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Project update: It’s less about elephants, and more about space…

To compete for a burgeoning tourist market looking for a great wildlife experience,  protected areas (particularly more commercially driven privately-owned ones) often over-stock on charismatic species. But do more charismatic species equate to more visitors, and more revenue? In a paper recently published in the journal Ecological Applications, and featured more popularly in the magazine […]

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SAPECS Working Groups Workshop held in Grahamstown

A very hot and humid Grahamstown welcomed more than twenty researchers and PhD students to the 4th meeting of the SAPECS Working Groups between 27th and 30th January 2014, held at Rhodes University. Existing working groups met to further discussions and collaborations that were initiated last year, and new working groups were formed to respond […]

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Multi-scale adaptations to climate change in coastal areas in France, South Africa and the United Kingdom

A team from Arizona State University, CIRAD, IRSTEA and CEFE (France), Exeter University and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, lead by SAPECS member Christo Fabricius, have recently received funding from the Belmont Forum for a three-year study to assess adaptations and perceptions of risk and vulnerability in coastal areas. Called MAGIC (Multi-scale Adaptations to Global change […]

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Positions in “Interdisciplinary Science in Land and Natural Resource Use for Sustainable Livelihoods”

Applications are invited for one post-doctoral, two PhD and two Masters positions with the DST/NRF Chair in “Interdisciplinary Science in Land and Natural Resource Use for Sustainable Livelihoods” in the Department of Environmental Science at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. Applications are invited from social, economic and natural scientists interested in research on the use, trade and […]

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MSc or MA bursary: Bio-Cultural Values and Sense of Place

  MSc or MA bursary available 2014 – 2015: One Masters level bursary (R80 000 pa with additional funding for field costs) is available for an exciting interdisciplinary project in the Eastern Cape and Cape Town, and based at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. Title: Bio-Cultural values and sense of place: implications for personal well-being of urban […]

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Post-graduate opportunities: Risk and Vulnerability to Climate Change

Social-Ecological Risk, Vulnerability and Adaptations to Climate Change in the Garden Route This three-year programme is a collaboration between leading social and ecological scientists at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and CSIR, South Africa, University of Exeter in the UK, Arizona State University and CIRAD, IRSTEA and CFE in France. We wish to assess actual and […]

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Belinda Reyers elected as Vice Chair of Future Earth Science Committee

The International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), on behalf of the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability, announced the members of the first Science Committee for Future Earth, a new 10-year research programme on global sustainability. The science committee will provide scientific guidance, ensure scientific quality and guide the […]

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Graeme Cumming wins NSTF-BHP Billiton Award & S2A3 British Association Medal

Announcement of the 2012/13 NSTF-BHP Billiton Award Winners The NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards honour and celebrate Outstanding Contributions to Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI). These prestigious awards celebrate, acknowledge and promote excellence in the South African Research and Development (R&D) community by cross- cutting sectors, levels, gender, and race, while recognising both individuals and teams. The […]

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SAPECS colloquium in Cape Town

The Southern African Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (SAPECS) held its first colloquium on the ‘Frontiers of Social-Ecological Research’ in Cape Town, South Africa, on the 15th and 16th of April this year. The SAPECS colloquium brought together almost 100 researchers, students, and practitioners interested in the study and management of social-ecological systems and […]

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