Thursday, February 22, 2007


South Asia Training by ISEC and CAPRi

We have extended the application deadline for the training course to March 4, 2007.

Please go to or to access the full call for applications and the application form.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007


JOB OPENING: Senior Economist (Bioversity)

Bioversity International is seeking candidates for the position of Senior Economist. The appointee will be based at headquarters of Bioversity in Maccarese, near Rome, Italy and will be a member of the Diversity for Livelihoods Programme of the organization.

The full announcement is on the Bioversity website.

Application deadline: 20 March 2007.

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JOB OPENINGS: Dundee-UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science

Applications are invited for the following posts within the Dundee UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, part of the Graduate School of Management and Policy (College of Arts & Social Sciences).

More details at



CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Ecosystem Services & Poverty Alleviation

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DFID) invite applications to perform situation analyses of the challenges to ecosystem services most important to the well being of the poor, and the information required by policy makers to address them, in the following four regions: Amazonia/Andes, Semi-arid Africa, India and the Hindu Khush, and China. The teams will have expertise in environmental science and appropriate social science disciplines. The consortia are likely to include scientists from the region, the UK and elsewhere and will be led by researchers from the region. This call is open to researchers based in recognized higher education institutions, research organizations or organizations with a credible research capacity. The total funds available in connection with this call are £1,000,000.

Closing date: 30 March 2007. For full details of the call, please see

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Women and Agriculture (SIGNS)

Please find attached a very interesting call for Papers for a special issue of “SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society” on Women and Agriculture.

Submission Guidelines are available at

The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2008.

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FELLOWSHIPS: Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program

The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) provides opportunities for advanced study to exceptional individuals who will use this education to become leaders in their respective fields, furthering development in their own countries and greater economic and social justice worldwide. To ensure that Fellows are drawn from diverse backgrounds, IFP actively seeks candidates from social groups and communities that lack systematic access to higher education.

The International Fellowships Program provides support for up to three years of formal graduate-level study leading to a masters or doctoral degree. Fellows are selected from countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Russia, where the Ford Foundation maintains active overseas programs. U.S. nationals are not eligible, although Fellows may study in the United States.

For further information (including eligibility and application guidelines), please go to

All applications must be submitted to the appropriate IFP International Partner in the country or region where the applicant resides (see above website). IFP International Partners determine application deadlines and selection schedules in their region or country.

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FELLOWSHIPS: Advanced Institute on Global Environmental Change and the Vulnerability of water resources (START)

START, in partnership with the Global Water System Project (GWSP), and with financial support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and the International Foundation of Science (IFS) invites applications for Institute Fellows to participate in the Advanced Institute on Global Environmental Change and the Vulnerability of water resources in the context of the Millennium Development Goals to be hosted by UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft and the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The Advanced Institute will have three components: (1) a three-week long intensive Seminar to be held at UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands; (2) one-year research grants for successful Institute Fellows; and (3) a synthesis workshop that will follow completion of the research.

Application Deadline: 10 March 2007

For more information go to

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AWARD: Alcan Prize for Sustainability 2007

The closing date for entries is 31 March 2007 (GMT).

Now in its fourth year, the US$1 million Prize is awarded to any not-for-profit, civil society and non-governmental organization, based anywhere in the world, for contributions to economic, environmental and / or social sustainability. In addition, the remaining nine shortlisted organizations are awarded a US$15,000 Alcan Grant to invest in certifiable training and capacity building.

See for more information.

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AWARD: The Derek Tribe Award

The Derek Tribe Award is made biennially to a citizen of a developing country in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the application of research in agriculture or natural resource management in a developing country or countries.

The recipient will attend a seminar, or other public event, nominated by The Crawford Fund, to receive the award and to deliver an address to be termed The Crawford Fund Derek Tribe Award Address. A media effort is associated with the visit.

In addition, the recipient will undertake a visit of about two weeks to agricultural centres in Australia with the intention of enhancing networking and linkages between the recipient's home institution and country with similar bodies and individuals in Australia.

Nominations close on 2 April. Nomination forms may be downloaded from

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007


JOB OPENING: Staff Researcher (Earth Policy Institute)

Earth Policy Institute is looking for a hard-working experienced researcher to help analyze a broad range of environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. A successful candidate will have a degree in the natural sciences or related discipline, knowledge of and interest in global environmental issues, excellent research ability, and dedication to building an environmentally sustainable economy. Strong writing and analytical skills, computer proficiency, and an exemplary academic record are also important qualifications. Previous coursework in biology, ecology, chemistry, and economics is preferred.

This Job is to be filled as soon as possible. For more:



JOB OPENING: Political scientist for studies of decision making regarding resource management (ZEF)

The work will consist of carrying out and supervising research on economic, ecological and social aspects of land and water management in the irrigated landscape of the project's case study region, Khorezm district in Uzbekistan; and supporting the development of policy recommendations in the strongly application-oriented third phase of the project.

ZEF is seeking qualified researchers to support this research program. The candidates should have a Ph.D. and are expected to be able to work in a highly interactive environment, develop the research proposals and carry out the empirical and model-related research work in the overall context of the project goals. Preferably the candidates will have proven research expertise and work experience in developing / transition countries. Fluency in English is mandatory; knowledge of Russian or Uzbek would be advantageous. The researchers will be based in the ZEF office in Bonn, Germany, but frequent travel to Uzbekistan is required. The project offers excellent logistic research support and comfortable housing facilities (guesthouse) in Urgench, Khorezm, Uzbekistan.

Deadline: February 15, 2007. For details see:; more information can be found at and http://www.uni-



JOB OPENING: Assistant Professor, Environmental/ Water Economics and Policy (University of Florida)

This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that carries a 60 % extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) and 40% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) appointment in the Food and Resource Economics Department (, UF/IFAS. Duties include the implementation of an integrated program of extension and research related to water policy, use and allocation, and issues at the rural/urban interface. Extension and research efforts may also include water quality issues related to the discharge of water from agricultural lands and the impacts of urbanization on water quantity and quality, how water policy is developed, an analysis of policy alternatives, water transfer issues, and the interrelationships between water and land use issues. The faculty member will be expected to work closely with county extension faculty to design and deliver educational programs to include in-service training and appropriate extension publication outlets. Research responsibilities include supervision of graduate students and are expected to result in the procurement of extramural grant funding and generation of refereed publications and publications in other appropriate outlets. Synergy between research and extension programs and collaboration with the School of Natural Resources and Environment (, other UF units such as the newly created Water Institute (, and relevant federal, state, and local government agencies is expected. The initial assignment may change over time in accordance with the needs of the unit.

Formal review of applications will begin on April 1, 2007, and continue until the position is filled. Job Number: #0001-3829

Go to for the full announcement.



CALL FOR PROPOSALS: U.S. National Science Foundation’s Sociology Program

Those interested in funding for careful analysis of gender aspects in their projects (particularly gender and social networks, or changes in gender relations) might check out the following NSF program.

The U.S. National Science Foundation’s Sociology Program supports research on human social organization, demography, and processes of individual and institutional change. The Program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. Included is research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender roles, and the sociology of science and technology. In assessing the intrinsic merit of a proposed piece of research, four components are key to securing support from the Sociology Program: (1) The issues investigated must be theoretically grounded. (2) The research should be based on empirical observation or be subject to empirical validation. (3) The research design must be appropriate to the questions asked. (4) The proposed research must advance our understanding of social processes or social structures.

Full Proposal Target Date: February 15, 2007 (Dissertation Research)
Full Proposal Target Date: August 15, 2007 (Regular Research)

For more information on program guidelines, click on the link:

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CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: CSO-CGIAR Competitive Grants Program

The CGIAR has launched a new competitive grants program designed to cultivate stronger relationships between civil society organizations and the CGIAR in agricultural research for development. This initiative is part of the building blocks for further expanding engagement with CSOs and sharing knowledge for impact.

What are the objectives of this new competitive grants initiative?

The deadline for submitting concept notes is March 15th. For more information, templates, eligibility etc.:

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FUNDING: Kellogg Foundation Grants

For projects to help people help themselves in one of the 4 focus areas of: Health, Food Systems and Rural Development, Youth and Education, and Philanthropy and Volunteerism. Grants are provided to projects in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and the United States as well as in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. Deadline: Rolling

For more: or

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FUNDING: Global Fund for Women Grants

Supports women's groups that advance the human rights of women and girls. Specifically for women's groups based outside the United States, grants will range from US$500 to US$20,000 for operating and project expenses. Deadline: Rolling

For more: or

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CONCURSO DE APLICACIONES: Sistemas de Análisis Social (El Centro Boliviano de Estudios Multidisciplinarios)

Concurso de aplicaciones del enfoque y herramientas del SAS en el marco de proyectos de desarrollo o iniciativas de investigación El Centro Boliviano de Estudios Multidisciplinarios (CEBEM), en el marco del proyecto de los Sistemas de Análisis Social (SAS) y cumpliendo con las actividades de sistematización de experiencias de aplicación, lanza un concurso regional para presentar casos de aplicaciones y adaptaciones prácticas de los Sistemas. Podrán participar en este concurso todas aquellas personas o instituciones que tengan conocimiento y práctica de los Sistemas de Análisis Social y que hayan recibido procesos de capacitación o que encararon procesos de autoaprendizaje. Si recibirán los trabajos hasta el 30 de abril de 2007.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Ninth International BIOECON conference

The University College London (UCL) and REFGOV in association with UK-DEFRA, FAO, IUCN and UNEP-WCMC announce the Ninth International BIOECON conference on Economics and Institutions for Biodiversity Conservation. The conference will be held at Kings College Cambridge on 20-21 September 2007. The conference will be of interest to both researchers and policy makers interested in or working in the management and conservation of biodiversity.

Topics include:

Papers may be submitted for presentation within the conference and will be considered by the programme committee. Electronic copies (in WORD or PDF format) should be sent to Mare Sarr ( no later than 30th April 2007. Acceptance of papers will be notified by email in May 2007. Registrations for the conference are due by 15th June 2007.

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TRAINING: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (SANDEE)

SANDEE is organizing a three-week training course in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics for Economists from April 30 -May 20, 2007. The course is meant for practicing South Asian economists interested in upgrading their skills and learning related to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.

The workshop seeks to provide economists with the skills necessary to teach environmental and natural resource economics and to undertake research in this area. The course will cover economic issues underlying sustainable development, poverty-environment interactions, and natural resource use and pollution management. Participants will be exposed to basic theoretical issues and economic tools and methodologies for analyzing environmental problems in developing countries. The course does not seek to be comprehensive but will give participants a sound introduction to the literature, theory and methods used in environment and natural resource economics.

Application deadline is February 15. For more information and application guidelines: or

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ONLINE RESOURCES: Conflict Management and Livelihood Adaptation (FAO)

Conflict Management over Natural Resources Capacity Building Program under the Community-based Rural Development Project (CBRDP)

The purpose of this training manual is to provide a capacity building framework and tools to support the technical and operational implementation of the conflict management training component integral to the Capacity Building and Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) Components of the World Bank-financed Community Based Rural Development Project (CBRDP). The training is based on a conflict management training package developed and tested in Ghana under the Livelihood Support Programme (LSP) sub-programme on “Natural Resource Conflict Management.”

Developing Institutions and Options for Livelihood Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change in Drought-prone Areas of Bangladesh

FAO and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre are guiding a project to assess livelihood adaptation to climate variability and change in the drought- prone areas of Northwest Bangladesh. The project specifically looks at: characterization of livelihood systems; profiling of vulnerable groups; assessment of past and current climate impacts; and understanding of local perceptions of climate impacts, local coping capacities and existing adaptation strategies. It also is developing a good practice adaptation option menu, evaluating and field testing locally selected options, and introducing long-lead climate forecasting, capacity building and training of Department of Agricultural Extension staff and community representatives.

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INFORMATION from the 7th edition of the World Social Forum (WSF)

From 20 to 25 January 2007 the WSF brought the world to Africa as activists, social movements, networks, coalitions and other progressive forces from Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, Europe and all corners of the African continent converge in Nairobi, Kenya for five days of cultural resistance and celebration; panels, workshops, symposia, processions, film nights and more.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007


South Asia Training by ISEC and CAPRi

Training Course for South Asian Researchers and Practitioners on Property Rights, Collective Action and Environmental Governance: The Links between State, Community and Resources
16 to 20 April, 2007, at ISEC in Bangalore, India

The objective of this training workshop is to highlight collective action and property rights issues in environmental governance, in order to better understand the considerations for improved natural resource management (NRM) that sustain rural livelihoods.

The training is co-organized by the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) and CAPRI, and will be held from 16 to 20 April, 2007, at ISEC in Bangalore, India.

Please go to or to access the full call for applications and the application form.

Application deadline is February 20, 2007.

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