JOB – Lectureships in Sustainability, Lancaster (UK)

lecLectureships in Sustainability
Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary: £32,267 to £44,607
Closing Date: Thursday 20 June 2013
Interview Date: Thursday 11 July 2013
Reference: A716

Lancaster Environment Centre is making a major investment in Sustainability
Science by creating up to four Lectureships with an emphasis on social and
inter-disciplinary science. This initiative is part of our mission to
become a key global player in Sustainability research which focuses on the
search for solutions to major global challenges while going beyond
traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Ideal candidates will apply social science approaches to sustainability
research in a way that addresses the interactions between natural and
social systems and identifies pathways to meeting human needs and dignity
whilst conserving the planet’s life-support systems. We welcome candidates
whose research promotes the design of institutions, policies and practices
that support sustainable development and links knowledge with actions. In
particular, we seek exceptional early-career researchers who address grand
challenges of global environmental change, including: climate change
mitigation and adaptation; governance of social-ecological systems;
vulnerability and resilience; sustainable development and poverty
alleviation; food security; demography, migration and consumption; urban
development; land-use change and biodiversity loss; and the sustainable
management of natural resources. We seek future research leaders from
across the social and economic sciences, including both quantitative and
qualitative approaches, working at local to global scales.

Lancaster Environment Centre offers a unique platform for developing
sustainability research. Our large world-class community has established
strengths in inter-disciplinary global change research. Applicants will be
welcomed into relevant inter-disciplinary research themes, but we are also
interested in talented individuals demonstrating leadership in their own
area of research.

You will contribute to undergraduate teaching in Human Geography and other
LEC programmes such as Ecology and Conservation and Environmental Science.
You will also help develop a distinctive and internationally-leading
post-graduate programme to advance education and training in Sustainability

The interviews will take place 11 and 12 July 2013

For more information see

LECTURE – “Biological Invasions”, McGill (Canada)

mcgill ricciardiMcGill University’s Cutting Edge Lectures in Science at the Redpath Museum presents: “Biological Invasions: The Ecological and Societal Impacts of Non-native Species”

Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 6pm

By Anthony Ricciardi (Redpath Museum and McGill School of Environment)

Driven by the movement of people and cargo across the planet, thousands of species of plants, animals and microbes are spreading into new regions faster and farther than at any other time in Earth’s history. These “biological invasions” can cause extinctions, disrupt ecosystems, alter natural resources, threaten human health, and even pose national security problems. Despite these risks, some ecologists have advocated planned invasions to rescue species threatened by climate change. Termed “assisted colonization”, their proposal involves moving potentially large numbers of species to favorable habitats well beyond their native range. This talk will evaluate this controversial strategy and the ecological and societal impacts of invasions worldwide.  Dr. Anthony Ricciardi is an associate professor in both the Redpath Museum and the McGill School of Environment, where he teaches courses on animal diversity, environmental science, and the ecology of species invasions.  He received his PhD from McGill (in 1997), and was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at Université Laval and a Killam Fellow at Dalhousie University. He is an associate editor for the journal Diversity and Distributions and the journal Biological Invasions, and he serves on the scientific committee of the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network – a national NSERC-funded research group that assesses the risks of invasion in Canada’s lakes, rivers and coastal waters.

Where: Auditorium, Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke Street West (Metro McGill/Peel), Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Seating is limited. No reservations necessary.
When: 6 PM, followed by a reception.
Cost: Free, everyone welcome.

For more information, visit this webpage.

CONFERENCE – What do we owe future generations?; Université de Sherbrooke (Longueuil, Canada)

N.B.: This conference will be given in French. Full information about the talk (in French) can be found below. (Français en bas.)

Conference organized by the Chair of applied ethicsDepartment of philosophy and applied ethicsUniversité de Sherbrooke, Longueuil campus

What do we owe future generations? by Jean-Cassien Billier
Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at 5pm
Université de Sherbrooke, Local 6675, Campus de Longueuil (150 Place Charles-Le Moyne, Longueuil, Québec, Canada)

Description: Is it morally acceptable to leave to future generations the weight of our debts, a reduced biodiversity, or a number of risks brought about by chemical or nuclear industries? This question has become more and more pressing over the past half century, over the course of environmental catastrophes and economic crises – to the point of changing our very understanding of ethics: the idea of duties towards beings who do not exist, because they do not exist yet, has imposed itself arising from the no-less paradoxical notion of the rights of future persons. But if we have duties towards future generations, and if they have rights, what exactly are these duties and rights?

More information can be found on the conference poster.


Conférence organisée par la Chaire d’éthique appliquéeDépartement de philosophie et d’éthique appliquée, Université de Sherbrooke au Campus de Longueuil

Que devons-nous aux générations futures?
Par le conférencier Jean-Cassien BILLIER (Philosophie, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne)

Date: Le mercredi 7 novembre 2012
Heure: À 17 h 00
Lieu: Université de Sherbrooke, Local 6675, Campus de Longueuil (150 Place Charles-Le Moyne, Longueuil, Québec, Canada)

Description: Est-il moralement acceptable de transmettre aux générations futures le poids de nos dettes, une biodiversité réduite, ou encore une collection de risques entraînés par les industries chimiques ou nucléaires? Cette interrogation est devenue de plus en plus brûlante depuis un demi-siècle, au gré des catastrophes environnementales et des crises économiques, au point de transformer la compréhension même de l’éthique : l’idée de devoirs envers des êtres qui n’existent pas, parce qu’ils n’existent pas encore, s’est imposée, assortie de la notion, non moins paradoxale, de droits que posséderaient des personnes inexistantes parce que futures. Mais si nous avons des devoirs envers les générations futures, et si celles-ci ont des droits, quels sont-ils exactement?

Pour plus d’informations, voir l’affiche de la conférence.

PhD Position – Ethics of Living with Large Predators; Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands)

PhD Position – Ethics of Living with Large Predators
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Faculty of Science
Vacancy number: 62.75.12
Closing date: 11 November 2012 


The Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (ISIS) offers a PhD position within the VIDI project ‘Reading the Landscape. A Hermeneutic Approach to Environmental Ethics’, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
This overall project aims to develop a new approach to environmental ethics in order to deal with moral conflicts arising from ongoing, large-scale landscape changes directed towards ‘rewilding’. It builds on the idea that landscapes are interpreted in various ways, and that environmental narratives based on these readings play a key role in our moral relationships with the environment. Understanding the meaning of a landscape is part of an ongoing dialogue about who ‘we’ are and what the world is to ‘us’. By examining relevant ethical narratives at play in these conflicts, this project seeks to overcome the deadlock in moral debates on issues regarding landscape change and to help deepen moral debates on ecological restoration projects in cultural landscapes.
The sub-project ‘The Ethics of Living with Large Predators’ will examine normative motives at play in conflicts involving the reintroduction of live predators such as wolves and other ‘inconvenient’ species, which challenges our perceived notions of identity and our sense of place.
The PhD project will be carried out under the supervision of principal investigator Dr. Martin Drenthen and Prof. dr. Hub Zwart or Prof. dr. Jozef Keulartz.

As a PhD researcher you will have the following tasks: designing and conducting research, providing project-related training, and performing limited teaching duties. You will be expected to present your research results in renowned scientific journals and at international conferences. The research should lead to a PhD thesis.

Work environment

Radboud University Nijmegen is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. Renowned for its leafy campus, modern buildings and state-of-the-art equipment, it has nine faculties and enrols over 17,500 students in approximately 90 study programmes. The university is located in Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands, close to the German border. Nijmegen has a rich history and one of the liveliest city centres in the Netherlands.

The Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (ISIS) is part of the Faculty of Sciences. Its mission is to analyse, assess and improve the societal embedding of science and technology through research, education and communication in close collaboration with other institutes of the Faculty of Science. ISIS conducts research into visions of nature, sustainable technologies and the role of scientific expertise in knowledge societies. ISIS also provides education to Master’s students of the Faculty of Science. It offers several courses in the fields of Sciences and Society, Philosophy, Water and Nature Management, Science Communication (C track) and Management and Technology (MT track).

The ISIS Centre for Nature and Society (CNS) combines research in the fields of environmental philosophy, social environmental science and environmental ethics with environmental science. It aims to expand our understanding of the relationship between humans and the natural world, and to contribute to a more sustainable society.

What we expect from you

You should have a Master’s degree in Philosophy or in another discipline relevant to the research project (or the date of obtaining the degree must have been officially set). You should have an interest in the ethical dimensions of contemporary nature conservation issues, and be familiar with the tradition of phenomenology and/or philosophical hermeneutics. Furthermore, you should have a talent for research and for communicating with various audiences (in writing and in person), and be willing to participate in an interdisciplinary research team. Finally, you should have the following competences: conceptual ability, presentation, planning and organization, and progress monitoring.

What we have to offer

We offer you:
– employment: 1,0 fte;
– in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
– The gross starting salary amounts to €2,042 per month based on full-time employment, and will increase to €2,612 per month in the fourth year;
– duration of the contract: 4 years;
– you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years;
– you will be classified as a PhD student (promovendus) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO).

Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Would you like to know more?
Further information on: ISIS
dr. Martin Drenthen
Telephone: +31 24 3652730


Are you interested?
Please include with your application a CV, a letter of motivation, a research statement explaining your research interests and how they relate to the project, a short summary of your Master’s thesis (2 pages max.), a list of all university courses taken, and the names and contact details of two referees.

It is Radboud University Nijmegen’s policy to only accept applications by e-mail. Please send your application, stating vacancy number 62.75.12, to, for the attention of Ms W. van der Pluijm, before 11 November 2012.
For more information on the application procedure: +31 24 3652131

CALL FOR PAPERS – 14th International Wildlife Law Conference

The 14th International Wildlife Law Conference, with the theme Conserving Africa’s Wild Fauna and Flora: The Role of International Agreements, will be in held in Buea, Cameroon, from December 6-7, 2012. Organized by Stetson University College of Law’s Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, the American Branch of the International Law Association’s International Environmental Law Committee, and the Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy, and hosted by the University of Buea, the conference brings together wildlife law experts from the governmental, NGO, and academic sectors.

Papers are invited on the following aspects of wildlife law and policy:

*Forest Conservation Regimes
*CITES at 40
*Challenges and Opportunities for Regional Agreements
*The Role of Public Participation in MEA Implementation
*Protected and Designated Areas and Ecotourism

Papers on other topics will also be considered. The best papers will be published in a special edition of the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy.

The conference will be held in conjunction with a regional round of the 17th Annual Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition:

To receive priority consideration, please submit an abstract of your paper and a brief bio by August 31, 2012 to:

Dr. Wil Burns at
Prof. Royal C. Gardner at
John Manyitabot Takang at

CALL FOR PAPERS – Changing Nature: Migrations, Energies, Limits (ASLE)

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
Tenth Biennial Conference,
May 28-June 1, 2013
University of Kansas, Lawrence

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) invites proposals for its Tenth Biennial Conference, to be held May 28th through June 1st, 2013, at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The decennial conference theme is intended to reflect some of the most engaging current conversations within the environmental humanities and across disciplines, and to link those discussions to the transnational nexus of energy, labor, borders, and human and nonhuman environments that are so fundamentally “changing nature,” and with it the widely varied kinds of environmental critique we practice, art we make, and politics we advocate. Migrations–of humans, of non-human creatures, of “invasive species,” of industrial toxins across aquifers and cellular membranes, of disease across species and nations, of transgenic pollen and GM fish-have changed the meanings of place, bodies, nations, and have lent new urgency to the old adage that “everything is connected to everything.” Energies–fossil, renewable, human, spiritual, aesthetic, organic-radically empower our species for good and for ill, and make our individual and collective choices into the Anthropocene. And those choices are profoundly about Limits on resources, climate, soil, and water; about voluntary and involuntary curbs on individual and collective consumption and waste; about the often porous and often violently marked borders of empire, class, race, and gender.

We seek proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, and other public presentations that address the intersections between representation, nature, and culture, and that are connected to the conference’s deliberately broad and, we hope, provocative theme. As always, we emphatically welcome interdisciplinary approaches; readings of environmentally inflected fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and film; and proposals from outside the academic humanities, including submissions from artists, writers, practitioners, activists, and colleagues in the social and natural sciences. An incomplete list of possible topics might include, combine, and are certainly not limited to:

  • Petro-culture and the Energies of Modernity: the Keystone pipeline, hydrofracking, tar sands, global capital and resource wars, the possibility of change
  • Aesthetics and the Futures of Environmental Representation
  • Climate Change: mitigation, adaptation, costs, and the concept of place
  • Empire, Race and Environment: postcolonial ecocriticism
  • The Futures of Ecofeminism
  • Indigenous Environmentalisms
  • “Natural” Histories of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Class, Sexualities…
  • Ecocomposition, environmentalism and rhetoric, sustainable pedagogies/the pedagogies of sustainability
  • Environmental Justice: toxins, food, climate, sovereignty
  • Postnatural Nature, Posthuman Humanism
  • Digital Representation and Natural Experience
  • Biotechnology: prostheses, genetic modification, synthetic life
  • Waste: from adopt-a-highway to the pacific garbage patch
  • Animals, Animality: us and us
  • Evolution, Epigenetic Change, Politics
  • Affect and Environmentalism: love, despair, postdespair

(More speakers TBA)

Stacy Alaimo, Distinguished Teaching Professor in English, University of Texas at Arlington. Author of Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space and Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self.

Maxine Burkett, Associate Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i and inaugural Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP), at the University of Hawai’i Sea Grant College Program.

Juan Carlos Galeano, Spanish Poetry and Amazonian Studies, Florida State University. Author of Amazonia and Folktales of the Amazon.

Wes Jackson, resident of the Land Institute. Author of
Nature as Measure (2011) and Consulting the Genius of the Place (2010).

Rob Nixon, Rachel Carson Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Author of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor and Dreambirds: The Natural History of a Fantasy.

Jeffrey Thomson, Poetry and Nonfiction, University of Maine Farmington. Author of Birdwatching in Wartime and Renovation.

Daniel Wildcat, American Indian Studies, Haskell Indian Nations University. Co-director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center and author of Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge and (with Vine Deloria, Jr.) Power and Place: Indian Education in America.

Cary Wolfe, Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English, Rice University. Author of Animal Rites: American Culture, The Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory and What Is Posthumanism?

Donald Worster, Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Professor of U.S. History, University of Kansas. Author of Nature’s Economy: A History of Ecological Ideas, Dust Bowl: the Southern Plains in the 1930s, and A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir.


As we have in the past, we will hold a number of pre-conference workshops on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, on central and emerging topics that reflect the diversity of our approaches and our membership. Rather than choose conference leaders in advance, however, we are calling for proposals for workshops and will post what seem the most compelling set of panels before the conference registration opens. Preconference workshop leaders will receive free registration for the 2013 conference and a complementary year’s membership in ASLE. For more information or to submit a proposal to lead a preconference workshop, please email Greta Gaard, ASLE’s 2013 Preconference Workshop Coordinator ( Proposals should include (a) a 500 word (max) proposal outlining the proposed workshop theme, structure, and your particular qualifications and (b) your vita. Pre-­conference workshop proposals must be sent by October 30, 2012.

We will also be offering half-day field excursions one afternoon that will allow attendees to experience some of the extraordinary natural beauty and fascinating history of the area, including a visit to the Konza Prairie Biological Station; a tour of the Wakarusa Wetlands, Haskell Indian Nations University Campus and Medicine Wheel; a trip to the KU Environmental Studies Field Station and Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden; mountain biking along the Kansas River; and an organic farm tour. For more information, please contact the conference site host, Byron Caminero‐Santangelo (

Finally, as announced on the diversity caucus blog and in the newsletter, the conference will make a block of time and a number of rooms available during the conference to facilitate the formation of interest group caucuses within ASLE, based around critical perspective, identity, language, region, nation, or whatever other organizing principle the group chooses. The only requirement for these groups is that they are open to all members; our hope is that the caucuses will encourage richer conversation within ASLE and will facilitate better communication between the membership and the leadership about how ASLE might strengthen its longstanding commitments to diversity. For more information on the caucuses and to request meeting space in advance, please contact ASLE diversity coordinator Salma Monani at


Stretching out on its own unbounded cale, unconfined…Combining the real and the ideal, and beautiful as dreams.”
–Walt Whitman on the view from the campus of The University of Kansas

Located in the forested hills surrounding the Kansas River, Lawrence offers the charms of a small city on the edge of the prairie with the resources of Kansas City (and its major airport) a short drive to the east.  As home to both the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence is frequently cited as one of the United States’ best college towns, and was recently ranked by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of its “Dozen Most Distinctive Destinations.” The lovely KU campus sits atop Mount Oread and is a short walk, bike, or bus ride from Lawrence’s vibrant downtown, as well as the river and a number of area parks. At the center of downtown is very pedestrian-friendly Massachusetts Street, offering two miles of local shops, galleries, independent bookstores, coffeehouses, bars and live music venues, as well as a burgeoning foodie and locavore culture spearheaded by a range of downtown restaurants. For those seeking outdoor activities, the town offers extensive cycling and walking trails through town and along the Kansas River; hiking, camping, and boating at Clinton Lake and Perry Lake (each about a fifteen–‐minute drive from campus); and walking trails through the Wakarusa wetlands.

Conference housing will be provided in the university’s dormitories and in three local hotels. Dormitory housing, all conference events, and one hotel are all within a five minute walk of each other through campus. Two Conference hotels are in the center of downtown, about ten blocks from campus; regular shuttle service will be provided for those who would prefer that option. Wireless Service will be available for all conference registrants, and all rooms for concurrent sessions will be equipped with projectors and Internet access. In addition, to reduce our resource use, we will make all conference materials, including maps and the program, available online and through a smartphone app; paper materials will also be readily available at registration upon request.


For additional information and to submit a proposal for a pre-formed panel or individual paper, please visit the conference website:

  • One proposal submission allowed per person.
  • Participants can present on only one panel/paper jam/or roundtable (though serving as a chair on a panel, in addition to presenting, is permitted.)
  • Pre-formed panels are highly encouraged. To encourage institutional diversity and connection, all pre-formed panels must include participants from more than one institution and from more than one academic level.
  • Proposals must be submitted online (though if this poses a significant difficulty for an individual member, please email Paul Outka to work out an accommodation.)

All proposals must be submitted by November 15, 2012. We will evaluate your proposal carefully, and notify you of its final status by January 31, 2013.

For questions about the program, please contact 2013 ASLE President Paul Outka, at For questions about the conference site and field sessions, please contact the Conference Site Host, Byron Caminero‐Santangelo, at