The Timber Rush: Private Forestry in Village Land (TIMBERRUSH)
The College of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Sokoine University of Agriculture in collaboration with the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and the Department of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark hereby invites interested and qualified citizens of Tanzania (holding MA/MSc degree or equivalent) to submit applications for 2 PhD scholarships related to the Danida funded research project ‘The Timber Rush: Private Forestry in Village Land (TIMBERRUSH). Students will be enrolled at the Sokoine University of Agriculture and may also get enrolled at the University of Copenhagen, and thus there is a possibility of attaining a double degree.
The scholarships are of four years duration, and will commence on October 1, 2016. The PhD scholars will be supervised by a joint team of senior academics from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Danish Institute for International Studies and University of Copenhagen, and will be provided PhD level training in both universities. The PhD study and research will be closely integrated and coordinated with other activities in the TIMBERRUSH project.
The overall goal of the research project is to contribute to a more equitable distribution of benefits from private forest plantations on village land through evidence-based policy making. This call is for two PhD positions whose focus is elaborated below:
The main focus of the first PhD position is on the role of timber value chains in driving tree production in the Southern Highlands. This PhD position will contribute to testing the project hypothesis that the scale and drivers of investments in land for timber production are driven by domestic factors related to national increased value chain understood as flows of material resources, finance, knowledge and information between buyers and suppliers. Other factors can potentially influence the timber rush including foreign investments and foreign demand; conservation and global climate mitigation initiatives supporting the planting of trees; changes in national policies such as opportunities arising from implementation of 1999 Land Act, and government and donor support for community-based forestry and global climate mitigation initiatives past and present.
The second PhD position will focus on how land is accessed or acquired for producing timber in the Southern Highlands. Specifically, it is expected that the PhD candidate will investigate the impact of investments in land for timber production on local people’s access to and benefits from land and other resources and test the hypothesis that the main beneficiaries are to be found among the domestic investors based in Tanzania’s urban areas while local people bear the costs. The focus of the study could include an understanding of how large areas have been transformed into plantations (and at the expense of other land uses) over time; investigation of distributive outcomes of investments in land for timber production; enhanced conflict between production systems, e.g. food versus trees; gender and procedural dimensions in timber investments; the extent to which the different types of actors have been involved in decision making processes in relevant political institutions and in particular whether they had a fair chance to air their concerns and grievances and are properly compensated when rights to land are transferred to an investor.
Detailed descriptions of the aim and content of research project as well as requirements and application procedure for each of the two PhD scholarships are posted on the SUA homepage (www.suanet.ac.tz) as well as on the homepages of University of Copenhagen (www.ifro.ku.dk/timberrush) and Danish Institute for International Studies (www.diis.dk/en)
Deadline for application is May 20th, 2016 at 10.00 AM East Africa Time (EAT). Short-listed candidates will be invited to prepare full research proposals and to present them at the inception workshop to be held in early September, 2016.
Timber Rush Proposal
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Guidelines for shortlisted applicants
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Guidelines to complete the PhD appplication form_CSSH
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PhD application form
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