Wednesday, June 27, 2007

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Water Policy and Governance

The Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) in Duebendorf (www.eawag.ch/index_EN) and ETH Zurich invite applications for a faculty position in Water Policy and Governance. We expect the new professor to focus on policies and regulatory systems related to integrated water resources management. Research emphasis may lie on issues such as risk assessment and regulation of chemicals, or river development concepts. He or she will head a research group at Eawag, a leading multidisciplinary water research institution. Teaching duties include courses at the Department of Environmental Sciences and the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences of ETH Zurich. The affiliation at ETH Zurich can be either with the Institute for Environmental Decisions (www.ied.ethz.ch) or the Center for Comparative and International Studies (http://www.cis.ethz.ch/).

The complete announcement can be accessed at http://www.eawag.ch/offene_stellen/prof_water_policy

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Assistant Professor, Agricultural Communication, Gainesville, FL

This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position (Position# 00012901) in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, assigned 65% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 35% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station). An earned doctorate with an emphasis in agricultural communication, mass communications, journalism, or closely related discipline is required. Experience and formal study is desired in one or more of the following areas: public relations, marketing, web/digital media, and organizational communication. Demonstrated effectiveness or clear promise in research and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels is required. Interested persons must submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, official transcripts of all university work, and complete contact information for four references.

Letters of recommendation will be requested at a later date. For full consideration the above materials must be received by August 1, 2007. Nomination of candidates is encouraged. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Nominations and applications should be forwarded to: Dr. Ricky Telg, University of Florida, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, P.O. Box 110540, Gainesville, FL 32611-0540. Phone: (352) 392-0502 ext. 224; FAX: (352) 392-9585; E-mail: rwtelg@ufl.edu

For complete descriptions, minimum qualifications, application deadlines and information on how to apply, please go to http://personnel.ifas.ufl.edu/pjobs.html and click on “Tenure Accruing.”

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FELLOWSHIP: Georg Forster Research Fellowships

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) enables highly qualified researchers from developing countries (excluding Turkey, India and the PR of China) to carry out academic projects of their own choice in Germany (age limit: 45 years). Applications may be submitted for long- term research stays of between 6 and 12 months; an extension of up to 24 months is possible.

For more information see http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/en/programme/stip_aus/gf.htm or email info@avh.de.

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SCHOLARSHIPS: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Program

The Erasmus Mundus programme is a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education which promotes the European Union as a centre of excellence in learning around the world. It supports European top-quality Masters Courses and enhances the visibility and attractiveness of European higher education in third countries. It also provides EU-funded scholarships for third country nationals participating in these Masters Courses, as well as scholarships for EU-nationals studying at Partner universities throughout the world.

For more information: http://ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/mundus/projects/index_en.html or http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/programmes/mundus/index_en.html

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: PepsiCo Foundation

The Foundation's mission on the Environment is to advance the knowledge and methods of water resource management which are sustainable and positively impact both the quantity and quality of water supply. Grant requests are accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis and are evaluated by the PepsiCo Foundation's Executive Committee, made up of three Foundation officers. Grant requests in excess of $100,000 must comply with more specific guidelines. Major grant requests are reviewed two times a year by the PepsiCo Foundation's Board of Directors.

The next deadline is Friday, August 17, 2007. For more information see http://www.pepsico.com/PEP_Citizenship/Contributions/GrantGuidelines/index.cfm

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Wallace Global Fund (WGF)

The Wallace Global Fund’s (WGF) mission is to promote an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and the natural systems upon which all life depends. Objectives include the

The Fund seeks to further its mission generally through fundamental public policy and systemic change. It supports activities at the global and national level, and will consider significant local or regional initiatives offering the potential to leverage broader national or global impact. It will consider proposals for either core support or project-specific support. Grant proposals are processed and reviewed on a continual basis. The average grant size is $50,000, with actual grant awards ranging from $2,000 to $400,000. The Fund makes both one-year and multi-year grants. The review process typically takes between one and three months. In addition to grantmaking, WGF staff often provide potential network contacts, advice, and other assistance to applicants.

Details on proposal procedures are available at: http://www.wgf.org/app_procedures.html

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CALL FOR PAPERS: The Economics of Agriculture as Source and Victim of Environmental and Climate Change

The Swiss Society for Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology will hold its annual conference in 2008 on April 3 and 4 in Rapperswil. The Board of the Society has formed a Review Committee to select some contributions for this conference. Under the topic “The Economics of Agriculture as Source and Victim of Environmental and Climate Change,” the Review Committee cordially invites contributions dealing with environment-related subjects, with the impact of agricultural production on greenhouse gas emissions and with the effect of global warming on farm economics, to name a few relevant fields within Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. Contributions from other fields of agricultural economics and sociology are also welcome. Abstracts of 2 pages maximum in German, French or English can be submitted to stefan.mann@art.admin.ch until October 16, 2007.

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ONLINE RESOURCE: Hands on Guide to Networked Research now available

A Networked Research Approach is a new hands on Guide to conducting research in a network setting that has been developed by IFRTD. Through over 8 years of facilitating international networked research programmes the Forum has pioneered and tested this approach to fully reflect its Southern-driven networking principles. At the heart of the Networked Research Approach is the perception that the international development agenda remains dominated by the economic interests and institutional priorities of the North, and supported by knowledge that is generated through Northern Universities, resource centres and think tanks. One means of addressing this imbalance is to ensure that the research used to determine and justify development priorities is both Southern-driven and accessible to Southern-based policymakers and development practitioners.

The guide is available in English, French and Spanish for free download with a limited number of hard copies available on request at http://ifrtd.gn.apc.org/new/news/full.php?view=177.

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ONLINE RESOURCE: CGIAR News

The electronic version of the latest CGIAR News edition available at http://www.cgiar.org/enews/june2007

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Various vacancies at ICIMOD

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is currently seeking to recruit qualified persons for the following vacant professional level positions (sorted by deadline):

Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist
Programme: Integrated Water and Land Management, Deadline: Jul 16, 2007

Environmental Change Specialist
Programme: Environmental Change and Ecosystem Services, Deadline: Jul 16, 2007

Information and Knowledge Management Coordinator
Programme: Information and Knowledge Management, Deadline: Jul 16, 2007

Integrated Water and Land Management - Programme Manager
Programme: Integrated Water and Land Management, Deadline: Jul 16, 2007

Senior Economist
Programme: Options for Livelihoods Adaptation, Deadline: Jul 16, 2007

Capacity Development Officer/Unit Head
Programme: Human Resources Development and Capacity Building Unit, Deadline: Jul 16, 2007

Executive Secretary, Mountain Forum
Programme: Mountain Forum Secretariat, Deadline: Aug 10, 2007

The whole list can be accessed at http://www.icimod.org/home/vacancies/

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JOB OPENING: Research Officers (IDS)

STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) is a new ESRC-funded research centre linking environment and technology with poverty reduction and social justice. It is hosted jointly by the Institue for Development Studies (IDS).

Research Officer - Maize (Ref 209): To work on a project tracing the political contexts of innovation pathways for maize and their implications for livelihoods and human health in Kenya. Applicants will have strong research experience in Africa, familiarity with agricultural policy debates, and be willing to conduct local-level fieldwork. A working knowledge of Swahili would be desirable.

Research Officer - Peri Urban (Ref 210): To work on understanding and promoting sustainability and social justice in the highly dynamic peri-urban areas in and around Delhi. Applicants will have a strong track record of research in South Asia, be familiar with environment/ development debates related to water, health or agriculture and be willing to undertake fieldwork in India. An ability to speak Hindi would be desirable.

http://www.ids.ac.uk/ids/recruit/209&210_RO_Ad.html

Closing Date: 29 June 2007, 11:00am UK time
Interview Date: 16 or 17 July 2007

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JOB OPENING: Young Professionals Program (World Bank)

The Bank’s Young Professionals Program is now accepting applications for the 2008 Selection until July 15. The Program is a starting point for a career in the Bank. It is designed to attract outstanding young and motivated individuals from around the world, who have demonstrated a commitment to development, supported by academic success, professional achievement and potential for leadership. Read more http://go.worldbank.org/FVOVD83WI0

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FELLOWSHIPS: Marie Curie Fellowship Scheme (EU, FEEM)

The Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) looks forward to hosting researchers from the EU, the Associated Countries or the Third Countries within the Marie Curie Individual Fellowships scheme.

Fellowships will focus on the areas of research carried out at FEEM. More information on FEEM research activities is available at: http://www.feem.it/. For more information or to submit expressions of interest go to http://webfeem.it/cv/ or contact Roberta Camera (roberta.camera@feem.it).

More information on the Fellowships is available at: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/people/home_en.html

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FELLOWSHIPS: TWOWS postgraduate training fellowships for women scientists

The Third World Organisation for Women in Science (TWOWS) is offering postgraduate training fellowships for women science graduates (below 40 years of age) from countries in sub-Saharan Africa and least developed countries.

Closing Date: 31 July 2007. For more information, go to http://www.twows.org or contact Dr. Kaiser Jamil, President, TWOWS Email: info@twows.org

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CALL FOR PANELS: 16th International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (ICAES) on Humanity, Development and Cultural Diversity

See here for the original post: http://www.capri.cgiar.org/caprinews/2007/05/call-for-panels-2008-conference-of.htm

This is to remind you that the deadline is July 15th, 2007. After collecting the panel proposals they will then announce a call for papers. The deadline for the call for papers is October 15th.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: 21st Century, Watershed Technology: Improving Water Quality and Environment

This international symposium will look at emerging problems and new solutions to managing watersheds to meet water quality and quantity standards. It will be held from March 29-April 3, 2008 in Concepcion, Chile.

Full Call for Papers: http://www.asabe.org/meetings/water2008/cfp-watershed.pdf

All papers must be submitted electronically. Using the web address below, submit your form by electronic mail. Paper proposals must be received by AUGUST 30, 2007 to be considered for inclusion in the conference proceedings. File electronically at http://www.asabe.org/meetings/water2008/index.htm

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Second Green Week Scientific Conference, Berlin 2008

The Institute for Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, together with its partners within the Marie-Curie Programme and ATSAF will conduct the conference with the title: Enhancing the Capacities of Agricultural Systems and Producers in Berlin on the 16th and 17th of January, 2008

The conference will have a systems focus, looking at the rural sector as a whole and examining important factors of change. Natural as well as socio-economic issues will be discussed. Young scientists are expected to play an active role at the conference. Conferences are closely linked to the summer schools and training courses which will enable junior researchers to gain access to state-of-the-art knowledge and methods, employing a variety of proven and innovative work forms.

Interested researchers should submit abstracts of their papers by August 31st. Full papers must then be submitted by October 31st. Please consult http://www.mace-events.org/greenweek2008/3694-MACE.html for further information.

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EVENT: Engaging with fragile states: Challenges and opportunities

In close collaboration with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank will host a Conference on Engaging with Fragile States: Challenges and Opportunities. The conference will be held on July 24-25, 2007 at the United Nations Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

There is no registration fee. Travel costs must be covered by participants or their respective agencies. People who wish to attend the conference must register before July 5, 2007.

The preliminary program is available on the Conference Website: http://www.worldbank.org/ieg/licus/conference; To register visit: http://www.worldbank.org/ieg/licus/conference/registration.html; Questions should be addressed to: ieg_conference@worldbank.org

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

 

CAPRi Working Paper 66: Collective Action for Livestock Mobility, Ecological Viability, and Livelihoods

by Shauna BurnSilver and Esther Mwangi

This paper leverages datasets and results from two separate studies carried out across eight Kajiado group ranches and offers a unique opportunity to look at emergent pre- and post-subdivision trends from an interdisciplinary framework that combines ecological, political, and human-ecological research perspectives. It provides insights into the following issues: the loss of flexibility and mobility for Maasai herders’ dues to subdivision, the nature of collective activities that individuals pursue after subdivision, and the emergence of pasture sharing arrangements. NDVI profiles show that forage options for individual herders decrease dramatically under privatization, but rebound somewhat when parcels are shared between households located adjacent to each other. Interviews show that households redistribute portions of their herds for long periods and swap/share pastures. Parcel sharing translates into more grazing flexibility, particularly when it occurs between households in different locations. The Maasai also continue to develop and finance collective structures for the provision and maintenance of boreholes, earthen dams, schools and health clinics. Although new economic innovation characterizes some of these strategies, most are grounded within traditional social networking mores. There is need for policy makers to support these efforts as they evolve.

Keywords: Kajiado, group ranches, subdivision, collective action, pastoralism, flexibility, mobility

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

 

JOB OPENING: Poverty and Environment Network Research Fellow (CIFOR)

CIFOR is looking for a Research Fellow to work on the Poverty and Environment Network (PEN). PEN is a tropics-wide collection of socio-economic and environmental data at household and village levels by about 30 PEN partners. The individual PEN-partner data sets will make up a global data base to be used for a comprehensive global analysis of forest-poverty issues. More information about PEN is given at: http://www.cifor.cgiar.org/pen/

Deadline: 15 July 2007. FULL vacancy details at http://www.cifor.cgiar.org/Careers/Global/pen_researcher.htm

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JOB OPENING: Vice President for Research (Population Action International)

Population Action International (PAI) is an independent policy advocacy group working to strengthen political and financial support worldwide for population programs grounded in individual rights. It seeks to improve individual well-being and preserve global resources by mobilizing political and financial support for population, family planning, and reproductive health policies and programs.

Part of the senior management team, the vice president for research will be responsible for creating the research agenda that PAI should address over the next several years; leading and managing the research department, which is made up of seven other staff; and conducting research.

Applications will be accepted until this search is completed. To see if the search is still active, see http://www.SlesingerManagement.com. The full announcement: http://www.slesingermanagement.com/announcements/PAI-VP.pdf

For more information about PAI: http://www.PopulationAction.org

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Working Paper Series of the Social Science Working Group of the Society for Conservation Biology

The goal of the Working Paper Series (WPS) is to provide a forum for conservation social science research, especially successful application of social science tools and approaches to conservation policy and practice. The WPS aims to promote current research in the final stages of completion. Through its simplified review process, the series offers rapid dissemination of critical conservation social science work to the conservation community, social science peers, students, and other professionals. This is an opportunity for authors to open their work for initial public viewing and commentary before moving on to relevant journal submission.

To find out more and contribute to the working paper series, please visit the Social Science Working Group WPS webpage (http://www.conbio.org/WorkingGroups/SSWG/ResPapers.cfm) and click on “submission procedures.”

For more information on the Social Science Working Group, see its web page http://www.conbio.org/WorkingGroups/SSWG/.

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AWARD: The Science and Practice of Ecology and Society Award

The Science and Practice of Ecology & Society Award is an annual award given to the individual or organization that is the most effective in bringing transdisciplinary science of the interactions of ecology and society into practice. An article about the winner, Gloria Gaia, of the inaugural edition of 2006 can be found at http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol11/iss2/art28/. Examples of possible nominees include, a high school teacher who develops a special curriculum, a mayor with initiatives and actions for her/his town based on scientific concepts, a journalist who brings scientific insights to a broader audience, or a NGO group who facilitates local knowledge production in rural communities.

The deadline for nominations will be July 1, 2007. More at http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/news/announcements/spes.php

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EVENT: Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity

The fifth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity will be held 29 October - 2 November 2007, and will be hosted by the Norwegian government in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This year's conference is entitled 'Ecosystems and people - biodiversity for development'. The conference will provide input to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) and its preparations for the ninth Conference of the Parties (COP-9) in Germany in 2008. It will focus on the critical role of biodiversity and ecosystems in providing goods and services that are necessary for human well-being and security and for economic development.

The deadline for registration is 10 July 2007. http://www.trondheimconference.org/

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ONLINE RESOURCE: FRAMEgram Newsletter

Current issue: Environmental Trends Analysis, http://www.frameweb.org/ev_en.php?ID=34662_201&ID2=DO_TOPIC

Numéro actuel : Analyse des tendances environnementales, http://www.frameweb.org/ev_fr.php?ID=34662_201&ID2=DO_TOPIC

Edición actual: Análisis de tendencias ambientales, http://www.frameweb.org/ev_es.php?ID=34662_201&ID2=DO_TOPIC

Home Page: http://www.frameweb.org/

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