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A new paper in Environmental Research evaluates whether district-level greenness exposure is associated with a reduced risk of COVID-19 deaths in India.
A new paper in Conservation draws from over 70 local interviews with stakeholders in Brazil to assess the role that relational values can play as a “deep” leverage point for a land-use transition in the Amazon.
This is a call for applications for a 3-day summer school at the University of Copenhagen around the theme of “Epistemes and Materialities of Extractive Capitalism”. The course brings together researchers concerned with the extraction of natural resources, under and above ground, in ways that generate human and non-human depletion. Deadline: 15 April 2023
Social innovations can help revive mountain economies, including through alternative economic pathways. The panelists will share and discuss findings on a regional initiative in the Swiss Alps and experiences from civil society initiatives in the Hindu Kush Himalaya, Georgia, and Ecuador. The event is an opportunity to jointly reflect on how social innovations can be fostered for the benefit of mountain economies.
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED! The GLP Socio-Ecological Land Systems of Latin America working group is happy to invite you to their next webinar led by Sébastien Boillat. This webinar aims at bringing together different perspectives of decolonizing land system science with a focus on Latin America, including indigenous perspectives on the land, knowledge co-construction, cartography and representation, and challenges faced by land system researchers in Latin America.
In a webinar on 21 February 2023, authors of The Land Gap Report joined The Global Land Programme (GLP) and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) to share their findings that countries’ climate pledges rely on unrealistic amounts of land-based carbon removal.
The Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (Michigan State University) and USDA Midwest Climate Hub seek a self-motivated graduate student with interests in remote sensing, agricultural production, climate shocks, resilience, sustainability, telecoupling, and/or metacoupling. Review of applications will begin 31 March 2023.
The Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (Michigan State University) and USDA Midwest Climate Hub seek a self-motivated postdoctoral research associate to join an exciting multi-institutional USDA-funded 5-year research project. The transdisciplinary team is investigating the complex interactions and cumulative impacts of multiple shocks (e.g., climate change and disease outbreaks) on the resilience and sustainability of agri-food systems in the U.S. Midwest and beyond. Review of applications will begin 31 March 2023.
The Anthromes, CO2, and Terrestrial Carbon meeting seeks to explore the inter-relationship of CO2-fertilization, people, and land ecosystems through the lens of terrestrial carbon source-sink dynamics during the deep past, through major cultural transitions, and in the net-zero motivated near-future. Deadline to register: 13 March 2023
Members of the joint GLP/AIMES BeModeLS group invite submissions for a session of the 2023 European Conference on Ecological Modelling that deal with the conceptualisation and modelling of social-ecological interactions, strategies for overcoming lack of data or knowledge including through innovative collection methods, and the use of models to support sustainability transformations. Deadline: 1 April 2023
The current and previous coordinators of the joint GLP/AIMES Behavioural Models of Land Systems Working Group recently contributed a piece to the new AIMES Bulletin that outlines the group's work to support efforts to develop behavioural models of human activity within land systems and to couple them with other models through improved understanding of the processes underlying human-environment interactions.
Two-year postdoc opportunity at the University of Copenhagen with skills in satellite remote sensing and land-use modeling of grassland management, underuse, and silvopasture in Europe, including Armenia. Deadline: 26 March 2023
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will run an international Summer School at its ‘Campus Alpin’ in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Germany, on the topic of land use and ecosystem change during August 2023. Deadline: 15 May 2023
A new paper in Landscape Ecology examined how studying the Covid-19 pandemic's severe impacts on land users and landscapes around the world allow a better understanding of how global shocks, cascading disruptions, and reconnections influence contemporary land systems. The paper grew out of a collaboration between multiple GLP Working Groups.
This free training from ARSET will provide attendees an overview of machine learning in regards to Earth Science, and how to apply these algorithms and techniques to remote sensing data in a meaningful way. Takes place on April 20, 27 and May 4 in 3 1.5-hour sessions. ARSET's Fundamentals of Remote Sensing online training is a prerequisite to this course. Also available in Spanish.
This postdoctoral research position is part of the FLORA project ("Sustainable and healthy food solutions: system dynamics and trade-offs"), funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and led by Carole Darin, in the Geosciences Department of the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS), in the centre of Paris. Deadline: 28 April 2023
The University of Queensland seeks to appoint a 2-year postdoctoral research fellow to model global land use and biodiversity impacts of mining the materials needed for a renewable energy transition. Deadline: 31 March 2023
The GLP/AIMES BeModeLS: Behavioural Models of Land Systems Working Group held a webinar on 16 February 2023 to help shape the group's aims and activities. Watch the recording to learn more about what was discussed and next steps.
The GLP working group Telecoupling Towards Sustainable Transformation held a webinar on 19 January 2023 to launch the second phase of the group. Watch the recording to learn more about what was discussed and next steps.
Join us for an informal Meet & Greet for new GLP Members! We will start with a short presentation about GLP and how you can get involved, followed by introductions and networking.
This Special Issue of Land aims to collate contributions on recent advances in the application of land use scenario tools in exploring future land use and land cover change trajectories at different scales and foci with innovative and transformative adaptation pathways. Deadline for submissions: 29 June 2023
A session on the impacts of armed conflicts on landscapes has been opened as part of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) World Congress 10-15 July 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya. Deadline for submission of abstract: 15 March 2023.
This three-part, advanced training builds on previous ARSET agricultural trainings. Here they present more advanced radar remote sensing techniques using polarimetry and a canopy structure dynamic model to monitor crop growth. Series is free and open to the public.
Two-year position at UCLouvain, Belgium, working on the 'do Pasto ao Prato' (www.dopastoaoprato.com.br) project. An open-data initiative which seeks to transform the sustainability of the meat industry in Brazil, by radically increasing transparency about the impacts hidden in supply chains. We seek curious, kind, and motivated persons with a Masters degree or PhD or equivalent experience. Deadline: 20 March 2023
INRAE in France seeks a colleague to model the multi-level relationships between individual behaviour, food environment and public actions.The main task of the person recruited will be to implement a comprehensive quantified modelling approach based on a conceptual framework developed by the Feast researchers. Deadline: 8 March 2023
A special issue of Forests aims to congregate the notable research for addressing the diverse issues of forestry practices developed for improving human well-being and meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Deadline: 12 April 2023
A new article in Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment finds significant impacts of melting snow and glaciers in the region. Based on the study, it is recommended to enhance institutional capacity in the country to face different environmental hazards, including early warning systems on the local scale.
A new paper in Ecological Indicators highlights the importance of low herbivore livestock densities to halt the loss of pollinating insects and safeguard biodiversity and associated ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes.
The GLP is currently seeking to nominate two to three new SSC members, starting June 2023. The continuing success of GLP relies on the input of these people. In seeking nominations, we are looking for scientific excellence and a high level of commitment to actualizing GLP goals and activities. Deadline: 1 April 2023
This webcast will introduce the concept of archetypes, discuss some of the most common archetypes including their application in research, and describe how the use of archetypes can facilitate the socio-environmental modeling process.
The Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University seeks to fill a 12-month postdoctoral, full-time, non-tenure track appointment in Agricultural Economics. Deadline: Open until filled.
The School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh wishes to appoint a full-time Lecturer in Environmental Sustainability on an open-ended contract. They are seeking a highly motivated individual who can join their interdisciplinary community of geographers, ecologists and environmental scientists to undertake teaching and research relating to Environmental Sustainability. Deadline: 1 March 2023
The editors of a new special issue of Land Degradation & Development invite papers that report the current status of microplastics pollution in terrestrial ecosystems, understand the impact of microplastics on soil properties, functions, biology and biochemistry, develop innovative strategies for remediation and restoration of microplastics contaminated lands. Deadline: 30 June 2023
The editors of a new special issue of Land invite papers that aim to address the sustainability challenges of land degradation and showcase innovative and promising practices and success stories from across the world for restoring degraded lands to attain global sustainability by 2030. Deadline: 5 June 2023
VITO seeks a Remote Sensing scientist who wants to become an expert in land cover/land use applications. There are also possibilities to become proficient in the field of Natural Capital Accounting which uses remote sensing as a crucial data source. Position is open until filled.
This researcher will work directly with Prof. Almeida Sitoe on the integration of different socio-ecological elements in the Limpopo Corridor region, Mozambique, from the point of view of ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change. Deadline: 28 February 2023
A special issue of Land Degradation & Development will showcase the emerging crop-diversification patterns across the globe for increasing land productivity, agrobiodiversity, and food and nutrition security, while reducing ecological footprints. Deadline: 31 October 2023
The position at IIASA (Austria) is part of the BRIGHTSPACE, LAMASUS, RAINFOREST, CLEVER Horizon Europe projects and will focus on defining implications of a safe and just space goal for the land and water sectors and exploring options to evolve towards such a target. Deadline: 10 March 2023 (and then until position is filled)
CIRAD is a researcher to identify and measure the effects of global changes in agricultural context and the impact of adaptation policies, particularly in Africa. More specifically, you will have to: (i) empirically measure the impacts of global changes and identifiable adaptation strategies, particularly in Africa; (ii) use these results in foresight exercise; (iii) measure the effectiveness, limits and conditions required for the adaptation strategies observed (including risks of maladaptation); and (iv) ultimately propose private adaptation strategies or public policies that are effective both at present and in the future. Deadline: 26 February 2023
The Land Use Change & Climate Research Group of IMK-IFU at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology seeks to appoint up to 5 quantitative Environmental Scientists on the topic of Land Use & Ecosystem Change as either post-doctoral researchers or PhD students. The successful candidates will undertake research on the integrated impacts of societal, environmental and policy change on land use and ecosystems at large spatial scales (national to global), including contributing to the LandSyMM modelling framework (https://landsymm.earth/). Deadline: 31 March 2023
A new paper in Environmental Research Letters uses publicly-available remote-sensing and supply chain data for Côte d'Ivoire, the world's largest cocoa producer, to quantify cocoa-driven deforestation and trace 2019 cocoa exports and the associated deforestation from their department of origin, via trading companies, to international markets.
Effective monitoring and management of critically important and biodiverse ecosystems requires a comprehensive suite of data and analysis tools. The use of NASA Earth Observations (EO), in particular the combination of multispectral and hyperspectral optical imagery, thermal infrared data, and laser altimeter (LiDAR) data, can provide an increased understanding of ecosystem function. Join ARSET for four free, 1.5 -hour sessions between 27 March and 5 April 2023 to learn more.
This Assistant Professor will develop a food systems oriented research line within the Environmental Geography department of the Institute for Environmental Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Deadline: 19 February
A new article in People and Nature that grew out of discussions at GLP's 2019 Open Science Meeting in Bern looks at what happens after shifting cultivation and finds eight transitions with varied consequences for people and nature.
We seek candidates with an outstanding research record in biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, with experience in working in the Global South. Successful candidates are rooted in conservation science and must have a doctoral degree in conservation science, development geography, environmental science, political ecology or related fields. Deadline: 8 March 2023
The position at IIASA (Austria) is part of the TRADEHUB UKRI-GCRF project and several Horizon Europe projects and will focus on policies to reduce the biodiversity impacts from international trade. Deadline: Until position filled.
Nations, companies, and other institutions are responding to the accelerating climate crisis challenge by making net-zero pledges. But the magnitude of the transformation required has led to a lot of wishful thinking. Join GLP, IATP and authors of The Land Gap Report for a discussion about how we can more forward when the land required offsets in national climate plans is already equivalent to the total amount of land that is in cropland today.
This is a new type of scientific congress aimed at bridging the science-policy-practice nexus for achieving sustainable development. The overall goal of the Transformation Labs is to identify research that can help sustainable socio-ecological transformations within planetary boundaries. All events are open to the public, free of charge, and being held online. Deadline to register: 1 February 2023
For full consideration materials need to be submitted as soon as possible.
Casey Ryan and the LANDteam research group seek a 17-month post-doctoral research associate with expertise in modelling, agriculture and soil carbon dynamics. Deadline: 26 January
A new article in Global Environmental Change identifies factors determining local stickiness in Brazil's soy supply chain.
Join the GLP Behavioural Models of Land Systems (BeModeLS) Working Group for an online workshop to share your views and help shape the working group.
This project will synthesize the extent to which land system science based assessment methods are able to impact on decision making towards implementing sustainability goals. The postdoc will work with a small core team of land system scientists (Peter Verburg, Erle Ellis and Yves Zinngrebe) while engaging the larger land system science community. The team will use the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework as a case. Deadline: open until position filled.
Large-scale acquisition of land in the Global South has received a great deal of interest in the last few years. This course provides a multidisciplinary analysis of the ‘land rush’ within the more general context of land governance in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We will look at the history and drivers, the diversity of stakeholders and networks involved, the urgency of current challenges and innovative governance solutions. Deadline to apply: 12 June 2023
Editors of a new special issue "Land Cover and Land Use Change in Conflicted Societies" in the journal Science of Remote Sensing invite GLP Members and their colleagues to submit papers focusing on changes in agriculture, forest, grassland, urban environments, as well as population displacement in the regions that experienced armed conflicts and political instability. Papers on conflict-induced LCLUC with a direct or indirect link to climate change are also welcome. Deadline: 31 August 2023
The DSSAT Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Florida and the International Fertilizer Development Center, is planning to host the International Training Program entitled DSSAT 2023 - "Assessing Crop Production, Water and Nutrient Management, Climatic Risk and Environmental Sustainability with Simulation Models" May 15-20.
The Global Land Programme (GLP) IPO moved to its new home at the University of Maryland’s Department of Geographical Sciences in the United States on 1 February 2023. This transition was made possible by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in support of the land science community as a key part of international global change research infrastructure.
The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University, Denmark, offers a postdoctoral position that should explore the foundations for sustainable development pathways for the Danish and European agri-food system. Deadline: 16 January 2023
The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University, Denmark, offers an attractive career opportunity for promising and skilled researchers. We invite applications for a position as Tenure Track Assistant Professor focusing on enabling conditions for the green transition of agri-food systems. Deadline: 1 May 2023
We invite applications for a position as Tenure Track Assistant Professor focusing on governance of natural resources linked to agricultural systems. The starting point of the subject lies in the complex interplay between agriculture, ecosystems and society, as well as related societal challenges. Deadline: 6 January 2023
The workshop from 7-9 June 2023 in Sweden and online will strengthen the network of researchers using the archetypes approach in sustainability research.
A new article in Land Use Policy looks at how future agricultural land uses can counteract Blue and Green Infrastructure Networks.
The position at Lund University Sweden is part of the Mistra Biopath project and the work packages on “Mainstreaming biodiversity through governance innovations”. Deadline: 3 February 2023
The postdoc is part of the BiodivERsA project INTEGRADIV (Efficient conservation of Mediterranean forests: an integrative assessment of the drivers and vulnerability of multi-taxa, multi-facet and multi-scale biodiversity patterns). Within this project the postdoc will collaborate with the other European consortium partners in successfully meeting the project objective of sustaining biodiversity in the most diverse region of Europe. Deadline: 23 December 2022
The Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of the VU offers one fully funded postdoc position of 24 months in the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation through land use modeling. Deadline: 16 January 2023
Exciting tenure track position at the interface of Land Use and Food Systems research in the Environmental Geography department of the Institute for Environmental Studies at VU Amsterdam. Upon good performance tenure is granted after 18 months only! Deadline: 5 January 2023
The position at Lund University Sweden is part of the Mistra Biopath project and the work packages on “Mainstreaming biodiversity through governance innovations”. Deadline: 3 February 2023
The postdoctoral position will be part of the 4-year Mistra Biopath research program (https://www.mistrabiopath.se/). Deadline: 31 December 2022
The VU Amsterdam and Wyss Academy for Nature jointly seek a postdoc to synthesize the extent to which land system science based assessment methods are able to impact on decision making towards implementing sustainability goals. It will use the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework as a case. Deadline: 31 December 2022.
The Yale School of the Environment invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor working at the interface of urban systems, climate adaptation, and climate mitigation. Deadline: 16 January 2023
A new article in Regional Environmental Change draws on insights from politics of scale to present a framework for analysing the multiple environmentalities of environmental governance in protected areas focusing on the construction of Nam Et-Phou Louey National Park in Lao PDR.
NASA's ARSET program is offering a training in English and Spanish that will provide attendees an overview of citizen science efforts that use Earth Observations, and teach how to engage with community members in a supportive and meaningful manner to achieve project goals. Attendance is free.
The University of Manchester is seeking to appoint two Research Associates for the Sustainable Forest Transitions (SFT) project. Deadline: 30 January 2023
The University of Twente is hiring a full-time Assistant Professor on the topic of "Spatial modelling for climate-smart food systems". Deadline: 15 December 2022
The organizers of this workshop invite all GLP Members to attend this workshop in Sweden 7-9 June 2023 or remotely. Deadline to register is 2 May 2023.
CNRS seeks a postdoc to work in Rennes for 2 years, starting 1 February 2023. Deadline: 15 December 2022
A new paper in Environmental Research Letters synthesises the state of knowledge on interaction or nexus archetypes related to land, biodiversity, food and climate based on a systematic literature review. It focusses on the coverage of thematic aspects, regional distribution, social dimensions and methodologies.
In his project LAND-POLICY, David Johannes Wuepper wants to record government measures worldwide to counteract land degradation, and analyze their respective effectiveness.
A new paper in Ecology & Society emphasizes the importance of the localized distribution of social and environmental costs and benefits within broader-scale land-use regime shifts.
Global Sustainability recently published an overview of "Ten new insights in climate science 2022" including a chapter by the Global Land Programme on how sustainable land use can make a difference in meeting climate targets.
The University of Minnesota is recruiting a postdoctoral associate who will work on the project titled “South Asian smallholder forests and other tree-based systems: synthesizing LCLUC data and approaches to foster a natural climate solution that improves livelihoods,” which is funded by the NASA Land Cover Land Use Change program. Review of applications will begin 10 January 2023.
Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to enable researchers to accelerate discovery, published its annual Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list for 2022 with 31 GLP Members, SSC Members, and GLP Fellows on it.
GLP Member Paul West is one of four world-class researchers joining Project Drawdown as inaugural members of the nonprofit organization’s new science team.
This postdoctoral research position is part of the FLORA project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC). The selected candidate will join the research team for up to 2 years and 8 months to answer the project’s first main research question: “How far are current global food systems from environmental sustainability and health goals?”. Deadline: 19 December 2022
The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability (DGES) and the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) are hiring a postdoctoral researcher as part of the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Center’s Climate Adaptation Postdoctoral (CAP) Fellows Program. Deadline: 30 November 2023
The Sustainable Forest Transition (SFT) Project is recruiting three full-time PhD students at the Global Development Institute (University of Manchester) from September 2023. Deadline: 5 January 2023
A new Special Issue Collection in the journal Ambio welcomes contributions (particularly from African and Asian countries). Deadline for submissions: 1 August 2023.
A new article in Nature Climate Change integrates subannual irrigation and snowmelt dynamics and a model of international trade to assess the global redistribution of snowmelt dependencies and risks under climate change.
The ECEM 2023, which will take place 4-8 September 2023 in Leipzig, Germany, invites the submission of proposals for sessions and workshops. Deadline: 10 January 2023.
The ECEM 2023 continues a series of conferences launched by the European chapter of ISEM, the International Society for Ecological Modelling. ISEM promotes the international exchange of ideas, scientific results, and general knowledge in the areas of systems’ analysis and simulations in ecology and application of ecological modelling for natural resource management.
A new article in Sustainability investigates the extent and impact of oil spills on different land use types, protected areas, and species in the Niger Delta of Nigeria by using vegetation indices and remote sensing.
A new article in Environmental Research Letters found that while many RSPO certified growers make real changes to achieve certification, these changes do not always address core sectoral performance concerns.
A new article in Nature Communications shows eliminating deforestation from the supply chains of all firms exporting Brazilian soy to the EU or China from 2011-2016 could have reduced net global deforestation by 2% and Brazilian deforestation by 9%.
A new article in Environmental Research Letters leverages timeseries of spatially explicit corporate commodity sourcing data and ZDCs to assess the current and potential effect of ZDCs within soybean supply chains on forest loss and biodiversity.
The University of Edinburgh has three PhD opportunities open to international and UK students in remote sensing, modeling and fieldwork. Deadline: 5 Jan 2023
The Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont (UVM) seeks exceptional PhD applicants to start Fall 2023 and conduct interdisciplinary research on global environmental challenges. Deadline: 12 January 2023.
A new piece in Environmental Research Letters finds that countries with high forest cover and low deforestation (HFLD) are unlikely to be compensated fairly if REDD+ initiatives fail to conserve existing forests and to incentivize low deforestation rates.
The Earthshot Institute, a non-profit organization that brings together people across disciplinary and institutional boundaries to collaborate on scientific research that will catalyze ecological regeneration, is launching a global review of regenerative forestry practices on November 10.
The leads of the Land product validation (LPV) subgroup of the NASA CEOS Working Group on Calibration and Validation (WGCV) are looking for leads and contributors for the different chapters and sub-chapters of the next global Land Cover and Land Cover Change Validation protocol.
Join us for an informal Meet & Greet for new GLP Members! We will start with a short presentation about GLP and how you can get involved, followed by introductions and networking.
A new paper in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change innovatively applies transitions theory to the problem of land-use change and deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.
Join SSC Members Rachael Garrett and Sharad Lele for an open discussion on different routes towards successful engaged research. This webinar is co-sponsored by the GLP Scientific Steering Committee and the GLP Working Group on Co-Production of Sustainable Land Systems.
A new report co-sponsored by the IPCC, UNESCO and ICOMOS highlights the recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ knowledge systems and their full and equitable inclusion within policy processes as a means to transform climate governance.
The Land Use Change & Climate Research Group of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher in quantitative Environmental Sciences to work within the European Commission funded wildE project (climate-smart rewilding: ecological restoration for climate change mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity support in Europe). Deadline: 2 December
The RIHN Visiting Research Fellow Program in Kyoto, Japan, brings overseas researchers to the Institute for periods of two to six months to engage in specific research in the context of one of the RIHN Research Programs, Research Projects or Units of RIHN Center and Strategic Planning and Management Department. Deadline: 4 November
The division of Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers University of Technology, is looking for two PhD candidates, with the possibility to do research in the broad area of “A sustainable circular bioeconomy: agriculture, forestry & land use”. Deadline: 17 November
GLP Executive Officer Ariane de Bremond presented the PNAS paper and companion report on “Ten Facts about Land Systems for Sustainability” to the Future Earth Open Science Conference in Paris, France, on September 21, 2022. The paper was co-authored by 50 leading land use scientists from 20 countries, and the companion report offers specific examples to help policymakers and the public understand what’s at stake.
A new perspective in Communications Earth & Environment advocates a concept of future pathways tailored to the characteristics of agricultural land systems and relate these to targeted farming approaches using agroecological principles.
The newest issue of Mountain Research and Development is now available. This focus issue illuminates the dynamic and complex interconnections between hazards, underlying vulnerabilities, integrated disaster risk management, and resulting impacts in mountains.
Oklahoma State University seeks a broadly trained human-environment geographer specializing in geographies of food and agriculture for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning in August 2023. The ideal candidate will have related expertise in topics such as food security, famine, climate risk, vulnerability, resilience, hazards, GIS, remote sensing, and/or participatory or citizen science. Application open until filled, review to start 15 October.
This series of sessions at the 2023 AAG Annual Meeting aims to bring together researchers and practitioners focused on rural-urban linkages and their implications for multi-dimensional inequalities, food systems, land-use change, human well-being, or multi-scale socio-environmental governance in the context of climate change. Deadline: 28 October
Postdoctoral opportunity now open at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Florence. This is a 3-year contract extendible up to 6 years, open to all nationalities. The work will be conducted within the Horizon Europe ECO2ADAPT project. Deadline: 30 October
The University of Alabama seeks candidates for a cluster hire of three tenure-track appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor starting August 16, 2023. The three broad areas of interest in this cluster hire include: 1) geovisualization and spatial analysis to support climate change decision-making (CCDM), and 2) physical geography and 3) human geography research expertise that can provide actionable insights into climate impacts and adaptation. Deadline: 24 October
The program at Boston University invites promising early-career scholars from diverse backgrounds to join a vibrant community committed to excellent, innovative research and teaching; interdisciplinary scholarship; and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the academy. Deadline: 17 October 2022
A new study published in Science finds that between 90 and 99 percent of all deforestation in the tropics is driven directly or indirectly by agriculture. Yet only half to two-thirds of this results in the expansion of active agricultural production on the deforested land.
A new paper in Environmental Research Letters uses a novel household dataset and a quasi-experimental design to estimate household-level changes in agricultural productivity and other LSLA outcomes in Tanzania.
ISC Fellows are eminent scientists, engineers and thought leaders from across the spectrum of science and society. The Fellowship is the highest honour that can be conferred on an individual by the International Science Council and recognizes outstanding contributions to the promotion of science as a global public good. Deadline: 7 October
The European Space Agency (ESA), in collaboration with Global Carbon Project, CEOS, NASA and the European Commission, is organising the 4th Carbon from Space Workshop to bring together the EO, in situ and Earth system science communities to identify gaps, challenges and issues to address in understanding the carbon cycle. The workshop, this time, will focus specifically on the terrestrial component of the carbon cycle and its interactions with the ocean and atmosphere. Deadline to register: 30 September
ESA's Land Surface Temperature CCI project is holding a virtual user workshop 27-29 September in four 1-hour Zoom calls. They welcome all users and potential users, and registration is free. These global, multi-mission satellite-based climate data records are very topical given recent heatwaves! Deadline to register: 23 September
ESA has kicked off a new Vegetation Parameters project that will develop multi-mission satellite data records of Leaf Area Index and fAPAR to understand vegetation state and dynamics, and they are looking for user input.
To be eligible, projects must involve communities at the grassroots level and deliver practical action that is founded on science. Deadline: 31 October
The successful applicant will examine how expanding agricultural commodity frontiers influence the ability of smallholders to cope with climatic and hydrological stress in the Paraguayan Chaco, with a focus on the Pilcomayo River basin. Deadline: 1 December 2022, to start September 2023
A new paper in Ecology & Society shows a novel combination for visualizing the routes and reasons for migration in West Africa, among others.
A new article in Agronomy for Sustainable Development suggests that highly specialized, intensive farms face higher vulnerability to shocks that affect regional to global supply chains.
A new publication in One Earth in collaboration with the Bern University of Applied Sciences and Fairtrade International anticipates potential impacts of climate extremes on Fairtrade producers of banana, cocoa, coffee and tea.
The Environmental Markets Lab (emLab) at UC Santa Barbara is looking for a postdoc to build on five years of collaboration between scientists at emLab, Global Canopy (GC), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Auriga to build the Trase initiative’s models of global supply chains for Indonesian pulp and oil palm. Deadline: 11 September 2022
This position at New York University is particularly for innovative, interdisciplinary scholars whose research is in Urban Ecology, broadly conceived. Deadline: 1 October 2022
This position at New York University is open to candidates specializing in environmental ethics, global environmental governance, and/or environmental justice. Deadline: 1 October 2022
This position at New York University is open to scholars whose research specializes in all relevant dimensions of Earth and Environmental Science. Deadline: 1 October 2022
We are pleased to announce the Call for Panel for the XIX Biennial IASC Conference 2023. The IASC has been shaping the debate on alternative development pathways by way of putting the commons center stage. In times of profound crises, we have seen states being caught up in emergency mode. This unfolds, among others, in a tendency to respond within national borders, and it has brought the importance of building genuine resilience that leaves no one behind. New deadline: 3 October 2022
This free, online, two-part training will focus on recent developments and updates in flood monitoring tools and flood modeling techniques. Specifically, an overview of the Hydrological Modeling and Analysis Platform (HyMAP), a routing model used with NASA’s Land Information System (LIS), and examples of flood modeling cases will be presented in this training.
Deadline extended to 25 August! The Bureau of the Committee on Science and Technology, the UNCCD subsidiary body established to provide information and advice on scientific and technological matters relating to combating desertification and mitigating the effects of drought, has opened a call for new independent scientist members to its Science-Policy Interface (SPI).
The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry of the University of Helsinki invites applications for the position of postdoctoral researcher in the context of Nordic forest policies. The position is for a fixed term of 2 years full-time starting from September, 2022 onwards (or as agreed).
A new paper in Global Environmental Change explores how indigenous territories and protected areas in Bolivia reduce deforestation, but suffer "spillovers" with an increase in deforestation around the areas.
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre Bioeconomy Unit is looking for a researcher with experience in EU land system dynamics and familiarity with the estimation of LULUCF fluxes in national GHG inventories. Deadline: 5 September
The Institute for Environmental Studies is looking for a tenure track Assistant Professor in land use and biodiversity The candidate will analyze and evaluate different ways of implementing the Global Biodiversity Framework of the Convention of Biological Diversity and analyze the benefits and tradeoffs of alternative pathways to implementation. Deadline: 15 September
A new paper in Society & Natural Resources asks: What if the unintended misuse of the landscape concept by researchers and, consequently, by practitioners, in cultures where there is no such notion or univocal idea, were an obstacle for managing natural resources sustainably and achieving well-being of humans and nonhumans?
The Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of assistant professor with expertise in Remote Sensing for a preferred start date of August 2023. Application review will begin: 15 September 2022
The Department of Geography invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level, commencing autumn semester 2023. We seek a GIScience scholar whose research addresses the racial disparities and social inequities of climate impacts and helps shape adaptations sensitive to these disparities and inequities.
Position for October 2022 as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre of Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use at the University of Göttingen working in land-use science using GIS, remote sensing and data science in an interdisciplinary project in forestry and agricultural sciences.
The free course from NASA's ARSET program will outline the basics of ecosystem services and natural capital accounting. It will also provide an overview of how Earth Observations (EO) can be used to support global frameworks and initiatives such as standards set by the United Nation’s System of Environmental Economic Accounting (UN-SEEA). The course takes place over three 1.5-hour sessions.
The GLP Working Group "Archetype Analysis in Sustainability and Land Governance Research" would like to invite you to their next meetup.
On June 30, 2022, the GLP Co-production Working Group hosted its second networking event, which featured a presentation by Dr. Amare Bantider from the Water and Land Resource Centre (WLRC) in Ethiopia. He shared his perspective on the topics and experiences related to co-production through the learning watershed approach in Ethiopia.
Please consider submitting an abstract to the American Geophysical Union conference session 'GC054 - Linkages across climate, hydrologic, and agricultural systems.' AGU will be held in Chicago and virtually from Dec 12-16, 2022. Deadline to submit an abstract: 3 August 2022
Through a new initiative, Our Shared Future: Life on a Sustainable Planet, the Smithsonian aims to advance solutions that fill us with optimism for our planet and all species that call our planet home. As part of this initiative, the Smithsonian is launching two new fellowship programs: Smithsonian Climate Change Fellowship and Smithsonian Environmental Justice Fellowship. Deadline: 31 August 2022
UFZ – Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Department Ecosystem Services, in collaboration with the German Centre for integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig offers this PhD position for 39 months starting 1 November 2022. Applications are being accepted now.
The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development seeks a full-time four-year PhD researcher to embark on research utilizing inclusive, decolonial research methods to co-produce unique mapping processes and visualizations to support future decision making. Deadline: 25 August 2022
The purpose of the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship is to create opportunities for leading conservation scientists to strengthen their skills through two years of applied post-doctoral research, supplemented by training programs, peer networking, and field learning experiences. Application deadline: 16 September 2022
A new paper in Environmental Research Letters assesses how much savanna area had changed over the 3 decades (area loss, fragmentation), and of this how much was due to direct human intervention versus vegetation transition.
This Frontiers Research Topic welcomes those engaged in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research in soil and water management for dryland areas. Theoretical, experimental, modeling, and social studies are welcomed. Abstract submission deadline: 5 August 2022
This special issue of One Earth welcomes quantitative studies focusing on innovative approaches for sustainable water resources management, considering the framework of the WEFE Nexus. Deadline: 1 November 2022
A new article in Global Environmental Change maps the megatrends of climate, demography, value system and environmental regulation to gain foresight on the future of European agriculture. This is a product of the SIPATH project, a collaboration between the IVM (Amsterdam), WSL and Agroscope (Zürich).
The course provides in-depth insights to the actors, processes and problems of global environmental politics and offers both practical and theoretical understanding about the world of international relations.
Two-year postdoc position at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. Deadline: 31 August 2022
A new article in Environmental Research Letters anticipates tree plantation expansion will continue to drive deforestation in SE Asia, and argues significantly heightened protection is needed to secure the long-term preservation of high and medium-integrity forest, especially in highly contested forest frontier regions.
A new article in the International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation compares and summarizes the methodological progresses and shortcomings of remote sensing of swidden agriculture, followed by providing several perspectives on near-future research directions.
Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that systematically assess restoration experiences, including enabling and hindering factors for greater resilience of mountain ecosystems and people. Empirical research and meta-analyses of degradation and restoration processes and their links to resilience are also welcome, as are review-based agendas for research, policies, or interventions. Papers are due by 1 November 2022.
This initiative is endorsed by the Global Research Council, given the collective agreement on the importance of sustainability for our collective future. With this call the GRC is committed to taking concrete steps towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through innovative research and actions. Deadline for Concept Note submission: 25 August 2022
The IYBSSD 2022 will focus on the links between basic sciences and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. All proposals should address international cooperation in Earth and space sciences and highlight the importance of basic science for sustainable development. Deadline for project proposal submission: 31 July 2022
The International Science Council (ISC) and the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) are looking for experts to review the second-order draft of the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report. Deadline for nominating experts: 20 July 2022
Five days of scientific and policy sessions, workshops, and tours focusing on topics such as: Earth Observation, Ecology, Economics, Ecosystem Services, Education, Energy, Food, Health, Society and Water.
On September 29-30 under the theme "Perspectives of forestry and related sectors as drivers of sustainable development in the post-COVID era", the conference will take place in a hybrid format, with UNCCD Science-Policy Interface member Prof. Rattan Lal presenting giving a lecture during the panel.
An information and networking webinar will be held on Wednesday 3 August, from 2PM to 4PM (CEST) as an accompaniment to the Pathways Postdoctoral Grants Call for Expressions of Interest.
The Pathways Communication Grants Program of Future Earth seeks to ensure that scientific contributions supporting the development of pathways for sustainability reach relevant audiences beyond the scientific community. Deadline: 30 September 2022
A session proposal “Telecoupling: Interdisciplinary Frontier in Convergence Science” has been approved at the upcoming conference of AGU (American Geophysical Union) during December 12-16, 2022. Deadline: 3 August 2022
The Velux Foundation invites proposals that will further the foundation's wish to support solution-oriented research based on an interaction between science and practitioners. Deadline: 19 September 2022
CLand seeks a post-doc for 24 months to assess the drivers of land use and land management at the global scale, conduct large scale econometric analysis of the drivers of cropping intensity at global scale, contribute to a review of stylised facts and data on land use and management, and contribute to an assessment of the potential for intercropping at global scale. Deadline: 31 July 2022
The Research Group of Prof. Hellweg (Chair of Ecological System Design) at ETH Zurich invites applications for a Post-doctoral researcher working on 3 projects on sustainability issues related to biomass production. Interviews will begin as soon as possible.
A PhD position and a 3-year postdoctoral fellow will be based at the University of Waterloo and is funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Deadline: extended to 30 June
In 2022, fifty years on from the UN Summit, the International Science Council, Future Earth and the Stockholm Environment Institute convened an Expert Writing Group of natural scientists, social scientists and humanities scholars to modernize and extend the historical call of the Menton Message of 1972 on the eve of Stockholm+50. Read and share the letter...
A new article in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change hypothesized that peri-urban forest transitions are driven by processes associated with urban-based economies and functioning, which define spatial characteristics of new forests.
Stockholm Environment Institute HQ is looking for a highly motivated Data Administrator with a strong interest in sustainability, particularly linked to the environmental and social impacts of commodity production, trade and consumption.
The research group “Modelling Human-Environmental Interactions” of the Institute of Geographical Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin offers a 4-year research assistant contract with teaching responsibilities with the aim of obtaining a doctoral degree. Deadline: 27 June
Project Drawdown is hiring a “dream team” of leading scientists to join their staff to conduct top-quality research and provide world-leading insights on climate solutions and strategies at the global scale. Review of applications began 13 June and will continue until positions are filled.
Are you willing to inform EU policies on sustainable land use? Can you develop new modelling tools to analyze the effectiveness of EU Green Deal policies? Deadline: 24 June
Water & Development Research Group (http://wdrg.aalto.fi/) at Aalto University, Finland, seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher for their ERC project where they aim to identify feasible food system opportunities to meet the future food demand with sustainable use of natural resources. Deadline: 30 June 2022
This role has arisen as part of ongoing work related to the Future of Conservation Survey project. The Endangered Landscapes Programme has funded Fisher (University of Edinburgh) and Sandbrook (University of Cambridge) to advance work using environmental social science to develop an ecological restoration partnership development toolkit. Deadline: 14 June 2022
The main focus of the Chair is to contribute to transformative change of land use towards sustainability, restoring biodiversity, resilience, and ecosystem services for humans. Deadline: 5 June 2022
A new paper in Ecology and Society proposes and discusses how strategic spatial planning could play a role in governing land-use frontiers and support the socially, economically, and ecologically sustainable future of rural communities, whilst addressing broader land-use challenges in frontier contexts.
A new article in Science Advances finds that, unless policymakers take steps to reduce recultivation or provide incentives for regeneration, abandonment will remain a missed opportunity to reduce biodiversity loss and climate change.
Researchers will contribute to the Biodiversa SUSTAIN-COCOA project on “Sustainable sourcing policies for biodiversity protection, climate mitigation, and improved livelihoods in the cocoa sector”, a collaboration between ETH-Zurich, SEI-Stockholm, UCLouvain, Alliance for Biodiversity and CIAT, and University of Queensland. Application review will begin 24 June 2022.
Digitalization is widely heralded for its potential contribution towards more sustainable land use systems. Still, unintended side-effects have been neglected, so far. A recently published article by Zscheischler et al. in the Journal of Cleaner Production presents perceived risks of digitalization by different stakeholder groups and highlights the role of transdisciplinary knowledge co-production for a better understanding and socially responsible handling of such complex, uncertain and ambiguous socio-technical transitions.
The journal Land is currently running a Special Issue entitled “Modelling Land Use in Challenging Terrains”. The submission deadline is 13 November 2022.
A new article in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability reviews three broadly adopted perspectives on urban–rural relationships from an urbanization perspective. Then, we shift the conceptualization of rural–urban relationships away from ‘the urban’ to illustrate ways in which ‘rural’ processes, practices, and places drive rural–urban sustainability.
The Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, in cooperation with the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, offers a postdoctoral researcher position on rewilding for nature and society in Leipzig, starting on 1 October 2022 or at the earliest opportunity and limited to 30 September 2024. Deadline: 9 June 2022.
In the framework of an interdisciplinary research project, the Professorship of Climate Scenarios for Sustainable Development and the Professorship of Political Economy and Sustainable Development at the University of Bern's Wyss Academy for Nature are inviting motivated candidates to apply for the position of a Postdoctoral/Senior Researcher in Modelling Regional Pathways towards Sustainable Food Systems, starting as soon as is convenient. Deadline: 3 June 2022
This 3-part webinar series focuses on introducing newly available ET products derived from remote sensing observations. It will specifically cover a web portal called OpenET, which includes ET products estimated by using six models as well as Landsat satellite observations.
This free, online, 4-part introductory training will focus on using NASA data products for monitoring human settlements and landscapes during armed conflict and forced displacement.
The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN), Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Geography commencing 01.08.2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will work with researchers focusing on remote sensing, natural resource management and hydrology.
The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management at University of Copenhagen invites applications for a position as Associate Professor or Tenure-track Assistant professor in GIS-Geoinformatics.The position aims at strengthening the application of Geoinformatics, with a focus on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in research fields such as human geography, land cover/use analysis, climate change mitigation/adaptation, and urban and landscape planning. Application deadline is July 15, 2022.
NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) has opened a new open, online introductory webinar series: Measuring Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide from Space in Support of Climate Related Studies. This 4-part training, delivered in English and Spanish, will provide an overview of atmospheric carbon dioxide measurements from space with the OCO-2 and OCO-3 satellite mission and demonstrate how to access, search, filter and display XCO2 data using Jupyter Notebook. Course Dates: May 24, 26, 31, and June 2 English Session: 12:00-14:00 EDT (UTC-4) Spanish Session: 15:00-17:00 EDT (UTC-4)
The Department of Biological Sciences (DBS), National University of Singapore (NUS), invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in Conservation Science and Sustainability.The position offers a unique opportunity to be part of a global leading university, collaborating with top colleagues in the areas of ecology and evolution, and be located at the epicenter of the global biodiversity crisis. End of advertisement period: 19 Jun 2022.
Post-Doctoral Position in exploring Tipping points in the West African Hydrological Cycle.The work proposed for this position will focus on exploring regime shifts and tipping points crossing that could occur by different climate and land use scenarios. The deadline for application is May 7th , 2022. The offer is a full time 24-month fixed-term contract, starting in July 1st, in The Institute for Geosciences and Environmental research in Grenoble, France.
Join us for an informal Meet & Greet with GLP members, especially new members. We will do introductions and networking, using breakout rooms as needed.
A new article in Ecology and Society investigates how successive waves of actors are driving land-use change in Niassa, Mozambique.
A new article in Environmental Research Letters proposes a data-driven methodological routine based on multivariate statistical analysis to identify the most relevant indicators for mapping and characterizing SES archetypes in a particular region.
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will run an international Summer School at its ‘Campus Alpin’ in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Germany, on the topic of land use and ecosystem change during August 2022. Deadline: 27 May
A recent article in Biological Conservation examines fake controversies produced by a small group of active Brazilian researchers that have seriously impacted environmental conservation, particularly in issues related to deforestation and climate change.
A recent paper in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability highlights the diversity of ways in which theories, as assemblages of different elements that can serve a variety of purposes, can emerge within inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary processes.
A new paper published in Conservation argues that the bioeconomy may help conserve or restore habitats, improve knowledge on biodiversity, valorize livelihoods and increase social participation, and aid in moving beyond the commodification of nature. However, none of these achievements can be taken for granted.
In this paper, recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the authors develop an innovative framework to identify and evaluate leverage points along land-use trajectories that account for path dependency. They apply this to the biodiversity hotspot north-eastern Madagascar, where they identify opportunities for sustainable land-use in fallow-derived vanilla agroforestry.
The Earth System Governance Project, hosted at the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University, is looking for an Executive Director. The position offers a unique opportunity to work with leading research groups and projects in earth system governance research all over the world. Deadline: 30 April
The International Forest Policy Meeting (IFPM) is a biannual event bringing together scholars working on forest and forest related policy issues. The 4th IFPM will be a virtual, free of cost event and is organized by the European Forest Institute’s Governance Programme in collaboration with Wageningen University & Research and EFI’s Forest Policy Research Network coordinated by the University of Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU). This year’s meeting will focus on the science-policy and the science-media interfaces in forest policy.
The Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) is a leading international centre in sustainability science for biosphere stewardship, at the Stockholm University. Deadline: 28 April
The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level in the Environmental Sciences group. Deadline: 27 April
SSC member Rachael Garrett will be a keynote speaker at this conference that brings together researchers and policymakers working on issues associated with finance and economics and their impact on biodiversity.
The Journal of Land Use Science dedicated their first issue of 2022 to 'Women in Land Science'. The journal is co-edited by two of GLP's SSC members, Dr. Daniel Müller and Dr. Darla Munroe, and strives to itself be a strong representation of excellence in the field as well as representation by gender.
The Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress is a series of gatherings that unite global research leaders, experts, industries and innovators to inspire action and promote a sustainability transformation.
Landscape ecology – making the future, learning from the past. The IALE 2022 European Landscape Ecology Congress aims to highlight landscape ecology as the transdisciplinary platform linking past, present and future. This approach is especially needed now when the world is facing global challenges such as climate crisis, biodiversity loss, environmental pollution, mass migration and urbanization.
This free, online training will focus on using remote sensing and geospatial data within the NASA-supported UN Biodiversity Lab (UNBL) to take action on national conservation and sustainable development priorities.
This free, four-part, advanced training builds on the previous ARSET agricultural training. This webinar series is a collaboration between ARSET, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), European Space Agency (ESA), United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), University of Stirling, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), and the CEOS Working Group on Capacity Building & Data Democracy (WGCapD). Available in English and Spanish.
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) seeks to appoint up to 5 quantitative Environmental Scientists as either postdoctoral researchers or PhD students. The successful applicants will contribute to a number of EU-funded research projects exploring the impacts of environmental and policy change on land use and ecosystems, including biodiversity at large spatial scales (European to global). Deadline: 22 April 2022
Papers that analyze the potential governance implications of blockchain innovations within agriculture and propose suggestions for taking power relations into account are also welcomed. Deadline: 9 April 2022
Not Rocket Science episode in Threshold podcast look at some models for how we can realistically meet the 1.5C goal and get to net zero by 2050.
The second SRI Inkundla Conference will strive to build bridges between the sciences, sectors, community members, and countries by focusing on the power of science to transcend conflict and foster peaceful transitions to sustainability. The conference offer two interactive conversations with different speakers with both academic and lived experience in advancing peaceful dialogue through science. Dates and time: 28 March 2022 – 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm South Africa Standard Time (SAST) 31 March 2022 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm South Africa Standard Time (SAST)
Sustainability leaders, experts, industry and innovators from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific are invited to share their knowledge on sustainability challenges and opportunities in the Oceania region as part of a major international sustainability event.
This free three-part webinar series will introduce bottom-up and top-down methods for tracking emissions and removals of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) from the atmosphere. The training will explore how to combine this information to produce a more complete and transparent global stocktake, and support efforts to reduce net emissions and mitigate their impact on the climate. Course Dates: 2 hours daily sessions on May 11, 18, & 25, 2022.
This free online course gives you an introduction to the STEPS Centre’s core conceptual approach, the Pathways Approach to sustainability.
PostDoc researcher in Renewable Resource-Use Modelling: Open to agroecologists, agroeconomists, geographers with strong quantitative and modelling skills, or to mathematicians with in-depth knowledge in agroeconomic models and resource-use mathematics. Deadline: 30 April
PostDoc researcher in Biodiversity Modelling: Open to biologists, ecologists, biodiversity-scientists with strong quantitative and modelling skills and experiences; or to mathematicians, computer-scientists with in-depth knowledge on ecosystem and biodiversity processes. Deadline: 30 April
The organizers of this workshop invite all GLP Members to attend this workshop in Germany 18-20 May 2022 or remotely. Deadline to register is 4 May 2022.
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks a director to lead its Latin America and Caribbean programming for a two-year period with an option to continue beyond two years. Deadline 1.July.2022
Be surrounded by your peers and be part of a diverse and engaging group of researchers, all of whom are doing excellent research in remote sensing, and just happen to be female! Abstracts should ideally be submitted by April 29th 2022.
A new paper in Environmental Research Letters drawing on the insights from two international workshops on archetype analysis and on broader literature to propose a framework that identifies and describes six dimensions of validity.
We are seeking an agricultural economist or food systems modeler with experience analyzing economic and environmental dimensions of food systems to join our Food and Agriculture research team at the Breakthrough Institute. Deadline: Near-term rolling deadline
A new paper in the Journal of Land Use Science looks at research avenues that will promote a more socio-ecological systems perspective to the study of driving forces of landscape change.
A new paper in AMBIO presents a systematic review of 126 cases reporting socioeconomic impacts of agricultural changes in Southeast Asia. Findings are analyzed in relation to different land governance regimes, different land use changes, and in terms of trade-offs and synergies between different outcomes.
Are you familiar with the Land Sharing – Land Sparing debate, also framed as the Half Earth and Sharing the Planet Scenario? And are you aware of the equity issues that may come with these scenario storylines? Then please respond to a questionnaire on the Perceptions of equity in biodiversity conservation and agricultural scenario narratives. Deadline: 15 March 2022
The organizers of this workshop invite all GLP Members to submit contributions and attend this workshop in Germany 18-20 May 2022 or remotely. Deadline for submissions is 23 March 2022, and the deadline to register is 4 May 2022.
A new report released today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) is a call to action for policymakers worldwide seeking to develop sustainable and equitable solutions to our most urgent global challenges. “Ten Facts about Land Systems for Sustainability” was co-authored by 50 leading land use scientists from 20 countries, convened by the Global Land Programme. A companion report offers specific examples to help policymakers and the public understand what’s at stake at this critical moment in global development.
The need to share landscapes between humans and wildlife presents a major societal challenge. For Pathways Europe 2022, we will explore the crucial question: how can we share landscapes in ways that are beneficial for both humans and wildlife in times of species extinction, climate change and social injustice? The deadline for organized sessions is 4 March, and the deadline for individual abstracts and posters is 1 April.
The Voices for Science program provides scientists interested in science communications and outreach with specialized training to hone their skills. Throughout the twelve-month program, participants work directly with AGU staff to conduct regular outreach activities with a variety of audiences in their local communities. Applications for the 2022-2023 cohort are open until 1 February 2022.
A new paper in Environmental Research Letters investigate the linkages between the inflow of both international and internal remittances and rural households' land use in forested landscapes in the Philippines.
A new paper in Biological Conservation analyzes over 250 papers on human and climatic impacts on Ecuadorian biodiversity and suggests areas for further research.
A new paper in the Journal of Land Use Science addresses strategic land-use planning instruments in land-use planning in tropical, low-income regions, and further details the extent to which the instruments' characteristics support land governance.
The Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) has three new tenure track positions for associate senior lecturers. Deadline: 31 January
This year’s conference ‘Governing land for the future - what (r)evolutions do we need?’ focuses on the future of land governance. Deadline for abstracts: 11 February 2022.
Diana Sietz has been selected to be a lead author of the thematic assessment of the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health (Nexus assessment) of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
In a new paper in Ambio, the authors use firm- and actor-level interview and spatial data from transnational agriculture and forestry investments in Southern and Eastern Africa to distinguish four types of locations preferred by investors with varied skillsets and market reach (i.e., track record), across gradients of resource frontiers and agglomeration economies. They find that investors with extensive track records are more likely to expand the land use frontier, but likely to better survive the high transaction costs of the pre-commercial frontier, and point to the risks of promoting overly simplistic narratives.
There are growing calls in recent years for research on “solar geoengineering“, a set of entirely speculative technologies to reduce incoming sunlight on earth in order to limit global warming. This initiative stands against such emerging initiatives to explore planetary techno-fixes as a climate policy option.
You are invited to contribute to an upcoming Special Issue of the Earth System Governance journal on "The Governance of Biodiversity Recovery: From Global Targets to Sectoral Action". Deadline for abstracts: 13 March 2022
This year’s conference theme is: Governing accelerated transitions: justice, creativity, and power in a transforming world. Deadline for paper and full session abstracts: 1 February.
Watch this poetic TEDxGeneva talk in which Stephen Bell brings historical insights of global farmland abandonment, zooms in to studying this process in Spain, and argues about the importance of changing the focus from post-factum abandonment to proactive retirement of lands.
This session will feature Victor Olsen, University of Copenhagen presenting on "The impact of conflict-driven cropland abandonment on food insecurity in South Sudan revealed using satellite remote sensing."
On January 19 we held a webinar on new research published in 2021 (PNAS and Annual Review of Environment and Resources) on how human use of land has been transforming Earth's ecology for millennia. From hunting and foraging to burning the land to farming to industrial agriculture, increasingly intensive human use of land has reshaped global patterns of biodiversity, ecosystems, landscapes, and climate. Watch the event recording and download the presenters' slides.
This project at Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, addresses the challenge of transforming highly managed Alpine watersheds toward more resilient ecosystems to meet societal and ecological needs through an inter- and transdisciplinary approach. Deadline: 28 February
This 3-part training, a collaboration between NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET), UN Habitat, Group on Earth Observations (GEO) EO4SDG initiative, GEO Human Planet initiative, and the CEOS Working Group on Capacity Building & Data Democracy (WGCapD), will be delivered in English and Spanish. Participants will be introduced to resources that can be applied in policy areas that are important to resilient and sustainable cities, such as sustainable urban planning, adequate housing, access to public transport, and access to public spaces.
A new study in Nature Food sheds light on a complex interaction of armed conflict, cropland abandonment and implications to food security in South Sudan.
The Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University is recruiting a new tenure-track faculty member to focus on land system science, including drivers, trends, dynamics, and/or impacts of land use and management decisions on environmental change and socioecological processes. Deadline: 30 January
Join a team of postdocs working with NSERC ResNet, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, multiple universities, and government agencies to explore data and develop models and methods to monitor changes in ES and natural capital at multiple spatial and temporal scales across Canada. Application review will begin 28 January.
In this free 2-part training from NASA's ARSET program, participants will review pre-fire risk assessments by investigating land surface and climate variables, conduct post-fire mapping of burned area and burn severity using vegetation indices such as the Normalized Burn Ratio (NBR), and assess fire risk and post-fire mapping and monitoring for effective management and decision-making.
The Environmental Markets Lab (emLab) at the University of California, Santa Barbara is seeking a highly motivated specialist to support a variety of remote sensing projects. Deadline: 17 January
We invite you to join us for a webinar on new research published in 2021 (PNAS and Annual Review of Environment and Resources) on how human use of land has been transforming Earth's ecology for millennia. From hunting and foraging to burning the land to farming to industrial agriculture, increasingly intensive human use of land has reshaped global patterns of biodiversity, ecosystems, landscapes, and climate.
The Wyss Academy for Nature at the University of Bern is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join the research team on Climate Scenarios for Sustainable Development led by Prof. Edouard Davin. Deadline: extended to 31 December
On December 2, 2021, the GLP Agricultural Land Abandonment as a Global Land-Use Change Phenomenon Working Group and GLP European Nodal Office held an introductory webinar and discussion of agricultural land abandonment as a global phenomenon. Watch the recording
A new paper in PNAS demonstrates an approach to identify homesteads of forest-dependent people and to track their resource base over 30 years across the entire South American Gran Chaco (1.1 million km2). The transferable and scalable methodology puts forest smallholders on the map and can help to uncover the land-use conflicts at play in many deforestation frontiers across the globe.
A PhD position is open at the UFZ Leipzig to collaborate addressing management of climate risks in grassland-based farming systems in Germany and Switzerland. Deadline: 15 December or until filled.
A new paper in Global Change Biology seeks to understand how increases in land-use intensity became the most important driver of human appropriation of net primary production across all biomes and settings.
A new paper in One Earth brings together studies across different sustainability dimensions, and investigates how global agricultural trade flows have affected land systems and resulting impacts on food and nutrient availability, natural habitat conversion, biodiversity loss, and ecosystem carbon storage.
A new paper in Environmental Research Letters uses Brazil as an example of how a legality criterion adopted by consumer countries is insufficient to protect forests and other ecosystems and may worsen deforestation and conversion risks by incentivizing the weakening of social-environmental protection by producer countries.
The workshop will introduce recent work within the behavioural modelling community, and develop specific collaborative efforts leading towards global-scale modelling. Participants are invited to present flash talks and ideas for group discussion, and to complete a brief pre-workshop survey.
SEI HQ is recruiting a highly motivated Research Fellow to lead an emerging area of research and impact within the Trase initiative on greenhouse gas emissions linked to commodity supply chains who has a strong background in research on emissions from the agricultural sector and proven experience of ensuring research is policy relevant and actionable. Deadline: 3 Janaury 2022
The authors of a new paper in Environmental Science & Policy used a metric of supply chain stickiness, calculated from temporal network analyses on the Brazilian soy export supply chain, as a proxy to explore their effect on the adoption and effectiveness of zero deforestation commitments (ZDCs).
The University of Amsterdam is seeking a post-doctoral researcher who likes to bridge research insights developed in computational science, environmental science, and developmental economics with practice. Deadline: 4 January
TU Delft has an opening for a postdoctoral research fellow at the intersection of social simulation and high-performance algorithms. Deadline: 31 December
The Sustainability Innovation Lab at Colorado is looking for a 12-month Postdoctoral Associate starting as soon as possible. Deadline: 13 December for first consideration but opened until filled
Registration is now open for the WSL Landscape Centre's summer school in 2022. Deadline: 31 January
Candidate research may include thematic map design techniques, science communication, narrative cartography and data journalism, digital and visual humanities, terrain representation and raster cartography, participatory and community-engaged map design, or social science methods and user studies in cartography, among others. Deadline: 17 December or until filled
Candidate research can be from any area across GIS&T, including GIS, geocomputation, spatial analysis and modeling, cartography and geovisualization, and remote sensing. Deadline: 17 December or until filled
All GLP Members are invited to this first event of the GLP Agricultural Land Abandonment as a Global Land-Use Change Phenomenon Working Group. An introduction of “land abandonment” will run for approximately 30 minutes and will be followed by a discussion.
Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to enable researchers to accelerate discovery, published its annual Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list this week with 32 GLP Members, SSC Members, and GLP Fellows on it.
The Department of Geography of the University of Namur is offering a 10-month postdoc position for a researcher interested in the development of an agent-based model (ABM) to derive high-resolution land use and land cover change scenarios for the future at the scale of the studied regions located in five European countries.
This 2-part, hands-on advanced training will provide participants with the skills to combine in situ measurements and optical remote sensing data, such as chlorophyll-a concentration, sea surface temperature, and suspended particulate matter, to assess water quality for their area of interest.
Biodiversa+, the European Biodiversity Partnership, is pleased to announce that its 2021-2022 joint Call for Transnational Research Proposals on “Supporting biodiversity and ecosystem protection across land and sea” is now open. Deadline for pre-proposals: 30 November
Join us for a special end-of-year informal Meet & Greet with GLP members, especially new members. We will do introductions and networking, using breakout rooms as needed.
If you are a solid programmer who likes challenging computational & software architecture tasks and who wants to change the world for the better, then this is the role for you. Deadline: 15 November
The position will involve working with a team of researchers, led by Drs. Michael Manfredo and Tara Teel, on a project involving a global survey of values toward nature and wildlife. The survey is being conducted across multiple countries and world regions, including Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Australia. Deadline: 7 November
NC State invites applications and nominations for the position of Goodnight Distinguished Professor of Coastal Resilience and Sustainability in the College of Natural Resources, and Director of the campus-wide Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative. The university seeks a visionary leader and interdisciplinary scholar with demonstrated success and impact, who is internationally recognized as one of the best in the growing areas of resilience or sustainability science. Application review will begin 1 December.
A graduate assistantship is available for a self-motivated student to pursue PhD or MS degree and conduct innovative and high-impact research in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University (MSU). Deadline: 15 November
A PhD research assistantship is available for a self-motivated student to pursue a PhD degree and conduct innovative and high-impact research in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University. Deadline: 1 December
Michigan State University’s Jianguo “Jack” Liu was honored this month with the Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science – the first major international prize for outstanding scientific work that promotes sustainable development globally. It followed on his September receipt of the World Sustainability Award for his leadership in integrating the needs of both humans and nature and succeeding in having the work translated into policy and practice.
A new article in Ambio looks at new patterns of reforestation through counterurbanization and looks at how this pathway could have a growing global effect.
A new special issue of Remote Sensing is accepting full papers or communications based on your own research in this area, or may be a focused review article on some aspect of the subject. All submissions, including featured articles, will be subject to peer review. The guest editors are particularly encouraging junior and early-stage researchers to submit a manuscript to this SI call. Deadline: 31 March 2022
In this webinar we hear from the scientists behind the third analytical report of the Land Matrix Initiative (LMI) about how they used the Land Matrix database as well as confronted challenges related to the data, including how to make it more representative.
A new paper in Global Environmental Change grew out of meeting sessions at the last GLP Open Science Meeting.
The ZALF project Prep-LL aims to establish the basis for a regional network of living labs (LL) to support co innovation and transformation for sustainable agricultural landscapes. In establishing the network of living labs, the project will develop recommendations on the required data and knowledge infrastructure needed for its implementation. Deadline: 20 October
This four-day virtual and interactive Congress will bring together scientists, practitioners, Indigenous Peoples, development organizations, and policymakers to share and advance scientific research, nature-positive solutions, policies, and practices.
The Wyss Academy for Nature is seeking a dynamic and innovative personality working at the interface of science and development who is driven to explore and develop new ways of transforming knowledge into action that benefits both people and nature and supports systems transformation through the Regional Stewardship Hub in East Africa. Deadline: 10 October 2021
The Wyss Academy for Nature is seeking an outstanding, highly dynamic and passionate candidate to build, lead, and inspire the Regional Stewardship Hub in East Africa. Deadline: 10 October 2021
The GLP Socio-ecological Land Systems of Latin America Working Group is very excited to announce their next webinar to be held on October 28th 2021 at 16:00 CEST (UTC+2) where Martha Bonilla (INECOL, Mexico) and colleagues will share about social-ecological networks of Mexico.
A new paper in Landscape and Urban Planning shows how integrating two approaches provides spatial templates for targeting policy responses related to the sustainable intensification of agricultural systems, the disappearance of traditional cropping systems and abandonment of rural lands, or the reconnection of urban population with the local environment, among others.
A new paper in Agricultural Systems shows that the Crop Generator enables smart projections of future adjustments in crop rotations in view of climate and socio-economic changes as a basis for improving eco-hydrological projections and designing more sustainable agricultural systems.
The College of Arts and Sciences, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Hamilton-Lugar School of Global and International Studies, and the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University (IU) Bloomington invite applications for a tenure-track position in commons governance at the advanced assistant, associate, or full professor level, to begin Fall 2022. The successful candidate will have an academic home in one, or potentially more than one, of the above-listed academic units and Departments, along with serving as the Director of the Ostrom Workshop’s Commons Program. Deadine: 15 October
Three of our GLP Working Groups are planning a joint hands-on event to exchange and synthesize insights and observations deriving from the “COVID-19 global shock”. The event will be a combination of brief talks and focused discussion, including crowdsourced insights from participants via micro-posters. The event is open to all GLP members, but micro-posters are due by 27 October, so learn more today!
Join us for an informal Meet & Greet with GLP members, especially new members. We will do introductions and networking, using breakout rooms as needed.
The GLP is currently seeking to nominate two to three new SSC members, starting December 1, 2021. The continuing success of GLP relies on the input of these people. In seeking nominations, we are looking for scientific excellence and a high level of commitment to actualizing GLP goals and activities. Deadline: 1 November 2021
Human–wildlife interactions have become a frequent phenomenon in peri-urban landscapes, making them arenas of human-wildlife interactions. There is a need to identify and implement effective governance approaches to avoid conflicts and alleviate the negative impacts of human-wildlife interactions in peri-urban landscapes. The workshop offers a platform for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to exchange and network on human-wildlife interactions in peri-urban landscapes.
CSIRO is hiring a new member of its Sustainability Research Program leadership team to be responsible for the program’s science, impact and strategy. The position will also be responsible for overseeing a new initiative between CSIRO & University of Queensland through its Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and food Innovation (QAAFI). Deadline: 16 September 2021
The Graduate School of Geography at Clark University invites applications for a tenure track, Assistant Professor of Human-Environment Geography to join our internationally recognized program in Geography and contribute to our long-standing strength in the critical analysis of human-environment relationships. Deadline: 30 September 2021
Clark University invites applications and nominations for an Inaugural Directorof a newcenter for geospatial analytics(the “Center”) that builds on and expands the pioneering work of Clark Labs. Position open until filled.
Register for free to watch the 100+ engaging sessions of the 2021 Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress. SRI2021 took place from June 12-15, 2021, online and onsite in Brisbane, Australia. The Congress was the first in an annual series to unite global sustainability leaders, experts, industry and innovators to inspire action and promote a sustainability transformation. It brought together over 2,000 participants from more than 100 countries and featured 700 speakers.
The University of Edinburgh seek a 3-year post-doctoral research associate (PDRA) with expertise in biogeochemical modelling, data assimilation and the terrestrial carbon cycle. The post is a core part of the SECO project, which seeks to quantify the carbon cycle of the dry tropics (https://blogs.ed.ac.uk/seco-project/). Deadline: 23 September 2021
This special issue of Land invites contributions exploring carbon consequences of urbanization, both land transformations of precursor systems and carbon shifts within those urban ecosystems. From a land systems science perspective, the land-climate interactions related to the consequences of land-use/land-cover change connected to urbanization processes on carbon pools are of interest. Deadline: 31 March 2022
What started as a discussion at the 2019 GLP OSM is now a paper in the Journal of Land Use Science! In it, the authors aim to start a discussion on how to better include culture in land system science (LSS).
The webinar recording for the GLP Integration of Rural and Urban Land Systems Working Group's third Young Speakers Series webinar is now available.
The webinar recording and presenters' slides from the GLP Telecoupling Research Towards Sustainable Transformation of Land Systems Working Group's sixth webinar are now available.
The materials, webinar recording and blog post from the GLP Social-Ecological Land Systems of Latin America (LASELS) Working Group's June Meet & Greet are now available.
The Wyss Academy for Nature at the University of Bern seeks a doctoral student to join the climate team led by Prof. Edouard Davin. The successful candidate will undertake research investigating linkages between climate, biodiversity and land use by combining Earth System Modelling and data-driven approaches. Deadline: 31 August
People and Nature of the British Ecological Society is seeking proposals to the Special Feature “Understanding land-use driven biodiversity change: frontiers in linking ecological and socio-economic data and models”. Deadline: 15 October
Join the Food Systems Summit Dialogue on Land Rights. This Global Independent Dialogue is convened by the Land Portal Foundation to draw attention to improved land governance as a cross-cutting thread that underpins success of the Summit’s 5 Action Tracks. The Land Portal Foundation is partnering with the European Commission, the International Land Coalition (ILC), LANDac - The Netherlands Land Academy, RVO, and Welthungerhilfe as Co-Convenors.
The African Land Policy Centre (ALPC) will hold its Land Policy in Africa Conference on 2-4 November 2021 in a hybrid format: partly online and partly in Kigali, Rwanda. The theme is Land governance for safeguarding art, culture and heritage towards the Africa We Want. The Conference will consist of plenary sessions, parallel sessions, masterclasses, side events and exhibitions.
A new editorial capping the Special Feature "Archetype Analysis in Sustainability Research” in Ecology and Society takes stock of successful examples of archetype analysis, reflects on opportunities and pitfalls in applying archetype analysis and opens new avenues for a second generation of archetype analysis. Co-editors are the GLP Archetype Analysis Working Group Coordinators.
An increasing number of voices highlight the need for science itself to transform and to engage in the co-production of knowledge and action, in order to enable the fundamental transformations needed to advance towards sustainable futures. But how can global sustainability-oriented research networks engage in co-production of knowledge and action? A new article in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability introduces a strategic tool called the ‘network compass’ which highlights four generic, interrelated fields of action through which networks can strive to foster co-production. The Global Land Programme is one of the 11 networks involved in the study.
This call for funding from the Volkswagen Foundation is part of a broader international funding framework entitled "Global Issues – Integrating Different Perspectives", which aims to enable international research collaboration and to generate new insights on understudied issues of global relevance. The call intends to strengthen both inter- and transdisciplinary approaches as well as international cooperation on issues of human-environmental interactions. Deadline: 4 November
The workshop will involve a discussion of ways to improve science-policy linkages including suggestions for research priorities for the global change science community interested in providing relevant information for on-going policy dialogs, and the challenges and opportunities for improving science-policy linkages with the goal of generating more relevant science and better policy outcomes.
The guest editors of a special issue of Land on Amazonia invite interested authors to submit a proposal with a tentative title, abstract, and list of authors. Deadline for proposals: 15 August
The Stockholm Environment Institute is looking for an individual who has a strong interest in water resources, water footprinting, deforestation and trade. Deadline: 31 August
Based on their analysis of the complex and interacting drivers of forest change in the Himalayas, the authors highlight five thematic focus areas to curtail forest loss and promote recovery in this article in Global Environmental Change.
Join us for an informal Meet & Greet with GLP members, especially new members. We will do introductions and networking, using breakout rooms if attendance warrants it.
The University of Lausanne is offering a PhD position with AgriPath for a researcher with an interest and experiences in conducting empirical research on applying digital solutions for promoting sustainable agricultural development. Deadline: 31 August
The University of Lausanne is offering a 4-years postdoctoral research position with AgriPath for a researcher with an interest and experiences in conducting empirical research on applying digital solutions for promoting sustainable agricultural development. Deadline: 15 August
As an R&D expert biophysical modeling for ecosystem accounting you will be part of a new but very ambitious Natural Capital Accounting team with outstanding scientists. You will contribute to challenging projects for initially governments, and at a later stage also companies.
Interested in dissecting politics and power in highly contested (and telecoupled) forest and climate policy arenas? We are looking for a PhD candidate who will unpack REDD+ policy networks and related flows of finance and ideas in DRC and globally. Working/living experience in DRCongo and skills in SNA are a must! Deadline:
This conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners on forests as a commons. We will cover traditional dimensions of forest commons such as community managed forest systems as well as other forms of forest systems governance. Participants working on protected forests, forest ecosystem services, self-governance and polycentric forest governance are encouraged to contribute to the conference. The week will be shared with an additional virtual conference on land commons, given the interconnection of the two topics.
This conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners on land as a commons. We will cover traditional land commons topics such as pastoralism, governance of land, land degradation, land rights and conflicts as well as how to conceptualize and analyze the multi-scalar nature of commons such as biodiversity, agrobiodiversity, ecosystem services/nature’s contributions to people (NCP), among others. The week will be shared with a second virtual conference on forests, given the interconnection of the two topics.
This position is part of the FairFrontiers project. The selected researcher should demonstrate expertise with field-based mixed methods, and familiarity with social-environmental justice theories, and telecoupling research. The deadline for applications has been extended to 6 Aug.
A combined team of researchers from ETH Zurich, Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science and Newcastle University, has found via statistical analysis and modeling that rainfall in Europe could be increased by planting more trees. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the group describes using data from rain gauges across Europe to build their models.
The authors conclude that the narrow focus on specific ES categories strongly limits understanding of SF in shifting cultivation areas and that it is more relevant to compare SFs with other agricultural systems rather than with old-growth forests.
Davide Geneletti has received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in research in the field of environmental planning.
Do you want to build an academic career in an interdisciplinary research institute? If you are interested in the geography of sustainability challenges, please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Deadline: 19 August.
The Centre for Environmental Science and the Department of Political Science at Lund University seek applications for a 4-year PhD position on agent-based modelling of land users’ responses to forest policy across Fennoscandia, working as a member of the NordForsk funded project GreenPole. Deadline: 15 August
The global food system is under pressure: Farmers and agribusinesses have to produce food for a growing population. This increases the environmental burden, as greenhouse gas emissions accelerate climate change, biodiversity loss increases, and resources become scarce. How can this system become more sustainable? This question forms the basis of new Robert Bosch Junior Professor Dr. Verena Seufert’s research.
The Land Systems and Sustainable Land Management (LS-SLM) Research Unit at the Institute of Geography, University of Bern, invites applications for four PhD positions with a maximum duration of 4 years, as part of the SUSTAINFORESTS project, beginning 1st September 2021. Deadline: 21 June
A new paper in Current Research in Environmental Sustainability looks at the destruction of the Amazon through a large-scale collective action lens and identifies six variables that show lack of accountability, distrust among actors, and little sense of responsibility for halting deforestation remain key stressors.
SSC Member Rachael Garrett has joined the VSS Academic Advisory Council, which gathers an international and multi-disciplinary mix of academic experts involved in research on voluntary sustainability standards.
A new paper in Sustainability Science looks at how transnational socio-ecological land systems highlight the influence of institutions under different governance regimes in defining the spatial configuration and ecological properties of regions. Land systems' asymmetries are mediated by the primary production of the ecosystems, agriculture aptitude and by contrasting perceptions and valuation of the same ecoregion across national borders. In addition, the land-use history, legacies and cultural heritage can promote land systems’ asymmetries depending on complex interactions and feedbacks of socio-ecological systems.
The webinar recording and presentations for the GLP Social-Ecological Land Systems of Latin America (LASELS) Working Group's third webinar are now available.
To get to know each other and expand our networks, the GLP Working Group on Socio-Ecological Land Systems of Latin America is holding a special virtual meeting. Get ready to share your opinions and talk among peers about land science, SELS, projects, crazy hypotheses, anything.
The GLP Working Group for Telecoupling Research will use their sixth webinar to start a conversation on transdisciplinary research designs in complex settings in relation to telecoupling research and in the wider land system science community. The webinar will include three short inputs from GLP members, as well as cross-cutting discussions.
The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track position in the area of social-ecological systems analysis, at the level of Assistant/Associate Professor. The position will be 50% research and 50% teaching (2.5 courses per academic year). Deadline: 15 July
A new commentary in One Earth looks at how tropical deforestation and associated risks of emerging zoonotic diseases are being driven by large-scale land acquisitions for the production of agricultural exports. Current policies on land deals and agricultural trade fail to address this.
A new commentary in One Earth looks at how tropical deforestation and associated risks of emerging zoonotic diseases are being driven by large-scale land acquisitions for the production of agricultural exports. Current policies on land deals and agricultural trade fail to address this.
The Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI) is currently accepting applications to participate in its upcoming virtual workshop, “Linking Human and Earth System Models for Global Change Analysis”. Held July 19-21, 2021, this workshop will bring together researchers working on a range of strategies to improve the coupled modeling of human and Earth systems. Workshop and poster applications are due by June 20, 2021.
The new Open Up Guide on Land Governance is a resource aimed to be used by governments from developing countries to collect and release land-related data to improve data quality, availability, accessibility and use for improved citizen engagement, decision making and innovation.
This study published in the Journal of Land Use Science demonstrates the advantage of deriving latent factors to identify land-use transformations based on a questionnaire sent to 1,600 farmland owners and managers on the fringes of Adelaide, South Australia, to elicit information on internal and external factors driving their land-use decisions.
A new paper in Annual Reviews presents a suite of measures that collectively could be transformational to helping overcome destructive path dependencies in the region.
A new study in Landscape and Urban Planning draws recommendations on how to select suitable synthesis approaches to support different urban planning decisions.
A new book by Mairon G. Bastos Lima details lessons from biofuel governance, policies and production strategies in the emerging world.
This new study in Environmental Research Letters seeks to assist the decision-making process to build resilience to climate change in Ethiopia and other low-income countries with similar geophysical and socio-economic conditions.
This course provides PhD candidates and early-career scholars with exciting concepts and methods to enhance the potential of their research to beneficially contribute to society and the environment. Early bird registration deadline: 15 June
This project aims to co-produce scenarios of how transformative change could lead to more sustainable futures for people and nature in Africa. The research assistant is expected to contribute to the project by gathering and analysing data on African seeds. Deadline: 27 May
This special issue of Conservation Science and Practice will include papers that explore conservation philanthropy from diverse theoretical, methodological, and geographical perspectives, with explicit attention to informing conservation science and practice. Deadline for abstracts: 30 June
This exciting new position will contribute to Royal Botanic Gardens Kew’s mission to understand and protect plants and fungi for the benefit of people and the future of all life on Earth, through postdoctoral research on innovative methods in biological conservation. Deadline: 27 May
The Institute of Ecology AC (INECOL) invites interested people in Mexico and the rest of the world to participate in this call to occupy a high-quality research position.
The programme aims to grow mid-career African academics in the areas of collective leadership, team development, engagement, and collaboration, with the intention of enabling them to solve the complex issues that face both Africa and the global community. Deadline: 31 July.
Come to the Field School to learn the key design elements of a successful PM project, and how to use various PM techniques to represent complex problems and gain insight into the actions that can be taken to address them.
The Geography and Tourism Research Group at KU Leuven and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) (Belgium) seeks applications for a Phd position on spatio-temporal modelling of snail populations, beginning in October 2021 working under GLP Member Prof. dr. Anton Van Rompaey. Deadline: 15 July
Is environmental justice necessary for human well-being? Comparative analysis of certification schemes, inclusive business, and solidarity economy strategies (COMPASS project) at the University of Bern invites applications for two four-year PhD positions with GLP Member Prof. Dr. Christoph Oberlack. Deadline: 31 May
ETH Zurich's Environmental Policy Lab (EPL), chaired by SSC Member Prof. Dr. Rachael Garrett, seeks to hire a full-time team member to support their quantitative data analysis projects, initially for a 2-year position (start date negotiable between July and October 2021) with possibility for renewal. Deadline to apply: 15 June.
Nominate scientists to participate in the 2021 Future Earth – ISC Global Risks Scientists’ Perceptions survey and join a growing community of leading scientists working on global risks. Deadline to (self)nominate is 30 May 2021.
This position is for one year, at 50%. This position will contribute to a research project funded by the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) appointed by CGIAR, in collaboration with the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) in Germany, UC Santa Barbara (USA), and ICRISAT-Mali. The project is coordinated by Dr. Dilini Abeygunawardane at IAMO. Application review will begin 1 June.
The joint GLP/AIMES Working Group on Large-scale Behavioural Models of Land Use Change held its second webinar in April 2021 to discuss exciting new advances in social simulation and computational modelling that can support better representation of human behaviour in the land system.
IISD is looking for a Senior Research Coordinator, Food & Agriculture to join an international team of lawyers, policy advisors, and economists working to change rules and policies on food, agriculture, trade, and investment, starting as soon as possible. Deadline: 14 May
The UNESCO Division aims to support Member States at a national, regional and global level in advancing science and capacity for sustainable management of their natural resources and biodiversity, through its programs in Earth and Ecological Sciences towards the implementation of Agenda 2030. A special focus is given to UNESCO’s two global priorities, Africa and Gender.
The Equator Prize 2021 will be awarded to outstanding local community and Indigenous peoples initiatives that advance innovative nature-based solutions for sustainable development. The winners will join a prestigious network of 255 leading community-based organizations from 83 countries that have been awarded the Equator Prize since 2002.
The Stockholm Resilience Centre is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to develop new tools to map the risk of regime shifts across the world’s ecosystems, to ideally estimate the risks of regime shifts and identify regions, people and activities that may be particularly at risk of regime shifts. Deadline: 7 May
This call for proposals aims to fill a gap by inviting applied and policy-relevant research that addresses the issue of sustainability in GVCs, using mainly but not exclusively quantitative analysis. Deadline: 23 May
A new Perspective piece in Nature Sustainability proposes ways for conservation science, policy and practice to deliver more effective and socially just conservation outcomes by taking a pluralistic perspective on biodiversity.
The LANDac Annual International Conference offers a podium for knowledge exchange between researchers, practitioners and private sector representatives interested in land governance for equitable and sustainable development. The LANDac Annual International Conference 2021 will be held 30 June - 2 July in an online format.
Interested in interdisciplinary research on Ecosystem Services/Nature-based Solutions/Sustainability Assessment of land use change/Urban Planning? Apply to the University of Trento new PhD Programme "Sustainability: Economics, Environment, Management and Society". Deadline: 26 May
A new article in Landscape Ecology finds that a land systems classification including essential aspects of landscape and land management into a consistent classification can improve upon traditional land cover maps in large-scale biodiversity assessment.
As part of the SECO project there are several job opportunities available at the University of Edinburgh. The SECO project aims to resolve the current and future carbon dynamics of the dry tropics. Deadlines vary from now through 17 May.
The Ecosystem Services Partnership is investigating the uptake of ecosystem services in urban planning and seeks input from scientists/academics via a survey.
The webinar recording and presentations for the GLP Integration of Rural and Urban Land Systems Working Group's second Young Speakers Series webinar are now available.
Read an update on GLP Fellow Lin Zhen's work on "The methodology and indicator system for assessing ecological restoration technologies and evaluation of global ecosystem rehabilitation technologies," one of China's National Key Research and Development Programs that ran from 2016 to 2020.
The webinar recording and presentations for the GLP Integration of Rural and Urban Land Systems Working Group's first Young Speakers Series webinar are now available.
The webinar recording, presentations and additional materials for the GLP Social-Ecological Land Systems of Latin America (LASELS) Working Group (LASELS)'s second webinar are now available.
The authors used high-resolution satellite and census data from India, the world’s largest consumer of groundwater, to quantify the impacts of groundwater depletion on cropping intensity, a crucial driver of agricultural production. The results suggest that, given current depletion trends, cropping intensity in India may decrease by 20% nationwide and by 68% in groundwater-depleted regions.
The candidates will carry out research activities under Modules 1 (Political discursive framing of development in frontiers) and 3 (Well-being in frontiers: local communities negotiating, navigating and adapting to change) of the FairFrontiers project, in close collaboration with country partners and under the guidance of the PI and module leads. Deadline: 20 April
The candidate will carry out research activities under Module 4 (Communications, engagement and coproduction of knowledge with agents of change) of the FairFrontiers project, in close collaboration with country partners and under the guidance of the PI and module leads. Deadline: 20 April
The candidate will carry out research activities under Module 2 (Ecosystem service bundles in changing forest-agriculture frontiers) of the FairFrontiers project, in close collaboration with country partners and under the guidance of the PI and module leads. Deadline: 20 April
This is an opportunity at IIASA for an applied economist who will work on modeling of global and regional land-based climate change mitigation potentials in the context of sustainable development at the interface between science and policy.
The Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for two Postdoctoral Scholar positions. One will be in the area of quantitative social science and the other in mixed methods participatory research, at 100% time with an expected start date of summer 2021.
This call for proposals aims to fill a gap by inviting applied and policy-relevant research that addresses the issue of sustainability in GVCs, using mainly but not exclusively quantitative analysis.
The AIMES/GLP Working Group on Large-scale Behavioural Models of Land Use Change is pleased to invite you to the second webinar of their new series on 30 April.
Mountain Research and Development is looking for trans- and interdisciplinary contributions that help understand the links between hazards, vulnerabilities, disaster management, and diverse dimensions of development, adaptation, and global change. Insights into integrative approaches to improving disaster management across the entire cycle from prevention to recovery are also highly welcome. Full papers are due by 1 September 2021.
For this article, the authors analysed national forest-related policy to determine if the elements of the ecosystem services concept or ecosystem services categories were represented in order to support regional and national forest and tree management and rural livelihoods in Bangladesh.
The GLP Telecoupling Working Group will hold its fifth webinar to discuss international trade flows in relation to land resources and ecosystem functioning.
The registration platform and the program for the virtual conference "From Plans to Land Change: Dynamics of Urban Regions" which will be held on April 20-22, 2021, is now open. Registration is free and the deadline to register is 9 April.
High-impact papers providing theoretical considerations and descriptions of practical case studies concerning ecosystem services and the biodiversity of peri-urban landscapes are invited for an issue of the Land journal.
The Special Issue of Sustainability welcomes innovative research concerning governance mixes oriented towards a more sustainable development of peri-urban landscapes (PULs). Deadline: 31 October 2021
The GLP working group Telecoupling Towards Sustainable Transformation held its fourth webinar in December 2020 to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to governing telecoupling from the perspective of company policies to reduce commodity-driven forest loss.
The highlights of this webinar include: Earth observation technology for oil palm studies: from academicians’ perspective, oil palm plantation mapping with advanced spatial technologies, and remote sensing technologies and applications: practical solutions for the oil palm industry.
This 2-part training, developed and presented by members of the POPGRID Data Collaborative, will focus on the different global population grids and their application to a range of topics related to development planning and monitoring of the SDGs (e.g., environment, hazards, and access to resources). Attendees will be exposed to the latest data and methods used to produce global grids, how the grids incorporate remote sensing inputs, and how population grids can be used in conjunction with other types of data.
The Assistant Professor hired for this position will join the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis (EPA) at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
The application for these USD 30K is closing soon! Early career researchers from a variety of GLP-related fields are invited to apply. Deadline: 21 March
The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) is happy to announce that its third ESP Europe Regional conference will take place in Tartu, Estonia from 7-10 June 2021. The conference theme is 'Ecosystem Services Science, Policy and Practice in the face of Global Changes'. This conference will be organised as a hybrid event, allowing for both in-person and digital participation.
Attend a session at the 3rd World Conference of Society for Urban Ecology SURE conference titled “Governance mixes for sustainable peri-urbanization”
If you are interested in policy approaches on how to encourage investors to invest in brown fields, we provide a link to an online workshop in Germany to learn more.
In honour of International Open Data Day, having taken place on March 6th, the Land Portal would like to invite you to submit your data story for a chance to win a prize and have it featured on their website.
The GLP Socio-Ecological Land Systems of Latin America Working Group would like to invite you to their third webinar, featuring presentations by Ignacio Gasparri and Graziano Ceddia.
The GLP Socio-Ecological Land Systems of Latin America Working Group would like to invite you to their second webinar, an exciting discussion on the relationship between international trade and land use change.
The GLP Integration of Rural and Urban Land Systems Working Group is pleased to invite you to their ongoing Young Speakers Series. The GLP Young Speakers Series is held monthly and is a platform particularly for young researchers to present their work and to connect to each other as well as to more senior researchers.
The GLP Working Group ‘Integration of Rural and Urban Land Systems’ is pleased to invite you to the second webinar of their new Young Speakers Series. The GLP Young Speakers Series is held monthly and is a platform particularly for young researchers to present their work and to connect to each other as well as to more senior researchers.
The GLP Working Group ‘Integration of Rural and Urban Land Systems’ is pleased to invite you to the first webinar of their new Young Speakers Series. The GLP Young Speakers Series is held monthly and is a platform particularly for young researchers to present their work and to connect to each other as well as to more senior researchers.
A new paper in Land's special issue "Restoring Degraded Lands to Attain UN-SDGs" examines various challenges and plausible solutions to avoid, reduce, and reverse global land degradation as envisioned during the UN-DER, while fulfilling the objectives of other ongoing initiatives like the Bonn Challenge and the UN-SDGs
The Land Use Economics group at the University of Hohenheim is looking for a Ph.D. candidate with an Agricultural Economic or Natural Resource Management background to work on the topic: Climate Change and Intergenerational Persistence of Poverty and Malnutrition (in Ethiopia). Deadline: 15 March
The successful candidate will play an active role in the implementation of the REMIX PLACE project by conducting research in the France-Luxembourg cross-border area and supporting the capitalisation of the research results.
The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) seeks a motivated, broadly thinking scholar whose research focuses on the quantitative analysis of the impact that land use has on the interaction between biodiversity and resource provisioning (e.g. clean water, agricultural production) and ecosystem services (e.g. pollination, pest control) in agricultural landscapes. Deadline: 19 March
€1.9 billion will be made available by the European Research Council (ERC) in 2021 to allow some 1,000 top researchers to pursue frontier research. As in previous years, most of the funding (66%) is earmarked for early- to mid-career scientists and scholars. The funding will also support jobs for an estimated 6,860 postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and other research staff employed in ERC-funded teams.
The Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of the Commons is made every two years and coincides with the IASC biennial global conferences on commons. There are three categories of the Award made to recognize the work of both practitioners and scholars of commons. Deadline: 31 March
The Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) offers five Individual Fellowships (Junior/Senior) and one Tandem Fellowship (Junior/Senior) for three to five months each. Deadline: 31 March
A new paper in One Earth identifies 86 policies the EU could implement to address tropical deforestation, and shows that policy options that are politically feasible policies tend to have a weaker theory of change—the causal chain through which the policies address deforestation—setting up a trade-off between feasibility and impact (though there are exceptions, such as mandatory due diligence).
A new article in Environmental Research Letters provides a systematic review of the conservation and livelihood outcomes of the mechanisms that companies use to implement their forest-focused supply chain policies (FSPs)—certifications, codes of conduct, and market exclusion mechanisms.
The Environmental Policy Lab and Sustainable Agroecosystems Group at ETH Zürich invite applications for 1 PhD student, 3+ years, for a large interdisciplinary project titled: SUSTAIN-COCOA: Sustainable sourcing policies for biodiversity protection, climate mitigation, and improved livelihoods in the cocoa sector. Deadline: 15 April
This call for papers for a special issue of Remote Sensing focuses on operationalizing tools and techniques. Deadline: 30 November 2021
The integration of ecosystem service (ES) knowledge into decision-making processes is increasingly endorsed by various policies and initiatives, with spatial planning targeted as one of the most relevant fields. This paper aims to gather and critically analyse how ES science contributes to spatial planning practices.
The IPCC will accept applications for an IPCC Scholarship Award from PhD students that have been enrolled for at least a year or are undertaking post-doctoral research. Applicants should be citizens of a developing country with priority given to students from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) who are not studying in their country of origin.
The LANDac Annual International Conference offers a podium for knowledge exchange between researchers, practitioners and private sector representatives interested in land governance for equitable and sustainable development.
The call for papers for the 11th INPUT conference on Innovation in Urban and Regional Planning, titled “INPUT2020 - Integrating Nature-Based Solutions in Planning Science and Practice”, is now re-opened. The conference will be held on 8-10 September 2021 in Catania (Italy), after the postponing of the conference due to the global pandemic situation. Deadline: 15 March
Announcing the Summer School "Assessing and modelling ecosystem services" from 15-19 March 2021. Open to master students from German and Ecuadorian universities. Deadline: 21 February
The Second Order Draft (SOD) of the Values Assessment of IPBES is now out for review by external experts, including governments. The first draft of the Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) is also available for review.
A special issue of Diversity aims to present an up-to-date overview of environmental sustainability and diversity in human–nature interactions from a broad and interdisciplinary perspective by bringing together conceptual, epistemological, methodological, and mainly case-based studies or applied perspectives. Deadline for manuscript submission: 5 November 2021
This position provides a unique opportunity for a skilled scientist to lead a highly visible program of research combining the application of cutting edge research and technology with direct engagements with stakeholders from a broad range of backgrounds.
A postdoctoral researchers position at the University of Göttingen is available to be filled as soon as possible in the project “Landscape-level assessment of ecological and socioeconomic functions of rainforest transformation systems in Sumatra (Indonesia)” at the Ecosystem Modelling department. Deadline: 10 March
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will run an ONLINE international Summer School on the topic of land use and ecosystem change between the 9.-20. August 2021. The summer school courses will students to a wide range of issues related to ecosystem functioning, socio ecological systems and land use change. Deadline: 30 April
The 4th Research Workshop on Archetypes of Sustainable Development was held fully online from 3-5 February 2021. Responding to the open Call in September, more than 40 participants from 5 continents discussed current research and emerging frontiers of archetype analysis in sustainability research. In addition, a Call for Papers for the workshop's special issue is open until 30 June.
A PhD position in Political Science at Lund University is available on agent-based modeling of forest owners and users and their reaction to forest policies of the last 20 years. Deadline: 12 March
The call for contributions for the next ITD conference, being held online from September 13-17, is now open. The conference is co-organised by the Network for Transdisciplinary Research and Transdisciplinarity Lab, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Deadline: 18 April
Landscape 2021 will bring together scientists from across disciplines with key actors to explore whether and how diversity and diversification can contribute to a more sustainable and resilient agriculture. Registration for conference participation including signing up for masterclasses is open until August 15, 2021.
Join this webinar to learn about the GEO Knowledge Hub, why it exists, why it's important for research, policy and decision making, and the added value for users.
In this paper in One Earth the authors show that using deviations from a model of cropland extent in 1992 built on all available data improves models of recent (1992–2015) cropland expansion over and above using the best available existing data.
Every summer, LANDac organises the ‘Land Governance for Development’ Summer School in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The next Summer School will take place between the 5th – 16th July 2021.
This 3-week online academy will involve essential voices from South Asia, of academicians, decision makers, civil society, and importantly, from the grassroot level. The objective of the online academy is to build skills enabling the participants to contribute to, and take leadership in, the achievement of the SDGs with special focus on climate change, waste management and biodiversity.
We are pleased to announce three new GLP Working Groups that launched at the start of 2021. They are: Agricultural Land Abandonment as a Global Land-use Change Phenomenon, Global Dryland Socio-Ecological Systems and Remittance Dynamics and Land Change. If these topics are of interest to you, please join one or more of the WGs today.
Researchers will contribute to the Biodiversa SUSTAIN-COCOA project on “Sustainable sourcing policies for biodiversity protection, climate mitigation, and improved livelihoods in the cocoa sector”, a collaboration between ETH-Zurich, SEI-Stockholm, UCLouvain, Alliance for Biodiversity and CIAT, and University of Queensland. Application review will being 25 February.
The University of Göttingen has position openings to join the Research Training Group (RTG) 2654 “Sustainable Food Systems” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). All positions should be filled by 1 September 2021. Deadline: 15 February
A new paper in the Journal of Environmental Management presents a protocol to operationalize the development of Shared Socio-economic Pathways for European agriculture – Eur-Agri-SSPs – to support IAAS. The proposed design of the storyline development process is based on six quality criteria: plausibility, vertical and horizontal consistency, salience, legitimacy, richness and creativity.
A new paper in Global Environmental Change followed a nine-step protocol to extend and enrich a set of global scenarios – the Shared Socio-economic Pathways (SSPs) – providing regional and sectoral detail for European agriculture and food systems using a one-to-one nesting participatory approach. The resulting five Eur-Agri-SSPs describe alternative plausible qualitative evolutions of multiple drivers of particular importance and high uncertainty for European agriculture and food systems.
A new paper in Trends in Ecology & Evolution looks at how we can manage the resources of our planet in such a way that we produce enough healthy food without destroying our life-support system. A comprehensive analytical framework is provided that accounts for multitrophic biodiversity-production processes; bridges disciplinary boundaries between agronomy, agroecology, economics, and conservation science; and elucidates the strong interactions of ecosystem functioning with food security and malnutrition. A helpful animation is also available.
The Data Institute for Societal Challenges at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for one or two postdoctoral researcher positions with Summer or Fall start dates in visual analytics, visualization, social media analytics, and big data analytics across a wide spectrum of application areas. Applications will be reviews on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.
Understanding the pathways of alternative forest transition involves the integration of land science, forest succession theory and invasion ecology. Land science explains the availability of sites to be reforested. The species composition of new forests depends on the availability of propagules, dispersal agents and competitive relationships between species (forest succession theory). Invasion ecology explains the role of introduction areas (which are often associated with residential use) of exotic species in the successional process.
The Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI) in Klosterneuburg (Austria) announces 5 Writing-Up Fellowships for late-stage PhD students working on topics related to “Dealing with diversity in the life and sustainability sciences”. Deadline: 15 February
A new article in World Development details some inclusiveness issues at the Matopiba frontier of soy expansion in Brazil, adding to the social and human rights dimensions of land-use change.
A new study in Applied Geography used a landscape mosaic approach to assess the changes between natural forests, shifting cultivation and permanent cultivation systems in Madagascar at the regional level from 1995 to 2011.
In the second part of a two-paper series, the authors introduce SPAM2010 – the latest global spatially explicit datasets on agricultural production circa 2010 – and elaborate on the improvement of the SPAM (Spatial Production Allocation Model) dataset family since 2000. SPAM2010 adds further methodological and data enhancements to the available crop downscaling modeling, which mainly include the update of base year, the extension of crop list, and the expansion of subnational administrative-unit coverage.
In this article, the researchers applied a network lens to reveal how visuals have been used in the scientific literature to portray telecoupling phenomena. Based on this, they critically reflect on current visualization practices in telecoupling research, as well as the underlying mental models that they represent. Finally, they provide practical recommendations for the development and use of visualizations to communicate knowledge on cross-scale socio-ecological interactions.
This paper examines land use patterns of rural households and the association with food production and income across three different zones of various forest proximity across a landscape gradient (remote, intermediate and on‐road) in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region of Bangladesh.
The University of Arizona seeks a postdoctoral research associate to work on the human dimensions of global environmental change including climate and development, climate justice and earth system governance. The position is to support the work of Professor Diana Liverman, especially social science research for the Earth Commission (https://earthcommission.org/) including syntheses of research on the social drivers of global environmental change, synergies and tradeoffs between environmental and development goals, and governance across scales and actors.
TMG Research in Berlin is looking for a Team Leader (f/m/d) (100%) to develop and implement their applied research program on inclusive and climate-resilient urban and peri-urban agriculture. Deadline: 7 February
TMG Research is currently looking for a Soil Organic Carbon Research Associate (f/m/x) (80-100%) to support their research team in Berlin. You will be part of the SEWOH Lab project team and explore how small-scale farmers and local communities can enter and benefit from emerging global markets for carbon sequestration services. Deadline: 7 February
The authors of this new study used an expert participatory process to identify suitable Sustainable Land and Water Management practices in Myanmar, which can inform future development projects in rural the country.
The Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (salary range $90,000 to $150,000 per annum) with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter. The successful applicant will be jointly appointed to both the Faculty of Environment and the School of Planning as the inaugural “Caivan Communities Future Cities Professor.” Deadline: 28 February 2021
Chinwe Ifejika Speranza and Tobias Kuemmerle are receiving the renowned grant, which is worth up to 2 million euros and is awarded by the European Research Council to top researchers in Europe pursuing potentially ground-breaking projects in basic research.
A coherent theoretical framework to analyze multi-stakeholder partnerships as part of multi-stakeholder governance is presented based on internal conditions and the external environment.
Allowing space for multiple views means leaving no one’s view behind. It is proposed to map the multiple pathways of change to achieve responsible tenure governance in a causal framework using the concept of theories of change.
The webinar recording, presentations and additional materials for the GLP Social-Ecological Land Systems of Latin America (LASELS) Working Group (LASELS)'s first webinar are now available.
The Land Use and Climate Change Research Group of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work within a newly funded research project on integrating socio‐technological and ecological land‐based solutions for climate change mitigation in the food and energy systems (ISoTEc‐Land).
A new article in PNAS brings together detailed data on trade, agriculture, and logistics to produce a subnational map of the origin of Brazil’s exports of beef, offal, and live cattle. The work gives an unprecedented insight into the origin of food and impacts embedded in global supply chains.
The Chair of International Food Economics and Rural Development (Prof. M. Qaim) of the University of Göttingen (Germany) is recruiting a doctoral researcher to join the Collaborative Research Center (CRC 990) “Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems (Sumatra, Indonesia)”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The position is available from 1 April 2021 for a period of three years. Deadline: 15 January
GLP members based in Swiss and German institutions invite submissions for the EGU 2021 ERE1.5 Session on Land use dynamics, land degradation and insights for land sustainability in agriculture and forest landscapes. Deadline: 13 January
In addressing the need for advancing our knowledge of land systems towards more practicable solutions, Michal Switalski and Adrienne Grêt-Regamey have published a paper in Sustainability Science on how to operationalise place for land system science. Based on an overview of place studies, place and place-making are presented as a conceptual model, which allows for expansion and substantiation when deployed to relevant land system research tasks. They close with a number of recommendations to be made for land system science when aiming at supporting sustainable transformation.
In the Science, Engineering and Technology Group of KU Leuven, Faculty of Science, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Research unit Geography and Tourism, there is a full-time academic vacancy in the area of Flows of People and Money. Deadline: 14 January
The department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Management (PGM) of ITC is seeking to appoint a new colleague who will bring an economic perspective to the understanding of urban and land development processes, considering their social and ecological values and impacts. Deadline: 8 January
The USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative is offering two Mendenhall Fellowships to improve its land change products. The postdoctoral fellows will work from the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center near Sioux Falls, SD or Santa Barbara, CA. Deadline: 4 January
The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for Program Director of the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences (HEGS) program within the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), Alexandria, VA. Deadline: 20 December
The Laboratory for Human-Environment Interactions Analysis and Modeling (HEIMA), in the Department of Geography at the University of Alabama, is recruiting two full-time doctoral students to begin in fall semester 2021. The students will join an interdisciplinary team working to support simulation modeling for one of two projects. Deadline: 15 February
This free webinar will focus on building the skills needed to choose the appropriate night lights product, acquire and understand Black Marble data, and how to use the data in analyses for tracking urbanization, electrification, and disaster monitoring.
Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to enable researchers to accelerate discovery, published its annual Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list this week with 27 GLP Members, SSC Members, and GLP Fellows on it.
SESMO is launching a call for a thematic issue on large-scale behavioural models of land use change. The Thematic Issue is supported by the joint GLP/AIMES Working Group on large scale behavioural models of land use change and the Human Dimensions Focus Research Group of the CSDMS. Contributions can present theoretical or empirical analyses, methodological contributions, or relevant model developments, and will together build towards a robust agenda for future research in this field. The expected deadline for the submission of the contribution is the end of June 2021.
Escaping from the current ‘Pandemic Era’ requires a radical revision of governmental, economic, and societal systems, warns a new IPBES report from 22 global experts, including SSC Member Unai Pascual.
The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma (http://geography.ou.edu) invites applications for tenure-track positions at the level of Assistant Professor as part of a cluster focused on Sustainability and Equity. Review of applications will begin 1 December.
A new article in Geoscientific Model Development, with several GLP Members as co-authors, presents results from the Land-Use Harmonization 2 (LUH2) project, which smoothly connects updated historical reconstructions of land use with eight new future projections in the format required for Earth system models (ESMs).
The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam seeks a postdoc to contribute modelling work to a series of externally funded projects, including urban food systems in Africa and the adoption of alternative farming systems in Europe. Deadline: 27 November
A new article in Agricultural Systems looks at medium-scale farms, which are often considered to be either the "light" version of land grabbing or a much-needed model of innovation. The findings of this new study suggest that the qualities attached to medium-scale farms are not as clear-cut as they are often made out to be.
Despite its significance, little is known about how production and emissions are impacted globally and the environmental impacts on rivers via changes in water flows and temperatures, and how this will change under future climates and energy policies such as the UK net-zero emissions target and the Paris agreement. This project will make first estimates of the global impact of drought on electricity production and associated enhanced emissions and environmental impacts under historic and future scenarios. Deadline: 4 January
A new method for predicting where cropland expansion is likely to occur in the future was published recently by several GLP Members in One Earth.
A new study published in Environments aims to better understand the state of research on protected areas and food security through a methodological lens.
A new paper in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution seeks to synthesize insights into the drivers, processes and management of catastrophic shifts to highlight ways forward for the management of Mediterranean ecosystems.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Conservation International (CI) are recruiting two Master of Science Fellows to support an interdisciplinary project on assessing the impact of global markets and national policies on forest carbon and social outcomes funded by the NASA Land Use/Land Cover Change program. Deadline: 1 December
The GLP Telecoupling Working Group will hold its fourth webinar to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to governing telecoupling from the perspective of company policies to reduce commodity-driven forest loss.
The Social-Ecological Land Systems of Latin America (LASELS) Working Group is pleased to invite you to the first webinar of the group. In this webinar you will hear about the concept of Socio-Ecological Land Systems (SELS) for South America presented by Dr. Sebastien Boillat. You will also be introduced to a novel spatial characterization of SELS for South America by Ms. Lucía Zarbá. The webinar will conclude with a presentation of the LASELS Working group and the upcoming agenda by Dr. María Piquer-Rodríguez, which will be then open for discussion.
This international training program examines the mountain ecosystems in contexts of human development and natural resources, principles of managing natural resources, and governing the resources for sustainable conservation. It is intended to build the capacities of future leaders (researchers, students, practitioners and scholars). Deadline to apply: 31 January
An article by Diana Sietz and colleagues in Environmental Research Letters shows how the choice of the baseline period as a reference for assessing future changes can dramatically impact the key messages drawn from a basin-scale climate impact study. To address this problem, an algorithm was developed to identify flexible baseline periods for each simulation individually, which better represent the statistical properties of a given historical period.
This Focus Issue of Environmental Research Letters consolidates archetypes of sustainable land use and governance in order to provide a state-of-the-art knowledge resource to transform land use systems towards sustainability across world regions. It will advance knowledge in four thematic priority areas of land use systems: telecoupled land systems; land governance; farming systems; and interactions between land, food, climate and biodiversity. Deadline: 11 December 2020
A new paper from the SEOSAW project, a GLP Contributing Project, provides large-scale evidence that there are alternative states in tree species composition of tropical vegetation in Africa. This result is not only important for understanding the biogeography of the continent but also, to guide large-scaled tree planting and restoration efforts planned for the region. An article in ScienceDaily provides links back from the research to debates in the GLP community.
The University of Connecticut’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for two positions at the level of Associate or Full Professor as part of a cluster hire in the Environment and Human Interactions. This initiative also includes four appointments at the level of Assistant Professor. They seek a range of scholars on subjects including (but not limited to) pollution, water supply, climate change, policy, and society’s response. Deadline: 15 December
Join the British Ecological Society's Climate Change SIG in creating new suggestions to manage protected areas under climate change.
The KU Leuven, Europe's most innovative university, is proud to be offering more than 20 PhD scholarships to students from the low income countries. Deadline: 11 January
Submissions sought for an Ecology and Society Special Feature with GLP Guest Editors Ariane de Bremond and Daniel G. Brown. Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.
The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam seeks two tenure track candidates with the ambition to develop interdisciplinary research and teaching in the field of Human-Environment Interactions and Land System Science. Deadline: 29 November
The GLP/AIMES working group on held its first webinar, featuring Peter Verburg and Elke Weber discussing whether the idea of large-scale behavioural modelling is realistic, in November. View a recording of the full webinar and download the presentations.
Profs. Oliver Coomes and Yann le Polain at the Department of Geography of McGill University are looking to recruit three graduate students to work on projects related to land-use dynamics in Panamá and the Peruvian Amazon, starting Fall 2021. Application deadline: 15 December
Nine GLP Members contributed to this new book that reflects on the European debate about sustainable land management. The eBook version is open access and can be downloaded for free.
UNEP-WCMC seeks a researcher to quantify ecosystem service feedbacks within the GLOBIOM integrated assessment model. This novel and exciting work will form part of the work programme of the Trade Hub Project, a large multi-disciplinary and international project aiming to help make sustainable trade a positive force in the world. Deadline: 16 November.
Laura Vang Rasmussen, Ole Mertz and colleagues have published an article in Nature showing a relatively high density of isolated trees in the region, which challenges prevailing narratives about dryland desertification. Even the desert shows a surprisingly high tree density. Their assessment suggests a way to monitor trees outside of forests globally, and to explore their role in mitigating degradation, climate change and poverty.
UBC is seeking five exceptional individuals to join an interdisciplinary team dedicated to solutions-oriented research on the pressing problem of biodiversity loss, its economic and social impacts, and connections to sustainability and adaptive capacity for humanity. Collaborative researchers and emerging leaders from all backgrounds and perspectives who share its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion are encouraged to apply. Various application deadlines in November and December, anticipated start date in July 2021.
The University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences is inviting applications for the WWF/Exeter Alumni PhD Studentship in Brazilian Savanna Restoration, to commence in January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. Application deadline: 31 October.
The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL seeks a key player in the application of computer vision techniques to biodiversity monitoring and ecological research by collaborating closely with data science and computer vision experts to address ecological questions using monitoring data of South American hummingbirds (Graham -WSL) and Swiss macroinvertebrates (Matthews-Eawag). The position is open until filled.
The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL seeks a postdoc to investigate ecosystem photosynthesis and impacts of extreme cold temperature events in the early season. No application deadline is listed.
The Professorship of Forest Ecology at ETH Zurich seeks to appoint a PhD student to conduct research on above ground-below ground interactions in managed forests and to provide projections of their future dynamics based on a simulation model. Screening of applications starts on 25 October 2020, and applications are accepted until the position is filled.
The Chair for Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems (PLUS) at the Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development of ETH Zurich is looking for two doctoral candidates who will study the long-term dynamics of spatial social-ecological networks and analyse emergent properties of these networks.
The Earth System Sciences Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), in conjunction with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to participate in an exciting new research project to investigate changes in savanna vegetation structure and savanna fire regimes using time series of satellite-derived burned area and new lidar data from NASA’s ICESat-2 mission. Application deadline: 30 November.
This individual will participate in the NSF-funded PREEVENTS project, aimed at advancing efforts to understand and forecast flash droughts. The work will be focused on the central role of vegetation in drought development through its influence on soil moisture and heat fluxes. Position will remain open until filled.
Research in our consortium will develop and compete computational, statistical, and machine learning methods for multi-dimensional data to create predictive and explanatory models for the life sciences. Preference given to postdocs who can join the consortium immediately.
The Institute of Science, Technology and Policy (ISTP) at ETH Zurich invites applications for a project that links several ongoing, but hitherto separate research activities on sustainable trade and supply chain policies from several ETH departments, with a focus on commodities in the food, minerals, and energy sector. The position starts in January 2021.
The School of Geography and the Environment seeks an exceptional candidate for the role of Departmental Lecturer in Human Geography. This is a departmental lectureship with a primary focus on teaching. Preference may be given to candidates who focus on one or both of the following areas: policy-related geographies; digital geographies and methods.
The University of Chicago’s Urban Theory Lab (UTL) seeks to develop frameworks of critical spatial knowledge that illuminate the dynamics of planetary urbanization, with particular reference to the territorial, infrastructural and ecological preconditions and consequences of city-building under modern capitalism. Application deadline: 30 October.
The successful applicant is expected to play a key role in undergraduate and graduate teaching in design- and planning-related aspects of urban forestry, as well as supervising graduate students and conducting research. Application deadline: 15 December.
The Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (www.landfood.ubc.ca) is seeking an outstanding candidate for a full-time, tenure track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor within the Food, Nutrition and Health Program in the Food Science group. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021. Application review will begin 1 November.
This position with Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) involves the basis and methods of forest regeneration and sustainable forest management as well as forest ecology and forest tree physiology. It includes high-quality research of tree seed crops, artificial and natural forest regeneration and young stand treatment supporting sustainable forest management in the boreal region under changing climate and in relation to biodiversity conservation. Application deadline: 24 November.
Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) conducts national forest inventory where remote sensing data plays an important role. The greenhouse gas reporting on the LULUCF (Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry) sector is an important Luke activity, where the role of remote sensing could be enhanced. Application deadline: 24 November.
The Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research (WIMEK) seeks to strengthen its position as a globally leading knowledge hub on inter- and transdisciplinary theory and methods in the field of climate and environment. Application deadline: 15 November.
Help encourage more awareness of the SDGs and drive the necessary action towards achieving them by submitting an original story that addresses one or more global goals. Submission deadline: 25 November.
The Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt is pleased to announce the Second Arab Land Conference to be organized under the patronage of the Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 November.
The first summer school in 2021 will focus on conceptual issues of landscape ecology and its nexus with SDGs and the overall development agenda in Africa. This summer school will cover a number of SDGs including Goals 4, 6, 13, 14, 15 and 17. The program is fully funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, with all costs for participants covered. Application deadline: 30 October.
The Cambridge University Press Transformations Collection of Global Sustainability aims to bring together theoretical and practical knowledge from systematic research in transformations towards sustainability. Deadline to submit: 31 March 2021.
The authors found a homogenization trend of urban form. Most cities became transitional, between compact and fragmented patterns, and similar urban forms were found independently of city size and geographical location. Small to mid-sized cities were the most dynamic in expansion and urban form change.
A revolution in archaeology has exposed the extraordinary extent of human influence over our planet's past and its future. Read a new article in Aeon that expands on Lucas Stephens and Erle Ellis' 2019 paper in Science on the results of their ArchaeoGLOBE Project.
This chapter from The Palgrave Handbook of Climate Resilient Societies presents the Alli Kawsay (Buen Vivir) and its political, cultural, and epistemic options that offer the possibility to work collectively in favor of our ‘Mother Nature.’
This training by NASA's ARSET program and NOAA's Climate Program Office will address the use of remote sensing in determining where "hot spots" of land surface temperature are located in urban areas, why these areas are experiencing increased temperature, which populations are most vulnerable, and ways to mitigate the effects through adaptive land use planning.
The University of Twente seeks someone to develop high-quality research and educational methods and outputs focusing on the handling, processing and upscaling of large volumes of spatial and temporal information. Deadline to apply: 1 November.
The University of Twente is looking for an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) with experience in utilising spatial information science to assess the transformational and adaptive capacity of people and systems for sustainable and resilient food provision. Deadline to apply: 1 November.
Fellowships/assistantships are available for self-motivated students to pursue PhD degrees and conduct innovative and high-impact research in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University (http://csis.msu.edu). Flexible start dates in spring, summer or fall of 2021. Deadline: 15 December
The AIMES/GLP Working Group on Large-scale Behavioural Models of Land Use Change is pleased to invite you to the first webinar of their new series on 13 November, featuring Dr. Peter Verburg and Dr. Elke Weber.
The Postdoctoral Research Associate will join an interdisciplinary and trans-institutional project at Emory University integrating big geospatial data with qualitative data to model and understand the interactions between climate, land use, and agroecological outcomes. Deadline to apply: 15 November.
The Environmental Markets Solutions Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara has several new projects that will rely heavily upon remote sensing expertise to understand the links between human behavior, policy and the environment. For primary consideration apply by 2 November.
SSC Co-Chair Navin Ramankutty has been awarded the prestigious Wihuri International Prize in recognition of his long-standing work on sustainable global food systems.
The Graduate School of Geography at Clark University invites applications for a tenure track, Assistant Professor of Earth System Science to join their internationally recognized program in Geography. The position begins August 2021. Preference will be given for applications received by October 30, 2020.
This conference will be in September 2021 in Berlin, Germany. The call is for sessions, masterclasses, and presentations of products about social science and natural science analysis on diversification in: cropping and grassland systems, farming system, landscape management systems, public and private governance systems, food systems, and cross scale systems.
GLP members are working on a study titled “Policy making and spatial planning for reducing ecosystem services trade-offs in peri-urban landscapes”. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 9 October.
A novel remote-sensing application can serve as an early-warning tool for deforestation.
WRI's previous blog, Regenerative Agriculture: Good for Soil Health, but Limited Potential to Mitigate Climate Change, generated a spirited discussion. In this post, they provide further elaboration on their conclusions.
Forrest Fleischman and colleagues highlight ten pitfalls of tree planting, and discuss how a focus on people who manage landscapes will work in BioScience.
The first publication of the SIPATH project, a GLP Contributing Project, is now available in Advances in Ecological Research. The framework presented in it goes beyond earlier frameworks by considering multiple dimensions of intensity and sustainability, drawing from both natural and social science theories.
Žiga Malek and Peter Verburg used a collection of studies on local land use decision-making, and studied whether they can identify how socio-economic, climatic, and soil and terrain contextual conditions influence the spatial distribution of different decision-making modes. They found out, that (to a large extent) land use decision-making can be explained by local spatial contexts.
The Agropolis Fondation - Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food was created in 2009 by Agropolis Fondation as a tribute to Professor Louis Malassis, founder of Agropolis. Every two years, three awards are presented in his name: Renowned Scientist; Young Scientific Talent; Outstanding Career for Agricultural Development. Deadline 11 January.
Future Earth is looking for a scientist to drive the scientific synthesis of the Earth Commission, hosted by Future Earth at its Global Hub in Stockholm, Sweden. Deadline 9 October.
This award of CHF 5’000 is for is for authors at Swiss universities who have published their papers in the domain of international studies whose findings are accessible to a wider audience and relevant to the work of international Organisations. Deadline is 15 October.
Join organizers for a week-long showcase on the impact of open Earth observations.
This is the most important annual iDiv event that brings together experienced and young iDiv scientists. The conference provides an interactive forum for scientific exchange as well as for establishing new contacts and collaborations within the iDiv consortium.
The Department of Sociology in the University of Cambridge is seeking to appoint 3 full-time Postdoctoral Research Associates to join the 5-year ERC-funded project, Smart Forests: Transforming Environments into Social-Political Technologies, led by PI Professor Jennifer Gabrys. Deadline to apply is 11 October.
The Institute of Geography (www.giub.unibe.ch GIUB) at the Faculty of Science of the University of Bern invites applications for a professorship in Geodata and Earth Observation starting August 2022. Deadline to apply is 1 December 2020.
The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management (www.bren.ucsb.edu) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Environmental Data Science at the rank of Assistant Professor, to start July 1, 2021. Apply by 26 October to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Utrecht University has opened a new faculty position at Assistant Professor level (tenure track) in the field of environmental and sustainability governance. Deadline to apply is 23 October.
LTER synthesis working groups organized through the LTER Network Office (LNO) are intended to support collaboration on many types of questions informed by the data produced at LTER sites. In the 2020 competition, the LNO expects to award 2-4 synthesis working groups at a funding level of up to $55,000 per year for up to two years. Proposals are due at 14 October.
Are you interested in shaping the future of synthesis in ecology and environmental science? We are seeking an interdisciplinary, diverse group of 100 participants across all career stages to participate virtually in this interactive workshop to chart out the future of synthesis science. Deadline to apply is 9 October.
Papers sought for a special issue of Land Degradation & Development. Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 January 2021.
This workshop by the GLP Archetypes Working Group follow up on three successful workshops on archetypes held in Bern (2017), Berlin (2018) and Olomouc (2019). This time, the workshop will be held by the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Stockholm, Sweden, with the option of joining remotely. The workshop invites new as well as established members of the Archetypes of Sustainability network.
The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research Program in Sustainable Development is now seeking applications from innovative doctoral candidates or recent Ph.D., M.D., J.D. or Sc.D. recipients (within 5 years of degree receipt) who are interested in a broad range of issues in sustainable development to join its fall 2021 cohort. The Institute is especially interested in qualified candidates from historically underrepresented groups for its Diversity Fellowships.
Two research positions are open at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) to improve the understanding of farm, land use and labor dynamics in particular in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), to develop land governance strategies that foster sustainable land use in emerging frontiers.
A new call for submissions to the Journal of Land Use Science is seeking original submissions, which can range from full-length research articles to short communications. Authors are also welcome to serve as guest editors, and organize a group of papers toward a special issue or section.
The GLP working group Telecoupling Towards Sustainable Transformation held its third webinar to discuss the progress and challenges of modelling telecoupled systems by presenting two different modelling attempts of simulating land use changes in Brazil and China through the flow of international soybean trade.
A new comment in Nature encourages leaders to enhance and empower the networks that have emerged in India's slums, Brazil's favelas and Africa's marketplaces in response to the pandemic.
The School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scholar to contribute to the development of a graduate scholars network, Earth System Science for the Anthropocene (ESSA). Priority deadline has passed, applications still being accepted.
The University of Edinburgh seeks a post-doctoral research associate with expertise in remote sensing of vegetation to contribute to a range of projects on land use change and carbon stocks in Africa, specifically of using radar remote sensing to map vegetation change and for land cover classifications. Deadline: 9 September 2020.
The Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainable Development (CSTM), University of Twente (UT), the Netherlands, invites applications for an Assistant Professor to join the thematic group on Social Complexity of Climate Change and be embedded within Resilience Research Program of the Behavioural, Management and Social sciences Faculty. Deadline: 16 October 2020.
The GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference will be held October 28-29. Held under the theme ‘One World – One Health’, this two-day event will reach tens of millions of people, spotlight ecosystem restoration and contribute to the UN CBD’s POST-2020 GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY FRAMEWORK, making 2020 the super year for nature and biodiversity.
The International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) provides a forum for academia, government, civil society, UN agencies, and the private sector to come together to share practical solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This conference will be held virtually Sept 21-22.
The 8th World Sustainability Forum (WSF2020), to be held virtually Sept 15-17, is an international scientific conference coordinated by MDPI, partially sponsored by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, under the patronage of the University of Basel, the University of Geneva and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN). Registration is free but required to attend.
The theme of the summit, being held virtually Sept 8-11, is "Feed the Cities, Grow the Continent: Leveraging Urban Food Markets to Achieve Sustainable Food Systems in Africa" and is a call to action to rethink our food systems to deliver resilient, better nourished, and more prosperous outcomes for all.
The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development is a competitive research grant program under the Global Development Awards Competition 2020. This year, three winning projects on the topic, 'Unpacking the health-environment-economic wellbeing nexus' will receive grants worth US$ 45,000. Deadline: 30 September 2020
This professorship with the Wyss Academy for Nature will develop and deploy ICT innovations to sense, transfer, store, process, and analyze data efficiently, securely, timely, and reliably for understanding and shaping human-environment dynamics in in the Wyss Academy’s Regional Stewardship Hubs. Examples might be mobile applications, remote sensing, machine learning, natural language processing, or distributed ledger technologies. The professorship will advance the development and application of ICT for increasing transparency, efficiency, participation, and accountability in the co-design of transformative pathways for nature and people between stakeholders from different sectors, places, and scales.
Integrated in the Wyss Academy, the successful candidate will lead a research group contributing to the overarching objective of providing actionable solutions and policies for sustainable livelihoods and the preservation of nature in the Wyss Academy’s Regional Stewardship Hubs. The group will study mechanisms for transformation through behavioral, market-driven and institutional adjustments. This includes integrating various concepts of the valuation of nature and political economy perspectives such as studying how trade and market integration at national and global levels can meet sustainability objectives.
This professorship concentrates on the analysis of complex human-environmental systems with focus on the potential for innovative governance solutions in the Wyss Academy’s Regional Stewardship Hubs. It studies the role of the state and its interplay with other public and private stakeholders to affect the behavior of key agents of change from global to local levels. Integrated in the Wyss Academy, the professorship will advance the understanding of cross-sectoral and multi-level decision-making, and explore pathways toward coping with power disparities, technical, ecological and social changes.
This professorship with the Wyss Academy for Nature at the University of Bern will address the stewardship and use of land in the contexts of global change in view of co-designing concrete pathways to reconcile demands of nature and people in the Wyss Academy’s Regional Stewardship Hubs. This will yield knowledge on spatio-temporal land-system dynamics, on ecosystem-service providers and beneficiaries, and related winners and losers. Special consideration will be given to telecoupled land demands, the interactions between actors of unequal power and levers for sustainability transformations.
This professorship with the Wyss Academy for Nature at the University of Bern will focus on the generation of conservation-relevant biodiversity knowledge and the deployment of innovative approaches that reconcile the needs to halt biodiversity losses with the promotion of local socio-economic development in the Wyss Academy’s Regional Stewardship Hubs. The research will use empirical methods, such as survey, comparative, or modeling approaches, accounting for climate change and land-use scenarios.
This professorship with the Wyss Academy of Nature at the University of Bern will focus on the quantification of regional climate change and its feedbacks with ecosystems, biodiversity and people, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable regions. It will model climate and its feedbacks and impacts at the kilometer scale, making use of observational information, to quantitatively estimate climate shifts and variability as well as associated risks for ecosystems, biodiversity, and the supply of water and other natural resources.
World Resources Institute China office (WRI China) is seeking a Research Analyst to the China Food and Land Program. The Research Analyst will play a dedicated and analytical role in implement WRI’s food and land projects to look at the synergies among food, land use, climate, environment, biodiversity and etc., such as the global green value chain relevant issues. Application Deadline: open until filled
The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is offering a permanent position for a remote sensing scientist specialized in image classification. Deadline: open until filled
To strengthen their capacities in the field of (semi-)automatic analysis of remote sensing data and the creation and implementation of modular processing chains, GAF is now looking for motivated experts with a focus on remote sensing, data analysis, optimising and implementing processing chains, with also a strong forestry and environmental background. Application deadline: until position is filled
Four-year positions on the history of Soviet glaciology in Central Asia at the Department of Geosciences, Geography Unit, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. These positions are part of a Swiss National Science Foundation grant titled “Timescapes of ice: Soviet glacier science in Central Asia, 1950s-1980s”.
Yale School of the Environment is seeking a program manager. Deadline: until suitable applicant is found
The Coalition for Rainforest Nations seeks an expert to help build capacity for increasing and institutionalizing national GHG inventory capacities of rainforest countries to enable them to transparently report REDD+. Deadline: 31 August 2020
The Natural Enviornment Research Council (NERC) in the UK has launched its Strategic Capital Call 2020, which will fund strategic equipment and development of built infrastructure that creates a new research capability. Deadline for full proposals: 20 October 2020
National Geographic seeks proposals that halt further biodiversity decline by implementing conservation plans for species and groups of species. Deadline: 21 October 2020
The awards provide up to £25,000 over one year to support collaborations between developing countries and the UK and to hold networking events aimed at addressing global challenges. Round 7 is now open for applications. Deadline: 10 September 2020.
With just ten years to go to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN’s 2030 Agenda, science funders from around the world have asked the International Science Council (ISC) to convene the insights and ideas of the broader global scientific community on the critical priorities for science that will support and enable societies to accomplish the goals by 2030. We want to hear from scientists in all fields and all disciplines, including the natural, social and human sciences. Deadline: 2 October 2020
The Natural Capital Project and the University of Minnesota’s Department of Applied Economics seeks a research fellow to work on a project that represents the first steps to connect commodity standards, reduce commodity impacts on the environment, and help governments and brands target sustainability investments. The priority deadline has passed, but applications are still being accepted.
This event from early August explored two recent media stories raising questions about the grand park development plan, which has the support of several powerful U.S. senators.
A new article in Land Use Policy documents the support provided to the National Land Use Policy (NLUP) process in Myanmar and focusses on four interlinked aspects that are mutually reinforcing each other when brought together in such a process.
A new special issue of the Journal of Land Use Science illustrates the multi-dimensionality of land use change at Latin American frontiers by exploring transdisciplinary cross-fertilization.
Integrative policy frameworks targeting a “sustainable restoration economy” can help improve the cost feasibility of restoration projects through circularization of resource value chains besides enhancing social welfare and ecological vitality.
The Group on Earth Observation Land Degradation Neutrality have launched a technology innovation competition for the development of a software to support the integration of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) into land-use planning at different levels, including national, regional and local. Proposals are due 31 August 2020.
Papers sought for a special issue of Land Degradation & Development. Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.
A new book provides insights into the interrelation of population, land use/cover and environmental conditions for seven metro cities in India.
Papers sought for a special issue of Current Research in Environmental Sustainability. Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Papers sought for a special issue of Agriculture. Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
GLP Members look at the soy trade in Brazil, the world's largest exporter, to analyze supply chain stickiness and explain why it is essential to curb deforestation. The research was published in One Earth.
The GLP Taipei Nodal Office held a three-day free online workshop in July on how to measure error and temporal change for a variety of applications, in particular for GIS-based land change simulation. The presenter, Prof. Robert Gilmore Pontius, Jr., showed how to avoid common mistakes and to use enlightening techniques such as the Total Operating Characteristic and Difference Components. Recordings and slides of the sessions are available.
The Laboratory for Human-Environment Interactions Modeling and Analysis (HEIMA) at the University of Alabama is seeking an outstanding candidate for a fully-funded Ph.D. research assistantship with a focus on farmers' adaptive water resource decisions in the context of the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus.
This project will link large spatial datasets of processed satellite imagery on built-up areas and emitted nightlight in Africa to micro-level household panel and census data. The project aims to understand how urbanisation interacts with economic development in Africa.
NASA's ARSET program makes remote sensing possible for audiences worldwide through free, online and in-person trainings on NASA satellites, sensors, and their applications. Over 40,000 individuals from over 170 countries have attended ARSET trainings since 2009, and GLP regularly features the events on our website. Learn more about the program's history and accomplishments during its tenth anniversary year.
Robert Heilmayr, Cristian Echeverría and Eric F. Lambin have a paper in Nature Sustainability showing that poorly designed payments for afforestation can undermine carbon benefits, and can have negative impacts on biodiversity.
Robert Heilmayr, Kim Carlson, and Jason Jon Benedict have a new paper in Environmental Research Letters on deforestation spillovers from RSPO certification in Indonesia. The paper provides some interesting evidence to suggest that eco-certification can strengthen compliance with government land use restrictions.
The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for an associate professor in urban and regional development starting 1 February 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. Deadline to apply is 9 August 2020.
The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in urban and regional development starting 1 February 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. Deadline to apply is 9 August 2020.
The goal of this CRA is to provide a science base for achieving sustainability goals. The CRA will support 1-2 years of collaborative research networking activities that focus on integrated qualitative and quantitative approaches to develop Earth-system-based transformation pathways for sustainable development.
The IIASA ESM Program is hiring an applied economist of development, agriculture or forestry to work on land use modeling in national and regional contexts for interdisciplinary research and policy applications. Deadline to apply is 31 August 2020.
The successful candidate will work in the team around the partial equilibrium model GLOBIOM, and further develop and apply this model in the framework of international research and policy projects. Deadline to apply is 31 August 2020.
Are you keen to explore the food, biodiversity and climate nexus using an interdisciplinary perspective? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Deadline to apply is 31 August 2020.
Are you willing to contribute to the implementation of the global biodiversity targets using an interdisciplinary perspective? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Deadline to apply is 24 August 2020.
A new training from NASA ARSET, this training will be delivered in English and Spanish. It is free to participants but registration is required.
The National Geographic Society and Microsoft’s AI for Earth program are partnering to support novel projects that create and deploy AI tools to improve the way we monitor, model, understand, and ultimately manage Earth’s natural resources for a more sustainable future. Deadline for proposals is 21 October 2020.
ERC Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators from any country who conduct their research activity in any EU Member State or H2020 Associated Country. Deadline is 26 August 2020.
The goal of this Collaborative Research Action is to produce the necessary knowledge and propose solutions to maintain well-functioning soils and groundwater systems in the Critical Zone, or rehabilitate them where degraded. Proposals close 24 August 2020.
The Latin American and Caribbean Chapter of INGSA (INGSA-LAC) is calling for an essay competition on the state of science advice to governments in Latin America and Caribbean countries. Deadline for submissions is 15 August 2020.
The Young Refugee and Displaced Scientists programme is aimed at supporting talented young scientists of the age of 40 and below who are refugees or displaced and have an excellent track record of publications. TWAS-UNESCO and the Islamic Development Bank are seeking nominations for the Refugee and Displaced Young Scientists Programme. The deadline for receiving applications is 30 July 2020.
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) have established a number of fellowships for foreign scholars from developing countries who wish to pursue research toward a PhD in emerging areas of science and technology for which facilities are available in the laboratories and institutes of the CSIR. Extended deadline 31 July 2020.
The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) has launched a call for applications to fund new working groups to produce rapid publications in relation to COVID-19. Applications must take an innovative, unconventional approach to understanding and addressing the challenges posed by COVID-19 and society’s response to it. Deadline to apply is 31 July 2020.
Innovation partnership grants will support the establishment of cooperation between Swiss researchers from universities, universities of applied sciences or public research institutes with non-academic innovation agents in China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan, South Korea and member states of ASEAN. Application deadline is 30 July 2020.
Applications are invited for the sixth cohort of Affiliates of the African Academy of Sciences. Call closes 24 July 2020.
The Scholarship Programs’ Civil Society Scholar Awards support doctoral students and university faculty to undertake academic projects that will enrich socially-engaged research and critical scholarship in their home country or region. Deadline to apply is 22 July 2020.
This S4D4C European Science Diplomacy Online Course is completely free of charge for you. The launching of the platform has been funded within the EU project S4D4C by the European Commission. The sucessful completion of the course is awarded by an offical certificate. Our online course offers you eight modules, in which six modules (2-7) include learning content.
The Department of Geography at the University of Zurich is advertising a position as Postdoctoral researcher in the field of political ecology and conservation geography. The successful candidate will be part of the Space, Nature and Society research group, led by Norman Backhaus, that focuses on social and spatial aspects of nature conservation and landscape development. Deadline to apply is 31 August 2020.
There is a vacancy for an associate professor in Global Change Ecology at the Center for Sustainable Area Management, Department of Biological Sciences (BIO), University of Bergen (UiB). Deadline to apply is 1 August 2020.
This Classic Tenure Track Call invites candidates with the ambition to use the full range of remote sensing technologies (satellite-borne, airborne, and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)) to describe and analyse landscape structures in the context of environmental and agricultural research in an innovative way, e.g., to assess matter fluxes and turnover rates (e.g., evapotranspiration or photosynthesis). Deadline to apply is 3 August 2020.
This Open Topic Tenure Track Call invites applicants dynamic and highly motivated, preferably early career researchers, who conduct outstanding innovative research that falls within the ZALF research domain and contributes to any of ZALF’s Research Areas or Platforms (www.zalf.de/en/). Deadline to apply is 3 August 2020.
With its project funding scheme, the Swiss National Science Foundation enables researchers to independently conduct research projects with topics and goals of their own choice. The next deadline for proposals is 1 October 2020.
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) is organising a virtual workshop series on “Strengthening and connecting science for policy eco-systems in Europe” between September 2020 and May 2021. The deadline to register for the September and October sessions is 7 August 2020.
The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission is organising a virtual workshop series entitled "Strengthening and connecting science for policy eco-systems in Europe". The first workshop in the series is "Science for Policymaking at the Centre of National Government" followed by sessions on science for policymaking in member states and in Parliaments in September and October. Deadline to register is 7 August 2020.
The GLP Telecoupling Working Group will hold its third webinar on September 4th to discuss the progress and challenges of modelling telecoupled systems, by presenting two different modelling attempts of simulating land use changes in Brazil and China through the flow of international soybean trade.
The 4-year PhD position will work in the frame of the VALPAR.CH project. The project aims to assess the added value of a functioning ecological infrastructure (EI) for Switzerland and is part of the Action Plan of the Swiss Biodiversity Strategy. Deadline to apply is 20 July 2020.
NERPS has secured a multi-year funding from 2020 to 2021 to support research and the establishment of new research clusters at Hiroshima University on the nexus of sustainability and peace in the context of global change, including the post COVID-19 era. Deadline to apply is 31 July 2020.
The Environmental Policy Lab of ETH Zurich is offering a 48-month PhD position for an early-stage researcher in the areas of environmental policy, sustainable food systems, and land system science, specifically assessing the effectiveness and equity of zero-deforestation commitment. Deadline to apply is 22 June 2020. implementation in the palm oil sector. Deadline to apply is 22 June 2020.
The Department of Earth Sciences of the ETH Zurich and the Platform Geosciences of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) cordially invite you to participate in the 18th Swiss Geoscience Meeting to be held on Friday, 6 November and Saturday, 7 November, 2020 in Zurich.
This is an open PhD position at Chalmers University of Technology, where the student will be able to formulate a research project within the broad and interdisciplinary field of land system science. Deadline to apply is 21 June 2020.
A group of GLP Members published this piece in the Journal of Land Use Science, highlighting the potential of incorporating elements of environmental justice scholarship into the evolving telecoupling framework that focuses on distant interactions in land systems.
GLP Members Mengmeng Li and Jasper van Vliet recently published a paper in Remote Sensing of Environment. Their 3D building structure data for Europe, the United States, and China are publicly available, and can be used for further analysis of urban environment, spatial planning, and land use projections.
SSC Member Ricardo Grau and colleagues published an article in Elementa about the complexity of outcomes resulting from livestock diminishing density, and provide a framework to understand and optimize processes of large herbivore rewilding according to different social-ecological contexts.
With support from the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Environmental Policy Lab of ETH Zurich is offering a 48-month PhD position for an early-stage researcher in the areas of environmental policy, sustainable food systems, and land system science.
Incoming SSC Member Rachael Garrett, GLP Member Owen Cortner, and colleagues published a new article in Ecology and Society that found branding integrated crop and livestock systems as sustainable could improve adoption, but would likely be unsuccessful at encouraging wide-scale change.
The Social-Ecological Interactions group of GLP Member Tobias Plieninger seeks a research associate for a project funded by the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA): “ConServeTerra - Overcoming the physical and mental barriers for upscaling Conservation Agriculture in the Mediterranean”.
The University of Bern seeks an early post doc to better operationalise resilient landscapes, to identify how agricultural and forest landscapes and the dependent livelihoods or land uses can better adapt to climate change, droughts, crop pests and diseases outbreaks.
SSC Member Gete Zeleke was featured recently in an EcoAgricultural Partners blog post. The piece covers his background, current work with 'landscape learning' at a pilot site, and motivations for his work.
GLP Members Franziska Wolpert, Cristina Quintas-Soriano, and Tobias Plieninger published in Sustainability Science a comparison of the 200-year history of cork, chestnut and olive landscapes and explored the processes of change as well as their driving forces.
Several GLP Members published an article in Global Environmental Change mapping carbon emissions embodied in Brazil's soy exports.
The Telecoupling Working Group would like to invite you to their second webinar dedicated to discussions around the challenges posed by telecouplings to conservation, and the potentials that the telecoupling perspective offers conservation studies.
GLP Members R. Ntsiva N. Andriatsitohaina, Enrico Celio, Jorge Lopis, Adrienne Grêt-Regamey and colleagues have published a paper with insights from two case studies in northeast Madagascar in the Journal of Land Use Science. Part of the paper was presented at the OSM 2019 in Bern.
The UNCCD is now commissioning a small number of working papers for the second edition of the second edition of the Global Land Outlook (GLO2). GLP has been involved with the process and encourages interested members to apply for these consultancies. Deadline for applications is 30 May 2020.
A PhD project is proposed at Bordeaux Sciences Agro (Univ. Bordeaux) and INRAE on the following topic: Could organic farming expansion be limited by the availability of soil phosphorus? A systemic analysis at the global scale. The PhD student will be co-supervised by Prof Thomas Nesme (Univ. Bordeaux) and Dr Sylvain Pellerin (INRAE). Deadline to apply is 15 June 2020.
The Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems (PLUS) group at the Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development (IRL) at ETZ Zuerich focuses on integrating the goals of sustainable spatial and landscape development, economic viability and responsible governance into spatial planning. As part of the teaching and research of the department, we are looking for a science as of August 1, 2020. Deadline to apply is 20 June 2020.
The Population-Environment Research Network (PERN) will hold a cyberseminar that focuses on the applications of methodological tools and concepts in demography, geography, economics, systems analysis, and other related fields in analyzing the population-climate change-food security nexus.
The NEWAVE Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network is seeking top candidates that have strong professional experience in the field of water and environmental governance (for example NGOs, International Organizations, etc) and candidates that have very strong analytical capacities for 13 fully-funded PhD positions.
This free online workshop, offered by the Taipei Nodal Office of GLP, concerns how to measure error and temporal change for a variety of applications, in particular for GIS-based land change simulation. GLP Member Robert Pontius of Clark University shows how to avoid common mistakes and to use enlightening techniques such as the Total Operating Characteristic and Difference Components. Deadline to register is 15 June 2020.
Mangroves are one of the world's most threatened ecosystems, and Myanmar is regarded as the current mangrove deforestation hotspot globally. This study by GLP Member Jose Don T De Alban demonstrates the importance of multi-sensor satellite data for national-level mangrove change assessments, along with gross land cover transition analyses to assess landscape dynamics as well as prioritise threats and interventions in an effort to develop holistic strategies that aim to conserve important habitats.
Submissions are sought for a new Special Feature in Sustainability Science being edited by GLP Members Christian Kimmich, Christoph Oberlack and Sergio Villamayor-Tomas. Expressions of interest are due on 31 August 2020.
The European Commission announces the co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND), which provides organisations with additional financial support for their own researcher training and career development programmes. The call for proposals for 2020 is now open.
The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) provides up to US $1 million total across 4-6 approved working groups led by academic, governmental agency, multilateral, or nonprofit institutions. Proposals are due 10 June 2020.
This free advanced webinar series from ARSET will introduce participants to 1.) SAR time series analysis of forest change using Google Earth Engine (GEE), 2.) land cover classification with radar and optical data with GEE, 3.) mapping mangroves with SAR, and 4.) forest stand height estimation with SAR.
The Secretariat of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) in Geneva has just published the vacancy notice for the position of Director. Applications are due 6 May 2020.
The Department of Environmental Sciences at Emory University seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in Agricultural Data Science. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will join an interdisciplinary and trans-institutional project integrating big geospatial data with qualitative data to model and understand the interactions between climate, land use, and agroecological outcomes. Deadline to apply is 30 April 2020.
Mobility Grants are especially useful for emerging researchers (Postdocs and PhD students) for the integration of the next generation of scientists in international collaboration, helping to build new partnerships through personal contacts, mutual trust, and to make cooperation more sustainable. Grants up to CHF 7,000 will be awarded. Deadline to apply is 25 May 2020.
How to feed the world without eating the planet? The 2020 theme of GLF is “Food and Livelihoods.” Today, food production and agricultural systems are one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions, a main driver of deforestation and the greatest threat to biodiversity. It’s time to transform this problem into an opportunity.
The Earth Leadership Program invites midcareer academic environmental scientists from North America (Canada, Mexico, and the United States) to apply for the 2021 Earth Leadership Fellowships. The program provides researchers with the skills, approaches, and theoretical frameworks for catalyzing change to address the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Deadline to apply is 29 May 2020.
GLP Members Mairon Bastos Lima and Martin Persson published an in-depth case study in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change of the Cerrado Working Group, a multi-stakeholder initiative led by civil society and the soy agribusiness to address land use change in that savanna landscape in Brazil. The findings suggest that a sustainable development agenda for the Cerrado has been substantially narrowed to become mostly one of conversion-free soy supply, serving more the interests of that agroindustry and its consumers than those of the landscape's most vulnerable stakeholders, such as local communities.
A Special Issue in the journal Geosciences aims to present cutting-edge research that can help understand feedbacks between humans and the environment by using approaches that integrate human and environmental systems, including modeling, observational, theoretical, and applied sciences at local to global scales. The Guest Editor is GLP Member Alan Di Vittorio. Deadline for manuscript submissions 31 August 2020.
The European Space Agency (ESA) and Future Earth have partnered to facilitate the development and uptake of Earth observation data by Future Earth’s research networks. There is seed funding to support the production of research demonstrators up to €25,000 per project to strengthen the impact of Future Earth science at the UNFCCC COP-26 meeting. The aim is show how research data can be used in a real-world situation by end users, to make an impact on policy and/or as a step towards commercial or operational uptake of the research. This is an open call to the Future Earth community.
The Science, Engineering and Technology Group of KU Leuven, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, invites scholars to apply for a full‐time research professorship in the Research unit Geography and Tourism. This position is funded by the Special Research Fund (BOFZAP), established by the Flemish Government. Deadline to apply is 18 September 2020.
The Stockholm Resilience Centre seeks to fill a professorship funded by the Curt Bergfors Foundation, which will focus on exploring and further developing the knowledge required to work towards a sustainable food system.
A Special Issue in the journal Water will explore a wide range of relationships between agricultural production, the hydrologic cycle and its associated eco-hydrological systems in the tropics worldwide. The issue's Guest Editors are GLP Members Michael Coe, Marcia Macedo and Michael Lathuillière. Please note that the deadline for submissions is 31 December 2020.
The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for a professor of geoinformatics with a specific focus on GIS applications in geosciences, geography, urban and landscape planning, landscape architecture and/or urban design. EXTENDED! Deadline to apply is now 19 April 2020.
The Swiss Network for Transdisciplinarity Research (td-net) has developed a toolbox with methods and tools for co-producing knowledge. The methods and tools intend to help shape collaboration between experts and stakeholders from science and practice in systematic and traceable ways.
The International Summer School on Concepts and tools to engage in knowledge co-production and public participation is a 5-day interactive training course designed and organized by a small international team of experts – researchers and practitioners of participatory approaches. It will be held in Montpellier, France from 6-10 July. Register deadline is 15 June, participant count limited to 20.
On this free online course, you’ll explore how to meet the challenges of conducting effective transdisciplinary research. You’ll gain insights into a variety of case studies from different fields as you learn from the experiences of peers and experts. GLP Member Flurina Schneider is one of the instructors. Course starts online March 30th and runs for 6 weeks.
The Chair of Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems (PLUS) at ETH Zurich is offering a research assistant position in spatial modelling for land use decisions and the evaluation of landscape quality in rural areas. Deadline to apply is 22 March 2020.
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications to the 7th annual Summer Institute, a short course on data and coding skills for socio-environmental synthesis. Application deadline is 30 March 2020.
The New York University Center for Data Science and Department of Environmental Studies is seeking a postdoctoral scholar for a 2-year appointment. The successful candidate will pursue statistical modeling of relationships and trade-offs between social, economic, and environmental dimensions of large-scale agricultural transitions.
The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen invites applications for an associate professor in geoinformatics with a specific focus on GIS applications in geosciences, geography, urban and landscape planning, landscape architecture and/or urban design. Deadline to apply is 26 March 2020.
AGTER and the International Coalition for Access to Land are offering an online course to analyze the phenomena of land grabbing in the world, understand its nature and work together to build responses to the threat they pose to all of us. Course offered in French, English and Spanish on different dates. Deadline for next course (in French) is 29 March 2020.
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is offering a 5-day short course will serve as an introduction to the theory and practice of spatially explicit agent-based modeling (ABM). Deadline to apply is 20 April 2020.
As part of a new project on sustainable charcoal, the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) is advertising a 16-month post doctoral research position, based in Maputo. Deadline to apply is 15 March 2020.
This 3-part series, offered in English, Spanish and French, will introduce participants to UN Biodiversity Lab and how it can be used to access and analyze global data in order to provide key information on the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Aichi Biodiversity Targets and on the nature-based Sustainable Development Goals. The course is free and is offered online March 24, 31, and April 7, 2020.
Using the global model produces accuracies greater to individual models, with an overall classification accuracy greater than 80% for each city, this research provides an empirically grounded method to map cities, write GLP Member Shivani Agarwal and GLP Fellow Harina Nagendra in a new article in the Journal of Land Use Science.
GLP Member Amrita Sen and GLP Fellow Harini Nagendra published in the Journal of Land Use Science, discussing the growing body of literature that examines environmental placemaking and arguing that this literature contributes significant explanatory power to land change science, by helping understand the motivations that act as precursors to shape both proximate drivers of land change, and responses to them.
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites proposals for collaborative team-based synthesis research (Pursuits) around emerging SES topics starting 3 February 2020.
A new paper by 7 GLP members assesses progress towards zero deforestation commitments in the Brazilian soy sector using state-of-the-art supply chain data.
This study, which included work by GLP Members Roman Carrasco and Jose Don T. De Alban, investigated the dynamics and drivers of informal gold mining in northern Myanmar to shed light on the conditions needed for alternative livelihood and enforcement interventions to succeed. It was published in Conservation Science and Practice.
GLP Fellow Erle Ellis published an op-ed with colleagues Mark Maslin and Simon Lewis in The New York Times that says focusing on trees as the big solution to climate change is a dangerous diversion.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) at the University of Hawaii Manoa invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Environmental Social Sciences. Deadline to apply is 2 March 2020.
Between August 31 and September 4 2020, we will discuss challenges facing ecological restoration in post-2020 Europe, and particularly, how can ecological restoration promote the recovery of damaged, degraded and destroyed socio-ecological systems in these critical times. Abstract submission now open through 17 April 2020.
GLP is currently seeking to nominate two to three new members for our international Scientific Steering Committee (SSC), starting June 1, 2020. The activities of GLP are initiated, stimulated and overseen by the SSC, and the continuing success of GLP relies on the input of the SSC. In seeking nominations, we are looking for scientific excellence and a high level of commitment to actualizing GLP goals and activities. Deadline for nominations is 15 March 2020.
The webinar "Leaving No One Off the Map: Gridded Population Data for Decision-Making" will assess potential and limitations of the global gridded population data sets of the POPGRID Data Collaborative. Speakers include CIESIN’s Robert Chen and SDSN TReNDS’ Maryam Rabiee. Join the webinar on Tuesday, Feb 4 @ 9:30am Eastern Standard Time.
The School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, seeks an individual with environmental modelling and quantitative analytical skills to work within an interdisciplinary research group including GLP Members Mark Rounsevell and Peter Alexander focusing on land use and food security. The successful candidate will work on an existing global model of the food system, land use change and human dietary health (PLUM) and the development of new integrated modelling approaches for land use change, including urban, agricultural and forest land uses. Deadline to apply is 25 February 2020.
The course is organized by the Netherlands Academy for Land Governance (LANDac), a network of organizations interested in how land governance may contribute to sustainable and inclusive development. MSc students, PhD students and professionals from development organizations and related projects will acquire up-to-date knowledge on new land pressures and learn how to place these in broader theoretical contexts and policy debates.
How can we address societal challenges with research? Investigate the principles, processes, and uses of transdisciplinarity in a free online course developed by the University of Basel. GLP Member Flurina Schneider, Head of Land Resources Cluster of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, Switzerland, is one of the course leaders. Course starts 30 March 2020.
Research practice, funding agencies and global science organizations suggest that research aimed at addressing sustainability challenges is most effective when ‘co-produced’ by academics and non-academics. The authors of a new paper in Nature Sustainability, including GLP Fellow Harini Nagendra and Executive Officer Ariane de Bremond, and several leaders and coordinators of Future Earth's global research projects (GRPs), propose a set of four general principles that underlie high quality knowledge co-production for sustainability research. Using these principles, they offer practical guidance on how to engage in meaningful co-productive practices, and how to evaluate their quality and success.
A new Perspective in Nature Sustainability, by GLP Fellows Billie Turner and Peter Verburg and GLP Members Beth Tellman and Nick Magliocca, presents a framework to identify illicit land transactions, and an approach to link them to land uses using remotely sensed data.
INPUT2020 conference in Catania, Italy, in September 2020 will focus on how to integrate Nature-Based Solutions in urban and regional planning processes and science and intends to gather international scholars in the field of urban and regional planning, civil engineering and architecture, ecology and social science, to build and consolidate the knowledge and evidence on Nature Based Solutions and to help an efficient implementation and replication of solutions. The call for papers is now open until 29th of February and abstracts must be submitted through the INPUT2020 website.
A December article in the journal Science distills for the scientific community the most salient and novel findings, messages and policy options of the Global Assessment Report, which was approved by representatives of the 132 member Governments of IPBES in May last year. It emphasizes five priority interventions ("levers") and eight leverage points for action to address these indirect drivers of social and economic systems, where they can make the greatest difference. Several GLP Fellows, SSC Members and GLP members were authors of the paper, which is open access.
The Earth Observation and Modeling Facility (EOMF), University of Oklahoma, seeks three highly motivated graduate students to join the research team in Land Cover and Land Use Change, Agriculture, Disease Ecology, Terrestrial Carbon Cycle, and Data and Model Assimilation in various places around the world. Deadline is rolling and students can start anytime in 2020.
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in partnership with the Ecological Society of America’s Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) program invites PhD students from a wide range of under-represented experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds to attend an interactive, skill-building workshop on team-based, socio-environmental (S-E) synthesis. The workshop is free and expenses will be covered. Deadline to apply is 21 January 2020, at 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).
We are pleased to inform you about the call for applications for the third cohort of the Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership and kindly ask you to forward the call to postdocs who conduct sustainability research and deal with challenges regarding land use practices. Applications can be submitted until 16 February 2020.
The Department of Geography of the University of Namur is offering a 30-month postdoc position for a researcher interested in the development of an agent-based model (ABM) to derive high-resolution land use and land cover change scenarios for the future at the scale of the studied regions located in five European countries. Deadline to apply is 25 January 2020.
A postdoctoral research associate is sought in the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan. The candidate will contribute developing computational tools for understanding how social and environmental factors, and their interactions, influence the capacity for people and wildlife to coexist on shared landscapes.
The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien seeks a research fellow who will contribute to a project in the CRC 990 (Collaborative Research Center 990, EFForTS, http://www.uni-goettingen.de/efforts) that investigates the ecological-socioeconomic trade-offs in different land-use systems in Sumatra, Indonesia. Application review will begin 31 January 2020.
The Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI) in Klosterneuburg (Austria, close to Vienna) announces 5 Writing-Up Fellowships for late-stage PhD students working in inter and transdisciplinary sustainability science with a focus on theoretical dimensions (conceptual, methodological, and epistemological) of sustainability research. Deadline for initial selection is 30 January 2020.
Now you can catch up on what you missed at the OSM 2019 and more! Every recorded session from the conference is now available on our YouTube channel, along with our webinar series on co-production of knowledge and more. Subscribe to be notified when we add new videos in the future.
New America is looking for a fellow for its Future of Property Rights Program. The fellow will primarily research and write on the intersection of land policy and technology, with a focus on ICT and the emerging power of digital data trails to prove land and property rights. Deadline to apply is 10 January 2020.
The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for a three year position as assistant professor in Human Geography with a specific focus on land systems and land use change in the Global South. The position is open for three years with the possibility for extension. Deadline to apply is 16 December 2019.
After a fruitful discussion on Teaching Ecosystem Service at the 10th ESP Conference, Nodal Office Coordinator Marcin Spyra and colleagues are seeking to enrich the pool of answers and get wider responses by making a second round of the survey available. This survey will allow to analyze the state of the art on Teaching Ecosystem Service, so further steps can be identified.
The Special Issue "Open System Modelling Frameworks toward a Better Understanding of Multi-Scale Interactions in Socio-Ecological Systems" in the Socio-Ecological Practice Research journal has issued a call for contributions. The editors, including Nodal Office Coordinator Christine Fürst, welcome submissions of socio-ecological practice research, novel simulation frameworks and how advanced modelling systems can support decision-making and policy implementation.
The 3MUGIS summer school is an annual event, which addresses relevant contemporary environmental consequences and opportunities of urbanization with special emphasis on soil functions. The event is organized under the umbrella of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS), RUDN University (Russia) and the Urban Soil Institute (USA) with strong cooperation from universities, institutions and research teams from around the world.
This project will investigate land based mitigation options for climate change and their associated trade-offs using a state-of-the-art global land use model. Position will be supervised by Mark Rounsevell and Peter Alexander. Deadline to apply is 9 Jan 2020.
GLP Member Katarzyna Ostapowicz is the guest editor of a special issue of Remote Sensing that is aiming to cover the most recent advances in techniques and algorithms to process remotely sensed information for ecology and conservation in the high-altitude and high-latitude regions. Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.
Several GLP Members and SSC Member Patrick Meyfroidt are the guest editors of a focus collection in Environmental Research Letters. The ERL issue explores new ways to put tools and data to work towards improving our understanding of direct and indirect land-use change caused by governance interventions.
The Energy and Resources Group (ERG) and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) at the University of California, Berkeley, seek applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor faculty position in the area of Sustainability and Equity. The expected start date is July 1, 2020. The appointment will be split 50% in ERG and 50% in ESPM.
The project, jointly sponsored by the Basque Government and the Vitoria-Gasteiz city council, aims at identifying the multiple values of urban biodiversity in general, and the ways in which ‘relational values’ are articulated, in particular. Deadline to apply is 10 December 2019.
In light of continuing global biodiversity loss, one ambitious proposal has gained considerable traction amongst conservationists: the goal to protect half the Earth. A new analysis by Working Group Coordinator Julie Zähringer and colleagues suggests that at least one billion people live in places that would be protected if the Half Earth proposal were implemented within all ecoregions.
In light of continuing global biodiversity loss, one ambitious proposal has gained considerable traction amongst conservationists: the goal to protect half the Earth. A new analysis by Working Group Coordinator Julie Zähringer and colleagues suggests that at least one billion people live in places that would be protected if the Half Earth proposal were implemented within all ecoregions.
Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to enable researchers to accelerate discovery, published its annual Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list this week with twenty-seven GLP Members, SSC Members, and GLP Fellows on it.
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) announced President-Elect for 2020 is Dennis Ojima, a professor emeritus at Colorado State University and GLP Fellow.
The Institute of Geography of the University of Bern seeks a PhD to develop and apply geospatial approaches to model and analyze regional densification processes based on changes in building stocks. Under the guidance of the senior members of the project and in close cooperation with two other PhD researchers, you will conduct the spatial analysis of two case studies, the city-regions of Bern and Utrecht (Netherlands).
The Institute of Geography of the University of Bern is looking for two PhDs to analyze the densification strategies of local authorities, investors and other main actors of urban development and investigate how they contribute to reduce urban sprawl. The project wants to understand how densification processes are governed and simultaneously questions the impacts of current attempts at increasing the performance of planning implementation in terms of sustainability.
The Institute of Geography of the University of Bern is offering a 4-year postdoc position for candidates who are interested in critical theoretical as well as empirical engagement with land policy, land-use planning, housing studies, resource governance, and sustainable spatial development in a context of urban and societal transformation.
The selected candidate will be part of the MuSES project at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and work in an interdisciplinary team that includes modelers, empirical researchers from the social and natural sciences and philosophers (www.seslink.org). He/she will lead research on the development of an agent-based model of cross-scale interactions in agricultural food systems in a developing world context in close cooperation with empirical researchers within the project, at SRC and beyond. Deadline 30 November 2019.
A special issue of Sustainability has been announced, focusing on "Natural Resources Management and Conflicts in the Context of Sustainability Transformation". The call for papers is now open and the deadline for paper submissions is August 31, 2020.
The natural ecosystems in mountain areas are crucial for the existence of humankind on this planet. The proposed program is to cover the contexts of mountain regions globally, i.e. Himalayas, Alps, Andes, Rockies, Karakoram, Pamir, Carpathian, Fuji, Caucasus, etc. This program will be conducted for 30-40 international participants in English language.
The seventh workshop of the DEEDS stakeholder engagement series on “Pathways for decarbonised agriculture and food systems” will take place on 18 November 2019 in Montpellier.
The secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) invites experts to apply to become members of the Science-Policy Interface (SPI). The public call for candidature opens on 24 October 2019 and will end on 10 November 2019 at 24:00 CET. The call is open to scientists from all regions and organizations and all relevant disciplines and thematic areas, with the priority given to the thematic areas of work identified in the SPI Work Programme 2020-2021.
One Earth – a new journal from Cell Press – publishes high-impact research that seeks to understand and address today’s environmental grand challenges. The inaugural issue focuses partly on land, and features pieces by many members of the GLP community. Check out Voices, Commentaries, Reflection, and Perspectives sections for more.
A postdoctoral associate is sought to lead the development and applications of an agent-based model on metacouplings (socioeconomic-environmental interactions within as well as between adjacent and distant coupled human-natural systems), funded by the National Science Foundation at Michigan State University.
A PhD student is sought to participate in a new interdisciplinary and international project on metacouplings (socioeconomic-environmental interactions within as well as between adjacent and distant coupled human-natural systems), funded by the National Science Foundation at Michigan State University.
Land (ISSN 2073-445X) is an international and crossdisciplinary peer-reviewed open access journal of land use/land change, land management, land system science and landscape, etc, published monthly online by MDPI. It is now indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI - Web of Science) and Scopus.
The postdoctoral fellows will contribute to the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant project FORESTDIET led by Laura Vang Rasmussen. They will be expected to co-develop research that examines how forest loss and forest fragmentation influence dietary quality.
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD fellowship as part of the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant project FORESTDIET led by assistant professor Laura Vang Rasmussen. The scholarship will commence 1 March 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS NOVEMBER 1ST! The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification seeks a Senior Expert Consultant to co-author/co-edit the 2nd edition of the Global Land Outlook.
The newly-established Eastern Mediterranean Middle East – Climate and Atmosphere Research Centre (EMME-CARE) at the Cyprus Institute, the home of GLP's MENA Nodal Office, will devise adaptation strategies for climate change impacts with sound scientific basis, and involve stakeholders and decision makers.
The Chair of Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems (PLUS) at ETH Zurich is offering a research assistant position in spatial modelling and remote sensing for land use decisions, risk assessment, and ecosystem service mapping.
The Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder seeks applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track in Coupled Human-Natural Systems Modeling and Analysis with an anticipated start date in August, 2020.
The Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B) at Columbia University invites applications for a faculty member at the Assistant Professor level to begin July 1, 2020. This is a search for an expert in the field who uses modern experimental, computational, or theoretical approaches in the lab or in the field to study outstanding questions in areas relevant to the Department.
The Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences (GES) at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Human-Environment Interactions to begin in August 2020.
The School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona seeks a tenure-eligible Assistant Professor in data science, spatial analysis, statistics and quantitative methods.
Conservation International and the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health are looking to hire a researcher with a strong quantitative, (bio)statistical, bioeconomic, and/or social- ecological modeling background to integrate several databases for complex systems analysis.
The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan is seeking applicants for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor in Sustainable Systems. Areas of interest include but are not limited to circular economy, corporate social responsibility, energy and climate economics, food/water/energy nexus, green buildings, resilient and sustainable infrastructure, risk assessment, sustainable mobility, sustainable supply chains, system dynamics and complex systems.
Verra develops and manages standards that help countries, the private sector and civil society achieve their sustainable development and climate goals.
GLP Members Diana Sietz, Nicholas Magliocca, and Tomáš Václavík have published a synthesis of methods that enables innovative research designs in future archetype analysis.
The Department of Geography at the University of Alabama invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with an area of study related to transnational illicit supply networks, starting August 16, 2020.
Using publicly accessible registries of organic crop farmers, GLP Members Žiga Malek and Peter Verburg mapped the farmers' distribution globally and related it to local socio-economic, climatic, and soil characteristics in Agricultural Systems.
The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for an Assistant Professor focused on Urban Environmental Systems.
The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications for the Asseff Chair in the Anthropology and History of Medicine, commencing in autumn 2020. Deadline to apply is 1 November 2019.
This Special Issue of Sustainability will comprise a selection of papers addressing the environment–poverty nexus in the context of sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development explicitly recognizes the interlinkages between the social, economic, and environmental spheres, and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are all intended to address these dimensions in a comprehensive manner.
It aims at providing an international exchange platform for global leaders and stakeholders (policymakers, academics, businesses, entrepreneurs, and NGOs) to present and discuss worldwide initiatives, practices and visionary trends about sustainability. The ultimate goal is to achieve the long-lasting development of an inclusive and equitable society whereby prosperous growth goes together with a sustainable environment.
GABS makes $300,000 available to fund research that quantifies the benefits of satellite data when they are used to make decisions that improve socioeconomically meaningful outcomes for people and/or the environment. The consortium expects to make no more than three awards under GABS, each in the range of $100,000. Deadline for pre-proposals is December 5, 2019.
The GLP working group on telecoupling held its first webinar, which introduced the freely-available FABIO model, in September. View a recording of the full webinar, download a copy of the presentation, and more.
The UCLA Department of Urban Planning is looking for applicants who use new data sources and data science methods to visualize and analyze pressing economic, environmental, social, transportation, or urban development issues at scales ranging from local to global.
The International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (www.icipe.org) is undertaking an online data collection to get a feel on the spread of the IPM technology to address the emerging fruit fly pest problem, the impact of training and capacity building in Africa.
NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training is offering a webinar series that will guide participants through using NASA Earth observations for habitat monitoring, specifically for freshwater fish and other species. The training will also provide a conceptual overview, as well as the tools and techniques for applying landscape environmental variables to genetic and habitat diversity in species.
Luther University Halle-Wittenberg invites applications for a W2 Professorship in “Digital Geography”, beginning at the earliest possible date.
The Center for Complex Hydrosystems Research (CCHR) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Department of Geography at the University of Alabama are seeking outstanding candidates for multiple Ph.D. research assistantships starting in Spring 2020 for a recently funded NSF- INFEWS project.
CIRM, MRI, and FoLAP are organizing a symposium on the future of research and training for the transformation of mountain regions. The organizers welcome contributions from the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, and humanities working on this topic, both in Switzerland and around the world. DEADLINE AUGUST 30!
GLP Members Žiga Malek, Jasper van Vliet, Emma van der Zanden and Peter Verburg just published in Environmental Research Letters. In the paper, they performed a review of local scale land use change studies, and present a typology of decision-making behind such changes. The paper is open access and includes a video abstract.
Read a new paper by members of the GLP Archetypes Working Group. Based on a systematic review, a survey, and a workshop series, the authors provide a consolidated perspective on the core features and diverse meanings of archetype analysis in sustainability research, the motivations behind it, and its policy relevance. They identify three core features of archetype analysis: recurrent patterns, multiple models, and intermediate abstraction.
The Human Planet Initiative of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is working to harness new data sources, technologies and analytic approaches to address key needs for improved understanding and modeling and for better tools for decision making in support of sustainable development. The second Human Planet Forum provides a unique venue for expert groups working on different aspects of these issues to meet together to share progress, assess areas of common interest, and coordinate activities and plans.
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications from early-career scholars (≤ 4 years post Ph.D.) for two-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin June 1, 2020.
SESYNC announces its Fall 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP) for collaborative team-based research projects that synthesize existing data, methods, theories, and tools to address a pressing socio-environmental problem. Proposals are due September 16, 2019.
The Department of Geosciences of the University of Fribourg and the Platform geosciences of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) cordially invite you to participate in the 17th Swiss Geoscience Meeting to be held on Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 in Fribourg. Abstract submission deadline August 30.
The NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) operated by CIESIN has begun accepting submissions of scientific data related to human-environment interactions that are of high utility to the human dimensions research and applications communities.
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, hosts a two-year postdoctoral fellowships for early career scholars (≤ four years post PhD) to work with a Collaborating Mentor (scholar). Dr. Nicholas Magliocca is interested in collaborating with a postdoctoral research associate on a wide range of topics related to feedbacks between (i.e., ‘coupled) human and natural systems.
GLP Member Uchendu Chigbu invites submissions for this special issue, which builds a knowledge base of research that presents emerging land tools or methods that can improve understanding of land–women–youth–policy relationships.
GLP Member PC Abhilash welcomes submissions for a special issue on "Restoring Degraded Lands to Attain UN-SDGs" in accordance of the UN-International Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).
The Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment (FGSE) of the University of Lausanne invites applications for a professorship in the Societal Challenges of Climate Change Impacts, to be based in the Institute of Geography and Sustainability (IGD).
GLP Member Alan Di Vittorio is seeking submissions for the AGU session, "GC029 - Humans in the Earth System" at the Fall Meeting in San Francisco this December.
GLP Members Yuanwei Qin, Jinwei Dong and Xiangming Xiao seek contributions for their AGU session on spatiotemporal changes of forest area, phenology, and biomass under human activities and climate change.
The Faculty of Life Sciences, Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Humboldt University, invites applications for a Full Professorship for ‘Soil Sciences’ starting from October 1, 2020.
The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen invites applications for tenure-track assistant professorship in Social and Urban Geography starting 1 February 2020.
The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen invites applications for associate professorship in Social and Urban Geography starting 1 February 2020.
The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Soil Science starting 1 January 2020.
The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a position as associate professor in soil science to start 1 January 2020.
Earth system science professor Eric Lambin has been honored with the 2019 Blue Planet Prize, an award widely considered the Nobel Prize for science that contributes to solving global environmental problems.
In this MOOC, participants learn theory, methods and tools to understand the landscapes we live in and to solve landscape-related environmental problems. GLP Fellow Harini Nagendra is among the faculty for the course, which is now in its second year and is being offered by ETH Zuerich.
Applications are invited for a full-time position, with an initial contract of 18 months (with a possibility of extension for another 2 years, conditional on funding), starting on 1 September 2019.
The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig and Leipzig University offer this position in Leipzig as soon as possible. The preferred starting date is August to October 2019 or shortly thereafter.
The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is seeking a tenure track Assistant Professor to develop and implement innovative research related to sustainable land use at global to local scales with a focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Future Earth invites GLP Members to contribute to research priorities and recommendations on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production, as input to a Belmont Forum scoping process for a potential Collaborative Research Action major funding opportunity.
Center for Permafrost (CENPERM) at University of Copenhagen is recruiting a postdoctoral associate to work with field-based ecosystem manipulations and upscaling of ecosystem processes with a focus on soil physics and biogeochemical processes in Greenland. The position is for two years.
The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in remote sensing of terrestrial ecosystems and climate. The position is open from 1 February 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.
We are pleased to announce that ALL articles from the GLP special issue are now available for free download until the end of 2019.
In this three-session training, attendees will learn to use a freely-available QGIS plugin, Trends.Earth, created by Conservation International (CI) and have special guest speakers from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and UN Habitat. The training is available in English and Spanish.
GLP Members Jennifer AM Koch and Derek Robinson are editing a Special Issue of Land. They are especially interested in manuscripts describing new approaches to land change modelling as well as large-scale applications.
The call for the Third Archetype Workshop is now available. The workshop will follow up on previous two successful workshops held in Bern in 2017 and Berlin in 2018.
Older forests in eastern North America are less vulnerable to climate change than younger forests - particularly for carbon storage, timber production, and biodiversity - new University of Vermont research by GLM Members Laura Sonter and Gillian Galford and colleagues find.
The World Wildlife Fund seeks someone for this position, which will include developing technical methods and tools to support the WWF-US strategy and external programs with targeted stakeholder groups.
Are you interested in sustainable food and farming systems, and would you like to join an interdisciplinary project on improving plant protein production in Europe? Apply at the Environmental Geography Group of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. They have a postdoc position within the ERA-net project LegumeGAP that analyses the potential and externalities of legume production in Europe.
The research unit has a wide disciplinary scope, covering diverse dimensions of Socio-Ecological Systems along the rural-urban interface. Its research programme addresses transition processes in agriculture, ecology, economy, and society that are linked to rapid urbanization, using Bangalore, an emerging megacity in South India, as an example. Research will be carried out in close cooperation with Indian partner institutions.
Researchers including GLP Member Žiga Malek have published an overview and spatial analysis of implemented strategies in the region.
A new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the summary of which was approved at the 7th session of the IPBES Plenary, meeting last week (29 April – 4 May) in Paris, identifies changes in land and sea use as the most significant direct driver of changes in nature.
The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig seeks to fill the above position in Leipzig at the earliest opportunity (preferably in summer 2019).
The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig seeks to fill the above position in Leipzig at the earliest opportunity (preferably in summer 2019).
The Global Land Programme (GLP), one of Future Earth’s global research projects, convened its bi-annual open science meeting in Bern, Switzerland, April 24-26, 2019. The meeting was hosted by the University of Bern and its Centre for Development and Environment (CDE). The conference themes were: 1. What are the visions for the planetary land system? Land as the nexus for addressing global challenges 2. What do people want from land? Navigating the trade-offs and fostering synergies in land systems. 3. How do we support transformation? New frontiers in studying and governing land systems
This Research Topic will focus on labor requirements and livelihood impacts of alternative land use systems. Papers are sought from a broad spectrum of scholars who undertake research at local, regional or global scale.
The Department of Life and Environmental Sciences at Bournemouth University is looking for a post-doctoral candidate to apply for the Marie Sklodowska – Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF 2019) on the topic of forest resilience.
The Landscape Standard consortium is seeking a qualified consultant to conduct an analysis on the range of data options available to measure landscape-scale sustainability and to provide guidance on feasibility, cost and possible data processing approaches or platforms.
Scientists and government officials meet this week in Paris to finalise a key assessment on humanity's relationship with nature. The Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, or IPBES, will issue the first report of this type since 2005. It will detail the past losses and future prospects for nature and humans. SSC Member Unai Pascual and GLP Member Sandra Díaz are quoted in this BBC piece.
The development of sustainable regions requires an understanding of the land systems that supply the needs of nature and people. At the Open Science Meeting in Bern the Spanish land-use scientist and post-doc María Piquer-Rodríguez explains why the isolated view of disciplines does not correspond to the idea of sustainability – and why a holistic approach pays off.
This recent article in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) was written by members of the GLP community for an upcoming GLP Special Issue in COSUST. The paper argues that normative positions are increasingly required of sustainability science and lays out principles that served to guide the themes and organization of the 4th GLP Open Science Meeting.
Agriculture and food systems urgently need to change to meet the SDGs by 2030. A series of webinars explores how policies can drive this change. Eminent policy makers from across the globe discuss potentials and challenges with authors of a recent policy article published in the renowned journal Nature Sustainability.
News on forest cover change in Latin America typically refer to the dramatic deforestation in the Amazon or the Chaco. However, many regions in the world are experiencing the opposite pattern of forest expansion due to agriculture abandonment or disintensification. Two new analyses led by the Instituto de Ecología Regional (IER, CONICET–UNT) of Argentina and the department of Biology of the University of Puerto Rico, document these trends in Latin America. Nodal Office Coordinator Ricardo Grau was a co-author on both.
To advance the validation and continuous improvement of land-use datasets using cutting-edge methodologies in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment, we offer an exciting three-year doctoral researcher position at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).
To model and analyse recent land-use dynamics using cutting-edge methodologies in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment, we offer an exciting three-year postdoctoral researcher position at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).
Idaho State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join a transdisciplinary team to conduct social science research on sagebrush and trout systems in the western U.S.
The Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainable Development (CSTM), University of Twente (UT) and the 4TU.Federation strategic program on ‘Designing Systems for Informed Resilience Engineering’ (DeSIRE), the Netherlands, invite applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor position in Governing Resilience of integrated RURBAN areas.
The Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainable Development (CSTM), University of Twente (UT), the Netherlands, invite applications for an Assistant Professor position in Complexity Science for Sustainable Development. The Assistant Professor will be embedded within the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) and will be part of the BMS RESILIENCE RESEARCH PROGRAM.
From 24 to 26 April 2019, over 600 leading scientists from all over the world will meet in Bern for the 4th Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Programme (GLP). Its theme: Transforming Land Systems for People and Nature – What research and policies are needed to achieve ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable land systems? Ariane de Bremond, senior research scientist at the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern and executive officer of the GLP International Programme Office, discussed the role of the conference.
The participants will bring their own cases in the form of posters to the summer school in Berlin, where the cases will react in structured discussions and exercises with the theories and methods offered by international lecturers of STS, political ecology and transdisciplinary research.
The GLP working group on co-production held its fifth webinar, on ethical and contextual considerations in knowledge co-production and lessons learned from the webinar series, in March. View a recording of the full webinar, download copies of the presentations, and more.
Are you interested in sustainable food and farming systems, and would you like to join an interdisciplinary project on improving plant protein production in Europe? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Telecoupling Working Group Coordinator Cecilie Friis and SSC Member Jonas Nielsen have published a book that presents an overview of telecoupling and its relevance in understanding global land-use change and its sustainablility challenges.
This free training will focus on two tools, AppEEARS from the LPDAAC and LandTrendr via Google Earth Engine (GEE).
Our approach of integrating complementary analytical frameworks to identify and understand land-cover regime shifts can help policymakers to preempt future regime shifts in Tanintharyi (Myanmar), and can be applied to the study of land change in other regions.
The 23rd International Conference on Environmental Indicators will take place at Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), Haifa, Israel, on the 9-12th of September 2019.
In this article the authors examine how agricultural production and productivity responded to a key forest conservation policy in the Brazilian Amazon—the government’s priority municipality (Municípios Prioritários) list, which was introduced in 2008, as part of the action plan to curb deforestation.
After a long process of research and consultation, CDE and MRLG are thrilled to announce the release of the book: “State of Land in the Mekong Region”. The first publication of its kind in the Mekong Region, it brings together key data and information on the current status of, and changes in, land resources, their social distribution, and the conditions of governance that shape them.
The GOSES Summer School is specifically designed not only for doctoral candidates, but also for pre-docs, post-docs, junior and senior scholars, who wish to further explore the governance of socio-ecological systems, discuss cutting-edge research with peers and established scholars alike and develop specific skills such as presenting and discussing their own research, exploring the science-policy interface and modeling socio-ecological systems.
Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.
You are invited to submit an article to a special issue of a Springer Nature journal on the theme Learning Sustainability: Earth, Experience, Ethics.
Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to enable researchers to accelerate discovery, published its annual Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list in November with twenty-two GLP Members, SSC Members, and GLP Fellows on it.
GLP Fellow Patrick Hostert invites oral presentations and posters that deepen insights on land scarcity, limitations, and related advances in remote sensing and improved modeling of land systems. The session will take place on in August during the KOSMOS Conference in Berlin, Germany.
The GLP working group on co-production is pleased to invite you to the fifth and final webinar of the webinar series on co-production in the field of land system science. The webinar is open to people already engaged in co-production, as well as to newcomers to the topic, who are not currently engaged in this exciting work. This webinar will focus on the ethical and contextual considerations in knowledge co-production. It will also review lessons learned from the webinar series on co-production in the field of land system science.
Measuring, analyzing, and mapping the societal risks and vulnerabilities of climate change has become part of the standard toolkit of climate risk and vulnerability assessments. This Special Issuefocuses on the spatial assessment of climate risks and related vulnerabilities and the use of spatial data and analysis in field-based assessments.
The GLP Taipei Nodal Office is a co-organizer of the first annual conference of the currently-forming Association of Pan-Pacific Anthropocene.
Exciting two-year Postdoc position at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-JenaLeipzig to develop data-driven theory on the attribution of biodiversity change.
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will run an international Summer School on the topic of land use and ecosystem change during August 2019 at the KIT-Campus Alpin, IMK-IFU (Garmisch-Partenkirchen). Master and doctoral students are invited to learn about and discuss a wide range of issues related to ecosystem functioning, socio-ecological systems and land use change.
GLP Fellow Erle Ellis was recentlhy a co-author on a piece in BioScience on the lessons learned from Natura 2000.
IPS Correspondent Tharanga Yakupitiyage interviews UNAI PASCUAL, one of the co-chairs of Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
Global Forest Watch (GFW) is excited to announce new calls for applications for three exciting opportunities: the Small Grants Fund, the Technology Fellowship and the first-ever User Story Contest.
The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) is recruiting a Director to manage the IAI’s science program and activities. This Directorship is an executive position that reports directly to IAI’s Executive Director, with responsibility for implementation of the IAI scientific agenda focused on global change.
As part of learning, sharing of best practices and capacity development among land experts, monitoring and evaluation practitioners, this training is set to bridge theory and practice in conducting impact evaluation of land tenure and governance interventions linked to the SDGs and other development frameworks.
The aim of this call for projects is to select 6-8 research projects that will increase our understanding about issues related to climate change and biodiversity. The projects will receive financial support from the BNP Paribas Foundation for a three-year period (2020-2022).
A postdoctoral position is available starting Fall 2019 in the Jain lab at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan.
GLP Member Qiangyi Yu recently had research published in Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment.
GLP Members Oliver Coomes and Graham MacDonald, and SSC Member Navin Ramankutty, published their research in Nature Sustainability.
GLP Members Sébastien Boillat, Timothy Adams, Jorge Llopis, Elena Zepharovich, and Christoph Oberlack invite papers for a proposed session that will take place at the Environmental Justice Conference 2019 “Transformative Connections” at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, 2-4 July.
Nine-month, full-time, tenure-track assistant professor appointment with responsibilities for teaching (50%) and research (50%). Establish a nationally-recognized research program that uses remote sensing and geospatial analysis to address important problems in forest and natural resources management and conservation.
You are cordially invited to a scoping workshop for the CRA regarding finding Pathways to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Pathways to the SDG’s). This workshop is going to be held during the Leverage Points 2019 conference at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.
The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is seeking applications for a two tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty positions within the College of Sciences, with dual appointments in the School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences (SEEMS) and the Department of Biology.
Ikerbasque - the Basque Foundation for Science, has launched a new call offering 20 positions for postdoctoral researchers. These positions are financed by the Basque Government, the European Commission and the host institution where the researcher will develop his/her research: therefore the acceptance letter of the host institution is mandatory.
The European Space Agency (ESA) and Future Earth are recruiting a Research Coordinator to be a liaison between the ESA Climate Office (part of the Science, Applications and Climate Department at ESA ECSAT) and the Future Earth Global Secretariat.
The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS), College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) of China Agricultural University (Beijing), and Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) are jointly organizing a new initiative: JPS Annual Summer Writeshop-Workshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism for PhD students and young researchers (up to 5 years from PhD completion) who are based in or are originally from the Global South.
The Gund Institute is recruiting exceptional postdoctoral scholars for Fall 2019 to conduct research on major global environmental challenges.
The overall goal of the workshop is to familiarize the workshop participants with the Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT v4.7); the Cropping System Model (CSM) for the simulation of crop growth and yield, soil and plant water, nutrient, and carbon dynamics; and the application of models to real world problems, such as crop and resource management, climate change and climate variability, carbon sequestration, food security, biofuels, and environmental sustainability.
This introductory webinar series will share lectures, case studies, and demonstrations with representatives of indigenous peoples' organizations and will focus on how Earth observations (EO) data and tools can provide spatial information for forest monitoring, mapping ,and responding to ecosystem threats.
You will develop a framework that helps the synthesis of knowledge on SI and will apply this in identifying alternative pathways to achieve SI in Europe while accounting for tradeoffs within and beyond agriculture. Additionally, you will support the project leader in organizational issues related to SIPATH. You will be part of an international project team, interacting with people with different disciplinary and cultural background.
You will evaluate how agricultural land use changed in Europe since 1900, combining literature based surveys with in-depth reconstructions of land use and landscape changes in a set of study landscapes across Europe. You will collaborate closely with other PhD students looking at the more recent development and contribute actively to the core research questions of SIPATH.
In the international research project “What is sustainable intensification? Operationalizing sustainable agricultural intensification (SI) pathways in Europe (SIPATH)” Agroscope analyzes the mechanisms of agricultural development in Europe over the last decades and explore pathways for future SI, accounting for climatic, social and technological developments that are likely to affect the future of agriculture in Europe. Deadline 10 February 2019
GLP Member Timothy Searchinger and his colleagues have published research in Nature proposing a carbon benefits index that measures how changes in the output types, output quantities and production processes of a hectare of land contribute to the global capacity to store carbon and to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions.
We are pleased to inform you about the Call for Applications for the second cohort of the Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership and kindly ask you to forward the call to postdocs who conduct sustainability research and encounter challenges of and with “scale” and “scaling”.
The MAUPP project (Modelling and forecasting African Urban Population Patterns for vulnerability and health assessments) is a four-year research project (2014-2018) funded by the STEREO-III program of the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO). A free conference and a workshop will be organized in Nairobi, Kenya, both to present and discuss the scientific results of the project and to demonstrate the potentialities of the developed datasets.
The SCIENCE FOR NATURE AND PEOPLE PARTNERSHIP (SNAPP) seeks a postdoctoral fellow to collaborate on a new, two-year project titled “Landscape-scale forest assessments to support zero-deforestation supply chains.” The fellow will work closely with GLP Members Dr. Robert Heilmayr and Dr. Kimberly Carlson.
The Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science (CIS) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to contribute to a project funded by NASA that aims to leverage new theory and observations in land, atmosphere and space-based research to accurately partition global carbon fluxes between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere at high spatial and temporal resolution.
Wageningen University is lookinig for an innovative and dynamic scholar to lead the Land Use Planning Chair Group (0.8 - 1.0 fte) at Wageningen University & Research.
The GLP working group on co-production held its fourth webinar, on co-designing sustainable land systems with spatial analysis and mapping tools in the field of land-system science, in December. View a recording of the full webinar, download copies of the presentations, and more.
The NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) is offering a free online training series to introduce participants to the use of satellite data for conservation and biodiversity applications. The series will highlight specific projects that have successfully used satellite data. Examples include monitoring chimpanzee habitat loss, decreasing whale mortality, detecting penguins, monitoring wildfires, and biodiversity observation networks.
This Tenure Track position at the University of Twente addresses the challenge of modelling, measuring and monitoring the resilience of food systems, especially in developing countries.
This position at the University of Twente will focus on developing spatial and temporal models for key EBVs, including Species Populations, Species Traits, Ecosystem Structure and Ecosystem Function, using remote sensing.
If the world hopes to make meaningful progress on climate change, it won’t be enough for cars and factories to get cleaner. Our cows and wheat fields will have to become radically more efficient, too. That’s the basic conclusion of a sweeping new study issued in December by the World Resources Institute, an environmental group. The report warns that the world’s agricultural system will need drastic changes in the next few decades in order to feed billions more people without triggering a climate catastrophe, writes The New York Times.
Are you going to the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C.? We've compiled a guide to sessions presented by GLP members so you don't miss anything! Don't forget to tweet using our hashtag #glpagu to communicate with other GLP members at the event.
The second order draft (SOD) of the IPCC Special Reports on Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) and Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) are open for expert review until 11 January 2019, with registration closing 4 January 2019.
POPGRID is pleased to announce the launch of a Web site that guides users on the products available and their characteristics (including comparison tables), and a map tool (POPGRID Viewer) that enables visual and quantitative comparisons among data sets.
Students will develop an integrated understanding of land system science and landscape assessment.
SSC Member Ricardo Grau has a new book in Spanish out, "The Argentine Puna: Nature and Culture."
We invite papers for the focus collection of Environmental Research Letters (erl.iop.org) entitled: “The Social-Ecological Future of the American West”. Deadline for responses is 30 November 2018.
The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor with an expected start date of July 1, 2019.
We invite papers on the use of social media and other crowd-sourced data to study socio-environmental systems in a spatial context. We also welcome papers on that focus on participatory mapping approaches for understanding social-ecological systems.
The Resource Economics Group, Faculty of Life Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin will soon announce a job offer for a Scientist (66%, TV-L E13) for research on Fossil Resources and Climate Policy.
The Gund Institute for Environment seeks outstanding PhD applicants interested in conducting interdisciplinary research on urgent global environmental issues. Students at the Gund get a deep understanding of complex global issues, hands-on training in interdisciplinary research and problem-solving with world-class scholars, and real-world experience collaborating with government and business.
The GLP working group on co-production is pleased to invite you to the fourth webinar of the webinar series on co-production in the field of land-system science. The webinar is open to people already engaged in co-production, as well as to newcomers to the topic, who are not currently engaged in this exciting work. The webinar will focus on co-designing sustainable land systems with spatial analysis and mapping tools.
In a recently published study, GLP Members Katharina Schulze, Žiga Malek and Peter Verburg developed global maps of forest classes and uses by downscaling global FAO Forest Resource Assessment statistics.
The Geography and Tourism Research Group at KU Leuven and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) (Belgium) seeks applications for a Phd position on spatio-temporal modelling of snail populations, beginning in February or March 2018.
Barnard College seeks a full time tenure track Assistant Professor in Environmental Sustainability, starting July 2019. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to and experience in teaching undergraduates along with establishing an active and externally funded research program involving undergraduates.
Barnard College seeks a full time tenure track Assistant Professor in Environmental Science, starting July 2019. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to and experience in teaching undergraduates along with establishing an active and externally funded research program involving undergraduates.
GLP Member Dr. Yann le Polain de Waroux is recruiting two MA / PhD students to work on land use and livelihood change in agricultural frontiers of the Gran Chaco region (Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia), starting September 2019. Applications are due January 31st, 2019 for full consideration.
The European Space Agency has a research fellowship opportunity in the Directorate of Earth Observations Programmes.
The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute, Columbia University, is pleased to announce that applications are open for their 7th annual Executive Training on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development, which will be held at Columbia University from June 3-14, 2019.
The GLP working group on co-production held its third webinar, on participatory modelling, scenario building and forecasting techniques in the field of land-system science, in November. View a recording of the full webinar, download copies of the presentations, and more.
GLP Member Lisa Kelley published recently on the variability in pathways of smallholder cacao expansion and land use and cover change (LUCC) over the past four decades in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia.
GLP Members Alexander Prishchepov and Fabian Loew are guest editors for a special issue of Land and invite submissions until December 31, 2019.
A new course is being offered in Remote Sensing in Land Science Studies within a Master Program in Geography and Geoinformatics at the University of Copenhagen. The course aims to concentrate on advancing skills in the application of satellite remote sensing in interdisciplinary land change studies.
A workshop to share knowledge and methods and to promote collaboration on “Earth Observation for the Land Matrix Initiative” was held at the University of Bern, Switzerland October 8-10, 2019. The workshop was a new collaboration between research teams from the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), NASA Land Cover Land Use Change (LCLUC) program, CIRAD (TETIS), European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), and the GIZ, together with representatives of National and Global Observatories of the Land Matrix Initiative.
The GLP working group on co-production is pleased to invite you to the third webinar of the webinar series on co-production in the field of land-system science. The webinar is open to people already engaged in co-production, as well as to newcomers to the topic, who are not currently engaged in this exciting work. The webinar will focus on participatory modelling, scenario building and forecasting techniques in land system science.
The School of Agriculture and Environment at Massey University, New Zealand has a PhD scholarship for a suitable candidate interested in the application of a landscape ecological approach to the creation of future sustainable agricultural landscapes in New Zealand.
Dr. Robert Heilmayr is seeking Ph.D. students interested in the intersection of environmental economics and conservation planning to join the Conservation Economics Lab (CEL) in Fall 2019.
The University of Tasmania (UTAS) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic PhD candidate to conduct research on the benefits and limits of diversity and diversification in agricultural systems in Australia and internationally.
This symposium builds on a long tradition of research in land use and land cover, and on coupled natural and human systems, within Geography and other related disciplines. Papers addressing the symposium theme and the broad range of topics this includes are encouraged, as are ideas for panel sessions. Paper and panel sessions will be compiled from the individually submitted abstracts.
The Department of Geography, National Taiwan University (NTU) is seeking applications for a tenure-track or tenured position at all ranks beginning in August 2019. They invite applicants with a Ph.D. degree in geography/GIScience or related disciplines, whose research will strengthen the department’s GISceince program or the applications of human or physical geography.
The GLP working group on co-production held its second webinar, on adaptive landscape approaches using role-playing games for co-production in the field of land-system science, in October. View a recording of the full webinar, download copies of the presentations, and more.
Colleagues are invited to submit papers to a Special Issue of Land on “Restoring Degraded Lands to Attain the UN-SDGs” aims to address the sustainability challenges of land degradation and showcase innovative and promising practices and success stories from across the world for restoring degraded lands to attain global sustainability by 2030.
The Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level, commencing autumn semester 2019. We seek a scholar with research interests in urban sustainability.
The Department of Geography, Planning and Environment (GPE) at East Carolina University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Geography with expertise in geospatial data analysis and human geography at the rank of Assistant Professor.
The Asian School of the Environment (ASE) at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore is looking for two new hires in Environment and Society: (i) Assistant or Associate Professor and (ii) Professor for the study of Human-Environment Interactions as part of an initiative to expand the Society and Earth Systems specialization.
The Land Use and Global Environment (LUGE) Research group at the University of British Columbia is seeking a data scientist & lab manager to support their research on global sustainable agriculture and food security.
A grand, integrated theory of land system change remains elusive. Yet, this paper shows that middle-range theories – defined as contextual generalizations that describe chains of causal mechanisms explaining a well-bounded range of phenomena, as well as the conditions that trigger, enable, or prevent these causal chains –, provide a path towards generalized knowledge of land systems. This knowledge can support progress towards sustainable social-ecological systems.
The GLP working group on co-production is pleased to invite you to the second webinar of the webinar series on co-production in the field of land-system science. The webinar is open to people already engaged in co-production, as well as to newcomers to the topic, who are not currently engaged in this exciting work. The webinar will focus on adaptive landscape approaches using role-playing games and illustrate examples on the use of role-playing games.
The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan is seeking candidates whose work advances the frontiers of knowledge in natural-human system processes and relationships at diverse scales using theories, methods, and tools of spatial science. Topical areas of interest are broad. These could include human dimensions of global change as they relate to biodiversity loss, land-cover/land-use change, climate change, ecosystem services and valuation, material and energy flows, urbanization, and environmental degradation, among others.
Attendees will learn change detection methods, including image subtraction and classification. They will also conduct their own change detection analysis. This training will use QGIS, the R statistical program, and the Random Forest algorithm. Both sessions will feature a lecture, time to complete a hands-on exercise, and time for questions. There is no cost for the webinar, but you must register to attend the sessions.
ESA and UCLouvain are pleased to invite you to the 2nd CCI Global Land Cover User Workshop at ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) on the 24th of September 2018 in the context of the ESA Climate Change Initiative to share respective experiences on the CCI-LC data exploitation as well as upcoming developments.
Springer has a new journal publishing articles that feature the use of remote sensing data to study earth processes. Includes all aspects of Earth Sciences (atmospheric sciences, biogeosciences, climate / climate change, hydrology, cryosphere, oceans, etc.)
The Division of Conservation Biology, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology (CVL) at the University of Vienna seeks a postdoc to join their team, which studies different aspects of biological diversity and its conservation from local to global scales.
Boise State University announces two tenure-track faculty positions in human-environment systems science. Competitive candidates will demonstrate expertise and interest in quantitative and integrative approaches to social-biological-physical systems, with the goal of addressing sustainability challenges.
In this MOOC from ETH Zurich, participants learn theory, methods and tools to understand the landscapes we live in and to solve landscape-related environmental problems.
The journal Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that address this topic. Notices of intent are due by 30 September 2018, full papers by 1 February 2019.
An excellent overview of how the global land change research community is applying a governance lens to telecoupled phenomena, building on the recent "Governance in Telecoupled Land Systems" workshop held in Berne, Switzerland, earlier this year.
GLP Fellow Erle Ellis has published an opinion piece in The New York Times urging people to start talking about what kind of planet we want to live on.
New research published in Nature Sustainability by GLP Members Zia Mehrabi, Erle Ellis and Navin Ramankutty finds dealing with the biodiversity crisis by giving nature more space could result in losing a lot of food.
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications from early career scholars (≤ 4 years post PhD) for two-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin August 2019. Each Fellow works with a Collaborating Mentor of their choosing that extends the Fellow’s current network of collaborators; the mentor may be affiliated with any organization or institution.
To tackle the challenges of global environmental problems using cutting-edge methodologies in a highly interdisciplinary environment, we are looking for a Scientific Specialist in geo-computation to join our Macroecology & Society group at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig (iDiv).
To address fundamental questions regarding the patterns and drivers of global LULCC in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment, we offer an exciting two-year Postdoc position at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig (iDiv).
As is common in the developing world, people in East Africa still typically cook their meals with wood or charcoal – i.e. locally available biomass. Usually over a simple fire. But resulting deforestation, resource scarcity, and respiratory illnesses mean alternatives are urgently needed. CDE researchers and GLP members studied the implications of possible short-term improvements.
Developed nations can learn from China in reaching global sustainability goals, according to the first comprehensive study on the effectiveness of China’s world-leading environmental investment by GLP Member Brett Bryan.
A new podcast from the Aliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS) is about past and present advances in the fields of agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences. New episodes are released on the third Friday of every month.
The Natural Capital Singapore project aims at assessing Singapore’s ecosystem services for supporting sustainable urban planning decisions. The team involves ecologists, economists, social scientists, environmental modelers, and planners to make cities safer and more comfortable for their residents. The successful candidate will be hosted at the Singapore-ETH Centre in Singapore. Position starting as soon as possible until December 2020.
GLP Member Carlos Portillo-Quintero has published a national and sub-national level assessment of tropical dry forest loss patterns in Mexico and Central America at high spatial and temporal resolution using remote sensing and GIS technologies.
The Environmental Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure track position in the area of Agriculture, Food and the Environment. This position has an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. We are particularly interested in individuals whose research integrates bio-physical and socio-cultural aspects of agriculture operating at local to international scales.
New analysis, from Trase, identifies the deforestation risks associated with the supply chain of one of the world´s most traded agricultural commodities – Brazilian soy, linking the companies and consumer countries to the regions where the soy is grown.
The Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder announces an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in quantitative human-environment science. The postdoc will join an interdisciplinary research group focused on interactions between humans and their environments, including human adaptation to environmental and climate change. Ongoing projects are based in Africa, Latin America, and the American West.
The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) seeks a postdoctoral researcher to develop land-use datasets using cutting-edge methodologies in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment.
The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) seeks an associate professor candidate to lead a largely externally funded research programme in the analysis of Socio-Ecological Systems with a specialization that relates to either land use, biodiversity, ecosystem dynamics or green infrastructure with a focus on interdisciplinary approaches and solution-oriented research.
Colleagues from the Centre for Development and Environment and the Institute of Geography of the University of Bern will be convening two panels in the Swiss Researching Africa Days 2018, which will take place on 26–28 October 2018 in Bern, Switzerland. The panel topics are "Dynamics between globalized land and local well-being in Africa" and "Environmental justice and land management practices in Africa".
GLP Fellow Prof. Patrick Meyfroidt at the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium seeks highly qualified and motivated candidates for one Postdoctoral researcher position, for two years, on transformative governance of land systems in Mozambican frontiers.
GLP Member Pinki Mondal and colleagues Sonali McDermid and Marcia Macedo welcome submissions of abstracts to a session on "Global Vegetation and Land Surface Dynamics in a Changing Climate" at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting.
The first order draft (FOD) of the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land is open for expert review until 5 August 2018, with registration closing 29 July 2018.
GLP Fellows Erle C Ellis and Jinwei Dong, and colleagues Paolo Tarolli and Damian Evans, We welcome submissions of abstracts to a session on "Fingerprinting the Anthropocene: Observing and Understanding Social Change Across Earth's Landscapes" at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting.
Land-use intensification in agrarian landscapes is seen as a key strategy to simultaneously feed humanity and use ecosystems sustainably, but the conditions that support positive social-ecological outcomes remain poorly documented. A new article by several GLP Fellows and Members addresses this knowledge gap by synthesizing research that analyses how agricultural intensification affects both ecosystem services and human well-being in low- and middle-income countries.
The inaugural OzFlux – AsiaFlux Joint Conference in Darwin, NT, Australia is running from the 20 to 26 August, 2018. The conference will address issues of ‘Ecosystems, climate & land-use change across Asia & Australasia’ and is openn to all members of the research community.
The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan is seeking applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Spatial Science of Coupled Natural-Human Systems.
The GLP working group on co-production held its first webinar, a kick-off session for anyone interested in co-production in the field of land-system science, in June. View a recording of the full webinar, download copies of the presentations, and more.
GLP Fellow Morgan Grove is spearheading a project for the U.S. Forest Service that matches non-profits employing formerly incarcerated workers who deconstruct abandoned buildings in big metropolises such as Baltimore with private companies looking for a dependable supply of reclaimed lumber.
XPRIZE is asking for your design concepts that can help solve a global need in one of five Grand Challenge Areas. The designers of the best concepts will work with experts at XPRIZE to further refine their concepts and develop them into the robust, incentivized competitions that take a global stage at our premier annual event, Visioneering 2018. Participants will be eligible to win prizes up to $100k in value.
Former GLP Executive Officer Sébastien Boillat and GLP Member Chinwe Ifejika Speranza invite abstracts for their Swiss Geosciences Meeting session, "Sustainable social-ecological systems: from local to global challenges".
The Institute of Geography and the Institute of Geological Sciences of the University of Bern, as well as the Platform Geosciences of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) cordially invite you to participate in the 16th Swiss Geoscience Meeting to be held on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st, 2018 in Bern.
In the Group Science, Engineering & Technology, Faculty of Science, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Division of Geography and Tourism, there is a full-time academic vacancy in big data and human-environment systems, at the Arenberg campus in Leuven.
The Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellowship on African city food systems, beginning early September 2018. The postdoc will be based in South Africa for approximately 75% of the time and work as a guest researcher in the Netherlands for the remaining time.
GLP Fellow Eric Lambin is seeking two post-doctoral associates for a 2-year appointment at Stanford University to conduct cutting-edge research on public and private governance of land use in the developing world. Start date is January 15, 2019.
Applications are welcome for a summer school on Archetype Analysis at HU Berlin from 8-12 October 2018, led by GLP Working Group Coordinators Klaus Eisenack, Christoph Oberlack and Diana Seitz and additional GLP Members. The application deadline is June 29, 2018.
Announcing the first International Symposium focusing on the full complexity of changes associated with the transformation of tropical lowland rainforest into plantations systems such as rubber and oil palm with a focus on Southeast Asia. The event will take place in Bali, Indonesia, from 7-11 October 2018.
The Institute for Environmental Studies of the VU University Amsterdam inviting is looking for a tenure track assistant professor to further strengthen the teaching and research in the field of land use and food system dynamics.
GLP Members Graham McDonald and Yann le Polain de Waroux write in BioScience that improved access to data on land prices is vital for future advances in global change science and policy. Spatially explicit land price information should be a public good available to the international community. An open-access, global land price database would enable policymakers, scientists, and civic society to better grapple with the economic, social, and environmental challenges posed by global change.
Missed the Seedbeds of Transformation conference in South Africa in May? Read the updated conference blog, check out conference highlights, and see photos from the event. We also have links to media coverage of the event.
A research (Associate Specialist) position is available within the Water, Vegetation, and Society Lab (WAVES) at the Earth Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the area of coupled natural-human system modeling.
GLP Member Anna Hersperger and colleagues have published an article in Global Environmental Change with a research agenda formulated to establish a truly theory-based approach to describe and model the role of spatial planning in urban land-use change.
The GLP working group on co-production is pleased to invite you to our first webinar, a kick-off session for anyone interested in co-production in the field of land-system science. The webinar is open to people already engaged in co-production, as well as to newcomers to the topic, who are not currently engaged in this exciting work.
This summer school will bridge the gap between disciplinary PhD-programs and transdisciplinary (TD) research practice by introducing new TD approaches such as Real World Laboratories and TD methods such as .boundary objects or stakeholder dialogues. Special attention will be given to knowledge integration as this is one of the major cognitive challenges in TD research. Building a strong network and exchanging experiences between you, as young scientists, and leading international senior researchers will be the main focus in lectures, workshops and open spaces.
GEDI will make precise measurements of forest canopy height, canopy vertical structure, and surface elevation. It will radically improve our ability to characterize aboveground biomass, carbon and water cycling processes, biodiversity, and habitat. It is currently scheduled for launch on November 29, 2018.
Submission is now open for proposals to present symposia at the 10th IALE world congress that will be held in Milan (Italy) on 2019, July 1-5. The deadline for submitting symposium proposals is 2018, June 30.
For a Special Issue of Land, GLP Members Dr. Thilde Bech Bruun and Dr. Cornelia Hett as well as colleague Dr. Rob Cramb seek papers that provide new empirical evidence, review papers, and meta-analyses of case studies from the region. They are particularly interested in papers that look at the causes and effects of land-use changes from a multi- or interdisciplinary perspective, from a landscape level to a regional level.
A new study published in Global Environmental Change by Claudia Rodriguez Solorzano and GLP Member Forrest Fleischman explores the value of understanding historical political and institutional conditions in the design and development of effective protected areas. They found protected areas located in areas with greater economic and political equality may be more effective at conserving nature.
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications for the 6th Graduate Student Workshop on Socio-Environmental (S-E) Synthesis, to be held August 28-31, 2018, in Annapolis, Maryland, USA.
High-hopes are placed on the intensification of cattle ranching to reconcile agriculture and forest conservation in Latin America. A new study published in Sustainability by GLP Member Erasmus zu Ermgassen and colleagues looks at six on-the-ground efforts in the Brazilian Amazon to make this a reality.
The Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA), a global research project of Future Earth, is looking for survey respondants for the project Toward biodiversity-related opportunities for sustainable development - a global social-ecological mountain comparison. For this global assessment, analyses will be performed at the level of mountain ranges or sub-ranges. Accordingly, they are asking for a broad picture of the mountain area respondants know, its nature, and the wellbeing of its inhabitants.
There is currently an opportunity to engage with the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The organization seeks expert nominations for the assessment on values and the assessment of the sustainable use of wild species.
The 4th World Congress on Agroforestry will bring delegates and world-known keynote speakers from all over the world in a major event designed to address a wide range of key agroforestry research issues. The overall objective of the Congress is to contribute to the strengthening of agroforestry science and practice in order to provide opportunities for strengthening links between science, society and policy and to bridge the science-policy gap.
This event brings together biodiversity stakeholders from Europe and Central Asia in support of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. The meeting includes the presentation event of the IPBES report on Europe & Central Asia (ECA) on the first morning.
In a new paper GLP Member Dr. Qiangyi Yu and colleagues, combined the number of cropland patches with the total cropland area for a more comprehensive characterization of cropland change in China based on GlobeLand30.
GLP Member Dr. Qiangyi Yu has been working on the "harvested area gap", a relatively new concept that measures the potential harvested area if all croplands are cultivated as frequently as possible. Here he summarizes several of the resulting publications.
The coordinators of the Archetype Analysis Working Group cordially invite you to submit a paper to the upcoming Special Feature on “Archetype Analysis in Sustainability Research” in Ecology and Society from now onward until 31 May 2018.
The Department of Geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware is seeking a graduate research assistant (RA) interested in the smallholder agricultural systems in the developing countries to join our program as soon as fall semester (September) 2018, or as late as spring semester (February) 2019.
Department of Life and Environmental Sciences at Bournemouth University is looking for a post-doctoral candidate to apply for the Marie Sklodowska – Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF 2018) on the topic of land use/cover changes in a traditional agricultural landscape in Croatia during post-socialism. The candidate will help to develop the MSCA-IF application, together with an experienced supervisory team and a professional bid writer.
GLP Taipei Nodal Office together with GLP Japan Nodal Office, are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the GLP 2018 Asia Conference "Transitioning to Sustainable Development of Land Systems through Teleconnection and Telecouplings" to be held in Taipei, Taiwan on 03-05 September 2018.
From November 5-8, 2018, data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and from across the globe will convene in for International Data Week (IDW). The theme of this landmark event is ‘Digital Frontiers of Global Science’. As such, the International Data Week will bring together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers and data stewards to explore how best to exploit the data revolution to improve our knowledge and benefit society through data-driven research and innovation.
Martin Brandt, along with SSC Fellow Ole Mertz and GLP Member Stephanie Herrmann, published an article in Nature Geoscience this month on macroscale assessments of the impact of management and climate on woody cover for drylands. They concluded that agricultural expansion causes a considerable reduction of trees in woodlands, but observations in Sahel indicate that villagers safeguard trees on nearby farmlands which contradicts simplistic ideas of a high negative correlation between population density and woody cover.
This is an announcement about the start of the external review for the second order drafts of the chapters and the first draft of the Summary for Policymakers of the IPBES global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The period for this second external review of the global assessment is from 30 April until 29 June, 2018. IPBES is looking for expert reviewers for the global assessment.
Future Earth has named 12 leading sustainability innovators to its recently-formed Advisory Committee, which will guide the next phase of Future Earth’s research and engagement. The new members of this committee come from the worlds of research, business and politics; they include a former member of Mongolia’s parliament, as well as a technology CEO named one of Time magazine’s most influential people. This group of inspiring innovators join co-Chairs Johan Rockström and Leena Srivastava, who were appointed to the Committee late last year.
GLP Member Dr. Mahesh Kumar Gaur invites papers for a special issue of the Annals of Arid Zone Research on Land Degredation and Rangeland Management under Changing Climates.
Worsening land degradation caused by human activities is undermining the well-being of two fifths of humanity, driving species extinctions and intensifying climate change. It is also a major contributor to mass human migration and increased conflict, according to the world’s first comprehensive evidence-based assessment of land degradation and restoration.
Biodiversity – the essential variety of life forms on Earth – continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature’s capacity to contribute to people’s well-being. This alarming trend endangers economies, livelihoods, food security and the quality of life of people everywhere, according to four landmark science reports released in March, written by more than 550 leading experts, from over 100 countries, including several GLP Members.
The international summit-conference will address the scientific basis of Climate Change in the region, its various impacts and challenges, mitigation/adaptation strategies, policy challenges and governance. This Conference will be preceded by two days of “more focused” scientific workshops (16th and 17th). The Pre-Conference workshops will examine in detail issues related to Air pollution and Climate Change, and interconnections with Energy and Agriculture in the region in view of the ongoing of Climate Change. The overall goal of the Summit-Conference would be to launch a “Nicosia Declaration” regarding the scientific basis of Climate Change in the region, including the high-level propositions for mitigation/ adaptation strategies.
The way we use land is changing. The demand for farmland, food and energy seems insatiable, but land is a finite resource. “Sustainable Land Management”, the 7-year research programme, which ended in 2017, investigated the consequences of land use under global change and developed strategies for a sustainable use. Coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), the programme synthesized and integrated results from 12 individual place-based projects located all around the world.
The Department of Geography and Geosciences at the University of Louisville invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Human Geography with the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2018. We seek candidates with innovative or critical research and teaching interests in social, cultural and/or environmental aspects of Globalization.
New remote sensing missions, airborne and in-situ platforms, and the explosion in data fusion and cloud computing technologies are revolutionizing how we monitor and model forests around the world. These technologies are also helping us confront new management challenges within forested ecosystems, including human and natural stressors. ForestSAT 2018 brings its participants to the forefront of this revolution, continuing the legacy of previous ForestSAT conferences that first began in 2002.
The International Resource Panel is seeking volunteers to contribute a very short (750-1500 word) policy chapter on one of the SDGs addressing the (a) co-benefits and possible costs/tradeoffs of land Restoration for the SDG, and (b) strategies for using land restoration to achieve the SDG. The chapters should be written for policymakers, and supported by at least several references. Responses from scientist-practitioners with both specialized knowledge of individual SDGs and an understanding of sustainable land management/restoration/rehabilitation are particularly welcome.
How do land system scientists use case studies to create more generalized knowledge? As part of the GLOBE project, Dr. Alyson Young and Dr. Wayne Lutters have now published their findings from a three-and-a-half year ethnographically-informed field study of research synthesis efforts of the Global Land Programme.
SSC Member Darla Munroe uses GLOBE for one of the assignments in her course, Geography 5402 - Land-use Geography. She wrote a report on the assignment as well as the students’ assessment of the platform. She also offers some ideas for how GLOBE could evolve further to include higher-level frameworks.
It’s very timely that the Earth observation community reports on applied remote sensing or geospatial research that can assist countries setting the SDG targets, as well as tracking progress towards their implementation. Thus we propose a special edition on EO and the SDG in the Remote Sensing of Environment Journal, a team work boosted and led by a member of the GLP Scientific Steering Committee, Professor Graciela Metternicht (University of New South Wales, Australia).
As part of the 5-year “Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa” (LIRA 2030 Africa) programme, the International Council for Science (ICSU), in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) will support up to 11 collaborative research projects across Africa (to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years) that will that explore integrated approaches for sustainable urban development in Africa.
This is a call for papers for two sessions at SciDataCon (Scientific Data Conference), which will take place 5-8 November in Gaborone, Botswana, as part of the ICSU-RDA International Data Week. The deadline for submissions is April 30.
There are no accepted guidelines for detecting biases or logical gaps between 'generalized knowledge claims' (GKC’s) and the evidence used to produce them. In this important new article in Global Environmental Change, several GLP Members propose a typology of GKCs based on their evidence base and the process by which they are produced.
The authors, including GLP Member Diana Sietz, present a mixed-method approach to assessing archetypes or patterns of climate vulnerability that combines qualitative tools from participatory rural assessment approaches and quantitative techniques including cluster analysis. They illustrate this by looking at a case study of the Central Andes of Peru.
The GLP Working Group on «Archetype Analysis in Land Governance and Sustainability Research» convened its second workshop at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin from 28 February through 2 March 2018. The meeting made an important next step in consolidating the precise meaning and methodological portfolio of archetype analysis. Discussions were held on current methodological challenges and best practices in archetype analysis.
GLP SSC Member Unai Pascual published an analysis in Nature Sustainability of the opportunities and limitations of Payments for Environmental Services (PES) based on a new global dataset.