Tuesday, 27 October 2015

New Book by Jonathan Oldfield and Denis Shaw

The Development of Russian Environmental Thought: Scientific and Geographical Perspectives on the Natural Environment

Jonathan D Oldfield and Denis J B Shaw
Routledge, London, 2016.

Jon Oldfield and Denis Shaw have published their book, The Development of Russian Environmental Thought, the product of several years of collaborative research, a number of UKRC research grants and other funding sources, and of many research visits to Russian libraries and archives and to many other repositories. According to the publisher’s blurb:

‘This book provides a comprehensive overview of the very rich thinking about environmental issues which have grown up in Russia since the nineteenth century, a body of knowledge and thought which is not well known to Western scholars and environmentalists. It shows how in the late nineteenth century there emerged in Russia distinct and strongly articulated representations of the earth’s physical systems within many branches of the natural sciences, representations which typically emphasized the completely integrated nature of natural systems. It stresses the importance in these developments of V. V. Dokuchaev who significantly advanced the field of soil science. It goes on to discuss how this distinctly Russian approach to the environment developed further through the work of geographers and other environmental scientists down to the late Soviet period.’

More information at http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780415580595/

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Rossiya TV documentary on the Barguzinskii zapovednik (2011)

The Rossiya tv website has a series of documentaries that can be watched online on zapovedniki and national parks.

The episode on the Barguzinskii zapovednik (2011), featuring the Deputy Director for Science, Aleksandr Ananin, is availbale  at http://russia.tv/video/show/brand_id/12725/episode_id/110132/video_id/110132/viewtype/picture/

Post in Environmental History at Ohio State University

College of Arts and Sciences

Department:       History
Position:              Environmental History
Rank:                    Assistant or Associate Professor


The Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications for the position of Assistant (tenure-eligible) or Associate Professor (tenured) in Environmental History and Sustainability.  Candidates with specializations in any geographic region or chronological era are welcome to apply.  We are especially interested in candidates who explore questions of the sustainability and resilience of human communities, including histories of human consumption, pollution and waste, natural resource use, food and agriculture, water use, energy, urban environmental spaces, soil, forests, environmental (in)justice, and histories of the coevolution of materials, technologies, human behaviors, and environmental impacts. The successful candidate will participate in the History Department’s thematic constellation “Environment, Health, Technology, and Science,” as well as in other thematic, geographical, and chronological communities of historians in the department. 

This position is partially funded by Ohio State's Discovery Themes Initiative (discovery.osu.edu), a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas in which the university can build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact.  The successful candidate will be engaged in the Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE) program (https://discovery.osu.edu/focus-areas/sustainable-economy/) with a highly collaborative interdisciplinary community of scholars that seeks to advance sustainability science by developing a more holistic understanding of sustainable and resilient production and consumption systems, human-environment interactions, and innovations in sustainable technologies and governance.  Successful applicants will be expected to participate in collaborative teams and interdisciplinary research on sustainability and resilience topics. Desired qualifications include a demonstrated interest and ability to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams including scholars from natural and social sciences, engineering, and humanities.


Applicants must hold the Ph.D. at time of appointment and must demonstrate an actual or potential record of sustained publication commensurate with the expectations at a research university. They must also have a demonstrated ability for excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate students.  Preferred qualifications include program experience, university teaching experience, and experience mentoring members of underrepresented groups.

About Columbus:

The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation and technology industries (see http://liveworkplaycolumbus.com/). Columbus has consistently been rated as one of the Top U.S. cities for quality of life, and was selected as one of the Top 10 cities for African Americans to live, work, and play by Black Enterprise magazine. Additional information about the Columbus area is available at http://www.columbus.org.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin on October 20, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Complete applications will include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, an article-length writing sample, and three letters of recommendation.  Please apply online through Academic Jobs Online at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/6174. Inquiries may be directed to Nick Breyfogle, breyfogle.1@osu.edu.   

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.