- Editorial - A Grand Voyage Towards Living Well, within Planetary Boundaries, by Nuno Videira
2. News from ESEE and its members
- ESEE 2015: Transformations
- News from Journals
- ESEE Membership by Numbers
- On Upcoming ESEE Elections and Call for Nominations
- Report on ESEE Ecological Economics Training Institutes
3. Hot Topics
- Obstacles for the Ecosystem Service Agenda Development: Perspectives from Central and Eastern European Countries, by Lenka Slavíková
- New Perspectives on Agricultural Ecosystem Services?, by Gaël Plumecocq
- Growth for Degrowth – A Short Report from the 4th International Degrowth Conference
- Forum Carpaticum 2014: Local Responses to Global Challenges
- Call for Abstracts: UPEACE Research Colloquium 2015 - Peaceful Coexistence
5. Students and early career
- ESEE Summer School 2015: Studying Transformations
- Locum Associate Editor position at Nature Climate Change
A grand voyage towards living well, within planetary boundaries
by Nuno Videira
Many of us attending the ISEE 2014 conference last August will certainly remember the “Sun Voyager”, a boat-shaped sculpture containing the promise of undiscovered territory and dreams of hope, progress and freedom, located by the sea in the centre of Reykjavík. Fittingly, the overarching theme selected by conference organizers summoned the international ecological economics community to explore and discover alternative ways through which wellbeing and equity is made possible within the boundaries of our “spaceship earth”.
The stopover at the “Smoky Bay” was a fruitful and well-organized event. “Biodiversity and ecosystem services”, “degrowth”, and “transitions” (incl. visions, indicators, models and facilitating drivers and barriers) were some of the hot themes that concentrated a high number of presentations and gathered interest from packed audiences. Interspersed with an inspiring set of keynote presentations, and many other interesting parallel sessions on topics such as “transformation of money and finance”, “resource constraints and conflicts”, “stewardship of commons”, “equity, environment and economic development”, to name just a few, the three-day conference period was rich and intense. Wrapping up the proceedings, the past ISEE presidents closing debate added further food for thought to carry on our journey. Reflecting upon the future of ecological economics, the panel encouraged strengthening dialogues with other scientific communities, social movements and policy-makers, thus channelling growing social awareness on ecological economics visions and developing collaborative pathways to address the current societal grand challenges.
To fulfil their mission, ISEE and regional ecological economics societies need to continuously engage and build upon a thriving community of members actively participating in the development and dissemination of their ideas. Going beyond the very boundaries of our intra-societal interactions and expanding towards other like-minded communities and social groups also offers an opportunity to stimulate and bring in contributions from researchers who already develop or may be interested in starting work on ecological economics issues. Hence, it is important to improve communication with such groups and also invite them to submit their work to our meeting grounds, potentiating along the way the recruitment of a sustained stream of members.
The ESEE Board tapped upon this issue on the eve of ISEE 2014, in our kick-off meeting with members of the recently updated ESEE Country Contact Network. On the topic of membership issues, the Board is also currently finalising a strategy based on three pillars and major initiatives. The first pillar comprises tasks aiming to improve knowledge on membership trends and monitoring of membership database (see article below in this Newsletter). The second pillar involves a series of activities to roll out in the near future concerning membership recruitment. Finally, the third set of activities aims to establish mechanisms for regular collection of feedback and suggestions for improving ESEE membership experience.
The next stop in our voyager’s conference route is ESEE 2015, hosted by the University of Leeds, UK on 30 June - 3 July. Tim Foxon and his colleagues are preparing an exciting and distinctive programme on the theme of “Transformations”. Please check the conference announcement with the Call for Papers below and disseminate it around to your colleagues! We expect to meet you all in Leeds next year!
2. News from ESEE and its members
ESEE 2015: Transformations
It is my pleasure to invite you to submit proposals for special sessions, and abstracts for papers and posters for the 11th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE), which will be hosted by the University of Leeds, UK on 30 June - 3 July 2015.
ESEE 2015 explores solutions for the transformation to a sustainable society, building on the distinctive contribution of ecological economics, by shining a spotlight on the interdependency of economic activity and natural systems, and identifying options that prioritise human wellbeing within planetary boundaries. The conference will contribute to the dissemination of knowledge on these issues, through oral and poster presentations, keynote lectures from prominent scholars, and lively formal and informal discussions. It also aims to foster future research collaborations between academics and stakeholders, and provide training and learning opportunities for younger researchers through an associated summer school which will feed into the main conference.
Under the banner of Transformations, the themes of the conference are: post-growth economics; natural resources, ecosystem services and environmental quality; development, consumption and well-being; power, politics, institutions and the reality of achieving change; new business models and understandings of human behaviour; and theory, methods and practice of ecological economics.
Please submit special session proposals relating to these themes by 15 October 2014, and abstracts for papers or posters by 30 November 2014, via the conference website.
Dr Tim Foxon (Conference Chair), Reader in Sustainability and Innovation, University of Leeds
News from Journals
We are using this ESEE newsletter as an opportunity to remind our members about the journals that they have free access.
Access to Environmental Values
Members of the ESEE have free access to the online issues of Environmental Values for the current year. This requires using codes via the publishers’ website at: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/whp/ev.
To get access codes please email the ESEE Secretary, Begum Ozkaynak (email@example.com) who will supply these to any current ESEE member.
Access to Environmental Policy and Governance (EPG)
ESEE 2013 participants have access to the internet version of Environmental Policy and Governance (EPG) for two years, as EPG subscription was included in their conference registration fees. If you don’t know the details of your EPG subscription, please contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ESEE members who did not attend ESEE 2013 can subscribe to the EPG journal at the same price (40 euros ESEE members, 30 euros for students).
ESEE membership by numbers
Over the past year, the Fundraising and Membership Committee of the ESEE Board has been developing efforts to improve understanding of membership trends, as well as updating procedures for monitoring of the membership database. After sorting out through the ISEE register we arrived at the total number of 455 ESEE members, as of June 2014. This includes 308 Active Members (including Active Student Members) plus 137 Student Members. Comparison of recent trends and membership activity patterns among ISEE regional societies, also confirms that ESEE is currently the regional society with the largest share of members within ISEE. Please check out the dashboard below for additional details on ESEE membership demographics.
Being a member of ESEE brings several benefits, such as reduced registration fees at ESEE and ISEE conferences, access to ESEE and ISEE newsletters, advantageous conditions in subscription and online access to scientific journals and special discounts on selected books. Furthermore, ESEE membership provides the opportunity to network with researchers and support the advancement of Ecological Economics across Europe and around the world. Becoming part of the ESEE community has been an exciting journey, for almost two decades now. We invite you to join or renew your ESEE membership and be engaged in the upcoming events of the Society – not least the elections to the ESEE Board this autumn!
The ESEE Fundraising and Membership Committee
Nuno Videira, Erik Gómez-Baggethun, Nina Eisenmenger
On Upcoming ESEE Elections and Call for Nominations
Dear ESEE Members,
As previously announced, the terms of office of four ESEE Board Members and of one Student Representative are ending this year after 3 years. As the ESEE Board currently consists of only 12 Board Members, but according to the ESEE Constitution, can consist of up to 15 Board Members including the two Student Representatives, we aim to fill the positions of 7 Board Members and one Student Representative.
Therefore, ESEE will be holding two separate but parallel elections - one for ordinary Board Members and one for Student Representative - in November 2014.
Our election committee is chaired by the ESEE President Irene Ring and includes the Country Contacts Inge Röpke and Tommaso Luzzati and the Student Representative Leslie Carnoye.
They indeed count for a broad feedback among the larger ESEE membership and on your interest in playing an active role in the ESEE Board and get nominated for the election later this year. To be elected to the Board provides an opportunity to work in a well motivated team and influence the direction of the Society and Ecological Economics in Europe.
How to become a nominee?
To become a nominee the person has to be an active (paid) member of ESEE and supported by five ESEE Members eligible to vote. All nominations for elections shall be made in writing to the secreteriat, using the email-address: email@example.com and must be received by 26 October 2014.
- Nomination shall include the names of the supporters. Supporters are asked to express their support directly to the secreteriat (firstname.lastname@example.org) up to the same deadline.
- A foto, brief CV and 5 lines on the motivation for working in the Board shall be provided to be put on the ESEE and ISEE websites for the election period.
- Nominees for student representatives have to proof their continuing student status.
How to vote?
Information on the candidates and the voting procedure will be given at the ESEE and ISEE websites. However, as only paid ESEE Member are entitled to stand for elections and vote for the ESEE Board (exceptions apply to our Student Representatives who are elected by all Student Members), we encourage you to renew your membership as soon as possible.
If you have any questions regarding nominations and/or elections do not hesitate to contact us.
Begum Ozkaynak, ESEE Secretary
Report on ESEE Ecological Economics Training Institutes
Early this year ESEE board announced open call for the series of transdisciplinary and collaborative training institutes in Ecological Economics. Following more than 10 years path in developing long term educational program for early career researchers in Europe ESEE Training Institutes aims to promote excellence of ecological economics research around the Europe and encourage self-organised education under the common participatory approach and structure.
In the first year of the scheme, we received 4 highly competitive applications. We are pleased to inform that ESEE Institute for the year 2014 has been awarded to Initiative NachDenkstatt 2014 Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany for ESEE Training Institute on: Sustainable Financial Systems, Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Packaging Prevention and Urban Resilience and Spatial Planning: Ecologic and Economic Dimension at the Slovak University of Technology.
Call for 2015 is open till 31 October 2014.
Tatiana Kluvánkova, Vice-president
3. Hot Topic
Obstacles for the ecosystem service agenda development: perspectives from Central and Eastern European Countries
by Lenka Slavíková, ESEE Chair of Publications and Publicity Committee
The concept of ecosystem services has dominated the agenda of socio-ecologic research over the past decade. Building on its scientific attractiveness, numerous institutional innovations have occurred worldwide: The Ecosystem Service Partnership (www.es-partnership.org) has been established in 2008; the specific journal called Ecosystem Services has been founded in 2012; phase II of TEEB reports has directed the attention towards the evaluation of ecosystem services, etc. In 2012, under the umbrella of United Nations the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services – IPBES (http://www.ipbes.net) has been launched in order to support synergies among scientists, policy makers and the NGO sector regarding the biodiversity protection and the ecosystem service assessment.
As many changes have been going on, it seems that several Central and Eastern European Countries (further referred as CEECs) are missing their trains of the ecosystem service agenda development. They are two principal reasons for this situation that I would like to refer to: political and scientific, both related to each other. Primarily, I will share experiences from the Czech Republic, but similar features can be found elsewhere.
Political and bureaucratic backwardness: The problem of the political support might be illustrated on the case of IPBES reflection by the Czech Ministry of the Environment. The Czech Republic was not a founding member of IPBES. In summer 2013, Czech scientists encouraged by their colleagues from abroad joined the IPBES Eastern European consultation meeting in Hungary. They were asked to inform the Czech environmental ministry about the need to nominate official representatives in order to raise their voices (and votes) during IPBES plenary sessions, specifically the 2nd Plenary Session in December 2013. After a few months of email forwarding, one scientist was able to reach the “responsible” officer and got the pronouncement that the Czech Republic is carefully mapping IPBES activities, however, it will not join it, yet. It might reevaluate this decision during 2014 when having more specific information about the institutional arrangement, financing and the program. In March 2014, the ministry sent out a note asking for scientific opinions why to join IPBES and it got comprehensive arguments supporting the accession from the academia. Currently (September 2014), the Czech Republic has not become a member, yet, and there is no information about further progress.
This case represents the extreme approach of the political ignorance of the development of the international agenda and the bureaucratic backwardness in the situation when officers are strongly dependent on the unstable political will. Further, biodiversity loss is not considered as the crucial environmental issue (in comparison to e. g. air pollution). Also biodiversity protection efforts are often undermined (“man is less than a beetle”) and conservation is presented as an obstacle for economic development in public debates. The ecosystem service concept with its follow-up regulation proposals has not been fully understood nor reflected.
Regarding reflections on IPBES, there are quite big differences among particular CEECs. Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia became members, with Hungary being very active in the Eastern European scale. Poland and Bulgaria have not yet become members.
Scientific issues: The political environment as described above has large consequences for national research priorities. The national demand for mapping and assessing ecosystem services does not exist – the territory of CEECs is sometimes viewed as a “black hole” regarding the accessibility of complex data. This situation exists despite of the fact that there are research teams in particular states successfully cooperating in international research project consortia. These teams, however, are lacking capacities (mostly financial) to undertake the comprehensive monitoring and assessment of ecosystem services for an entire country.
Since the ecosystem service concept is inherently interdisciplinary, the cooperation of social and natural scientists brings large synergies regarding the research outcomes and novel regulation proposals. Unfortunately, according to my experience this cooperation is rather week in CEECs. Traditional prejudices are still vital (e.g. “economics is just about money”, “ecology is just about species”) and block the formation of stronger networks within particular countries. Because scientists tend to fight against each other and, after all, they are poor lobbyists, the ecosystem service agenda development is waiting for more enlightened or for more systematically working politicians or bureaucrats … or stronger international pressure in the future might be another option to simply move things forward.
Hot topic: New perspectives on agricultural ecosystem services?
by Gaël Plumecocq
In January 2014, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) released a report on how ecosystem services have been dealt with in scientific papers (Tancoigne et al. 2014). Two main statements are drawn from this report. First, agricultural ecosystem services (or agro-ecosystems) are largely overlooked in scientific papers, in particular when compared to other fields, even though it is widely acknowledged that agriculture provides and is supported by ecosystem services. Second, very few scientific articles are dealing with more than one ecosystem service. From these two assessments, the INRA is currently launching a meta-program aiming at (i) modeling and understanding the ways in which several agro-ecosystems are functioning together, (ii) measuring, mapping, and assessing these services; (iii) managing the social compromises resulting from trade-offs between services, and (iv) supporting decision-making and stakeholders' strategies.
To my view, jointly analyzing several agro-ecosystems as the meta-program encourages us to do, is essential. This research strategy may reinforce analysis conducted in the field of Ecological Economics. The adoption of the meta-program also indicates the significance this leading agricultural research institute is granting to the theme of ecosystem services, by making its priority public for this line of research, dedicating resources at the scale of the institute, and committing itself in the long-run (the meta-program will last 8 years). Moreover, to some extent the meta-program strategy is challenging the mainstream economic approach of ecosystem services to which Ecological Economics contributed in publishing numerous monetary valuation studies, in a context where this mainstream approach keeps being dominant. For example, Costanza et al. (2014) reasserted the usefulness of monetary valuation in an update of Costanza's 1997 Nature paper; and among all the reports published by the TEEB initiative, the conclusions and recommendations almost exclusively drew attention to monetary results of the experience (TEEB, 2010). Yet, monetary based approaches to ecosystem services tend to disembed and compartmentalize ecosystems that are always related to or included in other ecosystems or sociosystems. The solutions and recommendations that are offered then rely on a segmented and fragmented vision of the problem. Providing alternative approaches to ecosystems functioning – and in particular to agro-ecosystems – as a system and the services they provide, seems then urgent.
Two examples of research I am involved in can inform on how focusing on more than one agricultural ecosystem service can renew ecosystem services analyses.
- The LEGITIMES project (http://www6.inra.fr/legitimes/) aims at analyzing and unlocking the farming of legumes in France. These plants are providing a significant service for farmers (and society) by fixing the nitrogen from the air in the soil (supporting service). Therefore, they help reducing the use of chemical fertilizers (regulating service). Such cultures are currently underused in crop rotations, and from many years, research and development were under-invested as regard to main crop (such as wheat and corn). Highlighting the hidden monetary value these plants could provide can be misleading and conceal more fundamental factors explaining why legumes are not being used in crop rotations. Understanding the lock-in factors of the legumes production then requires highlighting the diverse perceptions actors hold on the various services (type, intensity, possibilities of trade-offs or persisting antagonisms...), or disservices legumes are providing them.
- Another project I am working on, studies the implementation of a landscape charter in the Banyuls region (French Catalunya). In this mountain area, the wine production is made possible by terrace farming. A unique landscape then ensued from the farming of grape wine, providing aesthetic amenities and therefore cultural ecosystem services for inhabitants as well as tourists. Nowadays organic farmers are damaging terraces by manually scratching soil in order to eliminate self-propagating weed (maintaining supporting services), while conventional farmers who use chemical fertilizers and herbicides are preserving the aesthetic quality of the landscape (cultural services). In this case, why the former would agree to financially compensate the latter for producing aesthetic and patrimonial value? Trade-off between supporting and cultural services (preserving natural resources such as water or soil, or preserving the quality of the landscape) then requires understanding why these actors are acting the way they do, as well as the landscape's attributes they seek to value.
These two examples illustrate how alternative approaches to monetary valuation of agro-ecosystem services – but this can also concern ecosystem services in general – can renew our perspectives, and help providing more effective solutions to overuse of resources and environmental pollutions. To a certain extent, monetary valuation can be useful to draw public opinion to a particular issue. But it fails to provide operational solutions to environmental issues. Rather, we should, as intended by the INRA meta-program, focus on non-monetary conception and value of ecosystem services. Questions that would follow from this perspective are not only: What is the hidden value of services provided for farmers, for the agro-industry or the whole society? Who is providing it? Who is benefiting from it? And possibly, how should the provider be financially compensated? But also: How do the perceptions of the (dis-)services provided shape the behaviors of actors from the agro-sector? What are the cognitive devices and social institutions (norms and social values, routines and habits, decision-making procedures, individual and collective strategies, power structures...) that improve or impair ecosystem functions? Which ones? From which point of view? Etc. This perspective should help building a conceptual and interdisciplinary framework that would enable us to tackle more precisely the complexity and – maybe the specificity – of agricultural ecosystem services by addressing synergies, conflicts, and trade-offs between these services. Building this framework is not currently on the agenda of the meta-program, and constitutes in my opinion a strategic entry for an Ecological Economics contribution.
Costanza R., de Groot R., Sutton P., van der Ploeg S., Anderson S. J., Kubiszewski I., Farber S., Turner R. K., 2014, Changes in the global value of ecosystem services, Global Environmental Change, Volume 26, p.152-158.
Tancoigne É., Barbier M., Cointet J.-P., Richard G., 2014. Les services écosystémiques dans la littérature scientifique : démarche d’exploration et résultats d’analyse. Rapport d’étude pour la phase d’exploration du métaprogramme EcoServ. INRA, 69 p. Available only in French at https://colloque.inra.fr/lancementecoserv/content/download/295/3058/version/1/file/Bibliometrie_EcoServ_v6-2.pdf
TEEB, 2010. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: Mainstreaming the Economics of Nature: A Synthesis of the Approach, Conclusions and Recommendations of TEEB, October 2010, http://www.unep.org/pdf/LinkClick.pdf
Growth for degrowth – a short report from the 4th International degrowth conference
Beginning of September, more than 3000 participants gathered in Leipzig (Germany) for the 4th International Degrowth Conference; so 30 times more than at the first degrowth conference in Paris in 2008. Giorgos Kallis, representing Research & Degrowth on the concluding conference panel, said with a small note of humour that with a rate of growth like this, the whole earth population would assist in the conference in some 20 years’ time!
To me, the meeting was a mixture between a scientific conference (roughly 300 scientific peer-reviewed presentations), political gathering (activists from ATTAC, Syriza, Global Ecovillage Network, and many more) and festival (e.g. joint vegetable cutting for the meals, dancing every evening). Scientific, practical, and artistic workshops were on issues such as macroeconomics, building compost toilets, or mindfulness training. I enjoyed this variety which situated the intellectual debate into a wider emotional, political, and artistic sphere (and vice versa). The conference was extremely well prepared, both with respect to outcome (the conference itself) as well as process (consent-based and inclusive 2 years preparation process) – but the work load on the mostly unpaid organizers was very heavy (e.g. 8 full weekend fora within these 2 years).
The ESEE was present throughout the degrowth conference – through the peer-review, through persons highly relevant to both communities (first of all: Joan Martinez-Alier), but also as Ecological Economics was repeatedly mentioned as the most relevant scientific community to the degrowth movement, with many common grounds (i.a. Georgescu-Roegen, Herman Daly). Besides other ESEE and ISEE member, all (but the first) ESEE presidents were present as well as the ISEE president-elect Sabine O’Hara.
Three issues struck me: (1) the repeated and well-meaning questioning of the usefulness of the scientists’ work by activists; (2) the often mentioned interrelatedness between the individual inner transformation, cultural transformation, change in individual behaviour and change of the economic and societal systems; (3) the stronger focus on anticapitalism in the international degrowth discourse compared to the German Postwachstum debate.
From this conference, I take a better political embedding of my scientific work and herewith a clearer conception of how, through my research, I can contribute to a better world.
Forum Carpaticum 2014: Local Responses to Global Challenges
The Science for the Carpathians (S4C) initiative invites scientists, practitioners, representatives from governmental and non-governmental organizations in policy, economy, environment and management interested in the Carpathian Mountains to:
The 3rd Forum Carpaticum in Lviv, Ukraine, September 16-19, 2014
The Forum Carpaticum integrates different fields of expertise to generate theoretical and practical environmental and social knowledge for the Carpathian mountain region. The objectives of Forum Carpaticum are:
- to link research and practice related to coupled human and natural systems in mountain regions;
- to scientifically support actions leading towards sustainability in the Carpathian region;
- to increase the visibility of the Carpathian region in global change research agendas.
Forum Carpaticum 2014: Local Responses to Global Challenges aims to explore ways to address global challenges in the local and regional context. The main themes of the 3rd Forum Carpaticum (FC2014) conference in Lviv, Ukraine are related, but not limited, to the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Horizon 2020 Programme, focusing on major challenges affecting the Carpathian ecoregion.
Call for abstracts: UPEACE Research Colloquium 2015
Peaceful Coexistence: Genders, Natures, and Technologies in the Anthropocene
University for Peace
April 27‐30, 2015 San José, Costa Rica
We are interested in abstracts that explore any alternative pathways to the current state of affairs in the Anthropocene. While we are particularly keen on the understanding how the perceptions of gender, nature, and technology influence peaceful coexistence, we surely invite submissions on any substantive topic and discipline. Our strong intention is that this first UPEAC Research Colloquium serves as a place and space for creation where everyone attracted to this topic area can contribute to the inquiry. Hope to see you in Costa Rica!
Deadline for abstract submissions: November 15, 2014
5. Students and early career
The current student’s news section includes various announcements about post-doctoral positions, internships, summer schools and courses, and conferences.
ESEE Summer School 2015: Studying Transformations
An International Summer School will take place on 28 - 30 June 2015, bringing together around 30 postgraduates and early career researchers with senior international ESEE researchers in a highly engaging and interactive format, providing space for discussion and exchange, as well as an opportunity to receive feedback on their own vision, research, and career plans. All participants are required to give a short presentation. The programme also includes keynote speakers and a careers clinic where you can seek advice from both more experienced academics and practitioners on your career ambitions. The central component of the school will however be shaped in parallel with the ESEE 2015 conference theme "Transformations", where participants will work together to focus on the interrelations and interactions between the ecological, social, political, cultural and technological aspects of transformation to a sustainable society. Ideas developed by summer school participants will then be presented during one of the plenary sessions at the main conference. PhD and Master's students, and early career researchers who are also planning to register for the ESEE conference in Leeds are invited to participate. The summer school is free, and low-cost accommodation will be provided. Students who wish to attend will apply to the organising team. An application will consist of a single MS Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF document containing the following:
- A cover letter (maximum 1 page), explaining the candidate’s motivation (e.g. how could this summer school benefit you, what are your main interests regarding the theme of the summer school in general and in relation to your research topic, how could other students benefit from your participation).
- A CV (maximum 1 page).
- Notification of any particular diets (e.g. vegan) or allergies, or any other requirements (e.g. disabled access).
Application deadline: MARCH 1st 2015
Notification of acceptance: APRIL 1st, 2015
Please email your application or any questions to Paul Brockway (P.E.Brockway12@leeds.ac.uk) and Jasper Kenter (email@example.com)
Locum Associate Editor position at Nature Climate Change
Nature Climate Change seeks a Locum Associate Editor to join its editorial team for a period of a year. The journal publishes high-quality papers concerned with all aspects of contemporary climate change, including its causes, impacts, and societal/policy implications. For more information about the journal, see our website.
Members of the editorial team participate in all aspects of the editorial process including manuscript selection and managing the peer review process, commissioning and editing News & Views and Reviews, and writing for the journal. The successful applicant will also attend meetings and conferences, visit laboratories and maintain contact with the international climate change research and policy communities.
The ideal candidate would have a background in the social sciences and have a deep knowledge and appreciation of the societal aspects of climate change, and be familiar with quantitative methodologies. Strong candidates from other areas of climate change research will also be considered. Applicants should have a strong research record and postdoctoral experience. A broad interest in science, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to absorb new
areas of research are essential.
The position will be based in Nature Publishing Group's offices in London.
To apply, please submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter explaining your interest in the position and that includes your salary requirements, and a concise discussion of recent developments in the climate change field which you have found particularly exciting (stating why) quoting vacancy reference number NPG/084/14 in the subject heading.
Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd, dedicated to serving the academic, professional scientific and medical communities. Nature Climate Change is a prestigious journal covering all areas of climate change research.