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PhD Opportunity in Food, Agriculture and Sustainability, Dartmouth College, USA

The Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems & Society (EEES) graduate program at Dartmouth College (New Hampshire, United States) seeks applicants for fully-funded PhD study in the area of sustainability and agro-food supply chains. One position is available this year. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated capacity for conducting original research, and a commitment to methodologies that integrate the social and biophysical sciences, such as political ecology and/or science and technology studies (STS). A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in one of the environmental social sciences (e.g., geography, environmental studies, anthropology, rural sociology or related fields) is preferable. A few examples of potential research topics include food industry sustainability initiatives, farmer perspectives on environmental change and/or technological change, or the political ecology of novel foods and food production technologies. To initiate an application please email a brief statement of interest and a CV to Professor Susanne Freidberg (freidberg@dartmouth.edu). Applications can be submitted to EEES at any time and Ph.D. programs can begin in any academic term. However, most interviews are held in February, and most new students begin in summer or fall term. Prospective students for Fall 2018 are encouraged to have their applications complete by 1 December. To learn more about the program please visit the EEES Home Page (http://sites.dartmouth.edu/EEES/) and to submit an application, please see the Dartmouth School of Graduate and Advanced Studies site (https://graduate.dartmouth.edu/admissions-financial-aid/applying-dartmouth).

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Environmental Justice MOOC (a free online course)

Dear colleagues,
Enrolment is now open for the new Environmental Justice MOOC (a free online course) run by the University of East Anglia and Future Learn. The course starts on 16th October and runs for 5 weeks.
Environmental Justice MOOC – Understand how climate change, biodiversity loss and deforestation affect people, exploring justice in environment management.

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Announcing POLLEN18: Political Ecology, the Green Economy, and Alternative Sustainabilities

Second Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN)

POLLEN18: Political Ecology, the Green Economy, and Alternative Sustainabilities

When: 20-22 June 2018
Where: Oslo and Akershus University College, Oslo, Norway
Organised by: The Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) Secretariat; Oslo and Akershus University College; Centre for Environment and Development (SUM), University of Oslo; Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Paper/Panel Submission Deadline: 15 December 2017
Conference Website: https://politicalecologynetwork.com/pollen-biannual-conference/

Over the past two decades, political ecologists have provided extensive critiques of the privatization, commodification, and marketization of nature, including of the new forms of accumulation and appropriation that these might facilitate under the more recent guise of the so-called green economy. These critiques have often demonstrated that such approaches can retain deleterious implications for certain vulnerable populations across the developing world and beyond, including in urban centres and within the interstices of the ‘Global North’. With few exceptions, however, political ecologists have paid decidedly less attention to exploring, critically engaging, and ‘planting the seed’ of alternative initiatives for pursuing both sustainability and socio-environmental justice. Surely, many scholars have begun to both support and study movements pursuing alternative socio-ecological relations rooted in critical traditions such as degrowth, postcolonialism, feminism, anarchism, and eco-Marxism. Yet much more could be done to understand and illuminate the prospects for these movements, as well as potential sources of tension and synergy between and amongst them. Continue reading

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Petition! Third World Quarterly

Dear colleagues,

I wish to bring to your attention a highly problematic practice in academia of not holding scholars or journals to high standards of accuracy, merit, or rigor. This is particularly so when they publish shoddy click-bait pieces. Some of you may already be following the debates for the last few days on other forums or online (there’s been a lot said on social media), but if you have not, I would be grateful if you could please read through this email and sign the petition below. Continue reading

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Vacancy: Governing the water-labour-land nexus in agriculture and long-term regional development in the Sagalassos/Ağlasun region

An interdisciplinary consortium of the KU Leuven is opening a vacancy for a doctoral researcher for the C1 research project on ‘The role of change in understanding long-term regional development in the Sagalassos/Ağlasun region in Turkey’.

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