Friday, September 30, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: CCAFS Research Facilitator (Science Officer) Pro-Poor Climate Change Mitigation. The program’s research on mitigation aims to improve farmers’ livelihoods and meet future food needs in ways that also reduce the impact of agriculture on the climate and are environmentally sustainable. Deadline: October 6, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoctoral Fellow focused on Water Policies. IFPRI seeks a qualified candidate to serve as Postdoctoral Fellow in its Environment and Production Technology Division. The candidate will work on water policies as they relate to food production in IFPRI’s water research group. Deadline: October 28, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: Campbell Fellowship for Women Scholar-Practitioners from Developing Nations. A six-month fellowship is available for a female postdoctoral social scientist from a developing nation, whose work addresses women’s economic and social empowerment in that nation. Deadline: November 1, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: Beckman Institute Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy Initiative. The Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois offers a three-year, $52,000/year post-doctoral fellowship intended for recent Ph.D.s or students in their final year of doctoral study with research interests relevant to the Beckman Institute. Deadline: November 28, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Sustainable Land Use and Rural Development in Mountain Areas. The International Scientific Conference on "Sustainable Land Use and Rural Development in Mountain Areas" will be held at Hohenheim University, Stuttgart, Germany on 16-18 April 2012. Deadline: November 1, 2011

SCHOLARSHIP: PhD Programme in Agrobiodiversity, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. The program is aimed at the enhancement of human resource capacities in the use and management of genetic variation in agricultural and natural systems. Deadline: October 10, 2011

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Governance Research in Africa. Global Integrity is embarking on a five-year collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to generate original data on a range of governance issues across all 54 African countries. Deadline: October 15, 2011

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Agricultural Transformation by Innovation (AgTraIn). AgTraIn is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programme offered by a consortium of internationally recognised European universities. Deadline: November 1, 2011

FUNDING: USAID Innovations in Gender Equality Household Food Security Program. Grants are from US$50 thousand to US$1.5 million. Deadline: October 17, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ICRISAT-NCAP-IRRI project on Village Dynamics Studies. Research fellowships funded through this RFP will contribute to policies, practices and innovations that alleviate rural poverty by analyzing and disseminating knowledge on rural livelihoods, poverty dynamics and development pathways of the poor in the semi-arid tropics and humid tropics of India and Bangladesh as well as on issues related to efficiency, equity and sustainability of agriculture. Deadline: November 15, 2011

 

FUNDING: USAID Innovations in Gender Equality Household Food Security Program

USAID will make grants for the Innovations in Gender Equality Household Food Security Program, Sudan.  The aim is to show impact from interventions that increase women's leadership in agriculture; improve women's access to and utilization of technology to increase agricultural productivity; increase labor-saving technologies; strengthen gender equality in land, credit and other policies; and enhance nutritional outcomes for women and children.  Grants are from US$50 thousand to US$1.5 million.

More information.

Deadline: October 17, 2011

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Sustainable Land Use and Rural Development in Mountain Areas

The Uplands Program at Hohenheim University invites scientists, government officers, development practitioners and graduate and post-graduate students to the International Scientific Conference on "Sustainable Land Use and Rural Development in Mountain Areas" held at Hohenheim University, Stuttgart, Germany on 16-18 April 2012.

The Uplands Program is a long-term interdisciplinary research program by research institutions in Germany, Thailand, and Vietnam. The program conducts research on sustainable land use and rural development in Southeast Asia. The institutions include Hohenheim University in Germany, Chiang Mai University, Kasetsart University, Mae Jo University, and Silpakorn University in Thailand, and Hanoi University of Agriculture, Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry, and the National Institute of Animal Husbandry in Vietnam.

More information.

Deadline: November 1, 2011

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Agricultural Transformation by Innovation (AgTraIn)

AgTraIn (Agricultural Transformation by Innovation) is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programme offered by a consortium of internationally recognised European universities. It offers:

AgTraIn has announced the 2011 research topics and issued a call for applications.

More information.

Deadline: November 1, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIP: Campbell Fellowship for Women Scholar-Practitioners from Developing Nations

One six-month fellowship is available for a female postdoctoral social scientist from a developing
nation, whose work addresses women’s economic and social empowerment in that nation. The goal of
the program is twofold: to advance the scholarly careers of women social scientists from the developing
world, and to support research that identifies causes of gender inequity in the developing world and that
proposes practical solutions for promoting women’s economic and social empowerment.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: November 1, 2011

 

SCHOLARSHIP: PhD Programme in Agrobiodiversity, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies

The PhD Programme in Agrobiodiversity is aimed at the enhancement of human resource capacities in the use and management of genetic variation in agricultural and natural systems, in order to improve the sustainability of agricultural systems and the conservation of genetic resources for the well-being of present and future generations.

The Programme is structured in the following curricula:

More information.

Deadline: October 10, 2011

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Governance Research in Africa

Global Integrity is embarking on a five-year collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to generate original data on a range of governance issues across all 54 African countries. This data will strengthen future iterations of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, an index based on four main categories: Safety and Rule of Law; Participation and Human Rights; Sustainable Economic Opportunity; and Human Development. The Index has and will continue to shape the debate on the continent around governance reform priorities.

As part of this effort, Global Integrity is recruiting teams of researchers in all 54 African countries to carry out original research and data gathering. There are different roles for interested contributors. Locally-based lead researchers will combine desk research with interviews of key informants to answer roughly 100 questions (or “indicators”) around governance issues in their country using an expert assessment methodology. Reviewers (including national, regional, and functional reviewers) are similarly qualified experts who will review the draft indicators and provide critical commentary and suggested corrections to strengthen the final results for each country. All contributing experts will use an easy-to-use web-based platform (the Indaba fieldwork platform) for submitting and reviewing content.

More information.

Deadline: October 15, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: CCAFS Research Facilitator (Science Officer) Pro-Poor Climate Change Mitigation

The CGIAR Research Program, Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS, http://www.ccafs.cgiar.org) is a major collaborative endeavour between the international agricultural (CGIAR) and global environmental change (ESSP) research communities, and their respective partners. CCAFS seeks to overcome the threats posed by a changing climate to achieving food security, enhancing livelihoods and improving environmental management in the developing world. Launched in 2009, the 10-year program’s current geographical focus is East Africa, West Africa and South Asia.

The Research Facilitator (Science Officer) will support and coordinate research activities of the CCAFS theme on Pro-Poor Climate Change Mitigation. The program’s research on mitigation aims to improve farmers’ livelihoods and meet future food needs in ways that also reduce the impact of agriculture on the climate and are environmentally sustainable. The Science Officer will work closely with the Theme Leader and other members of the CCAFS management team.

More information.

Deadline: October 6, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoctoral Fellow focused on Water Policies

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as Postdoctoral Fellow in its Environment and Production Technology Division. This is a two-year, fixed term, renewable, exempt appointment based in Washington DC.

The candidate will work on water policies as they relate to food production in IFPRI’s water research group. IFPRI’s water research aims to reduce poverty by improving overall water use efficiency in developing countries, while improving water quality, reducing irrigated land degradation, increasing food security, and improving access to water by the poor, paying particular attention to the mechanisms, policies, and institutions needed to address these challenges. Research results provide policymakers with options to address growing water scarcity and water quality challenges through more efficient water allocation and improved water management across sectors and within the agricultural sector.

The postdoctoral fellow will focus on research, including work on the water-food-energy nexus, agricultural water productivity constraints, and equitable institutions for water access. The ideal candidate will possess a passion for improving the lives of smallholder water users, and will have some knowledge on developing country water policy issues.

The postdoctoral fellow will report to the Division Director of the Environment and Production Technology Division Water Policy and work closely with Senior Research Fellows of the water research program.

More information.

Deadline: October 28, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIP: Beckman Institute Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy Initiative

The Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois offers a three-year, $52,000/year post-doctoral fellowship. The Beckman Institute Fellows program is intended for recent Ph.D.s or students in their final year of doctoral study with research interests relevant to the Beckman Institute. A competition is held yearly and four fellows are selected for terms of up to three years. Recipients of the fellows awards are expected to have a recent Ph.D. (received no earlier than December 2008) in an area of research relevant to Beckman Institute research and to be involved in interdisciplinary studies related to one of the Beckman Institute's research themes.

Applicants interested in an association with The Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy Initiative (SDEP) at Beckman are encouraged to apply.

More information on SDEP.

More information on applying for the Fellows program.

Deadline: November 28, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ICRISAT-NCAP-IRRI project on Village Dynamics Studies

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) invites research and development institutes to respond to this Request for Proposals (RFP), either from individual researchers or in collaboration with PhD students from Asia who wish to undertake field research in an ICRISAT-NCAP-IRRI project on Village Dynamics Studies in India and Bangladesh. The researcher can make use of the data collected under the VDSA project (micro and meso level), undertake field trips to collect additional data or for ground truthing the data to address her/his research topic. Research fellowships funded through this RFP will contribute to policies, practices and innovations that alleviate rural poverty by analyzing and disseminating knowledge on rural livelihoods, poverty dynamics and development pathways of the poor in the semi-arid tropics and humid tropics of India and Bangladesh as well as on issues related to efficiency, equity and sustainability of agriculture. 

The Research Field Proposals aim at:

More information.

Deadline: November 15, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Post Doc Researcher Position, Research Programme on Sustainable Development and Climate Change. The successful candidate will work within the Innovation for Climate Change mitigation: a study of energy R&d, its Uncertain effectiveness and Spillovers – ICARUS project. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: New Opportunities with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). ICRAF has announced 2 climate change related vacancies at its office in Nairobi, Kenya. Deadline: October 6-14, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: CIFOR Director, Forests and Environment Programme. The Director will manage a team of scientists in collaboration with the Director of the Consortium Research Programme ‘Forests, Trees and Agroforestry’ to bring together and expand existing research in CIFOR. Deadline: October 9, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Senior Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development. ICIMOD, is a regional knowledge development and learning centre serving Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Deadline: October 10, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Call for Social Science Researchers, The Responsive Forest Governance Initiative. RFGI is setting up multidisciplinary social science research teams on forest resource governance in several African countries. Deadline: October 10, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: African Women Public Service Fellowship at New York University for Graduate Studies. As fellows at New York University, Fellows study in either a two-year Master of Public Administration prorgram or a one-year Executive MPA program. Deadline: December 12, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Water Commons: Devising Diverse Solutions (Special Issue of Water International). The Special Issue seeks a set of papers to address the interrelated issues of configuring and re-configuring water governance to diverse and changing situations and goals. Deadline: September 30, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2012 ISEE Conference Call for Papers. The 12th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE), “Challenges and Contributions for a Green Economy,” will be held 29 May – 1 June, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Deadline: November 15, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Food Security: the Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food. The journal Food Security seeks to address the constraints - physical, biological and socio-economic - which not only limit food production but also the ability of people to access a healthy diet.

PUBLICATION: Journal of Peasant Studies Special Issue on New Frontiers of Land Control. The new special issue of Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) on “New Frontiers of Land Control” is offering selected articles for free for a limited period of time.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Food Security: the Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food

The journal Food Security had its origins in an address given by the Nobel Peace Laureate, Norman Borlaug, to the International Society for Plant Pathology's 7th International Congress of Plant Pathology in 1998. This is recalled by Dr Borlaug in his introductory contribution to the first issue: it commends plant pathologists for taking a lead in the battle for food security by initiating this journal with its topical title and with the breadth of coverage indicated by its subtitle.

In brief, the journal seeks to address the constraints - physical, biological and socio-economic - which not only limit food production but also the ability of people to access a healthy diet. These may be considered under the following broad headings:

The journal will cover the principles and practice of food security per se, taking an overview of the subject or analysing it with a broad perspective over its many component disciplines, but not duplicating the coverage of specialised journals that focus more narrowly on these disciplines.

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EMPLOYMENT: New 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 at its office in Nairobi, Kenya:

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIFOR Director, Forests and Environment Programme

CIFOR is looking for a visionary and dynamic Director of its Forests and Environment Programme.

CIFOR Programmes are line management units and discipline-based resource providers for the the major themes of our research. The primary accountability of programme directors is to ensure the overall scientific quality of research outputs and project proposals. The Forests and Environment Programme (ENV) considers biophysical and ecological aspects related to the conservation, sustainable use and management of forest ecosystems, populations and species. The Forests and Environment Programme encompasses a wide set of scientific disciplines including forestry, forest ecology, landscape ecology, botany, soil science and biogeography. Its role in CIFOR is to provide scientific and human resources so that research in thematic areas can achieve their expected outcomes. We use cutting-edge scientific tools, methods and approaches to ensure the scientific rigour and quality of our research outputs, which include publications, conferences and trainings.

The Director will lead research and ensure that it is optimally integrated with research on livelihoods and governance issues to advance human well-being, environmental conservation, and equity.  The Director will manage a team of scientists in collaboration with the Director of the Consortium Research Programme ‘Forests, Trees and Agroforestry’ to bring together and expand existing research in CIFOR.

More information.

Deadline: October 9, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIP: African Women Public Service Fellowship at New York University for Graduate Studies

The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University (NYU) is calling for applications for the African Women Public Service Fellowship.

Established in 1938, the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service offers advanced programmes leading to the professional degrees of: MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, Master of Public Administration in Health Policy and Management, Master of Urban Planning, Executive Master of Public Administration, and Doctoral Programme.

The mission of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service is to educate leaders in the field of public service.  The programme has been made possible by a donation from the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, which expands the opportunity for African women to prepare for public service in their home countries.

As fellows at New York University, African women study in one of two graduate programmes:

The awards for either programme will support tuition, housing, travel to and from the United States and a small stipend to cover books and miscellaneous expenses. Applicants will commit to return to their respective home countries at the conclusion of the programme with the goal of assuming a leadership position on the continent where they can meaningfully contribute to the challenges currently confronting Africa.

Prospective applicants must meet the general admissions criteria and be citizens and resident in an African country at the time of application.

More information.

Deadline: December 12, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: Journal of Peasant Studies Special Issue on New Frontiers of Land Control

The new special issue of Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) on “New Frontiers of Land Control” is offering selected articles for free for a limited period of time.

Land questions have always invigorated agrarian studies and economic history, with particular emphases on its control since Marx. Words such as ‘exclusion’, ‘alienation’, ‘expropriation’, ‘dispossession’, and ‘violence’ describe processes that animate land histories and those of resources, property rights, and territories created, extracted, produced, or protected on land. Primitive and on-going forms of accumulation, frontiers, enclosures, territories, grabs, and racializations have all been associated with mechanisms for land control. Agrarian environments have been transformed by so many processes: de-agrarianization, protected area establishment, urbanization, migration, land reform, resettlement, and re-peasantization. Even the classic agrarian question of how agriculture is influenced by capitalism has been reformulated multiple times at transformative conjunctures in the historical trajectories of these processes, reviving and producing new debates around the importance of land control. The authors in this volume focus primarily on new frontiers of land control and their active creation. These frontiers are sites where authorities, sovereignties, rights, and hegemonies of the recent past have been challenged by new enclosures, property regimes, and territorializations, producing new “urban-agrarian-natured” environments, comprised of new labor and production processes, new actors, subjects, and networks connecting them, and new legal and violent means of challenging previous land controls. Some cases augment analytic tools that had seemed to have timeless applicability with new frameworks, concepts, and theoretical tools. What difference does land control make? These contributions to the debates demonstrate that the answers have been shaped by conflicts, contexts, histories, and agency, as land has been struggled over for livelihoods, revenue production, and power.

Articles available here.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2012 ISEE Conference Call for Papers

The 12th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE), “Challenges and Contributions for a Green Economy,” will be held 29 May – 1 June, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

ISEE is a nonprofit, member-governed organization dedicated to advancing understanding of the relationships between the economy, ecology and society, for the mutual well-being of people and nature. ISEE conferences are transdisciplinary and have been held biennially since 1990. ISEE 2012 has been conceived to dovetail with the Rio+20 UNCSD Earth Summit. The Earth Summit has been charged with developing a road map for international cooperation toward a “Green Economy” and for promoting institutions necessary for sustainable development. ISEE 2012 will address UNCSD themes as well as other key debates within ecological economics and environmental policy. It will promote dialogue with the Summit through a final ministerial panel and the participation of policy makers. The challenge for Ecological Economics at this Summit is to contribute to designing innovative alternatives, to address market and institutional failures, as well as to better understand ecological and economic systems.

More information.

Deadline: November 15, 2011

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Monday, September 19, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Senior Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, ICIMOD, is a regional knowledge development and learning centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan – and is based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Globalisation, climate change, and socioeconomic changes have an increasing influence on the stability of fragile mountain ecosystems and the livelihoods of mountain people. ICIMOD aims to assist mountain people to understand these changes, adapt to them, and make the most of new opportunities.

The strategic programme ‘Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction’ (SLPR) houses ICIMOD’s socioeconomic competence. It monitors and analyses the poverty situation and its main drivers and helps to develop policy-relevant information. It promotes climate change adaptation strategies that help alleviate poverty by providing sustainable livelihood options for mountain people in the context of rapid socioeconomic and environmental change. To achieve this, ICIMOD are seeking to recruit a Senior Climate Change Adaptation Specialist. In view of the above, ICIMOD is looking for candidates with expertise in adaptation to climate change, including the international state of the art in this research field, policies, lessons learned and best practices applicable in the HKH.

More information.

Deadline: October 10, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Post Doc Researcher Position, Research Programme on Sustainable Development and Climate Change

FEEM encourages applications for a Post Doc research position. The successful candidate will work within the Innovation for Climate chAnge mitigation: a study of energy R&d, its Uncertain effectiveness and Spillovers – ICARUS project. ICARUS is a three-year (2010-2012) European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant funded by the European Commission under the umbrella of the 7th Framework Programme. ICARUS aims at producing an unprecedented analysis of energy-related innovation mechanisms. The main goals of the project are: (1) collection of probabilistic information on the uncertain linkage between RD&D investments and particular improvements in science and technology by means of expert elicitation and analysis of historical data (2) assessment of the implications or benefits, of these improvements (e.g. economic, environmental, or security benefits); and (3) the application of decision-analytic frameworks for synthesizing (1) and (2) to inform decision makers.

Requirements:

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in economics, or in energy engineering/mathematics/physics coupled with a solid economic background, and experience in applied research on environmental and energy issues.

The successful candidate is expected to begin his/her assignment in the fall 2011. The appointment period can be up to 2 years, with an evaluation after the first one. Gross salary is competitive and will be based on qualification and experience. Duties will be carried out at the FEEM premises in Milan, Italy.

Application requirements:

Applicants should send a detailed curriculum vitae, a job market paper, and at least one letter of recommendation to: Monica Eberle (monica.eberle@feem.it).

Please mention ref: ICARUS/09.2011 in your application.

Deadline: open

 

EMPLOYMENT: Call for Social Science Researchers, The Responsive Forest Governance Initiative

The Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI) is an Africa-wide comparative environmental governance research and training Programme of CODESRIA, IUCN and The University of Illinois. RFGI focuses on Enabling Responsive and Accountable Decentralization, in forestry to strengthen representation of forest-based rural populations within local-government decision making. RFGI aims to enhance and help institutionalize widespread responsive and accountable local governance processes that reduce vulnerability, enhance local wellbeing, and improve forest management with a special focus on developing safeguards and guidelines to ensure fair and equitable implementation of the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and climate-adaptation interventions. More information about RFGI is available here (pdf).

RFGI is setting up multidisciplinary social science research teams on forest resource governance in several African countries. Members of these research teams work fulltime for the entire duration of their contracts.

  1. RFGI: Call for Social Science Research Candidates (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Uganda and Mozambique). In Burkina Faso, Ghana, Uganda and Mozambique we are seeking young researchers as members of a four-person research team that will conduct in-depth field research on REDD’s effects on rural rights, recourse and representation. Researchers will be hired full-time for the first 18 months and half time for the last 6 months of this period. Deadline 10 October 2011. [More information/en Francais]
  2. RFGI: Call for Social Science Research Candidates (Cameroon, DRC, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania). In Cameroon, DRC, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and South Sudan we seek more established researchers who will develop single case studies building on their on-going in-depth research. Researchers will receive support for supplementary field research, transport to and from research methods, mid-term and findings meetings, and a lump sum payment for the delivery of an RFGI working paper in the comparative framework of the RFGI program. Deadline 10 October 2011. [More information/en Francais]
  3. A call for self-funded Social Science Research Candidates (all other countries).  In all other countries in Africa and in other regions of the world we invite researchers to the RFGI team who can bring their own funding and contribute comparative case studies. These researchers are invited to participate in our methods trainings, research meetings, and to contribute to our working paper publications and special journal issues. RFGI will provide letters of support for these researchers, integrate them into our research meetings, provide feedback on their written products, and include their working papers and articles in our peer-reviewed publications. Deadline for non-funded research proposals is due 10 November 2011 (due one month after calls 1 and 2, above). [More information (pdf)]

For RFGI Program Description see: http://www.codesria.org/spip.php?article1247&lang=en. For further information write Ribot@Illinois.edu.

Deadline: October 10, 2011

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Water Commons: Devising Diverse Solutions (Special Issue of Water International)

This Special Issue is inspired by the 2011 meeting of the International Association for the Study of Commons in which issues of the commons with respect to agricultural water received special attention. The Special Issue seeks a set of papers to address the interrelated issues of configuring and re-configuring water governance to diverse and changing situations and goals. Papers may look at how approaches have been or could be customized to fit particular contexts, particularly where the framing of problems, exploration of solutions, and views about what would be considered success or failure are often contested and negotiated over time. Authors will share research findings and ideas that can inform the work of those studying and managing shared water resources. Topics to be addressed may include:

Water International Special Journal Issue: July 2013
Water Commons: Devising Diverse Solutions

Editors
Everisto Mapedza: International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Bryan Bruns: Consulting Sociologist
Mark Giordano: International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Deadlines:

Communications should be sent to e.mapedza@cgiar.org with copies to bryanbruns@yahoo.com and MARK.GIORDANO@CGIAR.ORG.

Deadline: September 30, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Researcher Position in Land Use, Forestry and Agriculture Economics Modeling (FEEM). FEEM is looking to recruit a motivated and talented researcher for a modeling position in the area of Land Use, Forestry and Agriculture Economics. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: Africa-Based Economist Positions at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The International Livestock Research Institute is accepting applications for internationally-recruited positions based in Nairobi, Gaberone, and Kampala. Deadline: September 30, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Agricultural Economist and Climate Change Scientist Opportunities at CIMMYT. CIMMYT seeks two highly trained individuals to join their international team of scientists working on improving the livelihoods of farmers and the poor in the developing world. Deadline (both positions): September 30, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoc Opportunities in India and Nigeria. IFPRI is accepting applications for 2 Postdoctoral Fellows, one to be based in India and the other in Nigeria. Deadline: October 5-8, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship Call for 2012. Two Fellowships for up to $20,000 each will be available for 2012 to carry out research from 3 to 12 months on themes related to the conservation and use of plant genetic resources in developing countries. Deadline: November 6, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Open Society Initiative for Sothern Africa. Open Society Initiative for Sothern Africa (OSISA) has been engaged in building vibrant and tolerant democracies in southern Africa by means of different thematic and country focused programs, which provide grants to civil society organizations. Deadline: October 10, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty. Under the general theme of “Land governance in a rapidly changing environment”, the 2012 conference will focus on innovative ways of dealing with key aspects of land governance in the context of structural change and economic transformation in a pro-poor and gender-sensitive way. Deadline: October 31, 2011

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Global South-South Development Expo 2011 (UNDP). The Special Unit for South-South Cooperation in UNDP is inviting you to nominate a project or program that has provided a successful solution to the following areas: climate change/environment, food security and global health through effective leadership, innovation, and partnership. Deadline: October 31, 2011

PUBLICATION: Communal Tenure and the Governance of Common Property Resources in Asia (FAO). This paper presents an analysis of communal tenure and its role for natural resource management systems, in different contexts of selected Asian countries with a focus on indigenous people.

ONLINE RESOURCE: Climate Change Emissions and Livelihoods at the Forest-Farm Frontier. Papers presented from a recent meeting on this theme are available for download.

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: Climate Change Emissions and Livelihoods at the Forest-Farm Frontier

A set of papers prepared through an ongoing collaboration between the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security program (CCAFS) and the University of Michigan’s International Forestry Resources and Institutions Program (IFRI) was presented at a recent conference on Climate Change Emissions and Livelihoods at the Forest-Farm Frontier.

The conference, coordinated by CCAFS partner Arun Agrawal at the University of Michigan, included participants who examined institutional mechanisms that maintain the forest-farm boundary and contain agricultural expansion into forests; showed the importance of tenure arrangements and effective enforcement mechanisms in achieving positive development and climate outcomes; and identified how tropical deforestation can be reduced. Such research is critically necessary to achieving and maintaining sustainable development – it provides key lessons for policy making and decision makers across the political spectrum.

The papers presented and more information about the conference are available here.

 

FELLOWSHIP: Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship Call for 2012

Two Fellowships, for up to US$ 20,000 each, will be available for 2012 to carry out research from 3 to 12 months on a wide range of biophysical, economic and social themes related to the conservation and use of plant genetic resources in developing countries.

These opportunities are available thanks to support from Pioneer Hi-Bred, USA and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Australia.

This year's themes focus on :

Applications may be submitted in English, French or Spanish. The Call, Application Form and Guidelines can be downloaded from :

http://www.bioversityinternational.org/index.php?id=4754

Deadline: November 6, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: Communal Tenure and the Governance of Common Property Resources in Asia (FAO)

The FAO’s Land Tenure Working Paper #20 may be of interest to CAPRi readers:

This paper presents an analysis of communal tenure and its role for natural resource management systems, in different contexts of selected Asian countries with a focus on indigenous people. The current market driven pressures on natural resources create both challenges and opportunities for communities and governments to use and  strengthen communal tenure in order to promote sustainable management of some natural resources. Overall, policies and institutions that promote accountability and good governance over these resources, both by the government at national and local level and by communities, are required. Communal tenure will also very likely play a significant role in the policies and actions for climate change mitigation (REDD and REDD+).

Download here (pdf).

 

EMPLOYMENT: Agricultural Economist and Climate Change Scientist Opportunities at CIMMYT

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is an internationally funded, non-profit research and training organization affiliated with the CGIAR and has an annual budget of about US$ 90 million. CIMMYT’s mission is to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat systems to ensure global food security and reduce poverty. The center is a global leader in maize and wheat breeding, biotechnology, socioeconomics, and natural resource management research. CIMMYT employs about 700 permanent staff and operates through decentralized partnership, with staff in 14 countries and projects and networks in many more.

CIMMYT seeks two highly trained individuals to join their international team of scientists working on improving the livelihoods of farmers and the poor in the developing world.

Deadline (both positions): September 30, 2011

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

The Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty brings together representatives from governments, civil society, academia, the private sector and the development community to discuss issues of concern to land practitioners and policymakers worldwide. The conference aims to foster dialogue and sharing of good practices by showcasing the diversity of approaches and experiences implemented in the land sector around the world (see the 2011 website at http://go.worldbank.org/LULPW0WZN0 for details on format).

Under the general theme of “Land governance in a rapidly changing environment”, the 2012 conference will focus on innovative ways of dealing with key aspects of land governance in the context of structural change and economic transformation in a pro-poor and gender-sensitive way. These include agricultural investment and productivity growth, climate change and carbon finance, decentralized resource management, land use planning, urban expansion, and dealing with the consequences of or preventing conflict and disaster.

To ensure broad stakeholder representation, the organizers invite empirically oriented papers of between 6,000 and 12,000 words for presentation at the conference and possible subsequent publication in a proceedings volume. Papers should focus on one of three main thematic areas:

1. Innovative approaches to land governance & management: Evidence on implementation & impact
2. Creating & maintaining technical, analytical, and administrative capacity for land governance
3. Large scale land-related investment: Lessons from experience in agriculture & other sectors

Individuals interested in presenting a paper at the conference are required to submit an initial abstract of their presentation. Abstracts should be between 800 and 1,500 words. Abstracts will be reviewed by a technical committee comprised of key partners supporting the conference and ranked according to the following criteria:

  1. Innovative nature and contribution to the literature;
  2. Quality of methodology and analytical rigor;
  3. Policy relevance;
  4. Relevance for and link to capacity building and knowledge transfer.

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Deadline: October 31, 2011

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Global South-South Development Expo 2011 (UNDP)

The Special Unit for South-South Cooperation in UNDP is inviting you to nominate a project or program that has provided a successful solution to the following areas: climate change/environment, food security and global health through effective leadership, innovation, and partnership.

· Who can participate?

Any public or private institution, group or project that have made significant contributions to human development in the global south and that has provided solutions to address the challenges in the areas of climate change/environment, food security, global health. We seek organizations and institutions that can nominate south development solutions (SDS) that could readily be replicated, scaled up or adapted across developing countries. The South Development Solution (SDS) could be a Southern-grown solution, a South-South partnership solution, a North-South-South triangular partnership solution, a South-South-Multilateral Organization solution, Public-Private partnership solution, and/or combination of all these.

Deadline: October 31, 2011

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Open Society Initiative for Sothern Africa

Open Society Initiative for Sothern Africa (OSISA) has been engaged in building vibrant and tolerant democracies in southern Africa by means of different thematic and country focused programs, which provide grants to civil society organizations.

Grants are approved by the OSISA board on a quarterly basis, and the foundation accepts applications twice a year, through open calls. Updated and mini-calls are also issued from time-to-time.

In its latest call for proposals, OSISA is seeking inviting civil society organizations or state actors from Southern Africa for its projects beginning after March 2012.

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Types of grants available

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Deadline: October 10, 2011

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EMPLOYMENT: Researcher Position in Land Use, Forestry and Agriculture Economics Modeling (FEEM)

FEEM is looking to recruit a motivated and talented researcher for a modeling position in the area of Land Use, Forestry and Agriculture Economics. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in economics, or in engineering/mathematics/physics coupled with a solid economic background, and experience in applied research on Land Use, Forestry and Agriculture issues. The main duties will be related to the global modeling of land use and forestry and its interface with the integrated assessment analysis of energy and climate policies. Knowledge of global land use optimization models and experience with bioenergy is required. Skills in modelling land-forestry-related dynamics either with land use models or with top down economic models (AEZ approach) will be an important even though not mandatory asset.

The successful candidate is expected to begin his/her assignment in late 2011/early 2012. The appointment period can be up to 3 years, with an evaluation after the first one. Gross salary is competitive and will be based on qualification and experience. 

Duties will be carried out at the FEEM premises either in Milan or Venice, Italy.

Applicants should send a detailed curriculum vitae, a job market paper, and at least one letter of recommendation to: Monica Eberle (monica.eberle@feem.it)

Please mention ref: FOREST/09.2011 in your application.

Deadline: open

Friday, September 09, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Africa-Based Economist Positions at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

The International Livestock Research Institute is accepting applications for internationally-recruited positions based in Nairobi, Gaberone and Kampala.

Our organisation is international. Our focus is Africa and Asia. Our business is livestock research for development. The working environment is fast-paced, multi-cultural, interdisciplinary and supportive. ILRI is one of 15 centres supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR. ILRI seeks to recruit a number of agricultural economists to join our team.

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Deadline: September 30, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoc Opportunities in India and Nigeria

IFPRI is accepting applications for 2 Postdoctoral Fellows, one to be based in India and the other in Nigeria.