PhD scholarship on environmental justice aspects in nature conservation in an African context (case studies in Tanzania and Zambia)?

The call can be found here:

Application deadline is already the 8th of December.

Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg, foun­da­ti­on un­der pu­blic law, fos­ters the de­ve­lop­ment of ju­ni­or sci­en­ti­fic staff. The­re­fo­re, the uni­ver­si­ty of­fers one doc­to­ral scho­lar­ship fun­ded by the Ro­bert Bosch foun­da­ti­on in the field of Sustaina­bi­li­ty Sci­ence with a fo­cus on En­vi­ron­men­tal Jus­ti­ce at the fa­cul­ty of Sustaina­bi­li­ty Sci­ence, star­ting in April 2020 for the sum­mer term 2020.

The in­vi­ta­ti­on to ap­p­ly for a scho­lar­ship is tar­ge­ted at ex­tra­or­di­na­ri­ly qua­li­fied young aca­de­mics with an in­te­rest in the above-men­tio­ned re­se­arch field or in a re­la­ted di­sci­pli­ne. The scho­lar­ships will first be awar­ded for one year and will be ex­ten­ded upon re­quest, ad­ding up to a ma­xi­mum of three ye­ars as a rule. Pe­ri­ods with al­ter­na­ti­ve fi­nan­ci­al sup­port pri­or to the scho­lar­ship will be ta­ken into ac­count. No scho­lar­ship may be awar­ded to can­di­da­tes who have al­re­a­dy ear­ned a doc­to­ral de­gree. The scho­lar­ship is worth € 1,400 month­ly net (plus child be­ne­fit, if ap­pro­pria­te).

In ad­di­ti­on, the scho­lar­ship ent­ails con­ti­nuous and ac­tive par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in the qua­li­fi­ca­ti­on pro­gram and the re­se­arch col­lo­qui­um. Throughout the pe­ri­od of the scho­lar­ship, the pro­s­pec­tive can­di­da­te will be ex­pec­ted to have his or her place of re­si­dence in Lüne­burg and to un­der­ta­ke field re­se­arch in Tan­za­nia and Zam­bia. The an­ti­ci­pa­ted du­ra­ti­on of fiel­d­work will be ap­pro­xi­mate­ly 9 months in to­tal.  

As part of a team of four per­sons, the doc­to­ral stu­dent will fo­cus on go­ver­nan­ce and so­ci­al jus­ti­ce out­co­mes in Af­ri­can pro­tec­ted are­as. The re­se­arch is em­bed­ded into the five-year in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch pro­ject “Wild­life, Va­lues, Jus­ti­ce: Re­con­ci­ling sustaina­bi­li­ty in Af­ri­can pro­tec­ted are­as”, fun­ded by the Ro­bert Bosch foun­da­ti­on. The aim of the pro­ject is to in­ves­ti­ga­te the re­cipro­cal in­flu­en­ces of so­ci­al and eco­lo­gi­cal sys­tem con­di­ti­ons by i) con­side­ring pro­ce­du­ral jus­ti­ce in the go­ver­nan­ce of pro­tec­ted are­as, dis­tri­bu­ti­ve jus­ti­ce of the eco­lo­gi­cal goods and ser­vices de­ri­ved from pro­tec­ted are­as and the un­der­ly­ing va­lue sys­tem that shapes the at­ti­tu­de of jus­ti­ce towards na­tu­re; ii) ex­plo­re bio­di­ver­si­ty out­co­mes by con­side­ring lar­ge mam­m­als, but­ter­flies and land­scape con­nec­tivi­ty. As an out­co­me, the pro­ject will ad­van­ce a ho­lis­tic un­der­stan­ding of pro­tec­ted as are­nas to na­vi­ga­te so­ci­al-eco­lo­gi­cal dy­na­mics towards resi­li­ence and sustaina­bi­li­ty.

The spe­ci­fic tasks of the doc­to­ral stu­dent will be to a) un­der­ta­ke a sta­ke­hol­der iden­ti­fi­ca­ti­on and ex­ami­ne the so­ci­al and go­ver­nan­ce net­work in two pro­tec­ted are­as and their sur­roun­dings: b) in­ves­ti­ga­te the ran­ge and dis­tri­bu­ti­on of the costs and be­ne­fits re­la­ted to pro­tec­ted are­as; c) as­sess the di­ver­si­ty of va­lues, know­ledge and ru­les re­la­ted to eco­sys­tem ser­vices and their go­ver­nan­ce, which shape the hu­man-na­tu­re re­la­ti­ons­hips at dif­fe­rent spa­ti­al sca­les. The doc­to­ral can­di­da­te will clo­se­ly col­la­bo­ra­te with ano­ther doc­to­ral stu­dent who will be in­ves­ti­ga­ting eco­lo­gi­cal out­co­mes of con­ser­va­ti­on in­ter­ven­ti­ons. The cu­mu­la­ti­ve dis­ser­ta­ti­on will re­pre­sent a se­ries of at least three ma­nu­scripts that ide­al­ly lead to in­ter­na­tio­nal­ly pu­blis­hed jour­nal ar­ti­cles that un­der­go peer re­view.

In ad­di­ti­on, the scho­lar­ship ent­ails en­rol­ment on the doc­to­ral pro­gram­me at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg as well as con­ti­nuous and ac­tive par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in the pro­gram­me of stu­dy. The­re­fo­re, ha­ving been awar­ded the scho­lar­ship, awar­de­es must sub­mit an ex­tra ap­p­li­ca­ti­on for ad­mis­si­on to the doc­to­ral pro­gram­me to stu­dent ser­vices. Plea­se find the ap­p­li­ca­ti­on form and the re­le­vant de­tails about ad­mis­si­on re­qui­re­ments here .

Ex­pec­ta­ti­ons towards the fu­ture doc­to­ral stu­dents are:
–    Mas­ter´s de­gree (GPA of 2.5 or bet­ter) in so­ci­al sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­ence or a re­le­vant di­sci­pli­ne
–    Pro­ven un­der­stan­ding of go­ver­nan­ce con­cepts and frame­works
–    Ex­pe­ri­ence in qua­li­ta­ti­ve and quan­ti­ta­ti­ve data ana­ly­ses
–    Wil­ling­ness to learn new tech­ni­ques for data collec­tion (eg. par­ti­ci­pa­to­ry map­ping, pho­to elu­ci­da­ti­ons)
–    Do­cu­men­ted ex­pe­ri­ence with sta­ke­hol­der iden­ti­fi­ca­ti­on and sta­ke­hol­der en­ga­ge­ment
–    Skills in so­ci­al data collec­tion ap­proa­ches (In­ter­views, ques­ti­on­nai­res, fo­cus groups)
–    Know­ledge on jus­ti­ce frame­works in in­ter­na­tio­nal and na­tio­nal agen­das
–    Pro­ven abili­ty to work in a team and in­de­pen­dent­ly un­der chal­len­ging cir­cum­stan­ces
–    Wil­ling­ness to live and work for pro­lon­ged pe­ri­ods un­der sim­ple con­di­ti­ons in rural are­as in tro­pi­cal Af­ri­ca
–    Ide­al­ly, know­ledge of a lo­cal lan­gua­ge from Tan­za­nia and/ or Zam­bia
–    Ad­van­ced Eng­lish wri­ting skills
–    Abili­ty to or­ga­ni­ze, stami­na and self-mo­ti­va­ti­on
–    Dri­ver´s li­cence
For fur­ther in­for­ma­ti­on about the scho­lar­ship, ap­p­li­cants are wel­co­me to con­tact Prof. Dr. Jac­que­line Loos ( ).

Plea­se send your ap­p­li­ca­ti­on as a pdf document (only one attachment in­clu­ding all en­clo­sures) marked “WVJ: Justice” via elec­tro­nic mail, in­clu­ding the fol­lo­wing do­cu­ments:
—    Mo­ti­va­ti­on let­ter of ap­prox. 2 pa­ges
—    CV in­clu­ding your pre­vious re­se­arch ac­tivi­ties and stu­dy cour­ses
—    Do­cu­men­ta­ry pro­of of a Mas­ter´s de­gree ear­ned at a Ger­man aca­de­mic in­sti­tu­ti­on or any equi­va­lent qua­li­fi­cation
—    Re­le­vant cer­ti­fi­ca­tes re­gar­ding the aca­de­mic qua­li­fi­ca­ti­on and suc­cess­ful­ly com­ple­ted aca­de­mic ex­ami­na­ti­ons
—    Pu­bli­ca­ti­on list
—    Plea­se note: All re­le­vant uni­ver­si­ty de­gree cer­ti­fi­ca­tes and tran­scripts of re­cord at­ta­ched to your ap­p­li­ca­ti­on have to be sub­mit­ted in Ger­man or Eng­lish.

Address for scholarship applications: