The Urban Climate Resilience Southeast Asia Partnership(UCRSAP)
UCRSAP addresses vulnerabilities to climate change in urbanizing areas of Southeast Asia with the goal of enhancing resilience and, hence, economic and social well-being. Individual and community vulnerabilities in the region are linked to global environmental change and to the rapid pace of urbanization and economic integration of the region. Specifically, we seek to provide vulnerable peoples in transitional states with the space to learn about and share in decisions about protecting themselves from the economic, social, and physical impacts of climate change.
UCRSAP is a new network of scholars and researchers working to address a critical gap in understanding the role of regionalization and urbanization in the growing risks posed by climate change in Southeast Asia. Our project involves international collaboration between academics in Canada and partners located in four countries that are experiencing both rapid urbanization and the severe effects of climate change: Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. UCRSAP includes universities, NGOs, local organizations, and local governments engaged in multi-disciplinary partnership, combining the science of interpreting climate change’s uncertainties, risks, and impacts with social science analysis from geography, anthropology, and planning. The initiating partners include the Thailand Environmental Institute Foundation (TEI), a non-government think tank focusing on scientific and policy issues in Southeast Asia, and the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET-International), an international NGO with extensive experience in knowledge sharing and building urban climate change resilience, the University of Toronto, and York University.
The UCRSAP is undertaking a range of research and program activities:
- conducting original, independent, academic research that views urbanization as a transformative process in terms of poverty, vulnerability, growth and climate change impacts;
- promoting and sharing our research through publications, as well as through workshops, conferences, webcasts, and presentations;
- convening roundtables and public events to engage discussion among scholars, policy makers, and community leaders in cities of Southeast Asia and Canada;
- supporting graduate and post-graduate students to thereby build Canada and Southeast Asia’s expertise in the field of urban climate change impacts and responses.
The Partnership is supported by a five-year International Partnerships for Sustainable Societies (IPaSS) grant, funded by both the International Development Research Council (IDRC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada.
For more information about UCRSAP: http://urbanclimateresiliencesea.apps01.yorku.ca
UCRSAP Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2015-16
The Urban Climate Resilience Southeast Asia Partnership (UCRSAP), located in the Asia Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, invites applications for a one-year (with possibility of renewal for up to three years) UCRSAP Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Urban Climate Change Resilience. Research proposed must be pertinent to UCRSAP’s focus on building urban climate change capacity, particularly in the Mekong region. The Fellowship will commence July 1 2015, with an annual salary of $40,500 CAD plus benefits.
The successful applicant is expected to reside in Toronto, Canada during the term of the Fellowship, and will have the opportunity to participate in the intellectual life of the Munk School of Global Affairs and larger University of Toronto community during the 2015-2016 academic year. Support for conference and research travel in Southeast Asia is available.
Eligibility is limited to applicants who have received their Ph.D. in a relevant discipline within the three years prior to the start date of the UCRSAP fellowship (i.e. July 2012 or later). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
In addition to pursuing an intensive research project, the post-doctoral fellow is expected to participate as a member of the UCRSAP team.
Core responsibilities of the post-doctoral fellow include:
- Conducting research of relevance to the UCRSAP project;
- Presenting two research seminars at the Munk School of Global Affairs, with the first in the Fall of 2015 and the second in the Spring of 2016;
- Preparing an original, full-length research paper for publication as part of the UCRSAP Paper series;
- Participating in the UCRSAP Virtual Graduate Seminar.
Other responsibilities, to be identified with UCRSAP partners and directors based on the fellow’s interests and UCRSAP’s research agenda, could include:
- Planning UCRSAP conferences, events, or workshops, in conjunction with UCRSAP partners;
- Preparing research papers for publication as part of the USRSAP Papers series;
- Participation in other UCRSAP research projects and initiatives; and
- Providing research assistance and support to the UCRSAP Co-Directors.
Applications must arrive at the Munk School of Global Affairs no later than 1 January 2015 at noon (EST). The committee will notify applicants of their decision by 1 March 2015.
Application instructions can be found here.
Deadline: January 1, 2015