7 PhD Studentships: Climate Change

Within the current call, successful applicants will be hosted at ICTA in its sustainable building (Leed-Gold) on the UAB campus, Bellaterra (Barcelona, Spain) and will develop their Ph.D. training in one of the seven projects detailed below:

  1. Climate change and the Spanish agricultural sector. Water requirements and water availability, Are they compatible?. Supervisors: Gonzalo Gamboa and David Saurí.
  2. Causes of deforestation in the Western Amazon in the context of REDD+indígena and Climate Change. Supervisors: Antoni Rosell, Martí Orta-Martínez and Joan Martinez-Alier.
  3. Integrated modeling of human response to natural climate change. Supervisors: Eric Galbraith and Jeroen van den Bergh.
  4. Local Indicators of Climate Change. Supervisors: Victoria Reyes-Garcia and Graham Mortyn.
  5. Biological implications and economic values of changes in relevant Iberian insects due to climate change. Supervisors: Victor Sarto i Monteys and Jeroen van den Bergh.
  6. Impacts of Climate Change (CC) on Human Health (HH). Supervisors: Graham Mortyn, Panagiota Kotsila and Víctor Sarto i Monteys.
  7. Assessing systemic effects of the Paris climate agreement that undercut its effectiveness. Supervisors: Jeroen van den Bergh and Isabelle Anguelovski.

Click on each project weblink for further information on the projects and the specific Ph.D. profile.

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Post-Doc Fellow: Agriculture & Climate Change (Ethiopia)

Climate change is affecting food and nutrition security of Ethiopian farmers, particularly under marginal conditions (low and irregular rainfall, rising temperatures acid soils). Available genetic diversity of barley and durum wheat is an important resource to provide farmers with Climate-Smart, nutrient-dense landraces or improved materials, to sustainably increase yields under unfavourable conditions of Tigray, Oromiya and Amara regions. In order to provide farmers with this superior material it is important to identify superior varieties through molecular characterization, nutritional profile, field trials for agro-morphological characterization and participatory variety selection looking in particular at heat stress, rainfall, soil acidity and pests and diseases related stresses. The material identified will enter into a participatory and decentralized breeding program aiming at engaging the farmers in further improvement of the material. However, we will be able to start the decentralized and participatory breeding in year 1 of the program, by using material already developed and characterized during previous projects. Some of the material that will go through stage 2 will be tested for official variety release in order to make them available to all seed actors as well. In order to ensure that seeds are timely available to farmers in right quantities and qualities we will enhance the seed multiplication and distribution by piloting different institutional approaches (CSBs, local entrepreneurial seed companies). Monitoring these pilot cases will provide insights into the capacity of each type of institution to handle diverse materials.

Bioversity is seeking a highly motivated Post Doctoral Fellow to provide coordination support to national partners to develop and implement a research agenda aiming at managing durum wheat and genetic diversity as a key asset to adapt to climate change. The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with frequent travels within the Country, and will report directly to the Senior Scientist, Country Representative.

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STAARS Initiative (Fellowship for African Researchers)

PEP is calling for concept proposals for the Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) fellowship, supported by the International Center for International Development (IDRC) of Canada. The STAARS project is a collaboration with Cornell University, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), and the World Bank.

PEP aims to provide competitive grants for travel and training for bright early career African researchers, i.e. late stage Ph.D. students or African-based researchers who have completed their Ph.D. in 2011 or later.

Selected STAARS fellows will be paired with mentors at Cornell University with whom they will jointly author a paper on a topic of mutual interest relating to structural transformation in sub-Saharan Africa. PEP will support the publication of resulting research findings in high quality journals and as working papers. In addition, PEP will facilitate fellows' participation in scientific and policy conference.

Prospective STAARS fellows are invited to develop proposals in the following thematic areas:

  • Employment and income sources, key determinants of household income diversification within the agricultural sector and interlinked non-farm sectors in rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Employment intensity, patterns of labor productivity and family labor time allocation (men, women, and children) across farm and non-farm activities in rural areas and how these affect competitiveness of agricultural employment in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Seasonal labor market imperfections and rigidities, including wages that affect employment in rural areas, the key determinants of out-migration of labor from rural areas, with special emphasis on youth, and opportunities for productive employment in the farm and non-farm sector in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Promising policy interventions to foster decent employment, income diversification and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Financial inclusion for small-scale producers and women, and resilience of livelihoods against shocks in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Rural factor market performance for agricultural transformation in sub-Saharan Africa.

Please note that STAARS fellows' rigorous policy analysis should use existing panel data, such as the Living Standards Measurement Study - Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) or similar datasets. LSMS-ISA panel datasets are available for a number of countries in Africa including Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda.

Applicants are required to prepare a maximum 2,500 word (5 page) concept proposal in English, which motivates the selected research issues and objectives, outlines data sources, proposed methodology and contains a convincing plan for completing the project by publishing findings before December 31, 2016.

Concept proposals must be submitted before April 30, 2016 via email to: staars@cornell.edu

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AgreenSkills’ Post-doc Research Fellowships

AgreenSkills+ is an European Union co-funded fellowship programmes, accepting applications for postdoctoral fellowships from experienced young and independent postdoctoral researchers, in the fields of life, agricultural, nutrition, and environmental sciences. Proposals are accepted, without any topic guideline, for basic or applied sciences.

Fellows are offered 12-36 month positions in a laboratory based within one of Agreenium-AVFF member organizations in France, including Inra and Cirad. Submissions are accepted from candidates of all nationalities and countries of origins.

AgreenSkills+ offers high salaries ranging between € 3500 and € 4800 for young and independent researchers, respectively, depending on individual research experience, which are significantly higher than those offered by the French state to young and independent researchers.

For more information regarding eligibility and how to apply, visit the AgreenSkills website: www.agreenskills.eu

AgreenSkills+ have a continuous call for submissions, with the next evaluation deadlines on the 29th of April 2016 and the 14th October 2016.

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