Geoengineering is, to my mind, the creepiest way to respond to climate change. It’s not a new idea, but it is so politically unpalatable that scientists don’t research it. This is why, at the bottom of this post, I’m disturbed by the call by Oxford for a post doc researcher in geoengineering.
In a nut shell, geoengineering posits that human can cool the planet using various, un-developed technologies, like Space Mirrors, or pumping sulfur particles into the air.
Most geoengineering plans plan to block the sun’s radiation, thus cooling the planet and delaying global warming. You can infer the ethical impactions from there. But to get you started, who would do the engineering? The US? China? Dubai? A New World Federation?
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP IN ETHICS AND GEOENGINEERING GOVERNANCE
Oxford Geoengineering Programme
Oxford Martin School
University Of Oxford
Protocol reference number: HUM/10033F/E
Grade 8: £36,715 – £43,840 per annum at 1 October 2010
Fixed-term for two years from date of appointment.
Applications are invited for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Ethics and Geoengineering Governance to work on a project in the newly formed Oxford Geoengineering Programme (OGP). The post will be jointly hosted by the Institute for Science and Ethics (ISE) (part of the Faculty of Philosophy) and the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) (part of the Saïd Business School), both of which are part of the Oxford Martin School.
The Research Fellow will conduct research on the ethical, legal and governance implications of advances in geoengineering and will be expected to publish original, high-quality research. In addition to research responsibilities the postholder will be expected to contribute to the project in other ways, which may include, for example, involvement in conference or other event organisation and engaging in collaborations with external researchers.
The fellowship is for two years from the date of appointment and the postholder will be a Research Fellow of both ISE and InSIS. ISE is based at Littlegate House, central Oxford and InSIS is based at the Saïd Business School nearby.
Candidates should have a strong academic background in one or more of the following: (1) Philosophy; (2) Politics and International Relations; (3) Environmental Sociology; (4) Political Anthropology; (4) Law; (5) Science and Technology Studies. By the date of appointment, candidates should have received (or submitted their thesis for) the degree of PhD (or equivalent).
Further particulars: FPs including details of the application procedure are available here or from the following websites:
www.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/vacancies | www.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/vacancies.htm
or directly from Deborah Sheehan, ISE, Suite 8, Littlegate House, 16-17 St Ebbes St., Oxford OX1 1PT.
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 286888 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: The deadline for receipt of applications is: Noon (GMT) on Monday 14 February 2011