Sunday, December 19, 2010

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Modeling Agrarian and Population Dynamics In the Philippines, 2 Year Post-Doc. This project seeks to gain a broad understanding of the current dynamics of deforestation and farming practices in selected areas of the Pantaron range in Mindanao (Philippines) that experience important population changes. Deadline: open immediately

EMPLOYMENT: Agriculture Reporter/Correspondent, National Public Radio (US). This full-time, radio and online reporter focuses on food, agriculture and nutrition, putting them in a larger context of consumer safety, federal oversight, energy policies, environmental impact, scientific developments, politics, as well as global development and relations. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: Researcher in the co-design of innovation support systems in agriculture (CIRAD). CIRAD is recruiting a permanent scientist specialised in management sciences or sociology/economics of organisations, with experience and expertise in methods for analyzing innovation processes and supporting rural stakeholders. Deadline: December 21, 2010

EMPLOYMENT: Agricultural Water Management Specialist, IWMI. The incumbent will report to the Head of the Southern Africa office of IWMI. Deadline: January 9, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: IFAD Senior Rural Development Specialist (LAC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Director of the Latin America and Caribbean Division (LAC). Deadline: January 21, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Postdoctoral Fellow, Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics, IWMI. The incumbent's work will involve such topics as water pricing and allocation, economic incentives, water rights, governance structures, and the potential risks and rewards to farm-level investments in irrigation. Deadline: January 24, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI RESEARCH FELLOW/SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW, Development Strategies and Governance. The Fellow will be based in Dakar, Senegal or Washington, DC. Deadline: January 31, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: The African Population and Health Research Center 2011 African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship. The 2011 ADDRF seeks to facilitate more rigorous engagement of doctoral students in research, strengthen their research skills, and provide them an opportunity for timely completion of their doctoral training. Deadline: January 15, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: Population Reference Bureau Policy Communication Fellows. The program is open to individuals from developing countries currently enrolled in academic institutions in the United States, Canada, and other selected countries, pursuing doctoral programs, and who are between their 3rd and 5th year of studies. Deadline: January 27, 2011

FELLOWSHIPS: Climate Change and African Political Stability. The CCAPS pre-doctoral fellowship program aims to stimulate the development of the next generation of researchers and thought leaders on the topic of climate change and political stability in Africa. Deadline: February 15, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Dubrovnik Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems. The conference is dedicated to the improvement and dissemination of knowledge on methods, policies and technologies for increasing the sustainability of development by de-coupling growth from natural resources and replacing them with knowledge based economy. Deadline: January 15, 2011

ONLINE RESOURCE: Interactive Online Database of Research Accountability Tools. The One World Trust, with support from the International Development Research Centre, has created an interactive, online database of tools to help organisations conducting policy relevant research become more accountable.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Postdoctoral Fellow, Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics, IWMI

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Fellow, Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics.

If you have earned a PhD in Economics, Agricultural Economics or Natural Resource Economics, and you wish to conduct research that will enhanced livelihoods and improve resource management in developing countries, you could be the person we are looking for. We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to study the farm-level and regional economics of water use in agriculture, with the goal of contributing to policy discussions in national and international forums. Your work with IWMI will involve such topics as water pricing and allocation, economic incentives, water rights, governance structures, and the potential risks and rewards to farm-level investments in irrigation.

You will be involved in the study of the economics of groundwater use, both spatially and over time, and analyze policy options for improving groundwater management. You will also contribute to our understanding of the risks and rewards to investments in rainfed agriculture in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where IWMI conducts most of its research. We will ask you also to assist in developing and applying hydro-economic models to examine questions involving regional and international water resource issues.

Many of the studies you conduct will contribute directly to policy discussions involving the best ways to increase agricultural productivity, improve farm incomes and enhance food security in water-scarce regions. While reporting to IWMI’s Principal Economist, you will have the unique opportunity to work closely with many notable social and physical scientists at our headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and our regional offices across Asia and Africa. If this opportunity appeals to your sense of intellectual adventure, please read on, to learn additional details regarding your duties and qualifications.

More information.

Deadline: January 24, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Agricultural Water Management Specialist, IWMI

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) seeks applications for the position of agricultural water management specialist to be based in Pretoria, South Africa.

If you possess a PhD in Agricultural Water Management, Water Resources Management, Agroecology, Agricultural Systems, Irrigation Sciences, Natural Resources Management or a related field, and have at least five years experience carrying out research projects that aim to improve water resources management, agriculture and livelihoods; then this could be the job for you. This position reports to the Head of the Southern Africa office of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
You will:

More information.

Deadline: January 9, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIPS: Climate Change and African Political Stability

The Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program will offer up to three pre-doctoral fellowships for the 2011-2012 academic year. The CCAPS pre-doctoral fellowship program aims to stimulate the development of the next generation of researchers and thought leaders on the topic of climate change and political stability in Africa.

Pre-doctoral fellows are encouraged to present their research within and outside the Center, collaborate on papers or projects with other fellows and faculty, participate in the research activities of CCAPS, attend and take an active role in CCAPS and Strauss Center seminars and conferences, and immerse themselves in the greater University community during their appointment.

CCAPS will consider applicants working on a broad range of topics related to climate change, political stability, and security in Africa. Suitable topics may include, but are not limited to:

More information.

Deadline: February 15, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFAD Senior Rural Development Specialist (LAC)

Under the direct supervision of the Director of the Latin America and Caribbean Division (LAC), the incumbent will:

More information.

Deadline: January 21, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIP: Population Reference Bureau Policy Communication Fellows

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its 2011-2012 Policy Communication Fellows program. The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It is open to individuals from developing countries currently enrolled in academic institutions in the United States, Canada, and other selected countries, pursuing doctoral programs, and who are between their 3rd and 5th year of studies. Developing-country applicants may be in any field of study but their research focus should be related to one or more of the following:

The goals of the Policy Fellows program are: 

The Policy Fellows Program, initiated in the 1980s, has close to 400 alumni. The program aims to bridge the gap between research findings and the policy development process. While research often has profound policy implications, it must be communicated effectively to a variety of nontechnical audiences in order to have an impact.

More information.

Deadline: January 27, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI RESEARCH FELLOW/SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW, Development Strategies and Governance

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow in the Development Strategies and Governance (DSG) Division. The Fellow will lead and manage: (i) the consolidation and positioning of ReSAKSS as the leading knowledge platform for agricultural policy planning and implementation in Africa; (ii) the full operationalization at country level of the monitoring and evaluation system (M&E) of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP); (iii) the technical assistance to African countries for the establishment and operation of country Strategy Analysis and Knowledge Support Systems (SAKSS) nodes; and (iv) conduct and manage research to inform agricultural policy planning and implementation in Africa”.

ReSAKSS is a large inter-Center initiative led by International Food policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and has been established to support the implementation of CAADP, a program of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD). Three nodes have been set up in Africa at three CGIAR centers in East and Central Africa (International Livestock Research Institute or ILRI, Nairobi), West Africa (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture or IITA, Ibadan), and Southern Africa (jointly between the International Water Management Institute or IWMI and the International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Areas or ICRISAT, Pretoria).

More information.

Deadline: January 31, 2011

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Dubrovnik Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems

The Dubrovnik Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, to be held in 2011 for its 6th consecutive time, is dedicated to the improvement and dissemination of knowledge on methods, policies and technologies for increasing the sustainability of development by de-coupling growth from natural resources and replacing them with knowledge based economy, taking into account its economic, environmental and social pillars, as well as methods for assessing and measuring sustainability of development, regarding energy, transport, water, environment and food production systems and their many combinations. Sustainability being also a perfect field for interdisciplinary and multi-cultural evaluation of complex system, the Dubrovnik Conference has during the 1st decade of the 21st century become a significant venue for researchers in those areas to meet, and originate, discuss, share, and disseminate new ideas.

The papers must report original, previously unpublished findings in the fields of sustainable development of energy, transport, water, food and environment systems. All papers will be reviewed under the direction of the International Scientific Committee by the Scientific Advisory Board. The abstracts and papers must be written in English. The papers with archival value (archival papers), meaning those that contribute significantly to the state of the art and report final results of research, with proper literature review, will be thoroughly reviewed and will be candidates for publication consideration in special issues of several archival journals. The papers that report work in progress, conventional projects without much contribution to the state of the art, and those lacking a thorough literature review, are invited as conference papers, and will receive less stringent review. Authors are invited to offer suggestion on classification of their papers as “archival” or “conference”, when submitting them.

More information.

Deadline: January 15, 2011

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FELLOWSHIP: The African Population and Health Research Center 2011 African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is pleased to announce the fourth call for applications for the African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships (ADDRF). The 2011 ADDRF seeks to facilitate more rigorous engagement of doctoral students in research, strengthen their research skills, and provide them an opportunity for timely completion of their doctoral training. The fellowship targets doctoral students with strong commitment to a career in training and/or research. The overall goal of the ADDRF program is to support the training and retention of highly‐skilled, locally‐trained scholars in research and academic positions across the region.

More information.

Deadline: January 15, 2011

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: Interactive Online Database of Research Accountability Tools

The One World Trust, with support from the International Development Research Centre, has created an interactive, online database of tools to help organisations conducting policy relevant research become more accountable.

Processes of innovation and research are fundamental to improvements in quality of life and to creating a better society. But to realise these benefits, the quality of research alone is not enough. Organisations engaged in policy-relevant research and innovation must continually take into account and balance the needs of a diverse set of stakeholders: from the intended research users, to their clients and donors, to the research community and the research participants. Responsiveness to all of these is crucial if they are to be legitimate and effective. In this, accountable processes are as important as high quality research products.

The Trust has built the online accountability database to support researchers, campaigners and research managers to think through the way they use evidence to influence policy in an accountable way. The database takes into account that research organisations are increasingly diverse – they are no longer just universities, but private companies, public institutes and non-profit think-tanks. No single accountability model can encompass this diversity.
Instead, the database provides an inventory of over two hundred tools, standards and processes within a broad, overarching accountability framework. With a dynamic interface and several search functions, it allows users to identify aspects of accountability that interests them, and provides ideas to improve their accountability in this context. Each tool is supported by sources and further reading.

The One World Trust also encourages engagement with and discussion on the database content, through allowing users to comment on individual tools, or to submit their own tools, processes and standards for inclusion.

The database is an output of a three-year project titled “Accountability Principles for Research Organisations.” Working with partners across the globe, the project has generated an accountability framework which is sufficiently flexible to apply to many contexts and different organisations.
The new tool is available on One World Trust's website: http://www.oneworldtrust.org/apro/

 

EMPLOYMENT: Agriculture Reporter/Correspondent, National Public Radio (US)

This full-time, radio and online reporter focuses on food, agriculture and nutrition, putting them in a larger context of consumer safety, federal oversight, energy policies, environmental impact, scientific developments, politics, as well as global development and relations. The reporter develops radio ideas/proposals for reports and programs; responds to breaking news; initiates and develops short-term feature stories and in-depth enterprise reports; and files news spots for NPR newscasts.

More information.

Deadline: open

 

EMPLOYMENT: Modelling Agarian and Population Dynamics In the Philippines, 2 Year Post-Doc

The ‘Modelling Agarian and Population Dynamics In the Philippines’ (MAPDIP) project is a four-year project starting in January 2011. This project is lead by Nicolas Dendoncker (FUNDP, geography), Sabine Henry (FUNDP, geography) and Marjolein Visser (ULB, agroecology). This project seeks to gain a broad understanding of the current dynamics of deforestation and farming practices in selected areas of the Pantaron range in Mindanao (Philippines) that experience important population changes. The main objective is to understand the interactions between population dynamics, including the different migration waves, and the dynamics of the various farming systems in the area.

In this project, the candidate will characterize the demographical dynamics and analyze the interactions between demography and agricultural systems. This step includes specific surveys (quantitative and community surveys as well as in-depth interviews of the main actors of land use). The candidate will collect and statistically analyze these data and publish the main results in peer-reviewed journals.

Required skills:

Position for two years (one year contract renewable once).

The interested candidate must send a CV, a cover letter and his/her availability to sabine.henry[at]fundp.ac.be and nicolas.dendoncker[at]fundp.ac.be

Deadline: open immediately

Saturday, December 11, 2010

 

EMPLOYMENT: Researcher in the co-design of innovation support systems in agriculture (CIRAD)

CIRAD is recruiting a permanent scientist specialised in management sciences or sociology/economics of organisations, with experience and expertise in methods for analyzing innovation processes and supporting rural stakeholders.

Within the Research Unit “Innovation and development” (Cirad, Inra, SupAgro) the researcher will be in charge of analyzing innovations processes and supporting stakeholders (farmers, farmers’ organisations, agro-processors, communities, etc.) in designing tools, methods and sustainable advisory systems to support rural actors. The position is part of a scientific domain involving several Cirad research teams working on knowledge production processes, learning processes, collective action and support and governance structures. The researcher will have to develop close relationships with these teams.

More information.

Deadline: December 21, 2010

Thursday, December 09, 2010

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Researcher Position – FEEM Research Programme on Sustainable Development. The successful candidate will join the team that is engaged in developing an integrated approach between economic modelling, water demand, supply and climate issues. Deadline: open now

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Technical Officer (Water Institutions). The incumbent will contribute to the development and implementation of FAO’s programme in the field of agricultural water institutions and the related socio-economic context. Deadline: December 18, 2010

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Officer (Land/Soil Resources). The incumbent will provide supervisory support for activities related to land and soil resources development, management and conservation. Deadline: December 29, 2010

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoctoral Fellow – Land Governance Assessment. The Fellow will be responsible for conducting research on land governance and policy in the context of a new Global Partnership in Land Governance Assessment, which aims at supporting good land governance through consensus-building on monitoring frameworks and assessment methods. Deadline: January 3, 2010

EMPLOYMENT: CGIAR Challenge Program on Food and Water Associate Director. This position reports to the Research Director of the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food and will be based at the CPWF’s Secretariat which is hosted at the headquarters of the International Water Management Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Deadline: January 5, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Fishery Officer (Governance and Management). The incumbents will form part of a team providing integrated advice on fisheries policy, management and governance for the regions of Africa and LAC. Deadline: January 10, 2011

SCHOLARSHIP: Compton Foundation/PRB Fellowship on Population, Environment, and Human Security. The Foundation is making available Fellowships through Population Reference Bureau for capstone/internship work and dissertation research on topics that examine the interactions linking family planning and reproductive health with environmental/sustainability and/or human security issues. Deadline: January 24, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: CCAPS Pre-doctoral Fellowship 2011-2012. The CCAPS pre-doctoral fellowship program aims to stimulate the development of the next generation of researchers and thought leaders on the topic of climate change and political stability in Africa. Deadline: February 15, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: AfricaAdapt Climate Change Symposium 2011. This three-day bilingual (French/English) symposium is a landmark event focusing on evolving approaches, tools, methods and philosophies addressing the links between increasing climate change and variability in Africa and sustainable development. Deadline: January 3, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development. Columbia University’s Sustainable Development Doctoral Society announces the first Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development (IPWSD), which will be held at Columbia from May 6th – 7th, 2011. Deadline: January 31, 2011

PUBLICATION: Integrating Non-State Networks and Public International Law in Tropical Forests. A new paper on Global Climate Governance to Enhance Biodiversity & Well-Being.

NEWS: Ruth Meinzen-Dick Interview on Land Deals of Wealthy Nations. CAPRi coordinator Ruth Meinzen-Dick was recently interviewed for a Public Radio International piece on “Land deals of wealthy nations”.

 

PUBLICATION: Integrating Non-State Networks and Public International Law in Tropical Forests

A new paper on Global Climate Governance to Enhance Biodiversity & Well-Being: Integrating Non-State Networks and Public International Law in Tropical Forests:

Environmental governance frequently represents a leading edge of global regulation. The climate regime even continues to create new modes of regulation despite a negotiation impasse. These new initiatives, like existing legal approaches to environmental challenges, too often embrace a fragmented view of issue areas that fails to reflect fundamental connections between the objects of regulation. The shortcomings of a state-driven international issue-by-issue approach to global environmental governance have long been obvious in some areas (such as tropical forests), and are becoming ever clearer in others (most notably climate change). Therefore, private networks play an increasingly important role in global environmental governance, as illustrated most directly by forest certification that was developed to fill a gap left by negotiation failures of the 1990s. These prior failures also laid the groundwork for tropical forests to become an object of climate regime regulation, giving rise to one of the most promising and innovative programs for generating a much-needed new approach to global environmental governance more broadly. The reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) program holds out the promise of not only reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the forest sector, but also promoting public goods associated with biodiversity and human well-being. Nonetheless, REDD remains incompletely formed and fragile. An over-emphasis on mitigation, which seems likely given REDD’s climate regime origins, may prove self-limiting or even self-defeating for the program. In response to this concern, and the need for greater recognition of issue-linkages in designing global environmental regulation generally, this article proposes a novel hybrid public-private governance approach to REDD that can encourage maximum emissions reductions while also effectively promoting a broad array of benefits for biodiversity and human well-being. In so doing, the article also offers an innovative and generalizable model for combining private market finance and public funding to increase the coherence and effectiveness of global environmental regulation.

 Full paper here.

 

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Officer (Land/Soil Resources)

Under the overall guidance of the Director, NRL, and the supervision of the Principal Officer, working closely with other technical officers in the Division, the incumbent will provide leadership, coordination and supervisory support for activities related to land and soil resources development, management and conservation. In particular will:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: December 29, 2010

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development, Columbia University

Columbia University’s Sustainable Development Doctoral Society announces the first Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development (IPWSD), which will be held at Columbia University in New York City from May 6th – 7th, 2011. The IPWSD is a workshop open to graduate students working on or interested in issues relating to sustainable development. It is intended to provide a forum to present and discuss research in an informal setting, as well as to meet and interact with similar researchers from other institutions. In particular, the hope is to facilitate a network among students pursuing in-depth research in one or several disciplines, whether quantitative or qualitative in focus, to generate a larger interdisciplinary discussion concerning sustainable development.

Contributions on a wide range of subjects are encouraged, but particularly in the areas of poverty and development, climate and the environment, agriculture, energy systems, public health, and water resources. The intention is to assemble a group of researchers across a range of disciplines in the social and natural sciences, whose research contributes to a deeper understanding of the interactions between natural and social systems within their particular field(s), but who are capable of discussing this work with a broader audience of peers. It is anticipated that disciplines represented at the workshop will include: economics, earth and environmental sciences, political science, applied engineering, ecology, epidemiology, geography, law, and others. If your research pertains to the field of sustainable development and the linkages between natural and social systems, you are encouraged to apply regardless of disciplinary background.

Call for papers (pdf).

Conference website

Deadline: January 31, 2011

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FELLOWSHIP: CCAPS Pre-doctoral Fellowship 2011-2012

The Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program will offer up to three pre-doctoral fellowships for the 2011-2012 academic year. The CCAPS pre-doctoral fellowship program aims to stimulate the development of the next generation of researchers and thought leaders on the topic of climate change and political stability in Africa.

Pre-doctoral fellowships are available to advanced PhD students, with preference given to those who have made substantial progress towards the completion of their dissertation. Pre-doctoral fellows are expected to work on — and ideally complete — their doctoral dissertations during the fellowship.

CCAPS invites applications from all disciplines, including both the social and natural sciences, as they pertain to relevant topics to the CCAPS program (see Areas of Research below). CCAPS encourages applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries.

More information.

Deadline: February 15, 2011

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: AfricaAdapt Climate Change Symposium 2011

This three-day bilingual (French/English) symposium is a landmark event focusing on evolving approaches, tools, methods and philosophies addressing the links between increasing climate change and variability in Africa and sustainable development. It will feature keynote speakers from across the continent, and also provide a space for creative new exchanges and collaboration between African research, media, policy, and community practitioners. This is an opportunity to share your knowledge and experience of this important subject and work with others to help make a difference.

Themes to be explored include:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: January 3, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Technical Officer (Water Institutions)

Under the general supervision of the Director, Land and Water Division, and in the framework of the FAO Water Programme, the incumbent will contribute to the development and implementation of FAO’s programme in the field of agricultural water institutions and the related socio-economic context. In particular, will:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: December 18, 2010

Friday, December 03, 2010

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoctoral Fellow – Land Governance Assessment

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute’s Development Strategy and Governance Division. The Fellow will be responsible for conducting research on land governance and policy in the context of a new Global Partnership in Land Governance Assessment, which aims at supporting good land governance through consensus-building on monitoring frameworks and assessment methods. The position is based in Washington, DC. If preferred by the successful candidate, out-posting to Ethiopia is possible.

More information.

Deadline: January 3, 2010

Thursday, December 02, 2010

 

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Fishery Officer (Governance and Management)

The FAO is soliciting applications for 2 Senior Fishery Officer positions. While both based in Rome, one position will focus on the African region while the other will focus on the Latin American and Caribbean region. The incumbents will form part of a team providing integrated advice on fisheries policy, management and governance. In particular, they will:

More information (pdf) on Africa-focused position

More information (pdf) on LAC-focused position.

Deadline: January 10, 2011

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

 

SCHOLARSHIP: Compton Foundation/PRB Fellowship on Population, Environment, and Human Security

Since 2001 the Compton Foundation and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) have collaborated to increase the capacity of outstanding graduate students from sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America to affect policy and/or improve the effectiveness of population, family planning, and reproductive health programs in the developing world.

In the spirit of this collaboration and to fulfill its objectives, the Compton Foundation is making available Fellowships through PRB for capstone/internship work and dissertation research on topics that examine the interactions linking family planning and reproductive health with environmental/sustainability and/or human security issues. This Fellowship provides highly motivated individuals with a unique opportunity to explore these very important interactions.

Fellowship recipients must also be committed to returning to their country or region of origin to apply the skills and education they acquired and make substantial contributions to the field.

The Compton Fellowship program also aims to maintain a community of Fellows over time that encourages program-based and research-based linkages among these fields.

More information.

Deadline: January 24, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Researcher Position – FEEM Research Programme on Sustainable Development

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of sustainable development and global governance. FEEM encourages applications for a research position within the Sustainable Development Research Programme.The successful candidate will join the team that is engaged in developing an integrated approach between economic modelling, water demand, supply and climate issues. Duties will be carried out at the FEEM offices in Venice, Italy. The candidate is expected to have a background in environmental or ecological economics, with at least 2 years of previous research experience in the field of water economics and climate adaptation. Holding a Ph.D. degree or being near its acquisition is a strong asset.

More information.

Deadline: applications currently being accepted and reviewed

 

NEWS: Ruth Meinzen-Dick Interview on Land Deals of Wealthy Nations

CAPRi coordinator Ruth Meinzen-Dick was recently interviewed for a Public Radio International piece on “Land deals of wealthy nations”. A sample:

WERMAN: The deals though are often not made on equal terms. So I mean it is hard to mention how these leaders justify I mean the point was made. Forking over there own farmers land to a foreign power.

MEINZEN-DICK: It is very true that there is not an even playing field here and that is a major matter of concern. In many cases, the land that is being given over is seen as unused or it is unowned. That means it is under customary tenure, which means that the state officially holds the rights to it and can claim to reallocate those to foreign investors. Now the problem is that very often farmers, pastoral lists or others are using this land. The other big problem that it is it is not just about land it is about water. In many of these cases if you are irrigating big areas of rice for example that maybe depriving other areas of water supplies.

Listen to the interview or read the transcript here.

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