CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Postdoctoral fellowships at UCT

The Marine Fisheries and Ecology research group based at the University of Cape Town is offering two postdoctoral fellowships for 2022. One is related to our research on integrated ecosystem assessments, where we are looking for a marine researcher with a keen interest in ecosystem processes and system-based approaches to management, and with a good understanding of anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems. The other is related to our new NRF project Eco-ACE, and will identify, enable and implement system-based stakeholder processes in three coastal communities in the southern Benguela. Here, we are looking for a researcher with a background in the marine social sciences and/or policy [...]

2021-11-25T12:06:21+02:00November 25th, 2021|position, SAPECS News|

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Seeds of Good Anthropocenes – Transforming southern African food systems

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 the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require systemic transformations across multiple sectors, including energy systems, technological systems, food systems, economies and cities. Fostering such transformation is likely to be highly complex, as the substantial interdependencies between sectors will lead to tensions and synergies among efforts in different sectors and amongst different SDGs. At the same time, a more sustainable future may be achieved through different pathways that each has a different set of associated [...]

2021-07-28T09:26:57+02:00July 28th, 2021|Associated Projects, position, SAPECS News|

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+02:00July 28th, 2021|People, SAPECS News|

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+02:00July 22nd, 2021|People, position, SAPECS News|

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 [...]

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: PhD funding for 2022

We seek two PhD candidates to undertake research as part of the project “Building adaptive capacity to ocean change at multiple scales through promoting ecosystem-based adaptation and community engagement (Eco-ACE)”. This project is a 3-year transdisciplinary project being undertaken in collaboration with the Universities of Cape Town, Western Cape, and Nelson Mandela University. Students will be required to register at the University of Cape Town and be co-supervised by various researchers from the partner universities. The PIs for the project are Drs Lynne Shannon, Louise Gammage and Kelly Ortega-Cisneros from the group around the South African Research Chair in Marine [...]

2021-06-13T17:05:22+02:00June 13th, 2021|SAPECS News|

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: PhD bursaries for 2022 (DEADLINE 12 JUNE)

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 PhD on the [...]

2021-06-03T17:46:30+02:00May 19th, 2021|Related News & Events, SAPECS News|

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 [...]

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+02:00May 10th, 2021|People, position, SAPECS News|

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+02:00May 4th, 2021|People, SAPECS News|
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