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Call for applications - The resilience academy: Exploring livelihood resilience

The Resilience Academy:

In the most vulnerable regions of our planet, the impacts of extreme weather events such as floods and droughts threaten lives and livelihoods. The most affected regions include large deltas, small islands, and exposed coastal regions, as well as arid and semiarid lands, and areas affected by glacier and permafrost melt. People on the frontlines of climate change, in many cases, will face aggravated baseline risks, extremes and slow-onset effects, which include coastal inundation, catastrophic floods, and extended drought conditions. These stresses have the potential to render spaces effectively unproductive and uninhabitable. A central question for practice, policy, and research revolves around the resilience of peoples whose livelihoods systems and settlements are threatened by these overwhelming extremes. The Resilience Academy will provide a platform for connecting communities of expertise (early phase practitioners, academics, and policy analysts), examining livelihood resilience in the face of local and regional realities,and co-creating concepts to foster resilience.

Theme of the 2013 Resilience Academy: exploring livelihood resilience

The 2013 Resilience Academy will take place in Bangladesh. This 1st Resilience Academy will explore the following core questions with leading experts from academia, policy and practice:

  • What tools exist for risk assessment and identification of climate hot spots?

  • How can adaptive capacity and resilience in rural and urban livelihood systems be defined and measured?

  • What are the main contributors and impediments to climate resilience, theory and in practice?

  • What strategies are available for peoples facing overwhelming extremes?

  • What can be done to enhance the adaptive capacity and resilience to the climate stressors they face today and in the future?

The dialogue between academia, policy and practice will be at the heart of the Academy, with opportunities for interdisciplinary engagement, time to think and collaborate on specific topics and practical interaction.

Dates and locations:

Bangladesh: Dhaka, 15–21 September 2013

Germany: Munich, 2014

Application process and deadline:

  • Please write one concise paragraph on the relationship of your work to the subject of resilience in the face of environmental extremes;

  • Please provide a current CV;

  • For PhD students, post-docs, and practitioners, please provide a letter of recommendation.

Advanced English language skills will be necessary.

Send materials in one email with the subject line “ACADEMY” to:

Deadline for applications: 30 June 2013.

Decisions will be made by 15 July 2013.

For the full call for applications, please click here.