11 PhD Scholarships in Political Ecology

The European Network for Political Ecology (ENTITLE) offers 11 generously-funded three-year PhD scholarships available to candidates from anywhere in the world.

ENTITLE is an EU-funded Initial Training Network under the Marie Curie actions of FP7, coordinated by ICTA at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (icta.uab.es and www.eco2bcn.es) and with the collaboration of 11 research and NGO partners (Grant Agreement: 289374).

Among the partners institutions are the Harokopio University, Athens (Department of Geography) and Bogazici Universitesi, Istanbul (Department of Economics).

The deadline for applications is April 20, 2012.

ENTITLE will train 17 researchers in the emerging field of Political Ecology, giving them the theoretical, analytical and complementary skills that will make them employable in jobs related to environmental policy analysis and advocacy. Research and training are framed around five key clusters concerned with the analysis of: environmental conflicts; environmental movements; natural disasters; changes in co-production and the commons; and environmental justice and democracy. Research is based on a series of empirically-based investigations of a geographically and thematically diverse set of case-studies. The researchers of the network will collaborate to offer a theoretical and methodological framework for the empirical research and will synthesize the results of the individual cases in a series of publishable outputs. Research will be action and policy-oriented culminating in a series of action and policy briefs targeting civil society organizations and policy-makers.

Researchers selected for the program will be trained through an integrated curriculum of local and intensive network courses on related topics, summer schools with teachers of international calibre, secondments to EJOs (environmental justice organizations) and the public and private sector and training through work. ENTITLE builds on an on-going collaboration in training between the participating institutions, manifested in a series of summer schools (www.environmentalconflicts.com). It brings together some of the world ́s top scholars in political ecology and related approaches, and overcomes the fragmentation of existing political ecological research in Europe, offering a critical mass of research and training. The researchers trained in the network will be employable in academia, public administration and EJOs.

Successful applicants will be given a 3-year contract with a salary, mobility allowance and additional funds for research-related costs. The salary includes a living allowance (38000 € annually -/+ a correction factor for each country that can be checked at the Marie Curie website). This is a gross salary; net salary will be derived after deductions that will apply in the host country, such as taxes and social security. In addition, recruited researchers will receive a mobility allowance (700 – 1000 euros per month, depending on country correction factor and family situation); in some countries this is subject to taxes, in others not.

All applicants are expected to pursue a PhD in the host institute. While applicants already enrolled in a PhD program can apply (subject to the mobility condition), in general preference will be given to applicants who will enroll in the PhD program of the host institute. Physical presence is a requirement; the researchers will be involved actively in the execution of the program and the organization of the training and dissemination activities. The researchers will also spend a secondment period in a non-academic organization as well as a visiting period in one of the other Universities of the network. As part of the ENTITLE training program the selected researchers will follow a set of local graduate courses and a series of network-wide training courses and summer schools.