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Call for applications: Honours fellowship in private land conservation 2018

The Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) at Stellenbosch University is offering an honours project to measure the extent to which private protected areas in South Africa are resilient in preventing land use change (i.e., shifts away from natural landscapes to degraded landscapes, farming, urbanization, mining, etc.). This project will use data from an […]

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Call for participation in a SES modeling workshop

The ARS Africae project (http://www.ars-africae.org/) is running an interdisciplinary workshop on ecological modelling at Wits Rural Facility (near Hoedspruit) from the 27th Feb to the 2nd March 2018. This workshop will introduce multi-agent modeling as an approach for dealing with complex SES; as well as vegetation modeling. This workshop should appeal to participants interested in […]

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Masters scholarship opportunity at ICLEI Africa

ICLEI Africa, supported by the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC), is offering a Masters Scholarship for 2018 and 2019. The project, funded by the IDRC, to which the Masters students’ research will contribute, is called: Improved Municipal Planning in African CiTies − IMPACT − for a climate resilient urban future, which will be implemented […]

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2 Full-time M.Ed Bursaries at Rhodes for 2018

The SARChI Chair in Transformative Social Learning and Green Skills Learning Pathways at Rhodes University, located in the Environmental Learning Research Centre in the Faculty of Education in Grahamstown, South Africa (see www.ru.ac.za/elrc), has two full time Masters in Education scholarships available for motivated, high achieving scholars with an interest in the above areas. The […]

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Postdoctoral fellowship at the CST, Stellenbosch University

Escalating global challenges such as climate change,  food and water security, biodiversity loss, socio‐political conflict and economic volatility, demand new approaches to researching and governing our environment and  societies.  Approaches  that  account  for  the  complex  relationships  between  human  well‐being  and ecological  sustainability,  while  dealing  with  ongoing  change  and  uncertainty,  have  become  critical.  It  is  increasingly  apparent that fundamental reorganization of our societies is necessary to achieve a just society for all, while maintaining  the environmental conditions that underlie  human prosperity. Navigating such a  transformation  will  require a capacity  to deal with changes  that are  fundamentally unknown and unpredictable  ‐ a capacity  that is central to resilient systems. Building resilience of intertwined social and ecological systems is therefore increasingly regarded as essential to enabling sustainable development at local to global scales, and is a rapidly emerging research area worldwide. The  South  African  Research  […]

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Postdoc position available in the Department of Environmental Science at Rhodes University

The SARChI Chair in Interdisciplinary Science in Land and Natural Resource Use for Sustainable Livelihoods in the Department of Environmental Science at Rhodes University, Grahamstown (South Africa) is currently held by Professor Charlie Shackleton. The broad focus of the Chair’s is interdisciplinary research into understandings of natural resources in rural and urban livelihoods for poverty […]

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What is a T-lab (Transformation Lab)?

As part of the GRAID research project, the food team at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) convened two T-labs (Transformation Labs) designed to interrogate and strengthen an alternative food system in the Western Cape, South Africa. The first was held at Grootbos Nature Reserve from 27-30 November 2016 and the second at Nine Oaks in Paarl 19-21 July […]

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Masters fellowships in social-ecological regime shifts for 2018

SARChI Research Chair in Social-Ecological Systems and Resilience Centre for Complex Systems in Transitions, Stellenbosch University   Regime shifts, long-lasting shifts or changes in the structure and function of social-ecological systems often occur abruptly and unexpectedly. These changes have substantial impact on ecosystem services such as crop production or food regulation that directly impacts human […]

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Special issue “Livelihood and Landscape Change in Africa: Future Trajectories for Improved Well-Being under a Changing Climate”

The journal LAND has a special issue on”Livelihood and Landscape Change in Africa: Future Trajectories for Improved Well-Being under a Changing Climate” edited by Sheona Shackleton and several other co-editors. Some of the questions this Special Issue will be focusing on are: What are the changes we are observing in landscapes and livelihoods in rural Africa? […]

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Creating positive visions for southern Africa

Highlights: 1) There is a need for positive visions of the future to counteract the negative narratives that surround us every day and influence our actions 2) Based on “Seeds of Good Anthropocenes”, a diverse mix of scientists, artists and changemakers created hopeful future scenarios for southern Africa at a creative visioning workshop held in […]

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