A 2-year contract is open to work in the Biodiversa-funded project “An inclusive approach to assessing integrative scenarios and visions for protected area management (ENVISION)“, a transdisciplinary research program that aims at developing, testing, and validating an inclusive conservation approach for engaging multiple stakeholders in PA management and biodiversity decision-making at multiple scales. The project will move beyond the state-of-the art by developing a coherent set of tools and processes for systematically identifying, assessing, and comparing PA management visions based on past drivers of change and the consequences of modelled scenarios on multiple aspects of biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being.

The postdoc will be hired by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (TURBA research group), and will give support to the development of WP5 (“Proposing Protected Areas Governance models and instruments; look for a description of the WP below), carrying out extensive fieldwork in Sierra de Guadarrama (Madrid). It also implies conducting a literature review, data analysis, contributing and eventually leading the writing of scientific papers as well as supporting the writing of reports. The contract will start in April 2019 until December 2020 and will also entail attending some of the consortium meetings when required.

We are looking for a candidate with a background in socio-ecological system analysis and/or political ecology, and, if possible, with experience in Social Network analysis and participatory mapping.

The details of the job offer can be accessed here: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/370917.

Application deadline: 03/02/2019 23:00 CET.

WP5: Proposing PA governance models and instruments (Lead: Isabel Ruiz Mallén, UOC). Policies and management for conservation entail trade-offs in relation to other land uses, and governance is embedded in power relations at different scales. Tensions and conflicts are frequent between stakeholders with diverging needs, values, and visions in PAs. While depicting the complexity of governance settings and power relations across scales and stakeholders is critical for inclusive conservation approaches, few empirical tools exist for assessing such relations and fostering deliberative consensus building.