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Event: “INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Progress, Regress or Stasis?” UEL’s Second Undergraduate Conference

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UEL Undergraduate Conference

UEL Undergraduate Conference

The University of East London’s Second Undergraduate Conference 

will be taking place on Saturday  the 10th of November 2012 at the University of East London, Docklands Campus in London, England (for more information please see Venue).

The theme of the conference is INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Progress, Regress or Stasis?

The student is invited to write papers on the topics they feel are current today, and to give their views on where development work needs to change.


  • To improve the skills and confidence of all the students involved as they write papers to deadline, debate their work in a public forum and receive feedback from academics from various backgrounds and industry leaders.
  • To allow students the chance to gain recognition of their work from people outside of their universities.
  • To network and develop links with students from other universities.
  • To expose the students to publishers and leaders in their field.

The Conference is a one day event, and will provide varying forms of review and feedback to suit the varying levels of work that will be submitted. We welcome presentations in different forms, for example poster presentations, short documentaries and photo exhibitions. All accepted works will be presented, and some of the works will be selected for review by a panel of academic experts, charity executives and journal publishers. All participants and attendees will receive certificates for their attendance, and the participants will be given a book containing all the works that were presented at the conference.

Additionally, there will be keynote speakers on Saturday, and a networking event on the Saturday night to provide attendees with the opportunity to network with students from other universities, speakers and members of the panels.


CfA: Postdoc at University of Hamburg “Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction (CliSAP)”

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Institut für Friedensforschun: und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg

Postdoc Position Vacancy

The University of Hamburg jointly with other institutes, including the IFSH, has established a transdisciplinary research focus on “Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction (CliSAP)” at the KlimaCampus Hamburg. One of CLISAP’s research topics is “climate change, violent conflict and social stability”(C-4). The primary goal within this topic is to analyze the security-related effects of ongoing and future changes of the climate system. A focus within this topic is research on climate-related migration including the Northern Africa and the Mediterranean region. Aim of this research is to improve knowledge on future migration trends in the named region as well as their likely consequences. The work in this research area is directed by Prof. Michael Brzoska, IFSH, and Prof. Cord Jakobeit, Institute of Political Science, in cooperation with Prof. Jürgen Scheffran, Department of Geography.

The IFSH offers a position for a time-limited post-doc research associate for research on climate-related migration in the named regions. Employment will be according to public sector salary group 13/14 TV-AVH, depending on qualifications, and shall start January 1, 2013 or soon thereafter. The fixed-term contract over 30 months will end June 2015; see also § 2 of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz).

IFSH intends to increase the number of women amongst its academic personnel and expressly encourages qualified women to apply. In compliance with the Hamburg Equal Opportunity Law, preference will be given to qualified female applicants.

Preference will be given to disabled applicants with equal qualifications.


Independent research on effects of environmental change on migration patterns from Africa to Europe, with special emphasis on Northern Africa. Research can focus on broader issues or on particular aspects of migration patterns. It should preferably integrate climate prediction with social analysis of factors shaping migration patterns. Successful candidates can focus their work on a particular methodological approach but should be able to relate it to a wider range of methodologies. In addition to research, the position entails responsibilities in the coordination of activities within the topic of “climate change, violent conflict and social stability”(C-4).



·        Academic degree in geography, political science or some other discipline relevant for the responsibilities listed

·        Doctoral degree experience and a proven research record preferably in the following fields:

o   Migration research

  • Regional research on Northern Africa and/or Mediterranean
  • Integration of physical and social data


The candidate should have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent research, proposal writing and organisation of research. In addition good oral and written communication skills in English are expected. Knowledge of German is an advantage.

Candidates shall include, with their application, a 5-10 page project outline, indicating the research question and methodology they would like to pursue.

Application dossiers (application letter, curriculum vitae, degree certificate(s), project proposal etc.) are to be submitted by email to Koehler@ifsh.de or by regular mail to:

M. Köhler, IFSH, Beim Schlump 83, 20144 Hamburg

The deadline for receipt of applications is November 20, 2012. Candidates should not submit original documents. Documents will not be returned, unless a stamped and self-addressed envelope is sent with the application.

For additional information please contact Prof. Dr. Michael Brzoska (brzoska@ifsh.de) and refer to the CliSAP webpage at www.klimacampus.de


Launch of the FMR 25th Anniversary collection of articles

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On behalf of the Forced Migration Review team:

Today we are launching the FMR 25th Anniversary collection of articles.

Forced Migration Review – 25th Anniversary collection

Forced Migration Review – 25th Anniversary collection

In November 1987 the first issue of a newsletter was published by the Refugee Studies Centre in response to a call for a forum for information exchange between researchers and practitioners. Forced Migration Review (formerly known as the Refugee Participation Network newsletter) is still going strong today, 25 years later. It is now published in four languages and read around the world. Since 1987, we have published some 78 issues and supplements.

Our Anniversary collection of newly commissioned articles will look back over 25 years of debate, learning and advocacy for the rights of displaced and stateless people, and consider where we are now – and what the future holds – in relation to many of the themes covered by FMR.

We are inviting a selection of former guest editors, authors and donors to reflect on developments and to consider questions such as: What main lessons and commitments do we need to take forward? What gaps remain in our understanding and capacity? What does the future hold?

We’re launching the collection today with two articles, one by FMR’s current Editors and one by Jeff Crisp, head of UNHCR’s Policy Development and Evaluation Service, who has collaborated with FMR for many years, as a writer, funder and advisor.

Go to www.fmreview.org/25th-anniversary to read the articles.

The full collection of articles will build up gradually; later in 2013 we will combine all the articles into a full anniversary issue which will be available online and for downloading.

We would like to thank all those who have read, written for and supported FMR/RPN over the years.

With our thanks and best wishes

Marion Couldrey & Maurice Herson
Current Co-Editors

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