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Current vacancies available at the centre

Research Fellow, focusing on scenarios for the Sustainable Development Goals

Closing date: 15 February 2017.

Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), together with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and IIASA (the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis), leads the international programme The World in 2050 (TWI2050), which is a partnership among scientists and experts in integrated assessment modelling, Earth system modelling and social-ecological studies on pathways to sustainable development. TWI2050 explores pathways to attain the SDGs within Planetary Boundaries, taking a back-casting approach to explore multiple pathways, from nations to the world, for a transformation to sustainable development in the Anthropocene.

The selected candidate will be a core researcher in the SRC TWI2050 team and be part of the GRAID programme. He/she will be working in an international and interdisciplinary team based in Stockholm. The role is to lead research, help coordinate, and contribute insights and perspectives on pathways to attain the SDGs within planetary boundaries. The position is based in Stockholm.

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Project manager

Closing date: 12 February 2017

This European collaborative project aims to deepen our knowledge and understanding about how green and blue infrastructure can be used to address environmental and societal challenges in different urban regions. The ambition is to identify nature based solutions, and the contextual conditions needed for them to actually contribute to human wellbeing while offering habitat also for biodiversity.

As the project manager your primary responsibility will be internal communication and coordination, which includes responsibility for virtual meetings and assisting with the organisation of the annual meetings. Other responsibilities include: following up and making sure the project and its different parts are following the time plan and documentation and putting together the final report to the funders after the project has been completed. There will be opportunities to take part in external communication and interaction with other similar projects at national as well as global scales.

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PhD student in Sustainability Science

Closing date: 1 March 2017

The centre is seeking a self-motivated and ambitious PhD student to study multi-actor collaboration in water governance, with a specific focus on if and how collaboration leads to better ecological status.

The project’s take-off point is that traditional top-down government approaches struggle to effectively manage and preserve ecosystems. Governance arrangements that foster multi-actor collaboration across scales and jurisdictions are commonly put forward as a better solution. A growing literature suggests that the effectiveness of such collaborative arrangements depends on how well patterns of actor collaboration actually fit and align with the boundary-spanning characteristics of the ecosystems they are set to manage. However, progress in developing these insights further has been hampered by the lack of empirical assessments of environmental outcomes, and as a consequence of the lack of discipline-spanning frameworks for facilitating empirically grounded interdisciplinary theory development.

This project will address this gap by developing a theoretical and methodological framework, and by empirically addressing three research questions

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PhD student in Sustainability Science

Closing date: 1 March 2017

The centre is seeking a self-motivated and ambitious PhD student to study the emergence of Ecological compensation in Sweden within a EU policy framework. Ecological compensation is an “innovative” policy instrument increasingly receiving attention within the Convention on Biological Diversity and the EU. The idea is that a development project compensates for negative effects on ecosystems by restoring similar ecosystems in another area. Ecological compensation can be seen as an advancement of the Polluter-Pays Principle. Some regard it as necessary to achieve the EU’s initiative ‘No Net Loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services’, since 86,000 ha of green area is developed every year in the EU. However, ecological compensation is a controversial instrument due to the complexity of measuring biodiversity, ecosystem services and equity, and deciding what an appropriate compensation of unique ecosystems and local livelihoods could be. Small variations in policy design and implementation can have a substantial impact on the outcomes.

The purpose of this PhD project is to identify and analyse features of institutional design and implementation affecting the economic, ecological and social equity outcomes of Swedish ecological compensation projects, in an EU policy context. It is a transdisciplinary research project, rooted in but not limited to institutional ecological economics.

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Related info

We announce PhD positions four times per year. The announcement dates 2017 are: 

1 February – 1 March
2 April - 2 May
30 August - 30 September
20 October - 20 November

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Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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