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Postdoctoral Fellowship for Modeling of Long-Term Macroeconomic and Natural Resources Interdependence


Location: Austin, TX, USA

Keywords: energy, economics, debt, biophysical economics, post-Keynesian, Michal Kalecki, Hyman Minsky, system dynamics

Deadline for application: July 15, 2017

Start date: approximately September 1, 2017

Duration: 12 months

Contact:  Dr. Carey W. King ( For specific questions on the job description, e-mail or call Dr. King at +1 (512) 471-5468.

Research Associate Position: Michigan State University

Research Associate
Department of Community Sustainability
The Center for Global Change and Earth Observation
Michigan State University

The Department of Community Sustainability and the Center for Global Change and Earth Observation at Michigan State University is searching for a full-time Research Associate/post doc to be a part of a four-year NSF-funded grant that is developing new ways to reduce the social, economic and environmental costs of hydropower development. The position will start as soon as an appropriate candidate is found, preferably by summer 2017. Candidates will be based in East Lansing, Michigan, with significant fieldwork in the Brazilian Amazon.

Project Abstract: An estimated 3,700 major dams are currently either planned or under construction worldwide, and they will continue to play significant roles in energy production in the foreseeable future, especially in developing countries. This study’s goal is to develop innovative solutions for hydropower– not just to produce energy for the national grid, but woven into the surrounding food, water, and institutional systems. The team includes hydroengineers, hydrogeologists, climatologists, biologists and social scientists working in tandem to offer transformative solutions for hydropower development while ensuring that social and environmental benefits outweigh costs. The research teams will assess land cover change to understand deforestation risk in and around dams, and identify agricultural areas that can benefit from sediment application. Coupled hydrological and climate models, linked to land cover changes in different landscape and socio-ecological settings, including international collaborations, will identify better hydropower solutions including ways to move sediments to farms and/or locations for in-stream turbines. Institutional and governance analysis will examine the multi-tiered dimensions that intrude upon the way civil society benefits from hydropower. The project will generate innovative solutions to produce renewable energy from hydropower, increase food production, and lessen negative environmental and social impacts that have reduced the acceptability of hydropower development, in the U.S., Europe and across the world.

The successful applicant will become part of an interdisciplinary team dedicated to investigating the multi-tiered and multi-sector governance structure of the food-energy-water system. The research associate will conduct an institutional analysis of the FEWs nexus to help achieve an integrated policy assessment of this nexus for the Amazon basin. Necessary skills include knowledge of the study of governance and institutions (e.g. Ostrom, North).  The work will require qualitative and quantitative skills since the work will cover communities in three river basins in the Brazilian Amazon. Statistical skills are required to be able to collaborate in interdisciplinary research across the social and natural sciences. Desirable experience includes knowledge of the literature on the food-energy-water nexus and the impact of hydropower dams, along with livelihood analysis.  Responsibilities will be divided between fieldwork, analysis, and writing. Candidate is expected to work independently but contribute to team-based science.

Qualifications: We are seeking candidates who:

  • Are committed to a research career in interdisciplinary science, active publication of research results, and communicating them to communities.
  • Have an outstanding academic record is expected, preferably with evidence of research publications.
  • Completed Ph.D. degree in a social science or interdisciplinary field that includes a social science component.
  • Expertise in institutional and governance analysis along the lines of the work of Elinor Ostrom and Douglas North.
  • Fieldwork experience, such as survey and interview data collection.
  • Acquainted with dataset management and statistical methods, mixed methods.
  • Fluency in Portuguese.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills; ability to think creatively about collaboration, and scientific inquiry; ability to work with rural communities in the Amazon region.
  • Comfortable interaction with members of other disciplines and with integration of concepts from related fields; strong interpersonal and decision-making skills.
  • Flexibility to travel and work as needed.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted electronically through Michigan State University’s website, under Job Posting No 432771. Applications should include (a) a cover letter that addresses the applicant’s interest in the position and how the applicant meets the qualifications specified above, (b) a current CV, and (c) a summary of your experience with diversity in your research endeavors, and any experience mentoring diverse student, and an explanation of how you will contribute to our goals of inclusive excellence, and (d) 3 letters of recommendation. Queries may be directed to Professor Maria Claudia Lopez, Chair of the Search Committee.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.

SSHRC Canada Research Chair Tier 2 – Economic and Business Approaches to Low-Carbon Transitions

The Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (salary range $85,000 to $125,000 per annum) with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2018.  The successful applicant must have a PhD and be eligible for nomination as a SSHRC Canada Research Chair Tier 2 on the following theme: economic and business approaches to low-carbon transitions.

We seek an energetic and dynamic scholar with demonstrated potential for leadership and international recognition in the study of economic and business approaches to identifying and implementing solutions for transitioning towards low-carbon development and economic pathways. Applicants with expertise relating to societal transitions to a low-carbon economy will be considered, with preference being given to candidates with research backgrounds in environmental or ecological economics, sustainable finance, sustainable business and management practices in established or developing economies or entrepreneurship and innovation systems in support of sustainability. We are particularly interested in applicants whose research and teaching interests complement and connect with the current strengths in sustainability management and international development in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development or another academic unit in the Faculty of Environment. A demonstrated ability to forge and sustain fruitful partnerships with scholars from a variety of disciplines is considered an asset.

Full position listing can be found here.

Closing date for receipt of applications is June 1st, 2017.

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Seeks Assistant Professor

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Assistant Professor of Fisheries and Natural Resources Economics in the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries

Appointment: Twelve month tenure track (40 % teaching; 60% research)

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Applied Economics with research focus and academic training in fisheries/ natural resource economics or a closely related field. Demonstrated ability to develop a productive research program in fisheries economics focusing on resource valuation, institutional and social issues in fisheries and sustainable management of natural resources, to publish peer-reviewed publications, and to develop effective and innovative teaching techniques is required. Expertise in market and non-market valuation techniques, forecasting and bio-economic models that identify optimal management strategies for fisheries resources, conservation and revival of fish species facing extinction threats, welfare analysis including market failure, institutional analysis, provide economic rationale for multiple uses of fisheries and water resources, strategies that minimize costs of stock enhancement strategies for recreational fishing is strongly preferred. A commitment to developing a dynamic research program that has a strong impact on the state of Arkansas is required.  The full description can be found here.

A letter of application, resume, official transcripts, and three letters of reference should be sent to:
Search Committee for Assistant Professor (Fisheries and Natural Resource Economics)
c/o Human Resources Department
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
1200 N. University Drive, Mail Slot 4942
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
TEL: (870) 575-8124 E-mail:

Visiting Assistant Professor Positions at UMass Boston

The Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston is seeking two visiting assistant Professors for the 2017-2018 academic years. We hope to find a candidate who can teach  Economic Approaches to Environmental Problems, as well as other courses in microeconomics or macroeconomics, or other electives. We are especially interested in candidates who include an international comparative approach, heterodox political economy, feminist approaches, applied policy analysis, and/or innovative methodologies in their research.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a successful teaching record and the capacity to contribute to undergraduate general education and the economics major. Evidence of successful teaching with diverse students, including international students, is highly desirable. Candidates must complete the Ph.D. by no later than August 31, 2017.  Evidence of progress towards an excellent scholarly record is necessary.

All applications must be submitted online at

Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a sample of written work, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and email addresses of three references.  Please include in your letter of application an explanation of how your work would complement the heterodox nature of the Department.

UMass Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. However, because of the one-year nature of the position, only applications from U.S. citizens, Green Card holders, and new graduates eligible for Optional Practical Training will be considered. We have been informed that our university will not sponsor visas for one-year visitors.


The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont is recruiting one or more Postdoctoral Associates to pursue research at the interface of environmental, social, and economic systems. We are seeking exceptional early-career scholars committed to connecting interdisciplinary research to important sustainability challenges. These two-year positions are the first in a new competitive postdoctoral program, with new associates to be appointed each year.

About the position:

Postdocs will be supervised by at least one Fellow of the Gund Institute. Co-advisors from different departments are encouraged. We expect postdocs to develop additional collaborations with UVM scholars and the institute’s wide network of external colleagues, and to participate actively in seminars, workshops, and other events hosted by the institute.

We offer an annual salary of $49,000 plus benefits, and a discretionary fund of $5,000 /year to support research costs and travel. Postdocs will also have opportunities for professional development (e.g., media and communications training). Expected start date is summer 2017.

About the Gund Institute:

The Gund Institute mobilizes scholars and leaders to understand and solve the world’s critical environmental problems. More than 60 faculty, postdocs, students, and staff collaborate to study the interactions between people and nature and to build a more sustainable future.

To fulfill its mission, the institute catalyzes cross-cutting research, nurtures a global community of scholars, and connects findings to local and global decision-makers. The Gund Institute is poised to broaden its scope significantly, with substantial new resources to support this growth.

Eligibility and application:

Candidates must have completed a PhD by the start date, and no earlier than 5 years before it. Competitive candidates will have a strong record of success in natural or social sciences, a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary work, a keen interest in connecting research to policy, and high potential to become global leaders in sustainability.

If interested, first contact potential advisors to discuss your ideas. The best proposals are typically co-developed with proposed advisors. Then, submit an application online by April 21. Applications comprise a cover letter, CV, research proposal, and letter of support from your proposed advisor (see website for further details). Applications will be evaluated on scientific merit, potential for real-world impact, excellence of the applicant, fit with Gund Institute research themes, and feasibility.

About the University of Vermont:

The University of Vermont (UVM) is the only comprehensive university in the state and Vermont’s land-grant institution. UVM enrolls 13,000 students, including 1,500 graduate students, and attracts more than $138 million in research awards annually. The campus overlooks Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and Green mountains, and is surrounded by the small, historical city of Burlington, perennially voted one of America’s best places to live. UVM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Position Announcement: Chairperson, Department of Community Sustainability at MSU

Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources invites nominations and applications for the full-time, tenure-track annual position of Chairperson of the Department of Community Sustainability, an interdisciplinary department that provides a stimulating intellectual environment for engaged scholarship. Most members of the faculty are social scientists, but the Department also includes individuals with backgrounds in the natural sciences and humanities. Research, teaching, and outreach programs in the Department engage with a broad array of communities to address sustainability challenges and goals. The Department’s commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship, recent growth in student enrollment, a cadre of newly hired faculty, and an identity that emphasizes community engagement provide a rich opportunity for leadership to support and enhance an inclusive departmental vision. Formal review of applications will begin April 17, 2017 and the position is available as early as August 16, 2017.

Download the full announcement here or visit for details on how to submit a nomination or application.


The Chairperson of the Department of Community Sustainability provides facilitative leadership to the Department in all teaching, research, extension, and outreach programs and is expected to maintain and enhance a creative and productive environment for the faculty, support staff, and students. The Chairperson serves as the chief administrative officer of the Department, and reports directly to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and interacts with senior leadership of the College, Michigan State University Extension and MSU AgBioResearch (formerly Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station) on a regular basis. Specific responsibilities of the Chairperson include:

  • Provide facilitative leadership to advance the mission and vision of the Department;
  • Advance strategic short- and long-range program planning and development for research, teaching, and extension/outreach programs;
  • Support faculty and student achievement throughout the Department, and foster a culture of collaboration, creativity, and mentorship;
  • Work cooperatively within the governance structure of the Department, which currently includes an associate chair, coordinators of undergraduate and graduate programs, and a faculty-elected Faculty Advisory Committee;
  • Work cooperatively within the larger governance structure of the College and University;
  • Foster diversity, equity and inclusion within the Department and its programs;
  • Foster a community of Department alumni;
  • Recruit excellent faculty and staff, assign responsibilities, evaluate performance, and promote faculty, student, and staff development;
  • Manage and administer Department budget and provide oversight in the procurement of financial and other resources; and
  • Advance fund development at the Department, College, and University levels.

Formal review of applications will begin on April 17, 2017, and the search will remain open until the Chairperson position is filled. The position is available as early as August 16, 2017.

Official Job Posting:


This is a 1-year limited appointment position with opportunity to renew pending continued funding.

The Tufts University Global Development And Environment Institute is seeking a Research Associate or Postdoc Scholar to be a co-author of the texts Macroeconomics in Context and Microeconomics in Context.  The position also includes contributing to coordination of other research, administration, and outreach by the Institute.

Requirements for the position include Ph.D. or near completion in economics, and familiarity with Keynesian, post-Keynesian, and heterodox economics perspectives, including social and ecological economics. Creativity and openness to innovative approaches are important, and teaching experience is a plus.  Good pedagogical writing ability essential.

The Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), affiliated with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to promoting a better understanding of how societies can pursue their economic and community goals in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner. GDAE pursues its mission through original research, policy work, publication projects, curriculum development, conferences and other activities.

Salary commensurate with experience.   Send C.V., the names of at least three references, and a professional writing sample.  Applications will be considered upon receipt, preferred by January 31, 2017.     See further details and application instructions

Basic Requirements:

  • Three years’ experience in postdoctoral research position for Research Associate status. If less than three years, position will be filled as a Postdoc Scholar.
    • PhD or equivalent Doctoral degree, or near completion.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional and/or pedagogical writing experience
    • Familiarity with heterodox economics perspectives
    • Teaching economics courses
    • Research in macroeconomics

Environmental Science Position at Colorado Mesa University

The Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at Colorado Mesa University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty member who focuses on the science of sustainability within Environmental Science using an applied, systems approach. The position will be filled at the Assistant or Associate Professor and begins mid-August 2017. Teaching responsibilities may include lower-division introductory courses in environmental science and systems thinking, as well as upper-division courses that focus on the sustainability of the built environment, such as renewable energy, sustainable building, climate change adaptation and mitigation and/or other courses in the candidate’s specialty. Requirements: Ph.D. in Environmental Science or a highly related science by summer 2017, as well as enthusiasm for working with undergraduates and effective communication skills. Open until filled. To ensure full consideration, apply by January 9, 2017 by submitting a complete application package to ENVS Search Committee, Human Resources, LHH 237, Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501-3122 or by emailing it to For the complete job announcement and application instructions, go to

Endowed Assistant Professor in Ecological Economics & Environmental Policy

Loyola University Chicago’s (LUC), Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track endowed position at the rank of Assistant Professor/Advanced Assistant Professor, beginning fall 2017.  LUC is ranked 7th greenest campus in the U.S., and the IES is a new degree-granting unit that prides itself on solution-driven, high-impact learning.  The endowed position provides a modest annual research allowance for a maximum of six years and a teaching load of 2 courses per semester. For more information about the IES, please visit

Candidates are expected to engage in an active research program and to perform service at the institute and university levels. Teaching responsibilities shall include courses in ecological economics and environmental policy as part of the IES curriculum for undergraduate and Master’s program students. The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in ecological economics, environmental policy or related fields within sustainability science, a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, and an active research agenda addressing contemporary complex and interrelated economic, social and environmental problems. The candidate should have demonstrated knowledge of mainstream economics with an understanding of how the economy is interconnected with natural systems and socio-political activities. Successful candidates will possess research expertise the aspects of ecological economics, including methods in the valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services, ecological debt, measurements of sustainable economic progress, steady-state and degrowth economies, economics of urban-ecological systems, and the economics of climate and environmental change. Candidates for the position must have a record of or clear potential for distinguished scholarship, external research funding, and student mentorship.

Applicants should submit a current Curriculum Vitae, a letter of interest outlining the candidate’s qualifications, a teaching statement with materials demonstrating teaching expertise, a research statement, samples of scholarly writing, and the names and contact information of three references to jsp?time=1478723275762.  References will not be contacted immediately but may be at subsequent points in the review process. Address questions to:

Ms.  Rachel Leamon
Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University Chicago
1032 W.  Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our mission and strategic plan to deliver a Transformative Education in the Jesuit tradition. Candidates are encouraged to consult our website to gain a clearer understanding of Loyola’s mission at and our focus on transformative education at Applications from women and minority candidates are especially encouraged.

Loyola University of Chicago has made diversity an important part of its current strategic plan (Plan 2020) and this job search supports the following statement from the Handbook on Diversity and the Law published by The American Association for the Advancement of Science (2010, p.  38):

“The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity is critical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and service in an increasingly diverse globalized society.  Therefore, in holistically assessing many qualifications of each applicant of any race or gender we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities.  Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degree. ”