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+02:00May 30th, 2022|People, position, SAPECS News|

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+02:00May 30th, 2022|People, position, SAPECS News|

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+02:00May 16th, 2022|Garden Route, People, SAPECS News|

Nature-based ‘solutions’ and social equity – TES NbS

Please take a moment to complete an online survey (link below) about nature-based ‘solutions’ and social equity in Southern Africa. Click here to complete the survey: (time to complete: ~30 mins) This online survey is for you, if you are a researcher, policy maker, project/programme coordinator/manager or consultant working broadly in the fields of protection, restoration and sustainable management of natural and semi-natural ecosystems and working/cultural lands (which fall under the umbrella of nature-based solutions) in the Southern African region. Examples of the wide range of nature-based solutions include protected areas, clearing invasive alien trees, ecosystem restoration including reforestation [...]

2021-12-07T09:50:57+02:00December 7th, 2021|SAPECS News|

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|
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