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.

Call for Applications - 7th IPROMO course - Promoting Sustainable Farming in Mountain Regions





Course on “Promoting Sustainable Farming in Mountain Regions”


8-18 July 2014




Dear Mountain Partnership friends,


We are pleased to announce the seventh IPROMO Course - the training programme on sustainable mountain development - jointly organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat at FAO and the University of Turin, Faculty of Agriculture - Department of Protection of Agroforestry Resources, with the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The theme this year is “Promoting Sustainable Farming in Mountain Regions”.


The aim of this year’s course is to share with the selected participants key facts about mountain farming also as a contribution to the International Year of Family Farming, as mountain farming is largely family farming. The course will focus on the main features of mountain sustainable farming, it will introduce the concept of the landscape approach, soil conservation and erosion control. It will also look at the linkages with climate change and at the role of watershed management. A day will be devoted to the issue of improving mountain livelihoods, looking specifically at the role of mountain products, marketing and small enterprise development.    


The course will run from 8 to 18 July 2014 with 10 days of full immersion learning. It will include lectures, practical work and a field trip to Valle d’Aosta. The course will be held in Ormea, (Piedmont, Northern Italy) and will be in English. The provisional programme is available here and the instructors  will include a mix of university professors, FAO officers and colleagues from regional or international organizations dealing with sustainable mountain development.  


About 30 professionals will be admitted to the course and preference will be given to participants coming from countries and organizations which are members of the Mountain Partnership. This course is geared towards technical officers, hence applicants from the academic world will not be given priority. Participants from developing countries are encouraged to apply. 


The total cost of the course (inclusive of full board, accommodation, taxes, teaching equipment, internal transfers but excluding travel costs) is 3,000 Euros. A limited number of scholarships – full (on site and travel costs) and partial (on-site only) – are available for selected participants from developing countries.


Excellent knowledge of English, a university degree preferably in a technical area such as Agriculture, Forestry, Biology, Geology or Geography, and relevant work experience are prerequisites.  


Those who are interested in participating can register online at

and upload their curriculum vitae as a Word or PDF file.  Applications should be sent by 4 April 2014 and applicants can expect a reply by mid-May 2014.



Friday, March 14, 2014

2014 the International Awards for Entrepreneurship

Expressions of interest are now open for the International Entrepreneurs Awards that, for the first time, include categories for the Environment, Women, Indigenous, Sustainable Development and Small Island Developing States.

Held in Sydney, Australia, on the evening of the 4th of December 2014 the International Awards for Entrepreneurship celebrate the success of men and women who have taken that brave step and created their own business, brought their idea to life and taken it to new heights. It is a celebration not only of their success, but what they have done to further the lives of others through the creation of jobs, economic or social development, changed an industry or, in some cases, changed the world. Our panel of judges will not only be recognising creativity, they will also be recognising leadership! 

For all Award categories see!entrehub-global-awards/c110q and complete the contact form as the expression of interest. 

Matthew Tukaki
Chief Social Investor and Chair 
Sustain Group & Chair of EntreHub

P:  +61 415 093 137
P:  +1 855 256 3755

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Job: Assist/Assoc Professor in Sustainability & Environmental Policy

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University in Athens, OH seeks a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor in Sustainability and Environmental Policy. Candidates must have a Ph.D. (by August 15, 2014) or equivalent, relevant postdoctoral training, and evidence of scholarly research.


We are particularly interested in candidates with teaching and research experience in environmental sustainability, environmental studies, environmental economics, or related environmental policy areas. We are interested in candidates with experience and interest in interdisciplinary, collaborative, and learning by doing educational approaches. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the School’s extensive applied work portfolio, develop an interdisciplinary research program, and teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students at the School.


This is a full-time twelve-month tenure-track engaged faculty appointment in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs ( The School features a Master of Science in Environmental Studies, Master of Public Administration, Executive Master of Public Administration, undergraduate certificate in Environmental Studies, graduate certificate in Environmental Sustainability, Honors Tutorial Program in Environmental Studies, and undergraduate certificate in Entrepreneurship (in collaboration with the College of Business). Candidates should be comfortable working in an applied research environment that involves collaborating within the School and across the university with numerous faculty, professional staff, students, and external partners.

Summer School on Urban Transitions to Sustainability


International Summer School


Rheims University, France, 22-26 June 2014

Organized Jointly by


International Research Center on Sustainability



Netherlands Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

60% interactive courses / 40% tutorials / cultural program

This course is specifically designed for doctoral students, post-docs and
young scholars who wish to further explore urban sustainability, discuss
cutting-edge research with peers and established scholars alike and develop
specific skills such as presenting their own research, developing abstracts
and discussing the research of other scholars in the make.


Cynthia Ghorra-Gobin (CNRS, France) - Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard Kennedy
School, USA) - Harini Nagendra (ATREE and Azim Premji University, Bangalore,
India) - Rajendra Pachauri (TERI, India) - Antoine Picon (Harvard School of
Design, USA) - Ignacy Sachs (EHESS, France) - Nikos Salingaros (University
of Texas, San Antonio, USA) - Massimo Sargolini (University of Camerino,
Italy) - Bernardo Secchi (IUAV, Italy) - François Mancebo (University of
Reims, France)


Jesús Rosales Carreón (Utrecht University, Netherlands) - Guillaume Faburel
(University of Lyon 2, France – to be confirmed) - Matthijs Hisschemöller
(IVM‐VU Amsterdam, Netherlands) - Eva Niesten (Utrecht University,
Netherlands) - Eddie Soulier (Technological University of Troyes, France –
to be confirmed) - Graciela Schneier Madares (CNRS, France) - Grimonie
Bernardeau (Reims Metropole, France) - Jon Marco Church (University of
Reims, France)


Impact of smart grids - Urban metabolism - National and regional energy -
GHG emission mitigation goals - Innovation systems - Sustainable urban water
management - Citizen participation - Role of citizens and citizen groups -
Grassroots movements - Conditions for sustainability transitions - Urban
sprawl - Shrinking landscapes - Science, technology and cities


Urban Studies - Regional Planning - Geography - Sociology - Political
Science - Economy - Environmental Sciences - Sustainability Science - any
discipline related to cities and sustainability




If you are interested in attending, please pre-register to this summer
school following the link below. Actual inscriptions will be opened
approximately three months before the event. Pre-registrations help us plan
the event and ensure that all those who are interested in attending are
informed as soon as inscriptions are opened.