Global Environments Summer Academy 2014

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Call for applicants
January 15, 2014

The Global Diversity Foundation announces GESA 2014: the fourth Global Environments Summer Academy, held in collaboration with the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern (Switzerland) between 26 July and 15 August 2014. More details about the course content, financial information and registration are available below and on the GESA website.

We invite applications from English-fluent activists, postgraduate students and professionals in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences – as well as from those working in advocacy, law, media or policy – who focus on the relationship of environment and society. The Academy spans local to global scales and diverse ecosystems, exploring the most critical contemporary environmental issues from multiple perspectives including biocultural diversity, environmental history, political ecology, sustainability studies and personal activism. Since 2011, GDF has organised GESA to broaden and deepen the knowledge, networking and communication skills of postgraduate students and professionals who are concerned about the human dimensions of environmental challenges.

Accompanied by international and multidisciplinary resource persons, participants are encouraged to expand their understandings of policy, develop academic insights and competence, and transcend disciplinary and place-based boundaries. Resource persons and fellow participants offer personalised support in research design, conceptual and theoretical frameworks, fieldwork methods and data analysis throughout the course. The course convenors select 18-21  participants from around the world who have the capacity to become future environmental leaders in academic, civil society, private sector or government institutions. The GESA website provides an overview of previous years’ courses, including alumni profiles, a blog, course themes, photos and videos.

Please note there is a two-stage application process for GESA 2014. Interested candidates are invited to complete the application form and upload their CV before 15 January 2014.  All applicants will be notified of the first stage results by 15 February 2014, and finalists will be invited to the second stage during which they will be asked for additional information that must be submitted by 15 March 2014. A final selection of participants will be completed by 1 May 2014.

The cost of the Academy is €2000, inclusive of accommodation, tuition, field trips, insurance and materials, but excluding local and international travel, meals and other living costs. Some course fee waivers and partial scholarships will be available.

[I was a participant last summer. Send me an email - - if you have any questions. It's a great course.]