Research/Post-doc positions @ Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan


The Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) in Kyoto, Japan is looking to fill four, full-time research positions (one senior project researcher, three project researchers) for the “Lifeworlds of Sustainable Food Consumption and Production: Agrifood Systems in Transition” (FEAST Project) to begin in April 2016.

Taking a bottom-up, action research approach, this interdisciplinary project seeks to understand and catalyze sustainable agrifood transition through the co-creation of new communities of social practice and collective action at locations in developed and emerging Asian countries.  The project looks to combine and advance three particular realms of research: 1) alternative food network and sustainable food planning research that seeks to define appropriate scales for “foodsheds” and supports evidenced-based, collaborative approaches to agrifood governance, 2) sustainable consumption research on the critical socio-cultural elements that shape human behavior in diverse Asian contexts, and 3) socio-technical transition research on the effectiveness of community futures envisioning, valorization, and market transparency based interventions.

Minimum Requirements
•   PhD in relevant field
•   Experience or knowledge working in Asia (in particular, Japan, China, Thailand, Bhutan)
•   Ability to communicate and write in English; Ability to speak Japanese is beneficial but not essential

Submission Deadline:  January 15th, 2016

Full descriptions of each of the four positions can be found at this link:

For more information on the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature: (English); (Japanese)

Employment Opportunity: Area Cooperative Extension Advisor – Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences


Employment Opportunity at UC Davis: Area Cooperative Extension Advisor – Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences

This position focuses on low-income and economic urban disparities related to food and food systems, nutrition education, and relationships between food systems and environmental health for optimal nutrition and health outcomes.  The CE advisor provides leadership for two large USDA contracts, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and UC-CalFresh, across the three counties and connects research and extension programming to compliment these programs while bringing new knowledge and evidence based practices to complex urban food systems issues.  It is expected that the CE advisor’s relationships between sustainable food systems, health, and diet-related chronic diseases will align with national public health policy and nutrition goals and UC ANR’s Strategic Initiatives. This position addresses priorities outlined in the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative of UC ANR, which fits well with expansion of urban agriculture programs being supported by UC ANR.  Academic oversight of the Master Food Preserver program in San Mateo County is also included in this position.

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Job Posting: Department Head, Agriculture (Murray State University)


The Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture invites applicants for a full-time, twelve month tenure-track administrative appointment as Department Head of Agricultural Science at the associate or professor level. The position announcement is attached.  See the application instructions and complete announcement at

Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2015.  Start date is July 1, 2015.

SFU-UBC Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium: Call for Proposals


The first SFU-UBC Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium is seeking graduate students whose research reflects the symposium theme: “Hands Back, Hands Forward – Indigenizing the Academy through Relationships.”

The theme aims to explore concepts, practices, innovations and challenges in making academia more respectful and responsive to indigenous knowledge systems, communities and learners.

The symposium, to be held March 7, is open to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.

The deadline for proposed submissions is Jan. 19, 2015 to

See attached poster for details:

Call for Applications: PhD Research Fellowships, University of Oslo


The Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) at the University of Oslo is inviting applications for two PhD research fellowships in ‘Food, Food systems and land use’.

SUM, is an international research institution at the University of Oslo with a well-established track record of undertaking critical, independent and high quality interdisciplinary and policy-related research on the challenges and dilemmas posed by sustainable development.

Read more about the Phd applications and apply here.