Wednesday, October 31, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: OECD Young Professionals Programme 2013

The OECD Young Professionals Programme is designed to bring entry-level professionals with diverse backgrounds into the Organisation. A number of stimulating and challenging assignments are available for the Young Professionals who will join the OECD in 2013. Candidates should be interested in the objectives of the OECD in promoting international policy co-operation, understand the issues involved in international work, and who possess the analytical and drafting skills which enable them to contribute to policy-related studies.

More information.

Deadline: November 25, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: MICHIGAN TECH Assistant Professor - Sociology

The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Tech University seeks applicants for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Sociology to begin August 2013. The area of specialization is open. Candidates whose research and teaching interests articulate with one of the university’s PhD programs in either Environmental and Energy Policy or Industrial Archaeology are preferred.

We are seeking an assistant professor of sociology to join the Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University.  The area of specialization is open.  Candidates whose research and teaching interests articulate with one of our graduate programs (MS and PhD) in either Environmental and Energy Policy or Industrial Archaeology are preferred. Experience and interest in social justice, international contexts, interdisciplinary collaboration, or quantitative methods would strengthen the candidate’s application. Applicants who can contribute to existing and emerging department and university strengths are welcome.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong research record and agenda, as well as potential for securing external funding.  Teaching experience is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will be expected to teach two courses per term, usually two to three undergraduate courses and one to two graduate courses each calendar year. Teaching Introduction to Sociology (enrollment 30-80 students) is required.  Additional courses may be standard lower level sociology courses or other undergraduate and graduate courses within the candidate’s specialty area. All department faculty are expected to participate in instruction, to develop a program of publication and externally-funded research, to be engaged in our graduate program(s) and to be active in service. We seek candidates who can work effectively and collegially in an interdisciplinary university setting with a professionally diverse faculty.

More information.

Deadline: November 15, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: 10 Research Positions, FEEM Research Programme on Climate Change and Sustainable Development. FEEM aims to recruiting motivated and talented researchers to cover ten open positions within the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Research Programme. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Agroforestry Systems Scientist (Vietnam-based). ICRAF seeks to recruit a candidate for the position of Agroforestry Systems Scientist to provide scientific leadership in agroforestry systems research to improve on-farm productivity of rural smallholder farmers in Southeast and East Asia. Deadline: October 31, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). IGES conducts interdisciplinary policy research to support sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region and seeks a number of dynamic individuals with extensive knowledge and experience to carry out research activities. Deadline: November 12, 2012

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Book Series on Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability. The series is now seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified academics to produce additional volumes as guest editors. Deadline: open

CALL FOR PAPERS: World Bank Land and Poverty Conference 2013. Under the theme of “Moving towards transparent land governance: Evidence-based next steps”, the 2013 conference will provide a forum for an evidence-based discussion of innovative approaches to follow up on recent global and regional initiatives, and concrete steps to improve land governance at country level in a way that contributes to poverty reduction, gender equality, and sustainable economic growth. Deadline: November 15, 2012

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ESRC-DFID ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research. The ESRC-DfID joint scheme funds research on a broad range of topics to enhance the quality and impact of social science, and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Deadline: November 29, 2012

TRAINING: MA in Development Studies, Major in Agrarian and Environmental Studies at ISS, The Hague. The focus of the AES Major is on the social, political and economic dynamics of rural and agrarian change and environmental degradation, seen from a wider perspective of rural and rural-urban links, and across the South-North divides to include emerging international actors in agro-environmental terrain, such as BRICS.

PUBLICATION: A Basic Guide to Conducting Economics Experiments for Policymaking. In this publication, author Angelino Viceisza explains some basic principles on how to conduct lab-like field experiments and describes the strengths and weaknesses of these types of experiments.

PUBLICATION: “Our Land, Our Lives” (Oxfam Report). In a new report, Oxfam recommends that the World Bank freeze its own land investments and review its policy and practice to prevent land-grabbing.

 

PUBLICATION: “Our Land, Our Lives” (Oxfam Report)

In a new report, Oxfam recommends that the World Bank freeze its own land investments and review its policy and practice to prevent land-grabbing.

With food prices spiking for the third time in four years, interest in land could accelerate again as rich countries try to secure their food supplies and investors see land as a good long-term bet. All too often, forced evictions of poor farmers are a consequence of these rapidly increasing land deals in developing countries. As the world’s leading standard-setter and a big investor itself, the World Bank should freeze its own land investments and review its policy and practice to prevent land-grabbing. In the past the Bank has chosen to freeze lending when poor standards have caused dispossession and suffering. It needs to do so again, in order to play a key role in stopping the global land rush.

The report is available here in English, French, and Spanish.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ESRC-DFID ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research

The ESRC-DfID joint scheme funds research on a broad range of topics to enhance the quality and impact of social science, and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. DfID and ESRC have announced phase 3 of the joint scheme with two new funding opportunities.

Deadline: November 29, 2012

 

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Book Series on Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability

The book Series "Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability" is the world´s longest running book series on matters related to education, communication and training on sustainable development. Since it started in 1998, the book series has produced a number of ground-breaking publications focusing on environmental communication, sustainable development in  formal and non-formal education, and in university programmes. Some examples of publications produced to date include "Greening the Curriculum", "Handbook of Sustainability Research"  or the newly-launched book—volume 34—“Sustainability at Universities: new Horizons" resulting from a workshop held in Rio de Janeiro,  parallel to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development" (Rio+20).

The series is now seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified academics, to produce additional volumes, as guest editors. A publication as part of the Series gives not only a  unique opportunity to produce state-of-the-art publications  on the theory and practice of sustainable development, but also ensures a wide international visibility.

Peter Lang Scientific Publishers, a company with a long publishing tradition, has offices in North America and Europe
and a worldwide distrbution network. Expressions of interest containing a short description with the title and scope of the possible publication should be sent to: beids@beids.de. Interested editors will receive a feed-back and, in case of a match between the aims of the series and the planned publication, a work plan will be produced.

Deadline: open

 

EMPLOYMENT: 10 Research Positions, FEEM Research Programme on Climate Change and Sustainable Development

FEEM, a leading research institute on sustainable development (www.feem.it) aims to recruiting motivated and talented researchers to cover ten open positions within the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Research Programme.

The Programme carries out high level research in the following areas: climate change integrated assessment modelling, climate change policy and governance, climate-related innovation and technological change, natural hazards and extreme climate-related events, management of natural resources, sustainability and growth beyond GDP.

Requirements

Candidates should have a Ph.D. (or be close to completion) in economics or energy engineering, mathematics, and physics, coupled with a solid economic background. Four-year (full time equivalent) research experience may substitute the Ph.D. degree. Experience in conducting applied and/or econometric research using both analytical and numerical methods in one or more of the following areas is requested:

More information.

Deadline: open

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

 

TRAINING: MA in Development Studies, Major in Agrarian and Environmental Studies at ISS, The Hague

Agrarian and Environmental Studies (AES) offers an interdisciplinary approach – combining political economy, political ecology, and political sociology – to understanding and confronting the impacts of global capitalist development on agrarian structures and environmental systems. The focus of the AES Major is on the social, political and economic dynamics of rural and agrarian change and environmental degradation, seen from a wider perspective of rural and rural-urban links, and across the South-North divides to include emerging international actors in agro-environmental terrain, such as BRICS. 

The focus of the Major is on the social and political processes around the dynamics of agrarian change, rural-urban poverty and environmental degradation, (inter-) governmental intervention, and emerging popular alternatives such as food sovereignty and agroecology and the (trans)national social movements that spearhead these. It offers a balance between theory, policy and practice. Specifically, the Major addresses themes including: land and land grabbing, water and natural resources use, access, property relations & conflict; climate change, environmental degradation; and extraction, use, management, and distribution of natural resources; rural poverty, social exclusion and marginalization; emerging popular alternatives such as food sovereignty and agroecology; as well as global agrarian and environmental politics, including (trans)national agrarian and environmental justice movements as well as food movements. 

After completing the Major, participants will have developed a critical understanding of key processes facing the agricultural and rural sectors and the livelihoods of rural people, as well as the structures and processes that influence sustainable development. They will be familiar with useful tools in analyzing policies and strategies of governments, NGOs, social movements and private companies. 

More information about AES.

More information about fellowship and scholarship opportunities at ISS.

 

PUBLICATION: A Basic Guide to Conducting Economics Experiments for Policymaking

As conducting various types of experiments becomes a more popular component of economics research, understanding the experimental method becomes more important for policymakers and others concerned with economics issues. InTreating the Field as a Lab: A Basic Guide to Conducting Economics Experiments for Policymaking, Angelino Viceisza addresses this need by explaining some basic principles on how to conduct lab-like field experiments and describing the strengths and weaknesses of these types of experiments.

Lab-like field experiments have primarily been conducted for four purposes:

  1. To test theories
  2. To measure what have been considered “unobservable” characteristics
  3. To disentangle heterogeneous effects of experiment treatments
  4. To demonstrate economics concepts

Unlike pure lab experiments, whose subjects are typically university students, lab-like field experiments involve people in the working world, such as farmers, traders, or firm managers, who take time from their daily lives to participate. Nevertheless, these experiments are conducted under more controlled conditions than a pure field experiment that might test people’s everyday behavior. Being less complicated than such field experiments, lab-like field experiments serve as good introductions to the experimental method while at the same time providing insights into more complex tests. Treating the Field as a Lab provides examples of lab-like field experiments, explains their basic rationale and methods, reviews the role of game theory in conducting these experiments, and discusses the challenges in deriving public policies from these experiments.

Available for download here.

Monday, October 22, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) conducts interdisciplinary policy research to support sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. From April 2013, IGES will begin its Sixth Phase Strategic Research Programme and seeks a number of dynamic individuals with extensive knowledge and experience to carry out the research activities.

Positions: Research Staff (multiple positions)

Research Areas: Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services (incl. forest issues) / Climate and Energy / Sustainable Consumption and Production / Green Growth and Green Economy / Integrated Policies for Sustainable Societies / Business and the Environment / Sustainable Cities

Work Places: IGES Headquarters; Kansai Research Centre; Kitakyushu Urban Centre (Japan) / Regional Centre (Bangkok, Thailand)

Contract Terms: 3 years or 1 year

Contract Start: from July 2013

More information.

Deadline: November 12, 2012

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: World Bank Land and Poverty Conference 2013

Every year, the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty brings together representatives from governments, the development community, civil society, academia, and the private sector to discuss issues of concern to communities, land practitioners and policymakers worldwide. The conference aims to foster dialogue and sharing of good practices around the diversity of reforms, approaches and experiences that are being implemented in the land sector around the world (see the 2012 conference website at www.landandpoverty.com for details on format of the conference.

Under the theme of “Moving towards transparent land governance: Evidence-based next steps”, the 2013 conference will provide a forum for an evidence-based discussion of innovative approaches to follow up on recent global and regional initiatives, and concrete steps to improve land governance at country level in a way that contributes to poverty reduction, gender equality, and sustainable economic growth. Papers are invited for presentations at the conference in six thematic areas:

More information.

Deadline: November 15, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Agroforestry Systems Scientist (Vietnam-based)

ICRAF seeks to recruit a candidate for the position of Agroforestry Systems Scientist to be based in Vietnam. Under the supervision of the East Asia Node Coordinator and co-supervision of the Vietnam Country Coordinator, the incumbent will provide scientific leadership in agroforestry systems research to improve on-farm productivity of rural smallholder farmers in Southeast and East Asia, particularly the Greater Mekong Region (GMA). The candidate will also work closely with GRP leaders and ICRAF CRP Component leaders. The job specifically includes the following duties and responsibilities:

A.    Agroforestry for Livelihoods of smallholder farmers in northern Vietnam (AFLI). Funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), AFLI covers three provinces in northwest Vietnam, and aims to develop best practices in agroforestry that provide both livelihood and environmental benefits.  The incumbent will:

  1. Provide overall management of the AFLI project, ensuring effective implementation of project activities including donor reporting, enhancing partnerships, and ensuring work efficiency and quality;
  2. Provide scientific leadership in on-farm agroforestry research (Objective 1 of the AFLI Project) through working with local partners;
  3. Provide overall technical coordination, ensuring quality in the delivery of research outputs including scientific publications; and
  4. Provide scientific support to CRP6.1 research activities when called upon.

B.    Consortium Research Project for the Humid Tropics  (CRP 1.2). Coordinated by the ICRAF East Asia node, the main site of CRP 1.2 activities is in the Greater Mekong Region (GMR), covering Southern China, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Cambodia and Thailand. The duties and responsibilities of the incumbent include, among others:

  1. Programme management: develop and oversee individual work plans related to integrated systems for the humid tropic region of Mekong, in collaboration with national and regional teams under the supervision of the East Asia Node based in Kunming.
  2. Research and capacity building: based on identified research priorities, lead in regional and participate in global CRP1.2 integrated research and studies facilitate and/or provide support to targeted training programmes.
  3. Contribute to the design of a regional research network of Action Sites in collaboration with other CG Centres in Mekong Region.
  4. Synthesize and publish results in journal articles, assessment reports and policy briefs.

C.    Undertake management and administrative duties as may be assigned from time to time.

More information.

Deadline: October 31, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: IDDRI Research fellow, Food and Agriculture Policies. The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) is an independent, not‐for‐profit think‐tank based at Sciences Po (Institute for Political Studies) in Paris. Deadline: October 21, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: Director of Research and Director of Policy, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute, University of Nebraska. The University of Nebraska is seeking two dynamic and creative leaders with vision to be the Director of Research and the Director of Policy in the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute (DWFI). Deadline: November 1, 2012

FELLOWSHIP: Prof. Elinor Ostrom International Fellowship on Practice and Policy on Commons. The Foundation for Ecological Security in association with the International Association for the Study on the Commons invites applications for international fellowships on Practice and Policy on Commons. Deadline: October 31, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: Payments for Ecosystem Services (2013 AAG). A session at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, 9-13 April 2013, will address the topic of “Payments for Ecosystem Services: Paths toward Sustainability”. Deadline: October 24, 2012

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: NORHED Seed Funding 2012. This announcement invites collaborative higher education institution partnerships to submit proposals for seed funding for NORHED partnerships projects. Deadline: November 5, 2012

TRAINING: PLAAS Postgraduate Diploma in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies. Those who seek to progress in their careers and improve their knowledge and skills in the following sectors are invited to apply for this postgraduate programme, which is aimed at professionals working in government, NGOs or the private sector in poverty, land and agrarian reform, rural development, natural resources and gender issues. Deadline: October 31, 2012

PUBLICATION: Conservation Payments under Uncertainty when Nonuse Benefits have Market Value. A new working paper by researchers at ETH Zürich and the London School of Economics.

PUBLICATION: Gender Assessment of the Agricultural Sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An IFPRI Discussion Paper from Catherine Ragasa, Annie Kinwa-Muzinga, and John Ulimwengu.

VIDEO: Right to land - Right of men and women: experiences with paralegals in Mozambique. The video presents an overview of the gender issues in Mozambique and the major challenges faced by rural women when it comes to access land and natural resources.

 

PUBLICATION: Conservation Payments under Uncertainty when Nonuse Benefits have Market Value

A new working paper by researchers at ETH Zürich and the London School of Economics:

The decision of whether to retain tropical forest or convert to another land use such as agriculture is affected by uncertainty over future land-use returns. A model of land-use change is developed to investigate the design of incentive payments to landowners under uncertainty. With the aim of conserving forests over time, payments comprise fixed and variable components. The latter are either indexed to the returns from forest conversion, principally agricultural production, or to a market value associated with forest non-use benefits. Payment size depends on the dependency structure between the two competing land returns and the relative volatility of the underlying returns. It is lower the higher the correlation between the returns from the indexed component and the returns from the alternative land use, and the greater the volatility of the returns from forest conservation relative to the alternative. The general model is simulated for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) in Brazil. Low correlation and greater volatility are shown to have opposing effects on landowners' returns from market-based carbon payments.

Available here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: NORHED Seed Funding 2012

This announcement invites collaborative higher education institution partnerships to submit proposals for seed funding for NORHED partnerships projects.

The Norwegian Programme for Capacity Building in Higher Education and Research for development (NORHED) is a new programme launched by Norad starting from 2013.

NORHED seed funding shall be used with the purpose to develop an application for a main NORHED project, within one of the NORHED sub-programmes.

The NORHED programme is aiming at strengthening capacities in higher education and research institutions to contribute to a more and better qualified workforce, increased knowledge, evidence-based policy and decision-making and enhanced gender equality with the ultimate goal of sustainable economic, social and environmental development in low and middle income countries (LMIC).

Based on a needs assessment in the relevant country, NORHED projects may encompass LMIC institutional capacity building elements like joint Norwegian-South research projects, Master and PhD education of staff, post-doc fellowships and administrative and infrastructure strengthening .

Higher education institutions in LMIC, together with Norwegian partner institutions, can apply for support to capacity building projects. Partnerships with more than one LMIC partner institution are encouraged. The seed funding application should be submitted jointly by the partnership institutions.

More information.

Deadline: November 5, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

 

FELLOWSHIP: Prof. Elinor Ostrom International Fellowship on Practice and Policy on Commons

The Foundation for Ecological Security in association with the International Association for the Study on the Commons (IASC) invites applications for international fellowships on Practice and Policy on Commons. The fellowship is being announced as a tribute to Prof. Dr. Elinor Ostrom, who passed away earlier this year, after decades of invaluable contribution to the analysis of economic governance, especially the commons. Elinor Ostrom’s work has been a major inspiration for all researchers engaged with work on institutions for collective action around a wide range of subjects related to resource management and self-organized governance systems. She strongly believed in creating links between local practice, academic research and policymaking, which she considered critical to shape a better world.
The fellowships are aimed at promoting sound policies for the governance and management of Commons. Exemplary work that intertwines or explores the linkages between research, practice and policy at local, national or regional levels would be of special interest. Collaborative efforts between practitioners, researchers (and policy makers) aimed at informing Policy would also be of interest.

The fellowship may address broad themes such as:

More information.

Deadline: October 31, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Director of Research and Director of Policy, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute, University of Nebraska

The University of Nebraska (NU) is seeking two dynamic and creative leaders with vision to be the Director of Research and the Director of Policy in the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute (DWFI) at the University of Nebraska. The Director of Research will be responsible for leading and coordinating the research programs of the DWFI and for fostering the development of strong partnerships and an extensive knowledge base to develop innovative, effective solutions to the global challenge of securing more food with less water. The Director of Policy will be responsible for leading and coordinating the Institute’s policy development and analysis activities and programs.

Both positions are tenure-eligible, full-time appointments reporting to the Executive Director of the Water for Food Institute. Faculty rank and tenure will be available to candidates with a terminal degree and appropriate academic accomplishments. These positions are part of the Institute’s senior management team which includes the Director of Policy, the Director of Research, the Associate Director, and the Director of the Nebraska Water Center.

More information.

Deadline: November 1, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: IDDRI Research fellow, Food and Agriculture Policies

At the interface between research and decision‐making, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) is an independent, not‐for‐profit think‐tank based at Sciences Po (Institute for Political Studies) in Paris. Its activity focuses on sustainable development issues that require international coordination, from biodiversity to climate change or food security (for more information on the programmes, see www.iddri.org).

IDDRI has three objectives: to inform policy decisions; to identify emerging issues; and to provide a platform for dialogue between stakeholders, whatever their status: research institutes, public agencies, private sectors and NGOs. Based in Paris, IDDRI currently has about 40 staff including an interdisciplinary team of 20 social scientists (economists, political scientists, lawyers, etc.).

IDDRI is partner of a European (FP7) research project called “FoodSecure” (www.foodsecure.eu), gathering the most prominent modelling teams in agricultural economics in Europe, but also China, Brazil or the Unites States. Within the project, IDDRI is in charge of two activities:

  1. Assessing food and nutrition security strategies in developing countries, and their relation with development aid, based on a synthesis of case studies and on the elaboration of a framework of analysis of national food policy processes
  2. Analysing the possible options for action for the European Union at the multilateral level to support global food and nutrition security.

In order to strengthen the programme’s team and contribute actively to the FoodSecure project, IDDRI is seeking an outstanding candidate for the position of Research Fellow on Food and Agriculture policies. Working closely with the Food and Agriculture Programme Director, the successful candidate will be in charge of undertaking research and dissemination activities linked to the FoodSecure project, but also to other clusters of the Food and Agriculture programme, depending on her/his background.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: October 21, 2012*

* – Although the announcement gives a deadline of October 15, applications arriving before Monday Oct 22 will still be considered

Monday, October 15, 2012

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Payments for Ecosystem Services (2013 AAG)

A session at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, 9-13 April 2013, will address the topic of “Payments for Ecosystem Services: Paths toward Sustainability”.

Many important ecosystem services have been degraded as a result of human activities. Even services derived from so-called protected areas are not immune to these threats. Indeed, much debate surrounds the topic of the most effective approaches to conservation. One approach has been to provide compensation to the parties protecting them in the form of payments for ecosystem services (PES). To counteract forces of degradation, governments, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations worldwide invest billions of dollars each year in PES programs that provide incentives to resource users to take actions that sustain ecosystem services (or to refrain from taking actions that threaten ecosystem services). Despite reported successes in restoring and preserving ecosystems and their corresponding services such as clean air and water, food, soil fertility, forest resources, and eco-tourism, long-term PES program sustainability remains uncertain. PES lack of sustainability can arise from many reasons, one being that PES participants may return to their previous behavioral patterns when payments end.

This session will explore possible pathways toward PES sustainability, addressing the complex reciprocal relationships between PES programs and corresponding socioeconomic, demographic, and environmental systems. We particularly encourage review and research articles to address theoretical, methodological, and empirical issues related to (but not limited to) the following topics:

  1. Land use or land cover change associated with PES programs
  2. Ecological effects of PES programs (e.g., wildlife habitat or behavioral change)
  3. Potential mechanisms for success/failure observed in current PES programs
  4. Socioeconomic, demographic, and political consequences of PES programs
  5. Methodological issues: collection of qualitative and quantitative data related to PES, data analysis and modeling, application of GIS techniques and spatial statistics, integration of multidisciplinary and multi-scale data, etc.
  6. Complexity in coupled natural and human systems (CNH) arising from PES programs (e.g., feedback, nonlinearity, time lags). Analyses using similar integrated frameworks including coupled human and natural systems (CHANS), social-ecological systems, or social-environmental systems are also welcome.

This session (sessions) is co-sponsored by multiple AAG Specialty Groups: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Spatial Analysis and Modeling, Human Dimensions of Global Change, and China Geography. To be considered for the sessions:

  1. Please register and submit your abstract online following the AAG Guidelines (http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting); and
  2. Please send your paper title, PIN, and abstract no later than Wednesday, October 24 to Dr. Li An (lan@mail.sdsu.edu), Sarah Wandersee (wanderse@rohan.sdsu.edu), and Alex Zvoleff (azvoleff@mail.sdsu.edu).

Deadline: October 24, 2012

 

VIDEO: Right to land - Right of men and women: experiences with paralegals in Mozambique

The video presents an overview of the gender issues in Mozambique and the major challenges faced by rural women when it comes to access land and natural resources. Through interviews with stakeholders -- from the Minister of Justice to the paralegals and peasants in rural areas -- the documentary highlights the efforts that have been made to overcome the challenges and promote a more gender equitable access to land and NR. The Paralegal Training Programme implemented by the Juridical and Judicial Training Centre (CFJJ) of the Ministry of Justice with FAO's support is a practical example of such efforts. It underlines the commitment of both partners in the promotion of legal empowerment of rural people, as a key element in the promotion of social justice, gender equality and economic development that will benefit not just men or women, but the whole society.

 

PUBLICATION: Gender Assessment of the Agricultural Sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

An IFPRI Discussion Paper from Catherine Ragasa, Annie Kinwa-Muzinga, and John Ulimwengu:

Based on the 2011 Global Hunger Index, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has the most severe level of hunger and malnutrition. There is growing recognition that development in the agriculture sector and increasing productivity will be critical to reverse this trend. A growing set of literature looks at gender disparity in access to critical inputs, knowledge and markets, which have been shown to contribute to low productivity and nutrition insecurity. This assessment contributes to the knowledge gap by compiling existing empirical evidence and investigating the gender gaps in access to resources and opportunities in the agriculture and food sector in the DRC. This is a key sector in achieving food and nutrition security; 73 percent of economically active women depend primarily on this sector for their livelihood. This assessment draws on various sources of data, including (1) village-level and producer organization–level surveys carried out in 145 villages in the three provinces of Bandundu, Bas-Congo, and Kinshasa; (2) nationally representative surveys; (3) semi-structured interviews with a wide range of stakeholders; (4) a review of project, policy, and legal documents for their attention to gender issues; and (5) an extensive literature review. The assessment emphasizes the urgent need to (1) address inconsistencies in the laws and ensure implementation of those laws that do offer opportunities for women; (2) improve both men’s and women’s knowledge of nutritious food choices; (3) build on vibrant women’s organizations to link them with markets and equip them with technical, financial and management capacity; and (4) invest in skills and knowledge (through innovative information and communication technologies and extension services) and in girls’ education.

Available here.

 

TRAINING: PLAAS Postgraduate Diploma in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is a leading research institute within the School of Government, in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.  The key focus areas are poverty, inequality and vulnerability; land, water and resource rights; farming, agro-food systems and agrarian reform; and social dimensions of fisheries and ecosystem management.

Those who seek to progress in their careers and improve their knowledge and skills in the following sectors, are invited to apply for this postgraduate programme, which is aimed at professionals working in government, NGOs or the private sector in poverty, land and agrarian reform, rural development, natural resources and gender issues.

Course Structure

More information.

Deadline: October 31, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Positions with World Agroforestry Centre’s BIODEV Project. This is a new four-year project aiming to improve livelihoods and the environment through ‘high value’ biocarbon interventions in three West African countries: Mali, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Deadline: October 15, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: IUCN Manager, Forest and Landscape Restoration. On behalf of the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR), IUCN is seeking a highly qualified expert to co-ordinate, develop and grow a major initiative aimed at facilitating the restoration of 150 million hectares of degraded forest lands within the next decade – also known as the Bonn Challenge. Deadline: October 19, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow, Climate Change. IFPRI seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow in its Environment, Production and Technology Division to work on research activities for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change (CCAFS). Deadline: October 19, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) Deputy Director, Social Sciences. IGBP is an international research programme with the vision to provide essential scientific leadership and knowledge of the Earth system to help guide society onto a sustainable pathway during rapid global change. Deadline: October 22, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: EcoAgriculture Partners Director of Research. The Director of Research will lead research efforts for EcoAgriculture Partners and will facilitate collaborative science and knowledge activities for the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative, including a Global Review of scientific evidence and knowledge gaps about integrated landscape approaches. Deadline: October 26, 2012

SCHOLARSHIPS: African Studies at the University of Oxford. The African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford is offering two full scholarships for the MSc in African Studies and two full DPhil scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year.

CALL FOR RESEARCH FIELD FELLOWSHIPS: ICRISAT-IRRI-NCAP Project on Village Dynamic Studies in India and Bangladesh. Fellowships funded through this RFP will contribute to policies and practices that alleviate rural poverty by analyzing and disseminating knowledge on rural livelihoods, poverty dynamics and development pathways of the poor in India and Bangladesh. Deadline: October 31, 2012

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP). PEP has recently been granted funding to lead a new research initiative entitled “Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment” (PAGE) in developing countries. Deadline: November 5, 2012

TRAINING: CSDi Online Courses on Climate-Smart Agriculture & Community-Based Adaptation. The Center for Sustainable Development—CSDi—is launching a fall quarter diploma module of four online field courses on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change. Deadline: October 29, 2012

PUBLICATION: Building Institutions at the Micro-Level. A paper by Christopher Blattman, Alexandra Hartman, and Robert Blair reports on a field experiment in property dispute and conflict resolution.

 

TRAINING: CSDi Online Courses on Climate-Smart Agriculture & Community-Based Adaptation

The Center for Sustainable Development—CSDi—is launching a fall quarter diploma module of four online field courses on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change and a fall quarter course on Climate Smart Agriculture.

Students have worked with over 215 different types of challenges as diverse as increasing livelihood resilience, land rights advocacy campaigns, land and water use management plans, disaster risk reduction, health & hygiene, gender, food security, climate smart agriculture, soil conservation, water harvesting, participatory forest management and the formation of community based organizations.

These are online courses that have a local, in-country field component. Northern participants who don't have community access are partnered with Southern participants that do have community access.

Who should attend?

Course participants are of all different ages, genders and professions—and have included Southern and Northern development students, in-country field staff, grant writers, project managers, organizational directors, and donor staff.

Online course participants are using our courses to develop on-the-ground projects with real communities; students from 140 different countries and 425 organizations have developed projects that address 215 different kinds of development challenges and are impacting 260,000 people.

More information about these courses, including course syllabi, via the following links:

Deadline: October 29, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: IUCN Manager, Forest and Landscape Restoration

IUCN acts as the secretariat of the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). On behalf of the partnership, IUCN is seeking a highly qualified expert to co-ordinate, develop and grow a major initiative aimed at facilitating the restoration of 150 million hectares of degraded forest lands within the next decade – also known as the Bonn Challenge. Specifically, with the support of DFID, GPFLR has established a platform within the IUCN secretariat to develop and promote “Knowledge, Tools and Capacity for Implementing the Bonn Challenge”.

This initiative is designed as demand-led support to equip practitioners and policy makers with the knowledge, tools and capacity required to successfully and credibly implement the Bonn Challenge. The initiative will invest in strategic global, national and sector analysis, tools to assess, evaluate and track restoration opportunities and enable systematic pooling and the sharing of individual findings and analysis that help policy makers and practitioners implement robust strategies to scale-up landscape restoration. While the initiative is focused on establishing enabling conditions its success will be determined on the basis of the outcomes it helps facilitate, namely the degree to which pioneer investment in restoration has been mobilized and commitment and actions have been undertaken with respect to restoring 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands by 2020.

The thematic work of the initiative will focus on:

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Deadline: October 19, 2012

 

CALL FOR RESEARCH FIELD FELLOWSHIPS: ICRISAT-IRRI-NCAP Project on Village Dynamic Studies in India and Bangladesh

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) invites participating research and development institutes to respond to this Request for Proposals (RFP), either from individual researchers or collaboration with PhD students from South Asia who wish to undertake field research in a ICRISAT-IRRI-NCAP project on Village Dynamics Studies in India and Bangladesh. Research fellowships funded through this RFP will contribute to policies and practices 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.

Research support addresses policy issues, the social, environmental and technological dimensions of research, the training of professionals and the out- and up-scaling of information.

The Research Field Proposals aim at:

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Deadline: October 31, 2012

 

SCHOLARSHIPS: African Studies at the University of Oxford

The African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford is offering two full scholarships for the MSc in African Studies and two full DPhil scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Prospective MSc in African Studies students can apply for the Waverley-ORISHA Scholarshipand the Ioma-Evans Pritchard/Commonwealth Scholarship. Students from Angola, Ghana and Nigeria are also eligible to apply for the Eni Scholarships offered by St Antony's College in partnership with the energy company Eni. Eligible DPhil candidates can apply for the ORISHA DPhil Scholarship and the Waverley DPhil scholarship

Further information on scholarships is available from the University of Oxford Graduate Studies Prospectus. Eligible students applying for this degree can seek funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board, and University of Oxford scholarship scheme.

 

EMPLOYMENT: EcoAgriculture Partners Director of Research

The Director of Research will lead research efforts for EcoAgriculture Partners, including with long-term collaborators at Cornell University, and will facilitate collaborative science and knowledge activities for the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative, including a Global Review of scientific evidence and knowledge gaps about integrated landscape approaches. EcoAgriculture partners seeks to hire a highly motivated individual who is committed to advancing the science of integrated agricultural landscape management, and ensuring high-quality scientific outputs from their organization. The position calls for an individual who is able to mobilize research internationally and synthesize research findings for policy and practice audiences. It calls also for rigorous and creative approaches to understanding functions and processes in integrated agricultural landscapes. This is a full-time salaried position with benefits. The position will involve domestic and international travel approximately 25% time.

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Deadline: October 26, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) Deputy Director, Social Sciences

The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) secretariat is seeking a deputy director, social sciences. IGBP is an international research programme with the vision to provide essential scientific leadership and knowledge of the Earth system to help guide society onto a sustainable pathway during rapid global change. The multidisciplinary network is composed of core projects, managed by small teams located in different countries around the world. The secretariat manages integration and synthesis across these projects and promotes integrated research outcomes. IGBP, in collaboration with partner global environmental change programmes, is undergoing a transition to a new international structure for sustainability research, Future Earth. IGBP is sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU).

The duties of the deputy director, social sciences include:

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Deadline: October 22, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Positions with World Agroforestry Centre’s BIODEV Project

This is a new four-year ICRAF project that will be implemented in three West African countries: Mali, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The initiative aims to improve livelihoods and the environment through ‘high value’ biocarbon interventions, namely agroforestry, rehabilitation of soils and landscapes and provision of essential products, improved forest management practices and sustainable wood energy systems. It will work in selected large landscapes, with other partners in the field, national institutions and policy makers.

ICRAF seeks to recruit a candidate for the position Project Manager to be based in Mali. The incumbent will be responsible for day-to-day management and delivery of the project activities in West Africa and coordination of country level activities in Mali. [more information]

ICRAF also seeks to recruit a candidate for the position of Country Coordinator to be based in Sierra Leone. Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the incumbent will also coordinate the implementation of the BIODEV project in Sierra Leone and backstop in Guinea. [more information]

Deadline (both positions): October 15, 2012

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP)

Partnership for Economic Policy has recently been granted funding by the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (or UK Aid) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada to lead a new research initiative entitled “Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment” (PAGE) in developing countries.

In accordance to PEP’s core mission, this initiative includes an important “capacity building” component, and thus the selection of a number of teams of individual researchers, based in developing countries, to benefit from the unique and manifold “PEP support program”, in the conduct of high quality research projects.

Applicant teams are generally composed of at least one senior researcher, leading several junior researchers, and must:

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Deadline: November 5, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow, Climate Change

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow in its Environment, Production and Technology Division to work on research activities for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change (CCAFS). This position will report to the program leader, climate change, at IFPRI, and will conduct research on the financial and institutional mechanisms that enhance the practice of climate change mitigation in agriculture and agricultural landscapes. Particular attention should be given to practices that have the potential to improve farmers' productivity and livelihoods and ecosystem services, the economics of mitigation practices, the role of the private sector and REDD finance and activities to sustainable agricultural intensification.  This position is located at IFPRI’s headquarters in Washington DC, but will involve travel to countries where IFPRI and CCAFS carries out their research.

More information.

Deadline: October 19, 2012

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: Building Institutions at the Micro-Level

A paper by Christopher Blattman, Alexandra Hartman, and Robert Blair reports on a field experiment in property dispute and conflict resolution:

How to promote local order and property rights under weak rule of law? States commonly use education campaigns to influence citizen behavior and, ultimately, change generalized practices and norms (or informal institutions). But can education alone influence behavior, let alone “institutions”? In Liberia, property disputes are endemic, but access to formal legal institutions is scant. An intervention trained 15% of residents of 85 towns in mediation, and advocated informal resolution practices and forums. We compare them to randomized control towns a year later. We see little short-term impact on dispute levels or ferocity, but observe higher land dispute resolution and satisfaction. Spillovers within towns indicate generalized change—perhaps an early indication of institutionalization. Qualitative work suggests the intervention imparted superior mediation skills, enhanced the legitimacy of informal practices, and deterred defection to competing forums. We argue education shifts practices and norms and can help citizens coordinate on procedures and institutions.

Full paper here (pdf).