CFP – Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services

Call for Research Proposals Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services

The U.S. National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and two German national research centers—the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Synthesis Centre (sDiv) within the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena- Leipzig—are pleased to announce an international opportunity for socio-environmental synthesis research on “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.”

Participants are expected to spend time at each of the three centers (SESYNC in Annapolis, MD, USA; UFZ and sDiv in Leipzig, Germany) working with their synthesis team. Each team should generally have no more than five members; however, larger-sized teams will be considered if justified. UFZ and sDiv have many faculty on-site, and applicants may wish to take advantage of their expertise. Funding decisions will be based on external peer review by an international panel.  Proposals are due no later than October 9, 2013, and decisions will be made no later than November 15, 2013.

A description of the projects including background on SESYNC and detailed submission instructions can be found HERE.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Value & the Environment

Environment and Society: Advances In Research seeks proposals for review-style papers concerned with value and the environment.

Papers might focus on:

  • Land, land tenure, and dispossession
  • Resources and compensation
  • Conservation Valuation
  • REDD and the values / valuations associated with it
  • Economic evaluation of ecosystem services
  • Projects that are trying to predict the future value of wild seed strains or particular animal breeds for different environments and/or communities and then looking for capitalist investors to fund conservation or dispersion initiatives.
  • The agency and value of natural resources
  • Citizen involvement in environmental monitoring/science/regulation
  • “Rights based approaches” in conservation
  • The value of biocultural approaches in contemporary scholarship and conservation practice
  • How value is measured (in REDD projects and conservation projects, for example)
  • How things are valued in an abstract sense
  • How are things valued in the concrete context of compensation
  • How valuation gets expressed in practice

Submission Procedure

Please submit abstracts (paper proposals) to Environment & Society using the e-mail address:

Deadline for submissions: November 9, 2012

If you have questions feel free to email editor Paige West
Tow Associate Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College and Columbia University