Job Posting: Loblaw Companies Chair in Sustainable Food Production

Closing Date: June 30, 2017

The University of Guelph invites applications, nominations and expressions of interest for the Loblaw Companies Chair in Sustainable Food Production with the appointment to be effective ideally by September 2017, or as soon thereafter as possible. The successful candidate will also be appointed at the Associate Professor or Professor level to a Department within the Ontario Agricultural College.

As a critical step in developing long-term solutions to ensure a healthy, sustainable future, the Loblaw Companies Chair in Sustainable Food Production will develop, implement and lead an engagement and outreach initiative in this area. Viewed as an expert in the field, the Loblaw Chair will lead the development of Canada’s first national roundtable on sustainable food production, create an industry advisory group, and increase national and international awareness of sustainable food production issues through communication and outreach informed by research. Supported by Loblaw Companies Limited, the Chair will contribute to undergraduate and graduate education and strengthen the University’s capacity to respond to issues related to food and sustainability across the value chain.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished scholar and interdisciplinary thinker in a field relevant to sustainable food production. While a strong record of research accomplishments and demonstrated abilities in teaching and graduate advising are important, the objective of the Chair is to expand and enhance the University’s communication and outreach activities in a manner that strengthens our reputation as Canada’s Food University. The skills to build connections with other institutions, consumers and companies within the agricultural and food industry value chains are essential.

The search committee will begin consideration of candidates immediately and will continue until the role is successfully filled.  Applications should include a statement of interest articulating a long-term vision of the outcomes arising from the chair and related activities, curriculum vitae and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without the consent of the candidate), and be submitted electronically, in confidence, to:

Laverne Smith & Associates Inc. 

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 — 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 (, with the subject line marked ERPI SMALL GRANT APPLICATION.

Job Posting: Geographer of food systems in areas affected by urban development
CIRAD Agricultural Research for Development

Posting closing date: 09/07/2017

The successful candidate should be interested in collaborative research in developing countries in support of rural development and keen to join a multi-disciplinary research team (80 people) working on innovation processes in agriculture and the food system. CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development) is currently seeking to recruit a geographer to conduct research regarding the relationships between food systems and urban development.

As part of the work undertaken by the research unit on relations between towns and agriculture, short food circuits and certification of agrifood products, the successful candidate will conduct research regarding the development of food systems in areas affected by urban planning.

They will contribute to work on innovation in both sustainable food systems and areas affected by urban development. They will identify, analyze and support socio-economic and territorial innovations and identify their effects on the areas concerned. The approaches developed will link up with other approaches concerning SYALs (localised agrifood systems) and the geography of urban food systems.

Postion Requirement:

  • PhD in human or economic geography
  • Scientific knowledge of agricultural and agrifood systems
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to adapt to different cultural situations
  • Expert knowledge of methods for supporting stakeholders would be a plus
  • Interest in mission-oriented research alongside rural stakeholders and institutions
  • Postdoctoral or overseas experience would be a plus
  • Command of French and English (written and spoken).

Job Posting: Tenure Track Faculty Position in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Trent University

Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2017 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Trent University invites applications for a tenure-track position in the School of Environment at the Assistant Professor level in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) beginning July 1, 2017. Candidates must have a doctoral degree in Sustainable Agriculture or related discipline, a strong teaching background, and a demonstrated research record with the ability to generate research funding from NSERC/SSHRC and/or other funding agencies. Candidates will be expected to support undergraduate teaching in the growing SAFS Program and the newly established School of the Environment.

Trent has adopted a broad definition of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, encompassing, for example, academic study in nutrient sustainability and pollution reduction in relation to agricultural activities; impacts of atmospheric pollution and climate change on crops; novel food products, biomaterials and biofuels; heritage crops and conservation of genetic resources; sustainable pest control; use of manures, biosolids and soil amendments; agricultural policy and business and organic/sustainable farming practices. The School of the Environment offers an engaged and pedagogically innovative approach to undergraduate environmental education in Trent University’s highly regarded environmental programs.

Applicants are invited to visit and for more information. Please send electronic applications, including a letter of application, curriculum vitae (including confirmation that you can legally work in Canada), a teaching portfolio (including a summary of any teaching evaluations), samples of research, and the names of three references that may be contacted to Please note that applications will only be accepted in PDF format via email.


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.

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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.

Research Grant Competition: BCFN YES!
Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation, Italy  

Deadline for research proposal submissions: June 28th, 2017
Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation analyzes the major issues related to food and nutrition, health and sustainability, producing high scientific content to enable people to make informed decisions about the food they eat. How can we ensure healthy and sustainable food for future generations is a very complex question, and the answer lies in the commitment of different stakeholders with different backgrounds and expertise. 
The BCFN considers young researchers an essential resource to address these issues with concrete solutions and impact. For this reason, it has launched the sixth edition of BCFN YES! Young Earth Solutions, an international competition for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers under 35, from all over the world and from any educational background.

This year, three research grants of € 20,000 will be awarded in favour of innovative proposals to promote environmental, economic and/or social sustainability in agro-food system. The research proposals can be submitted by individual researchers and multidisciplinary teams, until June 28th, 2017. More information is available on