Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology at Auburn University

The Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Auburn University ( is seeking applications for a nine-month, tenure track position of Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology. The successful candidate will have a 60% research and 40% instruction appointment. The projected start date is August 16, 2019. Click here for more information.

Assistant Professor in Management of Complex Systems

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced has also built the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

UC Merced invites applications for one tenure track faculty position in the Department of Management of Complex Systems. We seek scholars who can contribute to the cross-functional research environment at UC Merced. We are particularly interested in individuals with interests and expertise in sustainability, natural resource management or lands management, and with applications for profit and non-profit enterprises and/or public entities. Exceptional candidates in areas such as wildfire science and management, urban sustainability, city planning, green infrastructure, natural hazards, institutions, life cycle analysis, disaster response, human dimensions of natural resource management, adaptation, resilience, wildland-urban interface, impact assessment, protected areas, the water-carbon-energy nexus, data analytics and complexity, and other innovative and relevant application areas are also encouraged to apply. Competitive candidates will have an interest in creating new programs, particularly interdisciplinary programs in management-related areas. Demonstrated or strong potential for excellence in scholarship and teaching, and Postdoctoral or teaching experience is preferred. We encourage applications from candidates who have cross-functional or multi-disciplinary research interests. Appointments will be effective July, 2019, or later.

Requirements: a Ph.D. in one of the academic fields of management, environmental science, ecology, climatology, geography, fire science, computer science, cognitive science, organizational theory, or another relevant field, and evidence of or potential for high-quality teaching and research are necessary.

We are particularly interested in attracting academically and culturally diverse candidates, especially those who can contribute to the growing diversity and excellence of the community through their teaching, scholarship, and service.


Negotiable based on the University of California salary scales.


Positions are open until filled; consideration of applications will begin on December 1, 2018. Anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2019. Applications must be submitted via the website: and must include (1) a cover letter stating area of interest, (2) curriculum vitae (3) research statement, (4) teaching statement, (5) diversity statement, and (6) five letters of reference submitted online.

Guidance on what to include in a diversity statement may be found here.

The University of California, Merced is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, students and staff. The University is supportive of dual career couples. Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales.

Post Doctoral Researcher Position in Sustainability Science.

The University of Helsinki has an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members, and it offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The International Staff Services office assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland. The Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme is situated at the Viikki science park and belongs to the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences of the University of Helsinki.

The Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme invites applications for a POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHER POSITION IN SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE.

The position is full-time and will last for three years (with 4 months’ probation period). Click here for more information.

Call for Proposals to Host ISSRM 2021 and Beyond

Do you have a great gathering place for professionals and students from around the world interested in the nexus of society and natural resources? If so, we want to visit YOU!

Please consider hosting ISSRM – the official meeting of the International Association for Society & Natural Resources!

The IASNR Site Selection Committee seeks proposals for future hosts of the International Symposium for Society & Resource Management in 2021 and 2022 in North America and 2023 anywhere in the world! Click here for proposal instructions and guidelines. Due Date for Proposal: January 15th, 2019

Who to Contact:                                                 
If you have questions about the Symposium, need clarification on the preparation of the proposal, or wish to express interest in preparing a proposal, please contact Jessica Hill at [email protected] or any member of the ISSRM Site Selection Committee:

Carena van Riper
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
[email protected]

Azahara Mesa Jurado
El Colegio de la Frontera Sur
[email protected]

Erin Seekamp
NC State University
[email protected]

Courtney Flint
Utah State University
[email protected]

Kate Sherren
Dalhousie University
[email protected]

Gene Theodori
Sam Houston State University
[email protected]

Kathy Halvorsen
Michigan Technological University
[email protected]

Program Coordinator at the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests

The Program Coordinator works as part of an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students from a variety of units at UMaine. This position will (1) maximize outcomes from work on interdisciplinary teams, (2) collaborate in drafting multi-authored, stakeholder-driven peer reviewed publications, (3) develop and foster innovative teaching skills, (4) use project management skills to facilitate an interactive learning environment for faculty, students, and partners, and (5) extend their professional networks while working closely with regional conservation partners and academics. The work relies on strong collaboration with stakeholders and an ability to work with interdisciplinary groups. Click here for more information.

PhD Research Assistantship Opportunity (Available for Spring 2019)

The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture (NSFA) at the University of Maine invites applications for a PhD research assistantship beginning in Spring of 2019 (start date is negotiable). The successful candidate will work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers on a recently funded National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Dynamics of Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CNH) grant to study the relationship among tourism and mosquito-transmitted diseases in the Americas.The student will join the natural resources and society research group, and be advised by Dr. Sandra De Urioste-Stone. The successful candidate will conduct qualitative and quantitative social science research to examine how infectious disease outbreaks influence visitor and tourism business health risk perceptions and travel decision making processes. Click here for more information.

2019 ISSRM – Call for Organized Session Proposals

Call for Organized Session Proposals: Proposals for Organized Panels, Paper Sessions, Book Review Sessions, and Workshops for ISSRM 2019 are now being considered!  This year’s symposium will be held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, a sustainability-oriented institution in the mid-sized Midwestern city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Located just 25 minutes from the Appleton International Airport and within an easy drive of not only of many Midwestern universities but also the Aldo Leopold Foundation and a number of other ecological and recreational attractions, UW Oshkosh is an accessible, affordable, family-friendly, and beautiful conference venue!

Proposals pertaining to the interactions between social and ecological systems are welcome. The deadline for submission of proposals is November 15, 2018 at midnight (CST). We do not anticipate an extension beyond that date, and strongly encourage you to submit your proposal well before the deadline!  Session proposals will be reviewed in the order they are received. To facilitate early registration and travel planning, we will make every effort to send out decision notifications regarding acceptance of organized session proposals by no later than December 7, 2018.

Organized Sessions represent an opportunity to bring together a group of scholars to present and discuss work focusing on a particular integrative theme or topic. These sessions can be structured in multiple ways:

  • A collection of 3-5 thematically-linked oral presentations (with or without a discussant)
  • A panel of experts on a given topic
  • A roundtable discussion
  • An author-meets-critics session
  • A workshop/training activity.
  • Or, you can propose your own idea!

Panels and paper sessions will last 90 minutes. Organizer(s) should recruit and receive commitments from participants in advance of proposal submission, and include details regarding who will participate and what they will be doing as part of the session proposal. Organized sessions will be highlighted and given priority in the program.

Please submit your organized session proposal electronically by going to the 2019 ISSRM webpage and click on “Add” next to “Session Proposals” on the right side of the page. Please note: a login account is required before a session proposal can be submitted; you must also be logged into your account to submit a session proposal.

Please email Jessica Hill ([email protected]) if you have any questions.

We look forward to hosting you at the 2019 ISSRM!


~ 2019 ISSRM Co-Organizers and IASNR Office

Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences has an opening for a highly motivated early-career postdoctoral researcher to join a project examining the politics of pipeline development in the United States. In particular, this research will explore the social and environmental impacts surrounding the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Southern Illinois and Iowa. The successful candidate will be expected to initiate and advance research that examines linkages between environmental regulation, public participation, and social justice in US energy policy. S/he will draw on a variety of social science methods to explore stakeholder perceptions of the process of pipeline construction and its impacts, as well as assess the state of the literature with regards to EIAs, energy infrastructure, and social justice. The position will require out-of-state travel to field sites and engagement with affected stakeholder groups. The selected candidate will not be expected to teach. Click here for more information.

Call for Papers for the Humboldt Journal of Social Relations special issue: Geospatial Technologies in Social Science

Academics, students, and practitioners are encouraged to submit papers for a special issue of the Humboldt Journal of Social Relations focused on geospatial technologies and social science. Original research papers as well as commentaries, creative writing, and photo essays are welcome. Click here for more information.

Society & Natural Resources, Volume 31, Issue 9, September 2018 is Now Available Online

Coal Waste, Socioeconomic Change, and Environmental Inequality in Appalachia: Implications for a Just Transition in Coal Country
Pierce Greenberg
Pages: 995-1011 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1456593

Seasonal Migrant Labor in the Forest Industry of the Southeastern United States: The Impact of H-2B Employment on Guatemalan Livelihoods
Arnold Brodbeck, Conner Bailey & Wayde Morse
Pages: 1012-1029 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1482038

‘Borehole Race’ and the Dilemma of Governing the ‘Ungoverned’: Understanding the Urban Political Ecology of Groundwater Exploitation in Nigeria
Emmanuel M. Akpabio & Ekerette S. Udom
Pages: 1030-1044 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1475586

Local Perceptions of the Livelihood and Conservation Benefits of Small-Scale Livelihood Projects in Rural Madagascar |
Celia A. Harvey, Andoniaina M. Rambeloson, Tokihenintsoa Andrianjohaninarivo, Luciano Andriamaro, Andriambolantsoa Rasolohery, Jeannicq Randrianarisoa, Soloson Ramanahadray, Michael Christie, Ewa Siwicka, Kyriaki Remoundou, Sergio Vílchez-Mendoza & James L. MacKinnon
Pages: 1045-1063 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1484974

Trust Matters – Social Capital in Herding Cooperation in Finland
Asta Kietäväinen & Seija Tuulentie
Pages: 1064-1079 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1463421

Book Review

The End of Development: A Global History of Poverty and Prosperity
Laura N. H. Verbrugge
Pages: 1080-1081 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1471178


Finding Common Ground: A Critique of Subsumption Theory and Its Application to Small-Scale Forest Carbon Offsetting in Uganda
Mark Purdon
Pages: 1082-1093 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1414908


Recognizing Carbon Forestry’s Uneven Geography: A Response to Purdon and the Structure-Agency Dichotomy That Never Was |
Wim Carton & Elina Andersson
Pages: 1094-1102 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1475588