Postdoc Opportunity: Research Fellow in International Relations and Political Ecology, University of Sussex

Research Fellow in International Relations and Political Ecology Ref 3451

School/department: School of Global Studies
Hours: Full time
Contract: Two years fixed term
Reference: 3451
Salary: starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum
Placed on:  10 July 2018
Closing date: 25 July 2018. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: w/c 6 August 2018
Expected start date: 1 September 2018

Job description

Applications are invited for a two year Research Fellowship to work with Professor Jan Selby on projects relating to International Relations and political ecology. Applicants who are available to commence on 1 September 2018, should have a PhD in a relevant social science discipline.

Experience of undertaking policy engagement and coordinating research funding applications are desirable, as is an emerging record of high-quality publications. The successful candidate will be based in Sussex’s Department of International Relations.

Informal enquiries may be made to Jan Selby (j.selby@sussex.ac.uk). Further information about the Department of International Relations can be found at: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/ir/; and about the School of Global Studies at: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/global/.

Further details are at: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/about/jobs/research-fellow-intl-relations-politics-3451

Is Decolonizing the New Black?

Really thought-provoking discussion of the trend of ‘decolonial’ and ‘decolonising’ work in academia and keeping it political, by Sisters of Resistance.

sisters of resistance

We begin this critique by invoking our foremothers: Audre Lorde, bell hooks, June Jordan, Angela Davis, Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo, Yayoi Kusama, Jayaben Desai, Hortense Spillers, Gloria Anzaldua, Grace Lee Boggs, Gabriela Silang, and our grandmothers. We recognise and consciously continue their tradition of resisting colonising forces and speaking truth to power from the margins, and doing so, as they did, from a perspective of fullness and abundance rather than scarcity and lack. Their work laid the foundation for the radical intersectional politics that informs the powerful and formidable anti-oppression activist movements of our day, and  shapes our enquiries and analysis here. In this vein, we wish to pose a question that, while painful in its vulnerability, is necessary in order to preserve the revolutionary aims at the heart of the decolonising movement, at a time when its radical politics are both under attack and gaining legitimacy: Is Decolonising the new…

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CFP: Sustainability and Development conference, University of Michigan

TO JULY 22, 2018 
November 9-11, 2018
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
Sustainable development, as a concept and call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and guarantee human well-being, is perhaps the greatest challenge facing humanity. The complexity of the meanings of sustainable development have meant that many scholars, researchers, decision makers, and practitioners see in it diverse ways in which to aspire for and achieve societal goals. Scholarly research, student training, and new opportunities for meaningful change continue to increase, especially with the United Nations-sponsored Sustainable Development Goals finding traction with governments and NGOs alike.
In collaboration with the journal World Development, this international conference on Sustainability and Development seeks to bring together a diverse and interdisciplinary constituency to engage with the best approaches and means to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and assess progress towards them.
​​One of the objectives of the conference is to strengthen World Development itself by helping potential authors gain insights into the editorial review process, and by encouraging potential authors to submit papers to World Development. To this end, we will select the top 10 papers submitted to the conference for expedited review and publication, and another top 25 papers whose full text is submitted to the conference to send out for review (provided submitting author(s) are interested in publishing in World Development).​ ​In addition, ​the editor-in-chief of World Development will offer​ a limited number of one-on-one expedited manuscript review sessions.
We are excited to be able to offer free registration to undergraduates (space limited)​.​ For the top 25 students, we will pair them with a senior researcher whose work best aligns with the student’s interests.  All students whose abstracts are accepted (including those not in the top 25) will be able to present their research as posters and show case it to a global audience. We welcome collaborative poster presentations with existing institutional faculty advisors. All conference presenters are also encouraged to submit a full paper after their abstract has been accepted; we will award three students with best paper prizes that will include both a certificate and monetary award. 
We welcome abstracts for oral presentations, lightning talks, panel sessions, posters, and workshops. Abstracts must address a conference theme and follow the abstract guidelines. The submission of full papers will be strongly encouraged (after abstract acceptance), and the best 25 papers will be published as a special issue.
Please visit the website (umsustdev.org) for more information about conference themes, abstract guidelines and submission processes, limited financial assistance, and more.
Please share this call widely!
Submissions are due July 22, 2018
Questions? Email umsustdev@umich.edu

Defending degrowth at ecomodernism’s home

ENTITLE blog - a collaborative writing project on Political Ecology

by Sam Bliss

In June, I was invited to speak at the eight annual Breakthrough Dialogue, an annual invite-only conference where accomplished thinkers debate how to achieve prosperity for humans and nature. The Breakthrough Institute, an ecomodernist think-tank, welcomed my presence as a provocateur.

I was to participate in a panel called “Decoupling vs. Degrowth”. My role was the token “degrowther” making my case to a majority “decoupler” crowd. In this context, degrowthis the proposal to intentionally shrink the physical size of wealthy economies, whereas decouplingis the hope that growing economies will at last break free from growing resource use and environmental damage. The former renews environmentalism as a subversive political movement. The latter is firmly post-environmentalist, often associated with support for nuclear energy, industrial agriculture, and artificial technologies. With my mentor Giorgos Kallis, we’ve spent three years working together on a critical analysis of this post-environmentalism…

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Postdoc Opportunity: Gender, Environment and Rural Development in Europe, Swedish University of Agricultural Science

Please find the full job listing here.

Department of Urban and rural development

The Department of Urban and Rural Development offers a stimulating research environment. Research and education at the department are carried out at four different divisions: Agrarian History, Rural Development, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Communication. The appointment will be at the Division of Rural Development. The Division of Rural Development consists of two subject areas: Rural Development in the Global South and Rural Development in Sweden and Europe. An international master’s program in Rural Development and Natural Resource Management and a 5-year professional program in agronomy focusing on rural development are offered by the Division.

Subject description:

The position is within the subject of Rural development in Sweden and Europe. Project proposals are welcome that bring a feminist lens on to questions of European rural development and its global interconnections such as in the contexts of agrarian change, global environmental and climate governance, questions of indigeneity and resource governance and migration and welfare politics. Applicants should provide a 2000-5000 word research proposal in English that asks a specific set of questions within one of the wider topics outlined here, being sure to articulate how the project addresses questions of justice.



We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join and develop our research group on Rural development in Sweden and Europe. Your task will be to identify important knowledge gaps in your field of research, to bring critical and feminist perspectives to work on rural development and/or environmental governance through fieldwork. You will also take an active part in academic activities in the division and contribute to building up the subject.


The candidate should have a Ph.D. in the social sciences or humanities and documented expertise in the area of his/her proposal and of having fieldwork skills. The applicant should also have documented capability to carry out independent research and skills in writing scientific publications. Excellent English communication skills are expected. As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at most.
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The position is a 2 years postdoctoral position


PhD Opportunity: Comparative political ecology of Payments for Ecosystem Services in Nicaragua and Guatemala, University of Antwerp

4-year PhD scholarship on a “Comparative political ecology of Payments for Ecosystem Services in Nicaragua and Guatemala“.

Application deadline: 12 August 2018

Start date of scholarship: 1 October, 1 November, or 1 December 2018 or 1 January 2019

More information on this vacancy can be found at https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/jobs/vacancies/ap/2018bapdocproex251/

Postdoc opportunity: Development Corridors Partnership, University of Cambridge

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate to work with Dr Chris Sandbrook and Dr Liz Watson on the Development Corridors Partnership (DCP) project, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.

‘Development corridors’ are increasingly being used as a strategy to promote economic growth in Africa but they face significant challenges such as uneven socio-economic and environmental impacts. DCP is a four-year collaborative research and capacity development project led by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Its focus is on development corridors in Kenya and Tanzania. The University of Cambridge team is leading on the social and political dimensions of the project, drawing on the backgrounds of Drs Watson and Sandbrook in human geography and political ecology.

More information here.

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