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Ambo University (Ethiopia) is searching for educators to assist with the launch of new undergraduate programmes in subjects related to planning, surveying, geomatics and land management.

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A provocative new piece published by the Economic and Social Research Council’s Urban Transformations programme reflects on the global challenges facing urban and sustainable development agendas.

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A special issue of the New Solutions journal has been released focusing on the health and safety of informal workers. The issue was assembled by colleagues from Women in Informal Employment: Globalising and Organising (WIEGO).

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The Global Land Tools Network (GLTN) has released, as a first draft for use and feedback, a capacity development resource entitled Learning for Land Tool Development and Implementation: A Good Practice Guide.

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An exciting opportunity is available to be involved in a major collaborative international research project focused on lives at the urban periphery in three African cities: Addis Ababa, Johannesburg and Durban.

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The Global Land Tools Network (GLTN) has announced the launch of a new publication entitled Remaking the urban mosaic: Participatory and inclusive land readjustment, published by UN-Habitat and GLTN in collaboration with the Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR).

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ETH Zurich has advertised two PhD studentships to work on topics related to urban violence reduction, and urban design and security. At least one of the students should work in South Africa.

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DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service) has offered a series of scholarships for postgraudate study in planning, land management and spatial science at the Namibia University of Science and Technology.

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ICSU, together with NASAC and the ISSC, will support 10 research projects across Africa. These projects are expected to generate new solutions-oriented knowledge that will help develop new urban paradigms in Africa and make African cities more resilient, adaptable and healthier. This is the first call in a five-year, 5 million EUR project that seeks to increase the production of high quality, integrated (inter- and transdisciplinary), solutions-oriented research on global sustainability by early career scientists in Africa.

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The City of Cape Town and the African Centre for Cities (ACC) are offering embedded research opportunities at the City of Cape Town Municipality for the 2016–2019 period, in support of the City’s development and implementation of a transit-oriented development (TOD) strategy.

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The Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) seeks outstanding faculty candidates for multiple positions in urban planning.

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The School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa) has advertised a bursary for doctoral study of BRICS countries and emerging economies. The bursary will be linked to the work of the South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning.

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Four lecturer/senior lecturer positions have been advertised for the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences at Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).

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Every year the Jacques Rougerie Foundation - Institut de France launches an international competition in architecture. In 2016 the competition will address design innovation relating to sea, space and sea level rise.

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The revised zero draft of the outcome document to be adopted at the Habitat III conference in October 2016 is now available for download.

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The newly formed interdisciplinary Research Training Group on 'Critical Infrastructures: Construction, Functional Failures, and Protection in Cities' located at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, has invited applications for twelve PhD positions scheduled to begin 1 October 2016.

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As part of its mission to support integrated, solutions-oriented science globally, the International Council for Science (ICSU) has signed a 5-year agreement with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for a five million Euro programme to strengthen research capacity for sustainability in Africa.

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On 24 May 2016 the urban and regional planning programme offered in the Department of Architecture and Planning became the first programme at the University of Botswana to be awarded full accreditation by an international professional body, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) of the United Kingdom.

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The African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town has advertised a five-year lecturer/senior lecturer position in urban studies.

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Cities Alliance has been a strong advocate for recognition of the role of cities in the New Urban Agenda, and recently commissioned the Berlin-based development think tank Adelphi to provide an analysis of the zero draft document.

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