org.

The panel session will last one and a half hours and can accommodate 3-5 papers. If the panel attracts more than five interesting and relevant paper proposals, the organization of additional sessions may be considered.

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CONFERENCE: Integrated River Basin Management in Contrasting Climate Zones

An international conference on Integrated River Basin Management in Contrasting Climate Zones will be held on December 14 and 15, 2006 at the University of Hohenheim. The goal of the conference is to review current and forthcoming approaches which could be suitable for establishing integrated water resources management at the river basin scale. The workshop should issue in recommendations for a successful planning and implementation of basin-wide water resources management under contrasting ecological and socio-economic conditions. The conference program and registration details are available at http://www.rivertwin.de/assets/program_final_conf_final1.pdf.

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ONLINE RESOURCE: Information for developing country researchers (IFPRI)

The IFPRI Library has been compiling a list of websites that focus specifically on providing access to current research information to researchers in the developing world.

This list can be accessed at http://www.ifpri.org/library/devresources.asp.

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ONLINE RESOURCE: Guide to development information on the Internet (IDS)

"A Good Place to Start", a new book from the Knowledge Services at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, points to websites that are good starting points for information on over 30 development themes. The book also includes advice on how to improve your Internet search results. A limited number of FREE copies are available for development organisations from low- and middle-income countries. If you are eligible and would like a copy, email your name, job title, organisation and address, to: mailto:agoodplacetostart@ids.ac.uk or download the book as a PDF below (file size: 1MB) at http://www.ids.ac.uk/ids/info/sliGoodGuide.html

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CGIAR: IPGRI changes its name to Bioversity International

The Board of the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) has recently selected and approved a new name for the organization - "Bioversity International" or "Bioversity" for short.

Bioversity International echoes the new strategy, which focuses on improving people's lives through biodiversity research. The new name will take effect from 1st December 2006.

For more information: http://www.ipgri.cgiar.org/system/page.asp?frame=institute/NewName.htm

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