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Bob Scholes: Remembering a scientific giant, a colleague and a friend

A few years back, an invitation went out to SAPECS researchers to write a short profile on themselves for our website. Bob sent through the following: “Profile: Professor of Systems Ecology, expert on ecosystem dynamics, particularly in savannas. Leader of scientific assessments. Teacher of systems theory and sustainability. A remarkably succinct and understated summation of a globally renowned, A-rated scientist who was in the top one per cent of environmental scientists worldwide based on citation frequency, and one of the world’s leading scientists on climate change. Since his unexpected passing last week whilst hiking in Namibia, Bob has been [...]

2021-08-10T10:28:36+02:00May 4th, 2021|People, SAPECS News|

Two interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowships in marine social-ecological research

Two postdoctoral research fellowships are available to be filled as soon as possible in the group around the South African Research Chair in Marine Ecology and Fisheries at the University of Cape Town. The group offers a vibrant research environment, producing research that is kept in high regard nationally, regionally, and globally. Our research focusses on three themes, (i) modelling in marine social-ecological systems for management strategy evaluation, (ii) indicators for marine social-ecological systems at the science-policy interface, and (iii) transdisciplinary research into marine social-ecological systems under global change.  Several of our research projects collaboratively create methodology for Integrated Ecosystem [...]

2021-05-17T11:53:18+02:00May 3rd, 2021|position, SAPECS News|

MASTERS OPPORTUNITY: Living Catchments

SANBI is calling for applications for a bursary for Masters Studies to better understand and support the practice of facilitating social learning and stakeholder engagement within the project context.  Only research projects in line with the Living Catchments project will be considered. Only full-time studies, with first registration in 2021, will be considered. The Living Catchments project, implemented by SANBI, is partnering with researchers at Rhodes University for this Masters Research. The successful candidate will intend to register for full-time study at Rhodes University, either in the Department of Environmental Science, or at the Environmental Learning Research Centre. N.B.: This bursary is only available to South [...]

2021-03-03T12:10:37+02:00March 3rd, 2021|People, Related News & Events|

MASTERS OPPORTUNITY: Exploring stakeholder experiences of power relations in collaborative water resources governance

Join a diverse team committed to excellence, engagement and social justice, working across Africa to address some of the most challenging questions confronting sustainability science and practice. Background to the project: ‘Unlocking Resilient Benefits from African Water Resources’ (RESBEN) Sustainable water resource development remains elusive because development has largely externalized costs to the environment and vulnerable people. Novel research theory, methodologies and practice are needed to meet, for example, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In response, the RESBEN project team has developed the innovative Adaptive Systemic Approach (ASA) . The ASA provides a coherent framework drawing on core concepts, with associated methods: complex social-ecological systems, transdisciplinarity, epistemic justice, and [...]

2021-02-15T14:49:51+02:00February 15th, 2021|position, SAPECS News|

POSITIONS AVAILABLE: WITS-GCI, UFH-RAVAC & KZN POST-GRADS 2021

Project: “Unlocking the Locked”: moving to more engaged, inclusive, and generative approaches to climate change adaptation in South Africa. The Universities of the Witwatersrand, Fort Hare, Kwa Zulu Natal and the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries are calling for all interested post graduate students to apply for either a PhD position (1 position) for the next three years or a MA and/or MSc position (2 positions) in the broad field of climate change adaptation. Training in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and civil engineering will be an advantage. South Africa is well known to be at risk to changes [...]

2021-02-15T14:19:47+02:00February 15th, 2021|People, position, Related News & Events|

Prof Oonsie Biggs secures EMS Faculty’s first NRF A-rating

Prof Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs, the incumbent of the DST/NRF Research Chair in Social-ecological Systems and Resilience, recently received an A-rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF), a first for the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. An A-rating is awarded to researchers who are unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs. The rating is primarily based on Biggs’ research outputs over the past eight years and took into consideration the evaluation made by local and international peers. Biggs previously also received a P-rating from [...]

2021-02-15T10:01:04+02:00February 15th, 2021|People, SAPECS News|

POSITION: Lecturer: Nature Conservation George Campus

The Nature Conservation Department at the George Campus, Nelson Mandela University focuses on training competent managers, practitioners and scientists who can apply their skills in social ecological systems in Africa and globally. We have a vibrant and strong community of academics and students who are passionate about the conservation of Africa’s unique biodiversity. Our students come from diverse backgrounds and cultures and when they complete their studies are employed by numerous entities within the conservation sector, particularly in Africa.  We are looking for an accomplished early-career scientist to join our team. The candidate should primarily be a social ecologist, preferably [...]

2021-02-15T09:59:44+02:00February 15th, 2021|position, Related News & Events|

POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Sustainable Seas Trust

Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) is inviting applications for a Chief Executive Officer designate, and for Head of Education. Please circulate to anyone you think would be interested in these positions. Chief Executive Officer designate: The Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) is inviting applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of Chief Executive Officer designate who will work alongside the current CEO for a period of time with a view to taking over the full role. SST is a South African registered charitable trust, NPO and PBO with a mandate to undertake research, education, sustainability, socio-economic and environmental rehabilitation programmes in [...]

2021-01-19T10:22:48+02:00January 19th, 2021|People, position, Related News & Events|

POSTDOC OPPORTUNITIES: Nature-based Solutions in Southern Africa’s Water Towers, ACDI, University of Cape Town

VACANCY 1: POST DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW – SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CONSTRAINTS OF NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS (Closing Date: 31 January 2021) The African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) based at the University of Cape Town (UCT) wishes to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to support the social, economic and political research component of the TES-NbS (Towards Equitable and Sustainable Nature-based Solutions in Southern Africa’s Water Towers) project. The successful candidate will unpack the social, economic and political processes and trade-offs that shape which Nature-based Solutions are adopted and who benefits in the region. There will be a focus on landscape restoration [...]

2021-01-13T14:34:10+02:00January 13th, 2021|Cape Town Metropolitan Area, position, SAPECS News|

Postgraduate scholarship: Call for Postgraduate scholarships in climate finance

Catalyzing Climate Finance for the Southern African Development Community Call for Postgraduate scholarships in climate finance for Masters (3) and PhD (1) students About Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership The Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership (SACFP) is a multi-country, knowledge- sharing and capacity enhancement platform for southern African countries seeking to access catalytic sources of international climate finance in order to mobilise investments into low-emissions, climate resilient development in the region. The SACFP began in 2016 and has steadily grown into a community of practice for climate finance practitioners seeking to drive innovation through shared learning. The SACFP is facilitated by SouthSouthNorth (SSN), a South [...]

2020-11-16T12:05:04+02:00November 16th, 2020|People, position|
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