The concept of Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management (ICOM), codified at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992, addresses the pressures being placed upon the world's most productive and fragile littoral zones. It responds to the growing societal demands to develop solutions that maximize the economic opportunities available from coastal ecosystems while minimizing the conflicts that arise due to the multiple array of users and uses of these resources. With unprecedented changes arising from global warming in Canada's Arctic, the need to focus attention on bridging the significant gap between natural and social scientific knowledge in this northern coastal environment becomes increasingly urgent. 

Candidates must have an exceptional research profile, demonstrating an interdisciplinary interest in Arctic social-ecological systems. A PhD as well as a record of teaching excellence and graduate student supervision is required. Research interests could include (but are not limited to) climate change and Arctic issues (geopolitical, economic, community identity); changing social and political landscapes of marine and coastal areas; Inuit environmental knowledge, indigenous navigation and wayfinding, multimedia learning, anthropology of technology and applied social sciences. 

The Marine Affairs Program is a well established internationally recognized interdisciplinary graduate program offering the Master of Marine Management degree. The program involves interaction and coordination with five different Faculties at Dalhousie that participate in the delivery of all aspects of the Marine Affairs Program. Students traditionally enrolled in this program are a mixture of those emerging from undergraduate studies and middle managers on leave from governments, non-governmental organizations or the private sector. The Marine Affairs Program attracts national and international candidates, with alumni employed, often in positions of considerable responsibility, in over 52 countries worldwide. For more information see 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Dalhousie University is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons and women. Canada Research Chairs are open to individuals of any nationality; offers will be made in accordance with Canada Immigration requirements associated with the Canada Research Chairs Program. 

Interested individuals should send a curriculum vitae, selected reprints/preprints, evidence of previous teaching experience, and request three letters of support to be sent independently to the Chair of the Selection Committee: Dr. Lucia Fanning, Marine Affairs Program, Kenneth Rowe C. Management Building, Suite 5063, 6100 University Avenue, PO BOX 15000, Halifax, NS, B3H 4R2, Canada; e-mail lucia.fanning(at); phone: (902) 494-8390; fax: (902) 494-1001. The deadline for receiving applications is: 15 March, 2013.