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PhD (W/M) The Great Green Wall and Sahelian Environmental Imaginaries

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Français - Anglais

Date Limite Candidature : jeudi 2 février 2023

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General information

Reference : IRL3189-PRIDUB-003
Nombre de Postes : 1
Workplace : DAKAR,DAKAR
Date of publication : Thursday, January 12, 2023
Scientific Responsible name : Priscilla Duboz
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 March 2023
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

The framework of the missions assigned is at the heart of the research project "The Great Green Wall and Sahelian Environmental Imaginaries: Green Fix and the Persistence of a Policy Idea " supported by the ANR (France), the ESRC (Great-Britain) and the DFG (Germany). A consortium of researchers comprising a political historian in the UK, Pr. Jeremy Allouche, a human geographer in Germany, Pr. Detlef Muller-Mahn, and an anthropologist in France, Dr. Priscilla Duboz, have developed an interdisciplinary project to study the GGW in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and Senegal. This project aims to explore high-end conceptualisations of African green futures by studying how ideas of greening the Sahel region have developed, persisted, and been contested. The central question set out in this research, is, how the performativity and persistence of socio-technical imaginaries in the context of societal transformation can be explained.
The doctoral researcher involved will work in close collaboration with the English, German, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Ethiopian researchers. He/she will be in charge of the following subquestion of the project : How can the development of new imaginaries around the GGW, taking into account vernacular practices, help towards its decolonisation? To study this question, we will start with semi-structured interviews through various stakeholders targeting key local farmers and local institutions (chiefs, government officials, youth, and women's groups) to understand how resistance, diversion, foot dragging and practical innovations emerged and how does the project unravel/become renegotiated in the different settings.

The person sought will :
Contribute to the animation of the project with british and german partners,
Coordinate and participate in the collection and synthesis of existing data,
Support data acquisition,
Prepare and follow up (remotely or in the field according to the needs and the available means) the field campaigns.
Undertake the creation of a database compiling the data
Analyze and work on this database
Valorize these results through scientific articles and an open access data paper

Competences :
Human and Social Sciences background (for example anthropology and/or political ecology and/or human geography)
Skills in human welfare and environment crisis or managment
Skills in qualitative data analysis
Knowledge of database creation and work
Ability to manage and follow up on projects (laboratory and/or field; planning; animation; reporting...)
French spoken, written
English spoken, written

Work Context

The person recruited will be hosted within the IRL 3189 Environment, Health, Society (Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar). This IRL develops interdisciplinary research on the interactions that human groups have with their environment. However, if the recruited person will be hosted within this IRL, his/her work will remain closely associated with the british and german partners: IDS in Brighton and Geography Institute in Bonn. Regular meetings mobilizing these partners and all the Senegalese, Burkinabe and Ethiopian partners will be organized to monitor and guide the work undertaken.

Constraints and risks

The doctoral student will be assigned to the IRL 3189 ESS laboratory in Dakar and must therefore demonstrate a high degree of autonomy. The fieldwork will be conducted primarily in Senegal, in the Ferlo region in the north of the country. Very precarious living conditions characterize this environment. In order to carry out the missions in the best conditions, the IRL 3189 ESS and the OHMi Téssékéré provide the researchers with adequate means.

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