Call for applications: Masters and PhD bursaries for 2023 (Deadline extended to 23 June)

The Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST) invites applications for NRF-funded Masters and PhD bursaries for studies starting in 2023. The deadline for applications is 23 June 2022. The CST builds on a strong history of transdisciplinary research and complexity studies at Stellenbosch University, providing a vibrant hub for solution-oriented sustainability science that hosts leading scientists and students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds in a state-of-the-art research centre. The primary objective of the CST is to provide transformational knowledge on the dynamics of multi-scale social-ecological change, and strategic insights into the new modes of research and governance that can bring about a just transition [...]

2022-06-10T12:53:39+02:00

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Seeds of Good Anthropocenes Initiative: Building sustainable, just and biodiverse futures in southern Africa

Masters bursaries for 2023  Deadline for applications: 15 June 2022  Project background  There is growing consensus that significant transformations at local to global scales are required to place humanity and the Earth on a more sustainable and equitable trajectory of development. Achieving Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require systemic transformations across multiple sectors, including food systems, economies and shared ecosystems. Escalating global challenges such as climate change, food and water security, biodiversity loss, socio-political conflict and economic volatility require unique and innovative solutions. At the same time, it has become critical to recognize the complex [...]

2022-05-30T16:54:59+02:00

Multiple opportunities for research towards a master’s degree at the University of Cape Town in 2023

Three opportunities for research towards Master’s degrees are available for 2023 under the Eco-ACE Project: “Building adaptive capacity to ocean change at multiple scales through promoting ecosystem-based adaptation and community engagement”. The overarching aim of the Eco-ACE project is to facilitate and improve the adaptive capacity of vulnerable groups in coastal communities (including small-scale fishers, women, children and youth) to change (including climate change) using a variety of tools and approaches including ecosystem modelling and participatory art-based research approaches. Project 1: Incorporating small-scale fisheries into ecosystem models of the southern Benguela One approach to predicting the future effects of climate [...]

2022-05-30T15:59:09+02:00

GRIN Meeting: 2nd Announcement and Call for Abstracts

The 4th Garden Route Interface and Networking (GRIN) Meeting will take place from 11-13 October 2022 (2 nights, 3 days) at Pine Lake Marina, Sedgefield, South Africa. A post-GRIN Spring School on social-ecological systems research will take place from 14-19 October 2022, in the Garden Route. GRIN provides a space for sharing experiences and latest insights related to the management, research and sustainability of social-ecological systems (e.g. protected areas, working landscapes, estuaries and catchments) from around the world. GRIN aims to be practitioner relevant and specifically cater for managers, rangers and policy makers to share their real-life stories / experiences [...]

2022-05-16T11:09:29+02:00

Call for applications: Two-year funded Masters opportunity (2022 to 2023)

The social-ecological dynamics of sustainable wildlife use in southern Africa  Deadline: 22 August 2021  Project background  The Resilient Waters Project, funded by USAID Southern Africa, aims to build more resilient Southern African communities and ecosystems through improved management of transboundary natural resources. To achieve this objective, Resilient Waters collaborates with regional institutions, including river basin organisations and Transfrontier Conservation Areas, to examine the critical intersection of social-ecological systems. The program focuses on the Okavango and Limpopo river basins, with the aim of improving transboundary water security, increasing access to safe drinking water, strengthening ability of communities to adapt to climate [...]

2021-07-28T09:11:05+02:00

POSTDOC OPPORTUNITY: Managing invasive species in SA

Seeds of Good Anthropocenes: Managing invasive species in South Africa  Deadline extended to: 15 August 2021 Project background We live in the Anthropocene, an era of escalating global challenges such as climate change, food and water security, biodiversity loss, socio‐political conflict and economic volatility. It is increasingly recognized that meeting these challenges demands new approaches to governing our environment and societies - approaches that recognize the complex inter‐relationships between human well‐being and ecological sustainability. Developing new governance and management approaches may be helpfully informed by successful examples of alternative ways of doing things. Such examples can help us build alternative [...]

2021-07-22T14:08:13+02:00

BURSARIES AVAILABLE: PhD bursaries available in the Dept of Environmental Science, Rhodes University, South Africa

The Department of Environmental Science at Rhodes University in Makhanda is a participant in an international, transdisciplinary research consortium investigating the ‘Challenges for Inclusive Urban Development in Africa (CHIDA)’. The project seeks to (1) capture and assess cumulative stresses and concurrent or cascading impacts that critically undermine urban livelihoods, (2) identify innovative, beneficial paths for Nature-based Solutions to support socially inclusive urban development, (3) provide insights for urban decision-makers and residents to plan desirable urban development paths, and (4) co-design an adaptive planning, decision-making and monitoring tool, particularly for urban green infrastructure and nature-based solutions. We have two PhD bursaries [...]

2021-07-05T11:20:12+02:00

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Masters bursaries for 2022

The Centre for Sustainability Transitions builds on a strong history of transdisciplinary research and complexity studies at Stellenbosch University, providing a vibrant hub for solution-oriented sustainability science that hosts leading scientists and students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds in a state-of-the-art research centre. The primary objective of the CST is to provide transformational knowledge on the dynamics of multi-scale social-ecological change, and strategic insights into the new modes of research and governance that can bring about a just transition to a more equitable and sustainable society, in southern Africa and globally.  We seek motivated individuals interested to pursue a Masters on the [...]

2021-05-19T11:44:52+02:00

Postdoctoral Researcher on Social Justice of Water, Energy and Food Governance in South Africa

Job description The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join our research project 'Water-Energy-Food communities in South Africa: multi-actor nexus governance for social justice?’. The project is led by Dr. Marjanneke Vijge, Assistant Professor of Sustainability Governance in the Developing World at Utrecht University, and Prof. Willemien du Plessis, Professor of Law at the North-West University in South Africa. Partners in this project are the University of Groningen, the University of Fort Hare and WWF South Africa. The project studies the consequences of implementing the so-called water-energy-food nexus, or decision-making around synergies [...]

2021-05-17T11:16:15+02:00

POSITIONS OFFERED: Harvard Center for African Studies postdoctoral fellowships

The Center for African Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program is aimed at providing opportunities for postdoctoral candidates to conduct independent research, publish, and increase knowledge in their fields of study that will be beneficial to the African continent and to prepare them to be successful in their chosen career paths. An applicant should have received their PhD (preference will be given to those who completed PhD in past five years) and hold an academic appointment at a university or research institution in Africa. This includes those with a commitment of appointment at the time of application. The fellowship will support [...]

2021-05-10T10:24:59+02:00
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