August 29, 2006


The WorldFish Center is undertaking a global search for a talented researcher and leader to join our growing team in the Greater Mekong regional office, based in Cambodia. Perhaps you know someone with the right combination of skills and interests: practical experience addressing questions of policy and institutional development in natural resources management, with a proven ability to communicate and collaborate with a range of government and civil society partners, backed by a solid record of publications as an analyst. And a passion to make a difference. While experience in fisheries and aquatic resources is certainly an advantage, it is not a requirement.

See full details on the posted position announcement .

Closing date for applications 30 September 2006

August 14, 2006

Job Posting - University of Amsterdam

The Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies has a vacancy for a

Researcher (Post-doc) Geography and/or Planning

full-time (1,0 fte)

for co-ordination and development of a new research theme “Geographies of Coastal Lowlands”.

Coastal regions all around the world constitute the location of economic and demographic development. Simultaneously they are vulnerable to environmental degradation and the future consequences of climate change. This research theme aims to promote the resilience of coastal lowland societies and takes a governance perspective. Multiple-use conflicts, water-related issues, and North-South comparisons are key topics.

The research theme “Geographies of Coastal Lowlands” builds upon expertise available within the department with regard to the history of water management as well as coastal and marine affairs.


  • To make an inventory of scientific developments in the field of coastal lowlands in the Netherlands and Europe, and to identify appropriate niches.
  • To explore options for funding projects that establish a research programme.
  • To elaborate, in cooperation with senior researchers, selected concepts and topics and prepare a review publication.
  • To explore and elaborate application of spatial information and analysis techniques (e.g. GIS) in governance issues concerning coastal lowlands.
  • To coordinate the formulation of a research proposal(s) on these topics.
  • To organize (including the acquisition of funding) of an international workshop on the proposed programme.
  • To explore possibilities of input from the programme to education in Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies
  • To contribute to the department’s teaching programme in the studies of environment, governance, and international development studies (bachelor and master-level).


  • Knowledge and experience within two or more of the topics of our preliminary focus is required. These concern the exploration of the following concepts and sub-themes:
    - governance of water related issues, in particular water and space;
    - resilience, in particular social resilience;
    - issues of application of spatial information techniques within the sub-themes;
    - the elaboration of the connection between the North and South regarding these sub-themes.
  • PhD in relevant social and/or environmental science
  • Team worker (organization and communication skills)
  • Affinity with the research theme
  • Affinity with spatial information techniques
  • Fluent English (oral and written), with skills to teach in English
  • Experience in writing research proposals will be considered to be an advantage.


A short programme description is available.

For further information, please contact:

Prof. dr Guus J Borger, (+31 20 5254092;

(after 20th august) Dr. Maarten Wolsink (+31 20 5256229;

(till 3 August) Dr. Karin Pfeffer (+31 20 5254003;


This is a full-time appointment (1.0 fte, 38 h/w, optionally an arrangement of 0.8 is possible) initially for a period of one year. Subject to generated financial support for new research, the appointment can be extended. The salary is depending upon qualifications and experience (0-4 years after PhD).


The official call for written applications will be published and sent to you personally on request. Our schedule aims at an official reaction period that ends on September 15, 2006.