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GAIA Masters Student Paper Award

The international journal GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society invites Masters students to participate in the GAIA Masters Student Paper Award. Masters students are encouraged to submit their results from research-based courses or Masters theses in the field of transdisciplinary environmental and sustainability science.

The award is meant to honor research which holds relevance for important societal transformations and/or which has discovered new paths of inter- and transdisciplinary environmental or sustainability research.

Each year, one article will be selected by a jury and – after succesful peer review – published in GAIA as the winning article of the GAIA Masters Student Paper Award. The winner will be granted a price money of 1'500,– EUR, endowed by the Selbach Environmental Foundation, and a free one-year subscription to GAIA, including free online access. The GAIA Masters Student Paper Award will be presented on the occasion of the GAIA Annual Meeting in April of each year.

Submission

Before submission, please consult GAIA's guide for authors for information on the journal's aims and scope and on manuscript preparation. Please prepare your manuscript according to the specifications for GAIA's Research section and carefully consider the technical details for submission. Especially: Your paper should not exceed the length of 32.000 characters including spaces and needs to be submitted in Word format. Additional information can be found here.

Together with your article, please submit the name of an experienced mentor who is prepared to guide you through the process of writing a scientific article. We suggest that the mentor accepts co-authorship for the article.

Students who have already completed their Masters thesis are eligible for submitting an article, provided

a) their article is clearly based on results from their Masters thesis


b) they have finished their Masters degree no longer than 18 months before submission (please inform us about the date of reception of your Masters degree)

We encourage submissions written in English; however, articles written in German will equally be considered.


Further information on the journal: click here.


Please submit your article to Ulrike Sehy (sehy@oekom.ch)

Date for submission: November 4, 2016.

GAIA MASTERS STUDENT PAPER AWARD

Winner 2016: Rory A. Walshe

We are pleased to introduce the winner of the GAIA Masters Student Paper Award 2016: Rory A. Walshe receives the award for his entry Ayni, Ayllu, Yanantin and Chanincha: The Cultural Values Enabling Adaptation to Climate Change in Peruvian Andean Communities.
Rory A. Walshe was born 1989 in Oxford, UK. He received his Bachelor's degree in Disaster Management from Coventry University and his Master's degree in Climate Change and International Development from University of East Anglia. He is currently a PhD student at King's College London.

Shortlist:
Lukas Paul Fesenfeld, Hertie School of Governance Berlin: "Long-Term Governance: A Comparative Case Study of Urban Food Strategies and Sustainable Food Procurement Regulations"
Melanie Böhme & Bente Riewerts, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg: "Agricultural Supply With Recycled Phosphates in Terms of Sustainability – a Transdisciplinary Scenario Analysis For The Administrative District of Lüneburg"
Philip Bernert, Tamara Schaal, Lena Kühl, Angelika Haaser, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg: "Establishing Real-life Laboratories: A Transdisciplinary Approach"

The price money of 1'500 Euro is being endowed by Selbach Environmental Foundation.

In 2015, the GAIA Masters Student Paper Award has been given for the first time.

Recipients of the GAIA Masters Student Paper Award and Shortlist

2015:

Ina Soetebeer, University of Freiburg: Well-being and Prosperity beyond Growth – Discursive Struggles in the German Enquete Commission on Growth, Prosperity and Quality of Life

Soetebeer was born 1985 in Kassel, Germany. She studied Regional Studies of Latin America at Freie Universität Berlin and Universidade Nova de Lisboa (B.A.), and Environmental Governance (M.Sc.) at the University of Freiburg.

Shortlist:
Oana Stan, Aarhus University-Herning: "Measuring CSR in the Finance and Textile & Clothing Industries Using the Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process – a Comparison of Six Company Performances".
Merla Kubli, Zurich University of Applied Sciences: "Simulation of the Impacts of Feed-in-Tariffs on the Swiss Electricity Market".

The Award 2015 was endowed by the Andrea von Braun Stiftung.

Manual Masters Student Paper Award

How to prepare your manuscript

The following documents are meant to guide you through the process of preparing your article for GAIA.

1. GAIA guide for authors

Please consult GAIA's guide for authors for information on the journal's aims and scope, on the journal's section and on manuscript preparation. Please prepare your manuscript according to the specifications for GAIA's Research section and carefully consider the Technical details for submission. Especially: Your paper should not exceed the length of 32.000 characters including spaces and needs to be submitted in word format.

2. Publishing Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research

A presentation prepared by GAIA Editors Almut Jödicke and Ulrike Sehy on the characteristics of publishing inter- and transdisciplinary research in GAIA – and in general.

3. EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators of Scientific Articles

The European Association of Science Editors (EASE) has provided excellent guidelines for scientific authors in order to "provide simple, clear advice aimed at making international scientific communication more efficient."
The guidelines are freely available in pdf format in more than 20 languages.

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