Now Hiring: Belmont Forum project: 1 PhD student and 2 post docs

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In from our colleagues at SRC...
We are now hiring in the Belmont Forum project: ‘Amazonian Forest Governance to Sustainability’ (AGENTS) (which is presented on a Monday meeting before summer), led by Eduardo Brondizio.
1 PhD student based in Amsterdam and 2 post docs based in Sao Paulo, Brazil – read more below, including information on how and where to apply.
 
Deadline September 5 – please spread in your networks and encourage great people to apply!
 
Briefly about the project:
AGENTS: Amazonian Governance to Enable Transformations to Sustainability
 The Amazon basin hosts locally and globally important environmental services, social-cultural diversity, and economic activities. Governing this region amid accelerated changes is a pressing challenge for Amazonian countries. While government programs are often more visible and certainly important, most sustainable forest management is locally initiated. Building upon long-term research of team members, the project integrates geospatial analyses and participatory methodologies to assess non-state conservation efforts and challenges via stakeholder engagement, in-depth field research, modeling of land change and conservation, and participatory scenarios.
We will map where and how non-state actors sustainably use and conserve forests and ecosystems in social-ecologically diverse areas within the Xingu basin and Brazil-Peru-Bolivia tri-frontier. We will analyze 25 years of land use change in watersheds shared by communal, state, private and protected lands to identify interactions and conservation patterns. We will define governance problems, research questions, analyze initial results, and draft scenarios in collaboration with diverse land users sharing common watersheds.
The project supports initiatives recognizing the role of individual/collective action to conserve forests, their contrasts and synergies, and their contributions to meet the goals of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD). We will exchange and co-produce knowledge with land users, researchers, and decision makers, sharing our findings in diverse academic forums, workshops, policy-briefs, as appropriate written in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Lessons from the Amazon may be applicable to similar conditions around the tropics.
PhD candidate ‘Amazonian Forest Governance to Sustainability’
Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation – University of Amsterdam – www.cedla.uva.nl
 Project description
The current vacancy is part of the NWO-funded Belmont Forum Programme ‘Amazonian Governance to Enable Transformations to Sustainability’ (AGENTS), led by Dr Fabio de Castro.
AGENTS will conceptualize, assess, map, and quantify the role of non-state actors (individual and collective) to the use, management, and conservation of forests and ecosystems in selected areas across Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia. The project consortium encompasses partners from Brazil, USA, The Netherlands and Sweden, combining social and forestry science. AGENTS is grounded in co-design of research questions, co-interpretation of initial results, and co-production of participatory scenarios. As part of this approach, the PhD research will address particular forest governance systems (three case studies) to be selected in collaboration with local stakeholders. The research will be mainly based on ethnographic research and institutional analysis, which requires large periods of fieldwork (approximately 4 months in each case). In addition, the candidate will work closely with the research team (including two postdoctoral researchers in charge of the land cover change analysis) in knowledge co-production, data exchange and data integration to support other components of the research program (spatial analysis of land cover change and different (participatory) modelling exercises .
Tasks:
  • . Completion of the research and the PhD thesis within three years;
  • . Extended periods of fieldwork (ca. 12 months in total);
  • . Participation in meetings of the project research group;
  • . Support in the development of a shared project database;
  • . Participation in knowledge co-production activities;
  • . Participation in project dissemination activities;
  • . Writing and publication of research articles as main or co-author (at least one article per year as part of the thesis development);
  • . Presentations of intermediate research results at workshops and conferences;
  • . Participation in the training program of the Graduate School / Research School.
Requirements
If you are the successful applicant, you must have:
  • . A (research) master degree (MA, RMA or MPhil) or equivalent in Social Sciences or interdisciplinary programmes, with a focus on natural resource governance in the global South (held by time of appointment);
  • . Excellent command of English and Spanish or Portuguese (depending on the country of research);
  • . Excellent research skills in social research, with particular focus on ethnographic methods and institutional analysis;
  • . Fieldwork experience in Latin America, with particular focus on rural populations and natural resource use;
  • . A strong cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research and interdisciplinary thinking;
  • . Proved experience with academic publication.
Appointment
You will be appointed for 38 hours (1.0 FTE) per week for a period of 36 months at CEDLA of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. Initially a contract will be given for 12 months, with an extension for the following 24 months on the basis of a positive evaluation. The intended starting date of the contract is 1 December 2018. The gross monthly salary (on full-time basis) will range from €2,266 during the first year to €2,763 during the third year, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
Job application
The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.
Your application must include the following information (in the same order), in one PDF file (not zipped by using the obliged field ‘CV’):
  • . Letter of motivation;
  • . Full academic CV, including contact information of two referees who may be approached by the selection committee;
  • . Research proposal of 1500 to 2000 words, showing how you would analyse two different types of local solutions to deforestation in the Amazon, including problematization, research question, methodology, and bibliography;
  • . List of grades obtained for the Bachelor and Master (or equivalent) programmes;
  • . Copy of the MA thesis and maximum of two academic publications;
  • . Copy of relevant diploma
Please submit your complete application no later than 5 September 2018 using the link below
Interviews will take place in the week of 17 to 21 September 2018. For candidates living abroad interviews may be held via Skype. 
Vacancy for 2 Post-Docs.
VACANCY #1
Field of Knowledge:  Environment and Society (Geosciences)

Project Title:  Amazonian Governance to Enable Transformations to Sustainability (AGENTS)

Working Area: Remote Sensing, Geoprocessing and Participatory Scenarios and Modelling

Number of places: 1

Unit/Institution: NEPAM/UNICAMP

Deadline for submission: 05/Sep/2018


This vacancy is linked to the Belmont Forum Project "Amazonian Governance to Enable Transformations to Sustainability” and the PD fellowship is funded by the Sao Paulo Research Foundation - FAPESP. Candidates must have an interdisciplinary background in natural and social sciences and prior experience with research and field work in the Amazon region. The post-doc must have scientific training in geospatial analysis, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and tools and analysis of landscapes structure and function.


For more information:

http://www.fapesp.br/oportunidades/governanca_da_amazonia_para_viabilizar_transformacoes_em_direcao_a_sustentabilidade__agents/2270/

VACANCY#2
Field of Knowledge:  Environment and Society (Participatory Research)

Project Title:  Amazonian Governance to Enable Transformations to Sustainability (AGENTS)

Working Area: Participatory Research, Multiple Stakeholder Analysis and Conservation 

Number of places: 1

Unit/Institution: NEPAM/UNICAMP

Deadline for submission: 05/Sep/2018


This vacancy is linked to the Belmont Forum Project "Amazonian Governance to Enable Transformations to Sustainability” and the PD fellowship is funded by the Sao Paulo Research Foundation - FAPESP. Candidates must have an interdisciplinary background in natural and social sciences and prior experience with research and field work in the Amazon region. It is required expertise in Governance analysis as well as training and experience working with multiple stakeholders, especially with local people and communities.


For more information:

http://www.fapesp.br/oportunidades/governanca_da_amazonia_para_viabilizar_transformacoes_em_direcao_a_sustentabilidade__agents/2271/
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