Chile and New Zealand are neighbours that share similar geography and risks from future climate change. Although separated by nearly 10,000 km, they are linked by the strong Southern Hemisphere westerly winds that circle Antarctica and the adjacent Southern Ocean. Yet, relations between Chile and NZ are underdeveloped across the scientific and business sectors with a need for knowledge transfer of climate change impacts. The Winds of Change programme draws upon the common climate linkages to establish a New Zealand-Chile exchange and collaborative network of future leaders that can identify climate change solutions.
The first year of the Winds of Change programme in 2020 laid the foundation by establishing a network of likeminded individuals and organisations from Chile and New Zealand. Through collaborative research projects, participants evaluated common climate change impacts, potential solutions and created new links to sustainable businesses and organisations.
The Winds of Change programme will once again select postgraduate students from Chile and New Zealand and recent graduates with a general background in natural, physical or social science, business, finance, science communication, and humanities with an overall interest in climate change and developing sustainable strategies for business and policy.
Together, they will examine the similar climate change impacts their societies face, and demonstrate how this new trans-Pacific knowledge can support greater economic growth and well-being in both countries. It will also strengthen inter-university alliances established between Chilean and New Zealand partners, and develop a robust infrastructure for the ongoing work of the Winds of Change network.
Supported by their University of Otago mentors, the students who join or return to Year 2 of this programme will take part in a series of virtual and in person workshops, a week-long fieldtrip (NZ based participants), and a symposium for participants to present their research outcomes and make them available to a wider audience.
The programme will run from July 2021 to December 2021. Please note that all the costs are funded by the Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence.
We are seeking postgraduate students and recent graduates with demonstrated leadership skills and an interest in climate change and sustainability. We will also consider applications for undergraduates in their final year of study that have demonstrated independent research experience. We expect that these candidates will discuss aspects of this research experience in their applications. Positions are available for both New Zealand and Chile based participants. Please note that you must currently live in those countries. We are currently looking for the following to grow our network:
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Please note that all costs are fully funded in the programme.
Applications are open from the 17 May to 18 June 2021. We will be reviewing applications as they arrive and therefore encourage all applicants to apply sooner rather than later.
Please note that successful applicants will get a positive reply between 28-30 June, and will be expected to partake in the first workshop scheduled on 9 July.
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