Thursday, December 13, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: University of Michigan Position on Sustainability & Human Behavior. The School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) at the University of Michigan seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: SEI Senior Research Fellow - Land and Water Resources for Sustainable Development. The Senior Research Fellow will develop and lead research projects across the Asia/Pacific region, with a focus on sustainable land and water management and the various drivers of change, including climate change and responses to it. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: Rainforest Alliance Projects Manager - TREES Program, Sustainable Forestry Division (Oaxaca, Mexico). The program promotes sustainable livelihoods and protects biodiversity in forest-dependent communities. Deadline: December 23, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: Post-Doc Position at Universität Hohenheim (Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development). The newly established division is responsible for research and teaching on governance in agricultural development, focusing on the institutional, political and social dimensions of food security and agriculture in developing countries. Deadline: December 27, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: MARE Conference 2013 - Maritime Futures. “Maritime Futures,” the central theme of the 7th MARE People and the Sea conference, addresses the opportunities and constraints for the development of maritime governance, knowledge production, maritime communities and maritime regions. Deadline: January 1, 2013

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor in sub-Saharan Africa. The research programme funds interdisciplinary research generating evidence and innovative tools to enable developing countries and their partners in sub-Saharan Africa to use groundwater in a sustainable way for the ultimate benefit of the poor. Deadline: January 10, 2013

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Triangulating Property Rights: Governing Access to Essential Goods. The Center on Global Legal Transformation at Columbia University is launching a call for proposals by junior researchers on governing scarce, yet essential goods. Deadline: January 15, 2013

TRAINING: STEPS Centre (IDS, UK) Summer School 2013. The STEPS Centre invites applications for its 2013 Summer School, which will take place from 13-24 May. Participants will explore the theme of pathways to sustainability through a mixture of workshops, lectures, outdoor events and focused interaction with STEPS Centre members. Deadline: January 31, 2012

ONLINE DISCUSSION: Future of Agriculture, hosted by Oxfam. This global online policy discussion forum is intended to explore four key issues: farmers’ knowledge as the driver of innovation and investment; women’s land ownership; farming’s dependence on fossil fuels; and effective risk management systems. Runs through December 21st.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Rainforest Alliance Projects Manager - TREES Program, Sustainable Forestry Division (Oaxaca, Mexico)

The Rainforest Alliance’s TREES (Training, Extension, Enterprises and Sourcing) program promotes sustainable livelihoods and protects biodiversity in forest-dependent communities. We work to enhance the competitiveness of community and indigenous forestry enterprises by building business skills, increasing efficiencies and facilitating investment in value-added processing, expanding income opportunities from wood and non-wood forest products and environmental services and increasing access to local and global markets through Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. 

Position Summary: 

The Coordinator, South Region, will coordinate TREES Program work in the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Guerrero. S/he will serve as Rainforest Alliance’s principle point of contact in the south region among relevant stakeholders including communities, government institutions, private sector partners, civil society organizations and consultants, ensuring successful implementation of regional work plans and the achievement of agreed goals. S/he will work closely with counterparts in the other three regions of Mexico.

Responsibilities: 

More information.

Deadline: December 23, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: SEI Senior Research Fellow - Land and Water Resources for Sustainable Development

The Senior Research Fellow will develop and lead research projects across the Asia/Pacific region, with a focus on sustainable land and water management and the various drivers of change, including climate change and responses to it. The goal is to produce top-quality research for global audiences while building local knowledge and capacity through extensive outreach, collaborations and partnerships.

The Senior Research Fellow will report to the Research Group Leader and supervise junior researchers. Under the leadership of the Centre Director, (s)he will also help shape the Asia Centre’s long-term strategy and vision, build relationships, and support management.

Specific responsibilities include:

Research:

Centre development:

More information.

Deadline: open

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

 

TRAINING: STEPS Centre (IDS, UK) Summer School 2013

The STEPS Centre invites applications for its 2013 Summer School, which will take place from 13-24 May. Applications are invited from highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers or those with equivalent experience, working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and across agricultural, health, water or energy issues.

The STEPS Summer School aims to bring together an exceptional group of people who are exploring and developing ideas on pathways to sustainability. Through a mix of lectures, walks, discussions and public events, participants will challenge the STEPS team and each other on questions of science, society and development.

Participants will explore the theme of pathways to sustainability through a mixture of workshops, lectures, outdoor events and focused interaction with STEPS Centre members. The Summer School takes place on the Sussex University campus, near Brighton, UK.

More information.

Deadline: January 31, 2012

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Triangulating Property Rights: Governing Access to Essential Goods

The Center on Global Legal Transformation at Columbia University in New York is launching a call for proposals by junior researchers on governing scarce, yet essential goods. Selected proposals shall be presented at panel sessions at a conference held in New York on 20-21 June 2013. The research project is coordinated by Prof. Katharina Pistor, the Director of the Center on Global Legal Transformation, and Prof. Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food.

Proposals should suggest models for governing essential, scarce resources. They can be qualitative or quantitative; make use of empirical data and field research or suggest a new theoretical approach. They should address if and how the following normative goals for managing scarce, essential goods can be realized:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: January 15, 2013

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: MARE Conference 2013 - Maritime Futures

“Maritime Futures,” the central theme of the 7th MARE People and the Sea conference, addresses the opportunities and constraints for the development of maritime governance, knowledge production, maritime communities and maritime regions. As reflected in the conference themes, the aim of the 7th MARE conference is to explore new frontiers at sea and in coastal areas. The conference will take place in Amsterdam on June 26-28, 2013.

Conference Themes:

More information

Deadline: January 1, 2013

Monday, December 10, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: University of Michigan Position on Sustainability & Human Behavior

The School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) at the University of Michigan seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level. The position is part of a cluster of hires in the area of sustainability and human behavior, with a particular focus on the conditions that lead individuals, organizations, communities, and other social agents to participate in environmentally sustainable behavior and to enhance sustainability. Applicants should demonstrate a strong record of  interdisciplinary research in domestic and/or international arenas with grounding in the social and behavioral dimensions of sustainability.

Applications are invited from candidates with expertise in one or more of the broad array of social and behavioral sciences, and allied professional fields including anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology, geography and related disciplines such as business, landscape architecture, public policy, environmental sciences, social work, law, and public health. Evidence of research in empirical (including experimental) social and behavioral sciences, risk analysis, common-pool resources, and/or decision-making under uncertainty is desirable, as is the ability to work collaboratively with diverse faculty employing a broad range of analytical approaches.

In addition to strong disciplinary training and perspective, we seek candidates with interest in integrating knowledge from multiple academic domains. The position, one of a cluster of three across the University of Michigan, is inherently interdisciplinary. It brings together new and existing faculty in cross-disciplinary teaching and research efforts on the relationships among human actions, behaviors, and sustainability. In addition to the SNRE position, the cluster includes the Ford School of Public Policy and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. This cluster hiring effort is intended to broaden and deepen the University’s commitment to research and teaching in the area of sustainability. A successful candidate will help build greater cohesion and capability among the large and diverse UM faculty and students interested in this field. Thus, candidates should possess the interest, skills, and temperament to interact effectively with other researchers.

A successful candidate is expected to:

  1. Develop and sustain a nationally recognized research program that attracts external funding while contributing to the interdisciplinary problem-focused mission of SNRE;
  2. Teach, mentor and supervise highly motivated doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate students;
  3. Collaborate with interdisciplinary faculty within SNRE and across the university; and
  4. Contribute through service to the stewardship of SNRE, the University of Michigan, and relevant professions.

SNRE’s mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth’s resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Our faculty is diverse, with natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, designers, and planners working together in a vibrant integrative setting. The School offers a professional master’s degree in six fields of study: conservation ecology; environmental informatics; sustainable systems; environmental policy and planning; behavior, education and communication; and environmental justice. It also includes a Landscape Architecture program that offers a Master of Landscape Architecture degree. In addition, SNRE participates in multiple cross-campus degree programs, including an undergraduate Program in the Environment and dual degrees with other UM units in urban and regional planning, business, engineering, law, and public health. The SNRE student body comprises more than 400 master’s and 60 doctoral students. 

This full-time, 9-month faculty appointment commences on September 1, 2013. Review of applications begins on December 15, 2012, but applications will be considered until the position is filled. The following application materials should be sent in PDF format to sustainabilityandbehavior@umich.edu: a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; a writing sample; statement of current and future research plans; statement of teaching philosophy and experience; and three letters of recommendation.

Deadline: open

 

EMPLOYMENT: Post-Doc Position at University of Hohenheim (Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development)

Universität Hohenheim (www.uni-hohenheim.de) is an innovative research-oriented university located near Stuttgart in Southern Germany. The newly established Division “Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development” at the Institute of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences in the Tropics and Subtropics is responsible for research and teaching on governance in agricultural development, focusing on the institutional, political and social dimensions of food security and agriculture in developing countries. The Division seeks qualified candidates for the position of a Post-doctoral fellow, who is expected to conduct cutting-edge research in one of these fields.  Since the Division is open to different disciplinary perspectives, they are inviting applications both

They expect to fill this position with a candidate who recently finished his/her PhD with excellent grades and has a strong focus on publishing in high-ranking international journals. The position requires excellent skills and experience in using either quantitative or qualitative research methods and involves extended travel to developing countries for empirical research.

More information.

Deadline: December 27, 2012

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor in sub-Saharan Africa

The Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro) research programme is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). UPGro is an international programme funding interdisciplinary research generating evidence and innovative tools to enable developing countries and their partners in sub-Saharan Africa to use groundwater in a sustainable way for the ultimate benefit of the poor.

This call for UPGro 2012 Catalyst Grants provides an opportunity for the world’s best researchers to develop and test new innovative ideas for addressing the programme’s aim of enabling sustainable use of groundwater for the benefit of the poor. It is also an opportunity to facilitate the development of new interdisciplinary teams that bring together developing and developed country scientists.

There will be a further call/s for larger, interdisciplinary consortia. There is no requirement for applicants to have applied for or received funding from these catalyst grants in order to participate in the second or other future calls within this programme.

Applications are invited for funding of up to £150,000 Full Economic Cost (FEC). This call has a total available budget of up to £1.5M. Projects will be funded for a maximum duration of one year with an expected start date prior to 31st July 2013.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: January 10, 2013

 

ONLINE DISCUSSION: Future of Agriculture

The Future of Agriculture is a global online policy discussion forum, intended to explore four key issues:

Rather than critique the current state of affairs, the discussion seeks to generate bold proposals to meet increasing world demand for food in a way that eradicates hunger and preserves the environment. The online discussion runs December 10 - December 21. Each day, one or two essays by leading thinkers on agriculture and food justice are posted. You’re invited to join the discussion: read the essays, post comments and share with your networks.

More information.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Joint Agroforestry Systems Scientist for the Sahel. The scientist will be an integral member of the CGIAR Research Programme on ‘Dryland Systems: Integrated Agricultural Production Systems for the Poor and Vulnerable in Dry Areas’. Deadline: December 30, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Senior Scientist, Decision Analyst. The Senior Scientist will lead the Decision Analysis Activity within the Information Systems Strategic Research Portfolio of the CGIAR Programme on Water, Land & Ecosystems (WLE), in close partnership with other WLE research portfolios. Deadline: December 31, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Journal of Biodiversity. All manuscripts that are submitted to the journal during the month of December 2012 will not be subject to any page charges, color charges, or article processing charges. Deadline: open

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue on Innovations in Social Movement Research. Mobilization, the leading scholarly journal in social movement studies, plans a special issue on innovative research in contentious politics to be published in December 2013. Deadline: January 11, 2013

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Triangulating Property Rights. The Center on Global Legal Transformation at Columbia University in New York is launching a call for proposals by junior researchers on governing scarce, yet essential goods. Selected proposals shall be presented at panel sessions at a conference held in New York on 20-21 June 2013. Deadline: January 15, 2013

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: International Land Coalition Membership Applications. The International Land Coalition is expanding its membership. Intergovernmental organisations and civil society organisations – including farmer’s organisations, non-governmental organisations, and research institutes – that share the ILC vision and would be willing to commit to the ILC mission are encouraged to apply. Deadline: January 25, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development, Columbia University. The workshop is open to graduate students working on or interested in issues relating to sustainable development and is intended to provide a forum to present and discuss research in an informal setting, as well as to meet and interact with researchers from other institutions. Deadline: January 31, 2012

PUBLICATION: Evidence from a Group-Based Aid Project in Mozambique. A Working Paper from UNU-WIDER evaluates the impact of an integrated rural development programme on farming techniques and food security in the Gaza area of rural Mozambique.

 

PUBLICATION: Evidence from a Group-Based Aid Project in Mozambique

A Working Paper from UNU-WIDER:

This paper evaluates the impact of an integrated rural development programme on farming techniques and food security in the Gaza area of rural Mozambique. We examine the impact of a group-based approach, in a country with few impact evaluations of technology adoption in farming. Using self-collected panel data on over 200 households from treatment and control villages from 2008-10, we examine the impact of the aid programme on people living in the treatment villages, using the difference-in-differences approach, and on those who participate in the farmers’ groups, using instrumental variables techniques. The results on farming activities and food security indicate some positive immediate impacts on technology adoption and self-reported food security.

Available here.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue on Innovations in Social Movement Research

Mobilization, the leading scholarly journal in social movement studies, plans a special issue on innovative research in contentious politics to be published in December 2013 (Volume 18, Number 4). Submission deadline is January 11, 2013.

Mobilization is seeking high-quality, original research articles from any discipline which highlight either of the following:

  1. New methods of data collection: Advances in technology have allowed researchers unparalleled access to social movements. For contemporary movements, we can document their activities in incredible detail as they are unfolding.  Additionally, the growth in the digitization of archives means that we can also know more about historical challenges than we could even a decade ago.  We seek research that takes advantage of these new sources of data and means of collecting it, or that looks at old sources of data in a new way. We encourage submissions employing both qualitative and quantitative data.
  2. New methods of analysis: From social network analysis to advances in comparative analysis and mixed methods, social scientists are employing a new repertoire of analytic strategies. We encourage submissions that take advantage of these techniques to explore questions related to contentious politics.

This issue will feature papers that seek to leverage these new methods to broaden our understanding of social movements.  Submissions will likely engage with contemporary social movement theory, either by generating and testing new hypotheses or re-evaluating conventional wisdom.

More information.

Deadline: January 11, 2013

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development, Columbia University

Columbia University’s Sustainable Development Doctoral Society is announces the Third Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development (IPWSD), to be held at Columbia University in New York City. The workshop is open to graduate students working on or interested in issues relating to sustainable development and is intended to provide a forum to present and discuss research in an informal setting, as well as to meet and interact with researchers from other institutions. The first two IPWSDs proved to be greatly successful and the third workshop will build upon the networks and discussions of interdisciplinary researchers that were facilitated by the previous two meetings.

Contributions on a wide range of subjects are encouraged, but particularly in the areas of poverty and development, climate and the environment, agriculture, energy systems, public health, and water resources. The intention is to assemble a group of researchers across a range of disciplines in the social and natural sciences, whose research contributes to a deeper understanding of the interactions between natural and social systems within their particular field(s), but who are capable of discussing this work with a broader audience of peers. It is anticipated that disciplines represented at the workshop will include: economics, earth and environmental sciences, political science, engineering, ecology, epidemiology, geography, law, and others. If your research pertains to the field of sustainable development and the linkages between natural and social systems, we encourage you to apply regardless of disciplinary background. The workshop will feature a keynote address by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Columbia University.

More information.

Deadline: January 31, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Joint Agroforestry Systems Scientist for the Sahel

The scientist will be an integral member of the CGIAR Research Programme on ‘Dryland Systems: Integrated Agricultural Production Systems for the Poor and Vulnerable in Dry Areas’ (CRP1.1) and will contribute to closely linked aspects of the ‘Smallholder Production Systems and Markets’ component of CRP6 (Forests, trees and agroforestry: livelihoods, landscapes and governance). This position is jointly funded by ICRAF and ICRISAT, thus giving the scientist a key role in linking research on trees to agricultural production systems. The position will be administered through ICRAF and will be based at ICRISAT’s Sahelian Centre at Sadore, near Niamey, Niger. The focus of research will be on the extensive and intensive production and livelihood systems in southern Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and northern Nigeria, the target areas for CRP1.1 in this part of West and Central Africa.

Responsibilities

More information.

Deadline: December 30, 2012

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Journal of Biodiversity

International Journal of Biodiversity is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of biodiversity.  All manuscripts that are submitted to the journal during the month of December 2012 will not be subject to any page charges, color charges, or article processing charges.

More information.

Deadline: open

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: International Land Coalition Membership Applications

The International Land Coalition is expanding its membership:

The International Land Coalition (ILC) is pleased to announce that our call for applications to membership is now open.
Every two years, ILC provides an opportunity for interested organisations to apply for membership of the coalition. The applications received during the current period will be considered by the ILC Council, and a decision on the acceptance of new members will be made  at the next Assembly of Members in April 2013.Intergovernmental organisations and civil society organisations – including farmer’s organisations, non-governmental organisations, and research institutes – that share the ILC vision and would be willing to commit to the ILC mission are encouraged to apply:

  • Our vision - Secure and equitable access to and control over land reduce poverty, promote sustainable development, and contribute to identity, dignity and inclusion.
  • Our mission – ILC is a global alliance of civil society and intergovernmental organisations working together to promote secure and equitable access to and control over land for poor women and men through advocacy, dialogue, knowledge sharing, capacity building and empowerment.

Individuals, governments, and private sector actors such as corporations are not eligible for ILC membership, although they can engage with ILC as allies and partners on specific issues of common interest.

More information.

Deadline: January 25, 2013

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Triangulating Property Rights

The Center on Global Legal Transformation at Columbia University in New York is launching a call for proposals by junior researchers on governing scarce, yet essential goods. Selected proposals shall be presented at panel sessions at a conference held in New York on 20-21 June 2013.

Private property rights regimes have traditionally been considered the most effective institutional arrangement to allocate scarce goods and combat what has been termed the “tragedy of the commons” – the depletion of scarce common resources by actors who disregard the carrying capacity of the land and bear no costs for their actions. Individual property rights regimes lead to allocation of land to the highest bidder, who is presumed to put the land to its most efficient use. But conversion to private property regimes has also resulted in widespread displacement of small holders and indigenous people and the exclusion of many others from access to resources essential to their livelihoods.

Two well-studied alternatives to private property rights are collective governance by local authorities and centralized control. However, neither fully addresses the problems of scarce, essential goods. Collective governance is limited by a community’s ability to manage collective action problems, but the governance issues we are facing are those of a heterogeneous world with high social mobility and rapidly changing social norms. Similarly, centralized control depends on the authority and wisdom of the central decision-maker, who may lack local knowledge and accountability. Political voice might address problems of accountability, but how to organize voice in a global world remains an open question.

Proposals should suggest models for governing essential, scarce resources. They can be qualitative or quantitative; make use of empirical data and field research or suggest a new theoretical approach. They should address if and how the following three normative goals (the basis of the triangle to which the title refers) for managing scarce, essential goods can be realized:

More information.

Deadline: January 15, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Senior Scientist, Decision Analyst

The Senior Scientist will lead the Decision Analysis Activity within the Information Systems Strategic Research Portfolio of the CGIAR Programme on Water, Land & Ecosystems (WLE), in close partnership with other WLE research portfolios.

The job specifically includes the following duties and responsibilities:

More information.

Deadline: December 31, 2012