PhD « “Political Ecology of Small-Scale Fisheries in Peru » – Université de Brême

PhD « “Political Ecology of Small-Scale Fisheries in Peru » – Université de Brême

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The University of Bremen’s Sustainability Research Center (artec) is offering a position (TVL 13, 75%) for a
PhD student – “Political Ecology of Small-Scale Fisheries in Peru”
The candidate will be working in the Peruvian-German research project “Social-Ecological Tipping Points of the Northern Humboldt Current Upwelling System, Economic Repercussions and Governance Strategies” funded by the German Research Ministry (BMBF). S/he will be developing his/her own research focus for a PhD in collaboration with the team.
Description of project:

The extreme variability in climate-related productivity of the Humboldt Upwelling System (HUS) impacts local livelihoods and worldwide markets depending on marine (fisheries) resources. The University of Bremen is one of five consortium members of the Humboldt Tipping project and responsible for the work package (WP) “Stakeholder Engagement and Governance Strategies”. Its focus is directed to two coastal (bay) systems (Sechura and Pisco regions of Peru), where artisanal fisheries, aquaculture and ecotourism are key maritime activities for provision of livelihoods. Our subproject aims to analyze governance regimes and derive policy recommendations related to tipping points in the social-ecological systems that are critical for Peruvian coastal communities. The planned duration of the project is 3 years.

Suitable candidates should:

  • hold a Master or Diploma degree in human geography, political or social sciences;
  • have some experience in qualitative social research, preferably in an international context;
  • have interest in developing a PhD project that fits in the broader frame of the work package, applying a political ecology lens;
  • be fluent in the English language and have advanced Spanish language skills;
  • be willing to work in an international (German-Peruvian) scientific environment, including two longer research stays in Peru;
  • participate in the planning and realization of stakeholder workshops in the study regions.

Applicants should submit a letter of motivation, their CV and related documents by e-mail (all within one single PDF document) to flitner[at]
University of Bremen is committed to equal opportunities and family-friendly employment.

Deadline for applications is March 24th, 2019.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Lotta Kluger, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) Bremen; lotta.kluger[at], or Prof. Michael Flitner, artec Sustainability Research Centre, University of Bremen; flitner[at]

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