The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont (UVM), McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and York University in Toronto, Ontario seek up to nine PhD students to join a new international research initiative, “Economics for the Anthropocene” in Fall 2014. This first cohort of students will focus broadly on applying approaches based on ecological economics to water security and watershed management issues. The Lake Champlain Basin and lower St. Lawrence watershed provide an ideal model for this theme, but students will have considerable latitude and assistance in developing the direction of their work. In addition to the initial focus on transboundary water management, the full scope of research will include work on applying ecological economics theory and methods to regional energy management and climate justice.
BACKGROUND: McGill University, York University, UVM, and 25 other partners will launch the Economics for the Anthropocene in 2014. The partnership will (1) Create a vibrant international research network in ecological economics; (2) Train future leaders capable of analyzing and managing the unique challenges of the Anthropocene; (3) Actively link academic and non-academic partners in solving transnational problems that exemplify these new challenges; and (4) Integrate the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to improve education, train new leaders, and enhance life’s prospects in the Anthropocene.
The partnership will train up to 60 graduate students in three cohorts over six years. Students will enroll at any of the three universities, and cohorts will take core courses together through web-enabled classrooms that link our campuses. Joint field courses will engage non-academic partners in providing hands-on experience in transdisciplinary problems and their ecological, social, and economic dimensions. The partnership consists of 25 academic and non-academic partners and 60 collaborators who will help guide research questions, mentor students, provide internship opportunities and serve on graduate committees. Through this network students will work on policy-relevant research grounded in solving real-world issues. This will include extending core ideas of ecological economics to finance, law, governance, ethics and philosophy. The partnership will focus on three daunting regional challenges: water security, energy resources, and climate justice.
OFFER: The PhD students at UVM, McGill, and York will receive a generous 12-month research stipend. The majority of tuition for this program will be covered via scholarships and teaching assistantships. Travel and research funds are also available. Funding (once approved) is guaranteed for three years. The partnership has applied for a grant for this program that will be announced in late April 2014. If the grant is not awarded, funding cannot be guaranteed.
QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree preferred, but all highly qualified candidates will be considered. Students must have a strong interest in ecological economics, sustainability science, transdisciplinary research, and practical application of scholarship.
APPLICATION: Interested students should contact one of the following:
Applicants must apply to the Department of Natural Resource Sciences by February 15.
University of Vermont:
Applicants must apply to the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources PhD program at UVM by February 1st and meet all of the admissions requirements.
Applicants must apply to the Faculty of Environmental Studies PhD program by January 8, or the Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) program by February 5 (international applicants) or March 12 (Canadian applicants), and must meet all of the admissions requirements.
Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.
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SAGE’s Encyclopedia of World Poverty, 2nd Edition is now under development (1st Edition: Library Journal Best Reference, Booklist Editor’s Choice). This completely updated five-volume reference will provide extensive and current information on the changing world of poverty, as well as insight into the contemporary debates. Over 850 signed articles will explore poverty in various regions of the world, and examine the difficulties associated with the definition and measurement of poverty, along with its causes and effects. Pedagogical elements include a new Reader’s Guide, updated Chronology of World Poverty, updated Resource Guide, updated Glossary, and new index. The following topics are currently available for assignment which may be of particular interest to you:
- American Radical Environmentalism
- Civic Environmentalism and Environmental NGOs
- Corporate Environmentalism
- Environmental economics
- Environmental Federalism
- Environmental Health
- Environmental refugees
- Environmentalism of the Poor and Economic Justice
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- International Environmentalism
- Measurement of sustainable development
- Modern Environmentalism
- Natural Resource Management
- Pollution Solar energy
The complete list of available articles is already prepared, and upon request SAGE will e-mail you the Article List (Excel file) from which you can select additional topics that may fit your expertise and interests. Additionally, Submission Guidelines will be provided that detail article specifications. SAGE is currently making assignments with a deadline of January 31, 2014.
SAGE Publications offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more. Please send your CV or a brief summary of your academic/publishing credentials in related disciplines to email@example.com.
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, NY, invites applications for an academic year, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Urban Environmental Studies.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to build a strong, extramurally-funded research program in urban environmental studies, with an interdisciplinary social science foundation. S/he will teach an undergraduate Geographic Information Technology course, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in urban environmental studies. The successful candidate will play a key role in the undergraduate minor in Urban Environmental Science and will have the opportunity to develop affiliations with the College’s Center for the Urban Environment and the USDA Forest Service Urban Forestry unit at ESF. The position will be filled by a candidate with expertise in one or more of the following areas: urban environmental studies or science, environmental geography, urban environmental policy and planning, environmental justice, and spatial analysis, among others.
Required Qualifications: A Ph.D. in environmental studies, geography, communication, public policy, planning, or a related discipline is required, as are spatial analysis skills.
Preferred Qualifications: A record of excellence in research and teaching, commensurate with time since degree; strong theoretical grounding in one or more disciplines; facility with social science theory; social-biophysical interdisciplinary experience; international research experience; post-doctoral or professional experience.
Application Procedure: Application is online only http://www.esf.edu/hr/ Applications should include a letter summarizing qualifications and research interests, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and contact information for three references. Although the position will remain open until filled, to ensure optimal consideration, all application materials must be received by 3 January 2014.
The College and the Department: The College of Environmental Science and Forestry is dedicated to solving environmental problems through research, teaching and service. With a total enrollment of 1,650 undergraduates and 600 graduate students, ESF provides an intimate small college atmosphere. The low student/faculty ratio also allows for an active advisory system that is focused on personal attention and assistance for students. Integration of research and teaching is emphasized. The College is co-located with Syracuse University and Upstate Medical University, giving students and faculty the added resources of a large institution of higher education. The Environmental Studies program integrates the social and biophysical sciences and the humanities to enhance environmental policy and decision making processes. The ESF Environmental Studies Department is one of the largest in the nation with dedicated fully to environmental studies. The department offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.), and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Environmental Studies and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Environmental Science administered through ESF’s interdepartmental Graduate Program in Environmental Science.
For More Information: Dr. Richard Smardon, Search Committee Chair Department of Environmental Studies SUNY-ESF 106 Marshall Hall Syracuse, NY 13210-2787 Tel: 315-470-6576; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma seeks nominations and applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in ecological economics. Initial appointment to this position will begin August 2014. Salary and remunerations are competitive and commensurate with qualifications.
Over the past three years, the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability has doubled the number of undergraduate majors to over 150. The Department has 46 graduate students, including 26 Ph.Ds, and 20 M.As. The Department seeks to fill four new positions this year, bringing to 19 the number of permanent, tenured or tenure-track faculty members, an increase of over 70% since 2010. An additional search for an endowed professorship in water and sustainability will be announced shortly. Recently added faculty members have expertise in remote sensing, environmental sustainability, science policy, and applied climatology, complementing our existing strengths in human and physical geography. The department now offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Geography, GIS, and Environmental Sustainability.
Candidates interested in collaborative research will find many exciting opportunities within the Department, College, and University. The Department is home to the Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative, Land Use Land Cover Institute, Working Group on the Geographies of Race and Representation of the Americas, and Environmental Verification and Analysis Center. The College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences hosts the National Weather Center, South Central Climate Science Center, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program, and the Center for Spatial Analysis. The University hosts the Center for Applied Social Research and Earth Observation and Modeling Facility as well as the Archeological, Biological, Climatological, Geological, and Water Surveys.
Application Process: Candidates are invited to submit a statement of interest and qualifications, a full curriculum vita, up to five scholarly publications, and a list of three references. Screening will begin November 1, 2013. Candidates are requested to submit their applications electronically in one PDF file to the chair of the search committee.
About this Position: Recently, the University of Oklahoma and sister institutions in the state were awarded a $24 million EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) grant to improve infrastructure to advance understanding about how socio-ecological systems can adapt to climate variability. A major program of study also has been initiated in the social, human, behavioral, and economic aspects of weather and climate within the University’s Center for Applied Social Research. It is within this rapidly expanding environment that the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability invites applications from highly qualified candidates for this position.
Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Ecological Economics
We seek highly qualified candidates with research and teaching focus in ecological economics. The successful candidate must have expertise in ecosystem service valuation, including a focus on one or more of the following areas: cost-benefit analysis, hedonic pricing, contingent valuation, risk assessment, market-based policy instruments, and input-output modeling. Candidates are expected to have attained a doctoral degree in economics or closely related field by the start date.
The successful candidate will work in a team environment with collaborations that include research activities within the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability and the newly established Department of the Interior’s South Central Climate Science Center, the Department of Economics, the Center for Risk, Crisis and Analysis, as well as collaborators at Oklahoma State University, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, and the University of Tulsa. Persons from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply, please submit application materials to Dr. Darren Purcell, Chair, Ecological Economics Search Committee (Email: email@example.com). Please copy Ms. Deborah Marsh (firstname.lastname@example.org).
About the University of Oklahoma. Established in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a comprehensive public research university offering a wide array of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs and extensive continuing education and public service programs. Its 2,000 acre Norman Campus houses 15 colleges with approximately 1,300 faculty serving more than 26,000 students. The new 277-acre Research Campus provides more than 750,000 square feet of space constructed since 2003 and includes the National Weather Center, the Stephenson Research and Technology Center, the Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center, and several Partners Place buildings that co-locate University offices with more than 350 private sector employees across more than a dozen companies. Two additional Partners Place buildings are underway.
The City of Norman. Norman is a pleasant college town of around 113,000 inhabitants located just 17 miles from Oklahoma City. Consequently, residents enjoy both a college town feel and the advantages of a major metropolitan area. Oklahoma City is always a pleasant surprise to those who discover it (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GJIHhypBmU&feature=player_embedded). Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/real-estate/T006-S001-10-cheapest-u-s-cities-to-live-in/index.html) currently ranks Norman as the third least expensive city to live in and notes “Norman enjoys a unique combination of low unemployment, low living expenses and high incomes”.
The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution www.ou.edu/eoo.
POSITION: The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at The University of Vermont (UVM) seeks a Research Assistant Professor in Behavioral Economics beginning Fall 2014. We will hire a creative individual with expertise in connecting behavioral economics to issues of environment and global change. The institute is an interdisciplinary research center, where more than 50 faculty, post-docs, and graduate students collaborate widely to understand the interactions among ecological, social, and economic systems. The Research Professor will complement our strengths in ecosystem services; ecological economics; food systems; and sustainable landscapes and seascapes. Consistent with the mission of the Institute, we seek a scientist interested in both advancing research frontiers and addressing concrete environmental issues.
The position is a nine-month faculty appointment with full salary support for an expected three-year term. It is one of six non-tenure track Research Faculty positions within the Gund Institute, offering early-career scientists an opportunity to develop a research program in productive collaboration with faculty and students at UVM and elsewhere. Extending the appointment is possible based on external funding.
RESPONSIBILITIES: We expect the successful candidate to develop a widely recognized research program and to forge productive collaborations with faculty and students associated with the Institute. Responsibilities also include teaching one course per year, and engaging actively with the Gund Institute community.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a doctoral degree in economics, psychology, or related fields. Prior post-doctoral experience is preferred. Successful candidates will have strong quantitative skills, experience in analyzing behavior and decisions in field settings, a growing record of publications and scholarly activities, and a commitment to connecting research to policy.
APPLICATION: Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a two-page statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to UVM’s jobs site (posting #0040992). Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2013 and we anticipate a start date of September 2014. Inquiries may be made to Taylor Ricketts, Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, at email@example.com. The University of Vermont is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research and teaching. Applicants must describe in their cover letter how they will further this goal.
SETTING: The University of Vermont is located in Burlington, between the Green and Adirondack Mountains and on the shores of Lake Champlain. The Gund Institute is administered by UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Research Faculty are appointed officially at the Rubenstein School. The institute has a new Director and substantial new resources, so the successful candidate will have an opportunity to shape its future. UVM also has launched several campus-wide research initiatives, including those focused on complex systems, food systems, climate change, and energy systems & behavior.