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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: https://forms.gle/CjmUr1gC56VB4uH67 (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 [...]

December 7th, 2021|

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 [...]

November 25th, 2021|

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 [...]

July 28th, 2021|

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 [...]

July 28th, 2021|

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 [...]

July 22nd, 2021|
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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.  [...]

May 19th, 2021|

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 [...]

May 17th, 2021|

POSITION: Social-Ecological Systems Scientist

POSITION:           Tenure-Track, Assistant or Associate Professor Department of Natural Resources and the Environment College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 START DATE:      January 2022 or as negotiated POSITION DESCRIPTION: We invite applications for a 9-month, tenure-track position in the area of social-ecological systems analysis, at the level of Assistant/Associate Professor. The position will be 50% research and 50% teaching (2.5 courses per academic year). The successful candidate will establish an internationally recognized, externally funded research program that advances theory and practice related to social-ecological systems [...]

May 12th, 2021|

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 [...]

May 10th, 2021|

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 [...]

March 3rd, 2021|
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