Associate or Full Professor Area of Sustainable Development

Associate or Full Professor in the Area of Sustainable Development, Management and Policy

The Department of Public Governance and Management is accepting applications for a full-time faculty position at the associate or full professor level, depending upon qualifications and experience. We seek candidates with a distinguished record of scholarly publications and funded research in the area of sustainable development, as well as a demonstrated commitment to teaching and student mentorship. The ideal candidate will contribute to research and teaching in at least several of the following areas: environmental management; ecological economics; governance issues in sustainable development; analysis and evaluation of public policies towards sustainable development; ‘green’ business strategies; corporate social responsibility, social and human dimensions of sustainable development. The faculty member will play a leading role in the new Master of Science degree program in Sustainable Development, Management and Policy as well as to contribute to the planning and development of a Ph.D. program within several years.

The working language at MODUL University-Vienna is English. Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in economics, management, public policy, environmental studies, or a closely related field. The appointment will be within the Department of Public Governance and Management. The department is committed to interdisciplinary research, teaching, and knowledge transfer. Detailed information on the Department of Public Governance and Management can be found online at: www.modul.ac.at/pgm.

MODUL University-Vienna is a newly-created, private university located on Kahlenberg, one of the highest hills in the city of Vienna, with stunning views of the city and the Danube below. The city of Vienna, home of many important international organizations active in economic and social development, human rights, and sustainability, serves as an ideal laboratory for students and as a valuable set of resources for faculty in their research and professional practice. Vienna is consistently ranked as one of the two or three most livable cities in the world.

The starting date for this position is July 2011 at the latest; The post is subject to an initial contract lasting for five years; Salary depends on the qualifications of the applicant and varies from € 70,000 (Associate Professor) to € 90,000 (Full Professor). For questions related to this position, please contact the Department Head, Prof. Harvey Goldstein (harvey.goldstein@modul.ac.at). MODUL University Vienna is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages qualified women to apply. Please send your electronic application, including cover letter, curriculum vitae and list of publications, to Ms. Gertraud Moser, gertraud.moser@modul.ac.at (preferably as a single PDF file; use www.filemail.com for files exceeding 10 MB). Applications are welcome until the position is filled.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Harvey Goldstein
Department of Public Governance and Management
MODUL University Vienna,
Am Kahlenberg 1, 1190 Wien
E-Mail: harvey.goldstein@modul.ac.at
Web Site: www.modul.ac.at

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One Response to Associate or Full Professor Area of Sustainable Development

  1. Mike Morin says:

    We need some perspective.

    Liquid and gaseous fossil fuel use is about 150 years old and automotive use about 100 years old. Look how absurdly, the personal automobile dominates our life and is destroying any hope for a future.

    We need to deal with more than incremental adjustments from the modern automotive age. If we want to continue the many benefits of precious fossil fuels, the many opportunity costs of those fuels, to personal automobile usage, then we need to set as a goal (here in the USA) and realize it, to reduce the use of the personal automobile by 80% in the next 20 to 40 years.

    It is not encouraging, because Obama explicitly stated the other day that the automobile is such an important part of American history and culture and needs to remain so. This is a statement of a myopic politician beholden to special interests.

    If you’ve never lived in the Northeast (USA) where much of the city, town, and village centers were built before the automobile, it may be hard to imagine a future with the greatly reduced automobile use, but it is very possible and absolutely desirable.

    The key is the walkable neighborhood. That is, neighborhoods for everybuddy where everyone can get what they need within walking distance of their residence. This will take a major shift in the way that resources are allocated and products distributed to communities. The major over-supply side mall outlets (for those products and services that have utility) could become regional warehouses and older town and village centers, where they exist could be explicitly brought back as outlets for these products. Where the town and village centers do not exist, such as here out West (I’m in Eugene, Oregon), where the mindless assumption of the automobile has led to the mindless, endless residential districts with their equally alienating and squandering (strip) malls, communities could be rebuilt (think of all the jobs) to provide community centers and outlets.

    Of course, this will not happen in the absence of a complete commitment to neighborhood/inter-community/inter-regional/worldwide ecological economic resource planning and allocation and redevelopment.

    The resource allocation issue could be handled with a reformed economic system, an equity union, with a “plan and implement” modus operandi for economic operations. Reforming the financial system to take the fundamentally inflationary Capitalist aspect of “discounting the future” (i.e. assuming that money in the future will be worth less) could lead to a system of ecological economical redevelopment where only true growth in wealth would occur and be shared and could occur under the aegis of a mission emphasizing peace, equity, inclusion, humanity, quality of life, wellness, and sustainability.

    Removing the gluttonous oil resource use by the USA and Capitalist automotive oriented allies would slowly rescind the need for the hegemonic occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, threats to Iran and to both domestic and worldwide environments which need to be conserved and shared equitably and frugally, particularly with the interests of youth, children, and future generations in heart and mind. The world acting in concert would stand much better prospects for peace.

    The Ecology of Redevelopment

    A big part of my redevelopment plan (aside from the financial systems reform) is the REBUILDING of neighborhoods to make them walkable for the necessities of life (that is, assuming a goal of a much less harried pace than today, but also assuming that people will have responsibilities, obligations, and desires). Such a plan would include a massive education program in retraining workers and training in youth in the building trades. Human resource management would be utilized to try to maximize the match between where the primary contractors/instructors and student/workers lived and the neighborhood building projects.

    Communities would be rebuilt to emulate mature ecological systems, in that they maximize the efficiency of energy and resource input into the community so that once resources enter a community, they stay in the community for the maximum amount of time possible. Once all communities are sufficiently rebuilt (a timeline of 20 to 50 years?) under such guidelines, they would evolve to ongoing day-to-day and maintenance communities and the amount of heavy labor required would decrease and the amount of leisure time increase. Again, (day-to-day and maintenance) workers would be employed in, surrounding, and/or as close to their residency as possible and it would be a priority for real and capital assets to be owned by the workers and the community patrons who ideally would be one and the same. The Neighborhood Equity Union would replace credit unions and of course, other forms of financial institutions. Parks and gymnasiums would be an important part of the plan as leisure time increased and the healthy aspects of physical labor decreased.

    Concurrent with rebuilding, and the reallocation of production and distribution resources, would be efforts to make office, communications, knowledge and intelligence based labor into primarily home and/or neighborhood based vocations. Occasional travel would be necessary and desirable, but quiet bus travel and car-sharing cooperatives could be employed to fill this need along with family visit and recreational needs and desires. With respect to the former, extended families would be encouraged to develop, remain, and/or reunite geographically.

    It will indeed require a fundamental change in our polity. Two radical changes come to the fore:

    1.) Direct popular control of the Treasury (the abolishment of the Federal Reserve) to fund the education, reorganization, and reallocation of the various resources left, to accomplish such.

    2.) The evolution to a peace economy, or as stated in the wise slogan a fundamental reallocation to “wage peace”.

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