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Uneven Earth

Utopian dreamers, other-worldly explorers and psychonautic adventurers, scholars, activists, students, and critics: we are officially inviting submissions for a new collaborative writing project that combines critical perspectives and creative possibilities. Drawing inspiration from Uneven Earth (http://www.unevenearth.org/), an online magazine for political ecology established in 2015, we are excited to announce the launch of a new section dedicated to science-fiction and utopian imaginings. The goal of this new section will be to regularly showcase new, original, creative and critical reflections to foster intimate and productive conversations across the intellectual and creative arts. Continue reading

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Vacancy: Post-Doctoral Research Scientist (Gender and Climate Services)

The Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) is pleased to announce a new position for a post-doctoral research scientist. The position will be based at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at the Earth Institute of Columbia University in Palisades, NY, United States.

The project seeks to examine gender and climate services to understand how climate services and agricultural insurance can meet the differing needs of women farmers; incorporate those insights into efforts to scale up climate services; and test the degree to which these services can be gender transformative by improving control of resources and participation in decision-making. Current evidence will be synthesized, and new knowledge and evidence will be generated to inform the design and implementation of gender-equitable services.

For more information or to apply, please see: https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=64655

This vacancy is promoted by Gender in science, innovation, technology and engineering (GenderInSITE). ISSC Executive Director Mathieu Denis is a Steering Committee member of GenderInSITE.

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SARChI Chair: Transformative Social Learning and Green Skills Learning Pathways
Environmental Learning Research Centre, http://www.ru.ac.za/elrc


Do you have a Masters degree in environmental education OR environmental sciences (with a social science emphasis), social anthropology, sociology, social learning, agricultural or development economics / studies, mobile learning, or social dynamics of the food system? Do you have good ICT skills and are you interested in mobile learning?


The SARChI Chair in Transformative Social Learning and Green Skills Learning Pathways at Rhodes University, located in the Environmental Learning Research Centre in the Faculty of Education in Grahamstown, South Africa (www.ru.ac.za/elrc), has a three year doctoral or two year post-doctoral research opportunity for a young career researcher interested in transformative learning, mobile social learning and food systems research. The researcher will be required to undertake interdisciplinary research, with emphasis on mobile social learning systems in the food chain. Continue reading

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Announcing the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) & call for small grants

New exclusionary politics are generating deepening inequalities, jobless ‘growth’, climate chaos, and social division. The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) is focused on the social and political processes in rural spaces that are generating alternatives to regressive, authoritarian politics.

The initiative is a collaboration between the ESRC STEPS Centre (Brighton), the ISS (The Hague), PLAAS (Cape Town), Cornell University (Ithaca), CUNY (New York) and others, including the Transnational Institute. We are inviting researchers and activists from around the world to join us in exploring the diverse contours of the current conjuncture in different rural settings, as well as the forms of resistance and diversity of alternatives being generated for more emancipatory futures. For more information about the initiative, including contact details and details about the ERPI framework, visit the ISS Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative web site. There you will also find details of a small grants callwhich is currently live, with a closing date of 30 June 2017.

Also, to kick off a new Journal of Peasant Studies forum series on ‘Authoritarian Populism in the Rural World’, an open access article has just been published in the JPS titled ‘Emancipatory Rural Politics: Confronting Authoritarian Populism’This outlines some of the thinking behind the initiative.

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Recruitment of four senior lecturers in the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester

As part of a major investment, the Global Development Institute is seeking to appoint four new senior lecturers. Please can you circulate this to your networks.

We are seeking to make appointments in the following areas:

– Senior Lecturer in Agrarian Change and Food Security

– Senior Lecturer in Environment and Climate Change

– Senior Lecturer in Urban Development and Urban Transformation

– Senior Lecturer in Technology, Labour and Sustainable Global Production

All are available from September 2017 and the closing date is 30/06/2017. For more information, you can find the links here: http://blog.gdi.manchester.ac.uk/global-development-institute-hiring-four-senior-lecturers/

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FLARE network call for abstracts: deadline extension

Good news! The deadline to submit abstracts for oral presentations, lightning talks, panels, posters, and workshops for the 3rd Annual FLARE meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, Sept 29 – Oct 2, 2017, has been extended to Tuesday, June 20th! The meeting will cover a wide array of themes related to forests and livelihoods. We will build on past discussions and create new ones.
We are also very excited to announce that Dr. Peter Holmgren, Director-General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), will give a keynote presentation at the meeting.
In line with this extension, the abstract submission deadline for thematic reports around two of the FLARE meeting themes (Ethics of forest-livelihood policies, and Forests, livelihoods, and the SDGs) has also been extended to Tuesday, June 20th. These reports are commissioned and co-sponsored by Rights and Resources Initiative. Selected authors will be invited to Stockholm to present the findings of the report.
Notification of decisions will be sent by July 7th and registration will open July 8th. More information can be found in the attached calls and on our webpage: