Two Research and Teaching Fellows / PhD Positions on Ecosystem Services

The Chair of Ecosystem Services at the International Institute Zittau / TU Dresden in Germany (Prof. Irene Ring) invites applications for two positions of a Research Fellow / PhD Position on governance and valuation of ecosystem services, related to the following topics:
1) Ecosystem services in economic accounting
2) Ecosystem services in intergovernmental fiscal relations
These posts entail 50% of the fulltime weekly hours, offering a contract of 3 years.
Closing date: January 9, 2017.

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the ESEE board is pleased to open a call for series of transdisciplinary and collaborative training institutes on Ecological Economics aimed at early career researchers, practitioners and decision-makers in Europe. Events can be focused on any of the diverse range of topics associated with ecological economics, but will share a common participatory approach and structure.

Local organisers can (annually) bid for up to 2000 euros for events that meet a number of criteria, as detailed below:


• Highly collaborative and participatory; not just a series of lectures and presentations.

• Transdisciplinary: including participants beyond academia, e.g. decision-makers, practitioners, community representatives, etc.

• Students are heavily involved in organising the event.

• Zero or low cost for participation, with some kind of bursary opportunities for those in a low-income situation.

• A record is kept by the organisers of participant feedback on the event and this is made available to the ESEE.

• Environmental awareness: a plan to minimise (and potentially compensate) the carbon footprint and other environmental costs.


In addition to the mandatory criteria, the ESEE suggests the following guidelines for the events. These guidelines will also be used to decide between competing applications if more than one application is made for sponsorship in an annual round.

• Duration: 2 days for pre-conference events, 3-5 days for other events

• Number of participants: 20-30 participants; a relatively small group of students helps to build group cohesiveness and identity.

• A mix of students and post-docs with at least a third post-docs.

• Provision of opportunities for publication of outputs.

• Provision of opportunities for ECTL credits associated with courses.

• Remote locations preferred to maximise engagement.

• Family friendly with childcare options available.

• As the decision on competing proposals is taken by the ESEE Board, active ESEE Board members are excluded from submitting applications for the competition. However, they are still free to submit applications, but these will only be considered in the case of no other eligible application(s) being available from applicants outside the ESEE Board for the upcoming year.


Candidates can apply to the ESEE annually for up to 2000 euros towards the cost of an event to be held within the following two years, provided it meets the criteria, but they are responsible for raising the remainder of the funding. Applications must include a short rationale for the event, including a description of the event format (max 2 pages), a budget, an indication of what budget costs the ESEE funds will be spent on, and an overview of other (potential) funding sources. Applications for 2017 can be made by 15 December 2016.

Please send the application to

Majorca Winter School in Ecological Economics 2017

Ecosystem Services and Macroeconomy: Linkages, Assessment and Policy
Dates: 9-13 January 2017

The School will address key elements of the new economy transformation, exploring the cutting edge methods and policy applications in ecological economics, with a particular focus on ecosystem services and macroeconomy. With a clear sustainable development focus, it will draw on the expertise of a range of disciplines: economics, ecology, physics, environmental sciences, finance, politics, international relations, sociology, psychology, complex systems theory, etc. to address the current challenges: climate change, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, water shortages, social cohesion and achieving sustainability. » Read the full article

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