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Call for Papers: International workshop on “Narratives and practices of environmental justice” (6th to 8th June 2019)

The ongoing environmental crisis has strong implications for environmental justice. A relatively small and wealthy part of the global population claims an ever increasing share of the planet’s resources while polluting and destructing marine and terrestrial habitats. Negatively affected by these developments are especially those groups that are least responsible for them. Moreover, many of the dominant strategies to solve the crisis, either at the planetary, national or local scale, are based on market-driven efficiency logics that transfers the burden to regions with lower opportunity costs and less participation opportunities and political influence.

The concept of environmental justice became a popular narrative of advocacy groups fighting for fair distribution of toxic facilities in the US and has traveled around the world. By strategically employing collective action frames and narratives, social movement actors have categorized situations as unjust and have mobilized political support.

The aim of this workshop, organized by the Institute of Geography at Kiel University, Kiel Marine Science (KMS) and the Enjust Network for Environmental Justice emerging at Kiel University, is to advance ongoing debates on environmental and climate justice by focusing on narratives and associated practices, and to foster networking among scholars. First, we want to discuss the conceptualization of environmental justice by academic and non-academic actors in specific environmental conflicts. Second, we want to gain insights on the interrelations between narratives legitimizing environmental unjust outcomes and social practices reproducing them. Third, we are interested in the potential of “designing” narratives of environmental justice for emancipatory politics.

Main themes could include:

  • Narratives and discourses of environmental justice
  • Social movements, action frames and counter narratives
  • Narratives for a just transition
  • Environmental justice: concepts and theory
  • Environmental justice in the coastal and marine realm
  • Environmental justice and market-based conservation and restoration
  • Environmental justice and spatial planning including marine spatial planning

In the workshop, we welcome papers that provide theory-based empirical case studies linked to these topics. Moreover, we invite activists, planning and development practitioners to present their insights on ongoing environmental and climate justice campaigns and attempts to consider the concept of environmental justice in international cooperation and spatial planning. We especially welcome scholars and activists from the global South.

Abstracts of proposed papers (up to 400 words) may be submitted until October 31st to: enjust@geographie.uni-kiel.de

The workshop will take place from 6th to 8th June 2019 at Kiel University, Germany

For further information please contact Jonas Hein (hein@geographie.uni-kiel.de).

Full CfP: https://www.marinesocialscience.uni-kiel.de/de/bilder/call-for-papers-enjust


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Job opportunity: 4 tenure-track positions at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

School for Environment and Sustainability
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan is seeking applications for four full-time, nine-month, tenure-track faculty positions, part of a suite of new faculty hires at SEAS. For more detail, including required application materials visit: http://seas.umich.edu/employment.

Assistant Professor in Data Science, Geovisualization and Design. We seek candidates whose work focuses on the theory and application of data analytics, design and geovisualization within the interdisciplinary field of environment and sustainability. Candidates should be pursuing hypothesis driven research on analyzing, designing and visualizing spatial complexity in environmental systems for sustainability efforts. Topic areas include, but are not limited to, data science techniques, digital and critical cartography, and how humans understand and communicate spatial relationships.

Assistant/Associate Professor in Energy Systems Analysis. We seek a scholar with demonstrated excellence in research and teaching in the energy systems analysis field. This position focuses on integration across technology, science and policy, toward a goal of accelerating adoption of renewable energy technology, energy efficiency, energy demand shifts, and other climate mitigation strategies. Examples of relevant methods/areas of expertise include system dynamics, agent-based modeling, decision-support, life cycle assessment, techno-economic analysis, and policy analysis and design.

Assistant/Associate Professor in Spatial Science of Coupled Natural-Human Systems. We seek applicants whose work advances the frontiers of knowledge in natural-human system processes and relationships at diverse scales using theories, methods, and tools of spatial science. Topical areas of interest are broad. These could include human dimensions of global change as they relate to biodiversity loss, land-cover/land-use change, urbanization, climate change, ecosystem services and valuation,
material and energy flows, and environmental degradation, among others.

Assistant Professor in Water Policy, Politics and Planning, focused on water policy and collective decision-making processes that enable sustainable resource management. Preference will be given to candidates that understand water systems and policy interventions worldwide but have a particular depth in North American policy, institutions and politics. Candidates should be knowledgeable about political behavior and dynamics; emphasis could focus on federal, regional, state, local or collaborative
decision-making and governance.

At SEAS we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse experiences, promotes generous listening and communications, and discourages and restoratively responds to acts of discrimination, harassment, or injustice. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is deeply rooted​ in​ our values for a sustainable and just society.

The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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Postdoc opportunity: Urban Environmental Governance, University of Lausanne

Postdoctoral fellow in Urban Environmental Governance


The University of Lausanne (UNIL) is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where approximately 14,300 students and nearly 3,900 collaborators, professors, and researchers work and study. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne’s city center, its campus brings together over 120 nationalities.


A postdoctoral position is available to further a new research project entitled “Challenges of municipal solid waste management: Learning from post-crisis governance initiatives in South Asia” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and Swiss Development Cooperation under the r4d program. The position is for a maximum of 4 years, hosted at the Institute of Geography and Sustainability (IGD) and under the responsibility of Professor René Véron.

The IGD is an interdisciplinary community of about 100 academics that work on space, place and the environment. With 15 professors, close to 40 PhD students and several postdoctoral researchers, the department offers a vibrant, stimulating environment for cutting-edge research. It hosts regular lecture series and distinguished guest researchers from around the world.

Job information

Expected start date in position : 1st of November 2018 (or agreed upon date)

Contract length : 1 year, renewable one time for three years, maximum 4 years

Activity rate : 50%

Workplace : Institute of Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Your qualifications

The successful candidate is expected to have earned a PhD degree in geography or a related social science. He/she will have extensive fieldwork experience and a publication record in field of urban environment and urban political ecology, preferably in South Asia (India, Nepal and/or Sri Lanka). Experience in solid waste management/governance would be an additional asset. Furthermore, an aptitude for project coordination and communication activities, willingness to spend significant time in South Asia and English language skills are required.

What the position offers you

Collaboration in an innovative research project with academic and NGO partners in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka will further develop your academic or non-academic career. You will have the chance to travel to and spend time in South Asia. You will also be part of the IGD research group “Development, Societies and Environments”.

Your responsibilities

The successful candidate will contribute to the above-mentioned research project. Apart from co-publishing with other project members, he/she will help coordinating research and communication activities between the different project partners and spend significant time in South Asia.

Contact for further information

Prof. René Véron (rene.veron@unil.ch).

Your application

Deadline : 15th of September 2018

Please, send your full application in Word or PDF, including:

  • letter of motivation
  • full CV, including publication list
  • scans of university degrees and course transcripts/marks
  • PhD thesis and one publication.

Applications through this link: https://bit.ly/2uEGGP5

Only applications through this website will be taken into account.

Additional information

UNIL is committed to promoting gender equality and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.

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CFP: III Latin American Congress of Political Ecology

Second Call for submissions
III Latin American Congress of Political Ecology
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil | March 18-20 2019

Convocatoria en castello aqui, chamada em português aquí

The Latin American Network of Political Ecology, thorugh the organizing
committee of the III Latin American Congress of Political Ecology, invites the academic
community and social movements to participate in this meeting, which will be held in
Salvador, in the state of Bahia, Brazil, from March 18th to 20th, 2018 — NEW DATES.
The main theme of the congress deals with the turbulent times faced by Latin
America, with the emergence of authoritarian and neoliberal governments and the
acceleration of extrativist policies and the desnationalization of natural resources.

Facing this reactionary turn, decolonial insurgences and struggles emerge, regathering
emancipatory horizons, new resistance ecologies that reconfigure the liberation praxis.
Within this urgent political context, the Congress aims to create a space for encounters
and convergences between emancipatory thought and practices, between academy,
social movements and activism.

The congress is organized by the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and the
Federal University of Recôncavo da Bahia (UFRB), with the research group
Undisciplined Environments and the support of Clacso’ Working Group on Political
Ecology from Latin America Abya Yala, gathering a network of collaboration with other
Brazilian and other latin-american universities and social movements.

New Deadline for proposals (abstracts): August 10th 2018

Guiding themes:
• Capitalism political ecology and landscapes of inequality
• Insurgent political ecologies
• Decolonial ecologies, environmental epistemologies and cosmovisions
Modes of participation (Portuguese, Spanish and English)
Presentations; Round tables; Dialogues; Workshops; Arts; Experience
Submissions and registration
At the website https://congresoecologiapo.wixsite.com/cachoeira
More information: congreso.ecologiapolitica@gmail.com


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Job Opportunity: Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies, Augustana College, IL

Augustana College-Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Position

The Environmental Studies Program at Augustana College invites applications for a full-time (9-month) Visiting Assistant Professor beginning August of this year.  Augustana College is a selective liberal arts college of 2,500 students, most of whom live on a wooded 115-acre campus. Rock Island, Illinois is one of the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities along the Mississippi River, a diverse metropolitan area with 400,000 residents approximately three hours west of Chicago.

The candidate will play a critical role in teaching courses in the Environmental Studies curriculum, a rapidly growing interdisciplinary program with approximately 100 majors. Teaching responsibilities could include an introductory environmental studies course, climate change, sustainable energy, upper level courses in their areas of expertise, and contribute to the capstone interdisciplinary sequence by guiding the stakeholder process. The signature sustainability pedagogy of the core curriculum often combines team-based and project/problem-based learning. Faculty may have the opportunity to contribute to Upper Mississippi Center for Sustainable Communities (UMC) Sustainable Working Landscapes Initiative (SWLI; matches city identified sustainability problems with courses to create real-world learning experiences for students) or other community-based sustainability projects through their teaching. We encourage applicants to address their experience and/or passion for teaching courses using these pedagogies in their letter of application. The teaching load for this position will total 24 credit hours (courses are typically 3 cr hr), including a possible contribution to the introductory liberal arts sequence.

Preference will be given to interdisciplinary candidates and those with areas of specialization in the social sciences or humanities (see below) emphasizing the human dimensions of environmental problems. We encourage applications from those with interdisciplinary backgrounds in both the natural sciences and social sciences/humanities; however, applicants should explicitly demonstrate in their letter of application and teaching statement their expertise in the human dimensions of sustainability problems.

Augustana College is committed to building a diverse educational environment. Thus, we are particularly interested in candidates from underrepresented groups with a demonstrated passion for social/environmental justice and working with diverse student and community populations. We encourage applicants, in their letter of application, to address how they will further this goal in their teaching, scholarship, and/or service.

Augustana does not discriminate based on age, race, color, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or creed. Details about Augustana, our expectations of the faculty, the selection process, and the Quad Cities all are available at the Faculty Search website: http://www.augustanafaculty.org/.

Full job details are available here. The outgoing VAP, Olivia Williams, says: ‘This is a position I left open this week by moving toward another opportunity. Augustana is a lovely place to work, full of supportive colleagues and dedicated students.’

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CFP: Environmental Justic Ethnography in the Classroom, SfAA meeting 2019


Session:  “Environmental Justice Ethnography in the Classroom: Teaching Activism, Inspiring Involvement”

Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) annual meeting

March 19 – 23 2019 in Portland, OR

Abstract:   Ethnographic research on ways people organize to protect their families and communities from exposure to toxins and demand accountability is a significant topic in applied anthropology. When students encounter this through curriculum they come to understand policies and factors that place communities at risk and appreciate the role of activist ethnography in documenting inequities and promoting change. In this session, anthropologists share their experiences teaching ethnography courses on environmental justice issues. Panelists discuss course design, ethnographic literature, pedagogy, and class projects in which students apply what they learn to understanding and participating in environmental justice movements in their own community.

Organizer:  Dr. William L. Alexander, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Anthropology Department Chair, University of North Carolina Wilmington

For consideration, please send a 100-word paper abstract and short bio by September 1st to alexanderw@uncw.edu

All preliminary inquiries are welcome.

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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