WE ARE HIRING! Early Stage Researcher Position in PyroLife Project at CareNet

New social and climatic changes are transforming the frequency, intensity and impact of wildfires -environmentally, but also socially, economically and politically. This requires a new type of diverse experts, who not only understand fire, but who are also able to communicate risks and engage with communities, deal with uncertainty, and link scientific disciplines as well as science and practice.

Drawing upon theories and methods of social sciences, we aim to understand how we can socially and culturally prepare and engage with these changing conditions. How can societies (re)learn to live with fire? What can European and other international experiences (i.e. from the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, South Africa…) teach us about it? How those ideas can be put into practice in diverse and specific contexts? How can we develop approaches that learn from and situate vulnerable social groups at the centre?

CareNet Research Group is a beneficiary of the Innovative Training Network PyroLife (funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions- H2020), that seeks to address this challenge by training a new generation of interdisciplinary experts in integrated fire management. As such, we have an open position for a PhD candidate at the UOC Doctoral School and an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) of this training network:



This PhD is aimed at critically examining citizen and community engagement in wildfires management, particularly for those groups identified as most vulnerable in the event of a disaster (e.g. children, youth, women, people with disabilities, elderly, poor people, migrants and indigenous communities). We aim to identify effective strategies for engaging communities at risk (including first-hand analysis through secondments in the USA and New Zealand) and experiment with them in real wildfire-prone contexts.

For this position we are looking for candidates that have:

  • Previous training in social sciences (sociology, anthropology, social psychology, political sciences, social/cultural geography). Candidates with previous training in environmental sciences, willing to receive training in social sciences are also encouraged to apply.
  • Knowledge of the literature in the fields of political ecology, environmental anthropology, disaster studies, and science and technology studies is desired.
  • Previous experience/training in community engagement, ethnographic research and/or participatory approaches is desired but not required.
  • Fluent in English and Spanish; additional languages are also appreciated.

If you are interested in this interdisciplinary challenge, and in looking and learning beyond your own field and assumptions, with an international team that is inclusive, collaborative, creative and open minded: we are looking for you! Apply for this PhD position. 

Deadline: 20/06/2021 23:00 – Europe/Brussels

For more information and details about this position please download the full application text and contact Dr. Israel Rodríguez-Giralt irodriguezgir [at] uoc.edu

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