RIGHTS AND RESILIENCE IN KENYA (RARE) WORK PACKAGE 2 (WP2) NEW ANNOUNCEMENT OF ONE PHD SCHOLARSHIP ON PASTORALISTS’ ADAPTATION STRATEGIES AND LAND CLAIMS (WP2)

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The University of Nairobi (UoN), the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Roskilde University, and the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) invite interested and qualified graduate Kenyan candidates to apply for one of the four Ph.D. scholarships related to RARE research project. RARE investigates the relationship between resilience and land rights in the contexts of (agro-) pastoral adaptation to climate change in Kenya. The project will support one full Ph.D. scholarship for each of its four Work Packages (WPs). This is a new call for WP2.

WP2 on Pastoralists’ Adaptation Strategies and Land Claims

This WP addresses the question of how competing land claims and statutory and non-statutory mechanisms for dealing with them affect (agro-) pastoral communities’ resilience. The argument is that environmental, social, institutional and political pressures result in competing for land claims and power struggles that create differentiated rights to access and transfer land, and thereby structuring pastoral adaptation. WP2 focuses on how community members’ adaptation of land needs are constrained/ enabled by competing claims from other land users; how community members seek access to land for adaptation; how claims based on combinations of legal and customary rights, the use of force, use of discursive and rhetorical strategies, and affirmations of social identity come into play; how cooperative actions and agreements on access have evolved from conflicts. WP2 employs participatory and ethnographic methods, such as qualitative semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions and participant observation to unpack how institutional dynamics structure resilience. The selected Ph.D. applicant is required to work on a self-defined project that addresses the main research question of WP2 and to take part in common WP2 and RARE activities.

The full RARE project description can be accessed here:  (RARE project description)

Conditions for the Ph.D. position

The applicant must have a masters degree in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Planning, Climate Change, Resource Politics, Sociology, Anthropology, Law, Development Studies or other relevant Social Science disciplines, and proven research knowledge on land rights and climate change.

The successful applicant will be enrolled at the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation at the University of Nairobi. There may be a possibility of attending courses in Denmark. The three- year duration scholarship will commence on February 1, 2020. The candidate is expected to commit full time to the Ph.D. study and must be flexible in collaborating and sharing data with the other RARE Ph.D. students and researchers for mutual benefit and coherence. The position is fully funded and comes with an attractive benefits package.

General conditions for the Ph.D. positions

  1. The selected Ph.D. candidate will be enrolled at UoN with the possibility of attending courses in Denmark.
  2. The scholarship will commence on February 1, 2020, for a three-year (36 months) full-time duration.
  3. The selected Ph.D. scholar must work on topics that fit with RARE’s Work Package 2 and must be flexible in collaborating and sharing data with the other Ph.D. students and project researchers for mutual benefit and coherence.

The application

Deadline for submitting the application is September 30, 2019, at 11.59 PM Kenyan time. Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview session at the UoN in the last week of October 2019.

This call is open even to those who applied in the previous call.

Inquiries

General inquiries about the research project and Ph.D. positions should be addressed to Prof. Karuti Kanyinga Email: karuti.kanyinga@uonbi.ac.ke, cc: Dr. Iben Nathan Email: in@ifro.ku.dkdirector-ids@uonbi.ac.ke.

Application format and submission details

  1. Applicants must not be on another scholarship at the time of submission of their applications.
  2. The applicants are required to submit an application together with the following documents:

a)      Copy of Kenyan ID/passport

b)      A motivation  statement stating why they are interested in the Ph.D. program and the selected topic/work package (Max 350 words)

c)      Curriculum vitae (signed)

d)       Two (2) passport size photos

e)      Certified copies of degree certificates, transcripts, and testimonials

f)       A research concept note (Max 3000 words). The concept paper should have (i) An introduction (Background, Problem statement and Rationale, including an explanation of how the proposed project contributes to the selected work package), (ii) Aims and Objectives, (iii) Methods - proposed source(s) of data, method of data collection/instruments, method of data analysis, (iv) Contribution to knowledge/originality, (v) Key References.

g)Three letters of reference, two of which must be from academic referees and one from a non-academic referee.

 

  1. Applications should be submitted via email to Project Coordinator Prof. Karuti Kanyinga, IDS, Email: karuti.kanyinga@uonbi.ac.ke cc: Project Coordinator Assoc. Prof. Iben Nathan: In@ifro.ku.dk; Dr. Joanes Atela:  joanes.atela@gmail.com; J.Atela@acts-net.org; and Dr. Paul Stacey: pas@ruc.dk

 

  1. Specific inquiries about WP 2 should be addressed to Dr. Joanes Atela: joanes.atela@gmail.com and copied to Dr. Paul Stacey: pas@ruc.dk 

 The University of Nairobi (UoN), the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Roskilde University, and the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) invite interested and qualified graduate Kenyan candidates to apply for one of the four Ph.D. scholarships related to RARE research project. RARE investigates the relationship between resilience and land rights in the contexts of (agro-) pastoral adaptation to climate change in Kenya. The project will support one full Ph.D. scholarship for each of its four Work Packages (WPs). This is a new call for WP2.

WP2 on Pastoralists’ Adaptation Strategies and Land Claims

This WP addresses the question of how competing land claims and statutory and non-statutory mechanisms for dealing with them affect (agro-) pastoral communities’ resilience. The argument is that environmental, social, institutional and political pressures result in competing for land claims and power struggles that create differentiated rights to access and transfer land, and thereby structuring pastoral adaptation. WP2 focuses on how community members’ adaptation of land needs are constrained/ enabled by competing claims from other land users; how community members seek access to land for adaptation; how claims based on combinations of legal and customary rights, the use of force, use of discursive and rhetorical strategies, and affirmations of social identity come into play; how cooperative actions and agreements on access have evolved from conflicts. WP2 employs participatory and ethnographic methods, such as qualitative semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions and participant observation to unpack how institutional dynamics structure resilience. The selected Ph.D. applicant is required to work on a self-defined project that addresses the main research question of WP2 and to take part in common WP2 and RARE activities.

The full RARE project description can be accessed here:  (RARE project description)

Conditions for the Ph.D. position

The applicant must have a masters degree in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Planning, Climate Change, Resource Politics, Sociology, Anthropology, Law, Development Studies or other relevant Social Science disciplines, and proven research knowledge on land rights and climate change.

The successful applicant will be enrolled at the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation at the University of Nairobi. There may be a possibility of attending courses in Denmark. The three- year duration scholarship will commence on February 1, 2020. The candidate is expected to commit full time to the Ph.D. study and must be flexible in collaborating and sharing data with the other RARE Ph.D. students and researchers for mutual benefit and coherence. The position is fully funded and comes with an attractive benefits package.

General conditions for the Ph.D. positions

  1. The selected Ph.D. candidate will be enrolled at UoN with the possibility of attending courses in Denmark.
  2. The scholarship will commence on February 1, 2020, for a three-year (36 months) full-time duration.
  3. The selected Ph.D. scholar must work on topics that fit with RARE’s Work Package 2 and must be flexible in collaborating and sharing data with the other Ph.D. students and project researchers for mutual benefit and coherence.

The application

Deadline for submitting the application is September 30, 2019, at 11.59 PM Kenyan time. Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview session at the UoN in the last week of October 2019.

This call is open even to those who applied in the previous call.

Inquiries

General inquiries about the research project and Ph.D. positions should be addressed to Prof. Karuti Kanyinga Email: karuti.kanyinga@uonbi.ac.ke, cc: Dr. Iben Nathan Email: in@ifro.ku.dkdirector-ids@uonbi.ac.ke.

Application format and submission details

  1. Applicants must not be on another scholarship at the time of submission of their applications.
  2. The applicants are required to submit an application together with the following documents:

a)      Copy of Kenyan ID/passport

b)      A motivation  statement stating why they are interested in the Ph.D. program and the selected topic/work package (Max 350 words)

c)      Curriculum vitae (signed)

d)       Two (2) passport size photos

e)      Certified copies of degree certificates, transcripts, and testimonials

f)       A research concept note (Max 3000 words). The concept paper should have (i) An introduction (Background, Problem statement and Rationale, including an explanation of how the proposed project contributes to the selected work package), (ii) Aims and Objectives, (iii) Methods - proposed source(s) of data, method of data collection/instruments, method of data analysis, (iv) Contribution to knowledge/originality, (v) Key References.

g)Three letters of reference, two of which must be from academic referees and one from a non-academic referee.

  1. Applications should be submitted via email to Project Coordinator Prof. Karuti Kanyinga, IDS, Email: karuti.kanyinga@uonbi.ac.ke cc: Project Coordinator Assoc. Prof. Iben Nathan: In@ifro.ku.dk; Dr Joanes Atela:  joanes.atela@gmail.com; J.Atela@acts-net.org; and Dr. Paul Stacey: pas@ruc.dk
  1. Specific inquiries about WP 2 should be addressed to Dr Joanes Atela: joanes.atela@gmail.com and copied to Dr. Paul Stacey: pas@ruc.dk 

 

Expiry Date: 
Wed, 2021-09-22 (All day)
Contact Person: 

Prof. Shem Wandiga

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