Post-doc opportunity at CDCA

The European Network for Political Ecology (ENTITLE) offers 4 post-doc fellowships available to candidates from all over the world. ENTITLE is an EU-funded Initial Training Network whose aim is to promote European research and advanced training on the field of political ecology, including the study of the commons, environmental conflicts, movements, disasters, ecological democracy and environmental justice. One applicant will be hosted in the coordinating unit at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (www.eco2bcn.es) and one in each of the non-academic partners of the network in Rome (www.cdca.it), in Bethelem-Palestine (http://wedo-pal.org/) and Barcelona (ent.cat). For information on eligibility criteria, conditions and application procedures visit www.politicalecology.eu; or email for further information entitle2012@gmail.com. Deadline for applications: 4th of July 2012.

This is a call for 4 experienced researcher positions (post-doc level), which will work alongside our 12 recruited early stage (PhD level) researchers. Experienced researchers

are expected: i) to participate and contribute to the training activities of the network (intensive courses on political ecology and theory, and Summer School on Environmental Conflicts), ii) develop their research and publish in one of the core research areas of the network (conflict, commons, movements, disasters, justice) ideally in collaboration with other partners of the network, iii) contribute to project and other related activities of the host organization. In general, fellows are expected to devote 50% of their time on research and publication and 50% in management, training and collaboration activities with their host.

Successful applicants will be given a contract with a salary, mobility allowance and additional funds for research-related costs. The salary includes a living allowance (58500 € annually -/+ a correction factor for each country that can be checked at the Marie Curie website). This is a gross salary; net salary will be derived after deductions that will apply in the host country, such as taxes and social security. In addition, recruited researchers will receive a mobility allowance (700 – 1000 euros per month, depending on country correction factor and family situation); in some countries this mobility allowance is subject to taxes, in others not.

About the ENTITLE project

ENTITLE is an EU-funded Initial Training Network under the Marie Curie actions of FP7, coordinated by ICTA at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (www.eco2.bcn) and with the collaboration of 11 research and NGO partners. ENTITLE will train 17 researchers in the emerging supra-disciplinary field of Political Ecology, giving them the theoretical, analytical and complementary skills that will make them employable in jobs related to environmental policy analysis and advocacy. Research and training are framed around five key cluster sub-programmes concerned with the analysis of: environmental conflicts; environmental movements; natural disasters; changes in the commons; and environmental justice and democracy. Research is based on a series of empirically-based investigations of a geographically and thematically diverse set of case-studies. The researchers of the network will collaborate to offer a theoretical and methodological framework for the empirical research and will synthesise the results of the individual cases in a series of publishable outputs. Research will be action and policy-oriented culminating in a series of Action and Policy Briefs targeting civil society organizations and policy-makers.

Training includes an integrated curriculum of local and intensive network courses, summer schools, secondments and training through work. Researchers will be seconded to and recruited by one SME and two NGO partners of the project, building bridges between academia and practice. ENTITLE builds on an on-going collaboration in training between the participating institutions, manifested in a series of successful summer schools (www.environmentalconflicts.com). It brings together some of the world ́s top scholars in political ecology, and overcomes the fragmentation of existing political ecological research in Europe, offering a critical mass of research and training. The researchers trained in the network will be employable in academia, public administration and NGOs.

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