Oxford Summer School 2019

Apply now for the Oxford Summer School in Ecological Economics 2019 focusing on ‘Smart and Sustainable Cities’: http://environmenteurope.org/education/13

Hasselt University, faculty of Business Economics, research group Environmental Economics, is looking for a PhD student in Environmental Economics for the Valuation of Ecosystem Services. Within an interdisciplinary research project, the task will be to assess how biochar, a soil conditioner produced by pyrolysis of biomass, has an impact on ecosystem services (such as biodiversity, crop productivity, carbon sequestration, water treatment), more specifically on marginal soils, and to change these value services in monetary terms. For more info see the pdf and  feel free to contact prof. dr. Robert Malina (Robert.malina@uhasselt.be).  Applications are accepted until May 31st via https://www.uhasselt.be/vacancies

Dr. Deepak Malghan, who is a recognized ecological economist and an assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), has received a censure order from IIM-B for sending a mail to the Placement Committee, saying they should “disinvite” Unilever during campus placement. Hindustan Unilever (HUL) has been in the midst of a controversy related to its decision in 2001 to carelessly dump mercury, a hazardous chemical, when closing down a plant located at Kodaikanal. This issue is disheartening because it exposes once again the narrowing of spaces for critical research in Indian academia and more specifically the usurpation of business education by corporate interests. Together with the Business and Human Rights Network India (HRBN-I), the European Society of Ecological Economics Executive Board request the Board of Governors at IIMB to reverse the decision to censure Dr. Malghan, and thereby reiterate the protections of academic freedom at IIMB.

You can read more on this here:
Want IIM-B to Walk the Talk on CSR: Prof on Disinviting Unilever
EJAtlas: “Unilever refused responsability for Kodaikanal mercury poisoning, India
Civil society raises concerns over censure of IIM Bangalore professor in connection with statements about Hindustan Unilever’s environmental record
IIMs have used autonomy for self-aggrandisement, says professor pushing for faculty diversity

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