Four new PhD positions on the intersection of food security and biodiversity

IMPORTANT UPDATE, 2 DEC 2014: Applications have now CLOSED.

By Joern Fischer

Finally, I have advertised the four new PhD positions announced on this blog some time ago. They will contribute to our new interdiscipinary project entitled “Identifying social-ecological system properties benefiting biodiversity and food security”.

Ensuring food security and halting biodiversity decline are two of the most urgent (and interconnected) challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. Taking a social-ecological systems perspective, this new project seeks to identify synergies between food security and biodiversity conservation. The PhD positions are associated with an in-depth empirical case study on food security and biodiversity in Ethiopia. Further background on the project in general is available at:

https://ideas4sustainability.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/new-research-project-on-biodiversity-and-food-security/

https://ideas4sustainability.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/new-postdoc-and-phd-positions-food-security-and-biodiversity/

The PhD positions are summarised in the following, with links to each of the four full advertisements.

They will be based at Leuphana (in Germany), with fieldwork in Ethiopia.

PhD Eco1: Distribution and conservation of biodiversity in Ethiopian farmland (including birds)

Tasks and responsibilities for this PhD position will include: (1) Land cover mapping and yield gap analysis; (2) Field surveys of birds; (3) Analyses of distribution and composition of birds; and (4) Other biodiversity analyses (including other animal taxa) as appropriate.

Full details and instructions for how to apply are available here: PHDeco1_advertisement_ERC_J_Fischer

PhD Eco2: Distribution and conservation of biodiversity in Ethiopian farmland (including woody vegetation)

Tasks and responsibilities for this PhD position will include: (1) Land cover mapping and yield gap analysis; (2) Field surveys of woody vegetation; (3) Analyses of distribution and composition of woody vegetation; and (4) Other biodiversity analyses as appropriate.

Full details and instructions for how to apply are available here: PHDeco2_advertisement_ERC_J_Fischer

PhD Soc1: Governance of food security and biodiversity in Ethiopian farmland

Tasks and responsibilities for this PhD position will include: (1) Actor analysis in the contexts of food security and biodiversity conservation; (2) Social network analysis in the contexts of food security and biodiversity conservation; (3) Analysis of formal institutions and regulations in the contexts of food security and biodiversity conservation; and (4) Other governance analyses as appropriate.

Full details and instructions for how to apply are available here: PHDsoc1_advertisement_ERC_J_Fischer

 PhD Soc2: Livelihood strategies and food security of households in Ethiopian farmland

Tasks and responsibilities for this PhD position will include: (1) Household surveys of livelihood strategies; (2) Household surveys of food security; (3) Analysis of food flows and bundles of food; and (4) Other analyses of food security as appropriate.

Full details and instructions for how to apply are available here: PHDsoc2_advertisement_ERC_J_Fischer

Deadline: 1 December 2014

 For questions, please contact Prof. Joern Fischer (joern.fischer@uni.leuphana.de).

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