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The New School Temporary Researcher on Hegemonic vs. Subaltern Solutions to Earth Crisis in New York, New York


Project Overview

The Tishman Environment and Design Center is expanding its research on hegemonic versus subaltern solutions to Earth system crises. The research involves diverse deliverables, including one or more scientific papers, and knowledge sharing for education with stakeholders and the public. The research program centers critical analyses of dominant approaches to addressing global and Earth crises (such as climate change, biodiversity loss, energy crises, and mass displacement), while foregrounding alternatives based on solutions that center decolonization, intersectional subaltern autonomy, Indigenous resurgence, and systemic transformation towards regenerative Earth justice. With the expansion of this research we seek to hire 3 temporary Researchers to assist with the project for a duration of 8 months.

Project deliverable

The research project has two main deliverables.

Deliverable 1. The first deliverable is to articulate a framework to critically assesses from an anti-colonial, decolonizing, anti-imperialist, and depatriarchalizing set of approaches the range of problematic (so-called) ‘false solutions’ that have been advanced by dominant governmental, intergovernmental, market, and nongovernmental actors with regard to Earth crisis. This, particularly at the nexus of climate-land-biodiversity-energy-security. The project will articulate policy and collective action analyses, centering both examination of governance frameworks and policy instruments, as well as critique and resistance strategies towards disruption, subversion and transformation towards strengthening subaltern autonomies and regenerative decolonial futures. Furthermore, this research will build out a database of interconnected frameworks and projects embodying solutions that center intersectional decolonization, subaltern autonomy, Indigenous resurgence, and systemic transformation towards regenerative Earth justice. The project aims to map out decolonial futures whose visions and materiality are to be enacted upon the organization and visions of subaltern groups. Scientific publication(s) will be the product.

Deliverable 2. The second is to create a publicly accessible knowledge base that enables different groups, stakeholders and audiences to enhance collective awareness, deepen their shared understanding and scale out effective action against problematic climate and environmental solutions advanced by dominant governmental, intergovernmental, market, and nongovernmental actors. Furthermore, to produce public knowledge, shared understanding and effective action in favor of solutions to Earth crises that embody decolonization, intersectional subaltern autonomy, Indigenous resurgence, and systemic transformation towards regenerative Earth justice. The second deliverable should result in publicly available content for awareness raising and capacity building. It may take the form of a public curriculum and/or other similar set of products.

Project Organization

The Tishman Environment and Design Center ( TEDC ), through its Indigeneity, Decolonization and Just Sustainabilities Initiative. TEDC is a university-wide center that fosters the integration of bold design, policy, and social justice approaches to environmental issues to advance just and sustainable outcomes in collaboration with communities. At the Tishman Center and The New School, sustainability is truly cross-disciplinary, incorporating and collaborative space that brings together stakeholders from a variety of disciplines, schools, and populations. The Center serves as a collaborative resource center and academic convener for environmental justice groups, community leaders, design, and climate experts to create discourse, dialogue, and action on today’s most challenging issues.

Job Description

The Researchers will directly participate in conducting different components of the research project, both with regard to the deliverables 1 and 2 described above. The researchers will directly engage academic, civil society, social movement and policy constituents and their analyses of contending approaches to and governance of proposed solutions to the Earth crisis. The researchers will engage with both indepth academic literature, as well as policy and civil society material. The researchers will work very closely with theoretical, analytical and civil society approaches that center radical ecology in relation to anti-colonial, decolonizing, anti-imperialist, and depatriarchalizing perspectives. The content of both deliverables will be grounded in and sourced from approaches and interlocutors that center and embody subaltern, grassroots, frontline, Indigenous, Global South, BIPOC , and other environmental justice and marginalized communities. In addition to the roles already mentioned, the job responsibilities may include a combination of the following tasks:

  • Conducting reviews, analyses and syntheses of literatures, artifacts, case studies, databases, projects, and other relevant sources regarding contending solutions to Earth crisis

  • Conducting collaborative research with key interlocutors confronting problematic approaches to solving climate change, and embodying or alternative approaches and solutions

  • Developing analytical frameworks, data collection and analysis tools based on the approaches mentioned above.

  • Developing public knowledge and public education databases and modules and their corresponding materials at different levels of depth and complexity concerning key areas in governance, policy and social movement approaches to solve climate change

  • Developing syntheses research reports and public briefings or white papers.

  • Building the web content in relation to both deliverables.

The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.

Work Mode:

Hybrid/Remote – Employees hired for this position primarily work remotely with the occasional on-campus presence required with advanced notice. Employees in this role will also be expected to use their best judgment to be on campus when necessary in order to best fulfill the responsibilities of their job descriptions.

Salary Rate:

$28 Per Hour

Work: 20 hours a week

Duration: 8 months

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduate Student (preferably second year/advanced masters student, post-masters or doctoral student in relevant field)

  • Interdisciplinary environmental and social research skills

  • Experience with data collection and analysis

  • Familiarity with and disposition to work with critical and subaltern epistemologies, methodologies and pedagogies

  • Familiarity with and disposition to conduct collaborative research, preferably with experience in civil society, community and social movement related research collaborations.

  • Excellent Research and Writing skills

  • Capacity or willingness to learn the development of content for online learning platforms.

  • Ability to reliably work 20 hours hours/week during the Spring and Summer of 2023

  • Ability to adhere to University COVID -19 Policy

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree a plus

  • Familiarity with mixed methods, and disposition to work with multimedia web learning platforms

  • Background knowledge of climate change politics, policy, governance and research, climate justice, Indigenous, grassroots, frontline and Global South epistemologies, approaches and issues.

  • Familiarity with different sector analyses in relation to climate change (e.g., concerning energy, security, food systems, land sector, technology, climate economics, and climate related social movement organizing)

Special Instructions to Applicants:

How to Apply:

Please submit:

  • A cover letter of interest

  • Resume or CV

  • The names of two job references (please include full name, e-mail address, telephone number, and relationship to the applicant).