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Call for Applications Adaptation Finance Fellowship Programme 2018 /2019

Application Deadline: January 31st, 2018 (11:59 pm CET)
Frankfurt School  of  Finance  and  Management  and  the  Thailand  Development  Research  Institute (TDRI)  are  pleased  to  announce  that  the  Adaptation  Finance  Fellowship  Programme  (AFFP)  is  now open for applications.

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Sistema B/Academia B (B Lab partner in Latin America) and IDRC have been working together to address critical issues at the intersection of business and sustainable development, focusing on two key areas:climate change and inclusion. This, through two agships projects called:

  • “Climate Change Risks and Opportunities for B Corps in Latin America”
  • “Understanding the systemic impacts of b corps on social and economic opportunities for women and youth in Latin America”

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Del 16 de octubre hasta el 27 de octubre de 2017

Se otorgarán 25 becas a personas de El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras y Nicaragua

La Cátedra Latinoamérica de Decisiones Ambientales para el Cambio Global (CLADA) del CATIE (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza), con el apoyo de la interfaz de conocimiento SwedBio del Centro de Resiliencia de Estocolmo, otorgará 25 becas para el III Curso Internacional Teoría, Herramientas y Procesos para la Planificación e Implementación de la Mitigación y Adaptación al Cambio Climático: Liderazgo, Toma de Decisiones y Gobernanza para la Movilización del Conocimiento a la Acción, a realizarse del 16 al 27 de Octubre de 2017 en la Sede Central del CATIE-Costa Rica.

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Field Experiments and Public Engagement

Public participation and public consultation are generally viewed as desirable approaches to democratize decision-making. But who participates in public consultation events and what motivates individuals to attend? How do we know if the public consultation has been a success? This research program aims to measure the impact of public participation processes through the use of field experiments in the context of groundwater management. We aim to learn about what formats of public engagement can ensure high participation, develop trust, generate consensus, or provide actionable recommendations. In close collaboration with partners in Mexico, we aim to design public engagement events and measure their impact on public perceptions and policy outcomes.


The Water Planning Lab at the University of British Columbia is seeking a postdoctoral fellow that will play a lead role in a research program focused on the use of field experiments to understand public engagement, consultation and participation. The postdoctoral fellow will assist in the development of the research program, the execution of the public consultation events, and the data analysis, as appropriate.

The successful candidate will work with the research team at the University of British Columbia and partners in Mexico to (i) assist in the design of multiple field experiments on public engagement, including possible pilot interventions (ii) prepare materials for the public engagement events (iii) liaison with partners in Mexico (iv) serve as the primary facilitator in the public consultation events on groundwater management with citizens in Mexico, and (v) assist in the data collection and analysis as appropriate.

The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to develop his or her own research agenda related to the experimental data being generated. The postdoctoral fellow may also assist in the development of related projects that aim to examine the impact of community water monitoring in improving resource management, co-responsibility and stewardship. The postdoctoral fellow will also have time to advance their own and ongoing research agenda that may be unrelated to this project.

The postdoctoral researcher will join a dynamic and dedicated research community working with Dr. Jordi Honey-Rosés at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The position is based in Vancouver but the person will be expected to spend extended periods of time in Quintana Roo, Mexico.


The position is available from September 2017 to May 2019 (20 months), with possibility of renewal subject to funding availability. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and funding from the Faculty of Applied Sciences.


The ideal candidate will have proficiency at least two of the three following areas:

  • Experimental research designs in the social sciences (Gerber and Green 2012; Glennerster and Takavarasha 2013).
  • Methods and theory of public engagement, public participation, consensus-building or scenario-planning.
  • Spanish

In addition, the strong candidate will:

  • Have experience developing workshops and engaging with the public.
  • Have experience in quantitative methods and causal inference.
  • Have basic knowledge in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), especially creating and editing SHP files, interfacing with Google platforms, and producing maps for the public.
  • Have knowledge of water resource management, watershed management, and water governance.
  • Holds a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., economics, political science, urban planning)
  • Has demonstrated high productivity in producing peer-reviewed publications
  • Works well both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Has strong time management, organizational, and project management skills, and
  • Is able to communicate effectively with researchers in various disciplines and with nonacademic members of governments, communities, and the private sector.


Applicants should submit a statement of interest, a C.V., and two representative publications or papers as one PDF document to Dr. Jordi Honey-Rosés ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) with “Postdoctoral Application” as the subject line. In addition, please submit one referral letter to the same address. Applications will be considered starting July 15, 2017, until the position is filled.


Gerber, Alan S., and Donald P. Green. 2012. Field Experiments: Design, Analysis and Interpretation. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co.
Glennerster, Rachel, and Kudzai Takavarasha. 2013. Running Randomized Evaluations: A Practical Guide. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

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Third Annual
FLARE Network Meeting
September 29 - October 2, 2017
Stockholm University, Sweden

The FLARE (Forests and Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement) network, supported by DFID and coordinated from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, welcomes abstracts for oral presentations, lightning talks, panels, posters, and workshops for our 3rd annual meeting. Previous meetings (Paris 2015 and Edinburgh 2016) emerged as a unique space for presentations and discussions about forests and livelihoods. They created new relationships and collaborations, especially for younger researchers.

Keynote Presentation: Dr. Peter Holmgren, Director General, Center for International Forestry Research

The meeting is being organized in partnership with Stockholm University, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative (SIANI), Forest, Climate and Livelihoods Research Network (FOCALI), and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). It will continue to advance discussion and collaboration around the forest-livelihood relationship, with special attention to three core themes: 1. Forests, Livelihoods, and the SDGs; 2. Small and Medium Forest Enterprises and Livelihoods and 3. Policy Ethics for Forests and Livelihoods (see call for thematic reports for theme 1 and 3). We will also build on themes from prior FLARE meetings. Two special panels on the systematic assessment of land transaction outcomes (as part of the Agricultural Commodities theme) will be developed and contributions that consider socio-economic and environmental impacts or trade-offs between diverging goals are welcome. As with previous meetings, we will develop one to two special issues using accepted meeting papers. We welcome participant engagement in proposal development. The meeting will also feature workshops on “Writing research proposals,” “Sharing research for impact,” and on the Livelihoods and Wellbeing app (LivWell) being developed by FLARE. For complete descriptions of the themes, abstract guidelines, details about financial assistance for students and scholars from lower income countries, the call for thematic reports, and to submit your abstracts, please visit the meeting webpage: http://www.forestlivelihoods.org/flare-meeting-2017

Abstract submission deadline: June 20, 2017
Notification of acceptance/decline: July 7, 2017

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More Information: Commissioned Reports on Forests and Livelihoods: Call for Submissions

Scientific Committee

  • Christopher Barrett (Cornell University)
  • Tony Bebbington (Clark University)
  • Rosina Bierbaum (University of Michigan)
  • Guillermo Castilleja (Moore Foundation)
  • Robin Chazdon (University of Connecticut)
  • Stanley Dinsi (Network For Environment and Sustainable Development-Cameroon)
  • Michael Dove (Yale University)
  • Paul Ferraro (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Susanna Hecht (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • David Kaimowitz (Ford Foundation)
  • Alain Karsenty (CIRAD)
  • Eric Lambin (Stanford University)
  • Melissa Leach (University of Sussex)
  • Jan McAlpine (International Consultant)
  • Peter Messerli (University of Bern)
  • Arthur Mugisha (AIMM Green, Uganda)
  • Tuyeni Mwampamba (UNAM CIEco)
  • Harini Nagendra (Azim Premji University)
  • Robert Nasi (CIFOR)
  • Jesse Ribot (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • Britaldo Soares-Filho (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais)
  • Sven Wunder (CIFOR)
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Research Associate
Department of Community Sustainability
The Center for Global Change and Earth Observation
Michigan State University

The Department of Community Sustainability and the Center for Global Change and Earth Observation at Michigan State University is searching for a full-time Research Associate/post doc to be a part of a four-year NSF-funded grant that is developing new ways to reduce the social, economic and environmental costs of hydropower development. The position will start as soon as an appropriate candidate is found, preferably by summer 2017. Candidates will be based in East Lansing, Michigan, with significant fieldwork in the Brazilian Amazon.

Project Abstract: An estimated 3,700 major dams are currently either planned or under construction worldwide, and they will continue to play significant roles in energy production in the foreseeable future, especially in developing countries. This study’s goal is to develop innovative solutions for hydropower-- not just to produce energy for the national grid, but woven into the surrounding food, water, and institutional systems. The team includes hydroengineers, hydrogeologists, climatologists, biologists and social scientists working in tandem to offer transformative solutions for hydropower development while ensuring that social and environmental benefits outweigh costs. The research teams will assess land cover change to understand deforestation risk in and around dams, and identify agricultural areas that can benefit from sediment application. Coupled hydrological and climate models, linked to land cover changes in different landscape and socio-ecological settings, including international collaborations, will identify better hydropower solutions including ways to move sediments to farms and/or locations for in-stream turbines. Institutional and governance analysis will examine the multi-tiered dimensions that intrude upon the way civil society benefits from hydropower. The project will generate innovative solutions to produce renewable energy from hydropower, increase food production, and lessen negative environmental and social impacts that have reduced the acceptability of hydropower development, in the U.S., Europe and across the world.

The successful applicant will become part of an interdisciplinary team dedicated to investigating the multi-tiered and multi-sector governance structure of the food-energy-water system. The research associate will conduct an institutional analysis of the FEWs nexus to help achieve an integrated policy assessment of this nexus for the Amazon basin. Necessary skills include knowledge of the study of governance and institutions (e.g. Ostrom, North).  The work will require qualitative and quantitative skills since the work will cover communities in three river basins in the Brazilian Amazon. Statistical skills are required to be able to collaborate in interdisciplinary research across the social and natural sciences. Desirable experience includes knowledge of the literature on the food-energy-water nexus and the impact of hydropower dams, along with livelihood analysis.  Responsibilities will be divided between fieldwork, analysis, and writing. Candidate is expected to work independently but contribute to team-based science.
Qualifications: We are seeking candidates who:

  • Are committed to a research career in interdisciplinary science, active publication of research results, and communicating them to communities.
  • Have an outstanding academic record is expected, preferably with evidence of research publications.
  • Completed Ph.D. degree in a social science or interdisciplinary field that includes a social science component.
  • Expertise in institutional and governance analysis along the lines of the work of Elinor Ostrom and Douglas North.
  • Fieldwork experience, such as survey and interview data collection.
  • Acquainted with dataset management and statistical methods, mixed methods.
  • Fluency in Portuguese.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills; ability to think creatively about collaboration, and scientific inquiry; ability to work with rural communities in the Amazon region.  
  • Comfortable interaction with members of other disciplines and with integration of concepts from related fields; strong interpersonal and decision-making skills.
  • Flexibility to travel and work as needed.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted electronically through Michigan State University’s website, http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/listing/ under Job Posting No 432771. Applications should include:

  • (a) a cover letter that addresses the applicant’s interest in the position and how the applicant meets the qualifications specified above,
  • (b) a current CV, and
  • (c) a summary of your experience with diversity in your research endeavors, and any experience mentoring diverse student, and an explanation of how you will contribute to our goals of inclusive excellence, and
  • (d) 3 letters of recommendation. Queries may be directed to Professor Maria Claudia Lopez, Chair of the Search Committee.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.

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Dear friends and colleagues, the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP), is happy to announce that there are a limited number of grants of up to US$900 to cover participation in conferences or meetings relevant to the field of environmental and development economics.

To qualify for a grant, you need to:

  • be a citizen of any country in Latin America or the Caribbean, and
  • have an accepted paper in a conference

For inquires and applications, please send an email to LACEEP ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) before June 30, 2017, including full name, current affiliation, proof of acceptance to present at the conference and abstract of paper to be presented (submit document as a PDF file, with your name included as part of the file name, for example: LastName_FirstName_Acceptance.pdf).

LACEEP will contact applicants with selection process results, no more than a month after the reviewing deadline.

Contract Requirements:
Within two weeks following the conference, grantee is required to provide a short detail of expenses, along with a one-page report (including a picture while presenting) and a brief paragraph on how your academic and/or professional objectives benefited from this participation.

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ERC Advanced Grant para EVOCLIM. Oferta de 3 plazas de investigación senior y 4 junior

El profesor Jeroen van den Bergh de ICTA-UAB ha recibido una prestigiosa Advanced Grant del Consejo Europeo de Investigación (European Research Council –ERC) para desarrollar el proyecto "Análisis evolutivo-conductual de la política climática: racionalidad limitada, mercados e interacciones sociales" (EVOCLIM). La subvención supone cerca de 2 millones de euros en financiación y se ejecutará a partir de enero de 2018 por un período de 5 años. EVOCLIM ofrece tres puestos postdoctorales (dos de 5 años y uno de 3 años) y cuatro plazas doctorales (4 años).

Descripción del proyecto
El proyecto desarrollará un nuevo conjunto de modelos para evaluar el desempeño de los instrumentos de política –tales como el precio del carbono y los instrumentos de provisión de información- en términos de empleo, equidad y emisiones de CO2. Actualmente, las distintas políticas climáticas se estudian con aproximaciones que no se pueden comparar entre sí y que implican criterios e impactos únicos. EVOCLIM propone unificar características fundamentales de estos enfoques en un marco evolutivo-conductual, combinando principios de economía conductual, ambiental y evolutiva. La novedad clave del proyecto radica en la vinculación de las políticas climáticas con las poblaciones heterogéneas de consumidores y productores caracterizadas por la racionalidad limitada y las interacciones sociales. Esto ofrecerá tres ventajas: será posible evaluar la efectividad de instrumentos muy diferentes empleados en las políticas climáticas de una manera consistente y comparativa; se podrán examinar políticas mixtas considerando la interacción entre instrumentos desde una perspectiva del comportamiento y también sistémica, así como evaluar simultáneamente los impactos de las políticas mediadas por los mercados y las redes sociales.

EVOCLIM estará guiado por los siguientes objetivos: (i) probar la solidez de las ideas sobre la fijación de precios del carbono a partir de enfoques de referencia que asuman agentes representativos y racionales; ii) probar las opiniones controvertidas sobre los efectos conjuntos en el cambio climático y el empleo del traspaso de los impuestos del trabajo al carbono; iii) examinar diversos instrumentos de provisión de información desde diferentes supuestos sobre las preferencias sociales, las interacciones y las redes; iv) estudiar la reglamentación de la publicidad comercial como una opción de política climática en el contexto de la búsqueda de estatus y el elevado consumo de carbono; y (v) explorar los orígenes conductuales del rebote de la energía/carbono. La investigación tiene un enfoque más general y teórico-conceptual que un enfoque particular centrado en un país determinado. Dada la complejidad de los modelos desarrollados, implica análisis numéricos con valores de parámetros en rangos realistas, apoyados en parte por las encuestas basadas en cuestionarios a consumidores y empresas. Una encuesta examina instrumentos de provisión de información y canales de interacción social, mientras que la otra evalúa las bases de comportamiento del rebote.

Descripción científica amplia del proyecto
EVOCLIM es innovador desde el punto de vista que desarrolla el primer programa sistemático sobre el pensamiento evolutivo-conductual de la política climática. Esto genera puentes entre la economía ambiental, la economía conductual, la economía evolutiva y la modelización, las ciencias políticas, la sociología y la psicología ambiental. Apoyará una comparativa coherente de toda la gama de instrumentos reguladores (tanto de fijación de precios como de establecimiento de normas) y de suministro de información en la política climática. El proyecto también puede proporcionar lecciones metodológicas útiles para otras áreas de la política pública desde la perspectiva de los sistemas evolutivos. Además, puede ampliar el alcance de la economía evolutiva que hasta ahora ha prestado escasa atención a las políticas ambientales y climáticas. En particular, contribuye a una ola de modelos evolutivos y multiagente macro-orientados que sirven de alternativa tanto al equilibrio general como a los modelos macroeconómicos dominantes en las políticas públicas y los análisis económicos. El enfoque contribuirá además al campo de los estudios de transición energía/sostenibilidad.

Empleo y requisitos

La organización de EVOCLIM en términos de subproyectos (SPs) puede verse en el esquema siguiente. El proyecto financiará tres puestos postdoctorales (dos de 5 años en SP1 y SP5, y uno de 3 años en SP4) así como cuatro investigadores de doctorado (de 4 años, en SP2 y SP3). La cooperación y las sinergias entre los subproyectos estarán garantizadas por los dos subproyectos integrantes SP1 y SP5. El primero de ellos desarrollará el marco y los modelos básicos, y garantiza la coherencia y la sinergia de los SP a nivel metodológico. A continuación, el SP5 guiará los cuestionarios de la encuesta e integrará las aportaciones políticas producidas por las otras SP, sobre la base de los cuales desarrollará y analizará paquetes de políticas.

Estamos buscando candidatos adecuados con experiencia en economía conductual, economía evolutiva, economía ambiental, macroeconomía o alguna combinación de éstos. Para las plazas de postdoc y doctorado en SP1-4 serán muy valoradas las habilidades y la experiencia en modelización/cálculo evolutivo o en Teoría Evolutiva de Juegos. En los candidatos para las plazas de postdoc en el SP5 se requiere tener un buen conocimiento de la economía/política climática y experiencia con encuestas basadas en cuestionarios. Los candidatos postdoctorales deben tener al menos dos publicaciones en revistas internacionales de prestigio. Los salarios son competitivos y negociables de acuerdo con la experiencia y la excelencia de los candidatos.

Para expresar interés o solicitar información, contactar con el Prof. Jeroen van den Bergh a This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Feb. 13-May 15 2015   Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment ( CCSI )  free online course on Oil/Gas and Mining Governance and sust. development

More information here

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Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries: MOOCs from AMBS

The Alliance Manchester Business School launched a sequence of two Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) on Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries, taught by  the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research’s Professor Dale Whittington and Dr. Duncan Thomas.
Continuous enrollment (i.e., students can enroll at any time). For more information, visit: https://mioirblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/water-supply-and-sanitation-policy-in-developing-countries-moocs-from-ambs/

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Two Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) on Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries

On January 29th 2017 the Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester (UK) will launch a sequence of two Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries, taught by Professor Dale Whittington and Dr Duncan Thomas.

Are these MOOCs free to take?
Both MOOCs will be free of charge for all learners who enroll. There are no prerequisites; both MOOCs are open for enrolment by everyone.

Are these MOOCs professionally endorsed?
The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has endorsed these two MOOCs, and instructor Prof. Whittington was a member of the GWP Technical Committee.

What are these two MOOCs about?
The two MOOCs can be taken in a sequence, or separately, depending on learners’ interests.

Part 1, sub-titled ‘Understanding Complex Problems’ allows you to develop skills to examine critical current conditions and trends in water supply and sanitation services in low and middle-income countries around the world. Part 1 explores the underlying political, economic, and technical reasons why a billion people still lack access to improved water supplies, and about two billion do not have improved sanitation services. Part 1 covers water problems in megacities, peri-urban slums, and rural communities, as well as insights from the UK water sector’s history. Part 1 invites learners to write a real-world ‘policy memo’ assignment to develop and justify practical and measurable performance indicators for evaluating water supply and sanitation programs in Africa.

Part 2, sub-titled ‘Developing Effective Interventions’, assists you to develop skills to understand what can be done to solve global water supply and sanitation problems. Learners examine the main strategies that national governments and donors have tried to improve water and sanitation conditions, and lessons learned from these experiences. Part 2 addresses some deep-rooted reasons why communities may resist even well-meaning, well-designed water and sanitation reforms. Part 2 also explores water pricing and tariff design issues, and changes to water institutions like privatization and regulation. Part 2 invites learners to write an ‘information strategy’ assignment on water tariff reform in Egypt.

Both MOOCs also feature guest contributions from practitioners, scholars and innovators, including: Clive Agnew, Eduardo Araral, Leong Ching, Barbara Evans, Regina Finn, Arif Hasan, Marc Jeuland, Don Lauria, Diana Mitlin, Kamal Kar, Stephen Littlechild, and Wu Xun.

What can I expect to learn from these MOOCs?
You will develop skills to come to an in-depth understanding of the current water and sanitation situation in low and middle-income countries. You will also be exposed to a range of significant problems that water and sanitation professionals face, as well as the latest thinking and practices about how to overcome these challenges successfully.

How do MOOCs work? Are they interactive? Will I receive a certificate?
Both MOOCs feature video lectures, quizzes and topic-driven, interactive discussion forums. The forums allow learners to discuss ideas with other interested individuals, and to form networks with people from all around the world. you receive a Coursera Statement of Accomplishment for each MOOC that you complete.

How many learners typically take these MOOCs?
When the Part 1 MOOC first launched in 2014 around 17,000 learners from over 190 countries enrolled. This led to lively online discussions between a diverse group of people with a strong interest in water and sanitation policy, and with rich experiences of their own water supply and sanitation conditions from around the world.

Who are the MOOC instructors?
Dale Whittington is a Professor at the Alliance Manchester Business School in the UK, also at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the United States, and Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Dale has worked on water and sanitation policy and planning issues for over 40 years in many low and middle-income countries. He has worked with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, OECD, and United States Agency for International Development. He has served on the Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership and is the Chair of the Board of the Environment-for-Development,  a network of research centers in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, India, China, and Vietnam.

Dr Duncan Thomas has researched the UK and European water sectors for 15 years, focusing on overcoming barriers to technological, organizational, regulatory and policy innovations that could improve sustainability and climate change resilience issues. He has advised Ofwat, the UK Government, the European Commission, the International Water Association, and various water utilities. Duncan is a Lecturer at the Alliance Manchester Business School.

How do I enroll for these MOOCs?
Both MOOCs will run in an ‘on demand session’ format. Sessions for this course are automatically scheduled every 4 weeks on Monday with an enrollment period of 5 days. The first session begins on 01/29/2017. Future sessions will be scheduled automatically.

To enroll, simply visit either or both of the MOOC course pages on the Coursera system and enroll onto each course. New students will be asked to complete the Coursera sign-up process first.

For Part 1, Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries: Understanding Complex Problems, go to: https://coursera.org/learn/water

For Part 2, Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries: Developing Effective Interventions, go to: https://coursera.org/learn/water-part-2

You will then receive a welcome email from Coursera. Once your course starts Coursera will email you with further details.

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The IIC of the IDB group is looking for a Natural Resource/climate change economist.

Experience: At least 3 years of relevant experience in applied research or analytical assessment of development projects primarily in the areas of natural resources, climate change, and agribusiness. Candidates with relevant experience in the areas of transport, and MSMEs will also be considered. Strong experience in economic cost-benefit analysis or impact evaluation is a plus. Understanding of the operational work of the IIC or similar experience in a multilateral institution/private sector and experience in Latin America is a plus.

This is the link for the external candidates: https://iadbcareers.taleo.net/careersection/external/jobdetail.ftl?job=1600003742


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PhD position in Sustainability and leakage in beef & soy supply chains in South America

Dear friends,

we are currently recruiting a PhD candidate that will use participatory approaches to help further our understanding of the role that supply chain sustainability initiatives can play in reducing forest clearing for agricultural production in the tropics. The PhD will be based at Chalmers University of Technology, but is part of a bigger research project led by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), with partners at Bonn University and Université Catholique de Louvain, focusing on sustainability initiatives and risks for leakage in soy and beef supply chains in South America. The project will be both supported by and contribute to the development of a new web based platform, Transparency for Sustainable Economies (TRASE – see http://www.trase.earth/).

Please help us spread the information about the position to prospective applicants! Below is a brief description of the position – more information can be found at:


Best regards, Martin (for the project team)

PhD student position in Sustainability and leakage in beef & soy supply chains in South America

The research associated to this PhD position focuses on understanding the role that agricultural commodity supply chain sustainability initiatives, such as certification schemes, moratoria, voluntary corporate commitments and government regulations, play in reducing the clearance forests and other ecosystems in the tropics. Tropical deforestation--a major contributor to climate change and a prime driver of biodiversity loss globally--is increasingly caused by large-scale, commercial agricultural production of commodities such as beef, soybeans and palm oil, often destined for export markets and consumers globally. The aim of the PhD project is to contribute to the understanding of the effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving the sustainability of supply chains for beef and soybeans in South America, with a particular focus on the risk of leakage effects (i.e., that efforts to improve sustainability of production and trade in in specific places may result in increased environmental impacts and illegal activities elsewhere, whether through displacement of specific landowners and land-uses or through market effects).

The PhD student will use participatory approaches to engage with different supply chain actors to understand both the factors that can result in leakage effects, as well as opportunities for minimizing the risk of unintended negative consequences of interventions to improve land-use sustainability. The PhD student will be responsible for collecting and analyzing information on how producers and traders and other actors have shifted their activities in response to policy interventions and other factors. Data will be collected through a combination of a questionnaire surveys, semi-structured interviews and focal groups. This information will provide the basis for an analysis of the political economy of how, where, and why the behavior of supply chain actors is shaped by factors directly and indirectly related to the governance of both jurisdictions of production and supply chains themselves, as well as background social-ecological conditions.

This research will be both supported by, and contribute to, the development of a new web based platform and associated research program, Transparency for Sustainable Economies – Trase. Trase presents a radically new approach to support decision makers and other actors in the implementation and monitoring of existing initiatives and commitments to decrease deforestation and increase sustainability of global supply chains of agricultural commodities. The work of Trase is led by the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Global Canopy Programme and is supported by Chalmers University and a growing number of other research institutions, governments and private and civil society actors.

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Invitation to nominate 2017

Please nominate for the Volvo Environment Prize 2017. To be eligible for consideration, nominations must be submitted by January 10, 2017 at the latest. Nomination guidelines and nomination forms are available on the website.

Please fill out the on-line nomination form and attach additional files to the form. The nominations should describe and explain the nominee's main achievements

and their importance.


The Volvo Environment Prize Foundation invites universities, research institutes, scientists and engineers as well as other individuals and organizations to submit nominations for the Volvo Environment Prize.

The Prize consists of a diploma, a glass sculpture and the Laureate is awarded a prize of SEK 1.5 million.

You will find more information regarding the Volvo Environment Prize and previous Laureates on the website www.environment-prize.com


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The Department of Economics seeks applications to fill one tenure-track position at its campus in Aguascalientes starting August 2017.

The Department of Economics seeks applications to fill one tenure-track position at its campus in Aguascalientes starting August 2017. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in economics or agricultural and resource economics from an accredited institution by August 2017. Candidates are expected to provide evidence of potential to develop an outstanding record of scholarly research in Environmental Economics. Having the capacity to teach econometrics at the Masters level is a plus.

The Department, with its two campuses, is the leading Mexican research institution in applied economics. A Master of Science in Environmental Economics started in Fall 2014. The campus Region Centro (in Aguascalientes), where the position is based, offers excellent collaborative opportunities in research with colleagues in the other CIDE departments such as public administration and political science. Candidates are expected to provide quality teaching at the undergraduate and Master levels. Expected teaching load is two courses per year.

Knowledge of Spanish is not required, but we expect successful applicants to be able to teach in Spanish within two years following the appointment.

Candidates should include in their cover letter a brief statement of why they are interested in joining the faculty at CIDE. Candidates that do not include this statement will not be considered.

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Call for Applications

The Adaptation Finance Fellowship Programme 2017/2018

Research Track

Application Deadline: 31st October 2016

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) are proud to present the IDRC funded Adaptation Finance Fellowship Programme (AFFP) – Linking Research, Policy and Business.

About AFFP

The purpose of this Fellowship Program is to support and promote exceptional individuals from the scientific community, policy and private sector who are active in a climate adaptation finance related field and to bring those groups together to discuss and analyse current challenges and opportunities in adaptation and adaptation finance from policy, private sector and research angle. Therefore, the programme is divided into the three tracks research, policy and business.


For the research track, the AFFP invites PhD candidates, post-graduates and early career researchers from developing and emerging countries to apply for funding to carry out research related to climate change adaptation finance. The objective is to make sure that the young researchers are equipped with in-depth understanding of the mechanics of climate change adaptation and adaptation finance, particularly the knowledge and vision of how to support adaptation projects in their respective home countries. Moreover, this program aims to provide these fellows with opportunity to engage in a constructive dialogue with each other, which ultimately would result in a creation of network of well-versed researchers who are committed to adaptation finance. The fellows in the research track are required to discuss research idea and present research paper to fellows from other tracks to link it to policy or business angle. For the Research Track, the AFFP seeks to recruit six (6) fellows for the first cohort 2017/2018.

Activities under the Fellowship Program

  • Participation in kick-off workshop in Frankfurt
  • 6-month E-learning course on Adaptation Finance
  • Working on research papers
  • Participation in a Summer Academy in Frankfurt, guided by internationally recognized trainers in adaptation finance.
  • Webinar series including Presentation of Research Papers
  • Participation in a closing workshop in Bangkok

Remark: Participation in these activities is required.

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be a PhD candidate or a mid-career researcher working in climate change adaptation and / or finance at universities, public/private research institutes or action research NGOs.
  • Showing strong motivation and commitment to take responsibility and to stay with the programme.
  • Be proficient in English (both written and oral).

Eligible expenses

Each research fellow will receive a maximum research grant of USD 16,000 which will be paid in three installments according to the progress of research work. Research grants cover the following research expenses: costs associated with field research or desk-based research, survey cost, compensation for research assistants, equipment costs, the dissemination of research findings, and other research expenses. Research funds may not be used to fund applicants' salaries, tuition fees or other training costs.

How to apply?

Please submit your application on the AFFP webpage www.adaptation-fellowships.org via the online application form. Your application should include:

1. Research Proposal, including:

  • A description of your research questions, conceptual framework, and methodology, illustrating how your project is related to climate change adaptation finance.
  • A timeline of your research or dissemination activities, clearly specifying the period for which you are seeking funding (including a detailed budget).

2. Your CV

3. Academic transcripts containing all grades obtained during your current degree program to date

4. Letter of Reference

Each applicant should have their academic supervisor submit a reference letter. This can be uploaded directly in the respective application form. The letter should include:

  • Key benefits from the proposed research and how this research could contribute to climate change adaptation finance.
  • Outlining feasibility of the research proposal.
  • Confirmation of the status of the student's research proposal.

Key data:

  • Deadline for application submissions is 31st October 2016
  • The fellowship awards will be announced by end of 2016
  • Duration of the programme: March 2017 – August 2018


Please visit our website www.adaptation-fellowships.org or contact us directly for further details. For questions related to the research track, please send an e-mail to the Program Manager at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject line "Adaptation Finance Fellowship Program – Application for Research Funding."

Policy/Business Track

Mr. Jonas Hernán Fleer Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel.: +49 (0) 69 154008-801

Research Track

Ms. Kornnadda Kittivorapoom Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel.: +662 7185460-306


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Yale 2017 ISTF Conference

January 27-28, 2017
Partnerships and Collaborations in Tropical Forests


Shape the conversation

The January 2017 Conference of the International Society of Tropical Foresters at Yale University, “Tropical Forests in a Connected World: Collaborative Solutions for a Sustainable Future” will focus on the need for multidisciplinary teams working towards collaborative solutions that ensure the health of tropical forests and the well-being of those living in or depending on them.
This conference will provide an opportunity for participants to cross-pollinate ideas, exchange experiences, and pave the way for collaboration across sectors. Tangible products from the event will inform the emerging discussion on the changing approach to sustainable development in the tropics.

If you are interested in participating in this timely discussion, please see our Call for Building Block Talks and Posters (due November 1st), Call for ISTF Innovation Prize Applications (due November 7th) and Conference Registration. Do share these opportunities with your networks.