Call for applications: Canada 150 Research Chair: Indigenous Climate Justice. Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

Canada 150 Research Chair

Indigenous Climate Justice

Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

The Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES), York University, invites applications from individuals interested in nomination for a Canada 150 Research Chair in Indigenous Climate Justice, to commence July 1, 2018. We are looking for an outstanding scholar who examines the ways in which climate change affects Indigenous communities and their responses to it. The Chair will be theoretically sophisticated as well as engaged in policy or advocacy, able to create bridges between Indigenous communities and governmental or other entities engaged in responding to the challenges of climate change. Scholars from all relevant disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applications from those who approach such challenges from the humanities, including history, philosophy, or arts based forms of scholarship are especially welcomed.

The successful candidate will have an active research agenda demonstrating:

  • A critical, interdisciplinary approach;
  • A substantive and ongoing engagement with Indigenous communities, including a knowledge of and commitment to Indigenous ways of knowing, and the implementation of research principles and protocols that achieve inclusive community participation under conditions that strive for mutual respect and equity;
  • Intellectual leadership in the field of climate justice and the experiences of Indigenous peoples with climate change.

The position is a tenure stream appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor conditional on the successful nomination of the applicant as a Canada 150 Research Chair. To be eligible for this award, nominees must be internationally based at the time of the application (both working and residing outside of Canada), including Canadian expatriates who wish to return home. The individual sought will be nominated for a Canada 150 Research Chairs at the $350,000 per year level. Appointments to Canada 150 Chairs are for 7 years and are accompanied by a full-time tenure-stream faculty position. Further information about the Canada 150 Research Chair program is available at

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant field, a record of excellence in scholarly research including publications appropriate to their stage of career, and will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching at all levels. The successful candidate will be prepared to participate actively in the Graduate Program in Environmental Studies and be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

FES is a unique interdisciplinary Faculty that adopts a broad definition of environment, including natural, built and social environments. The Faculty has a strong social and environmental justice orientation, and values community-engaged learning and action, including arts-based inquiry, production and dissemination. More information about the Faculty is available at

For this nomination, York is particularly interested in candidates with diverse backgrounds and especially encourages candidates in equity, diversity and inclusion categories. York acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and encourages applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement. York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents based outside Canada will be given priority.

Applicants should submit a signed letter of application outlining their professional experience and research interests, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a sample of their scholarly writing (maximum 50 pp.), and a teaching dossier, and arrange for confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to: Professor Martin Bunch, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Environmental Studies, HNES 137. York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3. Email: - (Subject line: “Indigenous Climate Justice”).

The deadline for applications is July 28, 2017. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.