Thursday, November 29, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Early Stage Researchers within a Marie Curie Initial Training Network. The Careers in Sustainability Excellence (CASTLE) consortium invites applications for 14 full-time research vacancies for early stage researchers (ESR). The positions will be located at 9 partner institutes in 5 different countries. Deadline: December 31, 2012

SCHOLARSHIP: Masters & Post-Doctoral Study on Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies. Applications are invited for two scholarships for MPhil studies by full thesis and one (1) post-doctoral fellowship to examine questions of processes of socio-economic change and the impacts of land and agrarian reform policies in South Africa. Deadline: December 14, 2012

FELLOWSHIP: Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship. The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program is a unique two-year international fellowship with the mission of developing leaders committed to finding lasting solutions to hunger and poverty worldwide through both direct programming and good policies. Deadline: January 11, 2013

FELLOWSHIPS: Sustainability Science Fellowships at Harvard University. The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard invites applicants for doctoral, post-doctoral, and mid-career fellowships in sustainability science for the academic year beginning in September 2013. Deadline: January 15, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: Innovations in Water Policy - Theory, Practice, and Impacts. The Institute of Water Policy is inviting submissions of paper proposals for a workshop on water policy analysis, hosted by the Institute of Water Policy at the National University of Singapore and scheduled for February 26-28, 2013. Deadline: December 7, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: Ecological Economics and Institutional Dynamics, ESEE Conference. Institutions are considered here in their broader sense, including social representations, norms, rules of the game, collective action processes and power dimensions, forms and types of exploitation, informal and formal organizations, referring at large to governance aspects and dealing with the large spectrum of topics developed in the field of Ecological Economics. Deadline: December 14, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: Improving Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, and Rural Development. This is a call for economists, statisticians, agronomists, researchers and analysts working on agricultural, forestry, fishery, and rural statistics, in their economic, social and environmental dimensions, to participate in the upcoming Sixth International Conference on Agriculture Statistics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 23-25 October 2013. Deadline: December 15, 2012

BRIEF: Collective Action and Property Rights for Poverty Reduction: Insights from Africa and Asia. Main lessons from a recent CAPRi book have been released as an IFPRI Issue Brief.

WEBCAST: The Global Farms Race -- Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security. Authors of a the new book will be speaking at a book launch event on Tuesday, December 4th, which will be webcast.

VIDEO: Bhutan+10 Declaration. Participants in the recent conference on “gender and sustainable mountain development in a changing world,” held in Thimphu, Bhutan, October 15-19th, have released a video of the conference’s “Bhutan+10 Declaration”.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Ecological Economics and Institutional Dynamics, ESEE Conference

ESEE 2013 is organized by the European Society for Ecological Economics in collaboration with CLERSE (Université Lille1-CNRS, France) and REGARDS (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France). Proposals for paper and poster presentations (abstracts with 1200 words with a summary of 800 characters) on any of the following Conference themes, and for the organisation of special sessions in the form of focused discussions/thematic sessions, are welcomed. A limited number of special sessions (10 to 15% maximum of the parallel and special sessions) can be organized in French.

The main theme of the conference is Ecological Economics and Institutional Dynamics. Institutions are considered here in their broader sense, including social representations, norms, rules of the game, collective action processes and power dimensions, forms and types of exploitation, informal and formal organizations, referring at large to governance aspects and dealing with the large spectrum of topics developed in the field of Ecological Economics. Abstracts and papers articulating social and environmental questions would be particularly appreciated.

Of course, proposals dealing with questions outside of the general theme, but relevant with the agenda of ecological economics are welcomed.

Themes of the conference

Posters

A special attention will be dedicated to posters during the conference. Guided tours will be organized so as to leave time for poster presenters to briefly present their works. A “best poster” prize will be delivered by the scientific committee and conference participants will be actively invited to read the posters.

More information.

Deadline: December 14, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

 

WEBCAST: The Global Farms Race -- Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security

Authors of the new book, The Global Farms Race, will be speaking at a book launch event at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC on Tuesday, December 4th. There will be a live webcast of the event, which will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 pm Washington time.

The debate over large-scale land acquisition is typically polarized, with critics lambasting it as a form of “neocolonialism,” and proponents lauding it as an elixir for the poor yields, inefficient technology, and unemployment plaguing global agriculture. The Global Farms Race instead offers diverse perspectives, featuring contributions from agricultural investment consultants, farmers’ organizations, international NGOs, and academics. The book addresses historical context, environmental impacts, and social effects, and covers all the major geographic areas of investment.

Nearly 230 million hectares of farmland—an area equivalent to the size of Western Europe—have been sold or leased since 2001, with most of these transactions occurring since 2008. As the deals continue to increase, it is imperative to understand them and their consequences. The Global Farms Race is a critical resource to develop that understanding.

Access the webcast and read more information about the event here.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Improving Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, and Rural Development

This is a call for economists, statisticians, agronomists, researchers and analysts working on agricultural, forestry, fishery, and rural statistics, in their economic, social and environmental dimensions, to participate in the upcoming Sixth International Conference on Agriculture Statistics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 23-25 October 2013. The theme of the Conference is “Improving Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, and Rural Development. Linking statistics with decision making”. The Conference will provide an opportunity to focus on issues raised by the implementation of the “Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics”, unanimously endorsed by the UN Statistical Commission.

More information.

Deadline: December 15, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Innovations in Water Policy - Theory, Practice, and Impacts

The Institute of Water Policy is inviting submissions of paper proposals for a workshop on water policy analysis, hosted by the Institute of Water Policy at the National University of Singapore and scheduled for February 26-28, 2013.

The workshop will follow a small-group format that will enable in-depth discussion of current water policy issues, research design, and empirical research methods. We would be delighted also to discuss collaborative research opportunities.

We have chosen three themes for the workshop, each reflecting an area of research in which the Institute of Water Policy will be engaging in the years ahead:

1) Demand Management. We seek topics on financial and non-financial incentives to motivate improvements in water management and wiser use of water and other natural resources. Innovative methodologies of researching water demand management are also welcome.

2) Impact Assessment. We seek submissions on empirical evaluation of water policies and programs, using rigorous analytical methods, such as propensity score matching, differences in differences, and randomized controlled trials.

3) Improving Access to Water and Sanitation for the Poor. Papers on methodologies to improve access to water and sanitation for the poor are welcome. We aim to have lively discussions on water and sanitation access for empowering communities, enhancing livelihoods and improving health and welfare in developing and middle-income countries.

In addition to providing a forum for exciting discussion, we plan also to prepare a special issue of a journal or a high-quality edited book, in which we would publish several papers arising from the workshop. Success will be determined by the number and quality of papers we receive from the invited speakers.

We will cover the lodging, meals, and incidental expenses for all selected participants. We will also consider providing airfare for those speakers who are unable to attend without such support. Given that we have limited resources for producing the workshop, we hope that a good portion of the speakers will be able to attend without requiring support for their airfare.

Each selected participant will be expected to give a 15-minute presentation in which they stimulate discussion of a topic of their interest, within one or more of the central themes of the workshop. Following each presentation, we would ask a discussant to give a 5-minute presentation, followed by about 40 minutes of discussion. We would ask each presenter to provide an annotated outline of their presentation about 2 weeks in advance of the workshop, so that we may produce a full guide of the presentations for distribution to participants at the start of the event.

Paper proposals consisting of a title, an abstract (200 words), and a short bio (50 words) should be sent to iwpevents@nus.edu.sg by 7 December 2012. Selected participants will be notified by 15 December 2012.

Deadline: December 7, 2012

 

FELLOWSHIP: Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship

The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program is a unique two-year international fellowship administered by the Congressional Hunger Center (CHC). Its mission is to develop leaders committed to finding lasting solutions to hunger and poverty worldwide through both direct programming and good policies. Leland Fellows are given the opportunity to develop new skills while actively working to alleviate hunger and poverty.

During each two-year fellowship cycle, 12-15 Leland Fellows are placed with international development organizations that include international and local NGOs, U.S. government agencies and multilateral organizations. Fellows work on a variety of food security issues, such as agricultural development, nutrition, natural resource management, agribusiness development and women’s empowerment.

The program begins with a one-year field placement in a developing country in Asia, Africa, or Latin America. Field activities often include research, program design and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of projects. Fellows spend the second year doing policy work, usually at the headquarters of the organization they served in the field year. In this way, fellows apply what they learned in the field to help inform the development of sound organizational and governmental food security policies. The field and policy assignments are developed by the host organization and are designed to be complementary.

Each fellowship placement aims to be a mutually beneficial one in which the fellow gains experience and expertise while the host organization benefits from the fellow’s skills and hard work.

The 7th Class of Leland Fellows will serve from September 20, 2013 - August 30, 2015.

More information.

Deadline: January 11, 2013

 

FELLOWSHIPS: Sustainability Science Fellowships at Harvard University

The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard invites applicants for doctoral, post-doctoral, and mid-career fellowships in sustainability science for the academic year beginning in September 2013.

The fellowship competition is open to advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students, and to mid-career professionals engaged in research or practice to facilitate the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective interventions that promote sustainable development. Some of the most serious constraints to sustainable development lie in the interconnections among sectors: energy’s growing need for water; the impacts of water use on human health; the competition for land among food, energy and conservation initiatives; and the cumulative impact of all sectoral initiatives on climate and other key environmental services.  A central challenge is to develop an integrated understanding of how sectoral initiatives for sustainability can compete with and complement one another in particular regional contexts. The 2013-14 fellowship competition therefore focuses on regional initiatives pursing an integrated perspective on sustainable development in India, China and Brazil. It also includes a cross-cutting research initiative to integrate work focused on the theme of Innovation for Sustainable Development. Preference in this year’s competition will be given to applicants whose proposals complement one or more of these four initiatives.  The Initiatives are led by Professors William Clark, Henry Lee, Paul Moorcroft, and Rohini Pande. The Program is also open, however, to strong proposals in any area of sustainability science.  In addition to general funds available to support this fellowship offering, special funding for the Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowships in Sustainability Science is available to support citizens of Italy, Brazil, China, India or developing countries who are therefore especially encouraged to apply.

More information.

Deadline: January 15, 2013

Monday, November 26, 2012

 

SCHOLARSHIP: Masters & Post-Doctoral Study on Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies

Professor Ben Cousins of the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at University of the Western Cape holds the South African Research Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (funded by the National Research Foundation). He supports and supervises a number of MPhil and PhD students who are undertaking field research on aspects of agrarian change, land reform and poverty reduction in several provinces. Applications are invited for two (2) scholarships for MPhil studies by full thesis and one (1) post-doctoral fellowship.

A five year research programme is under way seeking to answer two over-arching questions:

  1. what processes of socio-economic change are under way in the South African countryside that are likely to influence the outcomes and impacts of land and agrarian reform?
  2. what are the impacts of land and agrarian reform policies and programmes on agricultural productivity, agrarian structure and rural poverty?

Researchers also explore the policy implications of their research findings.

More information.

Deadline: December 14, 2012

 

VIDEO: Bhutan+10 Declaration

Participants in the recent conference on “gender and sustainable mountain development in a changing world,” held in Thimphu, Bhutan, October 15-19th, have released a video of the conference’s “Bhutan+10 Declaration”.

More background information about the conference here.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Early Stage Researchers within a Marie Curie Initial Training Network

The Careers in Sustainability Excellence (CASTLE) consortium invites applications for 14 full-time research vacancies for early stage researchers (ESR). The positions will be located at 9 partner institutes in 5 different countries. The ESRs will be hired under employment contracts. Selected researchers are expected to undertake transnational mobility in order to implement an Individual Research Project (IRP) at one of the consortium partner institutions, as well as to participate in a joint network training programme.

More information.

Deadline: December 31, 2012

 

BRIEF: Collective Action and Property Rights for Poverty Reduction: Insights from Africa and Asia

In January of this year we announced the publication of the newest CAPRi book, Collective Action and Property Rights for Povery Reduction: Insights from Africa and Asia, edited by Esther Mwangi, Helen Markelova, and Ruth Meinzen-Dick.

The product of a global research study by the Systemwide Program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, this book draws on case studies from East Africa and South and Southeast Asia to investigate how collective action and property rights have contributed to poverty reduction. The book extends the analysis of these institutions beyond their frequently studied role in natural resource management by also examining how they can reduce vulnerability to different types of shocks.

Some of the main lessons from the book have been distilled into a new IFPRI Issue Brief, which is now available for for download here. More information about the full book, and the project out of which it emerged, is available here.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: World Water Council Executive Director. The World Water Council is an international organisation that promotes sustainable water management throughout the world. It has more than 350 member organisations including governments, non-governmental organisations, businesses, professional networks and research institutions, based in over 70 countries. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: Conservation International Senior Analyst for Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) on Climate Mitigation. The Senior Analyst will support the REDD+ MRV task of the Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) project. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: World Resources Institute Senior Manager, Global Forest Watch 2.0. The initiative aims to revolutionize access to information about forests everywhere for everyone and will be one of two major initiatives for WRI on forests over the next five or more years. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Adoption and Impact Assessment Economists. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center seeks two applied economists to work on adoption and impact assessment of maize and wheat related innovations in the developing regions. Deadline: November 23, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: University of Cape Town Research Officer, Rural Women’s Action Research Project. The RWAR project is based in the Law, Race and Gender Research Unit at University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Law. Deadline: November 30, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: Arizona State University Postdoctoral Research Associate (Urbanization and Global Environmental Change). The Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project is seeking a postdoctoral scholar who will undertake research projects to advance UGEC science objectives.The postdoc’s primary responsibilities will be to undertake original and synthesis research on the topic of urbanization and global environmental change. Deadline: November 30, 2012

FELLOWSHIP: Beckman Institute Postoctoral Fellows Program, Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy. This program offers young scholars the opportunity to initiate a postdoctoral career of independent research at the Beckman Institute linked to one or more of their research themes and strategic initiatives. Deadline: December 3, 2012

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Legal and Development Implications of International Land Acquisitions. The purpose of this conference is to look at large-scale international land acquisitions from a ‘law and development’ perspective and determine the various legal frameworks at international, national and local level that enable or constrain such processes. Deadline: November 15, 2012

PUBLICATIONS: Select Bibliographies on Biofuels, Land Rights in Africa & Global Land Grabbing. Robin Palmer has released an updated set of bibliographies with information concerning biofuels, land rights in Africa, and global land grabbing.

 

EMPLOYMENT: University of Cape Town Research Officer, Rural Women’s Action Research Project

The Rural Women’s Action Research Project (RWAR) is based in the Law, Race and Gender Research Unit at University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Law. The project is interdisciplinary in orientation and employs qualitative action research methodologies built on partnerships with rural community-based organisations and other civil society institutions. Much of their research is done to complement strategic litigation and to support advocacy concerning traditional courts, women’s rights, land rights, citizenship and the nature of living customary law.

RWAR is looking for 3 people to join a dynamic research team at the level of researcher/senior researcher. To be considered for appointment at Senior Researcher level you should preferably have a PhD (or be nearing completion) in a relevant social science discipline or law. Applicants for the position of Researcher should have a postgraduate qualification in law or a relevant social science discipline. We will also, for both positions, consider applications from candidates who have a strong track record of directly relevant experience, in community based research, advocacy and development, but do not have the necessary formal qualifications.

All applicants should ideally have:

More information.

Deadline: November 30, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: World Resources Institute Senior Manager, Global Forest Watch 2.0

World Resources Institute (WRI) seeks a senior manager to lead a team of professionals and partners around the world as they embark upon the implementation of Global Forest Watch 2.0 (GFW 2.0). The initiative aims to revolutionize access to information about forests everywhere for everyone and will be one of two major initiatives for WRI on forests over the next five or more years with a budget growing to be in excess of $5m per year.

GFW 2.0, powered by Google Earth Engine, will bring to target users a seamless experience of the best technology offered by WRI, Google, ESRI, and other partners.  The Senior Manager will be responsible for managing the GFW 2.0 team of WRI staff, contractors, and dozens of partners internationally working with the Director or WRI’s Forests Initiative to achieve transformative impact.  The initiative brings together work at the cutting edge of technology, governance reform and mobilization through partnerships in dozens of countries to achieve change.

Responsibilities:

More information.

Deadline: open

 

EMPLOYMENT: Arizona State University Postdoctoral Research Associate (Urbanization and Global Environmental Change)

The Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) Project is seeking a postdoctoral scholar who will undertake research projects to advance UGEC science objectives. The postdoctoral fellow will work directly under the supervision of ASU faculty member and UGEC Scientific Steering Committee Member (SSC) member, Professor Christopher Boone, and work closely with the UGEC Project SSC and the Executive Officer to fulfill the goals and objectives of the project. The postdoc’s primary responsibilities will be to undertake original and synthesis research on the topic of urbanization and global environmental change. Specific topics for research may include, but will not be limited to: urban land change; urban vulnerability and resilience; urban mitigation and adaptation to climate change; urban material and energy use; urban climate; urban ecosystem services; public health and environmental justice. Secondary responsibilities will include assistance to the Executive Officer in aspects of the International Project Office’s operation, thereby also obtaining broader training and administrative experience.

More information.

Deadline: November 30, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: World Water Council Executive Director

The World Water Council is an international organisation that promotes sustainable water management throughout the world. It has more than 350 member organisations including governments, non-governmental organisations, businesses, professional networks and research institutions, based in over 70 countries. The World Water Council brings sound information and knowledge on water-related issues into the public domain to raise awareness and create political will to improve access to water and sanitation and manage water wisely. Every three years, the World Water Council organises the World Water Forum with over 20,000 participants from around the world. The World Water Council’s multi-cultural and dynamic headquarters in Marseille, France, employs highly motivated individuals and is seeking to appoint its Executive Director.

The Executive Director is responsible for:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: open

Monday, November 12, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Conservation International Senior Analyst for Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) on Climate Mitigation

The Senior Analyst for Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) on Climate Mitigation will support the REDD+ MRV task of the Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) project. FCMC is funded by USAID with two full years remaining, with a potential for a six month extension and additional funds. The position would assist the FCMC MRV Task Lead to coordinate and manage ongoing MRV activities and provide technical input and expertise to their implementation. This includes, but is not limited to, co-coordinating the revisions of the current version of the FCMC MRV manual, developing activity concepts, proposals, Scopes of Work and budgets, identifying in-country and/or international partners (institutions or individual consultants), developing Scopes of Work and budgets for their contributions and managing their work, activity reporting, and technical assistance and expertise required to successfully implement activities. The latter also includes managing projects that develop or improve tools for MRV, creating training materials, contributing to in-country capacity building and ensuring that MRV work is integrated and complimentary to the other thematic focal areas of FCMC (Social and Environmental Soundness, Markets and Finance, Low Emissions Development Strategies) as feasible.

The employee would spend on average four out of five days per week at the FCMC project office in Rosslyn, VA, and one day at the CI office to engage with CI’s MRV-Task staff, when not travelling. Travel will be extensive, up to 50% time, mostly in Latin America. 

Specific Position Responsibilities

Education, experience, skills, and abilities

Preferred

Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Marc Steininger (m.steininger@conservation.org) ; Senior Director, Habitat Monitoring and Climate Change Mitigation at Conservation International.

Deadline: open

 

PUBLICATIONS: Select Bibliographies on Biofuels, Land Rights in Africa & Global Land Grabbing

Robin Palmer has released an updated set of bibliographies with information concerning biofuels, land rights in Africa, and global land grabbing. The materials below include reports, slideshows, books, journal articles, and other media.

Select Bibliography (1) of Reports on Biofuels, Land Rights in Africa & Global Land Grabbing, 2006-2012 NEW
Source: Robin Palmer (Mokoro)
Summary: An updated select bibliography of reports on biofuels, land rights in Africa and global land grabbing. 135 organizations are cited, including the ‘top 10’ of FAO, GRAIN, IIED, the International Land Coalition, the Oakland Institute, OHCHR, Pambazuka News, Sci-Dev.Net, TNI and the World Bank.
Date: 20 October 2012
Download (635K pdf)

Select Bibliography (2) of Books, Journal Articles and TV, Video and Radio Clips on Biofuels, Land Rights in Africa & Global Land Grabbing, 2008-2012 NEW
Source: Robin Palmer (Mokoro)
Summary: A new select bibliography of books, journal articles and TV, video and radio clips on biofuels, land rights in Africa and global land grabbing. Cites 8 books, the explosion of journal articles, including special issues, and over 100 TV, video and radio clips.
Date: 20 October 2012
Download (397K pdf)

Select Bibliography (3) of Press Cuttings on Biofuels, Land Rights in Africa & Global Land Grabbing, 2007-2012 NEW
Source: Robin Palmer (Mokoro)
Summary: An updated select bibliography of press cuttings on biofuels, land rights in Africa and global land grabbing. It is organised geographically: global, Africa general, 37 African countries and regions, Middle East, Asia, 10 Asian countries, Latin America, 5 Latin American countries with the focus always on Africa.
Date: 20 October 2012
Download (1,364K pdf)

Slideshow: Who’s behind the land grabs? NEW
Source: GRAIN
Summary: A slide show about some of the people pursuing or supporting large farmland grabs around the world. 15 people are named, along with their friends and their critics (the latter in ‘going further’ sections). Highly informative.
Date: 16 October 2012
Download (714K pdf) -GRAIN website-

The Global Land Grab. A Primer NEW
Source: TNI
Summary: Asks and responds to a series of questions about land grabbing, including what is it, what is its scale, its history, its impacts, how does it take place, what is new, how is it tied to water grabbing, what is green grabbing, who or what are the main drivers, what is the role of the EU, what solutions have been proposed, why are guidelines and transparency not sufficient, what systemic changes are needed, what does the concept of food sovereignty have to offer, and what resistance is being undertaken?
Date: October 2012
Download (864K pdf) -TNI website-

Our Land, Our Lives. Time out on the global land rush NEW
Source: Oxfam Briefing Note
Summary: Calls on the World Bank to freeze for 6 months all lending to projects that involve or enable agricultural large-scale land acquisitions. Includes an opportunity cost too high, the pivotal role of the World Bank, vital areas for progress, time to call a halt, recommendations.
Date: October 2012
Download (529K pdf) -Oxfam website-

When development cooperation becomes land grabbing: the role of Development Finance Institutions NEW
Source: Pain pour le Prochain (Birgit Zimmerle)
Summary: Examines the role of development finance institutions in land grabbing � the World Bank group, the African Development Bank group, IFAD, European development finance institutions, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Looks at international efforts to react to calls to stop land grabbing, makes recommendations.
Date: October 2012
Download (697K pdf) -Pain pour le Prochain website-

Gendered Dimensions of Land & Rural Livelihoods. The case of new settler farmer displacement at Nuanetsi Ranch, Mwenezi District, Zimbabwe NEW
Source: LDPI Working Paper 8 (Patience Mutopo)
Summary: Nuanetsi Ranch had been invaded by villagers from different parts of Mwenezi, Chiredzi and Chivi communal areas since 2000. In February 2010, the government announced that the settlers had to be removed and resettled in other ’uncontested lands’ in the area, compromising their rights to sustainable livelihoods, human development and land acquisition. The perceptions of the men and women resident at Chigwizi has had a bearing on understanding the nature of gendered land and rural livelihoods in the context of biofuel production in Zimbabwe, after fast track land reform.
Date: October 2012
Download (1,849K pdf) -PLAAS website-

Conservation and ecotourism on privatised land in the Mara, Kenya. The case of conservancy land leases NEW
Source: LDPI Working Paper 9 (Claire Bedelian)
Summary: Investigates private sector investment in conservation and ecotourism through conservancy land leases in the Mara region of Kenya. In recent and growing tourism development, groups of Maasai landowners are leasing their parcels of land to tourism investors and forming wildlife conservancies. Examines this model and the implications it has for Maasai livelihoods and the environment. Given the large extent and recent change in ownership in these areas, land leases do however keep the lands they cover together and are potentially an optimistic outlook for such open rangeland areas. Consideration however must be given to adjacent areas and communities that may face the negative knock on effects of such schemes. Within the Mara, land leases have been rapidly expanded upon, implying that similar schemes might be of interest to both investors and communities alike in other wildlife areas.
Date: October 2012
Download (1,086K pdf) -PLAAS website-

 

FELLOWSHIP: Beckman Institute Postoctoral Fellows Program, Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy

Applications for the 2013 Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program are currently being accepted. This program offers young scholars the opportunity to initiate a postdoctoral career of independent research at the Beckman Institute linked to one or more of their research themes and strategic initiatives.

CAPRi readers may be particularly interested in Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy Initiative (SDEP), led by Jesse Ribot:

The Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (SDEP) strategic initiative improves management of earth's environment through research on social and policy dimensions of sustainability. Programs under this new initiative integrate natural and social science research on society's responses to climate change and the role of democracy in making and implementing sustainable environmental policy.

The Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (SDEP) strategic initiative aims to understand the social and political-economic forces shaping just and sustainable environmental policy.

More information about the SDEP initiative is available here. More general information about the Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows program, include application instructions, available here. Questions can be directed to beckmanfellows@beckman.illinois.edu or to Ribot@Illinois.edu.

Deadline: December 3, 2012

Friday, November 09, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Adoption and Impact Assessment Economists

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seeks two dynamic, innovative, self-motivated, and results-oriented applied economists to work on adoption and impact assessment of maize and wheat related innovations in the developing regions.

As a member of the CIMMYT Socioeconomics Program and in collaboration with public, private, local and international partners, the successful candidates will undertake strategic adoption and impact studies across target regions.

The position will be based at one of the CIMMYT locations in Asia (India, Nepal or Bangladesh) or Africa (Ethiopia or Kenya), but will interact with all CIMMYT´s experimental stations and regional office (country and world-wide) on a regular basis.

Specific duties and responsibilities of the position will include:

More information.

Deadline: November 23, 2012

Thursday, November 08, 2012

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Legal and Development Implications of International Land Acquisitions

The 2013 Law and Development Conference, “Legal and Development Implications of International Land Acquisitions,” will take place in Kyoto, Japan, beginning 31 May 2013. The purpose of this conference is to look at large-scale international land acquisitions from a ‘law and development’ perspective and determine the various legal frameworks at international, national and local level that enable or constrain such processes.

Conference Themes:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: November 15, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: MICHIGAN TECH Assistant Professor – Sociology. 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. Deadline: November 15, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: OECD Young Professionals Programme 2013. The program is designed to bring entry-level professionals with diverse backgrounds into the OECD and offers a number of assignments for the Young Professionals who will join the OECD in 2013. Deadline: November 25, 2012

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Legal and Development Implications of International Land Acquisitions. The purpose of this conference is to look at large-scale international land acquisitions from a ‘law and development’ perspective and determine the various legal frameworks at international, national and local level that enable or constrain such processes. Deadline: November 15, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: Planted Forests on the Globe Renewable Resources for the Future. The 3rd International Congress on Planted Forests will take place from 16 - 21 May, 2013. Deadline: November 30, 2012

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Sessions for the 2014 Global Land Project Open Science Meeting. The meeting will synthesize and discuss the role of the land system as a platform for human-environment interactions, connecting local land use decisions to global impacts and responses. Deadline: January 5th, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: Policy Matters Special Issue in Memory of Elinor Ostrom. The Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) of IUCN, in partnership with the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), invite contributions for a special issue of Policy Matters. Deadline: January 15, 2013

PUBLICATION: Land Governance in Brazil. A new report offers a geo-historical review of land governance in Brazil.

PUBLICATION: Women, men and forest research. A CIFOR Occasional Paper by Carol J. Pierce Colfer and Rebakah Daro Minarchek reviews approaches, resources and methods for addressing gender.

VIDEO: Securing Women’s Rights to Land in Burundi. A short video describes an IFAD program in Burundi that helps rural women assert their legal rights to land tenure.

 

PUBLICATION: Land Governance in Brazil

A new report offers a geo-historical review of land governance in Brazil.

No country better than Brazil illustrates the complexity of today’s land governance challenges and dilemmas. To share lessons from Brazil’s fascinating experience, the International Land Coalition commissioned Land Governance in Brazil: A geo-historical review of land governance in Brazil, the second report in ILC’s Land Governance in the 21st Century – Framing the Debate Series.

In summary:

This paper examines the paradoxes of land governance in Brazil by putting them into their historical context, highlighting in particular the continuing subordination of peasant farmers’ interests to those of large landholders. It traces the development of the country’s regional divisions and systems of land-holding back to colonial times, when Portuguese settlers began dividing up the territory. It describes the emergence of large-scale plantation agriculture producing commodities for export, and the evolution of the latifundios into today’s transnational agribusiness monocultures, which are swallowing up more and more land.

Despite various changes of government and sporadic attempts at land reform over the years, large-scale agrarian capitalism has generally enjoyed the support of Brazil’s political classes, to the detriment of small-scale peasant farmers, indigenous peoples, and others who, despite producing much of the country’s food, are being increasingly marginalised and deprived of their land and traditional ways of life. The paper looks in detail at this phenomenon in each of Brazil’s regions and also examines trends such as land grabbing by foreign interests, the growing demand for agrofuels, rural-urban migration, and impacts on the environment. Throughout, it poses the essential question: how can Brazil’s vast territory be governed to meet the interests of all, and not just a privileged few?

Available here.

 

PUBLICATION: Women, men and forest research (CIFOR)

A CIFOR Occasional Paper by Carol J. Pierce Colfer and Rebakah Daro Minarchek reviews approaches, resources and methods for addressing gender.

With all this [increased] attention (and more), the present seems an opportune time to provide some methodological guidance to improve our abilities at addressing gender in forests, in a practical, timely and useful way. Our intended audience includes researchers as well as natural resource, development and conservation managers. We are convinced that the diversity that characterises both the ecological and social worlds in and around forests means that no cookie-cutter methods or solutions are likely to have broad appeal or efficacy. There is no substitute for human judgment.

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We strive to make our methodological recommendations practical by linking them to what we imagine as potential readers’ decisionmaking contexts. We have categorised methods based on the availability of resources, and on the kinds of hopes/uses researchers have for their findings. We assume that all researchers/readers seek to improve forest management, to enhance both the health of the environment and the well being, even empowerment, of the people who live in and near it. But we recognise that different people, in different situations, have constraints on the options they can pursue.

Available here (pdf).

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Policy Matters Special Issue in Memory of Elinor Ostrom

The Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in partnership with the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), invite contributions for a special issue of Policy Matters.

At this time we are soliciting expressions of interest and abstracts from those keen to make linkages between Dr. Ostrom’s work and their scholarship, policy or practice. We anticipate that essays between 2500-5000 words, as well as more creative print presentations such as poetry, artwork, photo essays etc., would be undertaken by people who can reflect upon how they have utilized Dr. Ostrom’s work in their scholarship or applied work. This would include voices from academia, communities, government agencies, development agencies and non-governmental organizations (local – international). While we indicate some possible themes below, we are also open to others that are not listed:

  • Profile of the Professional and Scholarly Achievements of Dr. Ostrom
  • Contribution of Dr. Ostrom to Commons Scholarship
  • Contribution of Dr Ostrom’s Theory to the Practice of Conservation and SNRM
  • Natural Resource Management (Fisheries, Forestry, Rangelands, Agriculture)
  • Conservation (Protected Areas, Biodiversity)
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Knowledge

More information.

Deadline: January 15, 2013

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Sessions for the 2014 Global Land Project Open Science Meeting

The 2014 Global Land Project Open Science Meeting will synthesize and discuss the role of the land system as a platform for human-environment interactions, connecting local land use decisions to global impacts and responses. The meeting, on the theme of “Land transformations: Between global challenges and local realities,” is scheduled for March 19-21, 2014, in Berlin.

The Land Science Community is invited to contribute by proposing sessions related to the conference themes:

  1. Rethinking land change transitions: drastic changes in land cover and subtle changes in land management
  2. Local land users in a tele-connected world: the role of human decision making on land use as both a driver and response to global environmental change
  3. Impacts and responses: land systems changes to mitigate global environmental change impacts and adapt to increasing demands for food, fuel and ecosystem services
  4. Land governance: the ways in which alternative approaches to governance of land resources can enhance the sustainability transition

Sessions can be submitted under the following formats:

The open call for abstracts will be advertised from April 30th, 2013.

More information.

Deadline: January 5th, 2013

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Planted Forests on the Globe Renewable Resources for the Future

The 3rd International Congress on Planted Forests will take place from 16 - 21 May, 2013. Plenary meeting will be held at Estoril (Portugal), preceded by scientific workshops in Bordeaux (France), Dublin (Ireland), Porto (Portugal), Bilbao (Spain) and Edinburgh (UK).

Two international conferences on planted forests have been held previously, in Chile in 1999 and New Zealand in 2003. Both of these conferences highlighted the need to promote the multiple dimensions of Sustainable Forest management (SFM) in view of the social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. Since then, new research, global assessments of planted forest resources and outlook studies for wood from planted forests, best practice guidelines and many interesting cases of country applications from around the world have documented and further emphasized the global significance of planted forests. In parallel, international processes and financing mechanisms have increasingly recognized the central role of planted forests for mitigating climate changes, conserving biodiversity and combating land degradation. In contrast to these positive developments, negative social and environmental impacts of planted forests have given rise to concern.

It is therefore timely to investigate the contribution of planted forests to sustainable development in the context of global changes and to organize a Third International Congress on Planted Forests. Central topics would include the sustainability of planted forests in the context of changing climates and the future role of planted forests in envi ronmental protection and REDD+. The aim is to address issues surrounding planted forests today, their productive, environmental and social functions and the challenges they present. The target audience includes forest scientists, policy makers, the private forestry sector and forest managers.

More information.

Deadline: November 30, 2012

 

VIDEO: Securing Women’s Rights to Land in Burundi

The video below describes an IFAD program in Burundi that helps rural women assert their legal rights to land tenure. Also available in French.