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Fourth World Social Science Forum
Conference date(s): 25 September 2018 to 28 September 2018

The series of World Social Science Forum is one of ISSC’s flagship activities. The WSS Forum gather researchers, funders, policymakers and other stakeholders from all over the world to discuss important societal challenges, take stock of social science contributions and capacities, and make recommendations for future research, practice and policy. The three Forum held in the past nine years have achieved great success, making this series highly prestigious and influential.

The World Social Science Forum2018 is dedicated to security, currently one of the most pressing concerns of societies worldwide. Over the course of four days, the participants will look into various dimensions of security, interrogating how the demand for security relates to societies’ quest for equality and sustainability. Presenters will look into approaches, trends, and responses from different sectors. The WSS Forum2018 will allow identifying critical research priorities on security, as well as data and knowledge gaps, globally and in specific regions

For more information, see http://www.wssf2018.org/.

Call for papers – The 4th Asian Population Association (APA) Conference 2018
Conference date(s): 11 July 2018 to 14 July 2018

The Asian Population Association Conference has strongly become a major international event drawing over 1,600 participants from over 50 countries around the globe. The Conference is held every three years, providing opportunities for experts and students to share and discuss their scientific study of population issues, including but not limited to: Fertility, Reproductive Health, Mortality, Child Health, Migration, Refugees, Population Ageing, Labor force and Employment, Population and Education, Poverty, Population and Development, Gender Issues and Techniques of Demographic Analysis. The fourth APA Conference will be hosted at Shanghai University.

The call for abstracts has been extended to 15 October 2017. More information is available at http://www.asianpa.org/component/content/article/78-apa-activities/454-scientific-programme.html.

Call for Proposals - Cities and Climate Change Science IPCC Conference
Conference date(s): 05 March 2018 to 07 March 2018

The Cities and Climate Change Science Conference: Fostering new scientific knowledge for cities based on science, practice and policy, aims to inspire the next frontier of research focused on the science of cities and climate change. The primary goal of the conference is to assess the state of academic and practice-based knowledge related to cities and climate change, and to establish a global research agenda based on the joint identification of key gaps by the academic, practitioner and urban policy-making communities. Registration is free and funding is available for participants from developing countries.  Proposals should be linked to one or more of the four conference themes:

  • Cities & climate change (Imperatives for action)
  • Urban emissions, impacts and vulnerabilities (Science and practice of cities)
  • Solutions for the transition to low carbon and climate resilient cities (Science and practice for cities)
  • Enabling transformative climate action in cities (advancing science and advancing cities)

In order to ensure vibrant input and discussions at this conference, Cities IPCC partners would like to encourage submissions from scientists, academics, urban practitioners and policy-making communities. For any questions email: info @citiesipcc.org. More information about the conference can be found at www.citiesipcc.org.  Deadline: 16 October 2017.

IPCC AR6 Call for Authors and Expert Reviewers
Contribution deadline: 23 October 2017

As an IPCC observer organisation, Future Earth is pleased to be able to share the Call for Lead Authors, Coordinating Lead Authors and Review Editors for the IPCC's 6th Assessment Report (AR6).  Nominations from experts from a range of scientific, technical and socio-economic views and backgrounds are invited.

As always, the IPCC strives to include a mix of authors from different regions and from developed and developing countries and a balance of men and women, as well as between those experienced with working on IPCC reports and those new to the process.  Author nominations for AR6 are particularly encouraged from non-academic experts and practitioners and experts from the Global South.  Furthermore, as this assessment report aims to be more integrative across the Working Groups, people with a proven ability to operate across two or three of IPCC's Working Group areas are especially encouraged to apply.  Finally, as AR6 (particularly Working Groups 2 and 3) will focus more on human-social aspects of climate change, experts in the social sciences should feel encouraged to apply.

Interested parties should examine the chapter outlines for Working Group I , Working Group II , and and Working Group III for AR6 and submit your nomination suggestion to Kaela Slavik (kaela.slavik @futureearth.org), Science Officer - Synthesis and Foresight, Future Earth, by 23.59 CET 23 October 2017

Nominations include a short CV (PDF format, strictly less than 4 pages) together with a completed form (see Working Group I , Working Group II, or Working Group III for the relevant form). Future Earth will then formally submit the suitable and complete nominations to IPCC before their submission deadline on 27 October 2017.

Gender Roles in Water Scarcity–Induced Migration Webinar
Event date(s): 17 October 2017

The GEF recognizes gender equality as an important goal in the context of its projects. Based on this, IW:LEARN has included in its fourth cycle a gender sub-component “Promotion of Gender Mainstreaming in the GEF IW Portfolio”, with the scope of achieving increased recognition of gender issues and attention on gender equality throughout the GEF IW projects.

The Gender sub-component includes amongst others a set of six webinars that aims to provide GEF IW projects with the elements and tools for training project staff and client country experts on water and gender issues, and learn how to incorporate gender considerations into water policies in different project contexts.

Following the first (Gender Analysis and Mainstreaming) and second webinar (Collecting Sex-Disaggregated Water Data), the third webinar will take place on Tuesday 17 October with as topic ‘Gender Roles in Water Scarcity-induced Migration’. The webinar intends to explore the interdependencies among water scarcity, youth unemployment and migration. In particular, it will also address the different roles of women and men in the gendered migration process. The webinar will feature a panel of experts that will approach the topic from different perspectives:

  •     What is environmental migration?;
  •     The link between water & migration;
  •     The role of women and men in the migration process;
  •     Case studies.

Please register before 16 October by sending an e-mail to l.thuy @unesco.org providing your name, surname and affiliation. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to attend the webinar.

More information on the rationale and content of the Webinar series, the timeline, as well as relevant background material can be found on http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/environment/water/wwap/water-and-gender/iw-webinar-series-on-gender-and-water/timeline-and-themes/.

Climate and Migration Coalition
Posted: 11 October 2017

The Climate and Migration Coalition exists to challenge the lack of long-term strategies to support and protect people at risk of displacement linked to environmental change. The goal is to ensure a people centered policy response at the national and international level by: (a) Building support for policies that allow people to strengthen their survival capacity through migration; (b) Ensuring adequate assistance and protection for people displaced internally and cross border as a consequence of slow and sudden onset disasters. It is a useful resource for public discussion on climate change migration related issues.

For more information, see http://climatemigration.org.uk/.

Learning for Sustainability (LfS) - new on-line resources for collaborative initiatives
Posted: 11 October 2017

The Learning for Sustainability (LfS) web portal provides annotated links to a wide range of on-line resources to support those working in collaborative and learning-based initiatives. The site highlights the wide range of social skills and processes that are needed to support constructive collaboration, and indicates how these skills and processes can be interwoven to achieve more integrated and effective outcomes. It has links to a number of new resources. These are structured within six key theme areas:

  • Social learning - systems thinking, networks, dialogue, knowledge management, reflective practice, capacity building, design thinking
  • Planning, monitoring and evaluation - theory of change, outcomes and logic models, complexity-aware approaches, indicators
  • Collaboration and engagement - stakeholder mapping, problem framing, risk communication, social license to operate
  • Supporting change - managing complexity, adaptation, governance, facilitation, behavior change, scenarios, strategic planning, social marketing
  • Social research - methods and tools - action research, ethics, inter- and trans-disciplinary, social science resource sites
  • Sustainable development - community resilience, global reports, Internet use, job and volunteering opportunities

For more information, see http://learningforsustainability.net/.

Funding/Study/Work Opportunities

Submission deadline: 18 December 2017

With support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Michigan State University (MSU), NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Awards are given to students, postdocs, and junior researchers (e.g., assistant professors) to cover expenses associated with attending the meeting of US-IALE (U.S. Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology), which will be held during April 8-12, 2018, in Chicago, USA (http://chicago2018.usiale.org/).

The application materials include a cover letter, application form, abstract (as it was submitted to the US-IALE meeting site), resume/CV, and budget.  Applications are judged based on the merits of the applicants' abstracts, financial needs, and professional backgrounds and goals.

Presentations (oral or poster) should focus on telecoupling (environmental and socioeconomic interactions over distances, such as human and animal migration, species dispersal, species invasion, disease spread, sound/noise transmission, spread of pollutants and wastes, trade of goods and products, flows of ecosystem services, environmental and hydrological flows, foreign investment, technology transfer, water transfer, and tourism). Topics may include applications of the telecoupling framework to address issues across landscapes or coupled human and natural systems (e.g., dynamics, pattern, process, structure, function, and sustainability). For more information about telecoupling, please see http://csis.msu.edu/telecoupling .

Applicants from around the world (except former award recipients) are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is 18 December 2017.

More information about the NASA-MSU Program is available at the web site http://csis.msu.edu/education/nasa_msu_award  and the application form is available at http://csis.msu.edu/form/nasa-msu-app.

INGSA Research Associate Grant Programme
Submission deadline: 15 November 2017

The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) is a collaborative platform for policy makers, practitioners, national academies, and academics to share experience, build capacity and develop theoretical and practical approaches to the use of scientific evidence in informing policy at all levels of government.

In line with this mission, INGSA is offering six professional development and research grants to support early-to-mid career researchers or policy practitioners in Low and Middle Income Countries. Each grant recipient will manage and conduct a project of their choice in line with the priority research theme outlined in the Call for Applications. Successful applicants will become INGSA Research Associates for the period of the grant (March 2018 - February 2019).

Submission deadline: 15 November 2017
For more information, see http://www.ingsa.org/grant-programme/.

Associate Professor of Globalization of Agriculture and Rural Transformation
Submission deadline: 17 October 2017

The position is at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Section for Geography Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen.  The position is associated with the research group Environment and Society in Developing Countries, which is one of four research groups in the Section for Geography. The purpose of the position is to strengthen and develop ongoing research on the interaction between the globalization of agriculture and socio-economic dynamics in rural areas that are undergoing transformations. The research will have a specific focus on Africa and Asia. The position will also strengthen teaching in development geography and globalization processes in agriculture analyzed through local and global value chains.

Applicants are required to have a strong and proven record of research within the field described above. Thorough knowledge of methodological issues in global value chain analysis is required and experience from policy formulation is considered an advantage. Experience with field work in Africa and/or Asia is also a requirement. Moreover, applicants must have a keen interest in collaborative research and documented experience from joint research projects is an advantage. Proven records of successful applications for external funds are essential as the successful applicant is expected to seek research funds either independently or in collaboration with other researchers. 
Applicants are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required. Experience with conducting field based teaching in developing countries is an asset.

For more information see https://candidate.hr-manager.net/ApplicationInit.aspx/?cid=1307&departmentId=18971&ProjectId=145900&MediaId=5&SkipAdvertisement=false.  Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Claus Beier, cbe @ign.ku.dk.  Application due: 17 October 2017

Further information on the Department can be found at: http://ign.ku.dk/english/.

Spatial Epidemiologist
Posted: 11 October 2017

ICF has an opening for a Spatial Epidemiologist for its Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program. The DHS Program is a US Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project that supports the collection of demographic and health data through nationally representative population and facility-based surveys.

The Spatial Epidemiologist will primarily focus on using spatial analysis techniques to analyze demographic and health issues using the DHS survey data. Tasks will include: creating spatial analysis outputs for use in program decision making, developing and conducting research and analysis of DHS spatial and survey data, collaborating with other staff to integrate geographic data in their analyses, writing analytical reports for publication, management and oversight of spatial data coming in from the field, and providing guidance on appropriate data use. Creation and use of interpolated (gridded) surfaces is an expanding field within the DHS and will be one area of focus of the position. The Spatial Epidemiologist would also be involved in other cross-cutting projects at ICF with a need for geo-spatial analysis including biodiversity and health, nutrition and agriculture.  Some travel internationally is possible but would likely be less than 15% of the time. The full-time position is based in Rockville, MD (in the Washington, DC metro area).

For more information, see https://icfi.taleo.net/careersection/icf_prof_ext/jobdetail.ftl?job=1700003608.

PhD Fellowships/Assistantships (Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS), Michigan State University)
Posted: 11 October 2017

Fellowships/assistantships are available for self-motivated PhD students to conduct innovative and high-impact research at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University (http://csis.msu.edu).

Research topics may include telecoupling (socioeconomic- environmental interactions over distances, through means such as flows of ecosystem services, trade of goods and products, globalization, migration, species invasion, disease spread, and tourism, telecoupling.org),  sustainability science, coupled human and natural systems, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, human well-being, forest and landscape ecology, global change, systems integration (e.g., integration of ecology with social sciences and policy; food-energy-water nexus), wildlife ecology and conservation (e.g., giant pandas in China and polar bears in Alaska), land change science, and systems modeling and simulation (e.g., agent-based modeling). Studies on these topics by faculty and students at CSIS have been published in journals such as Science, Nature, and PNAS. With flexible start dates (e.g., summer or fall of 2018), successful candidates can build on previous studies and explore new frontiers.

Application materials include: (1) letter of application, (2) statement of professional goals, (3) CV or resume, (4) transcripts, (5) GRE scores, (6) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), (7) list of 3-4 references (names and contact information), and (8) up to three representative publications if any. Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible, or until the positions are filled.  Applications and questions about these opportunities should be emailed to:

Professor Jianguo (Jack) Liu
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823-5243, USA
liuji @msu.edu (email)

Literature/New Additions to Database

Syllabus: Global Weirding? Climate change and population dynamics
11 October 2017

Climate change will have wide ranging implications for society over the course of the 21st century. A demographic perspective is critical for understanding social vulnerability to climate impacts, as well as the possible outcomes of those impacts, such as migration, morbidity and mortality. Based on a multidisciplinary approach, the seminar introduces demographic, sociological and geographical tools and concepts to systematically analyse differential impacts of climate change (owing to social vulnerability and adaptive capacity) as well as the potential implications of climate change for health and wellbeing, conflict and migration. Both past trends and patterns and future scenarios will be considered as well as a range of geographic scales and contexts (i.e., local to global, urban and rural).

Syllabus: SDEV W3400 - Human Populations and Sustainable Development
11 October 2017

Demographic processes and their outcomes in terms of population size, distribution and characteristics have a fundamental role in sustainable development and also broad policy implications. This course will introduce students to the scientific study of human populations as a contribution toward their understanding of social structure, relations, and dynamics, as well as society-nature interactions. We will consider the implications for population-environment relationships in the context of consumption trends, economic development, sustainability and cultural change.

Syllabus: WWS 594-0 - Urbanization, Migration and Climate Change
11 October 2017

This course will examine two hallmark demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of the 21st century: urbanization and migration. It will place those changes in the context of climate-change adaptation and mitigation, and consider policy and programs that address these issues. The course will focus on changes in a developing-country context. Students will learn to examine theory and evidence (data and methods) that is used at the local, national and international level to understand populations at risk in the short and long-run, internal and international migration flows, city-growth and urban dynamism in the context of short and long-term climate-change related hazards (e.g., increased storms and associated flooding, sea-level rise, drought, changes in disease vectors, and so on).

Climate change and forced migrations: An effort towards recognizing climate refugees
10 October 2017

This article analyzes how the international community is dealing with the concept of climate change refugees, an emergent and undeniable reality.

Disruption, not displacement: Environmental variability and temporary migration in Bangladesh
10 October 2017

Using high-frequency demographic surveillance data, a discrete time event history approach, and a range of sociodemographic and contextual controls, the study measures the extent to which temperature, precipitation, and flooding can predict temporary migration.

Environmental Change, Migration, and Conflict in Africa
10 October 2017

This article examines how migration may act as an intervening and causal variable between environmental change and conflict by combining climate-conflict and environment-migration research. It argues that  to understand the potential propensity of environmental change to lead to conflict in Africa, close attention needs to be paid to local-level manifestations of conflict and (mal)adaptive forms of migration.

Migration and agrarian transformation in Indigenous Mexico
10 October 2017

To analyse the importance of alternative practices surrounding land, labour, governance, and ritual found in the region, the study used the concept of comunalidad, created by Indigenous intellectuals in Oaxaca, Mexico.  The results show that while Indigenous villages are profoundly affected by different forms of migration, migration itself is not necessarily a “death knell” for Indigenous peasants.

Climate-induced migration: Exploring local perspectives in Kiribati
04 October 2017

The study using a questionnaire (n = 60) as the primary method of data collection, explores  how local community members have taken it upon themselves to respond to the impacts of climate change by utilizing a number of different strategies. The results show that: first, respondents consider climate change to be the most concerning issue for sustaining their livelihoods; second, respondents have built physical defences, relocated temporarily or permanently, and sought government assistance to adapt to localized climate-related impacts; and third, the majority of respondents indicated that they would migrate as a long term strategy to respond to the future impacts of climate change.