Jobs and Announcements

WIDER Conference Call for Papers: Fragile States – Fragile Groups, Tackling Economic and Social Vulnerability
Helsinki, Finland, 15-16 June 2007

This conference will bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss different concepts and measures of fragility and vulnerability, to analyse causes and consequences of vulnerability, to consider appropriate policy options, and to identify future research directions. Conference topics will include: fragility concepts and measures; trade and financial shocks; weather and other environmental shocks; state failure and governance in fragile states; household vulnerability and fragile groups; poverty dynamics and economic insecurity; strategies for dealing with economic and social vulnerability; linking aid, debt relief, and fragility; and fragility and MDG implementation. Details of how to submit a paper for the conference can be found at the website listed above. The deadline for submissions is 16 March 2007. Final copies of accepted papers are required by 18 May 2007.

Wits HIV/AIDS in the Workplace Research Symposium
29th and 30th June 2004, Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa

HIV/AIDS in the workplace constitutes an important research node for a wide range of disciples including business, economics, law, public health and the social sciences. This symposium will provide an opportunity for researchers in these fields to present and cross-fertilise their work. Within the context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic it is important that research is orientated towards sustainable solutions. Papers orientated to understanding underlying problems and how they should be addressed, along with papers from ‘action researchers’ including managers and trade unionists are welcomed.

Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program

The Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program was founded in 1993 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., in order to train women's human rights lawyers from Africa committed to returning home to their countries to advance the status of women and girls throughout their careers. The LAWA programme is inviting applications for July 2008- August 2009 LAWA Fellowship Program; the deadline for submissions is November 30, 2007.

Workshop on ethics of research related to healthcare in developing countries
12 - 14 February 2004, Cape Town, South Africa

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics published a Report, ‘The ethics of research related to healthcare in developing countries’, in April 2002. A follow-up workshop will be held in February 2004 to explore developments in this area since the publication of the report. The workshop, co-hosted by the South African MRC and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, will bring together researchers who are actively involved in externally-sponsored research related to healthcare in developing countries, for three days in Cape Town. The focus of the workshop will be to discuss and debate ethical and regulatory issues raised by new and recently revised guidelines and to identify obstacles to their effective implementation.

Workshop on Proposal Development for Scientific Research Funding in Sub-Saharan Africa
16-20 August 2004, Nairobi, Kenya

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) based in Nairobi, Kenya, in collaboration with the University of Southampton are inviting nominations of senior social science or public health researchers to attend a workshop on research proposal development. The main objective of the workshop is to strengthen the capacity of African scholars and institutions in developing good fundable proposals for scientific research.

Further details: /newsletter/id/30436
Workshop on the Ethics of Research Related to Healthcare in Developing Countries
12 - 14 February 2004, Cape Town, South Africa

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics published a Report, the ethics of research related to healthcare in developing countries, in April 2002. The Report recommends that medical research in developing countries which is funded by organisations in wealthier countries is crucial but must be subject to rigorous ethical safeguards. The Report provides an ethical framework for anyone who is designing or conducting externally-sponsored research in the developing world. A follow-up Workshop will be held in February 2004 to explore developments in this area since the publication of the Report.

Further details: /newsletter/id/29930
Workshop: Comparing the Copperbelt: Political culture and knowledge production in Central Africa, 23-24 July 2018 (Kitwe, Zambia)
Deadline for Applications: 15 February 2018

'Comparing the Copperbelt' is an ERC-funded research project, running at the University of Oxford from 2016-2020. The project aims to examine the Copperbelt (in both Zambia and the DR Congo) as a single region divided by a (post-)colonial border, across which flowed minerals, people and ideas. This workshop aims to bring together researchers on and in the Copperbelt region to share ideas on social, environmental and cultural history. Research papers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds (history, anthropology, economics, etc.), approaches and regional focuses (both old and new mining regions) are welcomed. The workshop seeks to bring together academics, trade union leaders and environmental activists to foster discussions about the history and current condition of the Copperbelt region.

Workshop: Intensive Introduction to Medical Informatics
January 28th - February 1st 2002

Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, University of Natal, Durban, KZN, South Africa
The New England Medical Center-Tufts University School of Medicine International Training Program in Medical Informatics in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine at the University of Natal is hosting this intensive one week workshop. The workshop will be taught by faculty from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Harvard Medical School, New England Medical Center-Tufts University School of Medicine (all in Boston, USA) and faculty from the University of Natal and the Medical Research Council of South Africa. This is an intensive 5-day workshop aimed at introducing participants to the major areas of medical informatics science through a series of lectures, lab session's and evening tutorials. Participants will be expected to have some basic computer skills (use of e-mail, Internet, word-processing etc). The workshop will attempt to focus on applications and examples with the potential to impact public health problems in sub-Saharan Africa. The course is being offered for 8 credits for students in the Master of Public Health degree program at the University of Natal. Students registering for credit will be charged a registration fee of South African Rand 350 and tuition of ZAR 520. It is also being offered for 8 credits for students who subsequently enter the new ITMI sponsored post-graduate degree program in Medical Informatics at the University of Natal, scheduled to begin in July 2002.

Further details: /newsletter/id/28942
Workshop: The political economy of health, Copenhangen, 8 July 2007

This is to provide advance notification that there will be an exciting workshop on the political economy of health on 8 July 2007 just before the iHEA conference in Copenhagen.

Further details: /newsletter/id/32166
Workshops available: 4th Public Health Association of South Africa conference

This brief describes the workshops offered at the 4th Public Health Association of South Africa conference, to be held at the Holiday Inn, Strand Street in Cape Town from the 2nd-4th June. Registration details are available at

Further details: /newsletter/id/33082