CURRENT POSTINGS

JOB POSTING: GIS AnalystInstitute for Sustainable Food Systems

Deadline: Jan 12th, 2018

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) is seeking applications for a one-year GIS Analyst Research Associate position focused on food system study.

About ISFS

ISFS is an applied research and extension unit at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). We investigate and support regional food systems as key elements of sustainable communities, focusing predominantly on British Columbia but also extending our programming to other regions. Our applied research focuses on the potential of regional food systems in terms of agriculture and food, economics, community health, policy, and environmental integrity. Our extension programming provides information and support for farmers, communities, business, policy makers, and others. Community collaboration is central to our approach.

ISFS employs a multidisciplinary team of researchers with expertise in food systems, agriculture, economics, farm business management, ecology, public health and other disciplines. Our office is on KPU’s Richmond campus, located at 8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond BC. The campus is served by rapid transit (Canada Line – Lansdowne Station), by which downtown Vancouver can be reached in about 30 minutes.

More about us and our work is at http://www.kpu.ca/isfs

Position Overview

  • Contract: 35 hours/week for one year, with possibility of renewal
  • Salary: $22-25/hour dependent on qualifications and experience, inclusive of benefits
  • Position start date: Jan 29th, 2018 (negotiable for the right candidate).

Responsibilities and Tasks

The GIS analyst will collaborate with other ISFS research associates working on various projects. The primary responsibilities include:

  • Compile and analyze spatial and non-spatial data
  • Prepare maps and other graphics
  • Create online story maps for ISFS’ research projects
  • Develop and maintain GIS data resources
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders to share information and procure data

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

The successful applicant for this position must:

  • Hold a Bachelor or Master degree in geography, computer science, earth science, or other relevant discipline
  • Be proficient with Esri Arc GIS 10x with extension such as spatial analyst and data reviewer
  • Be proficient in programming languages such as Python, SQL, C++
  • Have qualitative and quantitative research experience and training
  • Have strong writing skills demonstrated by their lay and/or academic publication record
  • Have strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Have demonstrated their ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and with a multi-disciplinary team

The following will be considered assets:

  • Knowledge of the food system landscape of BC
  • Experience with project development and management
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize a complex project and effectively plan and execute steps to complete it
  • Grant writing experience and/or training

To Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Kent Mullinix (Director, ISFS) at kent.mullinix@kpu.ca and copy Wallapak Polasub (Senior Research Associate, ISFS) at wallapak.polasub@kpu.ca . Please use the subject line: Research Associate – GIS Analyst.

STUDENT INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Mapping innovation pathways in urban food systems

Context and objectives
More than half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas and will increase to approximately two thirds by 2050. In light of lifestyle and consumption practices, people living in urban areas monopolize three-quarters of all natural resources and account for 60-80% of global GHG emissions across the planet. But if cities concentrate sustainability problems, they are also places of innovations that can contribute to building more sustainable food systems. Both urban government and citizen initiatives flourish in Northern and Southern cities and offer new ways to feed cities and connect actors of urban and rural territories around food issues. Largely supported by civil society or local governments, these initiatives are usually seen as alternatives to the dominant food system and ways to contest industrial capitalism.

As research to date has not delivered a clear understanding about innovation process, the main objective of this newly funded research project is to build and test a participatory methodology to map the impact pathways of innovations. The project will undertake this in eight cities across all dimensions of food system sustainability. By testing this methodology through various case studies internationally including the Global South and North, this project aims to provide decision makers with information on how urban-driven innovations can contribute to more sustainable food systems, thus assisting them to determine which actions should or should not be taken.

Within this context, the Research Assistant will conduct a literature review of both the academic and grey literatures to extract existing knowledge about impact mapping in general and innovation mapping more specifically. Building from this context, the Research Assistant will support the development of an innovation impact methodology to be developed for urban food systems.

Desired competencies

  • Masters level 2 (geography, organizational behaviour management sciences, sociology) focused on sustainability themes (e.g. sustainable food systems, organizational behaviour and innovation)
  • Competence with visualization tools (e.g. impact maps, mapping tools)
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Able to work in a team
  • Superior literature review abilities
  • Excellent writing skills in English

Work location: Montpellier, UMR MOISA, CIRAD
Duration of contract: 6 months between March 1 and August 31
Remuneration: approximately 555 € /month (according to the French student internships regulation)

Contacts: Please send a CV and a letter of intent as well as up to 5 pages of one of your academic essays to:

Marie-Josèphe Amiot-Carlin marie-josephe.amiot-carlin@inra.fr
Alison Blay-Palmer alison.blaypalmer@gmail.com
Elodie Valette elodie.valette@cirad.fr

FUNDED PhD POSITION: EXPLORING THE BENEFITS OF SOIL-LESS URBAN AGRICULTURE

Application end date: 11th February 2018
Funding Availability: Funded PhD project (EU/UK/International)
Department: Portsmouth School of Architecture
PhD Supervisor: Dr Silvio Caputo, Dr Heather Rumble, Dr Fabiano Lemes de Oliveira

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This doctoral investigation focuses on technology applied to Urban Agriculture (UA) in order to identify the ecological benefits that soil-less, hydroponic technologies of food production in cities can yield for local urban ecologies. At the same time, it intends to understand the impact of a sufficiently large deployment of such methods of production on the spatial configuration and design quality of the urban landscape.

The aim of this doctoral investigation is twofold: to measure the ecological benefits and drawbacks of UA hydroponics/aquaponics from a multi-disciplinary perspective (ecology and urban design) and to apply such measurements for a simulation of a city wide deployment of these types of UA, leading to the identification of their impact on the ecology and urban design quality at an urban scale, using Portsmouth as a case study. This requires the elaboration and testing of an innovative framework of assessment and the use of the data gathered for the simulation outlined above. It will also require the identification of ideal typologies of hydroponic systems within the existing urban configuration.

Objectives of this investigation are:

  • Literature review on the state-of-the-art technologies and typologies of UA hydroponics/aquaponics;
  • The elaboration of a framework of assessment of their ecological benefits;
  • The identification of case studies and the measurement of their performance through the framework of assessment. This can entail the use of LCA software and other methods of measurement to identify ecological benefits;
  • Following the elaboration of a set of scenarios in which different types and scales of hydroponic systems are deployed in Portsmouth, the quantification of environmental and spatial impacts;
  • The formulation of planning recommendations to facilitate the use of suitable space for soil-less community and small enterprise projects.

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

You’ll need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university (depending upon chosen course, minimum second class or equivalent) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

SPECIFIC CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

Essentials:

  • Proven academic and/or professional experience in urban design/planning and green infrastructure in terms if history, design and on-going discipline-specific debate;
  • Familiarity with quantitative research methodologies;
  • Good academic writing skills;
  • Keen interest in interdisciplinary research.

Desirables:

  • Familiarity with ecology studies;
  • Previous research activities;
  • Previous experience in publishing.

ENQUIRIES

Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to Dr Silvio Caputo at silvio.caputo@port.ac.uk (02392 842366) or Dr Heather Rumble at heather.rumble@port.ac.uk (02392 846540).

For administrative and admissions enquiries please contact cci-enquiries@port.ac.uk.

Interview date: March 2018
Start date: June 2018.

JOB POSTING: THUNDER BAY AND AREA FOOD STRATEGY COORDINATOR

Closing date: Jan 5, 2018

The Food Strategy Coordinator will lead the ongoing efforts of the Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy (TBAFS) by engaging partners and facilitating research, policy and action in a range of topics that comprise the TBAFS: food access; urban agriculture; school food environments; public food procurement; forest and freshwater foods; food infrastructure; and food production. The goal of the TBAFS is to create a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system that contributes to health and well-being of individuals, communities, the environment, and local economies while supporting regional food self-reliance. Tasks will include administration for the Executive Committee, Council and working groups; supporting existing projects and exploring new project opportunities; updating the Food Strategy Implementation Plan and the Community Food Security Report Card; and preparing grant proposals. More information about the TBAFS is available at http://tbfoodstrategy.com/.

This is a 12- month contract for a part time-time position (22.5 hours/week) beginning January 2018. There is potential for an increase to full-time or extension of the contract if additional project funding is secured. The Food Strategy Coordinator is hosted by EcoSuperior and work is based at their offices located at 562 Red River Road, Thunder Bay.

The Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy is strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including visible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

HOW TO APPLY: A cover letter and CV in a single pdf file should be emailed to customerservice@ecosuperior.org with “Food Strategy Coordinator” in the subject line, no later than 4 p.m. on Friday January 5, 2018. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information on the position and how to apply see: http://tbfoodstrategy.ca/news/were-hiring-food-strategy-coordinator/

JOB POSTING: HEALTH RESEARCH SPECIALIST, Toronto Public Health

Closing date: Dec 21, 2017

Major Responsibilities:
To conduct research, advice, consult and provide leadership on public health and sustainable food systems issues to inform policy, practice and services for departmental management and program staff, and external community stakeholders and agencies. To conduct and effectively apply research to promote collaboration, capacity building and policy development.

  • Plans, conducts and evaluates public health research and policy studies, including joint projects with other city departments, task forces and committees, other levels of government and other external groups or agencies
  • Researches public health issues and develops policy options and recommendations in order to provide divisional, departmental and corporate leadership in public health policy, programs, advocacy and strategy
  • Acts as a consultant for public health division and other city departments to identify and service public health policy, research, evaluation and program needs
  • Promotes the use of information and its application to decision making within the Planning and Policy Directorate and the division through collaboration, the development of linkages, and capacity building initiatives
  • Consults and/or works collaboratively with external groups, including the development of contacts with other jurisdictions, at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels, non-governmental organizations and interest groups, other agencies and the private sector
  • Conducts speaking engagements for the public, community and media, in collaboration with public health communications and public relations staff, answers public inquiries on public health research and policy issues
  • Researches, organizes, and writes briefing materials, discussion papers, reports and correspondence on public health issues
  • Participates in and/or chairs internal and external committees
  • Reviews public health research literature and reports produced by other government and research agencies to determine potential impact on public health policy, research and programs
  • Advises and assists divisional staff in the planning, delivery and evaluation of staff development and training programs, and in the development of new policies and procedures
  • Advises and guides academic health science students on projects

Key Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree preparation in Health, Social Sciences or Environmental Sciences or an equivalent combination of a baccalaureate degree and extensive experience relevant to the primary duties of the position.
  2. Considerable experience in project management, research and analysis, planning and advocacy.
  3. Experience in community development and capacity building, public education and advocacy, including the ability to engage a wide variety of stakeholders including farmers, food activists, food industry, diverse communities and politicians.

Must also have:

  • Knowledge and ability to apply the determinants of health, access and equity principles.
  • Strong communication written and verbal skills.
  • Proficiency with MS Office, including Word and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work at a leadership level with city divisions and external organizations dealing with food system issues.
  • Ability to work with food experts and others to design innovative food policies, programs, training and education.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, which may include overtime, shift work, evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to attend meetings in all areas of Toronto and occasionally outside the GTA.
  • Ability to work cooperatively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to work effectively within a municipal government context.

Experience with food policy, food security and food system issues, is an asset.

Full job posting here:

MASTER’S POSITION: SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS

Start date: May 2018

The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, in partnership with Ecology North in Yellowknife, NT, are looking for an exceptional candidate to continue to develop their food systems research in the Northwest Territories (NWT) as part of their Master’s program. The student will support on-going community-based research as part of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE) SSHRC Partnership project. Research will include supporting food security and policy initiatives in Yellowknife and throughout the NWT in close partnership with Ecology North and other organizations. The position will start with a Research Assistantship from May-September 2018, after which the candidate will then take up their Master’s program at Laurier’s Geography department under the supervision of Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer or at Carlton University under Dr. Peter Andree.

Required Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline is needed.  Strong interest in sustainability, community development and food systems is required. Knowledge of Participatory Action Research and experience in Canada’s North will be an asset. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are also desired.

To apply for this position, please send a letter of interest, a full CV, unofficial transcript(s), and the names of two references via email to Andrew Spring (aspring@wlu.ca). Informal inquiries are welcome. The candidates will also be required to officially apply for graduate studies at Laurier and meet the requirements. The preferred start date for this position is May 2018 and applications will be considered as they are submitted.

Start date: May 2018

The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, in partnership with Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation in Kakisa, are looking for an exceptional candidate to continue to develop their food systems research in the Northwest Territories as part of their Master’s program. The student will support on-going community-based research as part of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Northern Water Futures project. Research will include: community-based mapping, harvester safety and climate change adaptation as well as support ongoing initiatives in the community. The position will start with a Research Assistantship from May-September 2018, after which the candidate will then take up their Master’s program at Laurier under the supervision of Drs. Colin Robertson and Alison Blay-Palmer in collaboration with Dr. Audrey Giles (University of Ottawa)

Required Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline is needed.  Strong interest in sustainability, community health and development and food systems is required. Knowledge of Participatory Action Research methods and GIS mapping tools are also required.  Experience in Canada’s North will be an asset. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are also desired.

To apply for this position, please send a letter of interest, a full CV, unofficial transcript(s), and the names of two references via email to Andrew Spring (aspring@wlu.ca). Informal inquiries are welcome. The candidates will also be required to officially apply for graduate studies at Laurier and meet the requirements. The preferred start date for this position is May 2018 and applications will be considered as they are submitted.

JOB POSTING: Assistant Professor – Geography and Environmental Studies (Environmental Studies)  

January 3, 2018 or until the position is filled

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies invites applications from qualified candidates for a tenure-track appointment in Environmental Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2018.

Applications are invited from scholars doing empirically grounded and theoretically significant research from a critical social science perspective who are excited to contribute to our Environmental Studies program. We seek a dynamic colleague to complement and expand existing departmental strengths in research and teaching through work that broadens how the environment is understood, and how environmental challenges are addressed. We welcome applications from scholars focusing on issues such as race, identity, inequality, and justice, as well as those who draw on innovative approaches (for example, feminist political ecology, action research, or Indigenous methodologies) to examine topics that might include but are by no means limited to climate change, water, health, and food or agriculture. Demonstrated commitments to engaged scholarship, or research in conversation with the natural sciences, will be considered assets. Special consideration will be given to applicants who increase departmental faculty diversity.

About the Academic Unit:
Carleton’ s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies (DGES) delivers five undergraduate programs (BA in Environmental Studies, BA and BSc in Geography, BA and BSc in Geomatics), three undergraduate minors (Environmental Studies, Urban Studies, and Geomatics), and three graduate programs in Geography (MA, MSc and PhD). It is home to 400 undergraduate majors and 70 graduate students.

Carleton’s Environmental Studies program (https://carleton.ca/geography/environmental-studies/) is anchored in the critical analysis of nature-society relations, with a mission to train students to be scientifically literate, politically engaged contributors to environmental concerns. We seek a colleague who will teach undergraduate courses in Environmental Studies and contribute to other teaching, research, and service needs, including graduate programs in Geography (https://carleton.ca/geography/graduate-programs-2).

Qualifications:
Applicants must hold a PhD in Environmental Studies, Geography, or a related discipline by time of appointment; demonstrate their dedication to excellence in teaching and research; and be committed to developing a strong program of research and scholarship in Environmental Studies, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and active participation in relevant interdisciplinary scholarly debates. Applicants should consult the Department’s website (www.carleton.ca/geography) for details on current research activities and course offerings. Information on Carleton’s strategic and academic planning is available from http://www.carleton.ca/sip/ and https://carleton.ca/provost/academic-planning/.

The successful applicant will be required to develop a research program with appropriate funding and resources to attract and support graduate students, and develop and deliver innovative teaching in Environmental Studies. Ability to make contributions to student recruitment will also be considered an asset.

For application details visit the job posting

Closing date for applications is January 15, 2018.

The Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2018, or soon thereafter.

Responsibilities: Recently formed from the merger of the Department of Food Science and the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, The Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences is part of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, which is committed to an interdisciplinary systems-based approach to both teaching and research. This position will play an important role in the evolution of the new department. The department is home to a B.Sc. in Human Nutritional Sciences that is an accredited program recognized by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice. Furthermore, it supports an undergraduate program in Food Science that is approved by the Institute of Food Technologists. Applications will be reviewed in this context with regard to fit with the program’s teaching and research goals.

Qualifications: Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in Human Nutritional Sciences/Foods and Nutrition (or a related discipline), and relevant research experience in the linkages between food, nutrition, and health policy. Experience with the usage of population-based data (e.g. Canadian Community Health Survey, NHANES, Statistics Canada, provincial administrative health data) to guide policy is an asset. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the potential to develop a competitive externally funded research program, and be expected to develop good working relationships with appropriate stakeholder groups, including industry, government and non-government agencies. Additionally, they will have demonstrated the potential to develop an effective teaching program at both the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as promote the objectives of the Faculty regarding the relationships between food systems and human health. The position will be weighted at approximately 45% teaching, 40% research and 15% service/outreach.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a short statement of research interests, teaching philosophy, and the names and addresses (including phone and e-mail addresses) of three referees should be sent to: Dr. James D. House Chair, Search Committee Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2 Phone: 1-204-474-6837 Email: FHNSDEPARTMENTHEAD@umanitoba.ca Specify position number 24581 in the application. Closing date for applications is January 15, 2018.

The review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provisions of “The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy” (Manitoba). Please note that curricula vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process. For more information on this opportunity, please visit www.umanitoba.ca/employment

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Research Praxis for Food System Transformation: A Summer School

Are you a researcher focusing on Agroecology or food sovereignty? Do you work with social movements or want to in the future? Do you use participatory, transdisciplinary and activist approaches to research? Do you want to work with others to transform the food system? Are you thinking through how your research praxis fits into a theory of transformative change? 

We are organising a summer school on Agroecology and Food Sovereignty 60 km north of Barcelona. The main objective of this summer school is to create a space to bring together activist researchers around the world who want to exchange, learn and advance their work as a “community of praxis”. 

Please fill out this form by December 7 to express your interest and give your input. 

While there will be some material presented as provocations for discussion, the school will be primarily based on the principles of critical pedagogy, participation and popular education methodologies. Using dialogue, mutual exchange, feminist participatory methodologies, theatre, amongst other horizontal approaches, we will organise spaces for sharing ideas and research, unpacking problems in research, and to explore together the collective experiences, uncertainties, hopes and dreams of the group. 

We want to take wider input into consideration as we construct the summer school.  Thus, we are asking for your input, especially from those interested in participating, to share topics, approaches and ideas for the summer school. We have crafted a questionnaire for you to send us your thoughts

Some details:

  • The summer school will be residential, hosted by an intentional community with basic accommodations and spaces for collective eating, cooking and learning with opportunities to engage with local Agroecology and food sovereignty initiatives. 
  • We plan to hold the summer school sometime in June or early July 2018 and it will likely be 6 days/5 nights in duration. 
  • An approximate price will be 700-1400 EUR which includes the costs of coordinating the summer school, renting space, interpretation, all meals during the residential, ground transportation for local field trips, materials and overnight accommodations for all nights. This does not include the cost of your travel to and from the site of the summer school. 
  • We currently have no funding for running the summer school. We are budgeting to break even. We have some ideas for funding and if successful, the costs may be lowered. We may offer bursaries if we can find funding.
  • There will be Spanish-English interpretation, however unfortunately we do not have funding to cover the costs of other languages at this point.
  • There is a cap of 20 participants.
  • The emphasis is on PhD students, who will have priority, however we welcome inquiries from other researchers and activists.
  • We hope to run this summer school yearly
  • We hope that participants in the school will stay connected in the “community of praxis” via the peoplesknowledge platform: www.peoplesknowledge.orghttps://www.facebook.com/groups/peoplesknowledge/  

The summer school team (Rosa Binimelis Adell, Colin Anderson, Marta Rivera-Ferre, Michel Pimbert, Chris Maughan)

Co-organised by: The Chair Agroecology and Food Systems for Social Transformation (Uvic-UCC) http://mon.uvic.cat/catedra-agroecologia/

The Center of Agroecology, Water and Resilience (Coventry University) www.coventry.ac.uk/cawrwww.peoplesknowledge.org

Fill out this form to express your interest: https://goo.gl/forms/TAf2T2guVdwaP7iB

Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative: Small Grants

Call for Applications

Deepening inequalities, failed livelihoods, mass (under)employment, climate chaos and racist anti-immigrant attacks characterise many settings across the world. Forms of ‘progressive neoliberalism’ — peddled inaccurately as social democracy — have failed to stem disillusionment, disenfranchisement and marginalisation. The rise of populist, nationalist movements — with racist, misogynist and isolationist characteristics — has been one very visible response. Such exclusionary politics are unravelling protections for women, racial minorities, disabled people, LGBTQ communities and many others. This type of populism depicts politics as a struggle between ‘the people’ and some combination of malevolent elites and racialized, unfairly advantaged ‘Others’.Yet the reactions to authoritarian populism are incredibly diverse, across and indeed within countries. In this Initiative, we are interested in changes ongoing in and in relation to rural areas that both give rise to a particular form of politics, but also offer alternatives. Whether in the US, across Europe, Turkey, India, the Philippines, Brazil or South Africa – and many other countries besides – various forms of reactionary nationalism have entrenched a narrow, sometimes violent, conflictual, exclusionary politics. This may be in the name of ‘taking back control’ in favour of ‘the people’, or putting one ideology and position ‘first’, while excluding others, generating tensions across society. All are responses to crises in contemporary capitalism, yet they are rooted in specific histories, institutional and social structures and political dynamics. Responses may be contradictory: for example shoring up a certain style of political power, while selectively offering progressive policies, whether free education, land reform or investment in rural communities.The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI — www.iss.nl/erpi) is focused on the social and political processes across rural spaces that are giving rise to such political reactions today. We seek to understand – but not judge – the characteristics of the social base that give rise to such political dynamics. We also aim to explore how alternatives are being actively generated to regressive, authoritarian politics.  We seek to create the space for a debate about alternatives, documenting, analysing and theorising these in order to begin to outline new emancipatory politics that challenge narrow, exclusionary, violent and populist visions, analysing, sharing, supporting, deepening and scaling up alternatives.With this call we seek to engage scholars, activists, and practitioners from across the world who are both concerned about the current conjuncture, but also hopeful about alternatives. As outlined below, we will initiate a Working Paper series, supported by a limited number of small grants, to allow for the writing up of original research. In parallel we are inviting other, shorter contributions in a variety of media, helping to map out responses and alternatives.
 

The Initiative will hold a major conference in early 2018, bringing this work together, with the aim of thinking together about new directions, both for academic research and practical action. We will be encouraging publication of a series of papers in the Journal of Peasant Studies, as well as other popular and media outlets, as a focus for an intense, informed and radical engagement around this theme. We hope others in social movements, political formations, policy institutions, and elsewhere will participate, developing new visions that respond to the current moment.

1. We Propose three core themes for the Initiative:

(i) The current conjuncture: rural roots and consequences
(ii) Resisting, organising and mobilising for an emancipatory rural politics
(iii) Alternatives: understanding, supporting, creating, deepening and scaling

We have a limited number of $2000 small grants available for those aiming to produce Working Papers, allowing perhaps additional fieldwork to supplement work already done. If you wish to apply for one of these grants, the deadline is 30 June 2017. Final papers are due at the latest on 1 January 2018. Please send a short application, including a one-page abstract, a half-page-word statement on a how you will spend the funds, and a half-page short bio of all proposed authors, including name, background, affiliation and country of residence = all these in one Word format file. Applications should be sent to the email address (emancipatoryruralpolitics@gmail.com), with the subject line marked ERPI SMALL GRANT APPLICATION.

Job Posting: DIRECTOR, CLIMATE CHANGE AGENDA, IDDRI

Application deadline: Until filled

The Director of the Climate Change Agenda will be in charge of contributing to IDDRI’s strategic orientations, developing and coordinating the implementation of the Climate Change Agenda’s programme of work within the framework of the five year strategic plan, and representing IDDRI in both policymaking and scientific forums and networks at the national and international level.

The Director will work under the supervision of the Director of Programmes, in charge of coordinating the annual action plans, and in close cooperation with the Coordinator of the Strategic Action Programmes, Scientific Director and the Communication and Development Director.

Moreover, the Director will also be responsible for coordination and interaction with IDDRI’s other Agenda Directors (biodiversity, governance and oceans) and the Directors of the Strategic Action Programmes and their respective teams. She/he will also be in charge of ensuring the effective integration of the climate change issue across IDDRI’s overall strategy.

Click here for more information and application instructions.

Post-Doc Position: COMMUNITY FOR GLOBAL HEALTH EQUITYUniversity of Buffalo

The Global Health Equity Community of Excellence is pleased to announce an exciting post-doctoral opportunity at the University of Buffalo for outstanding candidates interested in the connection between global health equity and planning/policy. The post-doc will join a newly formed university-wide Center that includes the School of Architecture and Planning, the School of Public Health and Health Professions, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Applications are being accepted immediately, and reviewed on a rolling basis. Please see the information below for further details.
About the position
Applications are invited for an outstanding postdoctoral scholar to join a university-wide interdisciplinary research initiative on Global Health Equity. Joining an interdisciplinary team of faculty, post-docs, graduate students, and research staff across multiple schools, including the Schools of Public Health and Health Professions, the School of Architecture and Planning, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the selected postdoctoral scholar will focus her/his research on addressing global health inequities by harnessing the power of non-health disciplines including architecture, applied economics, engineering, international development, social work, urban, regional and rural planning and policy, and related disciplines to address challenging global health inequities. The candidate will develop a research portfolio working under the guidance of faculty mentors in the School of Architecture and Planning, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of Public Health and Health Professions.Click here for the full posting.