Call for Abstracts – 8th NEST Conference

We are excited to announce that the 8th NEST Conference will take place in Dresden, Germany
Abstract submission deadline: January 31, 2023 

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Call for abstracts 

The organizers believe that it is time for a critical evaluation and way forward: We are the next generation of sustainability transition researchers who can bring in new ideas, methodological approaches and questions. Therefore, the umbrella theme of the next NEST conference is “Re-imagining transitions: beyond established methods and concepts”. Together with you, we want to widen our horizons and perspectives by creating a space in which new concepts from different disciplines and schools of thought can play a role, in which established ways of knowing and doing get challenged. As transformations towards higher degrees of sustainability are of utmost importance and there is an urgent need for new concepts and practices to achieve just sustainability transitions, this can contribute to acceleration, diffusion, and the creation of alternatives. As such, the need for a variety of theories and approaches for spatially and temporally explicit change processes has never been greater. 

With this in mind, we especially invite researchers and approaches that challenge the boundaries, ontologies and epistemologies of the current state of the art through new approaches that can include (but are not limited to): arts and emotions, nexus-approaches involving complexity research, degrowth and transitions, just and inclusive transitions, more-than-human approaches, decolonizing approaches to transitions, new methods, co-design approaches and grassroots voices, etc. However, there will of course, also be the option to submit abstracts with a more classical focus that address pressing issues in sustainability transitions. This includes, but is not limited to, understanding transitions; power, agency and politics; governing transitions; civil society, culture, and social movements; businesses and industries; transitions in practice and everyday life; geography of transitions; ethical aspects; and methodologies. 

The 8th NEST Conference (2023) will be hosted by the Leibniz-Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) and the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) in Dresden, Germany and will take place on the 30th of June and the 1st of July 2023 in a hybrid (online+on-site) format. For continuously updated information on the conference, please visit our website here. The full Call for Abstracts can be found here. Please submit your Abstract (250-400 words) and a short biography of all authors (max. 150 words) via our abstract submission system using our abstract submission form here

The deadline for submission is January 31, 2023 and the communication of the submission outcomes will be March 2023. 

We want to emphasize that we are open to applications that challenge the prevailing order of scientific knowledge production and distribution at conferences via talks and presentations. Therefore, we intend to have additional sessions that allow for creative and innovative formats such as podcasts, videos, posters, science slams or whatever you can think of. We are also accepting applications for contributions to sessions in general if you would like to offer a workshop, panel discussion, or any other interesting format. If you are interested in such a format, you can submit your ideas via the abstract submission tool. 

If you have any questions, please contact: nestconference2023@gmail.com  

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions! Don`t forget to use the hashtag #8thNEST in your public communication about the conference and visit the NEST blog here for impressions of the previous NEST conferences and updates on other ongoing activities! 

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Post-doc position available in WildlifeNL

We have a 3-year post-doc position on human-wildlife coexistence available in our NWA-project WildlifeNL at Radboud University Nijmegen. The postdoctoral researcher will focus on establishing a transdisciplinary environment for addressing the challenges related to the Dutch Wildlife Comeback and identify potential leverage points for transformation towards human-wildlife coexistence. We are looking for a person with an interdisciplinary background and a PhD in natural resource management or a related field, experience with the social sciences, and has a basic understanding of the Dutch Language.

You can find the link to the position here:

https://www.ru.nl/en/working-at/job-opportunities/postdoctoral-researcher-in-human-wildlife-coexistence

Open position: Research assistant (50%) / PhD student at the Department of Innovation Economics, University of Hohenheim

On behalf of Andreas Pyka, I’d like to forward the job advertisement in the attachment. 

We’re looking for a research assistant and PhD student at the University of Hohenheim’s Department of Innovation Economics. 

Please feel free to forward the vacancy notice to potentially suitable candidates.

Postdoc position at Wageningen UR on Transition to Agroecology

We are offering a 2-year postdoc position in the new 4-year Agroecology-TRANSECT EU project that may be of interest to the STRN community:

In the Agroecology-TRANSECT, a reflexive approach to agricultural innovation in agroecological Innovation Hubs (IHs) is fostered from a multi-level perspective. Three-monthly online check-in meetings are combined with annual Co-innovation workshops where the IH teams reflect on past activities to plan next activities. Annual learning histories provide insights into IH functioning. Information on the social aspects of the innovation processes in the IHs is complemented with information on progress indicators describing climate change mitigation, biodiversity, and farm socio-economic resilience, which are provided by a fellow postdoc. Methods and tools for monitoring should provide generalizable answers to policy makers willing to support the transition towards agroecology, while at the same time being sensitive enough to provide references in a specific context. See for more information the link below.

The closing date for applications is 19 December 2022.

PhD position transition towards circular batteries

Dear Colleagues,

At Eindhoven University of Technology we have a vacancy for a PhD position on the transition towards circular batteries and electrification of shipping. We are looking for a person with a background in transition studies.

https://jobs.tue.nl/en/vacancy/phd-on-environmental-impact-of-batteries-in-transition-to-circular-shipping-962738.html

Post-Doc-Position at the University of Basel

Dear colleagues,

The University of Basel will hire a post-doctoral researcher (60%) for the project “Are Religions Becoming Green?”. Good skills in quantitative data analysis are essential for this position. 

Please find the call for applications in the attachment or here:

https://jobs.unibas.ch/offene-stellen/postdoctoral-position-in-social-science-research-on-religion-sustainability/01328214-987a-4c56-ae10-0ac3315dd29b

In case of questions, you can contact Ann-Lea Buzzi (annlea.buzzi@unibas.ch).

Call for Applications: MPhil and PhD in Public Policy, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The Division of Public Policy (PPOL) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is currently inviting applications for the MPhil and Ph.D. in Public Policy Programs 2023-2024.
https://ppol.ust.hk/

Our research activities focus on three areas: 1. Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy; 2. Energy, Environmental, and Sustainability Policy, and 3. Social and Urban Policy. We are particularly keen to explore the policy implications of emerging data-driven innovation for addressing sustainability challenges, including climate change and the circular economy.

The Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) provides an annual stipend of HKD325,200 (approx. USD41,430) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HKD13,600 (approx. USD1,730) per year for the period of four years. Applications are open until December 1, 2022.

New PostDoc position on transitions in the construction sector, EAWAG, CH

The Department of Environmental Social Sciences (ESS) at Eawag in Switzerland is currently inviting applications for a PostDoc position on ‘Policy and Innovation in Sustainable Construction’. https://apply.refline.ch/673277/0976/pub/2/index.html

The PostDoc will work at the interface of transition studies, political sciences and economic geography and analyze the niche/regime structures and advocacy coalitions that influence the construction sector’s transformation toward NetZero buildings. 

The position is fixed to a 2 year period and preferably starts in February 2023. The application deadline is Nov 30th, 2022.

Please spread the news and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Vacancy: Junior Assistant Professor in the field of Innovation Policy (1.0 FTE), Copernicus Institute, Utrecht

Job description

Utrecht University has opened a new faculty position at Junior Assistant Professor level in the field of innovation policy (fixed term, maximum 6 years). The teaching-research ratio of this position is 66% teaching and 34% research. Research time can be expanded from 34% to a maximum of 70% at the expense of teaching time. Such expansion depends on whether research projects are successfully acquired by senior staff members, for example, with ministries or the European Commission. Generally, we have such projects every year.

We are looking for:

Those close to finishing a PhD can also apply, and can also teach in Master programs upon completion of the PhD. A position of 0.8 fte is also possible. Based on their personal development as a teacher, the candidate can obtain a Basic Teaching Qualification (‘BKO’), which is important for a further academic career.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will: 

  • hold a Master degree in Innovation Studies, Public Administration, Economics, or related field; 
  • have excellent communication skills, be good in interpersonal relationships and an excellent team player; 
  • have affinity with working in an interdisciplinary research and teaching environment; 
  • have affinity with public outreach, working with societal stakeholders and transdisciplinary research;
  • Dutch and English language proficiency is a plus;
  • experience with and talent for academic teaching at Bachelor’s level is a plus;

Offer

We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for six years in an international working environment. The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience  – ranges between €2,960 and €4,670 (scale 10 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.

More information: Junior Assistant Professor in the field of Innovation Policy (1.0 FTE)

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