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Reference : UMR5602-PABDOM-003
Workplace : TOULOUSE
Date of publication : Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Type of Contract : FTC Technical / Administrative
Contract Period : 28 months
Expected date of employment : 1 June 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : Between 2088 et 2351€ bruto per month according to experience
Desired level of education : 3-year university degree
Experience required : Indifferent
ICCAs are declining rapidly around the world. This proposal has as mission the public recognition of ICCAs as living socio-ecological heritage at local, national and international levels, which could significantly contribute to their protection and that of their natural and cultural values. That is to say, understand and document its current and historical value, and involve local communities in a participatory manner in communicating this value to key actors (i.e. public officials, decision-makers, political representatives, national and international agencies, etc.) as well as the general public (i.e. society as a whole). This has proven to be a powerful way to strengthen these systems. To address this, we will focus on Sinjajevina (Dinaric Alps of Montenegro), a territory governed by a number of different rural commons or ICCAs, and which is the largest mountain pastoral territory in the Balkans and one of the largest in Europe, where remains one of the last large-scale transhumant communities in the country which are generally in decline.
In this context, the main activity will be to contribute to the understanding of the Sinjajevina system as a whole and to provide a number of keys to support its living rural heritage and facilitate the protection of its environment, the economic potential of the area, and the rights of local populations, especially pastoral communities, as they with their traditional pastoral activity, are the main guarantors of these ecosystems and unique landscapes. And this in the context where Montenegro is supposed to meet the expectations of the EU with which it is in talks of accession. This contract should contribute to the promotion of good practices in Sinjajevina, and could inspire other similar systems in the country or elsewhere.
It is essential that the candidate has sufficient command of English as this will be the working language. At the same time, it will be necessary for the candidate to master the Serbian language and it would be a plus if the candidate already has some ties forged with the region or similar regions to guarantee the most rapid integration into the field possible. This call is open to applicants who can offer an understanding of Sinjajevina and how to deal with its current crisis (demographic, economic, social, political, etc.) from a wide range of disciplines ranging from anthropology, human geography, spatial planning, landscape architecture, heritage, law, history, communication or political science, among others. During the 28 months' contract with possibility of extension during a few more months, the research assistant (D2A41 : Ingénieur-e d'études en production, traitement, analyse de données) will be based in Montenegro to do his/her work in the field and work with local communities and key actors concerned by Sinjajevina, at the same time as scientifically attached to the laboratory GEODE in Toulouse. Possession of a driving license and a car would also be valued.
This call is part of a larger European project entitled: “Inspiring Rural Heritage: Sustainable Practices to Protect and Conserve Highlands Landscapes and Memory (IRIS)”. It emerges from the fact that there is a strong and growing scientific and political awareness that rural commons or areas and territories conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (hereafter ICCAs) are a vital living heritage for conservation of the environment, the well-being of local populations, and global sustainability, as well as of universal cultural value.
Constraints and risks
The candidate will have to carry out fieldwork both alone and in a team with other people linked to the IRIS project, and therefore will have to demonstrate a good team spirit as well as a great autonomy and a strong commitment to strengthening the living heritage of rural highland communities. The candidate should be highly adaptable, able to negotiate and reorganize the work plan as the collective project unfolds, constantly refining objectives and methods as data is collected in the field and the context evolves. Part of the work could be undertaken in public and private archives (collection of legal and historical data), as well as in urban or rural municipalities for interviews or participant observations. Nevertheless, some of the fieldwork will be carried out in remote mountainous regions. Therefore, good physical condition would be a plus. Fieldwork can extend over weekends and will involve mountain hikes. The candidate must also be used to working for a long time on the screen and have a functional Internet connection to work interactively with his / her supervisor (Pablo Dominguez), his / her laboratory of reference (GEODE) and the IRIS consortium.
Possible to extend the contract 6 to 8 months
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