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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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