Two researcher positions in transdisciplinary project on agroecological transitions for climate resilience

Organization

University of Hohenheim and ZALF

Deadline

Friday, June 21, 2024

Start Date

Thursday, August 1, 2024

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Are you interested in co-producing new societally relevant knowledge to support climate adaptation and mitigation through agroecological transitions? Are you excited to collaborate with global farming communities, social movements and policy makers to promote diversified perennial systems like agroforestry? Would you like to be part of a research project that uses innovative methodologies to improve resilience in farmer livelihoods and food security while enhancing carbon sequestration in agroforestry systems in 4 corners of the world?

Then come join the team of our newly funded project Agroecological Transitions for Climate Adaptation and Mitigation (Agroecology4Climate).

The Agroecology4Climate project is co-funded by the Canadian New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF), the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Brazilian FAPESP and will use a novel methodology to test the relationships between personal, political, and practical leverage points driving the (agroecological) transition towards diversified perennial systems (e.g. agroforestry) to support climate adaptation (improving resilience in livelihoods and food security) and mitigation (increasing carbon sequestration). We understand agroecological transitions as the intentional diversification of farming in collaboration with social networks to create landscapes that foster honored work, conservation of biodiversity, and climate resilience.

The Agroecology4Climate project builds on transdisciplinary research on agroecological transitions with climate-vulnerable farming communities in Canada (British Columbia Lower Mainland), Germany (Brandenburg), India (Kerala), and Brazil (São Paulo). The project works directly with farming communities, social movements, and policy makers to improve evidence-based decision-making to assess the potential of agroecological transitions for climate adaptation and mitigation. The project consortium includes as academic partners the University of British Columbia (UBC), University of Hohenheim (UHOH), State University of São Paolo (UNESP), Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) and the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), as well as farming associations and/or cooperatives in all four case study regions.

The project has 3 main objectives: 1) evidence synthesis to test the relationships between personal, political, and practical leverage points driving the adoption of agroforestry and other diversified perennial systems, 2) field studies to test climate mitigation and adaptation outcomes across a diversification gradient, from low-diversity farming systems to perennial and agroforestry-based Several researcher positions in transdisciplinary project on agroecological transitions for climate resilience Seite 2 von 8 management systems, 3) scaling transformations through co-production of knowledge both locally within case studies and globally across case studies.