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University of Idaho Director of Policy Analysis Group

November 17, 2014

The College of Natural Resources (, University of Idaho, invites applications for a full time, 12 month tenure track position as Associate/Professor of Natural Resource Policy and Management, and Director of the Policy Analysis Group. The position will be a part of the Conservation Social Sciences department and will report directly to the Dean of the College of Natural resources. This program was established by the Idaho Legislature in 1989, and serves as the primary research agency of the State of Idaho on natural resources issues. We seek a faculty member to join and help shape our interdisciplinary department of social scientists, and engage in research and teaching on how social and biophysical sciences interact to influence the management of natural resources in Idaho and the region. It is the only position in state government that provides services to the legislature and the state’s natural resource management agencies. The director oversees PAG operations and conducts policy analysis research on natural resource management and land-use policy issues important to the citizens of Idaho.

For the full position listing, please visit:

To apply, please visit:

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Michigan State University

October 20, 2014

The Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in environmental studies at the assistant professor level, with a 60% research, 40% teaching appointment. The Department seeks a colleague who embraces the faculty’s core value of community engagement and who will bring the scholarship of sustainability to bear on critical environmental and natural resource issues challenging communities across Michigan, the U.S. and the world.

Duties include: (a) conducting and disseminating peer-reviewed research related to environmental and natural resource management and policy; (b) obtaining external funding to support a strong research program; (c) developing and delivering high quality classroom instruction; (d) recruiting and advising graduate students and directing thesis and dissertation research; (e) collaborating effectively with students, faculty, resource managers, policymakers, and other community stakeholders; and (g) performing professional and university service.

Qualifications include: Disciplinary or interdisciplinary PhD in an area that contributes to the natural resources and environment focal area of the Department of Community Sustainability; Evidence of successful research leading to publications in peer-reviewed journals; Preparation for successfully pursuing external funding to support research, outreach and teaching programs; Potential for successful teaching in the sustainability core curriculum, the Environmental Studies and Sustainability major, and research methods; potential for mentoring students; Demonstrated interest in community engagement and collaborative and interdisciplinary research.

For more information about the Department, see Department of Community Sustainability.

For more information about the position, see Position Description.

University of Idaho Assistant/Associate Professor of Natural Resource Economics

October 15, 2014

The University of Idaho, Moscow College of Natural Resources is currently accepting applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor of Natural Resource Economics in the Department of Conservation Social Sciences. This tenure track position is a full-time academic year permanent appointment in the pay range of $68,000-73,000.

Minimum Qualifications: Completed Ph.D. in natural resource economics at the time of starting the position; ability to compete for external funding; ability to publish research in refereed journals; and demonstrated interest in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. Demonstrated success in applying social science to natural resource economics and management, experience in working across diverse disciplines; strong analytical skills; potential to advise undergraduate students and mentor graduate students.

Preferred Qualifications: Able to teach undergraduate and graduate courses effectively; experience and education in an area such as natural resource economics or other social or policy science related field; skill in verbal and written communication; demonstrated success in publishing in refereed journals; experience in statistical analysis and interpretation of data.

For the full job description and to submit an application, visit



Gund Institute PhD Assistantships

October 15, 2014

The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont (UVM) will recruit two exceptional PhD students for Fall 2015 as part of a newly-funded Graduate Assistantship program. Students will have considerable latitude and assistance in developing the direction of their work but it should focus broadly on our research themes: Ecological Economics, Natures Benefits, Healthy Landscapes and Seascapes and Climate Change.

The Gund 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. Consistent with the mission of the Institute, we seek students interested in both advancing research frontiers and addressing concrete environmental issues.

OFFER: PhD students will receive four years of funding which will cover tuition and a generous stipend. Some of the tuition for this program may be covered via teaching assistantships. Funding is guaranteed for four years.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree preferred but all highly qualified candidates will be considered.

APPLICATION: Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged. Interested students should complete the following steps:

  1. Identify and contact potential faculty advisors. See the list of Gund Institute Fellows for potential advisors. Fellows expressing particular interest include: Jon Erickson, Josh Farley, Brendan Fisher, Gillian Galford, Bill Keeton, Chris Koliba, Ernesto Mendez, Taylor Ricketts, Joe Roman, Donna Rizzo, Brian Voigt, Lini Wollenberg, Asim Zia.
  2. Apply to the appropriate college or school by February 1, 2015 (this may be earlier than their usual deadline). In your application, indicate your interest in the Gund PhD Assistantship and the faculty you have been in touch with. Faculty will nominate candidates for the Gund Assistantship from among those applying to their college or school.

TEACH-IN: Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth

October 3, 2014

Saturday October 25th (10am-10pm) and Sunday October 26th (10am-7pm)

45 Leading scholars, authors and activists will convene at The Great Hall of Cooper Union, New York City, for a public “teach-in” on the profound impacts– environmental, economic and social– of runaway technological expansionism, and cyber immersion; the tendency to see technology as the savior for all problems. A change of direction is required, returning the fate of nature to the center of economic and social decision making.

Speakers at this event will include: Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva, Ralph Nader, Richard Heinberg, Helen Caldicott, Wes Jackson, and many others. For a full list of speakers, visit here.

For further details and ticket information, please visit the event website:


Call for graduate student applications in “Economics for the Anthropocene” program

August 24, 2014

Economics for the Anthropocene: Re-grounding the Human-Earth Relationship

Economics for the Anthropocene offers exceptional graduate students the opportunity to collaborate in rethinking and redirecting the human/Earth relationship.

POSITION: The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, Vermont, McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and York University in Toronto, Ontario seek up to nine PhD or MS students to join the international Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) research initiative, in Fall 2015. The Fall 2015 cohort will focus broadly on applying approaches based on ecological economics to issues of energy supply and use in Eastern Canada and Northeastern U.S. Students will have considerable latitude and assistance in developing the direction of their work.

BACKGROUND: Humanity is degrading the Earth’s life support systems. Fresh water is too often contaminated, in short supply, and subject to competing claims. Continued reliance on non-renewable sources of energy is unsustainable and faces increasingly unacceptable trade-offs for both regional and global environments. Irreversible climate changes are raising stark questions of justice. In short, Earth has entered a human-dominated epoch: the Anthropocene. Yet, prevailing norms continue to rely on thought systems that insufficiently account for knowledge of how human society interacts with and affects Earth’s life systems.

The Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) project builds on the strengths of McGill, York and UVM in ecological economics. They form the core of a diverse partnership of 25 academic, government, and NGO partners designed to improve how the social sciences and humanities connect to ecological realities of the Anthropocene. E4A’s overarching goal is to articulate, teach and apply a new understanding of human-Earth relationships grounded in and informed by the insights of contemporary science. The partnership will:

  1. Create a vibrant international research network in ecological economics;
  2. Train students to become change agents 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 by extending the core vision of ecological economics to other normative disciplines such as finance, law, governance, ethics, and cosmology.

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. E4A partners and collaborators will help guide research questions, mentor students, and provide internship opportunities. The partnership will focus on three daunting challenges: water security, energy supply and use, and climate justice.

OFFER: PhD and MS students at UVM, McGill, and York may receive a generous 12-month E4A 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 is guaranteed for three years.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree preferred for PhD applicants, but all highly qualified candidates interested in all four dimensions of the program will be considered.

APPLICATION: Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged. Interested students should contact one of the following:

  • McGill University
    Peter Brown:
    Nicolas Kosoy:
    * Applicants must apply to the Department of Natural Resource Sciences by February 15.
  • University of Vermont
    Jon Erickson:
    Joshua Farley:
    Taylor Ricketts:
    Asim Zia: (on Sabbatical FY 14)
    * 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.
  • York University
    Ellie Perkins:
    Peter Victor:
    Graduate admissions: Gwen Gringhuis:
    * 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.

For more information, visit the E4A website at

Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference to be held at Michigan State University

August 22, 2014

Michigan State University is pleased to announce the Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference (ICM), to be held June 4-5, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan.

This conference will focus on the use of systems modeling techniques in managing the complex social and environmental problems related to food systems, natural systems, wildlife management, water, health, transportation, and education.

The conference is jointly organized by the Sustainable Michigan Endowed Project (SMEP), the Environmental Science & Policy Program (ESPP), and University Outreach and Engagement (UOE) at Michigan State University (MSU).

Important Dates
Call for Proposals opens – September 19, 2014
Call for Proposals due – December 19, 2014

For more information about the conference, visit the ICM website.


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