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14 positions of Early Stage Researchers within a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN)

Call for applications closes: December 31st 2012
CASTLE consortium – (Marie Curie Initial Training Network) –
invites applications for 14 full-time research vacancies for early stage researchers (ESR). Selected researchers are expe

cted to undertake transnational mobility in order to implement an Individual Research Project (IRP) at one of the consortium partner institutions, as well as to participate in a joint network training programme.
1. Description of CASTLE training network
By 2020 the increasing demand for biomass as a feedstock for fuel, fibre and food will have measurable economic, environmental and social effects. The forest-based sector is responding to the competition for biomass with innovative products, such as renewable chemicals produced in biorefineries. The agricultural sector is also reinforcing innovations based on fast-growing biomass crops. Such innovations may bear completely new bio-based production systems, the long-term impact of casinospill which on the

environment, economic viability and social cohesion is difficult to foresee. Policy makers, businesses and civil society organisations demand

that the sustainability of new production systems is safeguarded. Hence, sustainability assessment methods that quantify environmental, economic and social impacts are needed for the bio-based economy.
However, so far academic training insufficiently reflects the relevance of sustainability impact assessment in business and policy making. “Careers in Sustainability Excellence” (CASTLE) closes this gap as it combines scientific, innovative, problem-oriented research and practical training of young academics on methods used for sustainability impact assessments in the bio-energy and forest-based sector in Europe. CASTLE educates sustainability experts for the broader bio-based economy.

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CALL FOR PAPERS – Special Issue: “Green Growth and Sustainability: New Challenges for an Economics of Quality”

Guest editors: Patrick Schembri & Katia Radja (REEDS-UVSQ)

The recent multidimensional crisis that affected most of the countries in the world has amplified the process of degradation of employment and social fragmentation.

In this context, the current challenge consists in promoting green growth towards a low-carbon economy. Making economic growth and development compatible with stabilizing the climate and with a sustainable environmental footprint will require a drastic shift towards clean development and green, low-carbon economies. This will imply a great transformation of activities as far reaching as the transformation brought about by the so-called Industrial Revolution. This transformation process addresses the critical issue of quality with respect to the economic activities, resources and capital goods. The rationale for green growth and “clean” development has mostly been presented as a win-win situation for the environment and for economic development.

However, the current literature on economic growth and the environment shows that environmental sustainability can be consistent with sustained economic growth if certain conditions are met.

This special issue addresses the new challenges for an economics of quality in the context of the green transition towards sustainability. It aims at studying the conditions for a coincidence of the time frame for addressing environmental degradation, economic development and sustainability. This issue consists in exploring how an effective transition process over time can be created in dynamically complex systems.

Subject coverage

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:

  • The process of green growth regime with respect of technological and organizational innovations, economic growth and sustainability.
  • The conditions for a transition towards the green growth regime.
  • Forms of investment in different capital goods.
  • Transition and the notion of adjustment costs.
  • The economic and social impacts of the green growth regime.
  • Macroeconomic context (industrialized, emerging and low-income economies)
  • The role of macroeconomic policies/investment rules for the transition towards a green growth regime.
  • Green growth, sustainability and the extension of the standard national-income-accounting framework.
  • Green transition and the labor market: jobs and skills formation, lifelong education.
  • Green transition and firms: human resources, technological innovation and organizational changes, knowledge.
  • The financing of investments in back-bone assets and the provision of public goods
  • Green growth, green transition and equity.

Important dates

Deadline for paper submission: 30 november 2012

Notification of review: 20 january 2013

Submission of revised manuscripts: 1 march 2013

To submit a paper, please go to IJSD website. If you experience any problems submitting your

paper online, please contact submissions@inderscience.com, describing the exact problem you experience. (Please include in your email the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the names of the Guest Editors).

Albert MERINO-SAUM (REEDS-UVSQ)

IJSD Managing Editor

Albert.merino-saum@reeds.uvsq.fr / ijsd.editor@uvsq.fr

Research Programme on Climate Change and Sustainable Development

FEEM, a leading research institute on sustainable development (www.feem.it) aims to recruiting motivated and talented researchers to cover ten open positions within the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Research Programme.
The Programme carries out high level research in the following areas: climate change integrated assessment modelling, climate change policy and governance, climate-related innovation and technological change, natural hazards and extreme climate-related events, management of natural resources, sustainability and growth beyond GDP.

Requirements
Candidates should have a Ph.D. (or be close to completion) in economics or energy engineering, mathematics, and physics, coupled with a solid economic background. Four-year (full time equivalent) research experience may substitute the Ph.D. degree. Experience in conducting applied and/or econometric research using both analytical and numerical methods in one or more of the following areas is requested:

  • Integrated assessment modeling and quantitative assessment of climate impacts and policies;
  • Computable general equilibrium modeling;
  • Global modeling of land use and forestry;
  • Adaptive capacity to risk posed by extreme climatic and meteorological events;
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem services;
  • Marine strategy;
  • Sustainability assessment and applied research in environmental economics;
  • Political economy and the environment.

FEEM offers a truly interdisciplinary workplace and has strong ties to a worldwide network of research institutions engaged in environmental research. Selected applicants will interact with researchers of different nationalities and have the opportunity to present scientific papers at a number of conferences and workshops.
Selected applicants are expected to begin their assignments

in 2013. The appointment period can be up to 3 years, with an evaluation after the first one. Gross salary is competitive and will be based on qualification and experience. Research will be carried out at the FEEM premises in Milan or in Venice, Italy.

Application requirements
Applicants should send a detailed curriculum vitae, a job market paper (an authored or co-authored paper which demonstrates the applicant’s skills relevant to the topic of the position), and at least one letter of recommendation to Monica Eberle (monica.eberle@feem.it). Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Candidates participating at the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) Annual Meeting taking place in San Diego, CA, in January 3-6, 2013, are kindly requested to indicate it in their applications: job interviews may be carried within that conference.

Deadline for applications FEEM will begin considering candidates immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

Please mention ref CCSD10/10.2012 in your application.