Tuesday, February 19, 2008


This Week's Posts


EMPLOYMENT: Systems Analyst, Targeting Innovations Theme (ILRI)


The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) to recruit a Systems Analyst to provide inputs in a range of cross- cutting multidisciplinary ILRI projects studying drivers of systems change, climate change and adaptation, niches for food/feed crops in mixed systems (ruminants and monogastrics), global feed resources assessments, intensification options and trade-offs in mixed crop livestock systems, land use and maintenance of ecosystems functions, livelihoods and animal genetic resources and others. This position is primarily for a biophysical systems analyst that will work in a multidisciplinary team consisting of agricultural economists, spatial analyst, geographers, livestock and environmental scientists, as well as other systems analysts.

Application Deadline is 31 March 2008.


CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Securing Women's Access to Land


PLAAS is pleased to announce the launching of a new small grants project for action research on gender and land in Southern Africa: Securing Women's Access to Land - Linking Research with Action.

The project is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and in collaboration with the International Land Coalition (ILC) and Makerere Institute for Social Research (MISR, responsible for East Africa).

In this initial phase, PLAAS is seeking Expressions of Interest led by community based organizations (CBOs) in collaboration with NGOs, research institutes and policy organizations for action research in South Africa and Madagascar (due by March 8, 2008, also International Women's Day).  The project expects to expand to other countries in the sub-region in the near future, and invites interested organizations to contact us for further information and updates.  Please feel free to contact the project coordinator, Ritu Verma, for more information, or download the document from the link below. 

Call for Expression of Interest - First Announcement


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: IDRC Doctoral Research Awards


IDRC Doctoral Research Awards are awarded for research on sustainable and equitable development in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East or Asia. Applications will be accepted in areas corresponding to IDRC's research priorities:

Applicants must hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status in Canada, or hold a citizenship of a developing country and be enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian university. More information on requirements and the application procedure at http://www.idrc.ca/en/ev-23374-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html

Deadlines: (1) April 1, 2008 (awards announced in August 08) and (2) November 1, 2008 (awards announced in March 09).




The SEED Initiative is seeking submissions for "The 2008 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development". They welcome innovative ideas from any group in a developing country, which is working in partnership with others to generate environmental and social benefits in an entrepreneurial way.
SEED Award Winners receive a tailored package of support services to help them to become established and to increase their impact.

The call is open until the 16th March 2008. For further information please see www.seedinit.org.


CALL FOR PAPERS: International Sustainability Conference - Extended Deadline

Due to numerous requests from authors, the *submission deadline *has been extended to *March 9, 2008*. Abstracts can therefore still be submitted, using the online submission form:

See our previous post for more information.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: African Customary Law Conference


The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School is sponsoring a two-day conference on African Customary Law in Botswana from October 23-24, 2008. 

The Conference will explore the nature, substance and role of customary law in Africa in the 21st Century.  The conference working language will be English.  The conference will include paper presentations on topics related to customary law and will also include working group discussions with a broad range of stakeholders, including, for example, traditional leaders, members of the judiciary, representatives of non-governmental organizations and other interested persons, on topics related to customary law.  

Submission Deadline is March 25, 2008.


CALL FOR PAPERS: Summer School on Agricultural Policy Analysis (MACE)


The Summer School “Agricultural Policy Analysis” will be held in Warsaw (Poland) in July 2008. MACE is looking for young researchers (pre- or post-docs) who are interested to participate and discuss their research projects related to the Summer School subject.

The full announcement can be downloaded here (pdf). The deadline for submission is March 30, 2008.


TRAINING: Master in Environmental Management with World Bank Funding


The Australian National University (ANU) is the leading university in Australia and it has been ranked among the top twenty in the world. Citizens of many developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America have now an opportunity to study environmental management at the ANU with World Bank funding.

If you are interested to study for a Master degree in environmental management at ANU, visit the web site of the Crawford School of Economics and Government.

Applications to the World Bank, to start studies in 2009, close at the end of March 2008. To apply you will need a letter of offer from a university. For information on how to apply at ANU contact Dianne Dunne, Program Administrator, at dianne.dunne@anu.edu.au.


EVENT: PhD Workshops on the World Bank


The Researchers’ Alliance for Development is partnering with the Bank on a series of workshops for doctoral students whose main area of research is the Bank. Each workshop brings together some 20 PhD students, Bank staff and academics from other institutions (universities, research institutes). Young researchers present their work and discuss with Bank experts in the relevant topic. PhD students and early career PhD researchers are invited to apply for the PhD Workshop on international organizations and development, to be held in Cape Town, on June 8-9.

Deadline: March 12, 2008


PUBLICATION: Securing Common Property Regimes in a Globalizing World


id21 features a Land Coalition/ CAPRi publication reviewing 41 case studies of common property regimes:

The importance of common resources for poor rural people

Common resources and property, such as access to shared land, are important to many rural livelihoods. However, many people’s access to common resources is under threat from outside interests and insecure legal rights. (...)

Click here to read the full summary.


ONLINE RESOURCE: How can biodiversity be used to fight hunger and malnutrition?

Bioversity created a section on their website to generate an on-line discussion on biodiversity and its role in reducing hunger and malnutrition:

Opinions from international experts: They interviewed experts from five United Nations agencies working in the field of nutrition. Find out their views on the relationship between biodiversity, nutrition and health.

E-Discussion: They've set up a place where you can post your own comments on biodiversity and nutrition. See what people are saying and make yourself heard.

Quick Facts: Get some insight into the relationship between biodiversity and nutrition.

Join the discussion at http://www.bioversityinternational.org/Up_for_Discussion/Biodiversity_and_Nutrition/index.asp




The Drum Beat No. 429 focuses on Natural Resource Management. The features the use and support of communication in natural resource management (NRM). It includes tools and strategies for information exchange; sources of statistics and surveys for resource management; strategies for messages and marketing; and project experiences and projects-in-process in diverse regions of the world.



The World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER) launched their new website.

The previous site had served its purpose for over nine busy years, and the new fully searchable site now captures and navigates the range and depth of projects, events, and publications.

With a new opportunities section, thematic programme summaries, and a complete online catalogue of publications to browse (by JEL code and author), the new UNU-WIDER website is your link to research and policy analysis on global development and poverty issues.


Wednesday, February 06, 2008


This Week's Posts


EMPLOYMENT: Regional Coordinator Southeast Asia (ICRAF)


The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is looking for a Regional Coordinator to lead our work in Southeast Asia. The ideal candidate will be an outstanding scientist and a superb manager with a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in leading scientific teams, mobilizing resources, building partnerships and conducting research. The Regional Coordinator, to be stationed in Bogor Indonesia, will report to the Deputy Director General, and will supervise a staff of 110 located in 5 countries. The candidate will have responsibilities for planning, partnerships, resource mobilisation, implementation and reporting, and managerial oversight. The Regional Coordinator will also participate in global research projects that will contribute to the scientific agenda of the Centre.

All correspondence must be sent via email to icrafhru@cgiar.org by latest 15th March 2008. Learn more about ICRAF by accessing http://www.worldagroforestrycentre.org.


EMPLOYMENT: Senior Researcher 'Innovation and participatory research in Khorezm, Uzbekistan'

Full Announcement (pdf)

ZEF (Center for Development Research), Bonn, Germany is searching a Senior Researcher 'Innovation and participatory research in Khorezm, Uzbekistan'

Submit applications before 15 February 2008

The senior researcher will train, facilitate and supervise interdisciplinary research teams working on the development, introduction and trial of social and technical innovations for sustainable agricultural practices in the Khorezm region, Uzbekistan, using participatory research methods and with strong user and interest group involvement. The senior researcher will conduct research on the innovation process, for academic publication, and facilitate the overall learning process in the project for employing such methods and processes in the Uzbekistan/Central Asian context. The work is part of ZEF´s long-term interdisciplinary research project on sustainable land and water use in the Khorezm province, Aral sea region (full project title Economic and Ecological Restructuring of Land and Water Use in the Khorezm Region (Uzbekistan): A Pilot Project in Development Research) http://www.khorezm.uni-bonn.de/).


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Carnegie-IAS Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE)


Area of interest to the CAPRi network are renewable energy and water resources. Check their website for details.

The Carnegie-IAS Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE) seeks to develop human capacity through science and technology training and research in a regional context in sub-Saharan Africa, enabling individuals to use S&T to contribute to national and regional economic development. RISE, with its focus on training through rich and varied exposure to facilities and expertise in multiple settings, complements initiatives that focus on strengthening universities, research centers, science academies and other institutions.

Preliminary submissions are invited until March 7, 2008. Finalists will be notified of their status in early April 2008 and will be asked to submit an in-depth proposal in early June. Networks will be chosen by the end of June 2008.


CALL FOR PAPERS: International Sustainability Conference


2nd International Sustainability Conference: Creating Values for Sustainable Development in Basel, Switzerland from 21 to 22 August 2008.

The theme of this Conference is "Creating Values for Sustainable Development". From a socio-economic perspective we take this to be one of the major tasks and challenges with regard to the expected societal transformation processes toward sustainability.

The ISC 2008 provides a platform for both interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary oriented social scientists working in the field of sustainable development. The conference is committed to promoting dialogue, especially among economists and other social scientists. Moreover, the conference aims to act as a meeting point for committed individuals from the political, corporate and academic worlds as well as for representatives from civil society.

Last Date for abstract: 16 February 2008

Contact email: Prof. Dr. Claus-Heinrich Daub, isc@unibas.ch

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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 5 to 23rd May, 2008. 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 basic 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.

Please apply no later than February 21, 2008.


TRAINING: Science and Conservation Internships (TNC)


The Nature Conservancy (TNC) will be hosting science and conservation internships during the summer and fall of 2008. This is a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between what is learned in the classroom and work done in the real world of conservation to promote a sustainable planet.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 15 February 2008. If you need further clarification please contact Renee Mullen or Lynne Eder at (rmullen@tnc.org or leder@tnc.org ).

Download the announcement and the application form.


ONLINE FORUM: Accountability of Research Institutes


The One World Trust will be hosting an on-line forum whose aim is to discuss the accountability of research institutes working in developing country contexts.

The discussion will focus on identifying the key stakeholders of organisations conducting research in developing countries, teasing out the different expectations these stakeholders have, exploring possible tensions between these expectations and, finally, discussing tools which will address these tensions.

The forum will be held on 25 February, will run for two weeks or more. A background paper can be accessed at http://www.oneworldtrust.org/pages/download.cfm?did=619.

Those who would like access, please contact me, Brendan Whitty, at the following address: bwhitty@oneworldtrust.org.