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Ecological Design Faculty Opening at University of Vermont

The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont invites applications for a tenure-track position, Assistant Professor – Ecological Design of Sustainable Systems. The position will support teaching and research focused on ecological design, innovation, and technology to integrate human and biophysical processes for sustainable social-ecological systems. More information can be found at:

Review of applications will begin on February 2, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. We anticipate the appointment will begin fall semester 2015. Applicants should submit a letter of interest that includes qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Inquiries may be made to Dr. Clare Ginger, Chair, Ecological Design for Sustainable Systems Search Committee, at

Call for graduate student applications in “Economics for the Anthropocene” program

Economics for the Anthropocene: Re-grounding the Human-Earth Relationship

Economics for the Anthropocene offers exceptional graduate students the opportunity to collaborate in rethinking and redirecting the human/Earth relationship.

POSITION: The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, Vermont, McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and York University in Toronto, Ontario seek up to nine PhD or MS students to join the international Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) research initiative, in Fall 2015. The Fall 2015 cohort will focus broadly on applying approaches based on ecological economics to issues of energy supply and use in Eastern Canada and Northeastern U.S. Students will have considerable latitude and assistance in developing the direction of their work.

BACKGROUND: Humanity is degrading the Earth’s life support systems. Fresh water is too often contaminated, in short supply, and subject to competing claims. Continued reliance on non-renewable sources of energy is unsustainable and faces increasingly unacceptable trade-offs for both regional and global environments. Irreversible climate changes are raising stark questions of justice. In short, Earth has entered a human-dominated epoch: the Anthropocene. Yet, prevailing norms continue to rely on thought systems that insufficiently account for knowledge of how human society interacts with and affects Earth’s life systems.

The Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) project builds on the strengths of McGill, York and UVM in ecological economics. They form the core of a diverse partnership of 25 academic, government, and NGO partners designed to improve how the social sciences and humanities connect to ecological realities of the Anthropocene. E4A’s overarching goal is to articulate, teach and apply a new understanding of human-Earth relationships grounded in and informed by the insights of contemporary science. The partnership will:

  1. Create a vibrant international research network in ecological economics;
  2. Train students to become change agents capable of analyzing and managing the unique challenges of the Anthropocene;
  3. Actively link academic and non-academic partners in solving transnational problems that exemplify these new challenges; and
  4. Integrate the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities by extending the core vision of ecological economics to other normative disciplines such as finance, law, governance, ethics, and cosmology.

The partnership will train up to 60 graduate students in three cohorts over six years. Students will enroll at any of the three universities, and cohorts will take core courses together through web-enabled classrooms that link our campuses. Joint field courses will engage non-academic partners in providing hands-on experience in transdisciplinary problems and their ecological, social, and economic dimensions. E4A partners and collaborators will help guide research questions, mentor students, and provide internship opportunities. The partnership will focus on three daunting challenges: water security, energy supply and use, and climate justice.

OFFER: PhD and MS students at UVM, McGill, and York may receive a generous 12-month E4A research stipend. The majority of tuition for this program will be covered via scholarships and teaching assistantships. Travel and research funds are also available. Funding is guaranteed for three years.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree preferred for PhD applicants, but all highly qualified candidates interested in all four dimensions of the program will be considered.

APPLICATION: Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged. Interested students should contact one of the following:

  • McGill University
    Peter Brown:
    Nicolas Kosoy:
    * Applicants must apply to the Department of Natural Resource Sciences by February 15.
  • University of Vermont
    Jon Erickson:
    Joshua Farley:
    Taylor Ricketts:
    Asim Zia: (on Sabbatical FY 14)
    * Applicants must apply to the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources PhD program at UVM by February 1st and meet all of the admissions requirements.
  • York University
    Ellie Perkins:
    Peter Victor:
    Graduate admissions: Gwen Gringhuis:
    * Applicants must apply to the Faculty of Environmental Studies PhD program by January 8, or the Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) program by February 5 (international applicants) or March 12 (Canadian applicants), and must meet all of the admissions requirements.

For more information, visit the E4A website at

Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference to be held at Michigan State University

Michigan State University is pleased to announce the Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference (ICM), to be held June 4-5, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan.

This conference will focus on the use of systems modeling techniques in managing the complex social and environmental problems related to food systems, natural systems, wildlife management, water, health, transportation, and education.

The conference is jointly organized by the Sustainable Michigan Endowed Project (SMEP), the Environmental Science & Policy Program (ESPP), and University Outreach and Engagement (UOE) at Michigan State University (MSU).

Important Dates
Call for Proposals opens – September 19, 2014
Call for Proposals due – December 19, 2014

For more information about the conference, visit the ICM website.

Search for Gund Institute Research Professor

Position: The Gund Institute at The University of Vermont (UVM) seeks a Research Assistant Professor in Economics, Behavior, and Sustainability beginning Fall 2014. We will hire a creative individual with expertise in connecting economics and human behavior to issues of environment and global change.  The institute is an interdisciplinary research center, where more than 50 faculty, post-docs, and graduate students collaborate widely to understand the interactions among ecological, social, and economic systems.  The Research Professor will strengthen our focal areas: ecosystem services; ecological economics; food systems; and sustainable landscapes and seascapes.  Consistent with the mission of the Institute, we seek a scientist interested in both advancing research frontiers and addressing concrete environmental issues.

The position is a nine-month faculty appointment with full salary support for an expected three-year term. It is one of six non-tenure track Research Faculty positions within the Gund Institute, offering early-career scientists an opportunity to develop a research program in productive collaboration with faculty and students at UVM and elsewhere. Extending the appointment is possible based on external funding.

Responsibilities: We expect the successful candidate to develop a widely recognized research program and to forge collaborations with faculty and students associated with the Institute.  Responsibilities also include teaching one course per year, and engaging actively with the Gund Institute community.

Qualifications:  Applicants must have a doctoral degree in economics, natural resources, or a related field. Substantial post-doctoral experience is preferred.  Successful candidates will have strong quantitative skills, experience with economic research in field settings, expertise in behavioral tools and approaches, a strong record of publications and scholarly activities, and a commitment to using research to inform policy and conservation.

Application: Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a two-page statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to (posting # 0041225).  Review of applications will begin on June 1, 2014 and we anticipate a start date of September 2014.  Inquiries may be made to Taylor Ricketts, Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, at  The University of Vermont is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research and teaching.  Applicants must describe in their cover letter how they will further this goal.

Setting: The University of Vermont is located in Burlington, between the Green and Adirondack Mountains and on the shores of Lake Champlain.  The Gund Institute is administered by UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Research Faculty are appointed officially at the Rubenstein School.  The institute has a new Director and substantial new resources, so the successful candidate will have an opportunity to help shape its future.  UVM also has launched several campus-wide research initiatives, including those focused on complex systems, food systems, climate change, and smartgrids & behavior.

Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at Oberlin College

The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, visiting faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year beginning in the fall semester of 2014 and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor.

We seek a candidate able to integrate the technical, social, political, cultural, and ecological issues surrounding energy acquisition, use and impacts.  The ideal candidate will combine training in the physical and social sciences (and/or applied fields such as engineering, architecture, systems dynamics, and energy technology), and will have cross disciplinary interests and experiences.  Disciplines in which an incumbent might be cross-trained could, for example, include urban planning and design, ecological design, transportation policy and planning, climate change policy, sociology, or psychology.

The faculty member occupying this position will teach five courses, including Environment and Society (an introductory course required for all majors), Energy and Society (an intermediate level course) and additional intermediate or upper level courses appropriate to the individual’s area of specialization.  Oberlin’s Adam Joseph Lewis Center for environmental studies provides rich opportunities for teaching energy issues and ecological design.  Candidates with interest in teaching upper level courses on sustainable cities and/or ecological design are particularly encouraged to apply.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in hand or expected when the appointment begins and should demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching.  Successful teaching experience at the college level is highly desirable. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To be assured of consideration, complete materials including a letter of application, a general teaching statement, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts, and at least three letters of reference should be sent electronically to by February 21, 2014.  Application materials received after that date will be considered until the position is filled.  While electronic documents are preferred, hard copy can be sent to John Petersen, Director, Environmental Studies Program,A.J. Lewis Center, 122 Elm Street, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio  44074 (Fax to 440-775-8946).

Oberlin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating an institutional environment free from discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, family relationship to an employee of Oberlin College, and gender identity and expression.

Oberlin is a four-year, selective liberal arts college in northern Ohio that is also home to an outstanding Conservatory of Music. Together, the two divisions enroll approximately 2800 students. Oberlin College was founded in 1833. It was the first college in Americato make interracial education and co-education central to its mission – traditions that live today within a commitment to positive social engagement. Oberlin College has earned a reputation of excellence based on the quality of its richly diverse student body, outstanding faculty, and excellent facilities and academic and technological resources. For more information, go to

Position announcement:

E3 Network Grants for Future Economy Innovations

The Economics for Equity and Environment (E3) Network is awarding grants to economists to apply an analytical framework to case studies of future economy innovations – emerging models of sustainable enterprise at the level of the firm, cluster, industry, community. Grant recipients will apply the framework to a case study of their choosing and submit a report based on their findings. The report will be included in a collection of case studies edited and produced by E3 Network. E3 Network will complement the case study analyses with photography, video, and other story telling support to create a rich online media presentation of emerging economic innovations. Deadline for applications is January 30, 2014. The grant period runs from February through December 2014.

To download the RFP click here: E3 Network’s Future Economy Initiative RFP


USSEE Board members discuss measuring progress at Ohio workshop

USSEE Board members Rumi Shammin and Ken Bagstad recently presented at the Measuring Progress workshop on Dec. 2 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. It was a stimulating discussion about best practices and the future of dashboard/indicator projects in Northeast Ohio (NEO) region – with a great group of practitioners, planning officials and academics from regional universities attending. The presentations at the workshop focused on big-picture issues and challenges, and updates of and ideas for specific initiatives for the region.  There were four modules in the workshop:

  1. What Matters to Metros by the Fund for Our Economic Future (
  2. Sustainable Cleveland Dashboard by Sustainable Cleveland 2019 (
  3. Vibrant NEO Dashboard by the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (
  4. Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) for Northeast Ohio by ecological economists Rumi Shammin of Oberlin College and Ken Bagstad of the U.S. Geological Survey (

Drs. Shammin and Bagstad collaborated between 2008 and 2012 to develop the NEO regional GPI and published the resulting paper in Ecological Indicators. They are engaged in ongoing efforts to disseminate their work and support further research, application and policy development. Here is a link to a blog post by Marc Lefkowitz of the Green City Blue Lakes Institute at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History about the workshop and GPI presentation:

Call for Authors: SAGE Encyclopedia of World Poverty, 2nd Edition

SAGE’s Encyclopedia of World Poverty, 2nd Edition is now under development (1st Edition: Library Journal Best Reference, Booklist Editor’s Choice). This completely updated five-volume reference will provide extensive and current information on the changing world of poverty, as well as insight into the contemporary debates. Over 850 signed articles will explore poverty in various regions of the world, and examine the difficulties associated with the definition and measurement of poverty, along with its causes and effects. Pedagogical elements include a new Reader’s Guide, updated Chronology of World Poverty, updated Resource Guide, updated Glossary, and new index. The following topics are currently available for assignment which may be of particular interest to you:

  • American Radical Environmentalism
  • Civic Environmentalism and Environmental NGOs
  • Corporate Environmentalism
  • Environmental economics
  • Environmental Federalism
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental refugees
  • Environmentalism of the Poor and Economic Justice
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • International Environmentalism
  • Measurement of sustainable development
  • Modern Environmentalism
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Pollution Solar energy

The complete list of available articles is already prepared, and upon request SAGE will e-mail you the Article List (Excel file) from which you can select additional topics that may fit your expertise and interests. Additionally, Submission Guidelines will be provided that detail article specifications. SAGE is currently making assignments with a deadline of January 31, 2014.

SAGE Publications offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more. Please send your CV or a brief summary of your academic/publishing credentials in related disciplines to

Assistant Professor position in Urban Environmental Studies at SUNY-ESF

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, NY, invites applications for an academic year, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Urban Environmental Studies.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to build a strong, extramurally-funded research program in urban environmental studies, with an interdisciplinary social science foundation. S/he will teach an undergraduate Geographic Information Technology course, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in urban environmental studies. The successful candidate will play a key role in the undergraduate minor in Urban Environmental Science and will have the opportunity to develop affiliations with the College’s Center for the Urban Environment and the USDA Forest Service Urban Forestry unit at ESF. The position will be filled by a candidate with expertise in one or more of the following areas: urban environmental studies or science, environmental geography, urban environmental policy and planning, environmental justice, and spatial analysis, among others.

Required Qualifications: A Ph.D. in environmental studies, geography, communication, public policy, planning, or a related discipline is required, as are spatial analysis skills.

Preferred Qualifications: A record of excellence in research and teaching, commensurate with time since degree; strong theoretical grounding in one or more disciplines; facility with social science theory; social-biophysical interdisciplinary experience; international research experience; post-doctoral or professional experience.

Application Procedure: Application is online only Applications should include a letter summarizing qualifications and research interests, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and contact information for three references. Although the position will remain open until filled, to ensure optimal consideration, all application materials must be received by 3 January 2014. 

The College and the Department: The College of Environmental Science and Forestry is dedicated to solving environmental problems through research, teaching and service. With a total enrollment of 1,650 undergraduates and 600 graduate students, ESF provides an intimate small college atmosphere. The low student/faculty ratio also allows for an active advisory system that is focused on personal attention and assistance for students. Integration of research and teaching is emphasized. The College is co-located with Syracuse University and Upstate Medical University, giving students and faculty the added resources of a large institution of higher education. The Environmental Studies program integrates the social and biophysical sciences and the humanities to enhance environmental policy and decision making processes. The ESF Environmental Studies Department is one of the largest in the nation with dedicated fully to environmental studies. The department offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.), and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Environmental Studies and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Environmental Science administered through ESF’s interdepartmental Graduate Program in Environmental Science.

For More Information: Dr. Richard Smardon, Search Committee Chair Department of Environmental Studies SUNY-ESF 106 Marshall Hall Syracuse, NY 13210-2787 Tel: 315-470-6576; E-mail: