Chair/Reader in Political Ecology

Lancaster University

– Lancaster Environment Centre

Closes: 8th September 2019

Lancaster University wishes to appoint an exceptional interdisciplinary academic in Political Ecology (broadly defined) at the Chair/Reader level. You will work within the Political EcologyResearch Group and in close collaboration with the Critical Geographies Research Group. You are expected to continue the Lancaster Environment Centre’s contribution to this sub-field of political ecology as a distinct and vibrant research cluster in the UK.

We seek an outstanding candidate whose research, engagement and teaching interests are in areas that offer critical perspectives on human-environmental issues and change. We understand political ecology to coalesce around critiques of the relationship between culture, politics and nature. Reflecting political ecology’s multi-dimensionality, relevant themes addressed at Lancaster Environment Centre include, but are not limited to, food security, environmental justice, conservation, resource extraction, bioeconomy, water, urban natures, climate politics, science and technology, and the Anthropocene.

Candidates’ research backgrounds may be in geography, anthropology, development studies, environmental sociology or cognate disciplines. We encourage scholars from backgrounds under-represented in these fields. We also welcome novel approaches around de-colonial and critical feminist thinking, both in teaching and in research. Community building within the respective research groups and wider Environment Centre is highly encouraged.

Lancaster University has a reputation for delivering research and teaching with impact at the highest level across the social sciences. We work nationally and internationally with a host of academic, government, civil society and private sector partners. It is expected that applicants will have a strong record of income generation, a demonstrated interest in mentoring and collaborating with junior colleagues, and a clear vision and plan for developing and promoting Political Ecology at the Lancaster Environment Centre. You will work within the dynamic, diverse and interdisciplinary research groups and engage with other clusters of expertise across the University. You will build upon recent initiatives such as the Department’s first political ecology conference and the international Political Ecology Network – POLLEN. Teaching responsibilities will initially be modest to enable the development of a world-class research portfolio. In the future, there will be the opportunity to contribute to a forthcoming Master’s programme in Political Ecology currently under development.

LEC offers a highly inclusive and stimulating environment for career development. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Phil Barker (Head of Department), tel. 01524 510230, Dr Ben Neimark, Lancaster Environment Centre, tel. 01524 510592, or Dr John Childs, Lancaster Environment Centre, tel. 01524 510242,

Job opportunity: tenure-track position in ‘Indigenous Resurgence and Development’ at Queen’s University, Canada

Please see in the following link the call for our tenure-track position in ‘Indigenous Resurgence and Development’ at Queen’s University, Canada:

Applications are due by September 9th, 2019.

Please contact Marcus Taylor ( if you have any questions on this vacancy.

Two postdoctoral tenure track positions within environmental governance and the global political economy of environment & development

Dear All,

The Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences is now hiring to fill two “postdoctoral tenure track positions” (the ‘Assistant Professor’ rank is relatively uncommon in Norway). Application deadline: 01 August 2019.

I am happy to field questions from POLLEN members regarding life in the department, the university, or in Norway generally as an expatriate.

Come and work with us in Ås!

All the very best,

Dr. Connor Joseph Cavanagh
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Department of International Environment and Development Studies
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
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Job opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Indian School of Business

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow – “Institutional networks and self-organized adaptation: Tracing the democratic architectures of climate response”

Location: Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

Position Description:

We are recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to work on the project “Institutional networks and self-organized adaptation: Tracing the democratic architectures of climate response”, a multi-collaborator effort led by Harry Fischer (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), Forrest Fleischman (University of Minnesota), Dil Khatri (South Asian Institute of Advanced Studies), and Ashwini Chhatre (Indian School of Business). The project aims to study how individuals, households, and communities access state support mechanisms to confront climate risk and change, and the political channels that enable (and often preclude) their success. We seek an early-career scholar with training in humanistic social sciences or interdisciplinary development studies. The ideal candidate would have experience conducting intensive qualitative fieldwork with a focus on rural livelihoods and the politics of government service delivery coupled with knowledge of the South Asian context and comfort working in Hindi. Some familiarity with quantitative methods would be desirable. The postdoctoral fellow would be expected to spend at least 12 months in the field in Northern India (Himachal Pradesh) and Nepal. We wish to involve the postdoctoral fellow as a collaborator in developing the larger project, while also giving them a significant role in defining the research that they wish to focus their attention on. 

For more information on the project, please see:

Employment and Institutional Affiliations: 

The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with the larger research team led by Harry Fischer. However, their primary affiliation will be the Indian School of Business on their Hyderabad campus, where they will work under the direct supervision of Prof. Ashwini Chhatre. ISB is a leading management education institution in India, with an active portfolio of research on environment and development issues, including the Digital Identity Research Initiative and an active Forest Governance research program. ISB’s campus in Hyderabad provides state-of-the-art facilities for research and houses more than 150 faculty and researchers across disciplines. The postdoc will also maintain close contract with the Nepal research team led by Dil Khatri, based at the Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies

Appointment details: 

The position will start in September 2019. It is expected to last for two years, and we hope to offer one additional year of support, contingent upon performance and funding. Remuneration for this position is competitive, and the position also includes funding for international conferences (1 per year) and travel support for fieldwork.

The position is ideal for someone who wants to focus their attention on developing a new research project as part of an interdisciplinary research team, with generous support for intensive fieldwork. 

For further information, do not hesitate to contact:

Harry Fischer –  or

Sangeetha Hariharan –

To apply:

We will begin reviewing applications on July 7 on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please send the following to a 1-2 page cover letter describing your qualifications and potential interest in the position, your CV, and contact information for 3 references.

Job opportunity: Lecturer in Political Ecology

The School for Field Studies is looking for a lecturer in Political Ecology for the Peru program in the NE Peruvian Amazon for the 2019-2020 academic year. We’re looking for a PhD, but will also consider someone with a Masters and university-level teaching experience in areas related to political ecology, cultural anthropology, human geography, or related field. Teaching is in English and fluency in Spanish is a plus but not an absolute requirement. We hire internationally, so there is no Peruvian or US citizenship requirement.

More information can be found here

PhD position on Negative Emissions at LUCSUS, Lund University

We currently have an open position for a PhD candidate within our new four-year research project, entitled ‘Negative Emissions and the Politics of a Projected Future’. This project critically investigates emerging discourses and practices on large-scale carbon dioxide removal/negative emissions, including but not limited to Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS). We are looking for excellent candidates that are keen to pursue a broadly-defined research interest in the politics of climate change mitigation and integrated assessment modelling from a political economy, political ecology and/or STS perspective.

The successful candidate will be situated at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) and be part of an international research team including Wim Carton, Andreas Malm and Emily Boyd in Lund; Holly Jean Buck at UCLA; and Silke Beck at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research. This is a fully-funded, 4-year position with the possibility of up to 20% teaching (compensated by extension of the contract for up to one year). The application deadline is 9 April.

More details about the application procedure can be found at Enquires can be sent to .

Job opportunity: Professor of Climate Change and Societal Impacts

The Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change at the Faculty of Environmental, Regional and Educational Sciences (University of Graz) is seeking to appoint a

Professor (f/m) of Climate Change and Societal Impacts 

(40 hours per week; permanent employment according to the Austrian Law on Salaried Employment (AngG); planned starting date March 1st 2020) 

We are looking to appoint a full professor (f/m) who will form and lead a new research group “Climate Change and Societal Impacts“. This endowed chair and the new group will be part of the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change and will be embedded in and benefit from the University´s interdisciplinary Field of Excellence “Climate Change and Sustainable Transformation”.

As a group leader, the professor will have the opportunity to develop an innovative line of research related to the transformation to a low carbon and climate robust society. We expect research with a strong theoretical foundation. We are seeking an outstanding scholar, with a proven track record, preferably with a background in the social sciences (e. g., sociology, psychology, political science) who has experience in working with researchers in the natural sciences or engineering (e. g., geosciences, physical climate science, life sciences). Alternatively, we are open to receive applications from researchers with a background in natural sciences who have a proven record of working in the area of social sciences. We are looking for an internationally oriented, ambitious, yet collegial scholar who shares our dedication for climate change research and will contribute to Wegener Center’s collaborative research. The selected candidate has been successful in acquiring third-party funds as well as has experience in international research collaboration. He/she is expected to initiate and strongly engage in interdisciplinary research projects. The position includes teaching and supervision responsibilities and offers possibilities for developing innovative learning formats. In addition, we expect gender mainstreaming competence.  
Should you require any further information on the perspective or background please do not hesitate to contact
Please submit your applications stating the reference numberBV/2/98 ex 2018/19 by March 13th 2019 at the latest. For information about the application procedures and other prerequisites, please visit