Friday, February 27, 2009



Program Director – Socio-Economics Program, Ref. 2009-06

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has launched a new Socio-Economics Program to address socio-economic and environmental issues surrounding technology adaptation and adoption in developing countries. The program will work with maize and wheat scientists to prioritize and ensure the relevance of their efforts, particularly for the resource poor and considering evolving markets and value chains.

More at

Agricultural Economist – South Asia, Ref. 2009-05

The micro-economist will work as member of a multi-disciplinary team that includes other social scientists, biophysical scientists and GIS specialists.

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Agricultural Economics – South Asia, Ref. 2009-04

The PDF will seek to enhance the understanding of the micro-level constraints to rapid productivity growth and adoption of resource conserving technologies around eight research hubs in intensive cereals systems across South Asia, an activity which aims to contribute to enhanced technology targeting and improved policies for inclusive agricultural growth.

More at

Deadline for all vacancies is March 31, 2009. [more information]

Tags: employment, CGIAR, SouthAsia, LatinAmerica

Thursday, February 26, 2009


PHD GRANTS: IDRC Doctoral Research Awards

IDRC accepts applications for research at the doctoral level in areas corresponding to IDRC’s research priorities. IDRC’s research activities focus on four program areas:

Deadline is April 1, 2009.   [more information]

Tags: calls, scholarships, funding


FELLOWSHIPS: IFAR Small Grants Program

IFAR announced the 2009 Fellowship Program consisting of the Small Grants Program. The 2009 Program builds on the experience of having supported a total of 67 scientists over the past six years. This year, up to 12 grants will be awarded under the IFAR Small Grants Program, including the Ravi Tadvalkar Memorial Fellowship. This is for work in collaboration with an appropriate CGIAR Center and the application needs to be routed through the Center.

Please note the March 3, 2009 deadline for receipt of proposals.   [more information]

All documentation is also available on our web site at

Tags: calls, fellowships, funding

Friday, February 20, 2009


This Week's Posts

Tags: contents, CAPRi


NEW BLOG/WEB MAGAZINE: People and Places

EcoTrust started a new blog/web magazine called People and Place:

Some relationships are long familiar. Boy meets girl. Summer turns to fall. Other connections are newly recognized or scarcely affirmed. The DNA we share. The biosphere that supports all life.

What are the ties that draw people together and to place? How have these connections – and our understandings – evolved over time? What social-ecological relationships support a more reliable prosperity? How is meaningful change accelerated?

Part weblog, part web-based journal, People and Place hosts an inquiry on ideas that connect us.

The first issue is on Resilience Thinking and can be found at Articles that seem of interest include: Agency and Community Resilience , Large-Scale and Small-Scale Fisheries, Six Habits of Highly Resilient Organizations.

Tags: online_resources, blogs


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 1st Congress of African Professionals, Accra, Ghana

The 1st ever Congress of African Professionals is to be held at the International Conference Centre, Accra; Ghana in Western Africa from the 11th to the 13th of November, 2009 and shall be preceded by a Pre-Congress Workshop on the 10th of November, 2009.

The Congress theme is "Professionalism in Africa: Problems and Prospects"with sub-themes as 'Continuing Professional Development in Africa' and 'Intellectual Property Management for African Professionals'.

The general objective of the programme is to achieve sustainable and equitable development in Africa by developing professionally and building a vibrant, prosperous, united, and stronger Africa; with a specific objective of creating an enabling and conducive environment which is endowed with requisite resources (both human capital and infrastructures) and capable of optimizing its political, economy, socio-cultural and technological strengths and opportunities for the territory’s growth and development.

Papers on professional development in areas relevant to the CAPRi network such as Agriculture, Community Development / Social Services, or Environment are requested by May 31, 2009.   [more information]

Tags: calls, events, publications, Africa

Tuesday, February 17, 2009



At its Annual General Meeting in December 2008, the CGIAR approved the transformation of the Science Council (SC) into an Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC). During the transition period or until the ISPC is formally launched, the SC will continue to discharge its functions. Currently, there is a vacant membership position in the SC. A search and nomination process for said position was initiated in early 2008 but suspended pending the conclusion of the CGIAR Change Management initiative. That process is now being resumed and the search committee is seeking additional nominations.

You are invited to submit nominations at

Please share this information with colleagues in your organization who may know of highly qualified individuals interested in SC membership. The deadline for submitting nominations is February 23, 2008.

Tags: calls, CGIAR

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Role of Elites in Economic Development (UNU-WIDER)

UNU-WIDER Conference on The Role of Elites in Economic Development will be at UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland, 12-13 June 2009. The conference will examine the formation and perpetuation of elites and their impact on development outcomes. Topics will include the means by which elite status is attained and transmitted; the ways in which power is exercised; and the extent to which the personal goals of members of elites are aligned with national objectives.

Send a CV and a detailed abstract or preferably a first draft of a paper by 28 February 2009. [more information]

Tags: calls, events, publications

Saturday, February 14, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: Postdoctoral Fellow (IFRI)

The International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) Network is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow to help coordinate its research, data collection, and networking activities. The IFRI network comprises a group of approximately 50 researchers interested in forestry, livelihood, and governance. Currently the program is coordinated through the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan and the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University. Collaborating research centers are located in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, India, Nepal, Thailand, Bolivia, Columbia, Guatemala, and Mexico. The Fellowship will involve some travel, and close coordination with Arun Agrawal (the network coordinator), and other IFRI network researchers. It will lead to approximately 50% of the fellow's time being available for research, and 50% of time being committed to IFRI-related activities. The position will be based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The selected candidate will have a strong background in forestry-related issues in developing countries, demonstrate evidence of ability to publish independently, and be able to work with survey data.

The Fellowship will provide $40,000 plus benefits, and a budget for travel and research expenses. We are interested in appointing the IFRI Fellow as early as possible. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, their CV, and two letters of recommendation to Natalie Dushane by email at or by mail at Natalie Dushane, the IFRI program, SNRE, University of Michigan, 440 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

Please submit applications by February 28, 2009. [more information about IFRI]

Tags: employment, fellowships

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


This Week's Posts

Tags: contents, CAPRi


Changes in CAPRi News

Apologies for the long silence. Several weeks of vacation and in particular my move from Washington, DC to Brasil and out of IFPRI to the life of an independent consultant, has required much more of my time than anticipated.

With this update, I am resuming the task of updating you with information related to collective action and property rights, but following the survey we conducted last year, we have decided to change the format a bit. Instead of a onetime update every one or two weeks, we will start updating the blog more frequently, offering 3 different options for you to get the information:

1. Once a week summary

How often?  This summary will be sent out in the frequency you are used to.

What do you receive? You will not receive all the information, but only a table of contents of the posts from the previous week or two. In addition, you will receive all of our own updates (papers, calls etc.).

How do you subscribe?  If you are subscribed to the Capri-L list (you receive the CAPRi News emails from my CGIAR account), then you do not have to do anything. If you are not yet on the CAPRi-L list, then go to to subscribe.

2. Daily digest

How often?  Once daily, if something was posted.

What do you receive?  The full contents of the items posted the previous day (this does also include our own updates).

How do you subscribe?  You can subscribe directly on the blog. Click, the second link under the CAPRi logo on the right (it reads ‘Subscribe to CAPRi News by Email’).

3. RSS Feed

How often?  As the item is posted

What do you receive?  The full content of the blog as the items are posted.

How do you subscribe?  Pick up the feed here. If you want to know more about RSS, how it works and how to get started, you can go here.

Please let us know id you have any questions or concerns. As always you can reach us at capri@cgiar,org. We are looking into additional changes based on the survey, and are looking forward to receiving more of your feedback.


Tags: CAPRi


EMPLOYMENT: Agricultural and Policy Economist

ICARDA and IFPRI seek an agricultural and policy economist for their joint project, "Livelihoods for sustainable land management in Central Asia and China". This is a three-year, fixed-term, non-renewable appointment based at ICARDA headquarters in Aleppo, Syria.

The project focuses on technology assessment, livelihood and policy issues in relation to land, water and climate change. Key activities include analysis of land use practices and options and their impact on land degradation, analysis of the livelihood outcomes under existing land use practices, evaluation of the effect of improved land use on livelihood strategies and land quality, and strengthening the capacity to conduct socioeconomic and policy research in the region. The project will likely include climate change modeling.

Applications must be received by 28 February 2009   [more information]

Tags: employment, CGIAR


PhD POSITION: Geospatial indicators for disaster risk management

A PhD position (30 hours/week) is available at the Centre for Geoinformatics (Z_GIS) of the University of Salzburg, Austria from March 2009 (as soon as possible) for 2.5 years, with an option for further extension and contract renewal in October 2011.

Under the overall guidance of the research coordinator at Z_GIS, and the direct supervision of the project coordinator, the successful applicant will function as a project collaborator (researcher) and will perform the following functions:

No deadline mentioned.   [more information]

Tags: fellowships, employment


PhD GRANTS: Climate change Adaptation, Innovation and Development

Leeds University is advertising for 3 PhD Students to join our new climate change centre, and have 3 funded PhD posts, one for each of the following projects:

Deadline for submission of applications: Monday 2 March, 2009   [more information]

Tags: scholarships, fellowships


FELLOWSHIPS: The Georg Zundel PhD Research Grant

“Berghof Conflict Research” (BCR) is offering opportunities for supervised PhD social science research starting in 2009, on topics related to BCR’s programme areas. Full two year grants are available. Research and thesis should be conducted and written in English.

Applications are due 31 March 2009.   [more information]

Further information on BCR’s work is available online at and

Tags: fellowships, scholarships


FUNDING: 21st Century Science Initiative Research Awards

The James S. McDonnell Foundation has announced updated program descriptions and application guidelines for its 21st Century Science Initiative Research Awards. The 21st Century Research Awards support investigator-initiated research in the areas of Studying Complex Systems and Brain Cancer Research. A maximum of $450,000 can be requested and expended over a minimum of three years or a maximum of six years. Smaller amounts of money expended over shorter amounts of time may be requested to help investigators pursue pilot projects or test the feasibility of an experimental approach.

All the required information must be uploaded on or before Tuesday, March 17, 2009.   [more information]

Tags: calls, funding


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Diversitas Open Science Conference

Following up on the success of the First DIVERSITAS Open Science Conference “Integrating biodiversity science for human well-being”, and in order to provide in-depth overviews of a broad range of topics in biodiversity research and initiate biodiversity research projects around the world, DIVERSITAS is pleased to announce its Second Open Science Conference. It will be held from 13-16 October 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa.

The deadline for abstract submission is 31 March 2009   [more information]

Tags: calls, events, publications


CALL FOR PAPERS: Decentralization, Power & Tenure Rights of Forest Dependent People

Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and the Sadguru Foundation (India) will jointly host a symposium ‘Decentralization, Power and Tenure Rights of Forest Dependent People’ at Dahod, Gujarat, India on 27­28 October 2009. An optional one­day field visit will be arranged on 29 October 2009.  

The main aim of the symposium is to share local, national and international experiences of decentralization reforms and forest tenure rights in relation to the political position of forest­dependent indigenous peoples and pastoralists.

Submit your abstract before 10 April 2009.   [more information]

Tags: calls, events, publications


CALL FOR PAPERS: Conference on Institutions, Behavior and the Escape from Persistent Poverty

This conference, organized by the Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences’ Persistent Poverty and Upward Mobility theme project, will explore what we know about the effectiveness of different institutional changes expected or even intended to promote upward mobility and to reduce persistent poverty. It will be held at Cornell University on November 16-17 , 2009.

The conference will blend invited papers from a small group of eminent social scientists – confirmed keynote speakers include Phil Keefer (World Bank), Anirudh Krishna (Duke University), Ruth Meinzen-Dick (International Food Policy Research Institute) – with papers selected from proposals received in response to the call for papers.

Extended abstracts (2-4 pages) should be received no later than April 30, 2009.   [more information]

Tags: calls, events, publications, CAPRi



All Souls College and Stanford University have launched, a website, which does two things:

The goal of the website is to eventually list every academic in the world - Faculty members, Post-Docs, and Graduate Students. People can add their departments, and themselves, to the tree by clicking on the arrows.

If your university is not there, you can add it by clicking on the arrows coming out of the university boxes. Independent researchers - if you are a researcher that is not associated with a university, are encouraged to add themselves to the "Independent Researchers" portion of the tree at

Tags: online_resource



Building Local Democracy through Natural Resources Interventions: An Environmentalist’s Responsibility

This WRI policy brief outlines how environmental activists, professionals and policy makers can help promote the emergence and consolidation of local democracy wherever they intervene. It also points out that they are likely to undermine democracy if they do not take measures to actively support representative authorities.

The brief is available at

"Towards food sovereignty. Reclaiming autonomous food systems"

Chapter 2 focuses on the role of local organisations in sustaining food systems, environment and livelihoods. See:

The other chapters are available here.

Tags: publications