Rachel Carson Centre Munich Call for Fellows 2018-19

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2018–19 cohort of postdoctoral and senior fellows. The RCC’s fellowship program is designed to bring together excellent scholars who are working in environmental history and related disciplines.

The center will award fellowships to scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines. Applicants’ research and writing should pertain to the central theme of the RCC—transformations in environment and society. Research at the RCC is concerned with questions of the interrelationship between environmental and social changes, and in particular the reasons—social, political, cultural, and environmental factors—for these transformations.

The RCC awards four types of fellowships:

  • Carson Writing Fellowships
  • Interdisciplinary Writing Fellowships
  • Outreach Fellowships
  • Short-Term Fellowships

All fellows are expected to spend their fellowship in residence, to work on a major project, to participate actively in life at the RCC, to attend the weekly lunchtime colloquium, and to present their project at the center. Please note that the RCC does not sponsor field trips or archival research for any of the fellowship types.

Carson Writing Fellowships
These fellowships are at the center of our fellowship program and are awarded to scholars aiming to complete several major articles or a book project in the environmental humanities.

Interdisciplinary Writing Fellowships
To promote cooperation across disciplinary boundaries, we invite applications for interdisciplinary writing fellowships. Scholars from the humanities are invited to apply jointly with scholars from the sciences or field practitioners with the purpose of authoring a collaborative project. These fellowships are only intended for writing.

Applicants for interdisciplinary writing fellowships must apply together from at least two separate institutions or organizations. It would be advantageous if one of these institutions is LMU Munich or another Munich-based organization. Please note that funding will only be awarded to the non-Munich partners. All members of the collaboration should plan to be in residence in Munich at the same time. If applying with a LMU scholar, please include a letter of support from this scholar.

Outreach Fellowships
Outreach fellowships are intended for candidates whose work promotes public engagement with the topic of transformations in environment and society. We invite applications from documentary filmmakers and writers in particular.

Short-term Fellowships
Short-term fellowships (up to 3 months) are designed to encourage genuinely explorative partnerships and dialogue across disciplinary divides and between theory and practice. Scholars on short-term fellowships come to Munich to develop a specific project—for example, a joint publication, a workshop, or other collaborative research projects.

To Apply:
All successful applicants should plan to begin their fellowship between 1 September 2018 and 1 December 2019; it will not be possible to start a fellowship awarded in this round at a later date. Decisions about the fellowships will be announced in mid-May 2018. Fellowships will usually be granted for periods of 3, 6, 9, or 12 months; short-term fellowships are granted for 1 to 2 months. The RCC will pay for a teaching replacement of the successful candidate at his or her home institution; alternatively, it will pay a stipend that is commensurate with experience and current employment and which also conforms to funding guidelines.

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2018. Applications must be made in our online portal. The application portal will be open from 1 January to 31 January 2018. It closes at midnight (Central European Time) on 31 January.

Candidates are welcome to apply for more than one type of fellowship. In such cases, the candidate should submit a new application for each fellowship type. If successful, the candidate will only be awarded one fellowship.

The application should discuss the RCC’s core research theme “transformations in environment and society” in the project description or the cover letter and should include the following:

• Cover letter (750 words maximum)
• Curriculum vitae (3 pages maximum)
• Project description (1,000 words maximum)
• Research schedule for the fellowship period (300 words maximum)
• Names and contact information of three scholars as referees; these scholars should be people who know you and your work well. Please note that we do not initially require letters, and we may not contact your referees.

Please note that in order to be eligible for all fellowships except the outreach fellowships, you must have completed your doctorate by the application deadline (31 January 2018). Scholars already based in the greater Munich area are not eligible.

You may write your application in either English or German; please use the language in which you are most proficient. You will be notified about the outcome of your application by mid-May 2018.

For more information, please visit the Fellowship Applications - Frequently Asked Questions section of the Carson Centre website. Please consult this section before contacting us with questions.

PhD Studentship in Reconfiguring Thermal Comfort in Offices

13 October 2017

The UCL Energy Institute and UCL Anthropology, in collaboration with Konica Minolta, invite applications for a 4-year Industrial Strategy research challenges PhD Studentship funded by the ESRC through the UCL, Bloomsbury & East London (UBEL) Doctoral Training Partnership.

Supervisors: Michelle Shipworth, Lecturer in Energy & Social Sciences, and Hannah Knox, Lecturer in Digital Anthropology and Material Culture.
Starting: 8 January 2018.
Stipend: £16,296pa tax-free, UK fees & training/travel/consumables budget

Application Deadline: 09:00 AM Monday 30th October.

Most research and policy on heating, cooling and thermal comfort has focused on buildings, the physical environment and technology; very little has focused on people, or questioned how thermal comfort is defined and attained. Personal thermal comfort systems (and other radical alternatives) and emerging environmental sensing and control technologies offer opportunities to dramatically reduce energy use associated with heating and cooling, but they do not feature in mainstream research and policy on this topic.

This studentship recognizes that thermal comfort in offices is a complex socio-technical problem and explores whether thermal comfort in offices can be reconfigured, and what the workplace consequences could be. Ethnographic research methods will be used.

World-class PhD training

The UCL Energy Institute is the premiere centre for energy demand research in the built environment in the UK, with over 70 PhD students. We work closely with many government departments, international bodies and industrial partners. The Anthropology Department is a world-leading centre of expertise in material, culture studies, design anthropology, and the anthropology of architecture.

Konica Minolta will provide the student with supervision, mentoring, part-time desk space, use of their “Living Lab”, and presentations to senior KM staff and at client events.

The first year will include a tailored set of postgraduate modules chosen to bring the student up to speed on whichever discipline/subject area they are lacking in, but require for the PhD.

Who we are looking for

Applicants require: a good first degree (1st or 2:1) in any discipline; demonstrable aptitude and enthusiasm for this PhD; the ability to use their own initiative and prioritise workloads; good interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written); high level of attention to detail in working methods; ability to start by 8 January 2018.

Full studentships (fees plus stipend) are available to UK applicants. They are also available to EU/International applicants who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship grant, although for international applicants, those three years cannot include time spent studying at a UK Higher Education institution. Fees-only awards are available to EU applicants who do not meet UK residency criteria.

Application Procedure

Informal enquiries to Michelle Shipworth or Hannah Knox.

Stage 1: Submit applications (a single Word or PDF file) to Chiara Francesconi by 09:00 AM Monday 30 October, including:

  • 2-page CV
  • Contact details for two referees (at least one academic)
  • 1-page personal statement indicating a) your motivation, and interest in the topic, b) the relevance of your own skills and experience for this PhD, and c) which residential eligibility requirements you meet.

Stage 2: Shortlisted applicants interviewed on Friday 3rd November.

Stage 3: Successful candidate to make formal applications to the UBEL DTP and to UCL’s MPhil/PhD program. 

Postdoctoral Research Associate Durham on Naturvation project with Harriet Bulkeley

Job Specification


Job Title :Post Doctoral Research Associate at Durham University

Department :Department Of Geography

Position Type :Research

Grade 7 (£32,004)

Postdoctoral Research Associate

This post is full time and fixed term with a planned end date of 30 September 2019.

The Department of Geography at Durham University wishes to appoint a full time Postdoctoral Research Associate for 24 Months, the post will start on 1st October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will work on the research project Nature Based Urban Innovation (NATURVATION) with Professor Harriet Bulkeley and Dr Andres Luque and the rest of the project team. NATURVATION (www.naturvation.eu) is led by Professor Bulkeley and funded under the H2020 Smart & Sustainable Cities Programme of the European Commission. It involves partners from Universities, Research Institutes, Environmental Agencies, Municipalities and NGOs in Germany, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK, supported by an international task force of public and private organisations involved in the development and use of nature-based solutions to urban sustainability challenges.

For further details regarding this post please contact Professor Harriet Bulkeley:- 
Email: h.a.bulkeley@durham.ac.uk

Closes midday on :23-Aug-2017

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007550 Job Description

Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Geography or equivalent on art and climate change

Location: Oslo - Norway

Salary: NOkr490,900 to NOkr569,000
£45,506.43 to £52,746.30 converted salary* per annum depending on qualifications

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract

Closes: 15th August 2017

There is a vacant position at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography for a Postdoctoral Fellow (SKO1352) in Human Geography or equivalent. The position is either for a period of three years (with no compulsory work), or for a period of four years including compulsory work (primarily teaching). A decision regarding the duration of employment will be made by the Department Board upon appointment to the position and in light of the Department's teaching needs. 

The position is associated with a research project called "AdaptationCONNECTS" funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The objective of the project is to develop new understandings of whether and how different types of transformations can contribute to successful adaptation to climate change. The announced position is linked to the “Art Connects” work package, which explores the role of art in adaptation processes. The first phase of the project involves semi-structured interviews with Norwegian and international artists who address climate change in their work. The second phase builds on principles of action research to develop a creative lab that fosters transdisciplinary dialogue and interaction among artists and scientists. The lab will engage with artists, students and academics in diverse disciplines, and the broader public through artist residencies, exhibitions, lecture series, publications, and creative workshops. 

The Postdoctoral fellow will be part of a research group on climate change and society lead by Professor Karen O´Brien at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography. More information on the project, including project description, can be obtained at the project website

Qualification requirements and personal skills

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in (aktuelle fagområder). Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Applicants must have the capacity for independent academic research at a high level, preferably documented through publications in international journals.
  • Applicants must have a good understanding of both the human dimensions of climate change and cultural geography, as well as experience with transdisciplinary research and working with artists.

Residence in Norway is expected, but Postdoctoral fellows are also encouraged to spend time abroad during the fellowship period.

We offer

  • salary NOK 490 900 - 569 000 per annum depending on qualifications
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply: Please follow this link for more information and to apply: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/139648/postdoctoral-fellow-in-human-geography-or-equivalent

Postdoc on values of nature. Deadline 15th May

Dear everyone 


We are very happy to announce that the Ecosystems and Sustainability Research Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (IIES-UNAM) has open the call for a postdoctoral position on the 'Integration of multiple values into decision making across scales, from global to local scales'

The selected candidate will explore how multiple values of nature and it's contributions to people have been incorporated in decision-making across scales. Its main purpose is to recognize and suggest mechanisms or processes to explicitly incorporate multiple values of nature at a range of scales in agreement with the conceptual proposal of IPBES. 

The position is composed by a part-time technical component as part of the IPBES TSU on Values and a part-time research component supervised by Patricia Balvanera (IIES-UNAM) and Unai Pascual (BC3).

Interested candidates must contact David González, Project Official of the TSU on Values (david.glez.2990@gmail.com).

Feel free to share this call within your networks. 


You can use this link to access all the instructions



All the best!

Patty and David


written by Zahra Mohamed-Saleh

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster invites applications for the position of Research Fellow (Spatial Design) for Monsoon Assemblages, ERC Starting Grant no. 679873.

As a member of the project research team, the post holder will work with the PI, Lindsay Bremner and anthropologist, Beth Cullen, the “MONASS” Research Fellow (Environmental Humanities) to advance research of urban environments as monsoonal ecologies. You will undertake field work in Chennai, Delhi and Dhaka and propose strategies for intervening in these cities through design. You will have prime responsibility for developing and delivering the data, representation and design strategies for the project. You will ensure that results are prepared for publication and exhibition to an internationally recognised standard.

The full remit of the post and how to apply is described in the advert and job description here.

For further details contact Lindsay Bremner at l.bremner@westminster.ac.uk

Research Assistant required for a Project on Climate Change and Sustainable Transport in urban Africa and South Asia.


Temporary Contract, Grade 6, 47 Days (part-time) between March and August, 2017

The project is based at The School of Oriental and African Studies University of London.

Professor Edward Simpson and Dr Matteo Rizzo.

Project Outline: A qualitative synthesis of the literature with a broad focus on South Asia and Africa will explore the institutional and political issues which divert, absorb or enable transformational reform in urban transport initiatives. The research will review existing forms of thinking about multimodal transport and low carbon urban transport technologies with a focus on particular case studies across South Asia and Africa to (a) highlight best practice and failure (b) explore barriers to change (c) look at the regional language/terms/concepts in which such debates occur.

Case studies will explore in depth the ways in which low carbon transport solutions have been accepted, rejected, delayed or taken up and then abandoned in particular urban contexts. Attention will be given to placing successful and unsuccessful initiatives against the backdrop of (a) the state and other institutions and (b) users/inhabitants of urban space.

Timeframe: You will be available to work for 12 days in March/April (exact dates to be determined); and for a total of 35 days between April and August.

Required Skills: Experience of literature collection, synthesis and summary; ability to assess quality of research and evidence base; background in social sciences (broadly conceived).


Desirable Skills: Experience of primary and secondary research on urban transport/climate change/governance in Africa or South Asia; NVIVO.

For further information and to express interest in the post write to Professor Edward Simpson at SOAS (es7@soas.ac.uk) with a cover note outlining relevant experience, cv and the names of two academic/policy referees by Monday 27th of February.