Harder, Faster, Deeper, Stronger: Ecological Restructuring and the Primary Sector
A call for papers for a session at the Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers, Chicago, 21-25 April 2015
Organized by Beatriz Bustos (Universidad de Chile) and Gavin Bridge (Durham University)
The last few years have seen a growing interest in understanding the significance of contemporary resource and commodity booms. We invite papers that focus on the nature-facing aspect of primary industries, and the extent to which biophysical processes may (or fail to) be pushed/pulled/re-shaped to suit the dynamics of capital accumulation. We particularly welcome papers that are empirically informed but which also engage conceptually with processes of ecological restructuring.
Posted on: Tue 21 Oct 2014 | Category: calls
The UK Medical Research Council and the UK Department for International Development announce a further call for proposals for the prestigious African Research Leader awards.
The MRC/ DFID jointly funded scheme aims to strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by attracting and retaining exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high quality programmes of research on key global health issues pertinent to SSA. The African Research Leader (ARL) should be supported by an enthusiastic local research environment and by a strong linkage with a UK partner.
Full details and instructions on how to apply can be found on the MRC website: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/funding/browse/mrc-dfid-african-research-leader-scheme-2014-15/
Political, Economic & Cultural Relationships with the BRICS Countries & the Global South
5-11 August 2015, Livingstone, Zambia
You are invited to apply to attend the inaugural writing workshop for emerging Southern African scholars hosted in conjunction with the Journal of Southern African Studies 1st Biennial Conference.
The British Academy presents a report investigating some of the issues involved in open access publishing, which seeks to examine various practical issues and difficulties that may arise, using the example of twelve disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS).
There are separate ethical, financial and practical arguments in favour of developing open-access provision. At the same time, various difficulties have been identified in practice, focussing on undesired consequences of the desired aims. This report looks at which risks might hinder the process and expansion of open access as it is currently proposed. It focuses above all on 'green' open access policies (the posting of post-peer-review author-accepted manuscripts, on the internet in University repositories, after embargo periods). The report goes on to warn that if UK open-access policies are followed too rigidly, this will, in some disciplines at least, undermine the international reach and thus standing of the country's research.
Posted on: Tue 10 Jun 2014 | Category: featured
In the past few weeks, we've seen some exciting new integrations that link ORCID identifiers with graduate student thesis and dissertation information. These developments, coming from the British Library and Texas A&M University, help connect scholars with their important, early career publications. A master's thesis or doctoral dissertation is often a researcher's first publication, but it often lacks the visibility of more formally published materials. Integration of ORCID identifiers in the electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) process helps to raise the visibility of these important contributions and also can provide a verifiable link with the student's graduate institution.
Posted on: Thu 3 Apr 2014 | Category: featured
The first major study of science granting councils in Sub-Saharan Africa has uncovered significant variations between the science, technology and innovation systems in 17 countries and has identified models that capture the most common arrangements for public research funding. The study is expected to make recommendations on the optimal functioning of councils.
The differences between systems across the continent, the researchers found, were based on geography, political and economic (in)stability, socio-economic histories including colonial legacies, and the degree of institutionalisation of research.
The study by the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology – CREST – at the University of Stellenbosch produced a discussion document to inform a workshop of the Science Granting Councils in Sub-Saharan Africa project held outside Cape Town late last year. The project is funded by Canada’s IDRC – International Development Research Centre.
Posted on: Tue 21 Jan 2014 | Category: featured
SEPTEMBER 2014 – PRETORIA
Theme: South Africa’s democracy at 20: Diagnosis and prognosis
In April 1994 the transition in South Africa concluded its first phase with the general elections of that year and introduced the second phase of a Government of National Unity and a Constitutional Assembly. Most observers and scholars regard that election as the beginning of democratization in South Africa. In 2014 the fourth general election will conclude the first two decades of a post-apartheid dispensation, of a far-reaching transformation period, of a national democratic revolution in the words of the ANC, and democratization. While the South African government had its own Ten Year Review in 2004 and Fifteen Year Review in 2009, 2014 provides an opportunity for political scientists to conduct their own retrospection, diagnosis and prognosis.