Postdoc position on Urban Transitions, Linköping University, Sweden

The Department of Thematic Studies – Technology and Social Change at Linköping University in Sweden is looking for a postdoc (funded for 2 years, possibility to extend for a third year) working with Swedish cities and regions on low-carbon transitions. A focus will be on new approaches to urban and regional planning as well as on the development and implementation of strategies for transformative urban change. As this work requires close collaboration with municipal actors, proficiency in Swedish language is a requirement.

For more information and submission of an application, please follow this link:

Deadline for the job application is Wednesday, 3 February 2022.

Multiple positions available in the Collaborative Research Center Future Rural Africa, in Germany (Bonn, Cologne, Potsdam)

There are many interesting open positions in the Collaborative Research Center “Future Rural Africa” in Germany (Bonn, Cologne, Potsdam) including a doctoral position on my team looking at the impact of roads on the environment and socioeconomic systems. 

The Collaborative Research Center CRC-TRR 228 “Future Rural Africa. Future-making and social-ecological transformation” combines expertise from the two Universities of Bonn and Cologne to study newly emerging issues of social-ecological transformation and future-making in Africa.

The deadline is the 30.1.2022. Take a look at https://www.crc228.de/2021/12/20/we-are-hiring-doctoral-and-post-doctoral-vacancies/

Reminder: INUAS Conference 7-9.9.2022 on “Urban Transformations: Public Spaces” – Call for Papers until 31.1.2022

A brief reminder that the Call for Papers for the INUAS Conference 2022 on «Urban Transformations: Public Spaces», which will take place from September 7th-9th 2022 at the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur, Switzerland, is closing intwo weeks, on January 31st 2022. We are looking forward to receiving your papers, planned or implemented projects and interventions in the five sections – PARTICIPATION / ECOLOGY / MOBILITY AND ENERGY / DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT and METHODOLOGY – via this link.

The conference in itself is an interdisciplinary endeavour; contributions related to urban transitions using different theoretical and methodological approaches are particularly welcome!

Gentle Reminder:  Call for Abstracts: STS Conference Graz 2022, May 2-4 deadline 21 January

There is still time to submit an abstract  until 21th of January for the upcoming STS Conference Graz

We invite interested researchers in the areas of science, technology and society studies as well as sustainability studies to give presentations. Especially abstracts are encouraged which refer to aspects of the following sessions.


We are looking forward to you contributions!

One of the many sessions of interest:

Incumbent enterprises and sustainability transitions in energy, mobility and food systems

This session explores the role of incumbent enterprises in the sustainable transformation of energy, mobility and food systems. In the field of transition research incumbent firms have traditionally been conceptualised as large, stable organisations which impede sustainable developments. Because of their vested interests and their entrenchment with the rules and the culture of socio-technical regimes they are expected to be unlikely to support radical changes (e.g. Geels 2004). More recently, however, scholars have moved beyond initial dichotomies (conservative regime actors vs. radical new entrants) and have shown that incumbents can well play diverse roles (e.g. Mori 2021). Under some circumstances, incumbents may re-orient towards new business models (e.g. Kungl and Geels 2018), diversify their activities (e.g. Stalmokaite 2021) or form coalitions with innovative new entrants (e.g. Apajalahti et al. 2018).

This session welcomes theoretical and empirical contributions from all fields of social science which focus on the diverse roles of incumbents in the course of sustainability transitions. We are as interested in reflections on reactive, manipulative or hostile activities as in elaborations on proactive, supportive strategies. It is of particular interest to find out under which conditions incumbents are likely to switch from resistance to support or vice versa. In this context we aim at bringing together research from different sectors such as energy, mobility or food and explore the various factors which can explain incumbent behaviour. We are thus interested in such diverse firms as electricity providers, car manufacturers and suppliers, food processing enterprises or retail chains. We particularly encourage submissions which engage in cross-sectoral or comparative analyses.

Topics of interest include (and go beyond):

  • The overcoming of incumbent inertia and the dissolution of organisational path dependence
  • The phenomena of political, economic or discursive power of big companies
  • The relevance of industry crises for the reorientation of established companies
  • The importance of organisational cultures for sustainable sectoral transformation
  • The various forms of interaction between small actors and incumbents (collaboration, co-optation etc.)
  • The interaction of incumbents across sectoral borders (e.g. foreign invasion, cross-sectoral collaboration)

Papers studying such issues and related topics are cordially invited.

Vacancy for Assistant Professor Governance of Sustainability at Leiden University

We are looking for a new colleague!

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/vacatures/2022/kwartaal-1/22-01210522assistant-professor-in-the-area-of-governance-of-sustainability

The Institute of Public Administration of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs – Leiden University is looking for an

Assistant Professor in the area of Governance of Sustainability (1 fte)
Vacancy number 22-012 10522 

The Institute of Public Administration at Leiden University is seeking a colleague for the position of Assistant Professor in the area of Governance of Sustainability. In this position you will contribute to interdisciplinary teaching and research on sustainability. You have a public administration or similar background and you want to use your expertise to build new working relationships with colleagues within the Institute of Public Administration and with researchers from other faculties and disciplines. Preference will be given to candidates with a governance background, specialising in administration and politics, management and leadership or decision-making and policy. 

Main responsibilities

  • Teaching courses in the Institute’s bachelor’s and master’s programmes, in particular in the Master’s programme in Governance of Sustainability that is taught jointly with the Faculty of Science, and supervising bachelor’s and master’s theses;  
  • Carrying out high-quality research on governance of sustainability;
  • Participating in national and international academic research networks and publishing in international scientific journals;
  • Contributing to innovating the Institute’s teaching and research programmes, in particular the Master’s programme in Governance of Sustainability;
  • Playing an active role in linking scientific research and teaching with the practice of policy and management in the public domain;
  • Acquire research funding.

Selection criteria

  • You hold a PhD in public administration, political science, organisational sciences, sociology, economics or another relevant field in social sciences, with a specialisation in the area of governance of sustainability. In terms of the sub-themes of public administration, preference will be given to public administration and politics, management and leadership or decision-making and policy;
  • You have demonstrable experience of or affinity with interdisciplinary teaching and/or research;  
  • You are enthusiastic about teaching and have experience with university teaching and are open to innovative and activating teaching methods;
  • You are a team player and are able to work well with other lecturers, including those from other institutes and faculties;
  • You are able to cooperate effectively with partners in society (local, national or international). The ability to build and maintain a good external network is an important attribute;
  • You have a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) or are prepared to obtain this qualification within two years;
  • You have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Our Faculty/Institute

The Faculty of governance and Global Affairs is one of the seven faculties of Leiden University. Firmly rooted in the academic tradition, our students and researchers work together with national and international partners on new insights and solutions to current issues at the crossroads of politics, public administration and law.

The Institute of Public Administration in The Hague is one of the largest and oldest institutions for scientific research and teaching on public administration in the Netherlands. The Institute combines a strong international academic reputation with a central position in international national, regional and local government institutions, including in The Hague. The Institute consistently receives high appraisals in peer reviews both for its teaching and research programmes. It offers a Dutch-language bachelor’s programme with two tracks: a Dutch-language master’s programme in Management of the Public Sector and an English-language master’s programme in Public Administration. It also participates in various programmes with other faculties, including the Master’s programme in Governance of Sustainability and master’s programmes in the field of Population Health Management. Terms and conditions 

The Assistant Professor to be recruited will be part of an ambitious and dynamic team of colleagues who intend to build further on the successes of recent years, in an environment of cooperation across disciplinary borders. The appointment (fte 1.0) is in temporary employment for max 18 months, with the prospect of a permanent position after positive evaluation.

 We would prefer you to start as soon as possible.

Salary range from € 3.807,- to € 5.211,- gross per month (pay scale 11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).


Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), and training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.staff.universiteitleiden.nl/human-resources/conditions-of-employment-salary-and-allowance?cf=governance-and-global-affairs


Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already  possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.
 

Diversity
Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. 

Information

For further inquiries about the vacancy, please contact prof. dr.ir. Eefje Cuppen, Professor of Governance of Sustainibility, mail to mail to e.h.w.j.cuppen@fgga.leidenuniv.nl, T 31 (0)70 8009088.  

Applications
Please submit online your application no later than 1 February 2022 via the blue button in our application system.
Applicants should submit online a letter of interest accompanied by a CV.

Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents in PDF format:

  • Motivation letter;
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications;
  • A sample publication;
  • The names and addresses of three potential referees.
    Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

WEBINAR | Integrating Edible City Solutions in Southern China – Best Practices from Guangzhou (13th January 12.00-13.00)

EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talks on Urban Food Innovation
#1: INTEGRATING EDIBLE CITY SOLUTIONS IN SOUTHERN CHINA ? BEST PRACTICES FROM GUANGZHOU
January 13th, 12.00-13.00 CET
More info and registration: https://www.edicitnet.com/events/webinars/

Edible City Solutions such as urban farms, community gardens, urban beehives or sheep farms, green facades and high-tech indoor farming, have a multitude of benefits for cities, from addressing local food security to boosting a sustainable green economy, improving biodiversity and enhancing social cohesion by bringing communities together to garden, harvest and share public space. 
How can we ensure that sustainable urban food measures like these are successfully integrated into the fabric of our cities now and into the future?

Although local political, economic and climatic conditions vary widely around the world, cities and independent urban food initiatives often face the same challenges when it comes to implementing these kinds of sustainable solutions, including how to access to available land, how to develop viable long-term implementation and management strategies, and how to successfully balance conflicting interests.

In the bi-monthly webinar series EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talks, the Edible Cities Network is exploring experiences from different countries around the world: challenges, opportunities and best practice cases for greener, more liveable and more edible cities.

Join us on January 13th 12.00-13.00 CET for the first webinar, where the City Team from EdiCitNet’s partner city, Guangzhou, will join us to explain what they are doing to promote safe, stable and efficient food supply in the city, and to encourage community-based public participation in urban food planning.

Register here: https://edicitnet.sym.place/events/event/view/405053/edicitnet-global-lunch-talks-1-integrating-edible-city-solutions-in-southern-china-best-practices-from-guangzhou

The Edible Cities Network is an EU-funded project exploring urban food innovation in cities around the world. It is coordinated by a team at the Humboldt University’s Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems, IRI THESys, which fosters inter- and transdisciplinary research and projects related to land, water and energy use as well as food production and consumption, against the backdrop of climate change.

Three funded PhD opportunities at University of Oxford on digitalisation and climate change

Funded PhD opportunities at University of Oxford on digitalisation and climate change

Three fully-funded PhD scholarships (fees + stipend) are available for October 2022 entry in the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. Successful applicants will work on digitalisation and its implications for climate change as part of the iDODDLE project. Two of the PhD positions would suit applicants with interests in household activity, daily life, technology use, or sustainable consumption. The third PhD position would suit applicants with interests in lifecycle analysis, material flow analysis, or systems modelling.  Applications are due on 14 January 2022, with full details of the positions here:https://www.geog.ox.ac.uk/graduate/apply/idoddle-scholarship.html

2 Job opportunities NutriAIDE, Augsburg

The Chair of Urban Climate Resilience at the Faculty of Applied Computer Science at the University of Augsburg is offering a position as

(1)  Scientific coordinator in the project “NutriAIDE – Building smart food environments for improved nutrition”.

(2)  Research associate (m/f/d) in the project “NutriAIDE – Building smart food environments for improved nutrition”.

Reminder: 7th NEST Conference Abstract Deadline – January 15th!

Dear all,

This message is a gentle reminder that the closing day for submitting your abstracts to the 7th NEST Conference 2022 is approaching in less than two weeks from now. We are excited to be able to welcome you to Lyon, France, May 5th-6th, 2022.

To be equipped for all eventualities, the conference will be held in a hybrid format (online + on-site to the extent restrictions allow). This year’s theme is “Global Sustainability Transitions: Towards Collaboration among Early Career Researchers”, and the aim of the conference is to serve as a platform for research to help understand and address the present and future challenges of sustainability transitions globally. Thus, we accept submissions over a wide range of theoretical and empirical topics in the transitions field in a classical NEST-conference fashion. The full “Call for Abstracts” can be accessed here

To submit your abstract to the 7th NEST Conference 2022:

• Complete your abstract following the author guidelines: 

https://journals.oru.se/NEST22/about/submissions

• Submit* no later than January 15, 2022 (closing day for paper abstract submission)

*The same author(s) may submit multiple abstracts. 

Best wishes from the 7th NEST Conference 2022 organizing committee

Recruting a post-doctoral research on tools and data for developing place-based territorial intelligence for Low Density Regions, Portugal

Offer description:

The University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) opens a call for one (1) Post-doctoral Research Grant in the frame of the R&D project Centro de Estudos Transdisciplinares para o Desenvolvimento, BIPD/UTAD/21/2021, funded by UIDP/04011/2020.

BIPD/UTAD/21/2021 –  https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/725342 ;

Scientific area/research field:

Economics, management, statistics, data science or a related field.

The candidate will carry out R&D activities within the scope of the DAT4LOWDENSity lab Place-Based Territorial Intelligence for Low Density Regions (which aims to provide integrated data and information to enable political, economic, social and institutional actors to design evidence-based sub-regional and local development policies and agendas and make evidence-informed decisions at their scale. It also aims to provide data and tools for measuring and monitoring the effects of the green and digital transitions), namely:

1) Identifying and analyzing the various satellite accounts already available and identify alternatives for their integration and adaptation at territorial scales;

2) Identifying and analyzing sets of indicators for assessing and monitoring the green and digital transitions and their articulation with the objectives of sustainable development, as well as other similar ones, and designing frameworks promoting their integration, adaptation to territorial scales, and systematization through instruments such as indexes;

3) Participating in the design and construction of a territorial satellite account that integrates different fields of activity (economic, social, environmental and cultural) and flows, namely the movement of goods and people, ecosystem services, knowledge and other relevant for the dynamics of the territories, as well as their interaction at different scales.

(…)

Detailed information

https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/725342

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