Wyss Academy for Nature at the University of Bern

Professorships

The Wyss Academy for Nature at the University of Bern is dedicated to shaping sustainable futures for nature and people by strengthening and harmonizing nature conservation, human well-being, and natural resource use in different landscapes around the world. Focusing on interactions between people, land, biodiversity, and climate change, the Wyss Academy will produce path-breaking knowledge for transformation and actively build partnerships between science, policy, civil society, and the private sector to generate concrete solutions from local to global levels. For further information please refer to our Project Plan. To this goal the Wyss Academy for Nature invites applications for six new open-rank professorhips.

Opportunities for nature and people in socio-ecological systems

Open-rank Professorship in Climate Change Scenarios in Vulnerable Regions

Application Deadline September 14, 2020

This professorship will focus on the quantification of regional climate change and its feedbacks with ecosystems, biodiversity and people, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable regions. It will model climate and its feedbacks and impacts at the kilometer scale, making use of observational information, to quantitatively estimate climate shifts and variability as well as associated risks for ecosystems, biodiversity, and the supply of water and other natural resources. More information

 

Open-rank Professorship in Integrative Biodiversity Conservation Science

Application Deadline September 14, 2020

This professorship will focus on the generation of conservation-relevant biodiversity knowledge and the deployment of innovative approaches that reconcile the needs to halt biodiversity losses with the promotion of local socio-economic development in the Wyss Academy’s Regional Stewardship Hubs. The research will use empirical methods, such as survey, comparative, or modeling approaches, accounting for climate change and land-use scenarios. More information

 

Open-rank Professorship in Co-design of Land Systems

Application Deadline September 14, 2020

This professorship will address the stewardship and use of land in the contexts of global change in view of co-designing concrete pathways to reconcile demands of nature and people in the Wyss Academy’s Regional Stewardship Hubs. This will yield knowledge on spatio-temporal land-system dynamics, on ecosystem-service providers and beneficiaries, and related winners and losers. Special consideration will be given to telecoupled land demands, the interactions between actors of unequal power and levers for sustainability transformations. More information

Sustainability transformations for nature and people

Open-rank Professorship in Governance Innovation

Application Deadline October 12, 2020

This professorship concentrates on the analysis of complex human-environmental systems with focus on the potential for innovative governance solutions in the Wyss Academy’s Regional Stewardship Hubs. It studies the role of the state and its interplay with other public and private stakeholders to affect the behavior of key agents of change from global to local levels. Integrated in the Wyss Academy, the professorship will advance the understanding of cross-sectoral and multi-level decision-making, and explore pathways toward coping with power disparities, technical, ecological and social changes. More information

 

Open-rank Professorship in Political Economy

Application Deadline October 12, 2020

Integrated in the Wyss Academy, the successful candidate will lead a research group contributing to the overarching objective of providing actionable solutions and policies for sustainable livelihoods and the preservation of nature in the Wyss Academy’s Regional Stewardship Hubs. The group will study mechanisms for transformation through behavioral, market-driven and institutional adjustments. This includes integrating various concepts of the valuation of nature and political economy perspectives such as studying how trade and market integration at national and global levels can meet sustainability objectives. More information

 

Open-rank Professorship in ICT for Nature and People

Application Deadline October 12, 2020

This professorship will develop and deploy ICT innovations to sense, transfer, store, process, and analyze data efficiently, securely, timely, and reliably for understanding and shaping human-environment dynamics in in the Wyss Academy’s Regional Stewardship Hubs. Examples might be mobile applications, remote sensing, machine learning, natural language processing, or distributed ledger technologies. The professorship will advance the development and application of ICT for increasing transparency, efficiency, participation, and accountability in the co-design of transformative pathways for nature and people between stakeholders from different sectors, places, and scales. More information