Sunday, January 26, 2014

2 PhD scholarships available – Extended call for applications

2 PhD scholarships available at Univeesity of Denmark (Nepali students)– Extended call for applications

Science and Power in Participatory Forestry (SCIFOR)

The Institute of Forestry of the Tribhuvan University, in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen, Denmark hereby invites interested and qualified citizens of Nepal (holding MSc degree or equivalent within forestry, natural resources management and related fields – but see the eligibility criteria in the Application guidelines) to submit applications for 2 PhD scholarships related to the Danida financed project 'Science and Power in Participatory Forestry' (SCIFOR). Students will be enrolled at both the Tribhuvan University and the University of Copenhagen, with a possibility of attaining a double degree.

The scholarships are of three years duration, and will commence on July 1, 2014. The PhD scholars will be supervised by a joint team of senior academics from the Institute of Forestry and the University of Copenhagen, and will be provided PhD level training in both university environments. The PhD study and research will be closely integrated and coordinated with all the other activities in the SCIFOR project.

The overall goal of SCIFOR is participatory forestry planning and management practices that support equitable, environmentally sound, and economically rational forest management. The project involves investigations of management planning practices and outcomes in Nepal's community forests.

The 2 scholarships come with different requirements:

  • The PhD scholarship #1 entitled 'Forest management planning, participation, and power in community forestry' involves a case study aimed at understanding the role of management planning, i.e. preparation of the legally required operational plan in (i) shaping participation and inclusion in decision-making and benefit-sharing and (ii)informing actual forest management practices at the community level.
  • The PhD scholarship #2 entitled 'Forest management planning and conservation in community forestry' focuses on understanding the role of forest management planning in shaping conservation outcomes of community forestry, and thus involves forest inventories and remote-sensing analyses to document past and present forest condition, as well as participatory mapping and interviews to understand the knowledge used in forest management at community level.

The aim is to synthesize the research results from Nepal with the results of similar studies that will be carried out in Tanzania under the auspices of SCIFOR.

Detailed descriptions of the aim, content, requirements, financial conditions and application procedures for each of the two PhD scholarships and the application procedure is posted on the University of Copenhagen homepage ( 
Note it is not a requirement that an English language proficiency test is forwarded at the time of applying. However, such a test must be completed to a satisfactory level (TOEFL PBT minimum score 580 / TOEFL IBT minimum of 90 or IELTS score of 6.5) before a contract can be awarded.

The deadline for application March 1, 2014 at 12.00 noon Nepal Time (NPT). Short-listed candidates will be invited to prepare a full research proposal and to present this at an interview session in late April 2014.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Call for Papers: "Managing Climate Change in the Asia-Pacific Region"

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Call for Papers: "Managing Climate Change in the Asia-Pacific Region"

The "Climate Change Management Series", published  with Springer:   is a leading book series on
climate change management. Since its launching in 2009, the series has published some
ground-breaking books such as "Universities and Climate Change", "The Economic,
Social and Political Aspects of Climate Change", "Climate Change and the Sustainable
Use of Water Resources" and others.  The Editor-in-Chief is is now calling for papers
for a new volume, to be launched in late 2014, titled "Managing Climate Change
in the Asia-Pacific Region".

Due to its geo-political structure, the Asia-Pacific region is one of the most vulnerable areas to the impacts of
climate change. Yet, there is a paucity of scientific publications which look at the particularities and complexities of
cllimate change adaptation in the region in an  interactive manner, and which highlight the differentiated impacts of  climate change
across countries. The book will address this need, and will bridge the knowledge gap seen in this field, with a special
focus on aspects of climate change management. The publication will document and promote scholarly research, practical projects,
field work and other climate change adaptation initiatives, from scientists based -or working- in the Asia-Pacific region, which
show how the Asia-Pacific region is managing -or can beter manage- climate change.
Expressions of interest, initially consisting  of a 200 words abstract with the full contact details of the authors, should be
sent by the 15th February 2014 to: Full papers are due by the 30th April 2014

Further details will be discussed with the authors whose abstracts have been accepted. The editor would be happy to discuss
submissions in advance.
Professor Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DL, DLitt, FIB, FLS, FRGS)

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

PhD Position - Water Informatics

The Universities of Exeter, Bath, Bristol and Cardiff invite applications for 4-year fully-funded PhD studentships as part of its EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Informatics: Science and Engineering (WISE). This new centre of excellence will act as a hub of international and industrial collaborations, training scientists and engineers with the relevant skills, knowledge and professional attributes to across industry and academia.

All four universities have strong links with internationally competitive research groups, most of which are from within the subject areas of water informatics, science and engineering. The WISE CDT will link with other traditionally separate disciplines relevant to sustainable water management, ranging from statistics to social sciences, geography, psychology and economics. 
The WISE CDT partners also work closely with a huge range of local, national and global companies in both the public and private sectors. Students who wish to undertake an optional industrial or overseas placement will be offered a chance to spend up to 6 months working with industrial or overseas academic supervisors to engage in industry-relevant research or to work with academics from world-leading institutions.
We invite applications from graduates in Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, and Computer Science that have demonstrated excellence at theundergraduate or MSc level in a relevant subject. Applicants should have an interest in specific aspects of water and informatics, and are expected to demonstrate creativity and be open-minded to collaborative work and innovation.
Full scholarships (up to 20 per year), including a stipend to cover living expenses and fees, are available to UK/EU students at standard EPSRC rates. A small number of these may also be available to International students. Industry-orientated studentships may also include a top-up to the stipend.
Further information can be obtained by e-mail to or by visiting our website,