Thursday, February 27, 2014
This Week’s Posts
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: European IASC Meeting: The Use of Commons in a Changing Society. Abstracts are invited for the third European International Association for the Study of the Commons meeting: “From Generation to Generation – the use of commons in a changing society”. The meeting will take place on 16-19 September, 2014, in Umeå, Sweden. Deadline: April 1, 2014
FUNDING: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grants. The foundation provides grants for conservation and development in selected regional ecosystems of the developing world. Deadline: April 2, 2014
AWARD: The International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management. The award is an internationally recognised prize acknowledging leadership in the implementation of the principles of sustainability in watershed management. Deadline: April 30, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: IRRI Gender Specialist. The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is seeking a project scientist to lead its gender research in India. Deadline: March 8, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: Two Research Fellows to work on resource conflict in Burma and Cambodia. These opportunities are through the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) of Chiang Mai University and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague, Netherlands. Deadline: 15 March 2014
EMPLOYMENT: FEEM/CMCC Research Position in Climate Change Policy and Governance. Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change announce a job opening for motivated and talented researchers on climate change policy and governance. Deadline: March 31, 2014
PUBLICATION: Can integrated agriculture-nutrition programs change gender norms on land and asset ownership? A new IFPRI Discussion Paper looks at evidence from Burkina Faso
PUBLICATION: Can integrated agriculture-nutrition programs change gender norms on land and asset ownership?
A new IFPRI Discussion Paper looks at evidence from Burkina Faso:
There is a high degree of interest in the potential for agricultural programs to be designed and implemented to achieve health and nutrition objectives. Policymakers have often looked to the experience of civil society organizations in designing and implementing such programs, particularly in different social and cultural contexts. For the past 20 years, Helen Keller International (HKI) has implemented homestead food production programs in Asia and recently has started to adapt and implement these programs in Africa south of the Sahara. The goal of these programs is to improve the nutritional status of infants and young children through a number of production and nutrition interventions. These interventions are targeted to mothers under the presumption that increasing women’s access to and control over productive assets and enhancing women’s human capital to improve production and health and nutrition care practices will translate into improved nutritional status for their children. However, there is very little evidence documenting the ways in which HKI’s homestead food production programs influence women’s access to and control over productive assets and enhance women’s human capital in ways that may improve nutritional outcomes. This paper uses a mixed-methods approach to analyze the impact of HKI’s Enhanced-Homestead Food Production pilot program in Burkina Faso on women’s and men’s assets and on norms regarding ownership, use, and control of those assets. Even though men continue to own and control most land and specific assets in the study area, women’s control over and ownership of assets has started to change, both in terms of quantifiable changes as well as changes in people’s perceptions and opinions about who can own and control certain assets. The paper also discusses the implications of such changes for program sustainability.
EMPLOYMENT: FEEM/CMCC Research Position in Climate Change Policy and Governance
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change announce a job opening for motivated and talented researchers on climate change policy and governance. FEEM is a leading research institute on sustainable development (www.feem.it) and CMCC is a research institution that manages and promotes scientific and applied activities in the field of international climate change research (www.cmcc.it).
The research activities will be performed within the project “International Center for Climate Governance”. He/she will be involved in the management of the ICCG Observatories focused in the following aspects of climate change governance:
- the role of institutions, interests, and alternative models of governance for the control of climate change;
- the evaluation of climate and energy policies at international, European and national level;
- best practices tackling climate change.
The desired qualifications are:
- a Master and/or a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics, Political Science, Public Policy and/or International Relations. Applications from candidates who are close to the Ph.D. completion are also accepted;
- Proven experience of analytical and research abilities in the field of climate change policy and governance at international, European and national level;
- Technical ability to use Content Management Systems and Web tools;
- Good communication skills and experience of using social media;
- Excellent knowledge of the English language.
The initial appointment is for 12 months starting in late Spring 2014 and can be renewed. Gross salary is competitive and will be based on qualification and experience.
Deadline: March 31, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: IRRI Gender Specialist
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is seeking a project scientist to lead its gender research in India. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for an early to mid-career level professional with experience in empirical research in developing countries. The successful candidate will work closely with and support multidisciplinary research teams working on gender issues in India and will undertake empirical research aligned with IRRI’s gender strategies.
This position is based at IRRI Country Office in India.
Roles and responsibilities
- Work closely with senior gender specialist and the GRiSP director on the design and implementation of GRiSP gender strategies.
- Conduct empirical research on gender issues including research design, hypothesis formulation, data collection, analysis and interpretation on issues related to gender differences in rice farming to assess technology adoption and impact assessment.
- Mainstream gender across the program, integrate gender into all stages of project activities and incorporate gender differentiated indicators into the monitoring and evaluation plans.
- Develop partnerships for purposes of joint advocacy and knowledge generation, transfer and sharing.
- Enhance technical capabilities of partners and collaborators to use advanced tools and methods for gender research through training and collaborations.
- Publish research results in high-quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals.
- Represent IRRI at international workshops, conferences and meetings.
- Mentor young staffs and graduate students.
Deadline: March 8, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
FUNDING: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grants
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation provides grants for conservation and development in selected regional ecosystems of the developing world. In year 2014, the Foundation invites letters of inquiry (LoIs) for grants supporting conservation and sustainable development in the Nile River Basin/Lake Victoria Watershed. The deadline for submitting Letters of Interest (LOIs) is on April 2, 2014. More information here.
Deadline: April 2, 2014
AWARD: The International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management
The International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management is an internationally recognised prize acknowledging leadership in the implementation of the principles of sustainability in watershed management. Every year US$150,000 is awarded by an international jury to either one, or across several, projects. The award is a result of Swiss Re Foundation’s commitment to water protection projects in the face of a grave need for sustainable access to clean water supplies in developing and emerging countries.
NGOs, private, scientific or public institutions and similar bodies are invited to participate.
Deadline: April 30, 2014
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: European IASC Meeting: The Use of Commons in a Changing Society
Abstracts are invited for the third European International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) meeting: “From Generation to Generation – the use of commons in a changing society”. The meeting will take place on 16-19 September, 2014, in Umeå, Sweden.
The aim of the IASC European Regional Meeting 2014 is to further strengthen the network of European researchers studying commons. The conference is open to researchers and practitioners in the policy domain who work on natural resource management and who want to contribute to discussions on management regimes and governance in a changing society.
The overall theme for this regional meeting is ”From generation to generation – the use of commons in a changing society”. Northern and indigenous commons are particularly emphasized. Rapid changes are occurring across the North primarily driven by climate change, rapid economic development and a new geopolitical situation. Indigenous peoples’ traditional use of natural resources is especially challenged, while they are gaining political and legal recognition. The conference will review how local societies deal with the required institutional change, taking into account both national and international contexts. Across panels and keynotes, the conference aims at contributing to the on-going development of theory and methods concerning the commons.
The overall theme for the conference is how to meet the changing society still using resources in a sustainable way. Conference participants are encouraged to contribute with papers on one of the sub-themes. They also welcome contributions of posters on one of the sub-themes.
The sub-themes of the conference are:
- Management of Northern Commons and Indigenous Commons in Transition
- Rural and Cultural Commons in Europe
- Multi-level Governance of Local and Global Commons
Deadline: April 1, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: Two Research Fellows to work on resource conflict in Burma and Cambodia
The opportunities below are two-year positions through the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) of Chiang Mai University and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague, Netherlands.
The Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) of Chiang Mai University, a vibrant academic research hub on issues around agrarian transformation, resource conflict and development are calling for applications for two (2) Research Fellows starting June 2014, and will work for two years. Preferably the applicant should have a doctorate, but we are open to accepting applications from senior PhD candidates in case the qualification requirements are met. One Research Fellow will work on Cambodia and the other on Burma/Myanmar.
The Research Fellows will work for two years in a large consortium project with nine institutional members and jointly anchored by RCSD of Chiang Mai University and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague, the Netherlands. The joint project coordinators are Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti of RCSD and Dr. Saturnino M. Borras Jr. of ISS.
The 4-year research project is called ‘Climate change mitigation policies, land grabbing and conflict in fragile states: understanding intersections, exploring transformations in Myanmar and Cambodia’. It is funded through the Climate Change Management and Conflict and Cooperation (CCMCC) joint program of the Dutch research council NWO and the Department for International Development (DFID). The research project is a collaborative undertaking between academic and civil society groups and as such it will have academic and CSO advocacy components.
For details about the project, please see short summary further below.
Profile and Tasks:
The successful candidates are those with excellent track record in solid academic research work and publication. They should have a great ability to work with grassroots civil society organizations, should have a deep understanding and appreciation of the importance of the work of civil society activists, and should have a great appreciation of the relevance of bridging world-class academic work and grassroots activism.
The successful candidates are expected to be able to anchor the bulk of the academic research in each country (Cambodia, Burma/Myanmar), with two regional sites for each, working closely with the joint project coordinators. They are expected to be able to work well and productively with other PhD and MA students and other interns working in the project. They are expected to be able to work very well with grassroots civil society organizations. They are expected to take the lead in formulating and drafting some academic papers for publication in leading international journals, either as sole author or in collaboration with other consortium members depending on the research work circumstance.
- A recently completed PhD – or a PhD candidate in her/his later stage of candidacy -- in the social sciences (development studies, environmental studies, geography, anthropology, political science, sociology, etc.);
- Great appreciation of, and ability to work with, grassroots rural social movement organizations and NGOs
- Evidence of publication capacity, including an emerging publications track record and clear research and publications plans;
- Deep familiarity with either Burma/Myanmar or Cambodia; knowledge of the local language an advantage
- Ability to work in an inter-disciplinary and international team;
- Willingness to be based for the most part of the research period in the Burma/Cambodia, and/or in Chiang Mai.
Appointment and Fellowship: RCSD Chiang Mai University will offer a fixed temporary contract of two (2) years, with a fellowship award fixed at US$1,500 per month, with additional US$300 mobility fund per month.
Applications and more information: Applications, accompanied by a detailed Curriculum Vitae and the names of three Referees, should be addressed to Ms. Chanida Puranapun (firstname.lastname@example.org). Short-listed candidates will be requested to supply samples of published output and at that stage their referees will be contacted. More information about the vacancy can be obtained from the project co-coordinators: Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti (email@example.com) and Dr. Saturnino M. Borras Jr. (firstname.lastname@example.org). A Selection Committee composed of the project consortium representatives will deliberate and decide on the applications.
Deadline: 15 March 2014.
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Friday, February 21, 2014
This Week’s Posts
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Equator Prize 2014. The Prize will recognize twenty-five local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Winners will each receive $5,000 (USD), with several selected for ‘special recognition’ and an additional $15,000 (USD). Deadline: March 22, 2014
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The World Food Prize. The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. Deadline: May 1, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: WRI Natural Resource Policy Specialist, Central Africa. The World Resources Institute seeks a Central Africa Natural Resource Policy Specialist to lead its policy analysis, capacity-building, and outreach activities in ROC and DRC. Deadline: open
EMPLOYMENT: Secretary of the FAO-Water Platform. The incumbent will serve as the Secretary for the FAO-Water Platform, being responsible for its planning, organization and operational management. Deadline: February 28, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: International Water Association Program Officer. IWA is recruiting a full-time program officer to be part of its programs team supporting the development, implementation and dissemination of various projects. Deadline: March 5th, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Social Scientist: Gender and Sustainable Intensification. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center is seeking an enthusiastic, pro-active, resourceful, and outcomes-oriented gender specialist to join their interdisciplinary team of scientists working to improve the livelihoods of resource-poor wheat and maize farmers in the developing world. Deadline: March 7, 2014
PUBLICATION: JPS Articles on Food Sovereignty. Some papers from the September 2013 conference on “Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue” are now available online.
PUBLICATION: Afforestation and Reforestation Projects under the Clean Development Mechanism. The UNFCCC secretariat has recently published the Afforestation and Reforestation Projects under the Clean Development Mechanism - A Reference Manual.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The World Food Prize
The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world.
The World Food Prize is a $250,000 award formally presented at the Laureate Award Ceremony in mid-October, on or around World Food Day, in conjunction with the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium.
Nominations are sought of an individual or individuals having demonstrated exceptional achievement in any field involved in enhancing food production and distribution and increasing food availability and accessibility to those most in need. Any academic or research institution, private or public organization, corporate entity, or governmental unit may submit a nomination for The World Food Prize until May 1.
Deadline: May 1, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: International Water Association Program Officer
The International Water Association is recruiting a full-time programme officer to be part of its programmes team supporting the development, implementation and dissemination of various projects. The programmes officer will support the thematic programme: Water, Climate and Energy, with a particular emphasis on a new project working towards achieving carbon neutral water and wastewater utilities, as well as the wider urban water cycle. Furthermore, the incumbent will also provide support to projects and activities related to the utility member segment of IWA.
The successful incumbent will have a master’s degree or equivalent in water management, environmental engineering, or other relevant field. S/he will have excellent communication (written and oral), research and analytical skills, with experience working in an international organisation and Latin America countries. S/he will have a good background in project design, implementation and evaluation and also experience in mobilising financial resources with donors. S/he will have knowledge of energy efficiency and production in water and wastewater utilities as well as addressing greenhouse emissions in the urban water sector. S/he will have the ability to coordinate and organise groups of experts in supporting energy and carbon reduction in water and wastewater utilities. The successful incumbent will speak fluently in English and Spanish.
Duty station: The Hague, The Netherlands
- Master’s degree or equivalent in in water management, environmental engineering, or other relevant field;
- 5+ years professional experience in the water and sanitation sector in related public entities, non-for profit organisations or private companies, with some international experience (i.e. working on projects or partners from multiple countries);
- Experience in coordinating inputs from a wide-ranging group of experts, distilling and synthesising inputs into documents;
- Sound knowledge of addressing energy efficiency and production in water and wastewater utilities, and greenhouse emissions in the urban water sector;
- Strong communicator – in English and Spanish – with excellent networking and facilitation skills;
- Ability to multi-task, effectively prioritize and work accurately under time constraints;
This is an exciting opportunity for a proactive, entrepreneurial, early career professional to be part of a global organisation working to support a growing network of water professionals.
To be considered for this position, please submit your resume, cover letter and two references to: email@example.com
Deadline: March 5th, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: Secretary of the FAO-Water Platform
Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Director-General/Coordinator for Natural Resources, DDN, the supervision of the Director, NRL, and in collaboration the Platform’s Focal Points at Headquarters and in the Decentralized Offices, the incumbent will serve as the Secretary for the FAO-Water Platform, being responsible for its planning, organization and operational management. In particular, the incumbent will:
- lead the coordination and streamlining of water-related work across the Organization, including Headquarters and Decentralized Offices, and serve as the main resource person for supporting, overseeing and ensuring the Platform’s coherence and operational effectiveness for the provision of up-to-date services to FAO’s Member Countries and Partners;
- provide technical support to the FAO units participating in the Water Platform, ensuring that water issues are fully integrated across FAO’s activities and initiatives under both regular and field programmes, in particular regarding activities related to natural resource perspective studies for sustainability of agricultural production, climate change and food security;
- help develop FAO’s strategic vision for water in line with the Organization’s strategic objectives, priorities and collaborative mechanisms;
- lead and coordinate the formulation of multi-sectoral approaches and tools to integrated water management for food production, taking into account the multiple uses of water interactions, including mechanisms to ensure cooperation and benefit sharing of stakeholders and considering natural resources sustainability, health and environmental concerns;
- build strong relationships with other water stakeholders, including UN-Water, specialized agencies as well as with relevant international and national bodies, providing visibility for “one” FAO as the lead organization on water for food and agriculture within the UN system;
- develop effective operational mechanisms for coordination and collaboration among FAO units involved in the Platform and direct linkages with FAO’s Strategic Objectives Coordinators for a coordinated, diversified and visible FAO water programme at the normative and operations levels;
- facilitate the establishment and mobilization of multi-disciplinary teams on cross-cutting water issues of concern to FAO for the implementation of the Platform’s work plans and support the organization of events addressing such issues, including through the provision of coordinated FAO input;
- produce periodical reports on the Platform’s achievements and future perspectives with due consideration to the expectations of the Platform’s external stakeholders and member countries;
- plan, organize, and participate in communications and outreach activities in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, partners, and other entities;
- develop work plans, background working materials and reports pertaining to the Platform’s activities and operations, including the management, the task forces and the ad hoc working groups of the Platform as well as widen the Platform’s visibility supported by systematic and organized knowledge synthesis, information collection and dissemination;
- facilitate the mobilization of extra-budgetary resources for implementation of the Platform’s strategic vision and work plans;
- perform other related duties as required.
Deadline: February 28, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: WRI Natural Resource Policy Specialist, Central Africa
The World Resources Institute (WRI) seeks a Central Africa Natural Resource Policy Specialist to lead its policy analysis, capacity-building, and outreach activities in ROC and DRC. The Policy Specialist will be responsible for day-to-day management of the policy components of the project strategy in conjunction with WRI’s Washington office as well as civil society, government, and NGO partners in ROC and DRC. The Policy Specialist will work with partners to generate high quality analysis on policy design and implementation needs; coordinate inputs from field-based partners to inform policy discussions; build capacity of civil society, government, and forest communities to design and implement policies that protect forests and biodiversity; and work with policy-makers directly to influence development of NRM policies and programs. Key policy areas of emphasis will include national and subnational REDD+programs, land use planning and resource allocation, and forest management and biodiversity conservation.
The WRI Central Africa Natural Resource Policy Specialist will be based in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo and work under the responsibility and supervision of staff in WRI’s Washington D.C. office and the program’s Chief of Party in Kinshasa. The post will require frequent travel between the two Congos, as well as periodically to Washington, DC.
- Provide leadership for the development of policy research and advocacy designed to strengthen REDD+ and NRM policy development work
- Develop and oversee implementation of the policy components of project work plans
- Develop and implement capacity-building programs to support government, NGO, civil society, and community actors to use project-generated information to more effectively design and track NRM policies
- Develop strategic approaches to carrying out policy advocacy and monitoring of policy effectiveness in DRC and ROC
- Oversee day-to-day coordination and management of project activities in ROC, including management of other in-country policy and technical staff
- Build collaborative partnerships with major stakeholders in DRC and ROC including government, NGO and civil society partners, and donors
- Coordinate with WRI’s Washington DC office and all consortium partners to ensure regular and timely flow of information on project activities across multiple scales
- Provide inputs into other WRI Central Africa work as necessary
- Produce, review, and edit policy briefs, communications materials, and other written products consistent with WRI's high standard of quality
More information available at http://www.wri.org/about/careers
EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Social Scientist: Gender and Sustainable Intensification
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is seeking an enthusiastic, pro-active, resourceful, and outcomes-oriented gender specialist to join their interdisciplinary team of scientists working to improve the livelihoods of resource-poor wheat and maize farmers in the developing world. As a member of the CIMMYT Socio-Economics Program, and in close collaboration with biophysical scientists and international and national partners, the successful candidate will undertake applied research on gender issues in relation to the sustainable intensification of wheat and maize-based farming systems and contribute to strengthening the institutional capacity for integrating gender in wheat- and maize research-for-development. The position is linked to key research-for-development projects in CIMMYT’s South Asia portfolio, including the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (http://csisa.cimmyt.org).
The position will be based in New Delhi, India, but will interact with all CIMMYT´s experimental stations and regional offices (country and world-wide) on a regular basis.
Specific duties of this position include:
Expand the evidence base concerning the rapidly evolving roles, needs and constraints of men and women small-scale farmers in wheat- and maize-based systems in South Asia.
Refine the understanding of different target groups in South Asia by developing structural and functional typologies that can inform design and implementation of research for development priorities to enhance social inclusiveness.
Seek new pathways to improve the food and livelihood security of women farmers and other disadvantaged groups in South Asia, including emerging opportunities for entrepreneurship and strengthened support services for essential goods and services.
Strengthen institutional capacity and further develop and consolidate the use of gender as an analytical tool to enhance targeting and impact of the work of CIMMYT and its partners in the region in alignment with the gender strategies of CRPs WHEAT (http://wheat.org/gender-in-wheat) and MAIZE (http://maize.org/gender-in-maize).
Research for development to improve the documentation and understanding of gender issues in wheat- and maize-based farming systems in South Asia.
Identification of gender transformative approaches in wheat and maize research and innovation systems.
Design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting of interventions to strengthen the incorporation of gender aspects in technology out-scaling processes.
Contributions to institutional learning and change through networking and capacity strengthening for integration of gender issues in research at different levels in CIMMYT and among its partners.
Deadline: March 7, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
PUBLICATION: JPS Articles on Food Sovereignty
In September 2013, the Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) co-sponsored an international conference -- "food sovereignty: a critical dialogue" held at Yale University. Some papers discussed at the Yale food sovereignty conference will be published in JPS in May and June 2014, and some of these papers have already been revised and finalized by their authors and have been formally published in advance and are now available online – for free.
The articles can be accessed here.
PUBLICATION: Afforestation and Reforestation Projects under the Clean Development Mechanism
The UNFCCC secretariat has recently published the Afforestation and Reforestation Projects under the Clean Development Mechanism - A Reference Manual.
This manual aims to assist stakeholders in developing afforestation and reforestation (A/R) projects under the clean development mechanism (CDM).
It synthesizes the requirements with respect to the project cycle, project documentation, project validation and registration, and monitoring and verification of A/R project activities. The manual is also intended to serve as a reference guide as it brings together in one place the rules and regulations applicable to CDM A/R projects and integrates the procedural, methodological and technical aspects of those projects.
This manual is not only a reference tool, but also an accessible guide for readers who are not familiar with the rules and regulations of the CDM, and wish to learn about it. The manual is complete and therefore can also be used as resource material in training and capacity?building activities.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Equator Prize 2014
The Equator Prize 2014 will recognize twenty-five local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Profiles of past Equator Prize winners can be found here.
Equator Prize 2014 winners will each receive $5,000 (USD), with several selected for ‘special recognition’ and an additional $15,000 (USD).
Representatives of winning communities will be supported to participate in a series of events held in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly, scheduled for September 2014 in New York.
Deadline: March 22, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
This Week’s Posts
CALL FOR PAPERS: 11th Annual Meeting of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC). The 11th Annual Meeting of IWREC will be hosted by the World Bank in Washington, DC on September 7-9, 2014. The theme of the meeting will be “Efficiency and Water Conservation: Methodologies and Case Studies. Deadline: February 28, 2014
FELLOWSHIP: ILRI Graduate PhD Fellowship – Africa RISING project in Tanzania. The graduate fellowship placement will emphasize “Transforming Key Production Systems: Maize Mixed East and Southern Africa”. Deadline: February 24, 2014
SCHOLARSHIP: MSc Water: Science and Governance. The Department of Geography, King’s College London is accepting applications for MSc Water: Science and Governance. Scholarships are available to eligible candidates. Deadline: March 31, 2014
SCHOLARSHIP: Integrative Solutions to Water Issues and Conflicts, University of Hohenheim. The research training group “Water – People – Agriculture (WPA)” is offering PhD scholarships for highly qualified, motivated and creative national or international candidates who want to start a scientific project on topics related to “integrative solutions to water issues and conflicts”. Deadline: March 1, 2014
PUBLICATION: Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply. A new report from UNEP's International Resource Panel that was launched during the World Economic Forum in Davos.
PUBLICATION: Conflicts over Natural Resources in the Global South: Conceptual Approaches. This is a joint publication of the ‘Conflict and Cooperation over Natural Resources’ (CoCooN) research programme. It presents the conceptual approaches of all the interdisciplinary CoCooN projects, ranging from green criminology and political ecology to institutional analysis, legal pluralism and identity politics.
ONLINE RESOURCE: Limited Time Free Access to Popular Routledge Articles. The publisher is offering free access until March 30th to the 25 most read articles from a selection of Social Science subject areas.
PUBLICATION: Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply
A new report from UNEP's International Resource Panel entitled "Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply" was launched on 24 January during the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Global cropland is expanding, and changing trends in the production and consumption of land-based products are putting increasing pressure on land resources. In this new assessment, the IRP looks at the impacts that global trends (population growth, urbanisation, and changes in diets and consumption behaviour) have on global land-use dynamics, and considers the consequences for biodiversity; the supply of food, fibres and fuel; and the long-lasting implications for resource security. It discusses the need and options to balance consumption with sustainable production, focusing on land-based products (food, fibre and fuels) and describes methods that enable countries to determine whether their consumption levels exceed sustainable supply capacities.
ONLINE RESOURCE: Limited Time Free Access to Popular Routledge Articles
Routledge are offering free access until March 30th to the 25 most read articles from a selection of Social Science subject areas; Development, Law, Race & Ethnicity, Sociology and Gender. Each collection features the top read articles from a variety of Routledge journals. Click the links below to access the articles in each category:
FELLOWSHIP: ILRI Graduate PhD Fellowship – Africa RISING project in Tanzania
The graduate fellowship placement will be within the Africa RISING ‘Transforming Key Production Systems: Maize Mixed East and Southern Africa’. Under the sub-project: Value chain analysis of grain legumes in eastern and southern Africa: Improving productivity of indigenous chicken through better nutrition and management in mixed crop-livestock farming systems, which is a collaborative effort between International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).
This fellowship focuses on the role of indigenous poultry in integrated farming systems in Babati district. Indigenous poultry production is an integral part of a balanced farming system and has a unique position in the rural household economy, supplying high quality protein to the family. Indigenous poultry has potential to convert locally available feed resources that consists of household waste, edible materials found in the immediate environment and waste grain supplements provided by the women into eggs and meat. Income from indigenous poultry forms an effective means of transferring wealth from the high-income urban consumers to the poor rural and peri-urban members of the community hence contributing to the focus of livestock and fish CRP of providing meat and milk for and by the poor. However, village poultry production is faced with many problems including poor feeds, high mortality rates due to lack of vaccination and disease control measures and a need for more knowledge on these topics. The overall objective of the student project is to develop integrated feeding and management strategies that would help to increase the overall productivity of rural poultry production in Babati district of Tanzania.
- To identify value chain actors, characterize and quantify different poultry production and management systems of Babati district.
- To identify, characterise and quantify different and potential scavenging feed resources and study the constraints to the availability of these feed resources for rural poultry in the free range system of Babati district.
- To formulate and test poultry feed rations based on nutritional requirements of indigenous chickens and study the effects of supplementation with these rations on growth and egg production in the free-range systems of Babati district.
Deadline: February 24, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
SCHOLARSHIP: MSc Water: Science and Governance
The Department of Geography, King’s College London is accepting applications for MSc Water: Science and Governance and scholarships are available to eligible candidates.
Drawing on the university’s leading reputation in water research, students are equipped with advanced interdisciplinary training to tackle the contemporary challenges of diverse water environments around the world. The Department of Geography has a critical mass of ten staff, and students will benefit from lectures and seminars informed by cutting-edge research including those by 2008 Stockholm Water Prize laureate, Professor Tony Allan. The programme regularly includes guest talks by leading scientists and professionals in addition to a range of research seminars available weekly within the department. Environmental internship opportunities are offered and dissertations may be developed through placements at relevant organisations.
Deadline: March 31, 2014
PUBLICATION: Conflicts over Natural Resources in the Global South: Conceptual Approaches
“Conflicts over Natural Resources in the Global South: Conceptual Approaches” is a joint publication of the ‘Conflict and Cooperation over Natural Resources’ (CoCooN) research programme. It presents the conceptual approaches of all the interdisciplinary CoCooN projects, ranging from green criminology and political ecology to institutional analysis, legal pluralism and identity politics.
The contributors to this volume leave behind the polarised debate that previously surrounded the relationship between natural resources and conflict, preferring a more nuanced approach that allows for multiple causes at various levels. The authors cover a wide array of resources, geographical contexts (Africa, Asia and Latin America), and conflict dynamics. Most are of a comparative nature, exploring experiences of conflict as well as cooperation in multiple regions. The volume is of interest to academics and practitioners concerned with an understanding of conflict as well as cooperation over natural resources.
- Outlines the theoretical underpinnings of the various CoCooN research projects;
- Is aimed at an international audience of researchers and postgraduate students in the field of natural resource management;
- Is a reference work bringing together in one volume different approaches form different fields;
- Highlights various new, conceptual approaches to understanding and addressing issues of conflict and cooperation over natural resources in the developing world;
- Is including academic insights from a variety of social science disciplines, such as economics, human geography, anthropology, criminology, political science and natural sciences.
Monday, February 10, 2014
SCHOLARSHIP: Integrative Solutions to Water Issues and Conflicts, University of Hohenheim
The Anton & Petra Ehrmann-Stiftung Research Training Group “Water – People – Agriculture (WPA)” is offering PhD scholarships for highly qualified, motivated and creative national or international candidates who want to start a scientific project on topics related to “integrative solutions to water issues and conflicts”. Scholarships are available for a period of 36 months.
To apply for a scholarship, the applicant must hold a diploma or MSc certification, fulfill the requirements for the successful admission to the University’s PhD program and submit a research proposal related to one of the suggested topics published at the graduate school’s homepage (https://water4use.uni-hohenheim.de/102331).
The place of work is at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. Research themes may require the willingness of frequent travelling and long-term field campaigns under partially unfavorable conditions.
Women are explicitly encouraged to apply for increase their share in science and research. Physically handicapped persons will be favored if they are equally qualified.
Deadline: March 1, 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS: 11th Annual Meeting of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC)
The 11th Annual Meeting of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC) will be hosted by the World Bank in Washington, DC on September 7-9, 2014. The overall theme of the meeting will be “Efficiency and Water Conservation: Methodologies and Case Studies.”
Submissions of papers are now being accepted on the following topics:
- Water and economic growth
- Residential water efficiency and conservation
- Integration of water for energy and energy for water
- Agricultural water productivity versus efficiency and conservation
- Water reuse and recycling
- Climate change and efficiency of water supply and use
Within these topics, papers with a focus on water pricing, the environment, health, and/or poverty linkages are encouraged. The papers should be policy-oriented and analytically rigorous.
The Annual Meeting will begin with a reception in the evening of September 7, 2014, and span over two full days with 6-7 sessions and 1-2 panel discussions on September 8-9, 2014. One of the sessions will be dedicated to papers reflecting the work of Dr. Robert A. Young, professor emeritus of Colorado State University, who passed away recently.
Deadline: February 28, 2014
Friday, February 07, 2014
This Week’s Posts
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: IASC 2nd Thematic Conference on Knowledge Commons. This conference aims to take stock of the latest developments in the interdisciplinary study of knowledge commons. The conference will seek to better understand how knowledge commons work, where they come from, what contributes to their durability and effectiveness, and what undermines them. Deadline: February 28, 2014
CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: CGIAR Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS). CCAFS is calling for concept notes in two subject areas: innovative research-for-development ideas related to climate-smart agriculture, and climate information services and climate-informed food security safety nets. Deadline: March 1, 2014.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue on "Governing Forest Landscapes: Challenges and Ways Forward". A Special Issue will be published in Forests, and is now open to receive submissions of full research papers and comprehensive review articles for peer-review and possible publication. Deadline (full manuscripts): June 30, 2014
TRAINING: Landesa Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program. The program will boost visiting professionals’ capacity to effectively strengthen women’s land rights, foster motivation and ability to actively participate in this network, and reinforce the commitment to working on women’s land rights. Deadline: February 14, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: Post Doctoral Fellow – Targeting Climate-Smart Development Interventions under Multiple Uncertainties (ICRAF). The World Agroforestry Centre is accepting applications for a Nairobi-based Post Doctoral Fellow to work on targeting climate-smart development interventions under uncertainty. Deadline: March 9, 2014
PUBLICATION: Land Tenure Regularization in Rwanda: The Rwanda Initiative for Sustainable Development. A Working Paper from the Rwanda Initiative for Sustainable Development.
ONLINE RESOURCE: Natural Resource Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa. The World Resources Institute has launched on interactive map on natural resource rights in sub-Saharan Africa.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue on "Governing Forest Landscapes: Challenges and Ways Forward"
The following Special Issue will be published in Forests, and is now open to receive submissions of full research papers and comprehensive review articles for peer-review and possible publication.
Forest governance is concerned with the management and regulation of a complex interplay of social, political, and economic issues that shape the ways in which societies, and specific societal groups, use, allocate and distribute land and forest resources so as to harness forests’ potential to provide important goods and ecosystem services. The discussion on forest governance has expanded gradually over time to embrace both different disciplinary perspectives and multiple scales reflecting the growing complexity of the institutional architecture associated with governing access to, and use of land and forests.
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This special issue privileges papers that, from different theoretical and disciplinary perspectives, and across multiple scales, look at the issues of policy approaches, sustainable commodity supply chains, and corporate sustainability initiatives, in order to identify the key legal, regulatory and institutional challenges associated with equitable and sustainable forest landscape governance and ways forward.
Deadline (full manuscripts): June 30, 2014
PUBLICATION: Optimum fisheries management under climate variability: Evidence from artisanal marine fishing in Ghana
A UNU-WIDER Working Paper:
In most coastal developing countries, the artisanal fisheries sector is managed as a common pool resource. As a result, such fisheries are overcapitalized and overfished. In Ghana, in addition to anthropogenic factors, there is evidence of rising coastal temperature and its variance, which could impact the environmental carrying capacity of the fish stock. This study investigates the effect of climate variation on biophysical parameters and yields. Our results indicate that the rising temperature is decreasing the carrying capacity. As a result, an optimum tax on harvest must reflect climate variability, as well as the congestion externality.
TRAINING: Landesa Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program
Landesa’s Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professional Program is cultivating a network of qualified professionals who are strongly committed to strengthening women’s land rights. The program will boost visiting professionals’ capacity to effectively strengthen women’s land rights, foster motivation and ability to actively participate in this network, and reinforce the commitment to working on women’s land rights.
Landesa’s experience working with multicultural programs suggests that a hands-on, intensive program working alongside peers from different countries and with different fields of expertise will be beneficial to all parties. It will create a fertile ground for learning and will promote the level of group cohesion required to sustain the long-lasting network of professionals we aim to develop.
The Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program is an intensive six-week session for practitioners, activists, and government professionals conducted at Landesa’s office in Seattle. This experience is intended to boost their capabilities by:
- Enhancing their understanding of the challenges to strengthening women’s land rights by identifying what the problems are and how they fit into the larger picture, both in relation to other development issues and what is taking place in other geographic or political regions;
- Expanding the set of options, approaches, and potential solutions they can consider by learning from what has been tried in other settings, by learning from solutions to different-but-related problems, by becoming part of a network of colleagues who can act as a resource, and by being encouraged to think creatively; and
- Improving their effectiveness at addressing the challenges of securing women’s land rights by strengthening their leadership, managerial, and written and verbal communication skills.
Deadline: February 14, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: Post Doctoral Fellow – Targeting Climate-Smart Development Interventions under Multiple Uncertainties (ICRAF)
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is accepting applications for a Nairobi-based Post Doctoral Fellow to work on targeting climate-smart development interventions under uncertainty.
Countless ‘climate-smart’ technologies are available to help farmers in Africa adapt to climate change. A wide range of practices has proven successful under certain conditions. However, we know that the success of interventions to improve livelihoods depends on a host of factors, for many of which little information is available and that vary significantly across time and space. Despite knowledge gaps and imperfect information, decisions about what interventions to promote where are on the agenda of decision-makers in governments, NGOs and international donor organizations daily. Decision makers need appropriate tools for assisting these decisions. Such tools require new approaches that adequately consider uncertainties and are able to capture the unclear nature of relationships between site factors on which success or failure of interventions depends. The incumbent will work with the decision engagement and analytics team at ICRAF and beyond to develop methods for targeting interventions under uncertainty, and for projecting likely impacts of such interventions. This will be achieved using probabilistic modeling, Bayesian networks and other similar approaches that do not rely on purely deterministic models of farmer reality.
- Review of existing approaches to target interventions and support decisions under uncertainty
- Probabilistic decision-support tools for intervention targeting and identification of metrics for impact assessment
- Publications in peer-reviewed journals and contribution to other communication products
- Review tools for modeling and decision making under uncertainty
- Develop methods to target interventions under uncertainty
- Develop and contribute to methodologies to forecast the impact of research for development on development outcomes and impacts
- Conduct impact projections and develop targeting recommendations for research and development activities at ICRAF and elsewhere.
- Using value of information analysis, identify further research needs and important metrics for impact assessment
- Publish in peer-reviewed journals
- Contribute to ICRAF’s communication products and resource mobilization efforts
Deadline: March 9, 2014
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: IASC 2nd Thematic Conference on Knowledge Commons
Building upon the successful 2012 global thematic IASC conference on knowledge commons, this 2nd conference aims to take stock of the latest developments in the interdisciplinary study of knowledge commons. The conference will seek to better understand how knowledge commons work, where they come from, what contributes to their durability and effectiveness, and what undermines them. This year’s program will highlight knowledge commons in the fields of medicine and the environment by devoting special paper tracks and policy sessions to those topics. The Conference organizers invite paper submissions in the following areas:
- T1: Medical science and innovation commons
- T2: Knowledge commons in environmental research, innovation and management
- T3: Scientific and technical digital data and information commons
- T4: Knowledge commons in the cultural sector
- T5: Knowledge commons approaches to scientific research
- T6: Traditional and local communities’ knowledge
- T7: Innovation Commons
- T8: Innovative analytical and empirical approaches
Deadline: February 28, 2014
PUBLICATION: Land Tenure Regularization in Rwanda The Rwanda Initiative for Sustainable Development
A Working Paper from the Rwanda Initiative for Sustainable Development:
This paper deals with a paradox of one of the most ambitious attempts to secure land rights for a predominantly rural population: the 2007 Rwandan Land Tenure Regularization Program (LTRP). The LTRP is a national land registration program—the first of its kind in Rwanda—that aims to title every plot of land in the country within the terms set out in Rwanda’s 2005 Organic Land Law, which has now been replaced by the 2013 Land Law. The general goals of the LTRP are threefold: to decrease gender inequality with regards to access to land; to optimize land use and economic growth through property ownership and security; and to provide a clear institutional legal frameworks for land ownership (Kairaba and Simmons 2010). Yet, despite its well-planned design and institutionalization of women’s equal access to land, implementation of the LTRP has not reduced disputes over land. In fact, the LTRP does not have an internal component to address new disputes as they arise. This problem raises a series of questions that guide our research: What are the gaps between the aims of the LTRP as a legal framework, and its implementation on the ground? To what extent is Abunzi (local mediators) included in the LTRP’s implementation? How are women affected by the LTRP? How do other groups, especially under represented rural populations understand land reform, and how are they served by the new laws?
CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: CGIAR Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS)
The CGIAR's program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) is calling for concept notes in two subject areas:
- Flagship 1 requests innovative research-for-development ideas related to climate-smart agriculture, specifically focused on local adaptation planning and approaches to enlarge program scale.
- Flagship 2 requests proposals for climate information services and climate-informed food security safety nets. Projects are for four years and should be grounded in the CCAFS regions (Latin America; West Africa; East Africa; South Asia; and Southeast Asia).
Any institution can submit a concept note, but a CGIAR Center must be a significant partner. More information here. The deadline for concept notes (both flagships) is on March 1, 2014.
ONLINE RESOURCE: Natural Resource Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa
The World Resources Institute has launched on interactive map on natural resource rights in sub-Saharan Africa:
The Rights to Resources interactive map presents information on citizen and community rights to natural resources in sub-Saharan Africa. As part of WRI’s Land and Resource Rights project, national framework laws were reviewed to answer a set of questions regarding local rights to five natural resources: water, trees, wildlife, minerals and petroleum. Countries are color-coded by answer to clearly present results and show trends across the region. The “Compare” tool allows side-by-side comparison across countries and natural resources.
With the rising global demand for sub-Saharan Africa’s natural resources, a clear understanding of the statutory rights to these resources can help a broad range of stakeholders: from companies and their investors, to citizens and local communities, governments, civil society organizations and development assistance agencies.