Thursday, July 28, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Policy Analyst, Rights and Resources Initiative. Rights and Resources Initiative is currently seeking a Policy Analyst to support and contribute to RRI’s Global Programs and strategic analysis portfolio. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: Human Rights Watch Researcher on the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Researcher will monitor, investigate, and document human rights violations in DRC (with a focus on eastern Congo) and will write concise, accurate, and compelling briefing memos, reports, and press releases. Deadline: August 26, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities with the Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation. CTA is a joint institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and the European Union operating under the Cotonou Partnership Agreement. Deadline: August 31, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Economics with Focus on Global Change and Behavioral Issues. The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics announces two one-year post-doctoral fellowships in Economics with possibilities of extension. One position will be placed within the Beijer Institute program Global Dynamics and Resilience and the other within the Behavioral Economics and Nature Network. Deadline: September 15, 2011

SCHOLARSHIP: Forest and Nature for Society PhD Positions. 8-10 PhD-positions have been announced with Forest and Nature for Society (FONASO), a three-year Joint Doctoral Programme. Deadline: November 1, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Conference on Collective Natural Resources in Post-Conflict Zones within the African Great Lakes Region. The Conference will take place in the city of Bukavu (Eastern DRCongo) from February 6 to 8, 2012. Deadline: October 15, 2011

ONLINE CONSULTATION: Committee on World Food Security Global Strategic Framework. The objective of this online consultation is to give to all stakeholders, at national, regional and global levels, the opportunity to provide concrete inputs and suggestions to one of the important tasks agreed to by the Committee, which is to develop a Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition (GSF). Deadline: October 15, 2011

EVENT: 10th RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change. This event on the theme of “Common approaches to dealing with the challenges of food security and climate change in forests and agriculture” is being organized by Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and Oxfam in collaboration with IS Academy on Land Governance (LANDac), Netherlands, and EcoAgriculture Partners.

PUBLICATION: Climate Change and Food Systems Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa. FAO has published a new book based on the discussions from the Conference on Ecological Agriculture held in Ethiopia in 2008.

 

EVENT: 10th RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change

This event on the theme of “Common approaches to dealing with the challenges of food security and climate change in forests and agriculture” is being organized by Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and Oxfam in collaboration with IS Academy on Land Governance (LANDac), Netherlands, and EcoAgriculture Partners.

RRI and Oxfam are proud to announce that this Dialogue will be held on September 7-8 in The Atlantic Hotel in The Hague, Netherlands. The meeting will identify common approaches to dealing with the interconnected global challenges of responding to the food crisis, forest loss and degradation, the recent rise in global “landgrabbing”, the need to drive additional investment into agriculture, and adaptation to climate change. The meeting will bring more focused attention to the interconnection between forests, agriculture, the rights of producers and affected populations, and the growing global demand for agricultural land and products.  By bringing together the communities of practice that deal with different but interrelated issues, the Dialogue will consider issues such as agriculture as a driver in forest loss and degradation, the role forests play in providing food for the rural poor, as well as the implications of the global effort to meet the challenge of feeding nine billion people by 2050 without destroying the natural resources on which all people, but in particular rural and forest dwellers rely for their livelihoods and food security.

This event is open to the public and free of charge.

More information.

 

PUBLICATION: Climate Change and Food Systems Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa

FAO has published a new book based on the discussions from the Conference on Ecological Agriculture held in Ethiopia in 2008.

The different chapters capitalize on assessments and experiences such as: lessons learned from Asia’s Green Revolution on agricultural communities; trends in African agricultural knowledge, science and technology; trade policy impacts on food production; conditions for success of water interventions for the African rural poor; and climate change implications for agriculture and food systems. Case studies share the practical experiences, lessons and successes from across Africa, demonstrating that it is possible to produce food sufficiently and at the same time, care for the biosphere. The chapters documenting Tigray’s experience in rehabilitating watersheds for local food security show us how social and environmental goods and services go hand in hand.

The chapters on organic agriculture and fair trade in West Africa and Uganda demonstrate that the impacts on food security and trade need not to be negative. The chapters depicting smallholder practices for making compost and maintaining local seed supplies under low-input conditions offer guidance to communities seeking resilience.

Download here.

 

SCHOLARSHIP: Forest and Nature for Society PhD Positions

8-10 PhD-positions have been announced with Forest and Nature for Society (FONASO), a three-year Joint Doctoral Programme. FONASO is part of the Erasmus Mundus programme initiated by the European Commission to enhance and promote European higher education throughout the world. Within forest and nature management, the programme is focused on the scientific fields of (i) economics and policy, and (ii) ecology and silviculture, each with two sub-groups.

The FONASO topics fall within the following 4 categories:

  1. Economics and Socio-Economics of Forest and Nature
  2. Governance, Policy and Sociology of Forests
  3. Forest Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services
  4. Silviculture and Sustainable Forest Management

FONASO doctoral candidates will be part of research groups at two or more of the twelve partner institutions. All applicants must choose one of the described topics as base for their doctoral study synopsis.

More information.

Deadline: November 1, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIP: Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Economics with Focus on Global Change and Behavioral Issues (Beijer Institute)

The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics (www.beijer.kva.se) is pleased to announce two one-year post-doctoral fellowships in Economics with possibilities of extension. One position will be placed within the Beijer Institute program Global Dynamics and Resilience and the other within the Behavioral Economics and Nature Network.

Human societies are integral parts of the Earth system. We shape it and at the same time depend on it for social and economic development and well-being. With this overall perspective, the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics provides a forum for researchers in economics and ecology and related disciplines to interact and develop joint research, seeking a deeper understanding of social-ecological systems.

In the Global Dynamics and Resilience programme we are exploring critical unrecognised or ignored social-ecological interactions, feedbacks and potential tipping points of relevance for human wellbeing. We are looking at the kind of governance structures and economic incentives that can deal with new global interactions and help transform societal development towards global sustainability.

The Behavioral Economics and Nature Network (BENN) aims to serve as a clearing house for behavioural research around the world in economics, ecology and other disciplines for improved stewardship of our life-supporting ecosystems. BENN pushes for more work integrating behavioural sciences with life sciences and how understanding feedbacks between the two can generate better advice than either alone.

The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics is an international research institute under the auspices of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, operating in networks with leading scholars. The Institute hosts three other research programmes: Aquaculture and Sustainable Seafood Production, Complex Systems, and Urban Social-Ecological Systems. The Beijer Institute is founding partner of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the organizations collaborate closely.

The institute is accepting applications from PhDs in Economics who wish to conduct research in a stimulating, and friendly environment, in close collaboration with other disciplines. We are looking for candidates with exceptional scholarly promise and a rigorous approach to problem solving. Previous research experience on modeling, global issues, behavioral issues and research across disciplinary boundaries is highly valued as well as research experience within the areas of other research programmes of the Beijer Institute.

Applicants should submit a single document containing a short letter of interest (1 page) and a curriculum vitae including relevant publications (max 3 pages). In addition the applicants should ask a person of their choice to send a letter of recommendation to Christina Leijonhufvud (Beijer administrator; chris@beijer.kva.se) by September 15, 2011.
Salary will depend on the merits of the candidate.

Deadline: September 15, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities with the Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and the European Union operating under the Cotonou Partnership Agreement. By providing access to information and knowledge, facilitating policy dialogue and strengthening the capacities of agricultural and rural development institutions, CTA has made important contribution to food security and improved livelihoods of rural communities in ACP countries over the last 25 years.

Join CTA at an exciting time for agriculture and as the centre enters a new chapter in its development with the launch of its new Strategic Plan for 2011-2015, seize the opportunity to join CTA and contribute to its mission of advancing food and nutritional security, increasing prosperity and encouraging sound natural resource management in ACP countries.

Applications are invited for the following positions:

Deadline: August 31, 2011

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Conference on Collective Natural Resources in Post-Conflict Zones within the African Great Lakes Region

The Conference will take place in the city of Bukavu (Eastern DRCongo) from February 6 to 8, 2012.

The African great lakes region ( including Rwanda, Burundi, DR.Congo), has been crossing a very long period of armed conflicts ending to strong Natural resources mismanagement. Especially, collective natural resources underwent the deteriorations and depredations and, and the inefficiency of public institutions in charge of the natural resources. In fact all these institutions have been weakened so that they don't assume their roles anymore.

Facing this challenge, two non -governmental organizations, namely ADISCO (of Burundi) and DIOBASS (from DR. Congo), have defined joint collaborative project involving relevant academic and research institutions in the South-Kivu province and Burundi as well, with a strong focus on sound environmental governance linked to collective natural resources.

With the financial support of the International Development Research Center ( IDRC), the project has developed multi-institutional approach based on Participatory Action Research that have been adopted for the restoration and the rehabilitation of the collective natural resources.

The project has promoted lessons to learn and challenges and opportunities to share!

The International conference to be held in Bukavu in 2012, is seen as a larger room and open windows for sharing knowledge about Environmental governance in fragile ecosystems! Welcome to all participants from diverse backgrounds!

More information. En Français.

Deadline for abstracts: October 15, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Policy Analyst, Rights and Resources Initiative

Rights and Resources Initiative is currently seeking a Policy Analyst to support and contribute to RRI’s Global Programs and strategic analysis portfolio. This position is ideal for someone that can combine high quality research and writing with proactive management of a variety of analytical products and projects. Excellent communication skills, time management capability, flexibility and a collegial demeanor are essential. This position reports to the Director, Global Programs.

More information.

Deadline: open

 

ONLINE CONSULTATION: Committee on World Food Security Global Strategic Framework

This online consultation that will open on the 26th of July and run through the 15th of October 2011, is designed to support the work of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), by taking advantage of innovative technologies to gather views and inputs from relevant partners.

The CFS has just undergone a reform process to be the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for a broad range of committed stakeholders to work together in a coordinated manner and in support of country-led processes towards the elimination of hunger and ensuring food security and nutrition for all human beings. For further background on the CFS reform, see the CFS Reform Document.

The objective of this online consultation is to give to all stakeholders, at national, regional and global levels, the opportunity to provide concrete inputs and suggestions to one of the important tasks agreed to by the Committee, which is to develop a Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition (GSF) an important framework to enhance the roles of the reformed CFS and to guide food security and nutrition policies and action at all levels. A summary of this online consultation will be presented at the 37th Session of the CFS, which will take place in Rome, the 17th to the 22nd of October 2011.

More information.

Deadline: October 15, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Human Rights Watch Researcher on the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Researcher will monitor, investigate, and document human rights violations in DRC (with a focus on eastern Congo) and will write concise, accurate, and compelling briefing memos, reports, and press releases. The Researcher will help to develop an advocacy strategy for DRC and conduct advocacy both nationally and internationally to bring human rights violations to the attention of Congolese authorities and the international community and press for change. S/he will also engage with regional governments, the African Union, donor governments, the European Union, and intergovernmental organizations to promote human rights reforms. The Researcher will work with Congolese human rights groups in gathering, analyzing, and presenting information and in supporting their advocacy and outreach capacity. S/he will organize and supervise Human Rights Watch’s field office in Goma and will respond promptly to internal and external inquiries on the human rights situation in Congo. This is an initial one year appointment, with the possibility of extension.

More information.

Deadline: August 26, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Vacancies in IFAD’s Office of Strategy Knowledge Management (SKM). IFAD is accepting applications for a Research Officer and a Junior Research Officer in its Office of the Strategy Knowledge Management. Deadline: July 27, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Social Science Research Council Program Director - Peacebuilding Research. The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) seeks to hire a senior social scientist with strong knowledge of the field of peacebuilding research, broadly understood. This should include both a strong background in research as well as knowledge of the work of practitioners, UN agencies, NGOs, and others in the field. Deadline: August 31, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Program Director (Deputy Director General level). The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is seeking a dynamic scientist to head a new research program, which will involve collaboration across CGIAR Centers and external partners. The successful applicant will be appointed at Deputy Director General level of IWMI. Deadline: September 9, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Final Call for Chapters for Springer Book on Sustainability. This book will call for contributions of innovative concepts, theories and models, design methods and animation tools, and case studies and experience sharing in mechanism design to drive better decision makings with practical relevance to sustainable development. Deadline: August 1, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Young People, Farming & Food: The Future of the Agrifood Sector in Africa. Co-organized and hosted by the Future Agricultures Consortium and the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER), the international conference on Young People, Farming & Food: The Future of the Agrifood Sector in Africa’ will be held on 19-21 March 2012 in Accra Ghana. Deadline: August 31, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Trust Fund on Indigenous Issues Small Grants Program. The Fund will give priority to projects concerning the main areas of culture, education, health, human rights, the environment and social and economic development. Deadline: October 1, 2011

FUNDING: Smithsonian Center for Tropical Forests Science Grants Program. The program invites applications for forest research from senior researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. Social scientists and natural scientists are encouraged to apply. Deadline: October 1, 2011

REQUEST FOR INPUT: Potential of Agricultural Technologies. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is currently conducting a project entitled "How to achieve food security in a world of growing scarcity: role of technology development strategies” and seeks input from individuals who are knowledgeable about technologies for producing wheat, maize and rice. By participating in the survey you will earn a chance to win a free iPad. Deadline: August 15, 2011

ONLINE RESOURCE: Earth Systems Governance Project. The Earth System Governance Project has launched an initiative on international environmental governance (IEG) and the institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD) that aims at contributing to the process leading to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

 

FUNDING: Smithsonian Center for Tropical Forests Science Grants Program

The Smithsonian Center for Tropical Forests Science (CTFS) Grants Program invites applications for forest research from senior researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. The CTFS Grants Program provides opportunities to use existing CTFS plots to conduct research with scientists affiliated with them. Social scientists and natural scientists are encouraged to apply. Research projects can be basic or applied, and must focus on a CTFS forest research plot in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Most grants range from US$3,000 to US$30,000.

More information.

Deadline: October 1, 2011

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Trust Fund on Indigenous Issues Small Grants Program

The Trust Fund for the Second Decade was established to promote, support and implement the objectives of the Decade. The Fund will give priority to projects concerning the main areas of the Second Decade: culture, education, health, human Rights, the environment and social and economic development. The Advisory Group for the Trust Fund for the Second Decade consists of members of the Permanent Forum’s Bureau.

Indigenous organizations or organizations working for indigenous peoples can apply for small grants from the Trust Fund. Guidelines to applicants for the Fund will be available when the call opens every year.

It is expected that the Fund will mainly be used for small grants projects with a budget for up to 10,000 US$ covering one year’s expenses. Applications for grants under the Small Grants Programme under the Second Decade will be accepted between 1 July 2010 and 1 October 2010.

More information.

Deadline: October 1, 2011

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Final Call for Chapters for Springer Book on Sustainability

Final Call for Book Chapter Proposals
Mechanism Design for Sustainability: Techniques and Cases
Publisher: Springer
Proposal Submission Deadline: August 1, 2011
Book Editor: Dr. Zongwei Luo

Introduction
Sustainable economy is an economy with “capacity to endure”, where bearable environment, equitable society and viable economy are well integrated with social, culture, legal, business, financial and environmental perspectives. To reach for this integration for sustainable development, it is essential to understand and study the mechanisms for interactions and impact from and among these perspectives. The mechanism design for sustainability intends to provide advanced analytics and decision management techniques and tools towards developing sustainable competitive advantages in the studied target context (e.g. enterprises, economic clusters).

This book will call for contributions of innovative concepts, theories and models, design methods and animation tools, and case studies and experience sharing in mechanism design to drive better decision makings with practical relevance to sustainable development.

Target audience
The target audience of this book will comprise professionals and researchers as well as policy makers.  In addition, the book will provide a valuable resource for business managers concerned with the enterprise/business sustainability.
Solicited topics
We welcome proposals in the following, but not limited to, the topics relevant to sustainability:

Submission Procedure
Please submit your book chapter proposal (about one or two pages in length) to the book editor to the email address zwluo@eti.hku.hk.
Important Dates
August 1, 2011: Book chapter proposal due
September 30, 2011: Book chapter proposal acceptance notification
December 31, 2011: Full book chapter due

Book editor
Dr. Zongwei Luo,
The University of Hong Kong
Level 3, Block A, Cyberport 4, 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong
Email: zwluo@eti.hku.hk

Deadline: August 1, 2011

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ONLINE RESOURCE: Earth Systems Governance Project

The Earth System Governance Project has launched an initiative on international environmental governance (IEG) and the institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD) that aims at contributing to the process leading to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

This initiative aims at providing researchers on earth system governance, and the broader global change research community, with an overview on the state of research on these topics. Activities under this initiative include support to the project’s researchers involved in the science-policy dialogue, for example with UNEP (read more), and synthesising and initiating research and activities under the umbrella of the Earth System Governance Project on these topics. And, obviously, the initiative is also designed to target decision makers and to contribute not just to a better understanding but also to actual improvements in international environmental governance towards an institutional framework that enables sustainable development. 

In addition, the Earth System Governance Project has been mandated to compile a fast-track policy-relevant assessment of the state of research on the IFSD. This assessment shall provide the lead input of the scientific community to the international policy process leading to Rio+20, and is an integral part of this new initiative.

At the core of this initiative is a new website: www.ieg.earthsystemgovernance.org. This website will compile easily accessible and structured information on International Environmental Governance and will solicit advice and comments from the global research communities, stakeholders, and policy makers, hopefully leading to a lively science-based but solution-oriented discussion.

 

REQUEST FOR INPUT: Potential of Agricultural Technologies

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is currently conducting a project entitled "How to achieve food security in a world of growing scarcity: role of technology development strategies” and seeks input from individuals who are knowledgeable about technologies for producing wheat, maize and rice. By participating in the survey you will earn a chance to win a free iPad.

IFPRI is currently conducting a project entitled "How to achieve food security in a world of growing scarcity: role of technology development strategies”.

As part of this project, we have put together a survey to collect expert information about the potential of agricultural technologies (in the broader sense of the word, including agricultural practices) in the different regions of the world. More specifically, we would like to assess the impact of a range of technologies on crop production and yields; production costs; soil and water quality; on-farm incomes; and the use of water, energy, and other resources.

Among the respondents who complete the survey before August 15 (the initial date of July 31 has been postponed), two lucky winners will also receive an iPad 2. Please do not forget to enter your contact information on the first page of the survey to participate in the draw for the iPads 2’s. Only completed questionnaires will be selected for the draw.

This survey focuses on 3 crops: wheat, maize and rice, and on the following technologies:

  • Zero tillage
  • Integrated soil fertility management (combinations of chemical fertilizers + residues + manure/compost)
  • Irrigation technologies (furrow; drip and sprinkler)
  • Water harvesting (channeling water from a macrocatchment, microcatchment systems, earth dams, chaukas and nadis structures, ridges, graded contours etc.)
  • Genetically modified crops (heat/drought tolerance, nitrogen use efficiency)
  • Conventional breeding (heat/drought tolerance, nitrogen use efficiency)
  • Precision agriculture (GPS-assisted delivery of agricultural inputs)
  • Laser land leveling (leveling a field within certain degrees of desired slope using a guided laser beam to improve water use efficiency)
  • Organic agriculture (use of manufactured fertilizers, pesticides, growth regulators and GMOs excluded / strictly limited)

We would be extremely grateful if you could fill out this survey and/or share the survey link with knowledgeable colleagues. 

Each respondent will also receive a synthesis of the results, and your contribution will be acknowledged in any publication that may result from the use of these data, if you so wish.

The survey can be accessed at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VF98K3P

For questions about this survey, please contact Nicola Cenacchi at n.cenacchi@cgiar.org

Thank you very much for participating in this important activity!

Deadline: August 15, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Program Director (Deputy Director General level)

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has been reforming its structure and governance to develop a programmatic and partnership-based focus that will lead to increasing development impacts. The CGIAR’s key objectives are food security, poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability in the developing world. As lead Center of the new CGIAR Research Program (CRP5) on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is seeking a dynamic scientist to head this new research program, which will involve collaboration across (CGIAR) Centers and external partners. The successful applicant will be appointed at Deputy Director General level of IWMI. The position will be based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and will involve extensive international travel to field sites and partner agencies. It is anticipated that approximately US$0.45 billion will be committed to the program over a five-year period. The Program Director will head the program management committee and be responsible for the strategic implementation of the research, integration of science across the program, partnership development and program outputs. He/she will report to the Director General of IWMI, be assisted by a Program Manager and supported administratively by IWMI staff. The successful candidate will have proven experience of scientific leadership in natural resources and environmental management as well as a strong ability in forming effective research partnerships to tackle key issues in the CGIAR’s focus areas.

More information.

Deadline: September 9, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Vacancies in IFAD’s Office of Strategy Knowledge Management (SKM)

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an International Financial Institution and a Specialized United Nations Agency whose mission is to enable poor rural people to overcome poverty. IFAD’s headquarters is in Rome, Italy, and is present in more than 80 countries to develop and finance programmes and projects aimed at increasing agricultural productivity and incomes.

The mission of the Office of the Strategy Knowledge Management (SKM), led by the Chief Development Strategist, is to enhance IFAD’s analytical and leadership capacity in the global dialogue on rural and smallholder development and ensure that IFAD’s development work is guided by state of the art thinking on rural on agricultural and rural development issues. Towards this end, SKM produces periodic and regular analyses on subject matters relevant to IFAD’s mission and strategic objectives. In addition to producing periodic papers and analysis, the Office is also responsible for producing   the flagship publication of the Fund the IFAD Rural Poverty Report. SKM is also responsible for producing key high-level policy papers such as IFAD’s Strategic Framework which provides overall guidance to IFAD’s work in its developing member counties.  To carry out its mandate, SKM works closely with other Divisions of the Fund and is also responsible for establishing strategic partnerships with research and academic institutions and development agencies in both developing and developed member states.

SKM is accepting applications for the following two Rome-based positions:

Deadline: July 27, 2011

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Young People, Farming & Food: The Future of the Agrifood Sector in Africa

The organizers invite papers that offer rigorous analysis from various critical perspectives around the topics and questions listed below. We also encourage comparative studies and welcome proposals for thematic panels.

Co-organized and hosted by the Future Agricultures Consortium and the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER), the international conference on Young People, Farming & Food: The Future of the Agrifood Sector in Africa’ will be held on 19-21 March 2012 in Accra Ghana.

  1. Agrifood trends in SSA: What are expected to be the main trends in the agrifood sector over the next 20 years? What implications will these trends have for young people and their engagement with the sector?

  2. Employment: What is the potential of the agrifood sector in addressing the problems of unemployment and under-employment among young people? What segments of the population of young people will be best placed to benefit from new employment opportunities? Where within the agrifood sector is employment creation likely to be strongest and the most desirable employment opportunities likely to be found?

  3. Livelihood diversification / de-agrarianisation: What are the implications of the phenomena of livelihood diversification and de-agrarianisation for young people’s engagement with the agrifood sector?

  4. Life and work aspirations: What forces and factors are driving change in young people’s life and work aspirations? What are the implications of changing life and work aspirations for young people’s engagement with the agrifood sector?

  5. Education and training: What are the implications of MDG 2 (universal primary education) for young people’s perception of and future engagement with the agrifood sector? Are available training programmes and the tertiary education sector meeting the needs of young people and employers within the agrifood sector? Who is being trained in agriculture and agrifood and what do they do after their training?

  6. Migration: What is the relationship between aspirations, migration and young people’s engagement with the agrifood sector? Is migration from rural areas a constraint to the development of viable smallholder farming? How should rural, agriculture and agrifood policy take account of migration?

  7. Gender: Does a social relations approach to gender help in the analysis of patterns of differential access to and benefits from change within the agrifood sector? In twenty years time will Africa still be ‘the region of female farming par excellence’?

  8. Conflict areas: How does civil conflict link to and impact on young people’s engagement with the agrifood sector? Do levels and patterns of engagement with farming and agrifood differ in conflict compared to non-conflict areas? What are the lessons from various experiences of trying link post-conflict programmes to agricultural development?

  9. Agrifood policy: How are young people framed in agriculture and agrifood policy; what narratives about young people inform policy in this sector? Should young people have a privileged place in agrifood policy? How are young people’s views and voices being brought into agrifood policy processes, and to what effect?

  10. Young people as agrifood entrepreneurs: How realistic is the idea that individual entrepreneurship can be a major means of generating employment for young people in the agrifood sector? What is the record of policies and programmes aimed at promoting and supporting such entrepreneurship among young people?

  11. New markets and niches: What opportunities do new markets and niches in the agrifood sector offer to young people? Are there examples of success or failure that help to illuminate the opportunities and challenges associated with new markets and policy and programmes aimed at fostering young people’s engagement?

  12. Young people, modern farming and African Green Revolution: How do young people figure within competing visions of an African Green Revolution? Will technology, credit and the promise of profit be enough to draw the attention of young people back to farming? What has been the experience and impacts of programmes and projects aimed at introducing young people to modern farming methods?

  13. Climate change: What are the likely implications of climate change for young people’s engagement with the agrifood sector? From a policy perspective, should climate change be framed as a threat or an opportunity vis-à-vis young people’s engagement with the agrifood sector?

  14. Other: We welcome papers addressing other aspects of the young people – agrifood nexus.

More information.

Deadline: August 31, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Social Science Research Council Program Director - Peacebuilding Research

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) seeks to hire a senior social scientist with strong knowledge of the field of peacebuilding research, broadly understood. This should include both a strong background in research as well as knowledge of the work of practitioners, UN agencies, NGOs, and others in the field. Knowledge of issues in Africa is desirable. Candidates may come from any branch of social science, but must demonstrate capacity for interdisciplinary work as well as strong knowledge of the field of peacebuilding. The best qualified candidates will have earned a PhD with distinction and gained at least five or preferably ten years of further experience including research, engagement in higher education, and other professional and intellectual activities. Demonstrated capacity for leadership, for collaboration, and for managing multiple priorities and projects is important. Ability to communicate effectively is crucial, and experience engaging both researchers and non-academic constituencies including funders, policy-makers, and practitioners is desirable.

More information.

Deadline: August 31, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Post-Doctoral Social Anthropologist, CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food. Working closely with the Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) Volta Basin Leader, the Post-Doctoral Social Anthropologist will provide social science perspectives, methodologies and analysis to the coordination and change project of the Volta Basin Development Challenge (VBDC) Program. Deadline: August 15, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). ICRAF has announced 2 vacancies for the positions of Regional Coordinator-Southern Africa (Malawi-based) and Scientist (India-based). Deadline: August 15, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: ILC Communications Specialist Consultant. The Communications Specialist will lead the design and implementation of the communications strategy in line with the Strategic Framework. He or she will provide overall direction and support to ILC and its members in order to effectively communicate key messages and results to target audiences. Deadline: August 22, 2011

FELLOWSHIP/SCHOLARSHIP: International Center for Climate Governance. The International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) encourages to submit applications for two six-month visiting research positions for Phd Students or PostDocs. Research activities will be carried out in ICCG’s offices, based on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy. Deadline: open until filled

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Post-doc and PhD fellowships at the Biodiversity Governance Unit, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). The positions are strongly research oriented with very limited organizational duties and no teaching obligations. Deadline: September 15, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities. The symposium will be held in parallel to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012. Deadline: September 30, 2011.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Political Economy of International Organizations. Submissions are invited for the fifth annual conference on the political economy of international organizations, to be held at Villanova University, Philadelphia, USA. Both empirical and theoretical papers will be considered. Deadline: September 30, 2011

PUBLICATION: An economic case for tenure reform in Indonesia’s forests. A newly released study suggests lack of meaningful land rights play key role in conflict, increase in carbon emissions from Indonesia's forests.

PUBLICATIONS: 2 New IFPRI Discussion Papers on Collusion & Trust and Self-Efficacy & Aspirations. Recent IFPRI Discussion papers may be of interest to CAPRi readers.

 

PUBLICATIONS: 2 New IFPRI Discussion Papers on Collusion & Trust and Self-Efficacy & Aspirations

Two recent IFPRI Discussion papers may be of interest to CAPRi readers. Maximo Torero and Angelino Viceisza use evidence from a field experiment in Vietnam to examine potential collusion and trust.

We conduct framed trust games using contract dairy farmers in Vietnam as first movers to assess the impact of potential collusion on trust. Disaggregated analysis suggests that female farmers are more likely to trust overall, but are also more responsive to the addition of a third party and potential collusion. A third party induces them to trust at higher levels, but potential collusion between the trustee and the third party also induces them to trust at lower levels. Our findings corroborate well with existing studies on gender differences in decision making, which suggest that women’s social preferences are more context-specific than men’s.

In another paper, Tanguy Bernard, Stefan Dercon, and Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse undertake an empirical exploration of self-efficacy and aspirations failure in Ethiopia.

Fatalism is considered pervasive, especially in many poor communities. In this paper, we explore whether fatalistic beliefs have implications for the attitudes and behavior of poor rural households toward investment in the future. To explore the idea of fatalism, we draw inspiration from theories in psychology focusing on the role of locus of control and self-efficacy and also from the theoretical framework of aspiration failure as developed in recent economic literature. Using survey data from rural Ethiopia, we find evidence of fatalistic beliefs among a substantial group of rural households, as well as indicators consistent with narrow aspirations gap and low self-efficacy. We also find that such beliefs consistently correlate with lower demand for credit, in terms of loan size, repayment horizon, and productive purposes.

Both papers are available for free download via the links above.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities

The aims of the “World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities” (WSSD-U-2012) are as follows:


Last but not least, a further aim of the event will be to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences available today. To this purpose, a special issue of the “International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (IJSHE) with selected papers from the conference will be produced. Furthermore, the book “Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons” will be published, with a further set of papers. This will be volume 33 of the award-winning book series “Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability” (Peter Lang Scientific Publishers), which since its creation in 1998 has become the world´s longest running book series on education and communication on sustainable development.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: September 30, 2011

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Political Economy of International Organizations

Submissions are invited for the fifth annual conference on the political economy of international organizations, to be held at Villanova University, Philadelphia, USA, on January 26-28, 2012. The conference brings together economists and political scientists to address political-economy issues related to international organizations such as the World Trade Organization, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the European Union, and also other international organizations that have received less attention in the academic literature.

Both empirical and theoretical papers will be considered. Full papers should be submitted by the deadline below.

More information.

Deadline: September 30, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Post-Doctoral Social Anthropologist, CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food

Working closely with the Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) Volta Basin Leader, the Post-Doctoral Social Anthropologist will provide social science perspectives, methodologies and analysis to the coordination and change project of the Volta Basin Development Challenge (VBDC) Program.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED

Additional skill required:

Interested candidates should submit application (in English) to the address below by August 15.

CPWF-Volta
Executive Directorate
Volta Basin Authority (VBA)
10 BP 13621 Ouagadougou 10
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Tel/Fax: +226 50374696
Email: cpvbdc@gmail.com; secretariat.abv@gmail.com

More information on the VBDC program.

Deadline: August 15, 2011

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Post-doc and PhD fellowships at the Biodiversity Governance Unit, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

At the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, the Biodiversity Governance Unit of the Centre for Philosophy of Law is looking for 2 postdoctoral researchers and 1 PhD fellow in one of the following areas:

The positions are strongly research oriented with very limited organizational duties and no teaching obligations. A competitive remuneration package is offered (including a monthly allowance, social security and insurance expenses) and generous funding of research related activities (participation to conferences and research missions in selected developed and developing countries). The fellowships are granted for a period of 12 to 24 months.

More information available for download.

Deadline: September 15, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: An economic case for tenure reform in Indonesia’s forests

A newly released study suggests lack of meaningful land rights play key role in conflict, increase in carbon emissions from Indonesia's forests.

This brief sets out some facts and analysis about the state of forest management in Indonesia. It does not aim to recapitulate the many existing studies of the extent of deforestation. The hard facts of the diminishing state of the forest are widely known, and the key drivers of deforestation (such as weak governance, corruption, illegal logging, economic development) have been discussed at length. Instead, this paper will attempt to explore the deeper issues that may explain the current state of the land use sector by viewing it in the context of the country’s economic trajectory. The poor state of the country’s forest, the relative decline of the forest industry and the inefficiency of the agriculture sector are consequences of a political and economic system that is informed by certain attitudes towards land, people and communities. This attitude prevents real change in the sector, and even though some progress has been made in policy terms in the recent past (most notably the recent moratorium on primary forest conversion), the likely effect of these changes on the overall system is likely to be limited because the underlying issues are not being addressed. This brief will attempt to introduce some of these issues, by explaining how the forestry sector got into the current parlous state, how this trajectory spells bad news for Indonesia, and how an alternative scenario could be envisioned and achieved.

Available here (pdf).

 

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry or ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.

ICRAF has announced 2 vacancies for the positions of Regional Coordinator-Southern Africa (Malawi-based) and Scientist (India-based).

Deadline for both positions: August 15, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIP/SCHOLARSHIP: International Center for Climate Governance

The International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) encourages to submit applications for two six-month visiting research positions for Phd Students or PostDocs. Research activities will be carried out in ICCG’s offices, based on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy.

ICCG research is characterised by an interdisciplinary approach, gathering experts in different fields such as policy, history, architecture, natural sciences. The crucial common denominator is the focus on the integration of the social, political, cultural and economic dimensions of climate change.
The successful applicants will work with the ICCG team on the following aspects of climate change governance:

More information.

Deadline: open until filled

 

EMPLOYMENT: ILC Communications Specialist Consultant

The International Land Coalition (ILC) is a global alliance of civil society and intergovernmental organisations working together to promote secure and equitable access to and control over land for poor women and men through advocacy, dialogue, knowledge sharing and capacity building. ILC currently has a vacancy for the position of Communications Specialist Consultant.

The Communications Specialist will lead the design and implementation of the communications strategy in line with the Strategic Framework. He or she will provide overall direction and support to ILC and its members in order to effectively communicate key messages and results to target audiences. His/her function also involves support to internal communication between Secretariat and members and among members. Main areas of responsibility include: strategic communications and planning; internal information flow; publications and materials development; management of websites, social media, and multimedia tools; media relations; and communications capacity building.

More information.

Deadline: August 22, 2011

Thursday, July 07, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Postdoc Position on Modeling Agrarian and Population Dynamics In the Philippines. The ‘Modeling Agrarian and Population Dynamics In the Philippines’ project is a four-year project started in January 2011. 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: July 15, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Post-doctoral researcher, BioDIVA, Institute of Environmental Planning. The motivated scientist will analyse complex social-ecological systems, study changes in land use patterns and the effects on agrobiodiversity. The position is open to develop methodological approaches (i.e. models, scenarios etc.) to operationalise and synthesise in a participatory manner the economic, ecologic and social dimensions of sustainable development. Deadline: July 25, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow, Democratic Republic of Congo Strategy Support Program. IFPRI seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow and Leader of its country strategy support program  DRC for a two year, fixed-term, exempt renewable appointment. Deadline: August 1, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Agricultural/Natural Resource Economist. The Malawi-based Agricultural/Resource Economist is expected to contribute to strategic research & development, communication of science for impact, capacity building, and resource mobilization and administration. Deadline: August 15, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) Network. The IFRI Network, located at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, seeks a postdoctoral fellow for a one-year appointment beginning Fall 2011. The Fellow will conduct and support research for several existing projects on institutional and social dimensions of forest outcomes and climate adaptation, community forest governance, and land cover change. Deadline: August 15, 2011

FELLOWSHIPS: Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (SSRC). The program responds to a shortage of well-trained faculty now reaching crisis proportions in African higher education. The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program offers fellowships to nurture the intellectual development and increase retention of early-career faculty in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Deadline: August 31, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2012 International Planet Under Pressure Conference. The conference, scheduled to take place from March 26-29 in London, will discuss solutions at all scales to move societies on to a sustainable pathway. It will provide scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development - Rio+20. Deadline: August 19, 2011

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: International Summer Research School with a focus on Development and International Economics. A joint programme of ISSER (Ghana) and the Ruhr-University of Bochum (Germany) intends to support young African economists by broadening their knowledge through a series of courses covering advanced issues in development and international economics. Deadline: August 22, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Water Association World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy. The International Water Association (IWA) is the global network of 10,000 water professionals spanning the continuum between research and practice and covering all facets of the water cycle. The IWA’s World Congress will be held in Dublin from May 13-18, 2012. Deadline: September 15, 2011

EVENT: Harnessing Natural resources for Peacebuilding: Lessons from U.S. and Japanese Assistance. An international symposium on “Harnessing natural resources for peacebuilding: Lessons from U.S. and Japanese assistance” will be held on July 20, 2011 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Deadline to RSVP: July 15, 2011

ONLINE RESOURCE: Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) – Test New Website. SEDAC is a unique source of interdisciplinary data and related information and services related to the human dimensions of global environmental change.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Postdoc Position on Modeling Agrarian and Population Dynamics In the Philippines

The ‘Modeling Agrarian and Population Dynamics In the Philippines’ (MAPDIP) project is a four-year project started 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 duration: Start: ASAP / End: 31 March 2013

For more information, please contact: Prof. Sabine Henry: sabine.henry@fundp.ac.be or Prof. Nicolas Dendoncker : nicolas.dendoncker@fundp.ac.be. The interested candidate must send before the 15th of July a CV, a covering letter and his/her availability to sabine.henry@fundp.ac.be and nicolas.dendoncker@fundp.ac.be.

Deadline: July 15, 2011

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Water Association World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy

The International Water Association (IWA) is the global network of 10,000 water professionals spanning the continuum between research and practice and covering all facets of the water cycle. The IWA’s World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy will be held in Dublin from May 13-18, 2012. Submissions for oral and poster presentation are invited on the topics listed below supplemented by invited talks by world experts and political leaders.

More information.

Deadline: September 15, 2011

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: International Summer Research School with a focus on Development and International Economics

The International Summer Research School is a joint programme of ISSER (Ghana) and the Ruhr-University of Bochum (Germany). It intends to support young African economists by broadening their knowledge through a series of courses covering advanced issues in development and international economics. Also, it will support African economists in conducting their own research by providing extensive training, research support, and an opportunity to participate in stimulating discussions. A special emphasis will be placed on empirical issues, in particular, applied economics and econometrics.

More information.

Deadline: August 22, 2011

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) – Test New Website

Users are invited to test the new SEDAC web site.

The NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) operated by CIESIN is a unique source of interdisciplinary data and related information and services related to the human dimensions of global environmental change. To help users more effectively find, access, and use these resources, SEDAC has redesigned its Web site with enhanced search tools, interactive mapping tools, a map gallery, topical views of SEDAC content, and examples of uses of SEDAC data in research, applications, and education. The new site builds on the latest Internet technologies, including a content management system, Flickr, open source Web mapping services, and social networking tools. During the user testing period, users are encouraged to provide feedback on the site’s organization and ease of use and suggestions about new features and content. Comments may be submitted anonymously through a tool available on the lower right corner of each Web page.

See: SEDAC Web site (beta)

 

FELLOWSHIPS: Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (SSRC)

The program, launched in June 2011, responds to a shortage of well-trained faculty now reaching crisis proportions in African higher education. The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program offers fellowships to nurture the intellectual development and increase retention of early-career faculty in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The program assists fellows to develop research opportunities and skills, obtain doctoral degrees, and participate in robust research communities. Toward this end, the project features a thematic focus in order to renew basic research agendas addressing peace, security, and development topics as well as strengthen interdisciplinary social science research capacity on these issues. Funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, this project complements foundation initiatives to develop and strengthen the next generation of African scholars.

The program features three distinct competitive fellowship opportunities for early-career social science faculty who hold positions in accredited colleges and universities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda:

More information.

Deadline: August 31, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Agricultural/Natural Resource Economist (Malawi)

The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry or ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.

The Malawi-based Agricultural/Resource Economist is expected to contribute to strategic research & development, communication of science for impact, capacity building, and resource mobilization and administration.

More information.

Deadline: August 15, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow, Democratic Republic of Congo Strategy Support Program

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow and Leader of its country strategy support program in Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) for a two year, fixed-term, exempt renewable appointment.  The position will be based in Kinshasa, DRC and reports to the Director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division.

The DRC country strategy support program aims to enhance Congolese capacity for evidence-based policymaking in the areas of agriculture and rural development and poverty reduction.  It supports research and capacity strengthening for the implementation of DRC’s national and provincial development strategies. It addresses policy effectiveness and coherence within the agricultural sector as well as between the agricultural sector and other sectors key to economic growth and poverty reduction in that country.  Key research and capacity strengthening activities will be carried out with a broad array of agricultural sector stakeholders, including DRC’S Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, other concerned provincial government departments, key Congolese research institutes and universities, and selected private sector and nongovernmental organizations.

More information.

Deadline: August 1, 2011

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

 

EVENT: Harnessing Natural resources for Peacebuilding: Lessons from U.S. and Japanese Assistance

An international symposium on “Harnessing natural resources for peacebuilding: Lessons from U.S. and Japanese assistance” will be held on July 20, 2011 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the Global Infrastructure Fund (GIF) Research Foundation Japan, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is hosting this event with support from the Center for Global Partnership of the Japan Foundation.  This symposium examines U.S. and Japanese bilateral peacebuilding experiences in managing natural resources after conflict.

The U.S. and Japan are two of the largest sources of bilateral assistance to countries seeking to rebuild after conflict. Decades of experience illustrates the need for more effective approaches to post-conflict peacebuilding and diplomacy. Natural resource management offers as-yet underutilized approaches for peacebuilding.

The symposium celebrates the development of a book on Harnessing Natural Resources for Peacebuilding: Lessons from U.S. and Japanese Assistance. Drawing upon analyses by U.S. and Japanese researchers and practitioners of projects from Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines, Timor-Lese, and elsewhere, the book identifies lessons and opportunities for how natural resource management programs can strengthen U.S. and Japanese peacebuilding initiatives.

More information.

Deadline to RSVP: July 15, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIP: Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) Network

The International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) Network, located at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, seeks a postdoctoral fellow for a one-year appointment beginning Fall 2011. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work under the direct supervision of Professor Arun Agrawal who coordinates the IFRI network.
The Fellow will conduct and support research for several existing projects on institutional and social dimensions of forest outcomes and climate adaptation, community forest governance, and land cover change. As necessary, the Fellow will also assist with the preparation of new grant proposals, coordination of IFRI field research, and organization of research workshops in national and international contexts. A combination of scholarly imagination and rigorous interdisciplinary empirical and analytical skills will provide applicants a competitive edge. Strong statistical training, experience working with complex social-ecological datasets, and some spatial analysis skills (GIS and Remote Sensing) are especially desirable.  Qualified applicants may come from a range of fields, including Political Science, Public Policy, Geography, Sociology, Economics, Ecology, and Environment programs.

More information.

Deadline: August 15, 2011

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2012 International Planet Under Pressure Conference

The 2012 international Planet Under Pressure conference, scheduled to take place from March 26-29 in London, will provide a comprehensive update of the pressure planet Earth is now under. The conference will discuss solutions at all scales to move societies on to a sustainable pathway. It will provide scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development - Rio+20.

Abstracts are invited for oral and poster presentations within the conference sessions.

More information.

Deadline: August 19, 2011

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