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Marie Curie Early Stage Researacher (PhD candidate) on community-based management of Mediterranean MPAs: marine governance, social capital and participatory methods

We invite applications for a 36-months Early Stage Researcher (PhD student) position being part of the Marie Curie Initial Training Networks "Training Network for Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas" (MMMPA) working at the Department of Applied Economics of the University of Murcia (Spain). Topic of the project "Community-based management of Mediterranean marine protected areas: marine governance, social capital and participatory methods". The project will include research stays in the cooperating institutions of the project.

The position is funded by the European Commission in the framework of the FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Networks ‘MMMPA’.

The selected candidate will focus on standard protocols for the analysis of marine protected areas, including their governance, social capital and other relevant socio-economic issues linked to community-based management. Particular case studies will be selected to conduct field work for the empirical analysis of socio-economic effects/variables of marine protected areas. Guidelines concerning participatory methodologies and communication strategies should be analysed offering a proposal. Also a set of methodological guidelines community-based management of marine protected areas in the Mediterranean context should be referred from the theoretical and empirical conducted research work.
The candidate will be based at the Department of Applied Economics of the University of Murcia (Spain). Field activities will be carried out at the MPAs involved in the network (Portofino (Italy), Tavolara Capo Coda Cavallo (Italy), Port Cros (France), Messolonghi Lagoon (Greece), Cabo de Palos and Hormigas Islands (Spain)) in order to represent different habitats and situations. 

The position is open to post-graduates holding a Master science degree or equivalent in Economics, Sociology, Statistics, Ecology or related disciplines. Driving licence is required.
The candidate should be able of conducting a socio-economic analysis, field work including questionnaires and interviews, statistical analysis and also the use of legal texts. The ability to write scientific manuscripts and communicate research outcomes by oral presentations will be also considered.
Previous training and research experience in social capital and network analysis is preferred. Excellent knowledge in written and spoken English and Spanish are necessary requirements.

Further information can be found at:

María Semtiel García
Department of Applied Economics
University of Murcia (Spain)

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