Post-doc Migration & Climate at the New School

There is an exciting opportunity for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship <https://careers.newschool.edu/postings/15765> at The New School’s Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility focused on climate and migration.

As part of the fellowship position, the Fellow will participate in the partnership between the German Historical Institute (GHI) and the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. The Fellow will have the opportunity to connect their research on climate change and contemporary debate on forced migration with the work of a historically-minded scholar focused on forced migration in the 20th century.
In addition, the Fellow will be expected to participate in Institute events and to assist in the development of the Institute’s research initiative on climate change and migration, including the instruction of relevant courses (one in the 2018-19 academic year and two in the 2019-20 academic year). The Fellow will also participate in the planning of conferences, public events, and seminars on the theme of climate change and migration.

This is an ideal opportunity for recent Ph.D. graduates with a focus on climate change and migration to join a leading teaching, research and policy institute on migration and mobility studies in New York City.

To apply for this position, please visit The New School careers website: https://careers.newschool.edu/. Candidates submit the following:
• An academic CV with names and email addresses of two referees who can speak to your work
• A two-page statement of interest that covers previous and ongoing research initiatives, potential course descriptions, and your fit with and commitment to the Zolberg Institute’s mission, goals and academic and intellectual life
• Example of written work

The application deadline is May 23, 2018.

Research Associate - Politics of Climate Change Loss and Damage

University College London - UCL Political Science - School of Public Policy

Location:London

Salary:£34,635 to £41,864 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. UCL Grade 7

Hours:Full Time

Contract Type:Fixed-Term/Contract

 

Placed on:8th February 2018

Closes:11th March 2018

Job Ref:1711531

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The Department of Political Science wishes to appoint a full-time Research Associate to work with Dr Lisa Vanhala, the principal investigator (PI) on a European Research Council (ERC)-funded research project, The Politics of Climate Change Loss and Damage (CCLAD). The Research Associate will work collaboratively with the PI and with other members of the research team, including a PhD student and a research assistant.

This project will explore why some norms emerge and gain traction globally whereas others do not. The politics of loss and damage related to climate change offers a paradigm case for studying norms. The parties to the UNFCCC have acknowledged that there is an urgent need to address the inevitable, irreversible consequences of climate change. Yet within this highly contested policy area there is little consensus about what addressing loss and damage means for the global community, for states and for the victims of climate change. The research will examine the micro-politics of the international negotiations and implementation of loss and damage policy and also involves cross-national comparative research on domestic loss and damage policy practices. The Research Associate will work closely with the PI and the rest of the research team in developing and delivering the project with specific responsibility for the work-stream exploring the cross-national politics of loss and damage policy-making. This will involve exploring loss and damage policy-making in the Philippines, Kenya, Saint Lucia and the United States. The Research Associate will be involved in conducting fieldwork, building networks and disseminating the findings of the research in at least two of these jurisdictions. The Research Associate will also have the opportunity to undertake training, present work at international conferences, and develop project-related publications.

The post is funded for three years in the first instance, to commence on the 1st May 2018, or as early as possible thereafter, but by 1st September 2018 at the latest.

The candidate must hold, (or be near completion of) a PhD in comparative politics, international relations, international development, comparative politics, socio-legal studies, sociology, geography, anthropology or a related subject.

Expertise in climate change politics and governance, training and having on-the-ground experience of applying qualitative research methods; including semi-structured interviews, document analysis,  process-tracing and/or ethnographic research/participant observation and a confidence about conducting field research in developing country contexts is essential.

Having expertise and networks in some of the relevant case study countries (Kenya, Philippines, Saint Lucia, United States) or in similar contexts would be desirable.

Information about the Department of Political Science is available at www.ucl.ac.uk/political-science<http://www.ucl.ac.uk/political-science>

UCL vacancy reference: 1711531

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the 'Apply' button.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Lisa Vanhala (L.vanhala@ucl.ac.uk). If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Ajay Patel, email polsci.staffing@ucl.ac.uk, tel +44 (0)20 7679 4944

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: 19 April 2018

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Professor in Risk Resilience

University of the South Pacific - Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development

Location:Suva - Fiji

Salary:FJ$129,078 to FJ$139,543
£46,125.25 to £49,864.85 converted salary* per annum

Hours:Full Time

Contract Type:Fixed-Term/Contract

 

Placed on:10th January 2018

Closes:18th March 2018

Job Ref:LES070

Build a legacy with us!

The Opportunity

The Professor of Risk Resilience will lead a robust research programme in climate and disaster risk resilience. The goal is to produce top-quality research while building local knowledge and capacity through outreach, collaboration, and partnerships. The Professor must be a person of professional integrity with strong leadership and communication skills.

The successful applicant will:

  • Develop and lead Pacific Islands focused research projects in quantitative risk assessment at the physical and social science interface.
  • Utilise robust innovative research tools which may include anthropology, remote sensing, food security quantitative modeling, disaster risk management and reduction, disaster recovery and policy.
  • Lead a robust research team that takes advantage of USP’s unique role as a Pacific Islands regional university and attracts external funding.
  • Exemplify and promote collaborative research within PaCE-SD, across the faculties and programmes of the university, and across the Pacific Islands region in collaboration within CROP and Donor partners.
  • Develop and deliver postgraduate courses in risk based approach for climate and disaster resilience to be offered through the flexible learning programme.
  • Supervise MSc and PhD research students.
  • Publish research findings in high quality peer reviewed outlets.

The Person We Seek

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • A PhD in risk resilience, climate change, disaster risk management, or a related field from a recognised institution.
  • Extensive teaching and research students supervision experience.
  • Demonstrated research leadership and a distinguished record of research and publication.
  • Integrity.
  • Strategic leadership skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Writing and presentation skills in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform as a strong team player.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Ideally 10 years of experience in research and tertiary teaching (significant research led contribution in a professional environment may be counted towards this requirement if appropriate).
  • Pacific research experience.
  • Experience in research or development projects, implementation, and/or administration.
  • Fluency in at least 1 of the regional languages of the Pacific Islands is desirable.

Remuneration
The position is available for a term of 5 years and may be renewed by mutual agreement.

Salary Range: Professor FJ$129,078 to FJ$139,543 per annum.

The University may pay an inducement allowance to secure the services of an exceptionally well qualified candidate.

In addition to the above benefits, the University contributes 10% of basic salary to an approved superannuation scheme, provides airfare and relocation costs where appropriate.

Enquiries: Ann Yabaki (tel.: (679) 3231982 email; yabaki_@usp.ac.fj).

Closing date for applications: 18 March 2018.

How to Apply

Candidates may use the University’s online E-Recruitment system to view full details and apply for this position at https://www.usprecruits.usp.ac.fj. Manual and emailed applications are no longer accepted. Candidates may request further information from the Human Resources Office (tel.: (679) 32 32072; email: hrhelp@usp.ac.fj or personnel@usp.ac.fj).

Please also include the following documents in your application: Cover letter and Resume clearly addressing key Selection Criteria; academic transcript and names of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent direct work supervisor.

Post-Doctoral Research Officer (Climate Adaptation, Sustainable Development and Insurance) 20/02/201821/03/2018

Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Post-Doctoral Research Officer (Climate Adaptation, Sustainable Development and Insurance) 

Salary from £34,736 to £42,019 pa inclusive

This is a fixed term appointment for 2 years

The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment is pleased to invite applications to the above post, which is at the level of Research Officer.

The successful applicant will collaborate with Dr Swenja Surminski and work on the Evaluating the Resilience Impact of Climate Insurance (ERICI) project. The appointee will be expected to play an active intellectual part in the project itself and be able to produce independent original research. This position will focus on the development of resilience metrics for climate risk insurance and their testing in practical settings through longitudinal cohort studies of communities in at least two case study settings in two different continents.

Candidates should have a PhD in a Social or Environmental Science, preferably with a focus on climate risk or resilience. Candidates should also have good communication skills, with the ability to communicate technical issues to a non-technical audience.    Excellent research management skills are essential, as are experience in qualitative data collection and analysis in developing countries and availability to travel overseas.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply documentjob description and the person specification.

If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email Ginny Pavey at v.pavey@lse.ac.uk.

 The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 21st March (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

3 year postdoc in Ethics of Oil and Environmental Politics at St Andrews

Applications are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral Research Fellow who will explore ethnographically how energy analysts and traders in the financial sector conceptualise and value oil at a time of heightened concerns about climate change and 'stranded oil assets'. The successful candidate will carry out extended fieldwork with energy analysts and traders, examining the financialization of the oil market premised on uncertain relationships that include physical and financial flows of oil.

Closing date for applications: 16 March 2018.

The postdoctoral position is part of a European Research Council-founded project entitled "The Ethics of Oil: Finance Moralities and Environmental Politics in the Global Oil Economy (ENERGYETHICS)", led by Dr Mette M. High in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrew (2017-2022).

The position will commence on 1 September 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. It will be based in the Department of Social Anthropology and provide substantial scope for academic judgement, originality, interpretation, presentation and publication of results.

The prospective candidate will have a strong interest in fields such as finance and economic life, risk and value, morality and ethics, energy and climate change, corporations and organisations. Applicants are asked to contribute their own provisional research ideas in the form of a proposal as part of their application. Projects will have ethnographic fieldwork at their core, but may also draw on other methodologies, including archival and visual media work.

Requirements:
The successful candidate must hold, or will be about to be awarded, a PhD in anthropology or a closely related discipline. You must be able to engage critically and creatively with relevant theoretical and conceptual frameworks within anthropology. You should have strong communication and organisational skills with a passionate interest in carrying out ethnographic research. You should be willing to work in a team and contribute to public events, publications and limited teaching alongside your research project.

Application:
Please apply online at www.vacancies.st-andrews.ac.uk/welcome.aspx<http://www.vacancies.st-andrews.ac.uk/welcome.aspx>. However, if you are unable to do this, please call +44 (0) 1334 462571 for an application pack. Please quote ref.: AR2029SB.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Principal Investigator Dr Mette M. High at mmh20@st-andrews.ac.uk<mailto:mmh20@st-andrews.ac.uk> for further information about the project in advance of submitting applications.

Professor of Climate Change and Environment

The University of Manchester - School of Environment, Education and Development

Location:Manchester

Salary:Professorial Salary Scale

Hours:Full Time

Contract Type:Permanent

 

Placed on:14th December 2017

Closes:31st January 2018

Job Ref:HUM-11145

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Closing Date : 31/01/2018

Employment Type : Permanent

Duration :

Faculty / Organisational Unit : Humanities

School/Directorate : School of Environment, Education and Development

Division : Global Development Institute

Hours Per week : full time

Salary : Professorial Salary Scale

Location : Oxford Road, Manchester

Job Reference : HUM-11145

 

The University of Manchester seeks to appoint an outstanding individual who will enable The Global Development Institute to develop further its contribution to knowledge and research-led postgraduate teaching and research.

You will contribute to GDI’s aim to develop a keener focus on key areas within its research portfolio by building interdisciplinary research partnerships both within the School of Environment, Education and Development and across The University of Manchester and beyond, resulting in successful research bids.

Applications are particularly encouraged from candidates whose work addresses the relationship between environmental governance and social and economic inequality and poverty.  The person appointed will be expected to pursue research in their areas of specialization and play a role in developing GDI’s environment and climate change research, linking it to work undertaken by complementary disciplines at Manchester on a range of topics including sustainability, climate change, social justice and the reduction of poverty and inequality.  Relations with the newly created Manchester Environment Institute, The Tyndall Centre and the Global Challenges Research Fund's Dams 2.0 Research Programme will be encouraged. 

The post is tenable from 1st March 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Salary will be within the professorial salary scale according to relevant experience.

Interviews are likely to be held in February 2018.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. As the School is committed to Athena SWAN principles, we would particularly welcome applications from women, who are currently under-represented at this grade. All appointments will be made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Diana Mitlin

Email: diana.mitlin@manchester.ac.uk

General enquiries:

Email: hrservices@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:

Email: universityofmanchester@helpmeapply.co.uk

Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further Particulars

Research Associate Rethinking Urban Nature

University of Cambridge - Department of Geography

Location:Cambridge

Salary:£31,604 to £38,833

Hours:Full Time

Contract Type:Fixed-Term/Contract

 

Placed on:15th December 2017

Closes:13th January 2018

Job Ref:LC14327

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This RA opportunity is to work on the European Research Council funded project Rethinking Urban Nature.  This project challenges existing understandings of urban nature by using an innovative interdisciplinary framework in a comparative international context focused on London, Berlin, Tallinn, and Chennai.  The "urban revolution" as originally elaborated by Henri Lefebvre and other scholars in the early 1970s has entered a new phase in the early twenty-first century with over half the world's population now living in cities. The recent emphasis on Lefebvre's original distinction between cities and urbanization now includes ecological transformations at a global scale. Urban nature lies at the centre of these developments as a focal point for multiple cultural, political, and scientific discourses ranging from concerns with climate change and public health to the protection of biodiversity. The idea of nature is being reworked to encompass different scales, different processes, and different conceptions of agency and ethical responsibility. For further details see the project website:  https://www.rethinkingurbannature.org

This role will be to assist the project PI, Professor Matthew Gandy, with the Chennai based research to examine in particular the conservation challenges facing the formerly extensive wetlands, creeks, and other elements of the hydrological topography of the city with high levels of bio-diversity. We anticipate that liaison with ornithological organizations will be a significant dimension to the work.  Other important aspects include the complexities of environmental history, including post-colonial critiques of vegetation classification systems, and an engagement with different sources of knowledge including local knowledge and changing perceptions of nature.

The research project takes an explicitly inter-disciplinary approach and we welcome applications from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. Although the RA will be primarily based in the geography department, reporting to Professor Matthew Gandy (the project PI), the RA will be supported by the project coordinator Louise Kay and other members of the project team.

Enquiries about the post can be directed to Professor Matthew Gandy (mg107@cam.ac.uk) or Louise Kay (lk352@cam.ac.uk).

The closing date for applications is 13th January 2018 and interviews will be held on 25th January 2018.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 9 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/16118. This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please quote reference LC14327 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

LSE Fellow in Environment

London School of Economics and Political Science - Department Of Geography and Environment

Location:London

Salary:£34,736 to £42,019 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £45,212

Hours:Full Time

Contract Type:Fixed-Term/Contract

 

Placed on:18th December 2017

Closes:15th January 2018

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Fixed-term for 17 months from March 2018

LSE Fellows contribute to the scholarship and intellectual life of the School by conducting teaching and research which will enhance the School’s reputation as a research-led teaching institution, with appropriate mentoring from department. You will contribute to teaching in the Department at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as carrying out administrative duties.    

You will have a PhD in a relevant field of the environmental social sciences, or be close to completing one, by the post start date. In addition, you will have a very good knowledge of a field of environmental social science: in particular, the ability to teach environmental science & policy, environmental geography and/or global governance.  You will also have a developing research record in a field of environmental social science.

Relevant teaching experience including assessing courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level would be an advantage.  You must have the ability to demonstrate excellent communication and presentations skills and have the ability to foster an engaging and supportive learning environment for students.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply documentjob description and the person specification.

If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email g.atkinson@lse.ac.uk.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 15th January 2018 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

An LSE Fellowship is intended to be an entry route to an academic career and is deemed by the School to be a career development position.  As such, applicants who have already been employed as a LSE Fellow for three years in total are not eligible to apply. If you have any queries about this please contact the HR Division.

LSE is committed to building a diverse, equitable and truly inclusive university

Research Fellow in Stakeholder Engagement in Climate Services for Mediterranean Agriculture

University of Leeds - Faculty of Environment, School of Earth and Environment

Location:Leeds

Salary:£32,548 to £38,833 per annum

Hours:Full Time

Contract Type:Fixed-Term/Contract

 

Closes:31st January 2018

Job Ref:ENVEE1220

Contract Type: Fixed Term (24 months due to external funding)

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in climate services? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a researcher to conduct research on stakeholder engagement, assessment of user requirements, and co-development of climate services for agriculture in the Mediterranean region. This position is funded by Horizon 2020 as part of the project MED-GOLD - ‘Turning climate-related information into added value for traditional MEDiterranean Grape, OLive and Durum wheat food systems’. 

The MED-GOLD project aims to co-develop (between scientists and stakeholders operating in the agricultural sector) climate services for olive, grape, and durum wheat crop systems that are the basis for producing olive oil, wine and pasta. 

This post is based in Leeds and will involve coordinating and developing activities to engage communities (stakeholders and other potential users in the agriculture sector) in Europe. Tasks will include assembling and managing a community of stakeholders, the development and implementation of a survey, the creation and management of an online forum, and running participatory workshops. All of these activities aim to engage scientists with stakeholders in order to co-validate, co-exploit and co-assess the usability and value of the climate services being developed within MED-GOLD.

In addition, you will contribute to other project tasks such as the analysis of existing literature; the development of a survey looking at the main vulnerabilities, critical activities and decisions pursued within and across the sectors of interest, and; the assessment of user information needs to better support those decisions. You will also collaborate with Dr Marta Bruno Soares on the development of strategic guidelines to be applied by project partners. This role will involve close collaboration with project partners as well as interaction and engagement with external organisations.

The post-holder will be hosted by the Climate Change Adaptation Group lead byProf. Suraje Dessai and based at the Sustainability Research Institute. There will also be opportunities to interact with the Priestley International Centre for Climate and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the University of Leeds.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Marta Bruno Soares, Met Office University Academic Fellow

Tel: +44 (0)7769 830846, email: m.soares@leeds.ac.uk

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

007550

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

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1KOQ60H3YMeS0VXUEZqcmtLX3cxQUxWcjVPb185UW1sVHBr

 

All the best!

Patty and David

“MONASS” NEW OPPORTUNITY: RESEARCH FELLOW (SPATIAL DESIGN) POSITION

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.

[DEADLINE PASSED]

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.