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Education & Awareness
PhD Opportunity: Biodiversity Commercialisation and Social Justice - 14 November 2008
A PhD scholarship is available to undertake research in the growing arena of biodiversity trade, natural products commercialization, and social justice. This highly topical research area deals with such issues as biopiracy and bioprospecting, access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing, traditional knowledge protection, intellectual property rights, and non-timber forest product value chains.
The student will form part of a broader team working on this topic, and will be based at the Environmental Evaluation Unit and the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town. Support will be in the form of an NRF bursary, with the opportunity to top this up through part-time work at the Environmental Evaluation Unit. Financial support will also be provided for fieldwork expenses. Exciting opportunities exist for international and local travel.
Applications are welcome from those holding a Masters or equivalent degree in law, economics, environmental science, human geography, anthropology, sociology, or related fields.
Please note that PhD bursaries are subject to National Research Foundation stipulations, and are therefore primarily aimed at South African citizens or permanent residents, although a limited number of foreign applicants from SADC countries may be considered.
Interested candidates should submit a CV and letter of motivation by e-mail to
Dr Rachel Wynberg:
Tel: +27 21 650 2866/7
Closing date: 30 November 2008