Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Radboud University Summer Schools relevant to climate change

This coming summer, Radboud University in the Netherlands, is organising a number of one- or two-week Radboud Summer Schools between August 3rd and August 23rd.


We very much invite interested PhD and MSc students, your professionals and postdocs to participate in the two summer schools that are especially relevant for those interested in climate change:

·         Entrepreneurship and Global Sustainability (August 17-23): During this exclusive, multidisciplinary summer school, you will explore the opportunity and complexity of engaging business in global challenges such as those related to climate, food, energy and water. You will discuss with business leaders whether the global companies are leading the world towards more sustainability, and with politicians and other decision makers how this can be changed for the better. At the same time, you will be provided with a sound academic background on the global sustainability challenges by leading academics in the field.

·         Water, Health and Sustainable Development (August 4-15): Water, health and development are closely connected in our transition to a sustainable future. Clean and healthy water will become a crucial resource in the future and climate change will require new and creative solutions for water quantity management. Novel solutions are developing quickly, with new experiments, research and techniques being launched continuously. This course will showcase several novel approaches for managing the nexus between water and health and reveal new ways to support the transition to a more sustainable future.


The full programme of 30 one-week and two-week summer courses can be found on This is also where you can register.  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Yale/UNITAR Conferenc on Human Rights, Environment, post 2015 and Climate Change

Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime

3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy

Yale University, 5-7 September 2014

Announcement and Call for Abstracts

Extended deadline: 20 April 2014

The 2014 Conference on Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime will take place from 5-7 September 2014 at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. The Conference is organized by Yale and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United National Development Programme (UNDP), the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, as well as other interested partners. It will bring together more than 150 scholars and policy experts to discuss state-of-the-art knowledge concerning the following themes at the nexus of human rights and the environment:

1.      Constitutional Environmental Rights: A Driver for Environmental Policy Making?

2.      Human Rights and Environmental Justice: Cases from Countries and the Field

3.      Procedural Environmental Rights: Why and How Do They Matter?

4.      Human Rights, Environment, and Corporate Responsibility

5.      Effective Participation of Civil Society and Vulnerable Groups

6.      Environmental Rights,  Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime


The Conference will feature a combination of policy discussions in plenary and parallel sessions to discuss contributions and topics in more depth. The organizers invite policy experts, scholars, and practitioners to submit abstracts for three types of papers:

·         Synopsis Papers highlight key outcomes and conclusions from relevant past events such as workshops, consultations, expert meetings, etc. 

·         Review and Discussion Papers succinctly review state of the art knowledge concerning a particular theme or question addressed by the Conference.

·         Case Study Papers describe, analyze, and draw conclusions from a particular situation/case (e.g. national, local).


The outcomes and conclusions of the Conference are expected to inform: (1) the discussion on sustainable development goals and a post-2015 development agenda by the 69th UN General Assembly in 2014/2015; (2) the negotiation of a future climate change regime by the end of 2015 under the UNFCCC; (3) the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; and (4) the 2015 report of the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment whose mandate was initiated by the Human Rights Council in 2012.


Details concerning the Conference are included in the Information Note. Individuals interested in participating in, and receiving more information about the Conference are requested to complete an Expression of Interest form.  The extended deadline for submitting abstracts is 20 April 2014. All Abstracts should be sent to with cc to, using the standard template.

MSc Sustainable Mountain Development

This information is about our part-time, fully on-line MSc in Sustainable Mountain Development, one of the activities of the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain development.  Please find below information about the course for the next academic year:


Academic Year 2014/15

The next academic year will start on 8 September 2014.  There are two semesters in each year; semester one starts in September and semester two at the end of January. 



International applicants should apply using the International Application form.  This should be sent to (please also copy to me (   Please note that the £100 administration fee does not apply to our online course.


As we have received quite a lot of applications already, we would encourage you to apply by the end of May 2014. 


Entry Requirements

Our normal entry requirement is an Honours undergraduate degree, a Postgraduate Diploma, or a professional qualification.  Applicants who have an ordinary undergraduate degree, relevant work experience and/or vocational qualifications may also apply.


Structure and content

To be awarded the MSc, students need to complete three 20 credit core modules (Environmental and Social Issues in Mountain Areas, Policy Analysis, and Sustainable Development), three optional 20 credit modules and a 15,000 word dissertation (60 credits). 


There is the option of exiting with a PgCert (three core modules) or PgDip (three core plus three optional modules).  You can also sign up for individual stand-alone modules if you are unable to commit to a full course.  We recommend that you allow at least 10 hours of study per week per module.


Details in relation to the structure, content and delivery of the course are included in the attached course leaflet and on the course website


Fees for 2014/15

£760 per 20 credit module (International students). 

Please note that there is normally a slight increase in fees year on year.  You can find an overview of fees on the UHI website.


English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, or you have not been an undergraduate at a UK University previously, you will be required to provide a recent secure English language test certificate at IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent.  Please see the University of the Highlands and Islands website for further details:  



Further information

Please let me know if you would like any further information. The Programme Leader, Professor Martin Price, would be happy to discuss the course with you (please note that he is not available until 17 April):



Tel: +44 (0) 1738 877217


Please let me know if you would like your name removed from our mailing list.  


We look forward to hearing from you.




Angela Paterson



Angela Paterson


Centre for Mountain Studies

Perth College

University of the Highlands and Islands

Crieff Road

Perth  PH1 2NX


Tel: +44 (0) 1738 877761

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Vacancy: Managing Director GRID-Arendal

Dear Madam/Sir,

GRID-Arendal seeks a Managing Director.

The Managing Director is the Chief Executive Officer of the centre and heads a dynamic organisation with a highly qualified professional and creative staff. We seek a practical, results-oriented, hands-on leader that can maintain a high and professional corporate profile for GRID-Arendal. As Managing Director, you will have an opportunity to guide the continued development of this exciting organisation. Your role will be to ensure that GRID-Arendal continues to innovate, implement and deliver high quality services and products in a competitive international environment. You will lead the further development of our strategy based on the vision of a society that understands, values and protects the environment on which it depends. You will use and extend your current international and environmental network actively with partner organisations like the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Convention secretariats, the European Environment Agency (EEA), the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), Arctic Council and others.

The position is based in Arendal (Norway). GRID-Arendal’s salary system is linked to the Norwegian government system. Salaries are subject to Norwegian tax regulations. Insurance and personal benefits are provided in addition to salary. International staff receives additional benefits. For more information including a job description and GRID-Arendal’s institutional strategy, see

Principal responsibilities

 *   Strategic leadership within the institution’s framework;
 *   Overall responsibility for all financial, human resources and administrative matters including ensuring coherence of GRID-Arendal’s Programme of Work and the financial viability of the organisation;
 *   Develop and maintain long-term funding strategies and nurture relations with primary donors;
 *   Delivery of high-quality services and products that fulfil the organisation’s mission.


 *   Experience from previous management positions and proven leadership abilities, including demonstrated managerial abilities and capacity in organisational development and motivation of staff;
 *   High-level understanding of environment and sustainable development issues;
 *   A demonstrated record of creative thinking and an innovative approach to issues and projects;
 *   Provide leadership in cooperation with international partners;
 *   Proven track record demonstrating successful international project-based fundraising;
 *   Excellent outreach- and communications skills, including excellent spoken and written English;
 *   Experience with the UN-system or similar international work;
 *   Relevant higher academic degree, good knowledge of Norwegian politics and institutions and proficiency in a Scandinavian language is an advantage.

GRID-Arendal practices equal gender opportunity and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for applications: 02 April, 2014

Your application should include a cover letter highlighting why you should be selected for this position and a CV. (There is no application form to be filled in.)

Send your application by email to: GRID-Arendal Board of Directors Secretary Ms. Luana Karvel:<> (phone +47 91735690).

For further questions and information about the position, please contact Luana Karvel or Board Chairman Dr. Olav Orheim:<> (phone +47 9112308).

Best regards,

Rannveig Rivedal Nilsen (Ms)
Project Assistant
A Centre Collaborating with UNEP

Tel: +47 99 51 01 51
Fax: +47 37 03 50 50
Skype: rannveig.r.nilsen<>

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Reminder: The Future of Environmental Movements Workshop

Call for Papers:

Australian Political Studies Association

Pre-Conference Workshop on

The Future of Environmental Movements


When: 9am-5pm, Sunday 28 September 2014


Where: University of Sydney


Organizers: Prof David Schlosberg (University of Sydney), Dr. Adam Simpson (University of South Australia), Prof Robyn Eckersley (University of Melbourne)


Sponsors: Australian Political Studies Association Environmental Politics and Policy Research Group, Sydney Environment Institute (


AimsThis full-day Pre-Conference Workshop will provide a forum for participants to present research, discuss, and explore the current pressures facing environmental movements and new practices, strategies, and identities being developed in Australia and globally.


Synopsis: This workshop is designed to:

       provoke theoretical reflection upon, and analysis of, deep-seated changes in social movement forms, foci, and behaviour in the environmental domain in response to broad societal transformations relating to climate change, fiscal crises and economic inequality, the increasing criminalisation of activism, attention to supply chains, shifting modes of communication, and more. 

       consider challenges for the public and political mobilization and representation of environmental issues, and for the study of such movements, in the first half of the 21st century,

       create a space for dialogue and debate about these changes and challenges between academics, activists, and policy practitioners in the environment movement, relevant government agencies, and the formal political sphere,

       attract media attention to, and generate public discussion about, the changing nature and institutional dimensions of environmental politics, and

       explore the development of collaborative groups and potential funding for projects.


Paper Proposals: We welcome proposals and presentations that reflect on a broad range of topics related to the future of environmental activism and movements. Activists and agency practitioners, as well as academics, are encouraged to propose a contribution.


Deadlines: Paper proposals (title and 100-250 word abstract) are welcomed until 1 March 2014. Proposals should be submitted online. Participants with accepted papers will be notified by 1 April 2014. For academic participants, full papers need to be submitted by 1 September 2014.


Logistical details: There is no fee for this workshop. Participants are requested to attend for the whole day, if possible. The event will provide registered participants with refreshments, a buffet lunch, and early evening drinks reception. Apologies, but we cannot offer support for travel.


The event will be held immediately prior to the Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference at the University of Sydney. Participants are welcome to register and participate in this event as well (registration fees apply). The Environmental Politics and Policy Research Group will be coordinating a set of panels for the conference, and we welcome proposals on a full range of environmental politics topics. Use the same proposal link as above to proposal a paper on any topic in environmental politics and policy.

Any questions, feel free to contact me.


David Schlosberg
Professor of Environmental Politics
Co-Director, Sydney Environment Institute
Dept of Government and International Relations
School of Social and Political Sciences
Room 270 Merewether Building (HO4)
The University of Sydney  
NSW 2006 | Australia

P 61 2 9036 7094|  F 61 2 9351 3624

New Book: Climate Challenged Society (Oxford 2013), 
co-authored with John S. Dryzek and Richard B. Norgaard.