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1. ****Doctoral and postdoctoral positions in urban studies opening in Hamburg!
12 doctoral positions and 2 post-doctoral positions opening soon in Hamburg, in urban studies and built environment disciplines!
The framework is a new research training group “Urban future-making: Professional agency across time and scale”, funded by the German Research Foundation and jointly organized by the HafenCity University Hamburg in cooperation with the Hamburg University of Technology and the University of Hamburg.

The interdisciplinary team of scholars has backgrounds in sociology, political science, geography, urban studies as well as architecture, urban- and transport planning and civil engineering.

Overall topic:
In the face of urban growth, climate change and natural resource exploitation, and intensified by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, urban areas have become crucial sites where aspired pathways towards desirable futures are imagined, forecasted and variably negotiated. Through the lens of “urban future-making”, the proposed research training group will investigate the activities of built environment professionals in administration, planning and civil society responding to the expected threats and risks to urban societies. The central question is how responsible professional action can be possible under present conditions of intensified uncertainty and multiple crises. The research training group will investigate strategies and interventions related to the urban built environment which address mobility systems, energy provision and material use as interdependent fields of action where claims for transformative changes are currently most articulated.

The three cooperating universities invite applications for the following positions starting April 1st, 2022: 12 doctoral researchers (100%), 2 postdocs (100%) and one coordinator (100%).

Detailed information on the scientific programme and the team is found here:

The deadline for applications is January 12th, 2022.

Information on the application procedure and the requirements is found here:

The joint selection interviews are scheduled for February 7th-10th, 2022 and will take place in Hamburg.

For further information regarding the positions please contact Prof. Dr. Monika Grubbauer,

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is offering Up to 500 Humboldt Research Fellowships for experienced researchers to perform a long-term study endeavor (6-18 Months ) in a research institution in Germany. High-qualified global scholars and scientists of all disciplines who have completed the doctorate less than 12 decades ago are encouraged to use. The fellowship is elastic and may be split up into as many as three remains within three decades. The aim of the program is to enable highly qualified professors from overseas to visit Germany and to conduct research to stay there.Read More

2. ****Call for applications: “Summer field school on mountain ecosystems and resource management”, 19-28 September 2021″
The Grassroots Institute, a member of the Mountain Partnership, is co-organizing an online summer field school on mountain ecosystems and resource management together with 64 universities, institutions and organizations in 21 countries.

The international training programme will examine mountain ecosystems in the context of sustainable development, natural resource management and conservation. Using case studies from mountain regions around the world, the field school will covers topics including freshwater ecosystems, watershed management, ecotourism, mountain livelihoods, climate change and more.

The summer field school aims to equip researchers, students, practitioners and teachers interested in learning about mountain ecosystems with the practical approaches, knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenges of global sustainable development and natural resource management.

Interested applicants are encouraged to learn more about the programme and admission requirements here before submitting the online application. For more information, please contact

3. ****Call for applications: The Urban Climate Finance Network 2021-2022 Masterclass Series

Masterclass Series Aims
This masterclass series is part of the Urban Climate Finance Network ( work programme on ‘Decentring Urban Climate Finance.’ Supported by the Urban Studies Foundation, this network promotes discussion that provincialises the dominant and imagined geographies of climate finance, draws out generative connections and interdependencies across places, debates and theories, and expands and decenters notions of the ‘financial’. For this masterclass series, we seek to situate urban climate finance debates in relation to comparative urbanism, the materialities of urban climate finance, and the relationships between racial capitalism and climate action.The series pursues two objectives: First, we seek to provide self-defined early career scholars (ECRs) with opportunities for learning, exchanging and networking both amongst themselves and with established scholars in the field of critical (urban) finance studies, urban geography and climate research. Second, we aim to promote and support the work of ECRs, as they think through the different forms of finance that are mobilised for climate and low-carbon action in cities (from formal climate finance instruments, e.g. green bonds, to community-based and informal forms of finance, e.g use of community savings for climate adaptation initiatives).

Participants will have the opportunity to exchange with academics who have been at the forefront of critical urban theory-building in relation to three main themes: 1) thinking relationally and comparatively; 2) thinking through the materiality of climate action and climate finance in cities; and 3) racial capitalism and climate justice in cities. Through lectures, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and other methods, participants will be invited to interrogate and rethink the relationships between finance, climate action, and urban transformations.

Who can participate?

We welcome applications from self-defined early career scholars (e.g. doctoral, postdoctoral researchers, teaching fellows, lecturers, pre-tenure faculty etc.). The masterclass series will benefit scholars whose research contributes to rethinking the relationships between finance and climate action in cities. This includes, for instance, research on urban low-carbon transitions or climate adaptation in cities; urban infrastructure financing under climate change; informal urban economies and climate action, including adaptation efforts, low-carbon energy transitions and energy access; studies of racial capitalism and environmental injustices, etc.

Your participation

Places to take part in the masterclasses will be limited to ensure the quality of interactions and engagement. Participants are expected to attend all three masterclasses and to actively participate in the discussions. The schedule for the masterclasses will run from November 2021 to April 2022:

Masterclass 1 – Thinking relationally: comparative theory-building for urban climate finance research (Tuesday 15th November 2021)

Masterclass 2 – The urban materialities of climate finance (Tuesday 8th February 2022)

Masterclass 3 – Racial capitalism, finance and climate justice in cities (Tuesday 12th April 2022)

(full masterclass programme available at

If you are interested in participating in the masterclasses, please send us a short paragraph (max. 400 words) detailing (a) your research interests and (b) your motivation for participating in the masterclasses by Sept 30th 2021 to We will notify accepted participants by mid October. We are particularly eager to receive expressions of interest from early career researchers based in institutions and locations that remain underrepresented in current scholarship on finance and urban climate action. To optimise accessibility across time zones, masterclasses will be hosted at staggered times. Additionally, funds will be allocated to provide internet connection boosters to participants as needed.

4. ****African Economic Research Consortium“. 

Announcement for Masters Fellowships 2021/2022
The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) was established in 1988 as a public not-for-profit organization devoted to the advancement of economic policy research and training in Africa. The Consortium’s mandate and strategic intent is built on the basis that sustained development in subSaharan Africa requires well-trained, locally based professional economists. AERC agitates the provision of capacity building in economic policy in Francophone and Anglophone African countries through provision of support in the areas of policy research and graduate training. AERC wishes to announce the 2021/2022 Masters scholarships for applicants from Anglophone subSaharan African countries admitted into any of the following AERC Collaborative Masters Programme (CMAP) in Economics universities:

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
University of Botswana
University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
University of Cape Coast, Ghana
University of Ghana, Legon
University of Nairobi, Kenya
University of Mauritius
University of Namibia
University of Malawi
University of Zimbabwe
Makerere University

Qualifications and Requirements: To qualify for scholarship, applicant must:

  • Have applied and been admitted to any one of the listed CMAP universities;
  • Have attained at least a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) or equivalent in Economics or related field from an accredited university; and
  • Female and applicants from post-conflict and fragile states (especially the AERC Masters Bridge Programme alumni class of 2017 and 2018) are highly encouraged to apply. Interested applicants must submit their applications for admission directly to the respective universities (application procedure can be obtained from the respective university’s website).

Upon receipt of an admission letter from a specific university, applicants shall send the following documents to AERC on and copy 1. Application cover letter; 2. Curriculum Vitae; 3. Evidence of admission at any of the universities listed above; and 4. Certified copies of transcripts and certificates. The deadline for applying for the scholarship is July 16, 2021. For more information visit AERC website on 

5. ****Urban Industrial Lands PhD Scholarships – 2nd call“. 

This is a second call for two PhD scholarships on urban industrial lands at Monash University (Melbourne, AU). Please share with your students. We are prepared to work around Covid travel restrictions and extend start dates for international applicants.

Applications are invited from appropriately qualified individuals (domestic or international applicants) for two Australian Research Council (ARC) funded PhD scholarships in Urban Planning and Design at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The PhDs will contribute to a research project called Remaking Post-industrial Plans: Urban Industrial Zoning Past and Future. This project is led by Professor Carl Grodach and Dr Elizabeth Taylor of Monash University, and Associate Professor Joe Hurley of RMIT. The project will blend interdisciplinary approaches from urban planning, geography, and history to examine the changing functions and roles of urban industrial land.

The successful applicants will receive a tax-free living allowance and Tuition Fee Scholarship. There may also be opportunities as sessional academic staff.

Click Here For Full application details

Closing date for the receipt of EOIs: 31 May 2021, 11:55 pm AEST

6. ****2nd call – 7 PhD positions in Regional Science & Economic Geography at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (Italy)“. 

The Gran Sasso Science Institute, a recently established public university dedicated to doctoral education in L’Aquila, Italy, offers 7 positions in its English-taught PhD programme in Regional Science & Economic Geography.

The aim of the PhD in Regional Science and Economic Geography is to address issues related to local and regional development. The methodological perspective of research and teaching is multidisciplinary, combining regional and urban economics, economic and human geography, spatial planning and sociology.

Please note that the programme offers training in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, thus enabling students to move beyond dualistic understandings (quantitative vs. qualitative) of economic geography and regional studies.

The PhD Programme lasts four years. The Academic Year will start on November 1st 2021. GSSI awards scholarships until the thesis dissertation and for a maximum of four years. The yearly gross amount of the scholarship is € 16.159,91. An additional 50% on a monthly basis may be awarded for research periods abroad if approved by the GSSI. During their first year, PhD students will be offered free accomodation by the GSSI. In the remaining three years they will receive from the university a contribution to their housing costs.

L’Aquila is a historical town in central Italy, surrounded by mountains in a largely unspoiled natural environment. It is the capital city of the Abruzzo region. Rome can be reached from L’Aquila in about one hour and half by bus.

Deadline for applications is 14 June 2021. Click Here for details.

7. ****Doctoral Position in Remote Sensing and Earth System Modelling @
Lund University Department of Physical Geograhy and Ecosystem Science, Sweden

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8. ****Summer School on Ecological and Feminist Macroeconomics (Online, 12-16 July). “. 

it is with great pleasure that we announce this summer school organized by the University of Barcelona School of Economics.

It offers a crash course on both ecological and feminist macroeconomics. Moreover, it invites participants to reflect upon the convergence between the two. The intention is to contribute to macroeconomics able to face the challenges of the XXI Century. These are well reflected by the Sustainable Development Goals. Particular emphasis will be paid to ecological sustainability, gender equality, and their intersections.

9. ****Call for Fellows 2022: The RCC Landhaus Fellowship Program“. See Datails

10. ****PhD position in Landscape characterization for planning”. 

We are looking for a landscape architect, architect, human geographer, landscape, spatial or environmental planner, a scholar in urban studies or with a similar master’s degree with a focus on landscape and planning. Master students in their final year may apply if they can show a transcript of their master’s degree by the 15th of July.

Landscape revisited: landscape characterization for sustainable development.

We are looking for a PhD candidate who will examine and develop qualitative approaches for landscape characterization for planning that go beyond the conventional cartographic approaches, and beyond the rural – urban divide. To achieve this goal the student is expected to lean on landscape studies in combination with a historical approach or examinations of everyday life, in studies of recreation and its mobilities.

The candidate will be one of 10 PhD students within an interdisciplinary European Innovative Training Network (ITN), called TOD IS RUR: “Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) for Inclusive and Sustainable Rural-Urban Regions”. The ITN will provide unique opportunities for international and interdisciplinary learning with peers at leading European universities and with leading practitioners within the field of landscape characterization. For this candidate, close collaboration with the Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technische Universität Berlin, will be of key importance, as will collaborations with practicing landscape architects. Case studies are expected to be carried out in Sweden and Germany. More information on TOD IS RUR is available at:

11. ****Environment, Conflict and Society Summer School.”.See Details
12. ****Call for participants “Decentering Urban Climate Finance Relational Comparison in Theory & Practice“.See Details
13. **Scholarships at the University of QueenslandClick Here To Apply
14. 10 PhD positions available for developing context-based approaches for rural-urban areas.See Details
15. Urban Studies Foundation International Scholarships See Details
16. Call for Applications: Augsburg-Munich International Doctorate Program – Rethinking Environment: The Environmental Humanities and the Ecological Transformation of Society See Details 
17. Impacts of collaborative workspaces in rural and peripheral areas PhD positions See Details
18. International Climate Protection Fellowships See Details
19. 2021 Global Scholars Academy See Details
20. Policy Expo Grant Scheme at See details