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PhD Studentship on Global Governance of Marine Resources

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 02/05/2011
Company Name Stockholm Resilience Centre - Stockholm University
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Project title
Global governance of marine resources: actors, networks and organizations

Project description
One of the major challenges for the international community is related to governance for sustainable future oceans. These challenges are diverse, complex and operating at multiple geographical scales.

This PhD position will work to improve our understanding of the existing characteristics in governance structures operating at global and regional scales.

Most studies of marine governance have focused on the local scales but this study will investigate the international dynamics of fisheries governance, as this arena is likely to have a larger impact on the sustainability of the global oceans. Methods include investigating the structure, function and evolution of social networks contributing to effective and legitimate governance of fisheries, including markets influencing fishing activities.

Other areas of focus can include studying the historical trends in the development of new fishing technology and forms of collaboration, including the potential for stimulation innovation in a fragmented global area. Climate change, overfishing and  biodiversity loss are interacting in the biophysical world but generally not around tables for negotiations, for e.g., climate (COP of UNFCCC), fishing (COFI of FAO) and biodiversity (COP of CBD).

The PhD position will identify and address key challenges in developing integrated fisheries and marine governance structures in this international context.

The PhD project will be a Nippon Foundation Fellowship, and a part of the externally funded Nereus — Predicting the future Ocean project.

The new research programme, build on international networking between marine scientists and is led by The University of British Columbia.

The PhD student is expected to be able to spend extended periods at network partner organizations during their study time. The project is supervised by Dr Henrik Österblom (Baltic Nest Institute, Stockholm Resilience Centre), Dr Victor Galaz and Prof. Carl Folke (Stockholm Resilience Centre).

Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria
- theoretical knowledge of relevance to the research project
- practical experience and knowledge of relevance for the project
- knowledge of scientific theory and method
- analytical ability as demonstrated by a scientific report, paper or degree project thesis
- the applicants personal references
- gender equality aspects

Transdisciplinary knowledge/experience is strongly meriting as is knowledge and experience on marine policies, organizations and institutions. Strong personal networks of relevance for this study is meriting.

Nature of the employment
A PhD position lasts four years and is a full time position. Up to 20% teaching or other work may be included in the position, which will then be extended accordingly, at most five years. Salaries follow the relevant salary scale.

More details about the project can be requested from Dr Henrik Österblom, 08 674 76 64, henrik.osterblom@stockholmresilience.su.se

General information about the PhD training programme may be requested from the Head of Department, Professor Nils Kautsky nils@ecology.su.se

Union representatives are Bo Ekengren (SACO), Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST), tfn 08-16 2000 (switch board), och Gunnar Stenberg (SEKO), tfn 070-316 43 41.

The application should contain a letter of intent (one to two pages that explain why you are interested in working on this project, why you are interested in studying for a PhD, what you hope to accomplish during your PhD studies, and what skills you can bring to this project), curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records
(all attested), a list of two persons who may act as referees (with phone numbers and email addresses), and one copy of your undergraduate thesis and articles, if any.

The full application should be labelled “PhD-studentship Dnr 10/2011" and sent as one pdf file to dnr10-2011@ecology.su.se no later than May 2, 2011.

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