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Announcement Webinar - How can cities help us achieve a +1.5C world?
How can cities help us achieve a +1.5C world?
Webinar 29 June 2016

Wednesday 29 June 2016, 15:00 BST - 16:00 BST

The Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business ( is hosting a series of summer webinars focusing on urban resilience, the first of which will explore how cities can help us achieve a +1.5C world.

Expert panelists drawn from a diverse range of sectors, including the Mayor's Office, ICLEI and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, will provide a different perspective on how cities can help us move towards a low carbon future.

Resilience Connections Network
Collaboration across boundaries is critical to developing systems resilience. We are working with the Resilience Connections Network to help develop a strong, global network of resilience practitioners - planners, business, policy, science etc. You can join the network and add your professional profile at

For more details on how to register and also to put forward a question prior to the webinar itself please visit our partner website at
Position Position: Research Coordinator for a Project on Fisheries Self-Organization in Mexico
The goal of this project is to conduct a national assessment of the status of fisheries cooperatives in Mexico. This is the first study of its type in Mexico it is co-designed together with the organized small-scale fisheries sector (encompassing more than 1,000 cooperatives), the Mexican Federal Government and Civil Society.

The position is for one year (potentially renewable to two) and based at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina. This is a great opportunity as a stepping-stone for someone interested in gaining experience before continuing towards a PhD degree.

Responsibilities and Activities:
1) Coordination of data collection activities in Mexico with the support of the national coordinator based in Mexico.
2) Database development.
3) Preliminary analysis of qualitative and quantitative data (and perhaps geospatial data too).
4) Coordination of information and data flow among members of the lab and other researchers associated with the project but based in other geographies.
5) Assist with the elaboration of peer-review publications and promotional and outreach materials to decision makers and the general public.
6) Assist with administrative tasks related to the project

We are looking for someone with the following:
a. Excellent organizational skills
b. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish.
c. Excellent collegial skills: Someone that enjoys their work and has a great sense of humor.
d. Availability to travel to Mexico and to Durham (3.5 hrs from the Duke Marine Lab).
e. A Masters degree in hand at the start of employment.
f. A deep desire to learn.
g. Experience in the coordination of working teams, and/or database construction, and/or the design and implementation of economic field experiments, and/or analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, and/or preparation of peer-review publications.

Our Lab is known internationally for offering the following:
• An excellent low-stress working environment (by the sea).
• A culture of friendly but intellectually rigorous and stimulating exchanges, which fosters learning among post-docs, graduate students and professors working on marine social sciences in a diversity of geographies around the world.
• Duke University offers an excellent benefit package and a competitive salary commensurate with experience.

Interested please send:
• CV that directly speaks to the duties and skills described above.
• Names and contact information of three references.
• Writing sample (peer-review, report, essay, journalistic note, etc).

Starting date is negotiable. We would like to have someone available as early as June and no later than August 2016.

Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.
Send information to:
Xavier Basurto
Assistant Professor of Sustainability Science,
Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
Conference Summer School on Modelling Environmental Resilience - 19-26 June 2016, Paris (France)
Dear all,

We are pleased to invite applications to our Summer School on Modelling Environmental Resilience for PhD students, postdocs and researchers. The summer school takes place at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, 19-26 June 2016 in the heart of Paris, France, and is supported by PSL Research University Paris.

This summer school aims to bring together a group of 25 participants with a strong interest in environmental science and with backgrounds in quantitative sciences from across a range of disciplines (ecology, geosciences, physics, agronomy, economics, geography, etc). The objective is to expose the group to a number of views on the concept of resilience of environmental systems. The school offers in-depth courses on the meaning, modelling and application of the idea of resilience in a range of environmental topics including ecology, oceanography, climate, agriculture, and geography. An important part of the summer school is the participation in one of the working groups, where participants work together with one or more lecturers.

Main speakers and themes

- Mick Follows (MIT, USA) Resilience of global carbon and nutrient cycles
- Miguel Altieri (UC Berkeley, USA) Fostering socio-ecological resilience in agroecosystems
- André de Roos (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Resilience and alternative stable states in ecological systems
- Michael Ghil (ENS and UCLA, USA) The mathematical foundations of resilience and its applications to the climate sciences and economics

Additional speakers include
- Benoit Hazard (EHESS)
- Magali Reghezza (ENS)
- Clara Nicholls (UC Berkeley, USA)

The course is intended for PhD students, postdocs and researchers with previous training in quantitative sciences with strong interest in environmental issues and modelling.

The web page with all details and registration:

Application is now open. Deadline is March 15, 2016

Feel free to forward this information to anyone who may be interested.

Best regards,
The organising committee
Announcement Learning for Resilience: insights from Cambodia's rural communities
This publication emerged from four years of sustained research by partners in the Food Security, Climate Change and Natural Resources Management in Cambodia research program. In implementing this major program, the Learning Insti tute received financial support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and acted as a grant-making organization for partners.

This book summarizes lessons learned from rural communities about ways they have tried to build resilience in the face of changes that have affected their social-ecological systems. The research program consists of a diversity of projects spanning the country and focusing on a wide variety of themes and issues. Each project addresses specific dimensions of the nexus of 'climate change-food security-natural resources management' but they are integrated under one common research framework.

It was primarily witten by Khmer teams of researchers and was edited by Dr. Jean Christophe-Diepart and Ronald W. Jones for the Learning Institute in Phnom Penh.
Announcement New Masters of Environment at CU Boulder
The Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder announces a new master's program: Masters of the Environment with specializations in Policy & Management, Planning & Community Engagement, and Renewable & Sustainable Energy. Now accepting applications for Fall 2016.

Program Overview:

CU-Boulder's Masters of the Environment (MENV) is a professional degree program that prepares students for leadership in a wide range of careers in the environment, energy, and planning. Designed for early and mid-career professionals, students take courses that equip them to solve real world environmental and natural resource problems and to effectively engage with stakeholders in decision-making processes.

CU-Boulder's MENV program will prepare new leaders at the local, state, national, and global levels to sustain the long-term health of the planet and pursue sustainable development. MENV graduates will apply interdisciplinary knowledge and build community in ways that achieve fair, effective, and market-friendly solutions to environmental and social problems. Students will leave the program able to promote thriving human and natural communities that balance concerns for environmental health, economic wellbeing, and social equity.

MENV Requirements

The CU-Boulder Masters of the Environment degree is a 42-credit, 17-month program. MENV students will have the choice to specialize in Policy and Management, Planning and Community Engagement, or Renewable and Sustainable Energy.

This curriculum will provide students with training in leadership, as well as the tools necessary to tackle the environmental, energy, and planning challenges of the 21st century.
All MENV students will take a common set of core requirements, and undertake a yearlong, capstone project in conjunction with a partnering organization. These might include the National Park Service, a City of Boulder Planning Department, private industry, or an environmental advocacy organization, amongst many others. Students will also be required to take a series of elective courses. These can be chosen from CU-Boulder's wide array of graduate-level courses in the environment, planning, energy, and more.

For more information, please visit: and; or contact Myles Maland, External Relations Manager, at 720.635.6101.

Application Deadlines
• January 15, priority deadline for full consideration
• March 1, final deadline

Myles Maland
External Relations Manager
Masters of the Environment
University of Colorado Boulder
720.635.6101 (cell)
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