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Sustainable Agri-food System Student Research Project grants

The 2016 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites worldwide researchers to submit proposals for a research project on food and sustainability.
Due July 27, 2016. Top ten proposals invited to present in Milan, November 2016.
The BCFN Foundation focuses on young talents by supporting higher education and interdisciplinary research, to advance the knowledge base in food and sustainability. The BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites young talents [under 35] to submit proposals for a research grant of 20,000 euro.

It is provided for PhD and postdoc students, participating as individual or as a team. The BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition encourages the participation of teams from different disciplines and/or countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches.

Potential Topic Areas

The BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition offers the opportunity to put into action concrete proposals that will have the objective of making more sustainable one or more themes of the agri-food system (in terms of environmental, social, health and/or economic aspects). Among others, we consider the following areas of particular interest:

–  Sustainable and healthy diets;
–  Urban food systems and policies;
–  Resilient agriculture, land use change and agroecology;
–  The nexus between climate change, energy and food;
–  Sustainable water management;
–  Food supply chains;
–  Ecosystems and ecosystem services;
–  Healthy lifestyles;
–  Food waste reduction;
–  Food policy development;
–  Food security: availability, access, utilisation, stability;
–  Communication technologies and networks;
–  Youth and women’s involvement in agriculture

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Organic agriculture key to feeding the world sustainably

Study analyzes 40 years of science against 4 areas of sustainability

Researchers have concluded that feeding a growing global population with sustainability goals in mind is possible. Their review of hundreds of published studies provides evidence that organic farming can produce sufficient yields, be profitable for farmers, protect and improve the environment and be safer for farm workers.
Washington State University, Feb 3, 2016
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Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems – Tier II Canada Research Chair

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Location: British Columbia
Date posted: 2014-02-19

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) invites applications for a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Areas of expertise appropriate for this CRC include but are not limited to, agroecology and cropping/farm systems, field and protected vegetable crop production, agricultural economics and farm business management. The objective of the CRC program (http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca) is to promote leading research and prepare highly qualified university personnel. This appointment is provisional and contingent on the successful preparation and submission of the CRC application by the selected candidate prior to appointment, and subsequent award of CRC funding. As such the successful candidate/CRC applicant will be hired upon CRC award. This will be a 75% research and 25% teaching appointment.

It is anticipated that candidate selection will begin March 2014; the selected nominee’s application will be submitted to CRC on April 28 or October 14, 2014depending on the strength and capacity of the candidate. CRC award will be confirmed and an appointment made either October, 2014 or April 2015.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, originally established by the government of British Columbia in 1981 as a College, was designated a university in 2009. The University, with 16,000 FTES, has four campuses located in Metro Vancouver British Columbia and provides a unique regional university environment bridging urban, suburban and rural communities. Southwest British Columbia and the province on the whole is one of Canada’s most important and productive agricultural areas. The University offers bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations in over 135 programs. It is envisaged that Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, based at KPU’s Richmond campus, will constitute a signature program of the new polytechnic.

In September, 2012 the Bachelor of Applied Science- Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems degree was launched. Its focus and curricular content is unique to North America and intends to prepare the builders and leaders of a sustainable 21st century agriculture food system foundational to sustainable society. The CRC will teach classes in this degree program. The CRC will also conduct applied research pertinent to agriculture and food systems in affiliation with the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (http://www.kpu.ca/isfs) the program’s research arm. A diverse team of agriculturists, economists, ecologists, planners and social scientists push the boundaries of agriculture and food systems research through multifaceted community and regional projects in western Canada. Applied research engages students, community and the food and farming sector at all stages, bringing together powerful partnerships in discovery and learning. Additionally, the University is in the process of establishing a research and teaching farm.

Applicants must have earned a PhD. in an appropriate field within the last 10 years, have a solid record of applied research, publication and outreach, demonstrated ability to generate research funding to support their research program, demonstrated success in collaborative research project work, and be prepared to lead and/or contribute to KPU agriculture teaching, research and outreach programming.

To apply, please submit a letter of application, four letters of reference, a maximum 2 page statement of your teaching/ education philosophy and indication of the kinds of agriculture/ food system classes you could teach, a maximum 2 page discussion of your research interests and a 5 year plan along with your current resume and a copy of post-secondary transcripts, quoting the competition number 14-35 by March 14, 2014 to: employ@kpu.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest in Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
However, only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Positions in Food Systems Studies

Postdoctoral scholar: Agriburban food systems

We are looking for a postdoctoral scholar to assist with a funded SSHRC study to examine food production systems on the rural/urban fringe in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, with a potential for additional fieldwork in Portland, Oregon. The ideal candidate will have expertise in local food systems and experience analyzing small lot farming operations and land use change on the rural/urban fringe. There is significant scope to pursue one’s own interests within the larger context of the project.

This two year position, beginning in January of 2014, will be jointly supervised by Dr. Lenore Newman, Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley, and Dr. Hannah Wittman in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. The position will require residence in Vancouver or the Fraser Valley, and a valid driver’s license. GIS skills are also a desired asset. Salary is 40,000 per year plus benefits, with generous research expenses and conference presentation funding available. Please send an expression of interest, a CV, and contact information for two academic references to lenore.newman@ufv.ca and hannah.wittman@ubc.ca by October 15, 2013.


Lakehead University
Tier II Canada Research Chair in Food Systems Studies

Lakehead University invites applications for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Food Systems Studies at a rank commensurate with experience and qualifications. We seek an innovative, outstanding emerging researcher that has demonstrated interdisciplinary research strengths, grantsmanship and publications in food systems study.  The Chair will work closely with colleagues in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences and will take a lead role at the Food Security Research Network (FSRN) (www.fsrn.ca ) which has an established track record in community-based research. Read more

Ithaca College
Environmental Studies & Sciences
Ithaca College invites applications for a renewable three-year non-tenure eligible Assistant Professor position in Environmental Studies in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences to begin Fall 2014. We are looking for an interdisciplinary teacher and scholar whose work addresses environmental issues from a social science perspective. We seek someone who specializes in one of the following: the culture of sustainable agriculture and food systems, environmental justice, community organizing, or sustainable planning/design. The successful candidate will play a key role in enhancing the social sciences curriculum within the department. She or he should have strong interests and/or experience in integrative and experiential education. The candidate will be expected to teach in the college’s new integrative core curriculum, as well as introductory and upper-level required or elective courses in environmental studies/science. Read more