Historical and conceptual development of Social‐Ecological Systems (SES) research
The research within this PhD project will focus on the different aspects associated with the historical and epistemic development of the interdisciplinary field of SES research. During the course of the last 30 years, social-ecological systems (SES) research has emerged as a field of enquiry that spans the traditional divide between the natural and social sciences. SES research is based on the insight that human‐nature relations are integrated to the extent that the delineation between social systems and ecological systems is artificial and arbitrary. Applications of social‐ecological resilience thinking has evolved over time with different influences from research and practice.
Studying SES from a complex adaptive system perspective has become a fast growing interdisciplinary field which can be viewed as an attempt to integrate the theories and methods of different disciplines into a new body of knowledge that can be employed to study and understand some of the most challenging problems today.
The candidate will register in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, and will be co‐supervised by a member of this Department (Dr Lloyd Hill) and two members of the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (Prof. Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs and Dr Rika Preiser). The three‐year PhD will be funded by the South African Research Chair in Social‐Ecological Systems and Resilience, based at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) at Stellenbosch University where the candidate will be expected to partake in relevant activities and seminars in both the Department and at CST.
The intention is for the PhD to take an article based format. Applicants for this position will be screened in terms of ‘minimum’ and ‘recommended’ criteria. The minimum requirement is a master’s degree in either (1) sociology or a cognate social discipline (e.g. philosophy, history or social anthropology), or (2) ecology or a cognate natural science discipline associated with the field of social‐ecological systems research (e.g. geography or sustainability science).
The recommended requirement for this position is a track record of prior research situated within one or both of the following broad fields:
- Social‐ecological systems research (focusing on any relevant aspects, including complex adaptive systems, resilience, ecosystem stewardship, natural resource governance, ecosystem services, etc)
- Science and technology studies (broadly defined to include S&T research in philosophy, history, sociology and / or anthropology)
If you would like to apply for this position or find out more information, please email Dr Lloyd Hill: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The initial deadline for submissions is 15 July, but if the position is not filled applications received after this date will also be considered.
Candidates will need to submit both a curriculum vitae and a brief concept note or research proposal (2000 words). The concept note should succinctly summarize your background experience and basic ideas for PhD research within the broad parameters outlined above.
For more information please refer to: Sociology-SARCHI PhD CallShare: