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

POSITION OFFERED: Research Assistant for AFRICANFUTURES

The Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) is a leading international centre in sustainability science for biosphere stewardship, at the Stockholm University. Project description for AFRICANFUTURES: Seeding transformative futures for people and nature in Africa AFRICANFUTURES is a 4 years Formas funded project led by the Stockholm Resilience Centre with the aim to co-produce scenarios of how transformative change could lead to more sustainable futures for people and nature in Africa. The failure to meet global sustainability goals, most notably for biodiversity, highlights the need to develop transformative strategies to restore the planet. Scenarios are powerful tools to examine how different choices [...]

2021-05-10T10:19:00+02:00

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+02:00

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+02:00

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+02:00
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