Date issued: February 2, 2017

MOZALINK Study Project (Western Indian Ocean Region) June 2014-December 2017.
Linking marine science, traditional knowledge and cultural perceptions of the sea in the Mozambique Channel to build tomorrow’s marine management using spatial simulation tools and educational games

FUNDER: MASMA GRANTS (Marine Science for Management Grants)

MOZALINK is a multi-disciplinary study project that is conducted through an international collaboration of academic and research institutions, namely, IRD (REUNION ISLAND), CORDIO (KENYA), Eduardo Mondlane University, (MOZAMBIQUE), IHSM (MADAGASCAR), Ulanga Ngazidja (COMORES), University of Dar es Salaam (TANZANIA), UNESCO/Marine World Heritage (INTERNATIONAL).

The study addresses regional and local scale issues related to marine ecology, social perception and spatial planning in the Mozambique Channel. A set of local sites has been selected for focused local studies and ‘control’ sites to these, presence of appropriate-sized villages (500-3,000 inhabitants), presence/absence of migrants, national prioritizations, and presence of local partners to facilitate in fieldwork and achieving impacts as a result of the project.

MOZALINK addresses the following Priority Thematic Research Areas:

1. Vulnerability, Resilience & Adaptation
2. Coastal Livelihoods, and
3. Governance for the Future.

These thematic areas are pursued by six modules, of which, Module 3 deals with A regional synthesis of the mosaic of local knowledge and perceptions of natural and cultural marine heritage in the Mozambique Channel.

The main objective is to reveal the diversity of sea cultures and local perceptions across the Channel, to describe how similar and different are the perceptions of natural and cultural marine heritage in the Channel, and by doing this, to identify harmony or discordance among the perceptions of the different groups of actors, at local and regional levels.

Module 3 has two main activities
Activity 3.1 – The marine natural heritage as perceived by local actors which will involve interrogating the uses, knowledge and perceptions of the sea and resources specific to the Mozambique Channel; the perceptions of, and the actual movements, of people (fishers or economic migrants for instance) and the perceptions of the Mozambique Channel as an entity in terms of socio-cultural representation. 8 Master dissertations and reports have been done in 2014, 2015 and 2016 or will be achieved in a few months (2 in Tanzania, 2 in Mozambique, 2 in Madagascar, 1 in Mayotte, 1 in Comoros). These reports and dissertations based on anthropological fieldworks in 7 different villages of the coasts will be basis for the regional and comparative analysis.

Activity 3.2 – Regional-scale analysis of the perception of the marine natural heritage

A postdoctoral researcher, together with the project PIs will combine the data at higher levels, to assess similarities and differences, and higher level heritage identities (common or plural) within the project region. The module will analyse strengths and gaps in heritage conceptions, and their scaling from local to regional, to determine their impact on and relevance to management, and future management options, and a role for education/awareness building to fill gaps. The researcher will confront discourses, conceptions and actions for each group of actors. We will explore how the points of view of each group articulate with, confront or complete each other. We will identify reasons for any discordance and concordance. A key angle that will be explored is the influence of demographic change and migration, as these have not been explored in detail in the past. The module will also take into account the different political perception about the Mozambique Channel current issues and challenges. This analysis will be spatially explicit and the resulting GIS layers describing socio-cultural perceptions will be cross-analysed with GIS layers describing biota distribution patterns and connectivity. A set of matrices will be developed to compare ecological and socio-cultural patterns in a unified analytical framework.

⇒ Outputs – 1) Regional maps of knowledge and conceptions relative to marine environment and to management regimes, 2) Peer-reviewed publications.

Qualifications of applicants:
• Post-graduate studies in Environmental Anthropology or Political Ecology
• Engaged with an academic or research institution in any country in the Western Indian Ocean region where the Post Doctorate will be examined.
• Ready to begin the programme in February 2017
• Motivated and ready to work with a multi-disciplinary, multi-lingual research group
• Languages: English, French and Portuguese

Salary : average 1800 US dollars/month for 9 months

Interested persons may send their letter of applications attached with CV, a copy of PhD and institutional affiliation to the project (sub-component) PIs through the following addresses:
Rosemarie Mwaipopo copy to: Catherine Sabinot
[email protected] [email protected]

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