Do you have a genuine interest in landscape fires and resilience? And in developing a new integrated fire management model based on social, economic, cultural and ecological values?
Are you up for an interdisciplinary challenge, looking and learning beyond your own field and assumptions? With an international team that is inclusive, collaborative, creative and open minded? Then we are looking for you!15 PhD positions in PyroLife Innovative Training Network on integrated fire management
The 2018 wildfire season was a glimpse of what to expect in the future: deadly mega-fires in Mediterranean regions and high fire activity in temperate and boreal areas outside the typical Spring fire season. We cannot solve this challenge with the old mono-disciplinary approach of fire suppression: there is a critical need to change fire management from fire resistance to landscape resilience: Living with Fire. This requires a new type of diverse experts, who not only understand fire, but who are also able to communicate risks and engage with communities, deal with uncertainty, and link scientific disciplines as well as science and practice.
The new Innovative Training Network PyroLife will train the new generation of interdisciplinary experts in integrated fire management, acknowledging that 1) knowledge transfer from southern Europe (and worldwide) to temperate Europe can support the new generation of experts; and 2) fire risk planning, communication and management can learn from cross-risk lessons including temperate European expertise in water management. In doing so, this project combines how the North solves community problems with the fire knowledge of the European South.
We are hiring 15 PhD candidates across Southern and Northwest Europe and across a range of scientific disciplines, from social sciences and policy to environmental sciences and engineering. We are looking for a diverse group of creative and open minded Early Stage Researchers who are able to link innovative science to society, and communicate with media, stakeholders, and policy makers. These 15 positions are open at 6 universities, 2 research institutes, a foundation and a company across Southern and Northwest Europe. For an overview of all positions, please visit https://pyrolife.lessonsonfire.eu/Phd Topic description
The objective of this project is to increase the attractiveness of wildfire prevention, by 1) evaluating the potential for using flood and drought risk prevention to improve fire prevention, 2) developing a method to adopt information services in fire prevention, and 3) creating a serious game for policy makers and land managers.We provide
- a PhD position in the diverse PyroLife training network together with 14 other PhD candidates that study landscape fire using an integrated approach;
- a strong, engaging, collaborative and inclusive network of academics and practitioners;
- the first doctoral training program on integrated fire management worldwide, with research, collaboration and training focused on understanding fire, risk communication, integration across disciplines, scales, sectors, and countries, and personal development;
- enrolment in a fully-funded PhD program;
- team up with other PhD students in the network that work in other risk communication topics;
- research including an applied traineeship that will provide hands-on experience to work with communities located in areas with a high and/or new risk of wildfires;
- Become part of a dynamic team, that works with and for the fire community and society.