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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 as the winner of the GAIA Masters Student Paper Award. After succesful peer review, the article will be published open access in GAIA. 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.

Jury

1. Prof. Dr. Irmi Seidl (Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL, Birmensdorf, CH)
2. Prof. Dr. Daniel Fischer (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, D)
3. Prof. Dr. Jörg Matschullat (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, D)
4. Prof. Dr. Renate Hübner (AAU Klagenfurt, AT)
5. Prof. Dr. Franz Rauch (AAU Klagenfurt, AT)
6. Dr. Bianca Vienni (Universidad de la República Montevideo, URY/Leuphana Univ. Lüneburg, D)

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 must not exceed the length of 32.000 characters including spaces and needs to be submitted in Word format. Additional information can be found here.

Please download this form (pdf 1,6 MB) and fill in. Submit the form together with your article.

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 5, 2018.

Award Winners

Winner 2018: Marie-Luise Hertkorn

 

We are pleased to introduce the winner of the GAIA Masters Student Paper Award 2018: Marie-Luise Hertkorn receives the award for her entry "Food that gives you strength. Why the recognition of implicit knowledge is indispensible for achieving food sustainability".

Marie-Luise Hertkorn was born in 1989 in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany. She studied Organic Agriculture (B.Sc.) at the University of Kassel, Germany, and History and Philosophy of Knowledge (M.A.) at ETH Zurich. Currently she is working with the Kenyan agricultural NGO “Biovision Africa Trust” in Nairobi, a placement which forms part of the NADEL M.A.S. in Development and Cooperation at ETH Zurich.

Shortlist:

Markus Löw (Alpen-Adria-Universität Vienna). Spatial Patterns of Land Cover Dynamics on Samothraki Island - Applying Remote Sensing on complex Mediterrenean Pastures

Ferdinand Revellio (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg). Transition to a Circular Economy: Insights from an Innovation-Lab on Sustainable Smartphones

Anne Stein, Dagmar Moelleken (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg). Formative evaluation in student-driven transdisciplinary research projects - a primer The price money of 1'500 Euro is being endowed by Selbach Environmental Foundation.

Winner 2017: Charlotte Kottusch

Charlotte Kottusch receives the GAIA Masters Student Paper Award 2017 for her entry The Socio-Ecological Impacts of Palm Oil Production in Rural Communities. A Study of Material Flows in the Micro-Region Tomé-Açu in Pará, Brazil.

Charlotte Kottusch was born 1989 in Münster, Germany. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Vienna and her Master’s degree in Social Ecology from Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt-Wien-Graz, Institute for Social Ecology (SEC) Vienna.

Shortlist:

Maria Juschten, Heidi Leonhardt (WU Vienna University of Economics and Business): Questioning the Status Quo: How Non-Growing Companies Succeed in a Growth-Driven Economy

Anna Meissner (University of Saskatchewan). Towards Improved Water Management. Using a Model of River Geomorphology as a Tool for Sustainable Community Based Monitoring.

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

 

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.

Winner 2015: Ina Soetebeer

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

The winner is Ina Soetebeer with her entry 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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