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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: peter.g.brown@mcgill.ca
    Nicolas Kosoy: nicolas.kosoy@mcgill.ca
    * Applicants must apply to the Department of Natural Resource Sciences by February 15.
  • University of Vermont
    Jon Erickson: Jon.Erickson@uvm.edu
    Joshua Farley: Joshua.Farley@uvm.edu
    Taylor Ricketts: Taylor.Ricketts@uvm.edu
    Asim Zia: Asim.Zia@uvm.edu (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: esperk@yorku.ca
    Peter Victor: pvictor@yorku.ca
    Graduate admissions: Gwen Gringhuis: gweng@yorku.ca
    * 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 www.e4a-net.org.

Schumacher College: Economics for Transition

Schumacher College is hosting  residential postgraduate and short-course study in radical economic thinking, activism and entrepreneurship through Economics in Transition.

Postgraduate Program

Prepare yourself to be a leader in the low carbon, high well-being, resilient and equitable economy of the future, in a programme that delivers both inner and outer transition. Applications are due April 30th for September 2014.

Short Course Study

Ranging from weekends to six month programmes, short courses bring together leading international thinkers, activists and practitioners, in a unique brand of small-group transformative learning experiences. With a focus on interactive and participatory learning, we offer the practical skills and strategic thinking required to face the ecological, economic and social challenges of the 21st Century.

 

Online Course Offering: Ecological Economics and Environmental Justice

Ecological Economics and Environmental Justice – Deadline for Applications March 24th, 2014

This in an interactive online course taught in English over sixteen weeks. It features lectures based on Civil Society Organizations and Environmental Justice Organization case studies across a broad range of topics, taught by well known ecological economists / political ecologists including Joan Martinez Alier, Bernardo Aguilar, Beatriz Rodriguez-Labajos and Hali Healy. It has been designed for activists interested in understanding and applying the tools of ecological economics to their work, and for researchers of the sustainability sciences interested in the real world application of the concepts and methods of ecological economics and political ecology.

Full information on the course can be found at: http://www.ejolt.org/2014/02/new-online-course-from-ejolt-subscribe-now/

Structure:

  • Each module is tutored by a leading researcher or practitioner of ecological economics. It consists of a recorded lecture, an assigned case study reading from the core text, and further optional readings. A key feature is the online discussion forum – a virtual classroom where trainees interact with each other and with tutors. Each module ends with the submission of a short assignment that is assessed by the module tutor. The time needed to complete a module depends on depth that students choose to go into with the materials, however a rough estimate is 10-20 hours per module.
  • The course requires trainees to submit an additional final assignment in the form of a contribution to an interactive map of environmental (in)justices, along with a corresponding “factsheet”, on a particular issue they are familiar with or interested in.
  • All course elements can be accessed whenever it is convenient for trainees – within the time period (one week) dedicated to each specific module. However, as the lectures cannot be downloaded and have to be watched online, a strong, reliable internet connection is a must.
How to Apply: Send a one-page letter of intent, outlining your relevant experience and interests, and why you wish to take the course, and email it to hhealyatceecec@gmail.com

Ecological Economics and Environmental Justice: Online Course

EJOLT, in collaboration with Fundación Neotrópica, a Costa Rican NGO, and UCI (Universidad para la Cooperación Internacional) is running an online course “Ecological Economics and Environmental Justice”, taught through civil society organisation (CSO) case studies. It will run starting April 1st 2014.

This in an interactive course taught in English over sixteen weeks. It features lectures based on CSO and EJO case studies across a broad range of topics, taught by well known ecological economists/political ecologists including Joan Martinez Alier, Bernardo Aguilar, Beatriz Rodriguez-Labajos and Hali Healy. It has been designed for activists interested in understanding and applying the tools of ecological economics to their work, and for researchers of the sustainability sciences interested in the real world application of the concepts and methods of ecological economics and political ecology.

Further information: http://www.ejolt.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/flyer-EJOLT-NEO-v6.pdf

Deadline for Application: March 1st, 2014
How to Apply: Send a one-page letter of intent, outlining your relevant experience and interests, and why you wish to take the course, and email it to hhealyatceecec@gmail.com

PhD Graduate Research Assistantship, University of Idaho

PhD Graduate Research Assistantship in Ecological Economics at the University of Idaho

A 3-year PhD assistantship is being offered in the areas of ecosystem services and ecological economics at the University of Idaho as part of a large interdisciplinary project focused on feedbacks and interactions in coupled social-ecohydrological systems in Mexico. The selected PhD student will contribute to this project through economic analysis on (1) institutional design and behavioral changes in payments for hydrological services programs and (2) valuation of ecosystem services outcomes.Desired skills for this position include interdisciplinary problem solving skills, experience with geospatial, statistical, and economic analyses, and Spanish language skills. Preference will be given to students already holding a master’s degree.

To apply to this position, please send your CV and a 1-page letter describing your qualifications by February 28, 2014 to Dr. Kelly Wendland at kwendland@uidaho.edu. Please put “PhD Assistantship” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on March 3rd and continue until this position is filled. Only short listed applicants will be contacted. You should not start the University of Idaho graduate school application until contacted by Dr. Wendland. The Ph.D. assistantship includes tuition, fees and health insurance for 3 years; all conditions may not apply for international students. The selected student will complete their degree program in the Department of Conservation Social Sciences in the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources. The preferred start date is fall 2014.

New Program “Economics for the Anthropocene” Recruiting PhD Students

The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont (UVM), McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and York University in Toronto, Ontario seek up to nine PhD students to join a new international research initiative, “Economics for the Anthropocene” in Fall 2014.   This first cohort of students will focus broadly on applying approaches based on ecological economics to water security and watershed management issues.  The Lake Champlain Basin and lower St. Lawrence watershed provide an ideal model for this theme, but students will have considerable latitude and assistance in developing the direction of their work. In addition to the initial focus on transboundary water management, the full scope of research will include work on applying ecological economics theory and methods to regional energy management and climate justice.

BACKGROUND: McGill University, York University, UVM, and 25 other partners will launch the Economics for the Anthropocene in 2014. The partnership will (1) Create a vibrant international research network in ecological economics; (2) Train future leaders 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 to improve education, train new leaders, and enhance life’s prospects in the Anthropocene.

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.  The partnership consists of 25 academic and non-academic partners and 60 collaborators who will help guide research questions, mentor students, provide internship opportunities and serve on graduate committees.  Through this network students will work on policy-relevant research grounded in solving real-world issues. This will include extending core ideas of ecological economics to finance, law, governance, ethics and philosophy.  The partnership will focus on three daunting regional challenges: water security, energy resources, and climate justice.

***********PENDING FUNDING***********

OFFER: The PhD students at UVM, McGill, and York will receive a generous 12-month 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 (once approved) is guaranteed for three years. The partnership has applied for a grant for this program that will be announced in late April 2014.  If the grant is not awarded, funding cannot be guaranteed.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree preferred, but all highly qualified candidates will be considered.  Students must have a strong interest in ecological economics, sustainability science, transdisciplinary research, and practical application of scholarship.

APPLICATION: Interested students should contact one of the following:

McGill University:

Peter Brown: peter.g.brown@mcgill.ca
Nicolas Kosoy: nicolas.kosoy@mcgill.ca

Applicants must apply to the Department of Natural Resource Sciences by February 15.

University of Vermont:

Jon Erickson: Jon.Erickson@uvm.edu
Joshua Farley: Joshua.Farley@uvm.edu
Taylor Ricketts: Taylor.Ricketts@uvm.edu
Asim Zia: Asim.Zia@uvm.edu (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:

Peter Victor: pvictor@yorku.ca
Ellie Perkins: esperk@yorku.ca
Christina Hoicka: cehoicka@yorku.ca
Graduate admissions: Gwen Gringhuis: gweng@yorku.ca

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.

Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

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 poverty@golsonmedia.com.

New book: Building a Green Economy

An edited volume of selected papers from the 6th biennial conference of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics was recently published by Michigan State University Press (September 2013). The book is entitled, Building a Green Economy: Perspectives from Ecological Economics, and it is edited by Robert Richardson (Michigan State University). The volume includes contributions from conference plenary speakers Dave Dempsey, David Korten, Bobbi Low, and Kristen Sheeran, along with contributions from numerous other prominent ecological economists. In this timely volume, leading ecological economics scholars offer a variety of perspectives on building a green economy. A rich resource in its own right, Building a Green Economy contains the most innovative thinking in ecological economics at a critical time in the reexamination of the human relationship with the natural world.

USSEE President Valerie A. Luzadis (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry) wrote that “this collection of innovative papers showcases how ecological economics, the science of sustainability, contributes to solving today’s pressing environmental and social issues.” Barry Solomon (Michigan Technological University) wrote that “this volume advances our understanding of a green economy and sustainable society by taking a constructively critical view from the perspective of ecological economics and its relationship to the failures of neoclassical economics in twenty-first century society.”

 

Authors needed for new encylopedia on sustainability

The editorial board for Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles, and Practices (a new encyclopedia from Macmillan Reference USA, part of Cengage Learning) is looking for authors for the remaining twelve entries. The Google Drive link below gives details about each remaining entry (title, scope, word count):

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsksYoF_ZGtOdGI4R0FfVktuLXZjTVUteDQ3b1l1T1E#gid=0

The due date is Monday, July 22, 2013 by midnight. Interested authors (especially graduate students) should a) view the Google Drive link and enter their full names & email addresses next to the entries for which they are volunteering; and, b) email a resume and writing sample (minimum of 5 pages). [Multiple authors may volunteer for the same entry.]  As entries are placed with authors, they will be taken off of the Google Drive link. Authors will be notified via email if assigned.

For more information, please contact:

Laurie Malashanko
Content Project Editor, Reference Production
Gale | Cengage Learning
27500 Drake Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48331-3535
(p) 248-699-8353 | (f) 248-699-8069
(e) laurie.malashanko@cengage.com

More information on the project is copied below.

Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles, and Practices
a new encyclopedia from Macmillan Reference USA, part of Cengage Learning

Editor in Chief: Debra Rowe

Board Editors: Susan Gentile and Terry Link

Sustainable development creation is essential to a future of reduced human suffering, higher quality of life, and ongoing sustenance from the planet’s ecosystems. Achieving Sustainability is designed to increase understanding, inform actions, enrich academic assignments, and enhance research. Aimed at readers who are not experts in the field, the material will be relevant to courses in natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities; indeed, this title will present and analyze the underpinnings of the multi-disciplinary concept of sustainability. A two-volume encyclopedia containing more than 130 signed entries, Achieving Sustainability will cover economic and environmental ideas, as well as governance, demographic, and socio-cultural aspects of the concept.

The articles should reflect all viewpoints currently defended in academia as well as in more accessible discussion environments, and substantiated accordingly. While complete objectivity is unattainable, honesty must permeate all writing on what ideas are circulating and who their champions are. This reference work is intended to meet the needs of students and educators in high schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges, as well as the interested layperson.