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.

JOB – Tenure-Track Position in Human-Environment Interaction

Anthropology LogoThe Department of Anthropology at Stanford University seeks an innovative scholar for a tenure track faculty appointment in the area of the anthropology of human-environment interactions. We seek a motivated, broad thinking scholar whose research focuses on the human dimensions of environmental or resource systems. Research areas could include food, food systems, and food security; natural resource management (including questions surrounding conservation, water and water rights, forests, fisheries, energy, etc.); subsistence and livelihoods; and studies of urban environments, including studies deploying geographic information science. In addition to establishing a vigorous research program, the successful candidate is expected to be a strong participant in Stanford’s interdisciplinary institutes of environment and energy. The successful candidate is also expected to teach classes and mentor students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Applicants are asked to provide a cover letter describing research and teaching experience as well as future plans in these areas and curriculum vitae. Please submit the requested materials in .pdf format via email to Ellen Christensen, Applicants should request 3 letters of recommendation to be sent to the same email address. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women and minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

SCHOLARSHIP – Gloria Barron Wilderness Society

wilderness societyThe Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship is available to qualified graduate students.  It is created in honor of Gloria Barron, dedicated educator and tireless advocate for wilderness protection, and administered by The Wilderness Society, a leading conservation organization based in Washington, D.C.  The scholarship amount varies from year to year.  Historically, The Wilderness Society has awarded $10,000 to graduate students to support their research and preparation of a paper on an aspect of wilderness.  We strongly encourage proposals relating to climate change, as well as other topics regarding wilderness conservation.

Additional funding will be provided to pay travel expenses for the recipient to work with staff members of The Wilderness Society on this project. The Wilderness Society wishes to encourage the publication of this work in an academic journal or other appropriate medium and has additional funds to help cover expenses of publishing and publicizing the final paper.

The scholarship seeks to encourage individuals who have the potential to make a significant positive difference in the long term protection of wilderness in the United States. In the past, individuals like Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson have made that kind of lasting difference. They possessed all the skills needed to excel in their respective professions, but they also possessed something more: the courage and the vision to think afresh about how and why to protect our wild lands and the ability to communicate those ideas effectively to others.

For more information about the scholarship and how to apply, please visit our website.

Application deadline: March 31, 2013.

If you have questions, please contact me.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Indigenous People and Nature Conservation

Abstract designThe conference Sámi Customary Rights in Modern Landscapes will be held in Luleå, Sweden, 28-29 August 2013, with an optional excursion on the 30th of August. The conference aims to explore how culturally defined values, ideologies and policies have formed, and continue to form, the basis of Indigenous rights and management models of nature conservation areas in Sápmi. Comparisons with, or cases of, the situations of other Indigenous Peoples are welcome. The conference seeks to bring together different disciplines such as history, philosophy, political science, law, cultural geography, sociology and anthropology.

Some specific issues include

  • How the cultural imagination of nature and landscape among different Indigenous groups has influenced the establishment of nature conservation areas and the design of governance models for natural resources.
  • How the contemporary governance of protected areas has been influenced by the principles of equality and positive discrimination, affecting the possibilities to establish adaptive co-management arrangements of specific areas.
  • How the legal situation of the Sámi and other Indigenous Peoples has been recognized, especially concerning longstanding customary territorial rights.

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Karl Jacoby, Department of History and Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER), Columbia University, New York, USA.
  • Associate Professor Michael Adams, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences & Indigenous Studies Unit, University of Wollongong, Australia.
  • Senior Lecturer Jacinta Ruru, Faculty of Law, University of Otago Otepoti, Dunedin, New Zeeland.

The conference is part of the research project Indigenous Rights and Nature Conservation in Fennoscandinavia

The conference

The conference language will be English. Registration will be during the morning of Wednesday the 28th of August. The conference will begin after lunch on the 28th and continue until Friday afternoon the 29th of August. The conference will be held in Luleå in northern Sweden. Luleå is the regional centre of the county of Norrbotten, a nice harbor town with a large archipelago for tourism and recreation.

Optional excursion

On Friday the 30th a scientific and cultural excursion will be arranged to parts of Sápmi. We will visit cultural heritage sites of local Sámi people and also travel out into nature to see how reindeer herding and other interests are reconciled in conservation areas. The excursion is optional and will be self-financed by the participants. It is estimated to cost a maximum of 1000 SEK, including transportation and food.

Call for abstracts

Abstracts for papers can address either one of the three specific issues outlined above or the complex issue of indigenous rights and nature conservation more generally. Abstracts should be 500 words or less.

Abstracts can be sent to Assoc. prof. Camilla Sandström, University of Umeå.
Phone: +46-90-7866450

Last date for abstracts: 1 April 2013
Our date for confirmation of accepted abstracts: 20 April 2013

Presentation of papers

Presenters will be given 20-30 minutes for paper presentations at the conference.


The conference aims to publish a selection of conference papers as a special issue for a high ranked academic journal. Further information will be provided at a later date.


In order to plan for the conference we need your registration. You can register even if you do not have any paper for presentation. The conference fee is 1500 SEK, including meals and conference dinner.

First date for registration: 1 April 2013
Last date of registration: 5 August 2013
You may register and pay the conference fee on the website:

More detailed information will be sent out later. For accommodation, restaurants, events, etc. see For your convenience there is also rooms reserved at Elite Hotel.

We look forward to seeing you at our exciting conference!

For information concerning practical arrangements, please contact

Conference manager Meit Levin, Luleå University of Technology.
Phone: +46-920-491622

For information concerning the content of the conference, please contact

Prof. Lars Elenius, Senior lecturer at Luleå University of Technology.
Phone: +46-70-3131259

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