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DOCTORAL STUDENT CALL: WOMEN AND BEES
Project description: We invite applications for a doctoral position in a UNESCO program on women beekeeping entrepreneurship. The selected student will register in the PhD program of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology at UAB and work under Prof. V. Reyes-García supervision, in close cooperation with UNESCO. Focusing on native and local bee conservation, welfare and repopulation, as well as capacity-building on bees and sustainable beekeeping in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves, the program aims 1) to enable women’s social emancipation through an expertise-driven sustainable beekeeping, and 2) to raise awareness of the importance of native and local bees as pollinators. The position will be located at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).
Functions: The selected student will be responsible for the collection of primary and secondary data on women’s experiences with beekeeping in UNESCO designated biosphere reserves around the world. For instance, good practices related to pollination services, such as hive location analysis, interactions between wild and managed bees, or pollinator-friendly/integrated habitat management are often ignored in beekeeping activities. However, due to gender role re-distribution and increasing involvement in beekeeping, women may have an important role in improving awareness to enhance sustainability of practices. Data will be analysed to provide an overview of 1) current participation of women in beekeeping and 2) challenges and opportunities for nature and society of enhancing women’s role in beekeeping. The student will also be expected (1) to collaborate for training workshops and (2) to participate in dissemination of the project’s results in the policy sphere, e.g., recommendations related to strategies for empowering women in beekeeping science, practice and policy. The student will be encouraged to pursue his/her own research ideas, within the topic of the project.
Profile: Candidates should have an official master’s degree in a field relevant for this research (i.e., anthropology, geography, environmental sciences, or biology). Candidates should be fluent in written and spoken English (fluency in other languages is a plus). Candidates should also 1) be able to travel internationally for long periods (i.e., minimum fieldwork duration 4 months), 2) have the ability to work across disciplines, and 3) be comfortable with the idea of living in remote areas (e.g., heat, cold, monotonous diet, bad communications). Candidates should also show interest to learn from other cultures. Previous field experience would be highly valued. Candidates should be familiar with the use of ICT. Statistical training is a plus.
Contract terms: The student will be hired through UNESCO, following UNESCO online bidding process, and will register at UAB PhD program. The annual gross salary is of 20.000€. Field medical insurance and expenses will be covered by UNESCO.
To apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and examples of their previous work (e.g., Master thesis) and an updated CV to email@example.com by 30 June 2022. The cover letter should include a personal statement explaining the applicant’s interest in the project and the name, position and e-mail contact of three potential referees. Candidates that do not fill the requirements will not be considered.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in July, and a final decision will be communicated soon after. Selected students are expected to join during September 2022.
This project is funded by an ongoing UNESCO project on bees and pollinators
Position: Predoctoral Researcher
2022DILEUA24 PhD - Doctoral studies in Environmental Science and Technology.
The chosen person will support the Sostenipra group's line of research in urban agriculture, mainly through the FoodE project, URBAG and the strategic projects in which the group participates, to carry out their doctoral thesis. The selected person will actively participate in those activities related to the tasks assigned to the UAB in the mentioned projects.
Experimental works for:
- Substitution of mineral fertilizers for renewable sources, especially from nutrient recovery from waste. Experiments to explore the potential of struvite in replacing both P and N; and the use of other N sources such as urea.
- LED, can LED lighting at certain frequencies aid the assimulation of recovered nutrients?
- Social acceptance and Environmental impacts of these new solutions
To write peer-review articles with the main findings
To write a doctoral thesis
Position: Predoctoral Researcher
2022DILEUA28 Doctoral studies in Environmental Science and Technology.
The ecological, social and economic impacts of combined waste and rainwater sewer systems (CSO) on aquatic ecosystems represent a lock-in for many urbanized areas. Compounded by climate change and increasing heavy rain events (Hosseinzadehtalaei et al. 2020, Lana et al. 2020), there is an urgent need to increase the evidence around and implementation of restorative nature-based solutions (NBS) to avoid storm-water runoff in urban areas and preserve ecosystem functioning and aquatic ecosystem biodiversity.
The NICHES project, to which this PhD-position is linked to, responds to these challenges by defining a holistic social-ecological technical (SETS) framework for understanding restorative Nature-based Solutions (NBS) for urban runoff mitigation and the consequential reduction of ecological, social and economic impacts on aquatic systems. This is one out of two PhD positions offered at the Institue of Environmental Science and Technology (the only excellent centre for environmental science in Spain) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
The PhD-project will be supervised by Dr Johannes Langemeyer and will address the following four core tasks across three project case studies Barcelona, Boston and Rotterdam: (T1) Conduct a spatial community vulnerability assessment; (T2) Develop spatially explicit scenarios; (T3) Model mitigation potentials of stormwater runoff by NBS; (T4) Develop an integrated assessment framework for NBS assessments; (T4) Conduct a life-cycle sustainability assessment of city-wide NBS. Beyond these core tasks, the successful candidate is expected to support other project tasks, e.g. the development of governance and institutional frameworks, stakeholder workshops, among others.
The PhD candidate will be co-supervised by Matt Eckelmann (North-East University, Boston) and Johannes Langemeyer (ICTA-UAB).
The candidate is expected to be either based in Barcelona or in Boston, and to support case study work in addition in Rotterdam.
ICTA-UAB participates in INPhINIT 'la Caixa' Fellowship Programme
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