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Open July 16th, 2020 through Monday, Sep 21, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Cluster hire in Climate Equity and Environmental Justice - University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley seeks applicants for four tenure track (assistant professor) positions and one tenured (associate or full professor) position in the area of “Climate Equity and Environmental Justice,” with an expected start date of July 1, 2021. Successful candidates will be invited to join one or more of the following units: Rausser College of Natural Resources (Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management and Energy and Resources Group); College of Letters and Sciences (Department of Sociology); College of Environmental Design (Departments of City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture and Planning); and College of Engineering (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering).

Human-induced climate change is transforming our physical and social world, and we are witnessing a ‘climate gap,’ in which the impacts of these changes disproportionately affect vulnerable and marginalized groups due to historically entrenched inequities and more recent shifts in the global economy. Accordingly, this faculty cluster hiring initiative focuses on three broad themes:

Social equity and environmental sustainability – Climate change poses equity challenges for food security and sovereignty, natural resource access, biodiversity loss, energy production and use, water access, water and air quality, land use and scarcity, human health, and maintaining equitable and sustainable living conditions. Solutions to these challenges will require interdisciplinary and publicly-engaged research at local, national and global scales;

Adaptation design and planning for climate justice - Adaptation infrastructure and resilience design are place-specific, making inclusive planning and local/regional governance strategies critically important. This area would specialize in engineering, design, planning, regulation, investment, construction, governance and implementation of adaptation strategies, infrastructures, and resilient community-building, with a particular focus on proactive equity-focused strategies;

Climate refugees and forced migration - Climate change has catalyzed forced migration from disappearing or unlivable land, due to sea level rise, wildfire, drought, etc. These national and global developments have produced fertile ground for the study of the social and economic effects of climate change in rural, urban, and refugee communities, and their impacts on democracy, inclusion, and inequality around the world.

Basic Qualifications:

Applicants must have a J.D., Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree), or be enrolled in J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent international degree‐granting program at the time of application.

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