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Colloquium on Resilience for Development, 8-10 May, Johannesburg

Colloquium on  RESILIENCE FOR DEVELOPMENT Assessment Methods and Transformation Practices 08 - 10 May 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa We are thrilled to announce a colloquium on "Resilience for Development", hosted by SAPECS in collaboration with the GRAID (Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development) initiative, and held on 8-10 May 2017 in Johannesburg. The colloquium focuses on methods and practices for integrating resilience as a core strategy of development actions across multiple sectors, scales and regions. Abstract submission is now open! The colloquium is designed to maximize opportunities for dialogue and critical discussions and building collaborations between researchers and [...]

2024-06-19T13:54:37+02:00February 14th, 2017|SAPECS News|

Senior Position in Department of Environmental Science, Grahamstown

Associate Professor/Professor/Senior Lecturer/ Lecturer in Department of Environmental Science Rhodes University, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape  R 766066 Professor/Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer / Lecturer in Department of Environmental Science (5 year contract) Recognising that diversity is important in achieving excellence, Rhodes University especially encourages South African members of underrepresented designated groups to apply. Spouses and partners of existing staff members are also encouraged to apply. Please note that this appointment will be made in line with the requirements of the Employment Equity Act of RSA and the University’s recruitment and selection policies and equity strategies. The initial focus will be on equity candidates. [...]

2024-06-19T13:54:37+02:00February 14th, 2017|Related News & Events|

MSc opportunity in conservation agriculture at Rhodes University

MSc project on conservation agriculture as part the Rhodes University Sustainable Land Management for Rural Resilience Project (GEF5 Project, Eastern Cape) (Download the original advert here.) Project overview and responsibilities An MSc in the field of conservation agriculture is being offered by the Department of Environmental Science, Rhodes University, as part of a Sustainable Land Management for Rural Resilience Project (RU-SLMRR). The RU-SLMRR Project forms part of a broader Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded sustainable land management (SLM) project. The GEF5-SLM project has four overarching objectives: Improve natural resource management in degraded communal and commercial agricultural landscapes through climate-smart and [...]

2024-06-19T13:54:37+02:00February 3rd, 2017|Related News & Events|

Research on bundles of human well-being in South Africa

Areas with high levels of direct ecosystem service use among households coincides with areas characterized by relatively low levels of human well-being Ecosystem services and human well-being are closely interlinked. After all, ecosystem services are benefits that nature provides to humans, and human well-being is dependent on natural provisions such as clean drinking water. While these two concepts clearly overlap, many questions remain unanswered. For example, do patterns of ecosystem service use in a landscape correspond with particular patterns in human well-being? A study by SAPECS researchers Maike Hamann, Oonsie Biggs and Belinda Reyers, addresses this question. More specifically, the study, recently [...]

2024-06-19T13:54:37+02:00February 2nd, 2017|SAPECS News|

Three open positions at the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA)

Country Programme Directors: Botswana, Lesotho and Malawi The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) is seeking qualified candidates to fill the role of Country Programme Directors in Botswana, Lesotho and Malawi for an anticipated three-year funded programme to strengthen democratic structures and institutions of political parties in each of these SADC countries, with a particular focus on water and energy resource management. For more information, please follow these links: Botswana: https://www.eisa.org.za/pdf/job2016bot.pdf Lesotho: https://www.eisa.org.za/pdf/job2016les.pdf Malawi: https://www.eisa.org.za/pdf/job2016mal.pdf Closing date 3 February 2017.  

2024-06-19T13:54:37+02:00January 30th, 2017|Related News & Events|

Renewable Energy postdoc at Stellenbosch University

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Stellenbosch University's Centre for Complex Systems in Transition is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship position for anyone with a PhD who is interested in focusing on the financial dimensions of South Africa’s renewable energy programme (REIPPPP). Introduction to the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition The Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) is a new Stellenbosch University and National Research Foundation ‘flagship’ initiative established in 2015. As an interdisciplinary research centre within Stellenbosch University, the CST has three core themes: complexity thinking, sustainability science and transdisciplinary research, applied across four broad case study areas [...]

2024-06-19T13:54:37+02:00January 24th, 2017|Related News & Events|

PhD position in agroecology with a focus on South African landscapes – University of Goettingen

PhD position in agroecology at the University of Goettingen (Germany), with a focus on South African landscapes “A biodiversity hotspot faces intensification of viticulture: The role of fynbos remnants for the conservation of butterflies”   Start: 15th April 2017. 3-year position (TV-L E13 65%) Biodiversity hotspots are global priority areas for nature conservation, as they contain numerous endemic species and have lost much natural habitat in the past. One example is the Fynbos biome within the Cape Floristic Region in South Africa, which is under pressure due to land-use change. Here, viticulture increasingly expands into remnants of Renosterveld vegetation, with [...]

2024-06-19T13:54:37+02:00January 23rd, 2017|Related News & Events|

Applications open: SERSD MSc programme at the Stockholm Resilience Centre

The Stockholm Resilience Centre in Sweden offers a 2-year Master’s Programme on Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development (SERSD), starting in autumn (northern hemisphere) every year. The programme aims to enhance students’ knowledge of the complex interactions between ecological and social dynamics in the context of change and uncertainty. In the 2-year Master’s programme students are introduced to multiple research approaches and methods for studying coupled social and ecological systems. The programme is designed with an emphasis on resilience - the ability to deal with change and continue to develop - and focuses on using systems-based methods to develop new approaches to the governance and management of social-ecological systems. Students will be [...]

2024-06-19T13:54:37+02:00December 15th, 2016|Related News & Events|

Novel research on social-ecological systems in South Africa – meet the new Doctors!

As the end of 2016 draws near, we’d like to take a moment to highlight the research of three newly-minted Doctors working on social-ecological systems in South Africa. These three female scientists have pushed the boundaries of knowledge to enhance our understanding of resilience, sense of place, and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes, in regions as varied as the Garden Route, Wild Coast, and the Drakensberg mountains. Their work presents a fascinating cross-section of the diverse research undertaken within the SAPECS network, and we are excited to see what their futures hold!   Rebecka Malinga used a multi-method approach to [...]

2024-06-19T13:54:37+02:00December 14th, 2016|SAPECS News|

STEPS Summer School 2017

The STEPS Centre invites applications for its 2017 Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability, which will take place from 15-26 May in the UK. Applications are invited from highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and across agricultural, health, water or energy issues. Participants will explore the theme of pathways to sustainability through a mixture of workshops, lectures, outdoor events and focused interaction with STEPS Centre members. The Summer School takes place on the Sussex University campus, near Brighton, UK. The deadline for applications is 29 January 2017 at [...]

2024-06-19T13:54:37+02:00November 3rd, 2016|Related News & Events|
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