Fulbright Scholar Program for US Faculty and Professionals for 2010-2011 is open

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers 105 awards in lecturing, research or combined lecturing/research in economics, including seven Fulbright Distinguished Chairs and the Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Program.  Even better, faculty and professionals in economics also can apply for one of the 144 “All Discipline” awards open to all fields.

What does Fulbright offer in economics?  Here are a few of the awards for 2010-2011:

Western Hemisphere: Award #0542 – Business Administration and Economics in Jamaica; Award #0548 – Economics in Nicaragua; Award #0552 – Business Administration in Panama.

Middle East and Northern Africa: Award #0458 – Business Administration and Management in Oman; Award #0417 – Middle East/North Africa Regional Research; Postdoctoral research awards in Egypt and Israel.

Southern and Western Europe: Award #0222 – Business and Finance in Bulgaria; Award #0258 – Economics in Ireland; Award #0394 – Business Administration and Economics in Turkey; Award #0199 – Austrian Hungarian Joint Research Award; multiple awards pertaining to U.S. economics in the Czech and Slovak Republics.

Northern and Eastern Europe: This region offers unique opportunities for specialists to conduct research on post-communist economic transitions or assist in the development of new economics and MBA programs. Opportunities exist in a broad range of specializations including finance, micro or macroeconomics (such as Award #0277 in Iceland), and econometrics.

Distinguished Chairs: Award #0032 – Fulbright-UCP Chair in International Commercial Trade and Business Law in Portugal; Award #0012 – Fulbright-Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration Distinguished Chair in Austria.

The application deadline is August 1, 2009.  U.S. citizenship is required.  For a full, detailed listing of all Fulbright programs and other eligibility requirements, please visit our website at www.cies.org or send a request for materials to scholars@cies.iie.org.

Conservation Int’l – Sr. VP, Science & Knowledge

Job Title:  Senior Vice President, Science + Knowledge

Client: Conservation International

Status:  Full Time

Div/Dept:  Science + Knowledge

Location:  Washington, DC, USA

Supervisor Title:  Chief Operating Officer

Date:  April 2, 2009

Background: At Conservation International, we envision the nations of the world maintaining the health and vitality of Earth’s natural resources, especially her biodiversity, so that people today and tomorrow can live full and healthy lives.  Our work seeks to inspire and help societies manage nature’s assets for the equitable benefit of current and future generations.

The SVP position is an expansion of CI’s former head of Conservation and Applied Biodiversity Sciences (CABS) role. Poised for continued success, CI is seeking a Senior Vice President of Science + Knowledge who will have full responsibility for developing and implementing CI’s science-to-action agenda to support CI’s new mission of delivering human well-being through conservation of healthy ecosystems and their goods and services.

The most critical component of the science-to-action agenda is to better understand and quantify how human well-being is provided and can be sustained through conserving natural ecosystems, ecological processes, and biodiversity, and thereby maintaining ecosystem services.  CI will focus on the conservation and restoration of healthy ecosystems, biodiversity, ecosystem services, and benefits to human well-being – climate, food, water, and health security, and option value – as well as the risks and costs of losing these benefits.

The SVP will lead the strategic, programmatic, and financial operations of CI’s Science + Knowledge, will lead a global staff, and will play a prominent leadership role in communications, fundraising, and partnerships throughout the local, national, and international communities where we work.  The Senior Vice President works with programs and staff within a matrix organization to lead the implementation of CI’s science-to-action agenda.

Ideal Candidate: The SVP will bring internationally significant credentials and a proven track record of successful leadership, fundraising, and management of people and fiscal oversight of large programs.  S/he will demonstrate outstanding communication skills, the ability to set priorities and achieve aggressive results.  Applicants with experience in establishing the linkage between ecosystem services and human welfare will be given special consideration.  In addition, a background in biodiversity and/or conservation ecology science is a plus.

The successful candidate will be a powerful internal and public presence, entrepreneurial and strategic, a results-driven leader with a proven track record of successfully managing an organization of similar size, complexity, and trajectory.  The SVP will have successful change management experience as a willing, inspired, and capable agent of achieving change in a constructive manner.  S/he will be an innovative and global thinker, able to maximize current partnerships while identifying and establishing new collaborations, capitalizing on unrealized opportunities, and translating CI’s ambitious plans into realistic strategies through a diversely funded operation.  The SVP will have the foresight and ability to effectively adapt to and influence CI’s infrastructure and organizational culture. S/he will champion CI, our resources, and talents to extend the reach of our science and knowledge through creative and high quality services which leverage and maximize technology, adaptive research, and human potential.

Key Responsibilities:

The tasks, duties and responsibilities of the position that are most important to get the job done.

Task/Duty/Responsibility/Time Percentage

  1. Develop and implement the strategy of Science + Knowledge by leading CI’s science-to-action agenda to support CI’s new mission of delivering human well-being through conservation of healthy ecosystems and their goods and services. 20%
  2. Build the science that best measures contributions toward and interactions with human well-being benefits from ecosystem conservation.  Generate metrics for assessing and monitoring the status of ecosystems, ecosystem services, and human well-being benefits over time.  Monitor success toward the strategic plan through metrics as generated, and oversee adaptive management and ongoing refinement as CI implements the plan. 20%
  3. Fundraise and secure gifts at the multimillion-dollar level from corporate, foundation, individual, government and multilateral donors to ensure the funds to carry out the Science + Knowledge strategy.  20%
  4. Represent CI in forums and build the partnerships needed to advance CI’s ‘Science to Action Agenda’ of conserving healthy natural ecosystems and their provision of human well-being.  Secure broad buy-in and support of our efforts.  This includes leading interactions with industry leaders, governments and multilateral organizations, NGOs and the private sector.  10%
  5. Oversee management of staff and budgets.  Provide oversight and guidance to senior staff to implement new Science + Knowledge initiatives.   Align staff toward objectives and manage performance.  Ensure fiscal oversight of divisional budgets. 20%
  6. Create and lead the overall communications strategy for Science + Knowledge.  10%

Education, experience, skills and abilities: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and overall skills:  Ph.D. in a field related to CI’s Science + Knowledge agenda and 12+ years of experience at a comparable level of seniority an excellent command of written and spoken English excellent communications and interpersonal skills as demonstrated by success in influencing and communicating with authorities and leaders globally international experience preferably in a developing country setting significant leadership, management, and strategic experience in an NGO, corporation, government or university or related experience ability to create and lead innovative strategies, partnerships, and programs to improve human well-being by ensuring healthy ecosystems across multiple geographic areas and multi-disciplinary teams published scientist.

Management of programs, budgets, and people:

  1. Experience in a leadership role within a multi-geographic, multi-cultural setting
  2. Ability to identify strategic issues and priorities, develop implementation teams and plans, and serve as the key decision-maker on programmatic, fundraising and operational issues
  3. Strong management skills with the ability to mentor and motivate staff and provide leadership across a diverse team of technical and operational professionals
  4. Ability to build organizational capacity and lead and align teams
  5. Successful experience managing cross-functional teams of distributed professionals in a matrixed management structure

Partnerships & Influence:  Demonstrated ability to embrace the mission and strategies of Conservation International and to influence governments, corporations, foundations and individuals to support our efforts.   Ability to collaborate with senior levels of management.  Demonstrated capacity for fundraising in the science arena with foundations and individuals with Demonstrated results at securing multimillion dollar gifts

Supervision / Authority allocated:  The scope of the person’s authority, including a list of jobs that report to the incumbent. Authorities refer to many things for which permission is not necessary, including: resources the position is allowed to commit, people with whom the position may openly communicate, meetings the position is allowed to convene, agreements the position may make, etc.

  1. Direct supervision of Senior Staff in Science + Knowledge, and oversight of staff of entire function.
  2. Authority to establish partnerships with government agencies, multi-lateral agencies, NGOs and other organizations to achieve Science + Knowledge objectives.
  3. Authority to negotiate on behalf of CI with executives of corporate, government, and organizational partners.
  4. Authority to raise and commit resources from foundations, development agencies, governments, multilaterals and individual donors.
  5. Authority to represent CI and its views to the media and to the public.
  6. Authority to convene formal and informal CI-wide working groups as needed to advance strategic objectives.

Working conditions: The environment in which the job is performed, especially any unique conditions outside a normal office environment. Indicate how much travel, if any, is expected.

Travel to advance program objectives and to CI project sites in the field, at times under physically demanding circumstances.  Position requires the ability to travel extensively throughout the world, at times in rigorous and physically demanding travel conditions, and at times with little or no notice.

Other: Personal characteristics that contribute to an individual’s ability to excel on the job, or other important information regarding the position or its requirements.

  1. Recognized stature in ecosystem conservation and/or human well-being
  2. Excellent interpersonal skills
  3. Personable and trusting
  4. Adaptive and flexible
  5. Effective, efficient and collaborative work style
  6. Team player
  7. Significant energy and ambition and a dedication to international conservation.
  8. Individuals with a demonstrated capacity for developing innovative strategic vision related to conservation science and/or human well-being are especially encouraged to apply.

CI Values: We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.

Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms.

Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.

Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.

Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.

Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.


To learn more about Conservation International please visit our website http://www.conservation.org Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled, ideally on or before July 1, 2009. All interested persons must submit the following material for initial consideration to Jsolomon@globalrecruitment.net

Cover letter; Curriculum vitae/resume; Publication list full

Please direct any questions to Jill Solomon, Global Recruitment Specialists Senior Recruiter; Jsolomon@globalrecruitment.net 973-379-7325 (USA)




Professor of Life Cycle Assessment

Massey University – Institute of Food, Nutrition & Human Health, College of Sciences

We seek a world class LCA Methodology Specialist for a tenured Chair to launch and direct an exciting new funded National Research Centre focused on footprinting New Zealands landbased industries.

Location is Palmerston North; Term of Contract is Permanent; Salary Information; Closing Date is June 14, 2009

Massey Universitys extended campus is the hub of agrifood research in New Zealand and one of the strongest concentrations of scientists in this field in the world.

We seek to appoint a world-class researcher to a funded Chair in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The successful candidate will have a proven record of LCA and related methodologies development and a clear vision of the role of LCA in the sustainable development of agricultural industries including forestry. This vision may include how LCA can be integrated with methods such as exergy analysis, input-output analysis, footprinting and material flows analysis. You will already have a strong reputation in the international agribusiness LCA community and a proven record of collaborations with land-based industries and international organisations or colleagues.

The permanent appointment will be at professorial level and is established by Government funding. The Chair will launch and direct a new, collaborative National Research Centre in LCA for land-based industries, with membership including relevant Crown Research Institutes and other universities. The Foundation Professor of Lifecycle Assessment will lead the development of new post-graduate programmes in LCA methodologies and applications.

New Zealand is highly dependent on its land based industries and pristine environment. For over 80 years, Massey University lecturers, researchers and graduates have shaped and continue to define forward looking agrifood and forestry businesses. This Chair will be a critical part of defining our sustainable future.

Enquiries of an academic nature should be addressed to Professor Richard Archer, tel +64 6 350 5104 (e-mail R.H.Archer@massey.ac.nz), or Professor Mike Hedley, tel +64 6 356 9099, extn 7419 (e-mail M.Hedley@massey.ac.nz).

More information can be found at http://jobs.massey.ac.nz/positiondetail.asp?p=5943.

Chief, Economics and Trade Branch, D-1



ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: United Nations Environment Programme



The Executive Director reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level lower than the advertised level of the post.  Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her.  In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.


Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.   More Info…

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) works with international governmental and non-governmental organizations, national and local governments, business and industry to develop and implement policies, strategies and practices that are cleaner and safer, incorporate environmental costs, use natural resources efficiently, reduce pollution and risks for humans and the environment, and enable the implementation of conventions and international agreements. The work of UNEP’s Economics and Trade Branch (ETS) examines how economics, trade and finance interact with the environment and contribute to sustainable development at the local, national, regional and global levels, It makes the economic case for the environment, in particular through the “Green Economy Initiative,” This post is located in the Economics and Trade Branch (ETB) of UNEP/DTIE in Geneva, The position reports to the Director DTIE and as Branch Chief, is responsible for the formulation and management of UNEP’s Programme on Economics and Trade with the following main functions:

  1. Ensures the integration and use of economic rationale, analyses and tools across the various UNEP priority areas and Divisions and maintains a network of institutions and experts to provide inputs/advice to UNEP’s work on economics and trade.
  2. Evaluates and analyses the developmental and environmental implications of policies, plans and programmes proposed by governments, advise on policies that facilitate sound environmental management and sustainable development.
  3. Provides technical advice and assistance to UNEP clients, including governments, NGOs on developing and implementing conceptual frameworks to achieve sound environmental management and sustainable development.
  4. Integrates and ensures coherence and consistency between the economics related activities developed by the Branch with other relevant activities developed and implemented across the United Nations Environment Programme and provides expert advice to UNEP Management on the interface between environment, economics and development.
  5. Develops programmatic strategies and policies and determines the related financial and human resource requirements.
  6. Manages the personnel and financial resources of the Branch.


Professionalism: Knowledge of environmental economics with specific focus on the sustainable development dimensions of macroeconomic and sectoral policies and the impacts of such policies on ecosystems and the services they provide. Ability to prepare reports and papers on related technical issues and to review, analyze, and comment on research papers; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; performs efficiently under stressful situations. Communication: communicates both verbally and in writing clearly and effectively; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping others not only informed but involved in the design and implementation of programmes and activities. Negotiates to align parties, builds networks, listens and communicates effectively to engage others Teamwork: Builds support for mandate toward achieving a vision; inspires others to translate vision and values into day-to-day activities and behaviors. Works collaboratively with colleagues across the organization to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; Strong network inside and outside the UN and ability to create teams across the organization, Planning and Organizing: Formulates, implements and evaluates; Establishes courses of action that ensure that work is completed efficiently; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Accountability: Is conscientious and efficient in meeting deadlines and commitments, and achieving results; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable. Leadership: inspires staff members to perform their duties willingly, competently and enthusiastically; imaginatively directs, guides and influences goals by mediating between individuals and the organization in such a manner that both gain maximum satisfaction; leads by example and talent; performs a directing role and yields influence over others; empowers others to translate vision into results; provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.



Advanced university degree in economics, environmental economics and environmental accounting, A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least 15 years of working experience, some of which should be at the international level, strong track record in environmental economics, human resources management, administration, logistics, financial management, budget or related field. Developing country experience is essential and experience in working in or with the United Nations an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the advertised post, fluency in oral and written English or French is required. Working knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of other United Nations languages an asset.

Other Skills

Knowledge of the structures of the UN and other bodies and of the different structures of international coordination mechanisms. Solid knowledge of UNEP’s global environmental strategy, the Bali strategic plan and issues related to mainstreaming the environment in development policies, poverty reduction strategies, environmental economics and trade and environment. Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office, e-mail, internet) are required,

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations -Chapter 3, article 8). English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.


A Policy Agenda for NAFTA

On Tuesday June 2 one of the 2 p.m. parallel sessions will feature Rethinking trade and environment:  a policy agenda for NAFTA. The session will be chaired by Kevin Gallagher.  Mr. Gallagher is the Director of Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University (B.A., Northeastern University; M.A., Ph.D., Tufts University).

This panel will serve as a round table among ecological economists and members of civil society who will discuss the need to reform NAFTA to make it more environmentally sustainable and provide specific proposals for reform.

Panelists will include Tim Wise, Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University; Jeffrey Schott, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Margrete Strand, Sierra Club; and Mark Linscott, Office of the United States Trade Representative.

For more information on the 2009 USSEE Conference visit our website at http://www.ussee.org/conference09.  Online registration ends today at midnight PST.   Avoid long lines at the registration desk by preregistering today!

2009 USSEE Conference Agenda Available

Preparation is in high gear a we finalize plans for the 5th bi-annual conference of the United States Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE).  The conference will be held in Washington DC this Sunday, May 31st to Wednesday, June 3rd 2009. The conference theme is “Science and Policy for a Sustainable Future”. This theme intends to move the debate from scientific discoveries and insights to practical solutions and viable policies. Conference participants will come from academia, the non-profit sector and the public sector with the goal of advancing collaborations between the private, public and non-profit sector to advance sustainability.

For more information you can access a preliminary detailed program/agenda (pdf file) for the 2009 conference.  The last day for online registration will be Midnight PST on Wednesday, May 27th.  Avoid long lines at the registration desk by preregistering by May 27th.

Pavan Sukhdev and Dayna Baumeister: Parallel Keynote Speakers

There will be 2 parallel keynote speeches on Wednesday, June 3 at 9 a.m. in the Lecture Hall.  The keynote speeches will be followed by a question and answer session.

Pavan Sukhdev is a Managing Director in the Global Markets division of Deutsche Bank AG, based in London, having joined this division in India in 1994. His assignments have included building a leading financial markets business for the bank in India, managing the Bank’s money markets trading and liquidity across Asia-Pacific, being COO for the Bank’s Asian Global Markets business from Singapore, and being COO for the Bank’s global Emerging Markets business based in London.   He is the study leader in the TEEB and Project Leader in the Green Economy Initiative (UNEP).

Dr. Dayna Baumeister will be speaking on Taking Stock of Nature’s Value System:  Ecology, Economics, and Life’s Principles.  Dr. Baumeister is the co-founder of the Biomimicry Guild, a world leading innovation company which draws on deep knowledge of biological adaptations to help designers, engineers, architects, and business leaders solve design and engineering challenges sustainably.

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Social and Ecological Sustainability Issues

On June 1st of the conference there will be four parallel sessions offered in the area of social and ecological sustainability issues dealing particularly with economic development and will be given by Maya Kocian, Dr. Marina Vornovytsky, Dr. Sirisha Naidu and Dr. Bernhard Gunter.

Maya Kocian graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a B.A. in Economics and is currently working with Earth Economics.  She has done research in several areas and has studied the impact of various development projects on natural resources, particularly in Ecuadorian oil fields.  Her presentation titled Ecological Economics In Ecuador will cover the topic of Ecuadorian efforts to preserve natural resources and discusses the efforts being made in the OPEC organization to cover the financial costs of preservation.

Dr. Marina Vornovytsky graduated magna cum laude from American University in 4 years with 3 separate degrees in Economics, Mathematics, and International Studies.  She also received her doctorate from University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Economics and currently serves as an Economics instructor at Loyola College in Maryland.  She will be presenting Inter-regional Inequalities and Environmental Degradation: Understanding the Political Economy of Pollution Shifting which will deal with the possible effects of economic inequality on pollution control, taking data from Russian Statistical Agency to prove her assertions.

Dr. Sirisha Naidu serves as an assistant professor of Economics at Wright University and will be presenting Green Is In: The Impact Of ‘green’ Policies On Social And Ecological Sustainability which will primarily focus on the effects and effectiveness of environmental policies on the forest dwellers of India and the forests themselves using Marxist, feminist, and ecological views.

Dr. Bernhard Gunter, currently the president of the Bangladesh Development Research Center, will present The Impact Of Development And Growth On Energy Use And Co2 Emissions: A Case Study For Bangladesh Until 2050 which looks at the environmental impact Bangladesh is expected to have in the near future and how this reflects on global development as a whole.  He will also reflect on the effectiveness of the increased use of alternative energy sources in reducing CO2 emissions.

ARIES Conference

From 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. on June 2 at the 2009 USSEE Conference, Dr. Marta Ceroni, Dr. Ferdinando Villa, and Kenneth Bagstad will be giving parallel sessions on the Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services project, also known as ARIES.  ARIES is a complex, web based program that utilizes artificial intelligence to aid policy makers and researchers by making the complex relationships between a regions various natural resources clearer.  Because of its innovative design, it is able to help fill in missing data by assessing and learning from the patterns that it sees, giving the user the best possible estimate of the actual information.  The project designers have also taken great measures to incorporate local information and sources as well, which gives a perspective overlooked when simply transferring known data to new situations.

ARIES is a government funded project and will not only enhance the ability of policy makers to plan appropriate uses of natural resources, but will also offer interesting insights into the ability of machines to learn and grow as well as link information intelligently.  The program will also bridge the gap between human and machine communication as it helps the user make informed and intelligent decisions while simultaneously compiling the effects of those decisions and communicating them back to the user.

Dr. Marta Ceroni, who is a research assistant professor at University of Vermont, will be chairing the sessions, and will also be presenting Conservation Planning and Management Using ARIES.  Dr. Ceroni has a wide range of experience in ecosystem assessment and environmental services and works with the ARIES project as well as the United Nations, Mexico, Brazil, Madagascar, and Thailand in various consulting capacities.

Dr. Ferdinando Villa, presenting A Demonstration of the ARIES System, is a software designer and engineer at the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics and is one of the project leads for ARIES.  He has extensive skills in both human and machine languages and has done a great deal of research in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), ecology, and ecoinformatics (which is the science of making natural objects understandable to machines and humans and then integrating that information to make it relevant).

Kenneth Bagstad is a graduate student with the Gund Institute and has received a B.A.  in botany and environmental studies as well as an M.S. and his research focused on the effects of groundwater pumping in southeastern Arizona on plants near the San Pedro River.  He has worked as an environmental consultant and has done research on tropical plant taxonomy, as well as participating in environmental restoration in the Midwest.  He will be presenting Linking Spatial Data and Ecological Knowledge to Map Ecosystem Services Provision, Use, and Benefit Flows.

The USSEE Conference starts in just a few days. We don’t want you to miss out on this exceptional opportunity. If you have not registered we are offering a weekend special rate of $325 for USSEE/ISEE members and $425 for non-members. This special is a savings of $30. Register at http://ussee.org/conference09/.  The weekend special registration ends at Midnight PST on Monday, May 25.

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