Saturday, May 28, 2016

Two fully funded PhD studetnships on biodiversity and security/wildlife trafficking

Please circulate this to your networks and good candidates -  the studentships cover a full stipend and fees for Home/EU or International students. The topics are  Wildlife trafficking and global security: The EU response and Green Surveillance Technologies 

Further details on:

These studentships are funded by my ERC Advanced Investigator Grant of Euro 1.8 million for research on Biodiversity and Security. The grant provides for two PhDs (and in 2017 I will be advertising two post doc positions). The team will be based in the Politics Department in the University of Sheffield (I, Rosaleen, join 1 September). Dan Brockington (SIID) will be second supervisor for the PhDs.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

3 Post-doc positions on legitimacy in global governance, Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Lund (Sweden)


Three post-doc positions on legitimacy in global governance

The research program "Legitimacy in Global Governance" (LegGov) invites applications for three two-year post-doctoral appointments. The positions will be placed in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Lund (Sweden), with a planned starting date of January 1, 2017. 

LegGov is a six-year collaboration (2016-2021) among researchers from the Departments of Political Science at Lund and Stockholm Universities, and the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. The program is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond with Professor Jonas Tallberg as lead coordinator and Professors Karin Bäckstrand and Jan Aart Scholte as co-coordinators.

For more information about the research program and the three positions, see Application deadline: June 30, 2016.​

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Post-doctoral fellowships in Energy-Environmental Systems, and Science, Technology Innovation Policy

The Technology & Society Department at Stony Brook University invites applicants to apply for post-doctoral research fellowships in energy-environmental systems transitions, and/or science, technology and innovation policy. 

These fellowships are part of programmatic thrusts that center on resilience, safety, security, and industrial development. Particular topics of investigation will include socio-technical factors that influence diffusion and learning amidst disruptive change, and inter-dependencies of critical infrastructure.

Successful team members will contribute in both group and individual efforts to generate high quality, original research and scholarly publications.

Required Qualifications: 
PhD or foreign equivalent degree in hand by October 15, 2016.

Preferred Qualifications: 
PhD in Energy and Environmental Systems; Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in hand by October 15, 2016.

This is a 1 year appointment in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

The State University of New York at Stony Brook is a public sea-grant and space-grant research university located in Stony Brook, New York, roughly 55 miles outside of New York City. It is the largest single-site employer on Long Island, with roughly 25,000 students enrolled, over 14,500 employees and more than 2,400 faculty.

For more information and to apply, see

Special issue Climate Law on Paris Agreement

A special issue of Climate Law on the Paris Agreement containing 13 articles that was just released may be of interest to some – see table of contents (with links) pasted below!
  1. Research Article
    Legal Form and Nature of the Paris Outcome
  1. Research Article
    Differentiation in the Paris Agreement
  1. Research Article
    Human Rights in the Paris Agreement
  1. Research Article
    Paris, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development
  1. Research Article
    The Paris Climate Change Agreement: China and India

Apply now for the 2016 Arctic Summer College! Deadline May 29, 2016


Apply now for the 2016 Arctic Summer College!

Ecologic Institute US and Ecologic Institute Berlin are now accepting applications until May 29, 2016, from motivated students and professionals passionate about the people and the environment of the Arctic.

Through this one-of-a-kind 8-week virtual campus, participants from around the world learn about contemporary issues affecting the Arctic and engage in discussions with experts, exchanging views and creating a lively learning environment. The curriculum focuses on climate change adaptation, natural resource management, biodiversity protection, environmental governance, energy policy, security, and human health.

The College provides opportunities to develop academic skills, broaden professional and academic networks, and engage with policy and thought leaders working every day on the critical issues facing the Arctic.

This year, we are offering two tracks to choose from: Arctic Summer College for Students and Arctic Summer College for Professionals, each tailored to best benefit the participants.

Both programs offer:
  • chance to travel to the 2016 Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland;
  • opportunity to publish in the peer-reviewed Arctic Summer College yearbook;
  • engagement with Arctic experts in an interactive academic webinar series; and
  • membership in the Arctic Summer College Alumni Network.
To learn more about each track and begin your application, follow the link below to your preferred program.

Application for Arctic Summer College for Students:

Application for Arctic Summer College for Professionals:

Application deadline: May 29, 2016

For questions about the application process, write to To learn more about past programs, visit

International WaterCentre Masters Scholarships (International) - now open

The International WaterCentre (IWC) is currently offering several full scholarships for high calibre international candidates* interested in studying the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) commencing in Semester 1, 2017 at The University of Queensland (UQ).

·         Up to three international scholarships are available: up to two full tuition and full living costs scholarships (each valued at AU$ 92,645) and one full tuition scholarship (valued at AU$ 52,500)

·         Eligibility requirements include:

o    A completed undergraduate degree in a related field of study from an internationally-recognised institution;

o    At least two years of professional experience (paid work or volunteering experience) in a field relevant to the program;

o    International candidates must also demonstrate English Language Proficiency as per UQ's Policy

·         Apply online for a scholarship by 1 August 2016

The MIWM program is designed to equip future water leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to create innovative, whole-of-water cycle solutions to complex water management issues. The program is collaboratively delivered by leading industry practitioners and lecturers from IWC's founding member universities. Students enrol at The University of Queensland and can choose one of three specialisation streams including 'WASH and development', 'Urban water' and 'Water, land and people'.

* Scholarships for domestic candidates will open from 1 July - 1 October. Domestic candidates are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

More information


·         Register for our upcoming webinar: Dr Brian McIntosh, IWC Senior Lecturer and Education Director will present the MIWM program/scholarships and answer your questions on 29 June.


Email | phone +61 7 3014 0200

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

World Symposium on Sustainability Science: Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals- Manchester, UK, 5th-7th April 2017

The United Nations Summit, held on 25 to 27 September 2015 in New York, adopted the post-2015 development agenda and a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are outlined in the document "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". This Agenda, according to the UN, is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, which seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. It contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, which demonstrate both a vision and an ambition. It seeks to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. The document "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" also clearly show the need for an integrated handling of the three main dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.
There is a world consensus in relation to the fact that Sustainability Science -i.e. a branch of science concerned with an integrated view of the three main dimensions of sustainable development, can provide an important contribution in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Even though in the past the potential of Sustainability Science has been largely overlooked – some say underestimated – it is clear that it can provide a key contribution to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGS) and, more specifically, the realisation of the vision set at the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

It is based on the perceived need to explore and present concrete case studies which illustrate how Sustainability Science and Research can help to achieve the many goals listed in the document "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", that the "World Symposium on Sustainability Science and Research: Implementing the 2030 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development" is being brought to life.

The Symposium is being jointly organised by Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) , the Hamburg University University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP), in cooperation with various UN bodies, government offices and authorities, universities, enterprises, NGOs and grassroots organisations from across the world. It will be held in Manchester, UK, on 5th-7th April 2017.

Sustainability researchers from across the world are warmly invite to attend and present their work at the Symposium: their active inputs will help to reiterate the potential of Sustainability Science and Research, showing how it may contribute to the realization of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Further details and deadlines can be seen at:

School of Advanced Science on nitrogen cycling, environmental sustainability and climate change, 31 July – 10 August 2016, São Pedro, SP – Brazil

School of Advanced Science on nitrogen cycling, environmental sustainability and climate change, 31 July – 10 August 2016, São Pedro, SP – Brazil

The University of São Paulo´s (USP) Center of Nuclear Energy in Agriculture (CENA) and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) announce the São Paulo School of Advanced Science on the unequal distribution of nitrogen in the world and its consequence on the environmental sustainability under a scenario of climate changes.

The School is funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). Other collaborators are Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the University of Brasilia (UnB), and the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI). The 10-day course will consist of lectures, theoretical lessons, a technical fieldwork, literature discussion sessions, and student poster presentations.

PDF files for download

Announcement (English)
Announcement (Spanish)
Flyer (English)
Flyer (Spanish)


Nitrogen plays a fundamental role in life. It is universally used as a fertilizer in agriculture. While in many countries it is used in large amounts, in parts of the developing world its use is limited and not enough nitrogen is available for optimal food production. Excess nitrogen causes contamination problems in terrestrial and in aquatic ecosystems. Therefore, the challenge is to supply nitrogen in a way that enhances and sustains food production without damage to the environment. This is especially important because the manufacture of nitrogen fertilizers consumes large amounts of energy in a world that is already facing pressures of climate and global changes.

The objective is to provide graduate students with knowledge on nitrogen cycling and related topics that crosscut questions of nitrogen availability, natural and anthropogenic processes, social-economic issues and public policy. The goal is to improve participants' understanding of the changes in the biogeochemical cycle of nitrogen, good practices in the use of nitrogen and its impacts on multiple sectors.  The school will address the complex interactions among nitrogen, agriculture, sustainability and global changes.


About 100 graduate students, 50 from Brazil and 50 from other countries will be selected to participate in this São Paulo School of Advanced Science. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program. We encourage applications from students from different academic disciplines (natural, social and human sciences, engineering) provided their academic work and study is related to nitrogen cycles and related topics.

Program and Content

• Challenges and opportunities of the nitrogen cycle (biological fixation, geochemical cycles, human modification of the N cycle);
• Nitrogen use and environmental consequences (nitrogen footprint, future use of nitrogen fertilizers, greenhouse gas emissions associated with N use, nitrogen cascade);
• Nitrogen in sustainable agriculture (agriculture systems that combine the use of mineral and organic nitrogen, microorganisms and the N cycle: reducing losses, biological nitrogen fixation in agriculture systems);
• The N cycle under different climatic stresses (illustrated with Brazilian biomes of the Amazon, Cerrado and Caatinga);
• Student poster presentations.

Financial Support

Travel support fellowships are available. If you need financial support, please indicate so. If you would cover your own travel costs, please let us know in your application form.

Participants will be selected based on the merit of their application information, the relevance of the academic work and studies related to the school themes, and disciplinary, gender and regional balance considerations.


Participants will receive a certificate from the University of São Paulo/CENA acknowledging their participation in the School, provided that they attend all sessions of the program.

Application process

Language requirement: the program will be conducted in English. Therefore, applicants must be proficient or have a sound understanding of the English language in order to understand, communicate, and participate actively in the school activities.

Applicants must fill out the application form and submit a short CV (no more than 2 pages) as well as a reference letter from a thesis advisor indicating the expected benefits for the applicant's academic work and studies.

Applicants must clearly state the reasons for their personal and academic interest in the school and why they should be selected to participate.

To apply

2. Fill out the form and also send a short CV (up to 2 pages), and a reference letter by email to:

3. Make sure you send 3 files in your application submission: application form, CV and a reference letter.

4. Upon submission of your application, you should receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive it, please contact us at

Applications are due by 14:00 São Paulo, Brazil time on 30 May 2016.

Organizing Committee

  • Luiz Antonio Martinelli – Center of Nuclear Energy in Agriculture/University of São Paulo (CENA/USP), Brazil
  • Holm Tiessen – Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)
  • Marcella Ohira – Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)
  • Jean Pierre H B Ometto – National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Brazil
  • Mercedes Bustamante – University of Brasília (UnB), Brazil
  • Gabriela Nardoto – University of Brasília (UnB), Brazil
  • Eric Davidson – University of Maryland, USA



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2016 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships at FEEM

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
Internal deadline: June 6th, 2016

Following its long time tradition of successful international post-graduate and doctoral training, FEEM supports Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship applications in its research areas in the field of economics, energy and sustainable development.

MSCA European Fellowships could be held in Italy, one of the EU Member States, and are open to researchers currently within and outside Europe.

FEEM, as Italian host institution, provides support to individual experienced researchers who meet the requirements of the H020 Programme. Research proposals entail a period of 12-24 months at FEEM (either Milan or Venice offices) with reference to the Call Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF) - European Fellowships.

FEEM offers a truly international and multi-disciplinary workplace. Thanks to a world-wide research network you will be involved in a continuous fruitful exchange of experiences.

Eligibility criteria
1.     Candidates must be in possession of a doctoral degree at the deadline for the submission of proposals (14/09/2016)
2.     Eligible researchers can be of any nationality and must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline.

If  you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in exploring the opportunities offered by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions to work at FEEM, please submit your application on line through the FEEM web platform anytime before June 6th, 2016 (internal deadline) and send:
1.     a detailed curriculum vitae, including the list of publications;
2.     an abstract of the research proposal (max 1 page).

The candidates will be selected by FEEM by June 20th, 2016.
The selected candidates will be supported in the development of their project proposals that must be submitted to the European Commission by
September 14th, 2016 - h. 17.00 CET.

More information on the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships is available on the EU-MSCA Web Site.

Fund Raising Office
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, 8
I-30124 Venezia

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Are you an experienced researcher in possession of a doctoral degree or do you have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience?

Discover the opportunities of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships for researchers at the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change Foundation

CMCC Foundation is the non-profit Italian research centre on climate science and policy. Its activities focus on the development and applications of models of climate dynamics, impacts of climate change and adaptation and mitigation policies.

Under the framework of Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, CMCC is taking into consideration to support individual experienced researchers in order to develop research proposals with reference to the 2016 Call Marie Sklodowska-Curie – Individual Fellowships – European Fellowships (MSCA-IF-2016, EF).

MSCA-IF European Fellowships support experienced researchers for a full time period between 12 and 24 months. Fellowships are open to researchers meeting the following criteria:

  • Candidates must have a doctoral degree or at least 4 years of research experience (full-time equivalent) since obtaining a university degree giving access to doctoral studies;
  • Eligible researchers can be of any nationality and must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Italy for more than 12 months since September 2013;
  • All requirements of the H2020 MSCA-IF programme.

Eligible Applicants are invited to:

  • register to CMCC JAM (Job Application Manager) website and fill in the online form following the link below:


  • send the following documentation any time before May 31st, 2016 (internal deadline):
  1.   1. detailed curriculum vitae, including list of publications;
  2.   2. a two page document including:
  •   cover/motivation letter detailing research interests and experience (max 1 page);
  • abstract of the MSCA research proposal (max 1 page).

The candidates will be selected by CMCC by June 30th, 2016.

The selected candidates will be supported in the development of the project proposals for Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Fellowship that must be submitted to the European Commission by September 14th, 2016 – h. 17.00 CET.

More information on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships is available on the EU-MSCA Web Site.

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