UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND FACULTY OF SCIENCE Future Ecosystems for Africa Project Coordinator (AD.09) Description: Future Ecosystems For Africa (https://futureecosystemsafrica.org/ ) is a research partnership between the Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation, the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Exeter. FEFA aims to establish, together with African project collaborators, an Africa-led, Africa-centred programme to drive change on the continent. FEFA is centred on the notion that Africa has a unique, but temporary, opportunity to guide development onto nature-supporting, rather than nature-eroding paths. Herein it prioritises ecosystem-based interventions of protection and rehabilitation, identifying whose voices need to be included [...]
The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to lead a participatory modelling study that analyses the vulnerability of Spanish rural communities to the compounded effects of climate change, depopulation and agricultural trade, and explores the feasibility and effectiveness of vulnerability mitigation policies.
UCT Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Responsive and Resilient Systems – Towards a Resilience Observatory
UCT, through the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) and the Future Water Institute (FWI), is recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow (PDRF), who will be one several researchers in UCT’s SDG PDRF cohort. The PDRF will undertake research that will conceptualise and scope out the potential for a Cape Town Resilience Observatory.
Post-doc position available with the SARChI Chair research group on “Interdisciplinary Science in Land and Natural Resource Use for Sustainable Livelihoods” at Rhodes University
Attention all recent PhD graduates. Applications are now open for a full-time post-doctoral position in the Department of Environmental Science at Rhodes University. Candidates who received their PhD five years ago or less are encouraged to apply. The position will start in March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.
This inaugural Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainability Learning is the first of its kind in Southern Africa. This exciting inter-disciplinary programme is designed for professionals who work in any area of social-ecological sustainability. The aim is to support these professionals to understand, critique, plan and implement socially-engaged learning processes that may help society transition to sustainability.
Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences The Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST) Communications Manager Ref. EBW13/309/1022 Continuation of the position is subject to the availability of funding. The Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST) is a research flagship initiative at Stellenbosch University (SU) that brings together research on transdisciplinary, complexity, sustainability, and social-ecological resilience to inform pressing national, continental and global sustainability and development challenges. CST hosts leading scientists and students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, and fosters collaborations with a variety of departments across the University, nationally and globally, providing a vibrant hub for solution-oriented, transdisciplinary sustainability [...]
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Unique PhD opportunity at Northern Arizona University examining the interface of conservation, rangeland restoration, and rural development in Africa.
Background Herding 4 Health (H4H), a Partnership Programme between Conservation International and Peace Parks Foundation, is a community development-oriented rangeland health and conservation initiative that works with communities on what is central to their livelihoods: the production of cattle and other livestock. Much of this production occurs where wildlife exists. H4H adopts the One Health framework within landscapes that encompass large socio-ecological systems. H4H focuses interventions on four core spheres: policy & governance, animal management (wild and domestic), people, and their livelihoods, and rangelands. Over the past five years H4H has expanded to include 18 sites across 6 countries in [...]
The Social-Ecological Interactions Group at University of Göttingen and University of Kassel / Germany (Head: Prof. Tobias Plieninger) is dedicated to advancing sustainability science, with a commitment to inter- and transdisciplinary research at the social-ecological interface. In particular, we study rural landscape change, ecosystem services, and sustainability transformations. Within the Henriette Hertz Programme of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, we seek to attract an outstanding early-career researcher from abroad who has completed a PhD within the last four years. Applicants should demonstrate experience and enthusiasm to carry out social-ecological research that combines scientific originality with real-world relevance. Details on the fellowship [...]
Call for abstracts: Collaboration and Multi-Stakeholder Engagement in Landscape Governance and Management in Africa – Lessons from Practice
Understanding the social and environmental impacts of multiple drivers of global and local change in Africa requires systemic and longitudinal place-based research. Landscapes provide the ‘ideal’ unit for this purpose, as well as for applying sustainable solutions that tackle complex—sometimes wicked—development and environmental challenges. Through a landscape approach, it is possible to explore the interaction between multiple sustainable development goals (SDGs), enabling understanding of the impacts of change and risk on biodiversity, ecosystem services, and livelihoods, as well as the implementation of locally appropriate and integrated response options. Indeed, landscape approaches have been widely promoted by government agencies, NGOs, and [...]
Last month, the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) and Southern African Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (SAPECS) hosted an introductory course on social-ecological systems for Masters and PhD students doing research at the interface of ecosystems and society. Twenty eight students from around Africa gathered to start their learning journey away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at the Sustainability Institute, an international living and learning centre which provides learning experiences in ecology, community and spirit, in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The goal of the SAPECS Winter School were to provide new scholars involved in, or [...]