Thursday, October 27, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: 2 Postdoc Positions in IFPRI’s Markets, Trade and Institutions Division. IFPRI seeks 2 qualified candidates to serve as a Postdoctoral Fellows for its Markets, Trade and Institutions Division. Deadline: open

SCHOLARSHIP: Two PhD Positions in the Institutional & Behavioural Economics group (ZMT Bremen). The newly established working group “Institutional & Behavioural Economics” is looking for 2 PhD candidates in economics. Deadline: open

FELLOWSHIP: Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships. The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. Deadline: November 9, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: The Yale World Fellows Program. The program each year brings to Yale University 14-18 highly accomplished men and women from a diverse set of countries around the world to spend an intensive semester exploring critical issues and undergoing leadership training, with the full resources of Yale University at their disposal. Deadline: December 9, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Fund for Gender Equality (Arab States). The Fund for Gender Equality announces its second Call for Proposals for innovative programmes to help women achieve political and economic empowerment. Deadline: November 4, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: USAID and NSF Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER). This competitive grants program allows scientists in developing countries to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities in partnership with their NSF-funded collaborators on topics of importance to USAID, including (but not limited to) food security, global health, and climate change. Deadline: November 30, 2011

PUBLICATION: The Knowledge Translation Toolkit: Bridging the Know–Do Gap. The toolkit provides a thorough overview of what knowledge translation (KT) is and how to use it most effectively to bridge the “know–do” gap between research, policy, practice, and people.

PUBLICATION: Towards A Global Partnership for Capacity Building in Land Administration. A paper from last year’s World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty.

 

PUBLICATION: The Knowledge Translation Toolkit: Bridging the Know–Do Gap

The Knowledge Translation Toolkit provides a thorough overview of what knowledge translation (KT) is and how to use it most effectively to bridge the “know–do” gap between research, policy, practice, and people. It presents the theories, tools, and strategies required to encourage and enable evidence-informed decision-making.

This toolkit builds upon extensive research into the principles and skills of KT: its theory and literature, its evolution, strategies, and challenges. The book covers an array of crucial KT enablers — from context mapping to evaluative thinking — supported by practical examples, implementation guides, and references.

Drawing from the experience of specialists in relevant disciplines around the world, The Knowledge Translation Toolkit aims to enhance the capacity and motivation of researchers to use KT and to use it well.

Available for free download here.

 

PUBLICATION: Towards A Global Partnership for Capacity Building in Land Administration

A paper from last year’s World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty may interest some CAPRi readers:

All countries have to deal with the management of land and the people to land relationship. To deal wit the four functions of land tenure, land value, land use and land development in some way or another.

This paper provides an overall understanding of the land administration in support for sustainable development. The paper also examines the capacity building concept and underpins the need for institutional development to facilitate the design and implementation of efficient land administration in support of good governance and sustainability

Available here.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: USAID and NSF Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is exploring new opportunities to use science and technology to meet the world’s development challenges. As part of its science and technology strategy, USAID is developing mechanisms to leverage the investments that other U.S. government agencies make in scientific research and training. Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between USAID and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the two agencies implemented a pilot program to assess the potential for USAID-funded collaborative research projects. Based on the program’s success, USAID and NSF are now pleased to announce the launching of a new and broader program called Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER). This competitive grants program will allow scientists in developing countries to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities in partnership with their NSF-funded collaborators on topics of importance to USAID. Areas in which both NSF and USAID have strong mutual interests include, but are not limited to, the following:

More information.

Deadline: November 30, 2011

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FELLOWSHIP: The Yale World Fellows Program

World Fellows Program each year brings to Yale University 14-18 highly accomplished men and women from a diverse set of countries around the world. The Fellows spend an intensive semester exploring critical issues and undergoing leadership training, with the full resources of Yale University at their disposal. Selected from outside the United States at an early mid-career point (generally five to fifteen years into their professional development), the World Fellows come from a range of fields and disciplines including government, business, nongovernmental organizations, religion, the military, media, and the arts. Guided by faculty advisors, the Fellows deepen their resource bases, advance their breadth of understanding, and augment their skills. Building on access to the students, faculty, alumni, and Yale visitors, the Fellows prepare for greater roles of leadership, expand their professional and personal horizons, and contribute to a deepening of international awareness and dialogue within the Yale community.

More information.

Deadline: December 9, 2011

 

SCHOLARSHIP: Two PhD Positions in the Institutional & Behavioural Economics group (ZMT Bremen)

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology GmbH (Leibniz-ZMT GmbH) in Bremen is a member of the Leibniz Association, which is supported by the German Federal and State Governments. Through its research, Leibniz-ZMT GmbH contributes to developing science-based strategies for sustainable use of tropical coastal systems (www.zmt-bremen.de).

The newly established working group “Institutional & Behavioural Economics” is looking for 2 PhD candidates in economics:

Deadline: open

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: 2 Postdoc Positions in IFPRI’s Markets, Trade and Institutions Division

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks 2 qualified candidates to serve as a Postdoctoral Fellows for its Markets, Trade and Institutions Division. The positions are  two-year, fixed-term appointment, and are renewable depending on performance and funding. Please note that Postdoctoral Fellow appointments at IFPRI have a maximum term of three (3) years, inclusive of any approved appointment extensions. This positions are based at IFPRI headquarters located in Washington, D.C.

Deadline: open

Monday, October 24, 2011

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Fund for Gender Equality (Arab States)

The Fund for Gender Equality is pleased to announce its second Call for Proposals for innovative programmes to help women achieve political and economic empowerment. The Fund will award multi-year grants ranging from USD 200,000 to USD 1 million for impact-oriented programmes around the world.

The first phase of the grantmaking cycle will open 16 October 2011 and will consider proposals intended for the Arab States region only, with applications accepted in English and Arabic.

The online application process will be open 24 October – 4 November (please check back for the URL) and grants will be announced 28 December 2011. In 2012, the Fund will invite proposals from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

More information.

Deadline: November 4, 2011

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FELLOWSHIP: Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

ACLS invites applications for the sixth annual competition for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the Ph.D. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2013. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program.

Deadline: November 9, 2011

More information.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Consultant Positions at CIFOR. The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) currently has two open consultancy positions in Lao PDR and Bogor, Indonesia. Deadline: October 31, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: New Opportunities at the World Agroforestry Center. The center is currently accepting applications for a number of positions. Deadline: October 31–November 9, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Research Opportunities at ICRISAT. ICRISAT is accepting applications for the positions of Principal Scientist—Empower Women and Head—Impact Assessment Office. Deadline: November 10, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: Acumen Fund Global Fellows Program. The Fellowship is a one year program that immerses Fellows in world-class leadership training, field work with social enterprises on the front lines, and a community of changemakers and thoughtleaders. Deadline: November 14, 2011

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: UNDP Equator Prize 2012. The UNDP Equator Prize will recognize 25 outstanding local initiatives that are working to advance sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Deadline: October 31, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Managing Resources of a Limited Planet. The 6th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs) will take place from July 1-5, 2012, in Leipzig, Germany under the theme of “Managing Resources of a Limited Planet: Pathways and Visions under Uncertainty”. Deadline: November 1, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Organized Sessions & Mini Symposia on “Land Use in Transition: Potentials & Solutions between Abandonment and Land-Grabbing”. The IAMO Forum 2012 will provide a platform for research that investigates the main trends and drivers of land use in transition economies of Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union, and East Asia. Deadline: November 18, 2011

FUNDING: Keepers of the Earth Fund. First Peoples Worldwide is dedicated to strengthening Indigenous communities through the restoration of their authority and control over their assets. First Peoples Worldwide offers grants through the Keepers of the Earth Fund.

PUBLICATION: Common Voices issue on IASC Meeting in Hyderabad, India. The latest issue compiles some of the important addresses delivered at the the International Association for the Study of the Commons conference.

PUBLICATION: Converging Currents in Climate-Relevant Conservation: Water, Infrastructure, and Institutions. A group of researchers with Conservation International and WWF have co-authored a paper in PLoS Biology focusing on the water-related threats and opportunities presented by climate change to the development and conservation communities.

 

PUBLICATION: Common Voices issue on IASC Meeting in Hyderabad, India

The latest issue of Common Voices compiles some of the important addresses delivered at the the International Association for the Study of the Commons conference in Hyderabad, India, last January.

Apart from a range of papers and posters that showcased the disciplinary diversity that characterises the study of commons, the conference also benefited from keynote addresses from globally renowned experts who engaged their audience with presentations that navigated the subjects of economics, ecology, politics, activism, social sciences, and law. We present to our readers another special issue of Common Voices—covering the welcome address by Mr. Nitin Desai, the inaugural addresses by Professor Elinor Ostrom and Dr. Jairam Ramesh, and the keynote speeches by Mr. Herman Rosa Chávez, Dr. Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Mr. David Bollier, Prof. Bina Agarwal, and Mr. Ashish Kothari.

As experts in the field of the commons, their speeches are rich with in-depth knowledge drawn from years of experimentation, experience, research and ideas on securing commons and sustaining our future. We present the complete transcripts of these addresses in their original form, and wish to share the richness of debate, thought and action towards understanding and addressing the commons, with readers who missed the conference. We have also included a landmark order recently passed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India mandating that all state governments undertake time bound measures to restore their village common lands.

The issue is available for download here.

 

FELLOWSHIP: Acumen Fund Global Fellows Program

The Acumen Fellowship is a one year program that immerses Fellows in world-class leadership training, field work with social enterprises on the front lines, and a community of changemakers and thoughtleaders.

Established in 2006, the Acumen Fund Global Fellows Program is a premier training ground for the next generation of social sector leaders. Our Global Fellows are talented young professionals who come from diverse geographies and backgrounds, but share a common commitment to solve the problems of poverty. With the Global Fellows Program, we strive to show the best and the brightest in the world that patient capital is not only a viable career path but the path of the future.

More information.

Deadline: November 14, 2011

 

FUNDING: Keepers of the Earth Fund

First Peoples Worldwide is dedicated to strengthening Indigenous communities through the restoration of their authority and control over their assets. The programs of First Peoples Worldwide are grounded in the belief that assets are the building blocks of sustainable prosperity. Indigenous Peoples own substantial assets, but frequently lack the authority and control to benefit from them. First Peoples Worldwide partners with Indigenous Peoples to help them establish their assets, advance their decisions about them, and develop the capacities to carry out these decisions.

First Peoples Worldwide offers grants through the Keepers of the Earth Fund:

Our goal through the Keepers of the Earth Fund is to support Indigenous-led projects and to increase access to funding for Indigenous communities and support Indigenous-led projects that create greater Indigenous control of Indigenous assets. We support strategies that address Indigenous development (e.g., land use and conservation, traditional decision-making, climate change, food security, etc.).

All applicants must:

More information.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Consultant Positions at CIFOR

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) advances human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR is one of 15 centres within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

CIFOR currently has two open consultancy positions:

Deadline (both positions): October 31, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: Converging Currents in Climate-Relevant Conservation: Water, Infrastructure, and Institutions

A group of researchers with Conservation International and WWF have co-authored a paper in PLoS Biology focusing on the water-related threats and opportunities presented by climate change to the development and conservation communities. The authors suggest that the climate change impacts on long-lived water infrastructure for energy production, agriculture, transportation, and supply and sanitation demand a much higher level of coordination between economists, engineers, and ecologists in order to achieve a viable vision of sustainable development and green economies over the coming century. The authors also propose a methodology for integrating effective climate adaptation into long-term water resource management and conservation.

The video below is a presentation on the topic. The paper is available for download here.

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: UNDP Equator Prize 2012

The Equator Initiative is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the UNDP Equator Prize 2012, which will recognize 25 outstanding local initiatives that are working to advance sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.

The 25 recipients of the Equator Prize 2012 will each receive $5,000 (USD), with 10 selected for special recognition and a total of $20,000 (USD).

Representatives of winning communities will participate in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which will be held in Brazil in June 2012.

In order to be eligible for the Equator Prize 2012, nominees must:

More information.

Deadline: October 31, 2011

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: New Opportunities at the World Agroforestry Center

The World Agroforestry Centre 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 center is currently accepting applications for the following vacancies:

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Organized Sessions & Mini Symposia on “Land Use in Transition: Potentials & Solutions between Abandonment and Land-Grabbing”

Land use is receiving increasing attention due to its manifold repercussions on human wellbeing and the environment. Land use changes are particularly pronounced in many transition economies, where the legacies of the rapid and drastic institutional and socioeconomic system changes sent land use systems on new trajectories.

The IAMO Forum 2012 (20-​22 Ju­ne 2012, Hal­le (Saa­le), Ger­ma­ny) will provide a platform for research that investigates the main trends and drivers of land use in transition economies of Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union, and East Asia. We welcome contributions that shed light on patterns, phenomena, and drivers of land-​use changes.  We aim to cap­ture the pre­va­lent chan­ges and mo­di­fi­ca­ti­on of land use in­clu­ding agri­cul­tu­ral aban­don­ment and re­cul­ti­va­ti­on, chan­ges in farm si­ze and farm­land frag­men­ta­ti­on, the emer­gence of lar­ge-​sca­le agri­cul­tu­ral pro­duc­tion units, ex­ten­si­fi­ca­ti­on and in­ten­si­fi­ca­ti­on of agri­cul­ture, log­ging and fo­rest tran­si­ti­ons. The con­fe­rence contri­bu­ti­ons may ex­ploit a wi­de va­rie­ty of theo­re­ti­cal and me­tho­do­lo­gi­cal ap­proa­ches ran­ging from mi­cro-​le­vel ana­ly­sis of land ma­nage­ment to in­sti­tu­tio­nal, so­cio­eco­no­mic and geo­gra­phic in­ves­ti­ga­ti­ons of land-​use chan­ge at the lo­cal, re­gio­nal and cross-​na­tio­nal le­vel. In­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry contri­bu­ti­ons are par­ti­cu­lar­ly wel­co­me.

More information.

Deadline for proposals: November 18, 2011

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Managing Resources of a Limited Planet

The 6th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs) will take place from July 1-5, 2012, in Leipzig, Germany under the theme of “Managing Resources of a Limited Planet: Pathways and Visions under Uncertainty”.

In almost all of our decisions we make use of models that reflect the simplified understanding of our environment. Every model and every decision has uncertainties. Recent decline of environmental resources and the ecosystem services our environment provides are a consequence of managing a considerably complex system: our environment and our planet.

How can researchers and scientists that professionally deal with complex systems cope with these questions of environmental resource management that our societies are faced with? These and many other related questions will be discussed at this conference.

The aim of the meeting is to enhance understanding of environmental processes and decision making by fostering the discussion and interchange of challenges, solutions, ideas, new methods and techniques, and future research lines in environmental modelling and software.

More information.

Deadline: November 1, 2011

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Research Opportunities at ICRISAT

ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. ICRISAT and its partners help empower those living in the semi-arid tropics, especially smallholder farmers, to overcome poverty, hunger, malnutrition and a degraded environment through more efficient and profitable agriculture. ICRISAT is headquartered in Greater Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India and belongs to the Consortium of Centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

ICRISAT is accepting applications for the following research positions:

Deadline: November 10, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Water Scientist and Plant Pathologist Positions at IRRI.The International Rice Research Institute is accepting applications for two positions to be based at their office in Los Baños, Philippines. Deadline: October 20, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Officer (Livestock Policy). The incumbent will be responsible for livestock sector analysis, policy analysis and the formulation of relevant development strategies and policy advice. Deadline: November 6, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: 12th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics. The conference will take place from 29 May to 1 June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Deadline: November 15, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Lund Conference on Earth System Governance. The Lund Conference on Earth System Governance: Towards Just and Legitimate Earth System Governance – Addressing Inequalities, will be held at Lund University, 18-20 April 2012. Deadline: November 5, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research. The Fund is aimed at accelerating global research into mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral livestock farming. Deadline: November 7, 2011

CALL FOR ACTION: Community Forestry—Key to Solving Current and Emerging Challenges. Participants from the Second Regional Forum for People and Forests held in Thailand on August 8-9 have issued a Call to Action on Community Forestry—Key to Solving Current and Emerging Challenges.

PUBLICATION: Policies, politics and realities of small dams in the rural South. A new issue of Water Alternatives has a special section on Policies, politics and realities of small dams in the rural South.

PUBLICATION: Collective Action: Research, Theory and Practice: Celebrating Elinor Ostrom and Her Work. The latest issue of the Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) newsletter celebrates Elinor Ostrom.

ONLINE RESOURCE: World Bank eAtlas of Gender. This tool allows users to map and graph dozens of gender indicators over time and across countries

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: World Bank eAtlas of Gender

The World Bank has launched the World Bank eAtlas of Gender, a companion of the recent World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development. This World Bank eAtlas of Gender, the latest in a suite of user-friendly, interactive electronic atlases, allows users to map and graph dozens of gender indicators over time and across countries. See the video below for a demonstration.

The eAtlas allows users to see how a country fares on several dimensions of well-being and empowerment by clicking on an indicator after a keyword search. When the indicator is selected, a world map appears, showing the latest data for more than 200 economies.

With this eAtlas, you can:

Visit the eAtlas of Gender site.

 

PUBLICATION: Policies, politics and realities of small dams in the rural South

A new issue of Water Alternatives has a special section on Policies, politics and realities of small dams in the rural South.

This special issue on the Policies, Politics and Realities of Small Reservoirs in the Rural South was prompted by a simple observation: since the 1980s, the questions that revolve around small reservoirs have evolved little despite continuous development and academic attention to the topic worldwide. Continuous interests and related investments in small reservoirs in the context of long-known challenges and opportunities echo an observation by Diemer and Vincent (1992) on the "failure of collective memory and collective action" and reinforces a tendency to reiterate long-known problems in the field of irrigation in Africa (Lankford, 2009). Rather than providing normative answers to questions surrounding small reservoirs, the papers in this collection help understand how this 'stabilisation' of the debate came into being. Here, small reservoirs in the rural South provide an opportunity to better understand the emergence, malleability and persistence of specific 'models' for rural development, that is, interventions which ostensibly embody a dimension of 'success' and whose shortcomings are generally downplayed and framed as mere 'externalities' associated with the context of implementation (Molle, 2008). More specifically, and in line with critical analysts of development and environmental processes, we demonstrate the importance of looking at discursive framings of past and current agricultural water management projects and policies to understand how and what they do in practice for multiple actors.

Articles available here.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: 12th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics

ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS AND RIO +20
CONTRIBUTIONS AND CHALLENGES FOR A GREEN ECONOMY
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.

For conference details see: http://www.ecoeco.org/content/2011/06/2012-isee-conference-call-for-papers/

Download the complete flyer (pdf).

Deadline for abstracts: November 15, 2011

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EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Officer (Livestock Policy)

Under the overall supervision of the Director, AGA, and the technical guidance of the Chief, AGAL the incumbent will
be responsible for livestock sector analysis, policy analysis and the formulation of relevant development strategies and
policy advice. In particular, the incumbent will:

More information (pdf). French. Spanish.

Deadline: November 6, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Water Scientist and Plant Pathologist Positions at IRRI

The International Rice Research Institute is accepting applications for two positions to be based at their office in Los Baños, Philippines.

Deadline (both positions): October 20, 2011

Monday, October 03, 2011

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Lund Conference on Earth System Governance

The Lund Conference on Earth System Governance: Towards Just and Legitimate Earth System Governance – Addressing Inequalities, will be held at Lund University, 18-20 April 2012.

We invite you to the Lund Conference on Earth System Governance to be held 18-20 April 2012 in Lund, Sweden. This conference is part of a global series organized by the Earth System Governance Project. The first Earth System Governance conference was held in Amsterdam in December 2009 and the second in Fort Collins in May 2011. The 2012 Lund Conference on Earth System Governance is hosted by Lund University and jointly organized by the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) and the Department of Political Science at Lund University, on behalf of the Earth System Governance Project.

More information.

Deadline: November 5, 2011

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CALL FOR ACTION: Community Forestry—Key to Solving Current and Emerging Challenges

Participants from the Second Regional Forum for People and Forests held in Thailand on August 8-9 have issued a Call to Action on Community Forestry—Key to Solving Current and Emerging Challenges.

Although Community Forestry can help slow and even reverse deforestation, only 26% of forests in the region are recognized as “community forests.” Constrained by regulatory frameworks and contradictory policies, local people are often denied the opportunity to sustainably manage their forests in ways that are appropriate to their situation. Key country decision-makers and over 200 participants from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond considered these issues at the Second Regional Forum for People and Forests: Community Forestry—Key to Solving Current and Emerging Challenges, held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 8 and 9 August 2011. With this in mind and a shared commitment to the Vision for 2020, Forum participants issued this Call for Action.

We urge Forum participants and all other interested parties to commit to these action points to ensure the best possible outcomes for the people and forests of the Asia-Pacific region.

Download the Call for Action here (pdf).

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research (the Fund) are now being called.  The Fund is aimed at accelerating global research into mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral livestock farming.

The Fund is open to international scientists, and it is hoped that multi-stakeholder/country consortia bids will be put forward. Projects can be led by New Zealand or international participants, but must include a New Zealand partner. Co-funding from international participants is also required.

Round 1 of the Fund totals NZ$16 million, and supports projects up to four years in duration. The cost of individual projects is expected to be in the range of NZ$1-4 million over the four years.

The Fund will seek proposals in response to a set of high-level research challenges that have been identified by an international strategic science panel, chaired by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Professor Sir Peter Gluckman. These challenges are in the areas of:

More information.

Deadline: November 7, 2011

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PUBLICATION: Collective Action: Research, Theory and Practice: Celebrating Elinor Ostrom and Her Work

Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) is a decentralized collective of educators, researchers and grassroots activists working to promote an economy based on democratic participation, worker and community ownership, social and economic justice, and ecological sustainability--a "solidarity economy"--through grassroots journalism, organizing support, cross-sector networking and movement-building and the publication of educational and organizational resources.

The latest issue of the GEO newsletter is on the theme of “Collective Action: Research, Theory and Practice: Celebrating Elinor Ostrom and Her Work”.

Most of GEO's readers are practitioners of economic collective action. They may be wondering why GEO is dedicating an entire issue not only to the practice of, but the theory and research of collective action as well.

Well, an important shift is underway in academia and it seems to be building momentum. It is a spreading inter-disciplinary interest in empathy, cooperation, and group-level behavior that seems to be converging in networks both within and outside of university structures. Practitioners of collective action should take heed of these developments. We work mostly in the margins of our political and economic life, and maybe this sea change can become a very empowering resource for making cooperation work more deeply and more broadly than we can even imagine.

Cooperation is now a core issue of our times, and because of the ferocious energy of many in the social sciences, it is re-emerging into the spotlight of public attention. Theorists and researchers of cooperation and collective action share the values and passions of practitioners, but, as Marx put it so eloquently, the point is to change the world not just to understand it. And for this endeavor, researchers and theorists can inform and even transform how we do collective action in real life, and we can be a cornucopia of experience for more understanding of the questions they are puzzling over.

Available here.