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Grants available for projects on the Energy-Health-Natural Disasters nexus in African cities.
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Call for pre-proposals: Energy-Health-Natural Disasters nexus in African Cities

We're working with ICSU and NASAC to support 10 African research projects on the Energy-Health-Natural Disasters nexus in African cities.

This is the first call of the 5-year “Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa” programme funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The programme seeks to increase the production of high-quality, integrated, solutions-oriented research on global sustainability by early-career scientists in Africa. Funded projects are expected to generate new solutions-oriented knowledge that will help develop new urban paradigms in Africa and make African cities more resilient, adaptable and healthier.

The call for pre-proposals aims to identify collaborative research projects in Africa interested to explore inter-relationships across at least two domains of the nexus. Successful applicants will be invited to join a training workshop on integrated research in Nairobi, Kenya, on 3-7 October 2016. Applicants should have no more than 10 years’ work experience following their PhDs or equivalent research experience.

The deadline for pre-proposal submission is 15 August 2016 (18:00 CET).

Transformations to Sustainability webinar
Researchers from the Transformations to Sustainability programme recently took part in a webinar to present the three funded Transformative Knowledge Networks, and to start a discussion on solutions-oriented social science research in practice. Watch the webinar and access speakers' slides.
Video from T2S conference session
A special session on Transformations to Sustainability was held at the Undisciplined Environments conference in March 2016. Catch up on videos from the event with Leah Temper, speaking on academic-activist co-produced knowledge for environmental justice; David Kronlid, speaking on transgressive social learning for social-ecological sustainability in times of climate change, and Marco Armiero, ('Justainability') speaking on grassroots initiatives to merge social and environmental justice. 
Reflections and recommendations from transdisciplinarity workshops
A new report highlights recommendations for a transdisciplinary (TD) training programme, including why TD research is needed and what it entails; ontological, epistemological and methodological considerations, and research strategies and paradigms. It follows workshops organized earlier this year in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Download the report
Save the Date: WSSR2016 Report launch
Save the Date - The World Social Science Report 2016: Challenging Inequalities – Pathways to a Just World will be launched on Thursday, 22 September 2016, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden. The event is hosted by the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS). Register now. Can't attend? Don't worry - the event in Stockholm will be live-streamed - more details will follow in a future newsletter.  

Dr Nicole de Wet, a South African researcher working on demography and population studies, has been awarded a Fellowship through the WZB (Berlin Social Science Center)-ISSC Global Fellowship Scheme. Nicole de Wet’s research will focus on family formation and economic insecurity among youth in South Africa, and she will take up her four-month Fellowship in August 2016.

On October 24th 2016 the ISSC and the International Council for Science (ICSU) will hold a joint General Assembly to discuss a possible merger and creation of a new international council for the social and natural sciences. Please see all relevant documents here.

Vacancy: Executive Secretary, CODESRIA

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites applications from suitably qualified African scholars for the position of Executive Secretary in its pan-African Secretariat located in Dakar, Senegal. This position, which will fall vacant in 2017, is the most senior management post in the Executive Secretariat and the successful candidate will be expected to function as the leader of the institution and a diverse team of staff under the overall supervision of the Executive Committee of the Council.

All applications must be received by Thursday 15th September 2016.

Dates for your diary


2016 IIAS-IASIA Joint Congress
Starts: September 20, 2016
Location: Chengdu, China

INGSA 2016 Conference
Starts: September 29, 2016
Location: Brussels, Belgium

ISSC-ICSU Joint General Assembly 2016
Starts: October 24, 2016
Location: Oslo, Norway

2016 Nairobi Conference on Earth System Governance: "Confronting Complexity and Inequality"
Starts: December 7, 2016
Location: Nairobi, Kenya


State, Sovereignty and Social Space in the Arab Region: Emerging Historical and Theoretical Approaches” The Arab Council for the Social Sciences Third Conference
Call for papers now open - submit by September 6, 2016
Starts: March 10, 2017
Location:Beirut, Lebanon 

Transformations 2017
Call for abstracts extended - submit by October 31, 2016
Starts: August 30, 2017
Location: Dundee, Scotland
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