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: 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|

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|

Masters and PhD Scholarships in Climate Change and Development for 2021

Up to six SAF-ADAPT Masters scholarships, two each at the University of Cape Town, University of Fort Hare, and the University of Venda. Up to three SAF-ADAPT PhD scholarships, one each at the University of Cape Town, University of Fort Hare, and the University of Venda. Up to two ARUA-CD Masters scholarships at the University of Cape Town Click to view scholarship opportunites

2020-09-28T18:13:24+02:00September 28th, 2020|position, Related News & Events|

MASTERS OPPORTUNITY: Exploring community-based approaches for maintaining rural water supply infrastructure in Namibia

Opportunity for Masters student  Closing date for applications: Monday 7 September 2020  Project background  Around 275 million people in Africa do not have reliable access to drinking water. Many communities in rural areas depend on handpumps to access groundwater, but at any given time, one in four of those handpumps is broken. Mechanics are often unaware of failures, leaving pumps out of action for weeks or even months, which can drive people to use other distant, dirty, or expensive water sources.  The FundiFix model is one response to Africa’s rural water challenge. Led by local entrepreneurs in Kenya and powered [...]

2020-08-27T12:55:51+02:00August 27th, 2020|position, Related News & Events, SAPECS News|

MASTERS OPPORTUNITY:  Exploring sustainable and just food pathways for future Southern African resilience 

Closing date for applications: Monday 7 September 2020  Project background  All countries have to make decisions about how to manage their natural resources, develop the economy, improve the quality and quantity of food, as well as meet greenhouse emissions goals, among many other policy targets. In southern Africa, these issues are exacerbated by legacies of colonialism, shifting demographics, and changing climates and associated increases in natural hazards (e.g. droughts, floods and storm surges). Increased understanding and evidence of how social-ecological systems behave suggests that a lot of these challenges and policy targets are interlinked and often cannot be solved in [...]

2020-08-27T12:49:14+02:00August 27th, 2020|position, Related News & Events, SAPECS News|
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