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2014 rare Scholarship in Graduate Research

The rare Charitable Research Reserve is a 900+ acre property in Cambridge and North Dumfries, Ontario at the confluence of the Grand and the Speed Rivers. The goal of rare is to protect this environmentally sensitive landscape intact, in perpetuity, and to promote the use of the property for education and research. The property includes a broad range of habitats including riparian zones, upland and lowland deciduous forest (old-growth and second-growth), savanna, cliffs, coldwater streams, deciduous swamps, marshes, hedgerows, agricultural fields and old fields.

The rare Scholarship in Graduate Research is valued at $4,000 and is open to all Canadian and International graduate students who will conduct field research on rare property between May 2014 and April 2015. The field of study is open and could include, but is not limited to, research in ecology, zoology, geology, restoration ecology, hydrology, botany, soil science, archaeology, agriculture and education. The Scholarship will allow students to study in a relatively undisturbed, yet highly accessible site. The monetary award will help ensure successful candidates have the necessary resources to conduct and report on their research at rare. It will also allow the student to give an oral presentation at a conference in their discipline.

Application Details:

  1. Applications can be submitted until 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014.
  2. Students will be required to provide a final report to rare by Monday, May 4th, 2015.
  3. The successful applicant will be notified by May 14th, 2014. A sum of $3,500 will be awarded shortly thereafter while the remaining $500 will be awarded in May, 2015, upon successful completion of the requirements of the scholarship (including the final report and conference presentation).
  4. The recipient will retain all intellectual property rights.
  5. The research will be required to go through the normal rare Research Application approval process.

Submission Details:

  1. Please include your name, telephone number and email address, the name of your supervisor, department and university where the research will be completed;
  2. Please submit current university transcripts from all institutions you attend or attended as an undergraduate or postgraduate student;
  3. Include the names, telephone numbers and email addresses for two references who can best assess your academic credentials.
  4. Provide an outline of the proposed research (3-5 pages) including:
    • the problem the research is addressing;
    • your hypothesis;
    • your sampling design, field equipment and statistical tests that will be employed;
    • the length of time fieldwork will be conducted at rare;
    • the areas at rare where you will be sampling (give specific habitats and/or precise locations if possible);
    • details on how the results will be made available to academics and the general public.
  5. Submit all documents to: 
    Jenna Quinn, Research Coordinator 
    rare Charitable Research Reserve 
    1679 Blair Road 
    Cambridge, Ontario, Canada N3H 4R8.

If you have any further questions or you would like a tour of the Reserve please contact Jenna Quinn at 519-650-9336 ext. 111 You can also visit the rare website.

Call for Submissions: The Idea of Human Rights

Human rights have become a dominant political discourse in the 21st century. Its impact has been felt across the globe and has become irretrievably bound up with issues of development, social justice, racial and gender equality, and sexual orientation. The purpose of this Theoria and Praxis issue is to ask a series of questions meant to interrogate the very foundations of the notion of human rights.

Topics open to participants include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • What are the intellectual groundings of human rights?
  • What is its connection to the history of liberalism and liberal democracy?
  • Are human rights in contradiction with the economic, social and political structures of society?
  • What is the fate of human rights in the "developed world?"
  • Can human rights provide a legal and philosophical framework for the "development" of societies?
  • Are human rights a problematic category? That is, do they distract and draw attention away from the harsh realities of politics, economics and cultural difference? Do they, in other words, reflect a dominating Western discourse? Are they a continuation of an imperial project designed to surreptitiously inculcate a set of hegemonic practices and institutional frameworks?

Contributors are also asked to think of human rights as open to a fundamental philosophical and social scientific questioning. That is, are human rights justified by and through human nature? Are they a remnant of a religious worldview? Or do they represent, in light of the recent anniversary of UN Charter of Human Rights, the advent of a new form of governance and politics that is meant to deeply impact and change the nature of societies in the 21st century and beyond?

Neither are submissions, by any means, to be confined to these questions alone. In fact, we will gladly and seriously consider all papers that we receive. Manuscripts shall be subject to a double-blind reading, ensuring the integrity of the peer-review process. All submissions should be between 6,000 and 12,000 words, and include abstracts of no more than 200 words (in Microsoft Word file format).

We welcome those interested to please submit their papers and proposals, and all relevant inquiries, to Theoria and Praxis at:

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Theoria and Praxis is edited by Paul A. Brienza and Yasar Bukan. For further information please visit

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Calling for Graduate Research


The OCC is pleased to launch a call for poster presentations for its 2014 Climate Change Symposium taking place at Western University in London, Ontario on May 13, 2014. This year’s theme is Science and Cities >> CONNECT. We are inviting graduate level students to submit research poster presentations with either a science or a social science foci on climate change adaptation, mitigation, policy, communications, etc. Participants are invited to submit abstracts and indicate their relevance to key OCC research themes.

Preference will be given to research projects involving a specific focus on Ontario and the interaction between cities and climate change given the foci of this year’s symposium. However, this is not a requirement. Prospective participants are invited to make submissions in relation to the OCC’s research themes, which include:

  • Climate and City Infrastructure;
  • Water, Cities, and Climate;
  • Climate and Urban Ecology;
  • Climate Change and Public Health; and,
  • Climate Change and Urban Tourism.

Again, all research projects with a science, social science or communications foci are welcome, this includes research projects with audiovisual, social media components, etc.

Benefits for student participants

  • Networking opportunities with industry leaders, potential employers, senior researchers and other students;
  • The opportunity to showcase your research and its relevance to practitioners from a wide range of sectors; and
  • Cash prizes and awards for winning entries. Currently, a $300 cash prize is available. Information about additional prizes will be available soon.


Due to popular demand, the deadline to submit abstracts has been extended.

Submission of abstracts: Friday, March 14, 2014

By submitting an abstract you will be entered to win an early-bird prize.

Please send a digital copy of your submission to the organizers by: Friday, May 9, 2014

  • The author(s) are responsible printing and presenting their research posters at the symposium.
  • Final PDF copies of research posters should be sent to the organizers to be made available online at

Scholar-in-Residence position at McGill University


The Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), in McGill’s Faculty of Engineering, is recruiting a Scholar-in-Residence. Applications are due May 1, 2014.

A brief description of this call for applications is here:
The Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), in McGill’s Faculty of Engineering, is seeking a scholar to spend six months in residence at McGill’s Faculty of Engineering to participate in collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching. TISED’s 2014-2015 Scholars-in-Residence program supports scholars and experts to conduct collaborative research with an emphasis on advancing sustainability in one of the following areas: (a) energy resources and efficiency; (b) urban development; and (c) urban transportation. The selected Scholar would be engaged in policy-focused research that will enable significant advances in sustainability in the above areas. Relevant information and application details are available here:

Two postdoctoral positions in cloud microphysics and airborne measurement

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral positions in Cloud Physics and Severe Weather Section at Environment Canada, Toronto.  One position is specifically focused on cloud microphysical analysis with emphasis on the results of High Ice Water Content field campaign on measurements of microphysical properties of the mesoscale tropical convective storms. The other position is focused on airborne cloud instrumentation:  probes calibrations techniques, instrumentation development, accuracy of measurements, participation in field campaigns and data collection. 

For details and application instructions, see EC_PostDoc_Advertisment

If you have any questions, please contact

Hutchinson Environmental Science Limited (HESL) Undergraduate Research Grant

The Friends of the Muskoka Watershed and Hutchinson Environmental Science Limited (HESL) are offering an undergraduate summer student research funding opportunity.

HESL will provide $5,000 which must be met with a minimum of $2,000 from a university researcher to support an undergraduate research assistant for 16 weeks. The student will assist with the researcher’s ongoing research into any aspect of aquatic ecosystem management in the Muskoka River watershed.

Applications are due by February 28, 2014, with the award announced by March 28, 2014. If you know a worthy 2nd , 3rd or 4th year student that would benefit from this program please encourage them to submit an application by February 28, 2014. Further details are on the attached program outline.



Call for Applicants- YIHR Part-time position

Research Assistant,

York Institute for Health Research (YIHR)- Toronto, Canada

Part- time position (Part-time)

Affiliation: YUSA 2

Salary: $18.55 per hour

Position Start Date: As soon as possible

Position End date: 4 months from start date 

The York Institute for Health Research (YIHR) is a university-based organized research unit that fosters health research. YIHR facilitates, supports, and conducts research under broad health themes through the lenses of community engagement, interdisciplinarity, internationality, multi-method approaches and policy relevance. YIHR is looking to hire a Research Assistant to ensure a gender lens is incorporated throughout YIHR activities, providing input into projects, institute development and dissemination activities. The Research Assistant position will involve working under the direction of YIHR Director and Project Coordinator.


-      Assists the Project Coordinator in bringing a gender lens to projects, events and new applications. Raises issues to the Project Coordinator and PI, as necessary.

-      Research and writing related to YIHR institutional reports and research projects.

-      Searches for funding opportunities and assists PI in developing new applications.

-      Assists the Project Coordinator in bringing together interdisciplinary research teams, developing a gender lens into projects, advising researchers on university and funding processes and policies, and ensuring application deadlines are met.

-      Coordinating YIHR activities including meetings, student events andproject activities.

-      Support YIHR and research project knowledge mobilization includingYIHR facebook page, twitter account, newsletter and podcasts, as well as developing and coordinating YIHR seminars and speakers related to gender and health.

-      Assists the Project Coordinator with administrative tasks.

 If you are interested in applying, please submit your resume and covering letter to York Institute for Health Research front desk or 

Re-Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014                                                   

Closing Date: Friday, January 31, 2014

CARFMS Graduate Student Essay Contest



The Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) seeks to foster an independent community of scholars dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of Canadian refugee and forced migration research.  The Association aims to engage graduate students as active members of the Canadian refugee research community, and invites graduate students to participate in the fourth annual CARFMS Graduate Student Essay Contest. 

The CARFMS Graduate Student Essay Contest will recognize the most outstanding research produced by graduate students in the field of refugee and forced migration studies.  The authors of the shortlisted papers will be invited to present their work at the 6th Annual CARFMS Conference, which will take place May 7-9 in Montreal, Quebec. 

Papers submitted to the Graduate Student Essay Contest may address any issue relevant to refugee and forced migration studies, in Canada or elsewhere. 

The selection committee will shortlist three authors. In cooperation with the Refugee Research Network, CARFMS will provide funding to contribute to the costs of shortlisted authors’ travel to the 2014 Annual CARFMS Conference in Montreal. Subject to peer review, high quality short-listed papers will be considered for publication as working papers on the CARFMS website. 

·        Participants in the contest must be members of CARFMS, or join the association in advance of the 2014 Conference. 
·        Participants must be Canadian graduate students (Master’s or PhD), or international students registered at a Canadian university. Law school students are eligible to participate in the contest. Papers from any disciplinary background are welcome. 
·        The student must be the sole author of the submitted paper. 
·        The authors of shortlisted papers are encouraged to present their work in person at the 2014 CARFMS Conference, but students may participate in the competition even if they cannot attend the conference. 

Application process and editorial guidelines 
·        Papers must be submitted on-line at by 5:00 PM EST,  January 31st, 2014. 
·        Papers may be submitted in either English or French. 
·        Papers must not exceed 7,500 words or 30 double-spaced pages. Please use 12-point font and standard margins. 
·        Submissions must include an abstract of no more than 150 words, setting out the main arguments or findings of the paper. 
·        Papers should follow the Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition), or the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (5th Edition) for essays in law. 
·        The papers will be evaluated through an anonymous review process. Submissions should include a cover page indicating the title of the article and the author’s name and institutional affiliation. This cover page will be removed before the review process.  Please do not include any identifying information in the rest of the paper. 
·        Submissions that do not meet the basic editorial guidelines will not be reviewed by the assessment committee. 
Any questions should be directed to: 
Christina Clark-Kazak, PhD 
International Studies/Centre for Refugee Studies, York University 



L’Association Canadienne d’études sur les réfugiés et la migration forcée cherche à encourager une communauté académique indépendante qui se consacre à l’avancement et la diffusion de la recherche canadienne sur les réfugiés et la migration forcée. L’Association vise à impliquer les étudiants des cycles supérieurs comme membres actifs de la communauté canadienne de recherche sur les réfugiés, et invite les étudiants des cycles supérieurs à participer au quatrième Concours annuel d’essais de la CARFMS. 

Le Concours d’essais pour étudiants de cycles supérieurs de la CARFMS reconnaîtra la recherche la plus remarquable réalisée par des étudiants de cycles supérieurs dans le domaine des études sur les réfugiés et la migration forcée. Les auteurs des essais présélectionnés seront invités à présenter leurs travaux durant la 6èmeConférence Annuelle de la CARFMS, qui se tiendra du 7 au 9 mai 2014 à Montréal, Québec. 

Les travaux soumis au Concours peuvent aborder toute question pertinente et en lien avec les études sur les réfugiés et la migration forcée, au Canada ou ailleurs. 

Trois essais seront présélectionnés. Pour tous les auteurs présélectionnés, la CARFMS contribuera aux frais de voyage liés à leur participation à la Conférence Annuelle du CARFMS, en coopération avec le Réseau de Recherche sur les Réfugiés (Refugee Research Network). 

Après une revue de paires favorables, des essais de haute qualité seront considérés pour publication comme documents de travail de recherche au site web de la CARFMS. 

·        Les participants au concours doivent être membres de la CARFMS, ou joindre l’Association avant la Conférence annuelle 2014. 
·        Les participants doivent être des étudiants canadiens de cycles supérieurs (maîtrise ou doctorat), ou des étudiants étrangers inscrits à une université canadienne. Les étudiants des Facultés de droit sont éligibles à participer au concours. Les travaux provenant de toute discipline seront les bienvenus. 
·        Les étudiants doivent être les seuls auteurs de l’essai soumis au concours. 
·        Les auteurs des essais présélectionnés sont encouragés à présenter leurs travaux en personne durant la Conférence Annuelle de la CARFMS. Toutefois, les étudiants ne pouvant être présents à la Conférence seront éligibles à participer au concours. 

Processus d’application et directives éditoriales 
·        Les essais doivent être soumis en ligne au : avant 17h , le 31 janvier 2014. 
·        Les essais peuvent être soumis en français ou en anglais. 
·        Les essais ne doivent pas dépasser 7,500 mots ou 30 pages double interligne. Prière d’utiliser une police de 12 points et des marges ‘standard’. 
·        Les propositions d’essai doivent inclure un résumé de 150 mots présentant les principaux arguments ou résultats. 
·        Les essais doivent suivre le Chicago Manual of Style (15ème édition), ou le Manuel Canadien de la référence juridique (5ème édition) pour les essais en Droit. 
·        Les essais seront évalués par un processus anonyme de révision. Les propositions d’essais doivent inclure une page titre indiquant le titre de l’essai et le nom de l’auteur ainsi que son institution d’affiliation. La page titre sera retirée avant le processus de révision. Prière de ne pas inclure des informations pouvant vous identifier dans le reste du document. 
·        Les propositions d’essai qui ne respectent pas les directives éditoriales ne seront pas révisées par le comité d’évaluation. 

Pour toute question, veuillez communiquer avec : 
Christina Clark-Kazak, PhD 

John Bousfield Distinguished Visitorship In Planning

The Graduate Planning Program at the University of Toronto invites applications from accomplished practitioners and scholars who wish to contribute to the teaching and research activities of the Program. Applications are sought for Winter term, 2014 (which begins January 6) for visitors interested in teaching a graduate level course on some aspect of Environmental Planning.   We are particularly interested in visitors who have expertise in Planning for Climate Change, Cities the Environment and Resilience, or Environmental Impact Assessment. The Visitorship also supports research activities and visitors typically give at least one lecture or talk open to the public as well as members of the department. Specific activities will be negotiated with the successful application.


The John Bousfield Distinguished Visitorship in Planning was established through a major donation to and a matching grant by the University of Toronto. The Visitorship honours John Bousfield, a distinguished Canadian urban planner now in his 60th year of professional practice, and enables the Planning Program to bring to the University accomplished individuals who can teach, give public lectures and participate in collaborative research projects on issues important to the field of planning.

The Bousfield position is intended to offer the visitors an opportunity for research, writing and reflection, while also enhancing the learning experience of students in the Program in Planning, providing diverse and innovative perspectives on contemporary planning issues and enhancing the relations between the Planning Program and the community at large.

Located in one of the most diverse cities in North America, the Planning Program offers its students a dynamic, interdisciplinary blend of practical knowledge and critically engaged theory. Information on the Program in Planning can be obtained from its website (


The Planning Program is seeking applications from practitioners and scholars who have substantial planning experience in public, private, non-profit or community organizations, in local, national or international venues. The program especially encourages applications from those whose experiences and viewpoints are underrepresented within planning.

The Planning Program can support a one semester visitorship with a stipend of up to CDN $12,000, depending on the duration and intensity of the period in residence at the University.

Applications consisting of a curriculum vitae and a two-page plan of the individual’s proposed activities (including a requested stipend) should be sent by email attachment to Professor Virginia Maclaren, Chair, Department of Geography and Program in Planning ( by November 14, 2013. Please direct any inquiries about the position to Professor Paul Hess, Associate Chair and Director, Graduate Programs in Planning, (

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 Paul Hess | Associate Professor | Associate Chair | Director, Graduate Programs in Planning | Dept of Geography and Planning | University of Toronto

Room 5067,  Sidney Smith Hall,  100 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3G3


30 Years of the Cartagena Declaration on Asylum Seekers 
Cartagena, Colombia, 14 – 17 July 2014 

The fifteenth IASFM Conference will take place in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), from the 14 to the 17 of July 2014, at the Centro de Formación de la Agencia de Cooperación Española AECID. This event will constitute a space for reflection around the arguable relationship between forced migration and peace. Thus, the context under which the venue was chosen to host the conference is not coincidental. 

Colombia is the scenario in which two fundamental events have met; one from the past and the other belonging to future. The year 2014 commemorates the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Cartagena Declaration on Asylum Seekers, a regional initiative to confront the grave consequences of armed conflicts taking place in Mesoamérica, with the consequent spread of massive fluxes of refugees and internally displaced people all over the region. The Declaration was the final outcome of a common effort carried out by Governments, International Organizations and civil society whose main outcome was the crystallization of regional customary law on the widening of the limits of International Refugee Law. Likewise, it contributed to the progressive recognition of internally displaced as subjects of special protection. Finally, it was the starting point for the undertaking of several projects on humanitarian assistance and durable solutions, seen as central elements to peacebuilding.     

Currently, the Colombian Government and the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) are engaged in a peace negotiation process intended to end a 60-year-long armed conflict. Although one of the greatest tragedies of such phenomenon was the exodus of millions of people, it is a fact that a peace agreement between the Government and guerrillas will not mean the end of people’s displacement. 

The intersection of these two events constitutes a unique moment for the assumption of several challenges associated with forced migration, and gives IASFM the opportunity to develop a deeper reflection on the complex relations between forced migration and peace, from a global perspective.   


With the purpose of assuming the rather complex and ample relations between forced migration and pace, the Conference will handle five dimensions:   

1.- Peacebuilding and forced exodus: This dimension will address the need to include in the agenda of peaceful conflict resolution processes the management of internal displacement and refuge, as well as reparations to their victims. It will also examine the role of international actors in peacebuilding processes in relation to the management of forced migration through cooperation mechanisms similar to those that led to the Declaration of Cartagena. The participation of refugees and IDPs in peacebuilding processes, as well as in the design and implementation of public policy that can guarantee the right to return and ensure the sustainability of the process on the long term, will also take place during the conference. 

2.- Justice and forced migration: This approach will evaluate the possibilities that national judicial systems and international courts have to guarantee the rights to truth, justice and reparation of those who have been forced to migrate. It will create a special space to reflect upon the challenges faced in this task of transitional justice; as well as for the search of new forms of reparation for IDPs and refugees through judicial decisions. 

3.- Forced migration in the context of peace: Forced exodus is not only a product of armed conflict. In times of peace, different situations and actors generate processes of population expulsion which have not received the full attention from national and international authorities. Environmental migration and migratory movements caused by development projects are the first cases to come into mind, however, it should also include those related to the activities of gangs and criminals. 

4.- Regional responses to the forced exodus. In the past there have been cases in which regional initiatives have successfully addressed problems that result from the dynamics of forced exodus in specific contexts, such as the case of the 1984 Cartagena Declaration, but also of the OAU Convention Governing Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa 1969 and the recent African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa 2009. Such efforts should not be overlooked. It is crucial to work on building dialogue between local and international actors to contribute in the formulation of proposals addressing refugee and displacement situations with a regional focus. 

5. Durable solutions. The end of the armed conflict does not mean the end of the forced exodus, nor the return of victims to the places from which they were uprooted. It is necessary to look for alternatives to overcome the condition of vulnerability posed by forced exodus, alternatives that enable the restoration of the enjoyment of their rights, reinstitute their goods and lands they had been deprived of, and to establish the conditions necessary for them to regain their status as full citizens. The transition from humanitarian aid to development policies is essential. 

Structure of Conference 

The proposed conference seeks to create a space in which academic rigor engages with the compromises inherent in policy, as well as the challenges of practical work in the field. As such, while presentations of academic research will continue to provide the intellectual backbone of the conference, these will go hand in hand with round tables engaging policy makers and governmental stakeholders, as well as presentations and discussions around practical approaches to dealing with forced migration from a range of practitioners.  Furthermore, the conference will draw on non-academic analyses, interpretations and representations of forced migration (e.g., portrayals of displacement using art & crafts, performances, fictional literature, etc.) in order to diversify the entry points into discussion of the major themes identified. 

The conference will also become a forum for the development of a long overdue conversation. This is the dialogue that must take place between the actors of the global South. For this purpose, meeting places for academics, activists and policy makers in Latin America, Africa and Asia, will be established, in order to promote networking and the development of research agendas and joint work. The foregoing is without prejudice to the dialogue between the North and the Global South which will also be held throughout the event. 

The conference will be held between the 14th and 17th of July. An expected 300 participants will go to four plenary sessions and participate in conference panels which will discuss papers that revolve around any of the five previously mentioned themes dealing with the relationship between forced migration and peace. 

Submission of proposals for panels 

We invite scholars, students, practitioners, policy makers, people working with forced migrants, displaced persons and refugees to propose panels made up of three or four papers on topics related to the five themes of the conference. Likewise, we invite the submission of proposals for panel discussions of ongoing research projects that have reached at least preliminary conclusions. 

Please submit your abstracts online at this site: Proposals for panel and roundtable discussions of projects should include the following elements: 

• Identification of the type of proposal: panel or roundtable 
• Title of presentation 
• Description of the topic and connection to one of the themes identified.  If you are submitting on behalf of a panel, the titles and abstracts of your co-presenters must also be included in this section. Maximum 250 words per abstract summary. 
• Panelists 
• Thematic track of the conference that the panel belongs to. 

Proposals may be submitted in English or Spanish. The deadline for submission is December 1, 2013. The papers presented during the conference are expected to be at least final drafts of texts to publish or broadcast. The panelists that are approved must send these texts to the conference organizers no later than June 15, 2014. 

The best papers, taking into account their degree of creativity, innovation and contribution to the debate, will be considered for publication in scientific journals, regardless of the theme. 

Financial support 

Conference participants are responsible for their own expenses. Some financial assistance may be available to assist those who might be otherwise unable to attend the conference. Priority will be given to students, doctoral candidates, IDPs and refugees,  as well as participants from the Global South. Financial assistance will generally only be available to individuals presenting at the conference. Details of this assistance will be posted on the IASFM website in November 2013. Further details about the conference and the online submission form can be found on the IASFM conference website: Requests for further information can be made to the following email address: