Friday, September 28, 2007
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow for a two year, fixed-term, renewable appointment with its Environment and Production Technology (EPT) and International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) divisions. The successful candidate will work with other senior researchers in these divisions to assess the impact of various programs related to gender and agricultural development, and will engage in activities including research, capacity strengthening, fundraising, scholarly publication, and communications in collaboration with national and regional agricultural research organizations and systems. This position will focus much of its time working on evaluating a Gender & Diversity program to strengthen African women in agricultural research. This position is based at the IFPRI office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia which houses IFPRI staff from several programmatic divisions.
Go to http://careers.ifpri.org/DetailIFPRI.asp?ifpri07-157 to read the full announcement.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
The CGIAR Gender and Diversity Program offers a lot of resources and tools. It also periodically publishes a newsletter with calls for proposals to get research funding, scholarships and fellowships:
This month’s edition (http://www.genderdiversity.cgiar.org/Cast_the_net/FundingNewsSeptember2007.pdf) has several interesting opportunities:
- IFS - CGIAR Challenge Program on Water & Food: Call for Research Grant applications from young scientists from the Volta Basin; Deadline: 31st December 2007 (http://www.ifs.se/Programme/water_food_volta_basin_2007.asp)
- Social Science Research Council: International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships; Deadline: November 6, 2007 (http://www.ssrc.org/programs/idrf/)
- The Natural Environment Research Council: Research Fellowships; Deadline: November 1 2007 (http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/fellowships/)
- International Development Research Centre (IDRC): IDRC Doctoral Research Awards; Deadline: 1 November 2007 (http://www.idrc.ca/en/ev-23374-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html)
- International Foundation for Science (IFS): General Call for Research Grants; Applications accepted throughout the year (http://www.ifs.se/Programme/granting_programme.asp)
The Ronald Coase Institute organizes the First Asia Workshop on Institutional Analysis on January 5-10, 2008 in Singapore. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy/ Asia Competitiveness Institute, National University of Singapore.
Apply by September 30, 2007 and attend this inaugural workshop in Asia to
- Learn more about institutional analysis
- Present your current research and receive comments from established scholars
- Become part of a worldwide network of institutional scholars.
Go to http://coase.org/whatsnew.htm for more information.
The Committee for the Graduate Conference in Political Theory at Princeton University welcomes papers concerning any period, methodological approach, and/or topic in political theory, political philosophy, and/or the history of political thought. Approximately eight papers will be accepted.
The COM+ Alliance of Communicators for Sustainable Development (http://www.complusalliance.org/) announces that after three years of an intensive collaborative effort, the first results of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) will be available for public comment as of September 20th at 5:00 PM (EST) on http://www.agassessment.org/.
Governments, private sector, civil society groups, and research institutions are encouraged to provide their comments from September 20th to October 18th.
CIESIN has released a new state-of-the-art Web portal, the World Data Center (WDC) for Human Interactions in the Environment, at http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/wdc/.
CIESIN’s WDC provides leading-edge search and data visualization tools and easy access to global-scale data and associated information on key themes related to human-environment interactions, including population, climate, conservation, poverty, hazards, health, and sustainability.
WHAT OTHERS ARE BLOGGING
Mexico's New Generation of Female Forest Defenders Women are at the forefront of the movement to defend and restore the forests of Guerrero state in southern Mexico. Founded in 2001, the Women's Environmentalist Organization of the Sierra of Petatlan (OMESP) promotes sustainable and organic agriculture, forest fire prevention, reforestation, water and soil conservation, and recycling. (…) read the full post at http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/09/mexicos_new_gen.php
Barros on Putnam on Group Size, Diversity, and Cooperation D. Benjamin Barros (Widener University School of Law) has posted Group Size, Heterogeneity, and Prosocial Behavior: Designing Legal Structures to Facilitate Cooperation in a Diverse Society on SSRN. (…) Read the full post at http://lsolum.typepad.com/legaltheory/2007/09/barros-on-putna.html
Pambazuka News: Review of African Blogs Dibussi Tande brings this week's selection which covers: Zambians living abroad; the vulnerabilities of South Africa; identity and belonging in Africa; political involvement and the younger generation in Malawi; persecution of members of the African LGBTI community in a number of African countries; and the elections held in Cameroon in July 2007. (…) Read the full post at http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/007263.html
A way for Rural communities to access Web2.0 tools SANGOnet is an Information Communication Technology NGO in Southern Africa that promotes and support ICT projects in the region. They are currently setting up Citizen Journalism project with the aim of promoting the use of Web 2.0 by rural communities on issues of development. (…) Read the full post at http://blog.web2fordev.net/2007/09/24/a-way-for-rural-communities-to-access-web20-tools/
What blogs are you reading? Send us relevant blogs or individual posts related to collective and and property rights to share here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today was the last day of the Web2ForDev Conference in Rome. This is the first conference devoted to exploring the ways in which international development stakeholders can take advantage of the technical and organizational opportunities provided by Web 2.0 methods, approaches and applications.
Peter Shelton from IFPRI and I presented on the redesign of the CAPRi website. We have documented this on a wiki at http://capriweb.wikispaces.com.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
IFAD is looking for Portfolio Advisors for each of its regional Divisions (Eastern and Southern Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Near East and North Africa).
Go to http://www.ifad.org/job/index.htm to view the individual announcements. Deadline for all positions is 24 September 2007.
The Center for Tropical Marine Ecology in Bremen (ZMT) is an independent research institute linked with the Leibniz association. A PhD position, starting October 15th 2007 or soon thereafter is available as part of the social sciences team. The candidate will contribute to the ongoing Indonesian-German SPICE programme (Science for the Protection of Indonesian coastal ecosystems) as part of its research on "Livelihood strategies and governance in coastal social-ecological systems". The candidate will work in Bremen/Germany and carry out field research in Central Java/Indonesia, with a strong focus on the Segara Anakan Lagoon and its surroundings. Comparative work in other regions of Java is possible.
For the full announcement go to http://www.zmt-bremen.de/files/main.php?language=en&a=inst&b=InJobs. Application deadline is September 27, 2007.
Land Cover/Land Use Ecologist to work on a project to explore how to incorporate analyses and modeling of land cover, land use, and land-use change into conservation strategies and planning. The position is at a postdoctoral level, will be based at TNC’s Worldwide Office in Arlington, VA, and is currently funded for 1 year.
More details in the job announcement at http://www.nature.org/careers/dynamic/natureorg/20070906140045.html. Application deadline is October 8, 2007.
The call to submit abstracts for the IHDP Open Meeting 2008 - the 7th International Science Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change - is open. The conference will be held in Delhi, India from 16 to 19 October, 2008. They are accepting abstract submissions for sessions, oral presentations, and posters until November 30, 2007 on the new Open Meeting website: http://www.openmeeting2008.org.
IHDP OM'08 is themed 'Social Challenges of Global Change'. The planning committee agreed on four core questions, which should cover the widespread aspects of the theme:
- How do we deal with demographic challenges?
- How do we deal with limitations of resources and ecosystem services?
- How do we maintain social cohesion while increasing (global) equity?
- How do we adapt institutions to address global change?
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is seeking your views to help it develop a new research strategy for the period 2008-2013.
In the coming period, DFID's budget for research will double, mobilizing an additional £650 million to fund new research programs. These extra resources need to be spent well - which is where YOUR knowledge is needed.
The questions relate to four priority research (http://r4dconsult.wordpress.com/research-themes/) themes as well as (http://r4dconsult.wordpress.com/doing-research-better/) how the new strategy can enhance the quality, relevance, and use of the research DFID supports.
You can contribute by sending an email to email@example.com [please give a concrete subject line to help in analyzing the contributions] or by visiting http://r4dconsult.wordpress.com/ and answer the question(s) that interest you. More information on the consultation and DFID funded research can be found at http://www.research4development.info/.
The New Agriculturalist is an online magazine about agriculture and development issues. Check out the latest issue at http://www.new-ag.info/.
Friday, September 14, 2007
SPECIAL JOURNAL ISSUE: Property Rights, Collective Action, and Local Conservation of Genetic Resources (World Development)
World Development just published its September 2007 issue, which is a special issue with papers from a CAPRi Workshop.
World Development, Volume 35, Issue 9, Pages 1481-1594 (September 2007) is a special issue on "Property Rights, Collective Action, and Local Conservation of Genetic Resources" edited by Pablo Eyzaguirre, Monica Di Gregorio and Ruth Meinzen-Dick. The special issue contains the following articles. Earlier versions of all of the papers except the introduction are available as CAPRi working papers on the CAPRi website.
- Introduction to the Special Issue on “Property Rights, Collective Action, and Local Conservation of Genetic Resources”, by Pablo Eyzaguirre, Monica Di Gregorio and Ruth Meinzen-Dick
- The Impacts of Collective Action and Property Rights on Plant Genetic Resources, by Pablo B. Eyzaguirre and Evan M. Dennis
- Farmers’ Rights and Protection of Traditional Agricultural Knowledge, Stephen B. Brush
- Protecting Farmers’ New Varieties: New Approaches to Rights on Collective Innovations in Plant Genetic Resources, by Rene Salazar, Niels P. Louwaars and Bert Visser
- Property Rights and the Management of Animal Genetic Resources, by Simon Anderson and Roberta Centonze
- Are there Customary Rights to Plants? An Inquiry among the Baganda (Uganda), with Special Attention to Gender, by Patricia L. Howard and Gorettie Nabanoga
- Local Institutions and Plant Genetic Conservation: Exchange of Plant Genetic Resources in Rural Uzbekistan and some Theoretical Implications, by Evan Dennis, Jarilkasin Ilyasov, Eric van Dusen, Sergey Treshkin, Marina Lee and Pablo Eyzaguirre
- The Dynamics of Farmers’ Maize Seed Supply Practices in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico, by Lone B. Badstue, Mauricio R. Bellon, Julien Berthaud, Alejandro Ramírez, Dagoberto Flores and Xóchitl Juárez
Those with online access to the journal can access the articles at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0305750X
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Oxfam America is in the process of recruiting for a senior position with responsibilities for helping Oxfam International further develop its work in agriculture and rural livelihoods. The position is based in Boston and reports to the Sr. Vice President of Programs. They are looking for someone with cross-disciplinary perspectives and systems thinking skills. Candidates with expertise on the problems rural women face in agricultural production systems are especially encouraged to apply. The person should have links to multiple types of organizations and be oriented toward practical, scalable, and cost-effective solutions.
Here is the link to the job description: http://www.oxfamamerica.org/whoweare/jobs/positions/senior-agriculture-director; no information about the application deadline is available.
The core concern of the United Nations University's International Network on Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) is the global water crisis. Our program is designed to undertake applied science and capacity-building initiatives to better address this challenge. We are seeking three team members for our office based in Hamilton, Canada.
Assistant Director (Drylands) and Assistant Director (Water-Health) – We are seeking high-calibre candidates for these two key management positions. You will serve as the chief scientist and manager of the respective UNU-INWEH’s programme, and lead the development of a dynamic portfolio. You hold a PhD in a relevant field with specialization in either water-health issues or drylands issues, and at least 7 years of post-Ph.D. work experience. Demonstrated scientific excellence and knowledge of international development issues and fluency in English are essential. You also have demonstrated leadership in creating professional networks, and a proven track record of fundraising for international programmes. Closing date is 12 October 2007.
Project Officer (Drylands) – You are an integral member of the UNU-INWEH team whose primary responsibilities concern the design and implementation of projects related to drylands. You hold a Master’s Degree in environmental sciences, engineering or related discipline. At least 2 years of work experience, including financial management and administrative capabilities, is required. Demonstrated writing skills and fluency in English are essential. Closing date is 15 September 2007.
Salaries of staff members are exempt from income tax. Please refer to http://www.inweh.unu.edu/inweh/Vacancies.htm for full details and how to apply. UNU-INWEH, 50 Main St. E., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
EMPLOYMENT: Tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor, Environmental Change Initiative (Brown University)
As part of its plan for academic enrichment, the Environmental Change Initiative and Brown University seek a faculty member at the Assistant/Associate Professor level, with preference for Assistant Professor, who has broad interests between social and environmental systems working across scales. The Environmental Change Initiative (ECI) is aimed at fostering interdisciplinary research and education in the area of the environmental sciences.
More information at http://www.brown.edu/Research/ECI/news.php?nid=36; Applications will be reviewed starting November 1, 2007 and accepted until the position is filled.
Environmental and Resource Economics (ERE) invites the submission of papers for a special issue on The Household, Gender, Children and Environmental Economics. The issue will be edited by Alistair Munro, Professor of Economics, Royal Holloway, University of London.
Environmental polices and problems can have differential impacts within the household. Nevertheless research within environmental economics on the subject has so far been piecemeal and often lacking in theoretical perspective. The aim of this special issue is to bring together research in the field and to stimulate further enquiry.
The Special Issue is expected to include but not be confined to the following topics:
- Measuring gender differences in preferences towards the environment and in impact on the environment.
- The implications of different theories of family resource allocation for environmental policy design.
- Intergenerational altruism and environmental policy.
- The theoretical measurement of economic welfare for non-unitary households.
- The economic valuation of environmental risks to children.
- The distributional consequences of environmental problems and policies.
Papers on other, related topics are also welcomed. Articles will be reviewed online according to the normal refereeing procedure for the Journal. For details on how to submit your manuscript to the special issue, please contact Alistair Munro at Alistair.Munro@rhul.ac.uk.
The CGIAR needs your thoughts on how the knowledge and information it produces - and looks after - can be made more accessible.
From 12 September until 3 October, the CGIAR will hold an online discussion on its draft strategy "Global Public Goods (GPGs): From Data and Information to Food." The discussion will focus on priority areas of the strategy, users and their needs, and on obstacles and methodologies. The aim is to make it easier for CGIAR staff, partners and potential partners to access, use and add value to the research and outputs of the CGIAR.
To contribute to the discussion, you need to register on the e-agriculture.org platform (http://www.e-agriculture.org/18.html). The various contributions and discussions are open to visit. Participants in the e-agriculture week in Rome can follow these discussions in person on 28th September.
Please find an updated list of events of Desert*Net and its partners and members institutes - particularly side events during COP8 of UNCCD, taking place this week in Madrid, Spain - under http://www.desertnet.de/events.htm
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
The Regional Environmental Economics Programme (REEP), one of the eight regional thematic programmes of IUCN Asia has announced vacancy for “Senior Programme Officer”, Environmental Economics Programme.
Interested candidates should send in their application and CV along with the names of two referees by 16 September 2007.
Full announcement: http://www.iucn.org/en/about/vacancies/2007_08_ASIA_SPO_REEP.pdf
The Program Officer for Central Asia and Turkey is an existing position that will become vacant at The Christensen Fund on December 31st 2007. The opportunity is to lead further development of a significant portfolio of grantees working in the mountain regions of West Central Asia around bio-cultural diversity issues. Applications must be received by September 27th, 2007.
ILRI seeks to recruit a Senior Agricultural Economist and Team Leader as part of the ILRI Research Theme on Livestock Market Opportunities:
The Team Leader will lead a group of economists and other scientists researching issues related to changing demand and market institutions in livestock products in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Research topics include (a) analysis of livestock value chains to assess interventions that improve both the linkages between smallholder farmers to markets and the efficiency of the market chain itself; (b) assessment of changing domestic and export demand for livestock products from developing countries and consequent opportunities for smallholder producers; and (c) identification of institutions and institutional interventions needed to enhance smallholder incomes and market access. The research will utilize multi-disciplinary tools from agricultural economics, agribusiness, supply chain management, business strategy, innovation systems, and new institutional economics to develop and apply cutting-edge methods that elucidate the role of markets in promoting pro-poor growth.
For full details about the position and application procedure, go to ILRI’s website: http://www.ilri.org/research/jobsdt.asp?VacID=123. Screening of applications will begin on 2nd October 2007 and will continue until the position is filled.
The U.S. Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program is funded in order to award fellowships to eligible students of superior ability, selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise to undertake graduate study leading to a doctoral degree or a master of fine arts (MFA) at accredited institutions of higher education in selected fields of the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Eligibility is limited to students who at the time of application have not yet completed their first year of graduate study or will be entering graduate school in academic year 2008-2009. Eligibility is also limited to students pursuing a doctoral degree or MFA degree in fields selected by the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Board at accredited institutions of higher education. The estimated average award size is $42,652. Approximately 64 grants will be awarded under this competition. The application deadline is October 15, 2007.
The Congress theme is A diverse and sustainable world and the thematic streams are: A new climate for change; Healthy environments – healthy people; Safeguarding the diversity of life
The congress will be held in Barcelona, Spain from 5 –14 October 2008. Last Date for abstract: 30 September 2007; Contact email/website: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Natural Resources Forum, a quarterly journal issued by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and published by Blackwell, announces a call for papers for a special series over the 2007-2009 period on themes to be considered by the United Nations Commission of Sustainable Development in its 16 and 17th sessions:
- Rural Development
The deadline for submission of articles for the May 2008 Issue on Sustainable Development in Africa is October 15, 2007. The Viewpoints section of this issue will address the following question: What are the most constraints to achieving food security in various parts of Africa? Each entry should be 200 words or less addressing the above question. The deadline for submission to the Viewpoints for the May 2008 issue is: December 17, 2007.
Microfinance Focus (Anniversary issue) is available in Microfinance gateway. You may download it at http://www.microfinancegateway.org/files/42948_file_MF_Focus_August_2007.pdf
Microfinance Focus is Monthly magazine on microfinance. Special features of this issue
- Local Alignments for Livelihood Development: Issues and Challenges
- Microfinance for Disabled people: They are Bankable
- Micro credit, Women's Empowerment and Human Right
- Interview: Challenges for start up; An interview with Dr. Kalpana Sankar, CEO, Hand In Hand, Chennai (India)
WHAT OTHERS BLOG
The Evolution of Cooperation among Other-Regarding Agents
Sam Bowles and Herb Gintis have a new review of game theoretic models of cooperation which is to appear in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, to be published next year. (…) read the full post at http://www.cooperationcommons.com/cooperationcommons/blog/gjones/433-the-evolution-of-cooperation-among-other-regarding-agents
Tamanaha on Legal Pluralism
Brian Z. Tamanaha (St. John's University - School of Law) has posted Understanding Legal Pluralism: Past to Present, Local to Global on SSRN. (…) read the full post at http://lsolum.typepad.com/legaltheory/2007/09/tamanaha-on-leg.html
What future for the World Bank?
The World Bank’s Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President, Francois Bourguignon, was in London yesterday, for informal consultations on the future strategy of the World Bank. (…) read the full post at http://blogs.odi.org.uk/blogs/main/archive/2007/08/29/4754.aspx