Wednesday, December 20, 2006


EMPLOYMENT: Specialist in evaluation and impact assessment (CIP)

CIP and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT, also a member of the CGIAR) have overall responsibility for the scientific coordination of a four year project which will promote and learn lessons from participatory research methods that can enhance impacts for and with the poor in agricultural innovation systems in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. The project will be organized by a number of thematic teams which include participatory evaluation and monitoring, value chains, communication and policy. It will be implemented with a range of national partners in the region, with a particular focus on Bolivia where a Science and Technology Policy Unit for Agriculture will be institutionalized.

CIP seeks an accomplished specialist in evaluation and impact assessment as Coordinator of the Research Unit in the project. The Coordinator will have primary responsibility for providing scientific direction in the Unit and across the project.

Screening of applications will begin on 5 January 2007 and will continue until the post is filled. For more information see

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PhD POSITION: Integrated Aquaculture Systems (Hohenheim)

Integrated rice-fish culture has the potential to supply substantial amounts of extra fish in rice producing countries. It has the additional advantage of using scarce natural resources, especially water and land, in a complementary way. In the current project, environmental effects and productivity of rice-fish systems will be studied in an interdisciplinary approach. Field experiments will be carried out at the Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in Mymensingh (Bangladesh) using different finfish species as well as freshwater prawns, Macrobrachium rosenbergii. Important environmental factors to be studied include greenhouse gas emissions and related physicochemical parameters, rice field and water ecology, and soil fertility. The ultimate objective is to optimize the management of rice-fish systems from a production, but also from an environmental point of view.

The successful applicant will be responsible for organizing and carrying out field experiments on rice-fish culture at the Bangladesh Agricultural University. The candidate is also expected to publish in peer-reviewed journals and write a PhD thesis.

Required qualifications:

The Project is planned for a period of two years, subject to funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Remuneration will be according to TVL 13, plus an attractive extra allowance for the period of staying in Bangladesh.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a comprehensive CV and a cover letter online in PDF-format.

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RESEARCH AWARDS: Evaluation Research Awards for Graduate Students (IDRC)

In honour of Terry Smutylo’s (founding director of the Evaluation Unit) long commitment and work to promote evaluation as a contributor to positive change, organizational learning, and improved effectiveness in international development, the Evaluation Unit has established a research awards competition. These awards will assist Canadian and developing-country graduate students undertake their thesis research in the field of evaluation. The IDRC Evaluation Research Awards are intended to promote the growth of Canadian and developing-country capacity in evaluation and to better the theory and practice of evaluation. Normally, such research is conducted in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, or Asia.

For more see:

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TRAVEL GRANTS: West African Research Association (WARA)

The West African Research Association (WARA), in Dakar, Senegal is offering travel bursaries of up to Travel grant funds may be used to attend and present papers at academic conferences, to visit libraries or archives that contain resources necessary to the applicant's current academic work or to travel to a research site.

Deadline: March 15, 2007 More at

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CALL FOR PAPERS: HIV/AIDS, Environment (Population and Environment)

The guest editors of Population and Environment are calling for papers on HIV/AIDS and the environment. Send a note of interest by December 31 to

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CONFERENCE: Linking knowledge and action for Sustainable Production and Consumption Systems (SPACES Dialogue)

The SPACES Dialogue will be held from 24-26 January 2007 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Dialogues on Science and Practice in Sustainable Development aims to foster effective collaborations between scientists and practitioners to advance the practice of sustainable development, through knowledge sharing and promoting national, regional, and international actions and implementation. or



CALL FOR PAPERS: 13th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM)

The conference will take place from June 17-21, 2007 in Park City, Utah. ISSRM is the premier scientific meeting for academic and government researchers, students, land managers and NGO representatives who are broadly interested in the human dimensions of natural resources and the environment. Meetings typically attract 800 or more scientists, managers, students, and conservation professionals from more than 25 nations. Participating disciplines include sociology, psychology, anthropology, political science, economics, landscape architecture, environmental planning, outdoor recreation management, history, and the natural sciences. Most attendees are committed to interdisciplinary scientific collaboration.

The theme for the 2007 symposium is Landscape Continuity and Change - Social Science Perspectives and Interdisciplinary Conversations. Abstracts are due January 31, 2007. For more information, visit

There will also be a special pre-symposium Graduate Student Forum held on the Utah State University campus in Logan, Utah, the weekend before the main conference. This event will provide graduate students with a chance to network with peers, discuss strategies for successful graduate research and training, and get advice on professional and career opportunities.

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CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Politics of Climate Change Project

The Politics of Climate Change Project is designed to encourage colleagues to systematically apply the theories and methods of political science to the task of identifying politically viable long-term state strategies for mitigating climate change that would be effective enough to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Planned activities include putting together an edited volume on current thinking relating to political strategies to combat climate change, organizing a panel at the ECPR conference in Pisa in 2007, applying to run a Workshop at the 2008 ECPR Joint Sessions in Rennes with the intention of putting together a second and more advanced edited volume, and applying for grants to fund meetings and research time from sources such as the EU and national research councils.

Further information on the Project is expected to be available shortly on the website of the ECPR Standing Group on Green Politics at

If you are interested in the possibility of being involved, or have any comments or suggestions, please get in touch with:

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue on Populations, Vulnerabilities, and Ecological Inequalities (Espaces Populations Sociétés)

The French journal Espaces Populations Sociétés (Space, Population, Societies) is issuing a call for papers on the subject of populations, vulnerabilities and ecological inequalities. Papers can be in English or French. In the fields of human and social sciences the notions of vulnerability and ecological inequality are engaged in advanced and exploratory researches. This research theme encourages interdisciplinarity and creates new questions about the relationship between populations and space. Proposals are invited for any of the following topics, with references to spatial or territorial assessment: geographic mobility and vulnerability against natural or technological hazards; demographic dynamics, environmental constraints or amenities; social inequality and ecological inequality; environmental constraints or amenities and social space segregation; social space dynamics and environmental justice.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 1 June 2007. For more information on the journal visit

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Second MOST-UNESCO Summer School for Latin America and the Caribbean

The theme of this year’s summer school is “Local development policies and social management: Overcoming poverty and inequality in Latin America.” This Summer School aims to bring together young researchers, scholars and students following a Masters degree or a PhD from the region. It will take place in Salvador de Bahía (Brasil) from 26 February to 2 March 2007. The official language will be Spanish. The programme will concentrate on the following themes: poverty, social management and local development.

Deadline for applications is 31 December 2006. For more information visit

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2007 Summer Academy on Megacities: Social Vulnerability and Resilience Building

The summer academy provides around twenty outstanding PhD candidates from all over the world a platform to present and discuss their research with leading international experts and scholars in social vulnerability, as well as senior scientists from the United Nations University and Munich Re Foundation. The summer academy is designed to advance the science of social vulnerability by discussing "state of the art", research needs and strategies to address academic, policy and practical challenges and knowledge gaps.

Accepting applications until 15 January 2007. The program invites qualified PhD candidates working on social vulnerability in megacities to apply. For more information visit:

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TRAINING: UC Berkeley Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program

The three-week certificate course, running from June 22 to July 14, aims to enhance sustainable development knowledge, policy analysis, and management and leadership skills for mid-career professionals.

Deadline: February 1, 2007. More:

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PUBLICATION: Field guide to the Future: Four Ways for Communities to Think Ahead

The "Field guide to the Future: Four Ways for Communities to Think Ahead" we had announced in August can now be downloaded from

Also visit for more.

To request a copy, please email me Sandra J. Velarde at after 20th January 2007 with full contacts, reason for requesting the field guide and mailing address including country.

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ONLINE RESOURCE: United Nations Launches "Peacemaker" Database

UN Peacemaker provides an online database of modern peace agreements, operational guidance, and lessons-learned from previous peacemaking efforts.




ASSOCIATION: Young Professional Association for Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD)

The Young Professional Association for Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD), a new association was launched in November 2006 at the GFAR meeting in New Delhi. YPARD was founded by Balasubramanian Ramani, an Indian researcher in Germany, after discussions at the AGM meeting in Morocco in 2005. It is currently hosted in the University of Hannover, and supported by the Swiss Development Center (SDC). Young Professionals are defined as any person under 39 years old working in the area of agriculture research for development. YPARD aims to:

This small organization is very ambitious and is trying to reach many people in many disciplines (any agriculture discipline) and working in many different types of organizations (from research institutes to farmer groups).

Learn more about YPARD on their website, on how to become members (free/just need an email), to receive their newsletter, contribute to e-discussions, bring in ideas, and share information with the network on events/training/jobs announcements etc.


Tuesday, December 19, 2006


CAPRi Working Papers 58 and 59

CAPRi Working Papers 58 and 59 can now be downloaded from the CAPRi Website. To download them click on the links below the respective paper abstract.

Gender Differences in Mobilization for Collective Action: Case Studies of Villages in Northern Nigeria. Saratu Abdulwahid. CAPRi Working Paper 58. Washington DC: IFPRI. 2006.

Men and women participate in collective action for different purposes in northern Nigeria. Field work conducted in six villages show that while men engage in community activities such as road repairs, maintenance of schools and hospitals, refuse collection and maintenance of the traditional village government, women mobilize around activities such as savings, house and farm work and care giving. [More] - Full Paper

Gender, Social Capital and Information Exchange in Rural Uganda. Enid Katungi, Svetlana Edmeades, and Melinda Smale. CAPRi Working Paper 59. Washington DC: IFPRI. 2006.

Changing agricultural research and extension systems mean that informal mechanisms of information diffusion are often the primary source of information about improved seed and practices for farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. This paper investigates the interactions between gender, social capital and information exchange in rural Uganda. [More] - Full Paper

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Thursday, December 07, 2006


EMPLOYMENT: Landscape Ecologist (ICRAF)

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) seeks to recruit a Landscape Ecologist to undertake agro-ecosystem analysis and characterization studies as part of its ongoing research on Natural Resources Management. S/he will contribute to the further development of ICRAF's research portfolio on land degradation assessment and land rehabilitation, which aims at better management of tropical agricultural landscapes for ecosystem services and improved human wellbeing. Current projects in the research group focus on land rehabilitation in Mali, Kenya, Mozambique and India. The research looks at tradeoffs and synergies in delivering livelihood and environmental services benefits, including carbon sequestration. The incumbent will be a member of an interdisciplinary team of researchers and will be based either in Nairobi or a field station in Kisumu, Western Kenya.

Applications will be considered until January 02nd 2007. See for the full announcement and go to to learn more about ICRAF.



EMPLOYMENT: Researcher - Water Resources Sciences

IWMI requires an experienced, highly competent and motivated individual for the position of Researcher – Water Resources Sciences. The successful candidate will be based in the IWMI office in Tehran, Iran.

The Researcher, under the guidance of the Director Asia, will coordinate and implement multidisciplinary research projects on different aspects of water and land management such as water policy, basin management, efficient irrigation water use, salinization and environmental issues. The research focus will be to identify comprehensively the constraints and opportunities to increase efficiency of water use and water productivity in different agricultural systems especially from the basin perspective.

Applications will be accepted until 15 January, 2007, or until the position is filled. For the full announcement and to find out how to apply, go to



EMPLOYMENT: Two Assistant Professors in Institutions, Society and the Environment

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions in the area of institutions, society and the environment. These hires are associated with the creation of ASU's Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity (, a sister center to the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University. The new center has a key focus on the analysis of institutions operating in natural resource and urban contexts. More broadly, these appointments will support ASU's innovative interdisciplinary academic program in environmental social science. The successful candidate will initiate or participate in the development and execution of externally-funded interdisciplinary research, publish in scholarly journals, teach graduate and undergraduate courses, and perform appropriate university, professional, and community service.

Applications will be reviewed starting January 16, 2007 and, if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

Go to for the full announcement.



EMPLOYMENT: Several positions at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Experimental Economist in Washington, DC, Markets, Trade and Institutions (MTI) Division (Position #06-155N)
Closing Date: January 30, 2007 or until filled

Post-Doctoral Fellow/ Research Fellow, Institutions, Infrastructure and Agricultural Markets in Washington, DC, Markets, Trade and Institutions (MTI) Division (Position #06-157)
Closing Date: January 30, 2007 or until filled

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Food & Water Safety Theme in Washington, DC, Markets, Trade and Institutions (MTI) Division (Position #06-158N)
Closing Date: January 30, 2007 or until filled

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institutions, Infrastructure and Agricultural Markets in Lima, Peru, Markets, Trade and Institutions (MTI) Division (Position #06-159N)
Closing Date: January 31, 2007 or until filled

Post-Doctoral Fellow/ Research Fellow, Ethiopia Strategy Support Program (ESSP) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Development Strategy & Governance (DSG) Division (Position #06-160N)
Closing Date: January 30, 2007 or until filled



FELLOWSHIPS: Marie Curie Fellowships in Gender Studies

The Marie Curie Fellowships for Early Stage Training in the field of Gender and Women's Studies allows early stage researchers access to a training programme offered by a network of seven universities in different European countries. The partner institutions, with proven record of high expertise in gender research and education, will jointly train and exchange junior PhD students. The Marie Curie Early Stage Training Scheme is designed to encourage international mobility and therefore carries an enhanced salary/stipend package.

For more information, see

The application deadline is February 1, 2007. The outcome of the selection process is expected by the end of March 2007.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Intercultural Management Quarterly (IMQ)

Intercultural Management Quarterly (IMQ) is dedicated to addressing the complex challenges that culture poses to the management of global organizations. IMQ contributions come from scholars, practitioners, industry professionals and students in the fields of intercultural communication, education, business, development and many others. IMQ continually welcomes submissions of articles related to intercultural communication and management issues.

IMQ is seeking submissions for its Winter 2007 issue. The deadline is January 19, 2007.

Possible topics include Conflict/Post-Conflict Management Overseas, Relationships Between Culture and Development, Culture and Business, Issues in International Human Resources, Intercultural Training, Culture and Technology, Cross-Cultural Negotiation, Intercultural Management Theory, and Book Reviews.

Articles must be innovative and contribute to the knowledge in this field, but authors should avoid overly academic jargon or extensive footnotes or endnotes. Submissions should be no less than 1,000 words and no more than 2,000 words. Each submission is refereed by members of the IMQ editorial review board and accepted pieces are subject to editing.

You are encouraged to review past editions of IMQ; to do so, please visit our website at To submit an article or to subscribe, please contact IMQ Managing Editor Chris Saenger, at

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CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS: African Journal of Business Management (AJBM)

African Journal of Business Management (AJBM) is currently accepting manuscripts for publication. AJBM publishes high-quality solicited and unsolicited articles, in English, in all areas of general management, business law, public responsibility and ethics, marketing theory and applications, business finance and investment, general business research, business and economics education, production/operations management, organizational behavior and theory, strategic management policy, social issues and public policy, management organization, statistics and econometrics, personnel and industrial relations, technology and innovation, case studies, and management information systems.

One key request of researchers across the world is open access to research publications. The African Journal of Business Management is fully committed to providing free access to all articles as soon as they are published. We ask you to support this initiative by publishing your papers in this journal.

Instruction for authors and other details are available on our website Prospective authors should send their manuscript(s) to

AJBM is also seeking for qualified reviewers as members of its editorial board. Please contact AJBM if you are interested in serving as a reviewer.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: First Conference on Environmental Management, Engineering, Planning and Economics

Place: Skiathos, Greece
Date: 24 – 28 June 2007
Deadline for abstract submission: 31 December, 2006
Contact email/website:,

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ONLINE RESOURCE: Full-text Journal access

Low-income country institutions/researchers can gain to full-text articles in three main subject areas: health, agriculture, and environment, coordinated through international public-private consortia among publishers, United Nations agencies (WHO, FAO, UNEP), Cornell and Yale Universities (with strong backing from the CGIAR, particularly in the early stages of AGORA). Institutions and bonified researchers have to register at the respective web sites to gain full-text access:

HINARI:, over 3000 journals in health
AGORA:, over 900 journals in agricultural sciences
OARE:, close to 2000 journals in environmental sciences

Also the International Centre for Underutilised Crops (ICUC) provides access to many of the relevant online journals and services through their website:

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ONLINE RESOURCE: FAO Land and Water Newsletter

The Land and Water Development Division (AGL) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) maintains an electronic newsletter to keep readers informed of the ongoing activities and publications of the Land and Water Development Division.