Newsletter January 2002

PLEASE NOTE: This is Ronnie Lipschutz’s last issue as newsletter editor.

The new editor is David Downie. Please send all announcements, information,queries, reviews, help wanted, etc. to dd113@columbia.edu

CONTENTS

ISA & SECTION NEWS

BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ON THE WEB

JOBS, FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS

REQUESTS& MISCELLANY

ISA & SECTION NEWS

ELECTION RESULTS!

Executive Committee: Jennifer Clapp; Rodger Payne; Kate O’Neil (joint position)

Nominations Committee: Adil Najam; Kate O’Neil (joint position)Sprout Committee: Barbara Connelly, Dimitris Stevis

COMPETITION FOR BEST GRADUATE-STUDENT PAPER: A subcommittee of the ESS Executive Committee will be selecting the best graduate-student paper presented at the just-completed 2002 annual meeting. Any paper written by a graduate student (or students) and presented in a panel sponsored or co-sponsored by the ES section is eligible. Poster presentations are also eligible. Self-nominations are encouraged, and e-mail submissions are strongly preferred to aid distribution among committee members. Please send the paper to Ken Conca [kconca@gvpt.umd.edu, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, 3140 Tydings Hall, College Park MD 20742 USA]. With the author’s approval, the winning paper will be considered for publication in a future edition of Global Environmental Politics.

MINUTES OF THE ESS SECTION MEETING, March 26, 2002, ISA Convention, New  Orleans, LA

1. INTRODUCTIONS

Section Chair Donald Munton called the meeting to order at 12:30 PM. He acknowledged the retiring and continuing section committee members(applause), thanked Paul Wapner for organizing the ES Workshop at Tulane University on Saturday, March 23 (applause), and thanked Ronnie Lipschutz for his work on the section newsletter (applause). Don also introduced past section chairs in attendance (Barbara Jancar-Webster, Philippe LePrestre, Dimitris Stevis).

2. AWARDS

Samuel Barkin discussed the Sprout Award and thanked the Committee members for their assiduous efforts. There were 47 books submitted this year. The runner-up was Steven Bernstein for The Compromise of Environmental Liberalism (Columbia, 2001). The winner was Paul Steinberg for Environmental Leadership in Developing Countries: Transnational Relations and Biodiversity Policy in Costa Rica and Bolivia (MIT Press, 2001). The award and check are to be presented at the Section reception.

Ken Conca discussed the Graduate Student Paper award. Don Munton mentioned that the rules for this award need “refurbishing.” Ken said that he needed to receive papers in the next couple of weeks, after the end of the Convention, for submission and review. All panel chairs and discussants should nominate worth papers and self-nominations are acceptable. Poster section papers are also eligible. Papers should be send to Conca by e-mail (kconca@gvpt.umd.edu). The winner will be honored at the next ISA convention, and the winning paper will be sent to Global Environmental Politics, although acceptance is not guaranteed.

3. CHARTER REVISIONS AND NEW POSITIONS

Don Munton raised questions about the Section Charter, the need for changes and revisions in it, and proposed several new Section positions. Some election procedures are inconsistent with the charter, which says specifically that one member of the Executive Committee should also be on the Nominating Committee. Therefore, the Section is holding a separate election for the joint position. Other provisions in need of change will be addressed over the course of the coming year.

Michelle Betsill of the Nominating Committee then explained the balloting procedure. Members will vote for the joint position first, choosing one  from Samuel Barkin, Jennifer Clapp, Doris Fuchs, Kate O’Neill, and Rodger Payne. The ballot was passed out and the members voted. Kate O’Neill was elected to the joint position.

 Philippe LePrestre noted that the Charter requires the newsletter editor to be appointed by the Executive Committee. 

While ballots for the joint position were being counted, Don Munton proposed that the Section establish a position of Vice Chairman (Program) who would be responsible for organizing panels for the annual meetings. This position will require a charter amendment, to be voted on during the coming year. In the interim, he asked for a volunteer from the Executive Committee to share this responsibility for next year. Don again raised the need for some “cleaning up” of the charter, and proposed that the Executive Committee appoint a “Charter Committee.” Volunteers for the committee are welcome. The changes in the charter must be proposed and voted on prior to next year’s meeting so that they will be in effect then. 

4. ELECTIONS

Elections for open positions were held. On the ballot were the following nominees: 

Executive Committee (2 to be selected): Jennifer Clapp, David Downie, Doris Fuchs, Rodger Payne. Clapp and Payne were elected. They will serve with Kate O’Neill (joint position) and continuing members Ken Conca, Marian Miller, and Marc Williams. 

Nominations Committee (1 to be selected): Samuel Barkin, Adil Najam. Najam was elected and will serve with Kate O’Neill (joint position), Paul Harris, and Barbara Jancar-Webster. 

Sprout Committee (2 to be selected): William G.C. Burns, Barbara Connolly, Elizabeth DeSombre, Helen Purkitt, Dimitris Stevis. Connolly and Stevis were elected, and will serve with Gabriela Kutting, Ron Mitchel, and M.J. Peterson.

5. OTHER BUSINESS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Don Munton circulated a list of participants at the Saturday workshop and noted that a number of people in attendence were not on the list of Section members, and that there were also several incorrect e-mail addresses. Anyone who has changed location, addresses, or e-mail and is not receiving ESS information should check on the status of their data with ISA headquarters.

Don Munton noted that the Section needed to find a new newsletter editor, as Ronnie Lipschutz was giving up the position. Lipschutz described the responsibilities of the position, how the newsletter is cobbled together, and how often it ought to be sent out. A number of people expressed support for maintenance of the current format, as opposed to a list server or more frequent mailing of announcements. David Downie volunteered to take over the job and will be the new editor beginning with the first newsletter after the next one.

Don discussed the reception and expressed thanks to the two corporate

sponsors, MIT Press and Ashgate Publishers. He also raised the question about whether there should be another workshop next year, or the year after. No action was taken on this question. Finally, he addressed next year’s convention in Portland, Oregon. The deadline for paper and panel proposals is in early June, and all proposals should be sent to him at munton@unbc.edu. He noted that the ISA Program Chairs had cut the number of ESS panels back from some 30+ last year (including co-sponsored panels) to about 27 this year (including co-sponsored panels). Almost every panel and paper proposal submitted was incorporated somewhere. There is also pressure to ensure that there are 4-5 papers on a panel, a number that some Section members felt was excessive.

Panels proposed for next year and contacts:

  • “Non-regimes and regime failure” (Rado Dimitrov; rado@polisci.umn.edu)
  • “The Future of GEP Scholarship” (Peter Dauvergne; peterd@econ.usyd.edu.au)
  • “The Resource Curse” (Erika Weinthal; erikaw@ccsg.tau.ac.il)
  • “NGOs and Environmental Negotiations” (Michelle Betsill; m.betsill@colostate.edu)
  • “Environmental Ramifications of the War on Terrorism” (Beth Chalecki; bchalecki@pacinst.org)
  • “Central Asia” (Barbara Jancar-Webster; bjancar@brockport.edu)
  • “Methodologies” (Kate O’Neill; koneill@nature.berkeley.edu)
  • “Interdisciplinary Teaching and Methods” (David Downie; dd113@columbia.edu)
  • “Environmental Policy from Under the Mango Tree” (Hans Bruyninckx; Hans.Bruyninckx@hiva.kuleuven.ac.be)
  • “Water” (Ken Conca; kconca@gvpt.umd.edu)
  • “Environment and the UN” (Shin-wha Lee; swlee@korea.ac.kr)
  • “Environmental Science and International Relations”(Beth Chalecki; bchalecki@pacinst.org)
  • The question was raised as to whether the Section might also propose apanel to honor a senior scholar.

    Mark Levy announced that the next International Meeting on the Human Dimensions of Global Change will take place in Montreal, September 19-21, 2003. 

    Geoff Dabelko announced the annual Wilson Center fellowships, which have an October 1st deadline. 

    The University of Maryland has a one year position in East Asia, Science, Technology, and Environment available. This will become a tenure track position the following year.

     Stacy VanDeveer asked for submissions to Global Environmental Politics 

     David Downie announced that the Columbia University Earth Institute, which administers and operates Biosphere 2, liasons with undergraduate programs in Earth Science and Policy. 

    The meeting adjourned at 1:27 PM.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    CLIMATE CONFERENCE: EU and German climate policy-challenges before the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol, May 6-8, 2002. Venue: Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA), Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20347 Hamburg, Germany. For information see: www.hwwa.de

    ENVIRONMENT, CULTURE & COMMUNITY CONFERENCE, 2-5 July 2002. The University of Queensland, Brisbane. How do we deal with the environmental challenges of the 21st Century? Exploring the role of social and cultural processes in relation to environmental awareness is critical to the development of ecologically-situated relationships among people and between people and the earth. This conference will bring together those whose scholarly and artistic work addresses ways in which people create, challenge and sustain relationships with the natural environment. See: http://emsah.uq.edu.au/conferences/ecc/ Please register your presentation or your interest in attending by 15 April 2002. For further information, please contact: Ruth Blair, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland, Queensland 4072 Telephone: + 61 7 33652590; Email: r.blair@mailbox.uq.edu.au

    NEW TEXT ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS! Forthcoming in May 2002 (in time for fall adoption): THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT AND WORLD POLITICS, by Elizabeth R. DeSombre (Continuum Press). This book is aimed at upper level undergraduates or intro graduate students. The first half of the book addresses theoretical issues: international environmental cooperation; environment and security; science, risk and uncertainty; and non-state actors. The second half explores these concepts further through case studies: climate change and ozone depletion; whaling; Amazonian biodiversity; and acid rain in Europe and North America. For info, contact Beth at edesombr@wellesley.edu.

    REQUEST FOR SUBMISSIONS: Rowman & Littlefield recently acquired Acada Books, a small press devoted to publishing Environmental Studies textbooks. Submissions are invited. For information, contact: Brian Romer, Field Publisher, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2825 SE 67th Ave., Portland, OR 97206; 503-788-1539; bromer@rowman.com

    ENVIRONMENTALISTS TO THE QUEEN: On 1 February 2002, the Energy and Environment Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) became the Sustainable Development Programme. This name change is designed to reflect the increasingly wide range of work undertaken there, now organised under four headings: energy; climate change; environment; corporate responsibility. For full details, see http://www.riia.org/Research/eep/eep.html The first paper from the re-named Programme is “Climate Change in Focus: The IPCC Third Assessment Report,” by Joanna Depledge. See: http://www.riia.org/Research/eep/climateinfocus.pdf

    THE CANADIAN CONSORTIUM ON HUMAN SECURITY/ LE CONSORTIUM CANADIEN SUR LA SÉCURITÉ HUMAINE is now publishing The Human Security Bulletin, available at: www.humansecurity.info. The CCHS was formed in January 2002 to encourage policy-relevant research and teaching on human security and to connect the academic community more deeply with civil society and governmental actors. The founding partners are four Canadian universities–the University of British Columbia, the University of Quebec at Montreal, Royal Roads University, and the University of Victoria. The secretariat is based at the Institute of International Relations in the Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues at the University of British Columbia. Funding for an initial two-year period has been provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa. For further information, please refer to the website at www.humansecurity.info as well as the Canadian DFAIT website at: //www.defait-maeci.gc.ca/foreignp/humansecurity/menu-e.asp.

    ON THE WEB

    U.S. CLIMATE CHANGE “PLAN”: A Pew Center Analysis of President Bush’s February 14th Climate Change Plan can be found at: http://www.pewclimate.org/policy/response_bushpolicyo.cfm 

    DISEASE & U.S. FOREIGN POLICY: The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Project (ECSP) has published a new policy brief entitled “Contagion and Stability: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy,” which is available on-line at http://ecsp.si.edu/simulation.htm.

    “U.S. Foreign Policy and Global Health: Addressing Issues of Humanitarian Aid and Political Instability.” Speakers: Dr. Jordan Kassalow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Andrew Fisher of the Population Council, and Dr. Alfred Bartlett with USAID. The complete summary for “U.S. Foreign Policy and Global Health” is available on-line at http://ecsp.si.edu/globalhealth.htm

    BORDERS, ANYONE? The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Project (ECSP) has published the results of a May 2001 workshop on “The Future of the U.S.-Mexico Border: Population, Development and Water,” held in Tijuana, Mexico. The results are available on-line at  http://ecsp.si.edu/tijuana.htm

    LAWYERS, ANYONE? The American Bar Association’s Climate Change and Sustainable Development newsletter is available on the web at: www.abanet.org/environ/committees/climatechange/newsletter/

    INDONESIA: The International Crisis Group has a new report entitled “Indonesia: Natural Resources and Law Enforcement” that may be of interest to those following the environment, population, and conflict thesis. The report can be found at: http://www.intl-crisis-group.org/projects/showreport.cfm?reportid=517

    DOMESTIC CLIMATE POLITICS AND THE WTO, by ZHONGXIANG ZHANG, East-West Center, Honolulu, USA and LUCAS ASSUNCAO, UNCTAD, Geneva, can be found at http://papers.ssrn.com/paper.taf?abstract_id=288273

    OUR CHANGING PLANET: “Our Changing Planet: The FY 2002 US Global Change Research Program”, can be found at: www.gcrio.org. A printed copy of this publication can be obtained without charge by mail from: GCRIO User Services, PO Box 1000, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, New York 10964 (USA); by e-mail: gcriodox@gcrio.org; or by using the on-line document request form.

    SUSTAINABLE ENERGY: The Second Meeting of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE-2) was held from 28-30 November 2001 at the Headquarters of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. The meeting addressed the topic of Energy Technologies: Cooperation for Rural Development, IISD’s SUMMARY REPORT is available online at http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/sd/gfse2/

    CICERO PAPERS:
    Working Paper 2001:12; Hovi, Jon, “Decentralized Enforcement, sequential bargaining, and the Clean Development Mechanism,” at http://www.cicero.uio.no/publications/detail.asp?1617

    Working Paper 2001:11; Kolshus, Hans H., “Carbon seques-tration in sinks: An overview of potential and costs,” http://www.cicero.uio.no/publications/detail.asp?1616

    A recent CICERO report presents and analyzes the newest developments in the climate negotiations, particularly the seventh Conference of the Parties to the Climate Convention in Marrakech, Morocco, in October/November 2001, and provides an evaluation of what the finalized Kyoto Protocol means for business. See: Torvanger, Asbjørn, 2001. “An evaluation of business implications of the Kyoto Protocol.” Report 2001:05. See: www.cicero.uio.no/publications/detail.asp?1690

    MORE GLOBAL CHANGE: The US Global Change Research Program has a web site at: http://www.usgcrp.gov/usgcrp/new.htm 

    IT’S A WILD LIFE: The full text of Issue 4:2 of the Journal of the International Wildlife Law & Policy has been made available by the publisher, Kluwer Law International, at:  http://www.kluweronline.com/issn/1388-0292.

    MORE ON THE WILD SIDE: A compendium of environmental law and policy journals and links to guidelines for prospective authors has been recently updated on the American Society of International Law’s – Wildlife Interest. Group site: http://eelink.net/~asilwildlife/JournalSubList.shtml
    Suggestions for additions or corrections to the list of 82 journals should be submitted to Wil Burns at: jiwlp@pacbell.net.

    GLOBAL COMMONS: The German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) has just submitted a Special Report entitled “Charging the use of the Global Commons” to the German Government. The WBGU recommends charging the use of global commons, particularly international airspace and the high seas. Revenues should be allocated for protecting these resources and supporting international sustainability policies. The English version of the Executive summary can now be downloaded at http://www.wbgu.de/wbgu_pp2002_engl.pdf

    The full report will soon be available (see www.wbgu.de). The German version of the report as well as the executive summary can be downloaded at  http://www.wbgu.de/wbgu_sn2002.pdf
    OR http://www.wbgu.de/wbgu_pp2002.pdf

    UNEP’s CLIMATE CHANGE PORTAL: The latest reports on greenhouse gas emissions show that despite a small reduction in emissions from the countries that are party to the Kyoto Protocol since 1990, emissions are on the rise again and will continue to increase for the foreseeable future, placing us well above the Kyoto targets by 2010. The reduction from 1990-1995 is mostly due to economic collapse in several of the eastern European countries. Since 1995 the emissions have increased again. This information has been collected by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in its new Climate Change Portal http://climatechange.unep.net

    GERMANY AND CLIMATE CHANGE: The “German Foreign Policy in Dialogue – A Quarterly E-Newsletter on German Foreign Policy” just released its newsletter “Climate Change After Marrakech: The Role of Europe in the Global Arena” (Detlef Sprinz, guest editor). The newsletter can be downloaded at: www.deutsche-aussenpolitik.de/publications/newsletter/issue6.pdf

    HDGEC: Papers and presentations from the October 2001 Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Community are now online at: http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/openmeeting/.

    ALL ABOARD THE TRAIN! Royal Institute of International Affairs Energy and Environment Programme (Do you know its new name?) At a discussion meeting held on 29 November 2001at Chatham House, London, three climate change experts reviewed the COP-7 negotiations and the details of the Marrakesh Accords. The report of this meeting is available at: www.riia.org/Research/eep/climate.html#meeting

    WATER: For those of you interested in international water law or policy issues, the International Water Law Project site, http://www.internationalwaterlaw.org/, of which the Institute is a development partner, has posted the full text of 1(3) of the International Journal of Global Environmental Issues.

    BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS

    Matthew R. Auer and Eve Nilenders, “Verifying Environmental Cleanup: Lessons from the Baltic Sea Joint Comprehensive Environmental Action Programme,” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Vol. 19, No. 6, 2001:881-901.

    Matthew R. Auer, “Energy and Environmental Politics in Post-Corporatist Mexico,” Policy Studies Journal, Vol. 29, No. 3, 2001: 437-455. 

    Ans Kolk & Anniek Mauser (2002) ‘The evolution of environmental management:from stage models to performance evaluation’, Business Strategy and the Environment, 11(1), 14-31 

    Ans Kolk & Rob van Tulder (2002)’Child labor and multinational conduct: a comparison of international business and stakeholder codes’, Journal of Business Ethics, 2002, 36(3), 291-301 

    Christoph Bail, Robert Falkner and Helen Marquard, eds.: The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: Reconciling Trade in Biotechnology with Environment and Development? (London: Earthscan/RIIA, 2002).

     E. Ostrom, T. Dietz, N. Dolsak, P.C. Stern, S. Stonich, and E.U. Weber, eds, THE DRAMA OF THE COMMONS (Washington: National Academy Press, February 2002).

    Penelope Canan & Nancy Reichman, OZONE CONNECTIONS–EXPERT NETWORKS IN GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE (Greenleaf Publishing, 2002). 

    Climate Change: Science, Strategies, and Solutions, edited Eileen Claussen, Vicki Arroyo Cochran, and Debra P. Davis, eds., CLIMATE CHANGE: SCIENCE, STRATEGIES, AND SOLUTIONS (Brill Academic Publishers, 2001) 

    Matthias Finger & Jeremy Allouche (2002), WATER PRIVATIZATION: TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND THE RE-REGULATION OF THE GLOBAL WATER INDUSTRY (New York: Spon Press/Francis and Taylor, 2002).

    The hardcover edition of A COMPANION TO ENVIRONMENTAL PHILOSOPHY, edited by Dale Jamieson, is now at the special price of $39.59(a 70% discount off the full price of $131.95) please call 1-800-216-2522 and use code JAMI02. For more information about this book, visit www.blackwellpub.com.

    Joseph Sarkis, GREENER MANUFACTURING AND OPERATIONS: FROM DESIGN TO DELIVERY AND BACK (Greenleaf, 2001). 

    Mitchell Tomashow, BRINGING THE BIOSPHERE HOME-LEARNING TO PERCEIVE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE (MIT Press, 2001) 

    Edward L. Miles, Arild Underdal, Steinar Andresen, Jørgen Wettestad, Jon Birger Skjærseth, and Elaine M. Carlin, ENVIRONMENTAL REGIME EFFECTIVENESS-CONFRONTING THEORY WITH EVIDENCE (MIT Press, 2001)

    The second book in Ashgate Publishing’s Global Environmental Governance series was at the ISA conference in New Orleans: Linking Trade, Environment, and Social Cohesion: NAFTA Experiences, Global Challenges, edited by John J. Kirton and Virginia W. Maclaren. Available at www.ashgate.com.

    JOBS, FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS

    PROPOSALS FOR EPA/NSF “decision-making and valuation for environmental policy (DMVEP)” are due on May 15. Funding areas include: * ecosystem valuations (including non-monetizable information) and how to use them in environmental policy decisions; * linking individual environmental values with group or community valuation, and community environmental decision-making in general; * how individuals, communities, governments, and other organizations use environmental information in making environmental decisions. See:  http://nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/epa/start/dmvep.htm.

    FOREST RESOURCES POLICY AND ECONOMICS, AUBURN UNIVERSITY: The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University is seeking applications for a faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in forest resources policy and economics. This is a 12-month, tenure-track position with research, teaching, and outreach responsibilities. Applicants must hold a PhD and have demonstrated research interests in the areas of forest resources policy, forest economics, or forest management. A strong interest in collaborative interdisciplinary research is required. Training in political science, economics, sociology, law or related discipline is desired. Preference will be given to individuals with demonstrated ability to obtain extramural funding and publish in leading peer-reviewed journals. Review of applications will begin April 15, 2002, and will continue until a qualified applicant is identified and recommended for appointment. For information, contact Dr. Lawrence Teeter by phone (334) 844-1045 or e-mail (teeter@auburn.edu). To apply, submit a letter of application, resumé, transcripts, and have three letters of reference sent to Lenore Martin, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, 108 M. White Smith Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849-5418.

    CIVIL SOCIETY, Assistant Project Director: The Center for Civil Society Studies at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies seeks an experienced senior researcher knowledgeable about the nonprofit sector and civil society internationally to assist in managing the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project, an effort to assemble, analyze, and disseminate basic empirical data on the size, scope, financing, and role of nonprofit organizations throughout the world. Ph.D. in sociology, economics, political science, or related field, or M.A. in one of these fields plus significant data and project management experience; minimum of five years of research experience; record of high-quality analytical writing; ability to work with macro-level data and knowledge of economic data systems, e.g. employment statistics, economic censuses; excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills; experience in fundraising and managing multi-site projects; ability to balance multiple priorities and to lead a team of colleagues; ability to travel internationally. Please send letter detailing qualifications and CV to the attention of “CNP Assistant Director” at email: cnp@jhu.edu or fax: 410-516-7818.

    SCHOOL FOR FIELD STUDIES invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of its Center for Marine Resource Studies (CMRS) in the Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies. The Director will be expected to make a multiple-year commitment and will be based at the CMRS effective approximately July 15, 2002 in order to provide for overlap and training with the outgoing director who will leave at the end of our second summer session in mid-August. The Search Committee has begun consideration of nominations, applications, and expressions of interest and will continue this process until a suitable candidate is identified. Please direct submissions or inquiries in confidence the address below citing Job Reference 1326. For more information on SFS and the Center for Marine Resource Studies see the Work for SFS section of our web site: http://ww.fieldstudies.org.

    SCIENTIST I/II, Societal Impacts Of Weather, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR): The Environmental and Societal Impacts Group (ESIG) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) seeks an individual to work as an early- or mid-career Scientist with primary interests in research on societal impacts of weather and management of weather-related risks, with a focus on extreme events.  ESIG seeks candidates with experience and interest to bridge the social and atmospheric sciences through fundamental research and applications of new knowledge to problems of national importance. Candidates should be familiar with the U.S. Weather Research Program http://uswrp.org/ Position requires a Ph.D. degree in a social science or interdisciplinary area related to societal impacts of weather (e.g., geography, social systems modeling, political science, decision science, risk assessment, organizational behavior). View detailed job description at www.ucar.edu. Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to February 25, 2002. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Apply online or via email to: ucar.ncar@rpc.webhire.com, or send a scannable resume to 3450 Mitchell Lane, Boulder, CO 80307. (Reference job #2076).

    ECONOMISTS AND SCIENTISTS: The UNEP Collaborating Centre on Energy and Environment is expanding its activities and is recruiting for researcher and senior researcher positions to begin mid-2002. The Centre’s international projects and research programmes include: 

  • Methodology development and capacity building for implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism and other climate change related programmes in developing countries · Energy sector analysis with a special focus on policy and financing options for promoting implementation of sustainable energy
  • Adaptation project analysis, support to national adaptation strategies including capacity building, assessment of institutional and financial barriers.
  •  Applicants should have a degree in economics, engineering, planning, natural science or other relevant discipline at Ph.D. or equivalent level. Candidates applying for the senior research positions should have several years of working experience in relevant areas and demonstrated ability to initiate new projects in co-operation with international institutions. Please send an application to: Risø National Laboratory, 33-36/02, Systems Analysis Department, building 142, P.O. Box 49, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark. The deadline for the application is 12 April 2002. For further information, contact Head of the Centre John Christensen, tel. +45 46 77 51 30, Administrator Stine Skipper, tel. +45 4677 5175, Chairman of the Board Hans Larsen, tel +45 46 77 5101 or send us an e-mail uccee@risoe.dk for further information. Read more about Risø on risoe.dk and about Centre activities on www.uccee.org

    NANJING: The International Institute for Earth System Science (ESSI) http://camfer.cnr.berkeley.edu/~cpgis/essi/, Nanjing University, China, was established on November 19, 2000, with the goal of becoming a host for scientists all over the world. Its missions are to: (1) undertake interdisciplinary research to better understand the functions among different systems on the Earth and human interaction with the environment; (2) promote the application of remote sensing and GIS in Earth sciences; (3) attract and house international scholars to carry out research on global change issues related to China; (4) provide postgraduate education in areas related to global change studies. Presently, there are several permanent positions open for competition. The academic level depends on qualification. Successful candidates will teach one course per year in his/her area of expertise and conduct high quality research leading to world-class journal publications in the following fields. Position 1: Land cover and land use change (LCLUC) scientist – with expertise in the aspects of human-environment interactions that characterize biophysical, social and economic causes of LCLUC. Position 2: Ecosystem/land-surface process modeler – use and develop models that describe water and carbon cycle in the soil-plant-atmosphere system and investigate the interactions between terrestrial ecosystems and climate. Use of biophysical parameters derived from remote sensing is strongly encouraged. Position 3: Biogeochemist -study global or regional biogeochemical cycles through the use of soil and long-term climate data in combination with remote sensing and/or isotope measurements. Position 4: Climate change/atmospheric process modeler – A broad range of expertise is sought which compliments the above positions. The expertise includes, but not limited to: (1) regional climate change, (2) atmospheric inversion to obtain regional carbon balance information, (3) impact of climate change scenarios on regional ecosystems, and (4) feedback of ecosystem change on regional climate. Candidates in other related fields of earth system science including environmental impact assessment of global change and GIS are welcome to apply. ESSI currently has 3 permanent researchers, 15 affiliated scientists from overseas. With the current grant level exceeding $2 million USD, it has a steady plan to grow in the future. Nanjing University (www.nju.edu.cn) is one of the finest universities in China with a research productivity ranked among the top 3. It is located at the center of Nanjing City, 290 km west of Shanghai along the Yangtze River. Nanjing is one of the most livable cities in China. Send a statement of teaching and research interests, a CV, and names and email addresses of three references to: Peng Gong, 151 Hilgard Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-3110 USA. Email: gong@nature.berkeley.edu.

    SMALL GRANTS FOR LDC RESEARCHERS: The IUCN Sustainable Use Team, through a grant from the Ford Foundation, is offering small grants to promote scholarly contributions from individuals from developing countries in the field of sustainable use of biological systems. The aim is to promote the authority of science from developing countries and foster opportunities for scholarly exchange. The programme will run until the end of June 2002 (???). Priority will be given to proposals that address the complex connections between people and nature, exploring the concept of sustainability. Applications related to activities that employ innovative inter- or multidisciplinary approaches are the most likely to be funded. Support will be provided in only one category: Participation at scholarly/technical meetings. This will generally include travel and per diem costs, but may also cover costs associated with preparing a presentation (e.g., production of audio-visual materials), and meeting registration costs. Grants will be for a maximum of $2000. In general, the programme is intended to support the communication of research findings, project results, and lessons learned from developing countries. Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. The following quarterly application deadlines will be used in the review process: June 30. For more information please visit the IUCN Sustainable Use Specialist Group web site: http://iucn.org/themes/ssc/susg/smallgengai.html or contact: Ruth Barreto, IUCN/Ford Foundation Small Grants Coordinator, IUCN Sustainable Use Team, 1630 Connecticut Ave., Third Floor Washington, DC 20009 U.S.A.; Tel: +202 518 2063; Fax: +202 387 4823; rbarreto@iucnus.org

    THE CANADIAN CONSORTIUM ON HUMAN SECURITY/ LE CONSORTIUM CANADIEN SUR LA SÉCURITÉ HUMAINE Human Security Fellowship Competition. The Consortium supports up to seven fellowships per year. Fellowships are available to academics and non academics to support the advancement of research and policy development on the international dimensions of human security. The value of a 12-month academic fellowship is $45,000 (CDN) for both categories. Applications for the next round of the competition are due by April 15th and announcement of awards will be given by June 30, 2002. For further information, please refer to the website at www.humansecurity.info as well as the Canadian DFAIT website at: http://www.defait-maeci.gc.ca/foreignp/humansecurity/menu-e.asp.

    GREENPEACE seeks an Energy/Climate Campaigner to lead its climate change campaign in California (SF).The campaigner, in conjunction with the national coordinator, will develop a workplan for California energy work in line with both short and long term goals for the campaign based on national and international objectives. Require a minimum of 5 years experience in environmental, grassroots organization; preferably dealing with climate change issues. Management experience preferred. Excel benefits including health and dental, 401(k), and transportation subsidy. Salary $40-50K DOE. To Apply: send cover letter and resume by April 15 to Charles Dykes, Greenpeace, 702 H Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20001; fax (202)232-3124, email: resumes@wdc.greenpeace.org.

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    NEW COORDINATES: Jon Barnett, School of Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Melbourne 3010, Victoria, Australia; Ph: +61 3 8344 6339 Fax: +61 3 8344 4972; Email: jbarn@unimelb.edu.au