Opportunities

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Call for Fellows 2020–21

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2020–21 cohort of postdoctoral and senior fellows. The RCC’s fellowship program is designed to bring together excellent scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines who are working in the field of environment and society. In this application round, the RCC is offering thematic fellowships (four to twelve months) on the following topics:

Extinction

The “Rettet die Bienen” (Save the Bees) campaign in Bavaria elevated the issue of species loss and extinction to the top of the public agenda. Why are habitats and species being lost, and what are the consequences? What can we learn from past extinctions? What is the impact for humans of the reality and the discourse of extinction? Can we fight against the loss of species—and should we?

Futures

Western understandings of “the future” are primarily based on ideas of progress and intention; but in today’s world, other understandings are needed. How can we ensure just futures in a planetary context? How have past imaginations of the future created better worlds? How can we build feasible futures—economically, infrastructurally, physically, and culturally? Which tools and concepts help us imagine alternative futures?

Open (no specific theme)

We will be awarding a very limited number of fellowships for truly excellent projects that do not relate to either of these two topics. We expect that the success rate for funding in this category will be between 3–5%.

The two topic areas aim to bring future fellows together and facilitate focused dialogue and productive collaborations across disciplines. Applicants are welcome to apply individually or as interdisciplinary teams; we also accept applications for scholarly outreach projects (journalism, documentary film, community engagement, etc.). All fellows are expected to spend their fellowship in residence, to work on a major project, and to participate actively in life at the RCC. Please note that the RCC does not sponsor field trips or archival research.

This will be the last fellowship round to be funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, which provided the initial grant for the RCC in 2009. We do, however, plan to advertise a smaller number of fellowships from 2021 onwards.

Fellowship Awards

Fellowships will be granted for a period of four to twelve months (applicants should indicate their preferred duration in their application). The RCC will pay for a teaching replacement of the successful candidate at their home institution; alternatively, it will pay a stipend directly

to the fellow that is commensurate with their experience, current employment, and funding guidelines. Travel to and from Munich will be covered by the RCC.

Requirements

fellows must commit to a stay of between four and twelve months

fellowships may begin on the following three dates: o 1 September 2020

o 1 January 2021

o 1 May 2021

fellows (with the exception of outreach fellows) must have completed a doctoral degree (including final defense) by 31 January 2020

applicants who reside in the greater Munich area will not be considered (however, applications for fellowships that are based on collaborative projects with scholars in Munich are welcomed)

To Apply:

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2020. Applications must be made in our online portal. The application portal will be open from 1 January to 31 January 2020. It closes at midnight (Central European Time) on 31 January.

The application (in English) should include the following:

• Cover letter (750 words maximum);

• Curriculum vitae (3 pages maximum);

• Project description (1,000 words maximum), including project’s relation to one of the two thematic clusters;

• Research schedule for the fellowship period (300 words maximum), including preferred length of stay;

• Names and contact information of three scholars as referees; these scholars should be people who know you and your work well. Please note that we do not initially require letters, and we may not contact your referees.

For more information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website. Please consult this section thoroughly before contacting us with questions.

Assistant Professor – Sustainability and Equity – Energy and Resources
Group and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and
Management

The Energy and Resources Group (ERG) and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) at the University of California, Berkeley, seek applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor faculty position in the area of Sustainability and Equity. The
expected start date is July 1, 2020.

The appointment will be split 50% in ERG and 50% in ESPM. Social equity is foundational to solving critical environmental problems facing humanity at local, national and international scales; such challenges include climate change, food security and sovereignty, natural resource access, biodiversity loss, energy resources and production, water access and quality, land use and scarcity, and human health. We seek applications from scholars who foreground issues of equity in their environmental research and whose work pays attention to issues of power, access, voice and justice in shaping local, national, and/or international policies.

Basic Qualifications:

Applicants for this position must hold a Ph.D. or J.D. (or equivalent
international degree) or be enrolled in a Ph.D. or J.D. (or equivalent international degreegranting
program) at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications:
The ideal candidate will:
• have a record of research that crosses disciplinary boundaries in the environmental and social sciences, with the potential to develop an internationally-recognized research program that includes collaboration with colleagues in the natural and/or biophysical sciences.
• be a capacious scholar whose research will bring new insights to the intertwined nature of sustainability and equity, and who will advance interdisciplinary conversations that define both ERG and ESPM.
• be working in fields including but not limited to: environmental studies, political economy, history, law, anthropology, sociology, geography, political science, behavioral sciences, public health, city planning or the intersection of two or more relevant fields
• demonstrate evidence of strong research productivity, potential for funding, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs.
• demonstrate evidence of their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in ways that align with UC Berkeley’s mission to meet the educational needs of California’s diverse population (see: https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity/supportfaculty-
candidates).
To apply for consideration, please go to the following link:
https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02382. The deadline for applications is December 2, 2019.
Please direct questions to Megan Amaral, ergmanager@berkeley.edu.
ERG and ESPM are committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We encourage candidates who have had non-traditional career paths, or who have taken time off for family reasons, to apply for this position. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

John M. Meyer | Professor and Chair

PhD Studentship in Honour of the Late Dr. Ros Hague

Title: ‘Doing Politics the Environmental Way- How are Environmental Activists Reinventing Their Politics?’

Nottingham Trent University, School of Social Sciences, Nottingham, UK

Primary supervisor: Prof Matt Henn (matt.henn [at] ntu.ac.uk)

NTU Social Sciences Doctoral school contact: BLSPhDAdmin [at] ntu.ac.uk

Application deadline: June 28, 2019

Project Description

It is expected that you will submit a detailed research proposal for an empirically-based project as part as part of your application. This research proposal should be a minimum of 1,000 words in length and should not exceed 2,000 words (including reference list and any endnotes/footnotes). You should include a word count at the end of the proposal. You should prepare your research proposal so that it broadly aligns to the following project.

Research context

Recent trends across Europe indicate that people seem less committed to national political systems and mainstream political parties, and are increasingly attracted to issue-based politics, parties and movements (Norris and Inglehart 2019). They also appear to be deeply sceptical of governments and of the political classes (Norris 2011; Hansard Society 2016). This is particularly evident in Britain, where it has been claimed that citizens are becoming progressively more disillusioned with the practice of UK democratic politics and abstaining from voting in elections (Whiteley 2012; Sloam and Henn 2018).

However, it is claimed by some (Tormey 2015) that this persisting withdrawal of citizens from institutionalized-electoral politics has its parallel in a tendency towards support for, and participation in, new styles of political action that seem to better fit their individualised values and life-styles and which permit the actualization of their political aspirations. For instance, many people give preference to environmental and “postmaterialist” issues over more traditional economic and social concerns like the performance of the economy and immigration. Indeed, authors such as Norris and Inglehart (2019) and Sloam and Henn (2018) have recently claimed that people are becoming increasingly attracted to environmental politics, and that this reflects the emergence of new cultural cleavages to rival the old postindustrial (materialist-economic) ones. Given the increasingly severe environmental problems today, both local and global, the proposed doctoral research project looks certain to be of continued importance.

Project aims

This project has as its primary aim to explore the increasing attraction of environmental politics to people, in particular:

(i)how and why the agenda of environmental politics appeals to people’s values and issue-concerns, and

(ii)how and why people engage with alternative and non-electoral styles of political participation as they seek to achieve their environmental aspirations.

Research design

This will be an empirically-based research project. The nature of the project is such that either quantitative or qualitative methods, or a combination of approaches and methods, will be possible. It is expected that the applicant will develop a very detailed research design that is well-matched to the project aim/s.

The research design should carefully outline and justify:

– choice of method/s and approach/es;

– proposed data collection plans;

– any access issues with respect to participants and data sources as well as how these will be addressed;

– any particular ethical and/or health and safety issues that may emerge from the project (and how these will be addressed).

The project is not restricted to an examination of British politics, as studies to be conducted of the practice of environmental politics in other countries will be equally welcome.

Funding Notes

This PhD will be funded from a stipend donated by the family of Dr Ros Hague, a Senior Lecturer in Politics at NTU who died suddenly in November 2017, age 42.

We regret that we are not able to fund international students. Only Home/EU are eligible to apply.

In addition to a fees scholarship, students may also be eligible for living costs at the standard UKRI rate. The final decision about stipend funding will be taken at the selection stage and cannot be guaranteed at this point.

References

Norris, P. 2011. Democratic Deficit: Critical Citizens Revisited, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Norris, P. and Inglehart, R. 2019. Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit, and Authoritarian Populism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Hansard Society 2016 ‘Audit of Political Engagement 13: The 2016 Report’, Hansard Society, available at: https://www.hansardsociety.org.uk/publications/audit-of-politicalengagement-13-the-2016-report

Sloam, J. and Henn, M. 2018. Youthquake 2017: The Rise of Young Cosmopolitans in Britain, Palgrave, (free to download at: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-97469-9).

Tormey, S. 2015. The End of Representative Politics. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Whiteley, P. 2012. Political Participation in Britain, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke.

The politics of hydropower: a study of the main drivers behind the resurgence of the hydropower sector in the GlobalSouth

University of Reading, School of Geography and Environmental Science, Reading, UK

Primary supervisor: Dr. F Menga

Applications welcomed year-round

Self-funded PhD students only

Project Description

“The University of Reading, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, seeks to appoint a postgraduate student to carry out innovative research exploring the politics of large hydropower plants (henceforth, HPPs). The successful candidate will critically explore and disentangle the various discourses employed by political and economic elites to promote and justify the realisation of HPPs, identifying and categorising the main drivers and economic forces behind the hydropower sector. Following a decline in their number from the 1970s onwards, HPPs are now back on the global agenda and are being presented as a key source of renewable energy. Hundreds of new, extremely costly, and controversial projects have thus been launched in the last few years on the Global South, and this trend is escalating.

Large HPPs occupy a well-defined geographical space and yet they have a number of manifest consequences at various levels. For local populations, these will include landscape changes, loss of cultural heritage sites, and resettlement policies. At the country level, a large HPP will have an impact on state budgets, irrigated land, flood control, and electricity generation. At the wider river basin level, a large HPP will influence the amount of water flowing to other basin riparians, and consequently will have strategic and geopolitical consequences for the parties involved. In a time marked by increasing attention to, and concern over, a pending water crisis worldwide, it is essential to further delve into the motives behind a government’s decision to engage in the construction of these controversial megaprojects.

We seek applicants with an excellent academic track-record, a keen and critical intellect and (preferably) some work experience in NGOs or International Organizations. The successful candidate will be responsible for identifying its own case study (or case studies), even though it is suggested that this will include one or more of the countries which are currently leading the way in the hydropower sector and in the propagation of a pro-hydropower discourse: Brazil, China, India, Ethiopia, and Tajikistan. Theoretically, we would look favourably at candidates with a demonstrable interest in critical theory, political ecology, historical materialism, and assemblage theory.

Funding Notes

SELF-FUNDED STUDENTS ONLY.

Democratic institutions and future generations: an international workshop

Thursday 10th May, 10.45-17.30

Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster

There is growing recognition that democracies tend to privilege the short-term to the detriment of the interests of future generations. This workshop focuses on theoretical and practical developments that aim to ameliorate the drivers of short-termism and orientate democratic institutions to the protection of future generations.

The workshop will be based on five papers:

– Simon Caney (Warwick), ‘Democracy and the Future: Exploring Some Mechanisms for Addressing Wrongful Short-Termism’

– Henrike Knappe (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam), ‘Whose Future? Political Representation in Transnationa l Sustainability Politics’

– Michael Mackenzie (Pittsburg), ‘Acting Through Time: Collective Action Among Non-Overlapping Generations’

– Maija Setälä (Turku)‘The Politics of Non-Existence. The Representation of Future Generations in Democratic Deliberation’

– Graham Smith (Westminster), ‘What Role Participatory Governance in the Protection of Future Generations?’

There will be an assumption that participants will have read the papers beforehand. Please contact Graham Smith g.smith [at] westminster.ac.uk if you would like to participate in the workshop.

The workshop is co-convened by the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD), the Participation in Long-Term Decision-Making (PALO) project and the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development (FDSD).