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CONVIVA postdoc, UC Santa Barbara, 2 years

The California Grizzly Research Network and NORFACE/Belmont Forum/NSF-funded CON-VIVA working group invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in conservation social science.

Since 2016, the Grizzly Network (www.calgrizzly.com) has been promoting—through interdisciplinary research and education—a more informed scholarly and public conversation about the past and potential future of brown (grizzly) bears in California. The CON-VIVA project (www.convivialconservation.com), which includes case studies in four countries, launched in 2018 to better understand conflicts with large carnivores, and develop new approaches for conserving and coexisting with them during a time of rapid institutional, political, economic, and ecological change.

The fellow hired for this position will conduct a field study to assess the knowledge, attitudes, values, and beliefs of people living in two California communities toward proposals to reintroduce and recover large carnivores, particularly brown bears, in nearby parks and wilderness areas.

This position will require the fellow to design and implement a social science field study, including identifying key stakeholders, interviewing local leaders and residents, organizing focus groups, and engaging in participant observation. The fellow will consult with a steering committee of UCSB faculty, participate in the Grizzly Network, and maintain close correspondence with CON-VIVA members in other regions. This includes attending international team meetings, and writing co-authored journal articles.

The fellow will be based in the Environmental Studies Program at UC Santa Barbara. While in the field, the fellow will use the facilities of the UC Natural Reserve System.

Applicants should have a doctorate in the social sciences (anthropology, sociology, geography, history, political science, etc.), a publishing track record, an ability to work in interdisciplinary and international teams, and excellent communication skills.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, writing sample, and the contact information for two references to Professor Peter Alagona at palagona@gmail.com.

Selection will focus on applicants’ qualifications, track record, potential, and fit. Applicants must have completed their PhDs, or show strong evidence that they will do so by June 2019.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Published by Robert Fletcher

I work in the Sociology of Development and Change group at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. I am an environmental anthropologist with research interests in conservation, development, ecotourism, globalization, climate change, social and resistance movements, and non-state forms of governance. I use a political ecology approach to explore how culturally-specific understandings of human-nonhuman relations and political economic structures intersect to inform patterns of natural resource use and conflict. Most of my research has been conducted in Latin America (particularly Costa Rica and Chile) but I have also begun to work in East Africa.

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