POLLEN monthly news round-up


A pdf version of the newsletter is available here.

Dear POLLEN members and friends (with apologies for X-posting),

Greetings and welcome to a bumper newsletter with two months’ worth of publications, blog posts and opportunities!

Our most exciting news is that registration for POLLEN18 is now open for people who have submitted paper and panel proposals. Please register here before 1st March. Read about our keynote speakers here or read Dan Brockington’s post on opportunities to be a conference ‘mole’!

Blog posts

Tourism, labour and the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa by Stasja Koot

Giorgos Kallis has recently launched a blog where he shares some of his accumulated insights from writing and publishing journal papers. You can find the three first posts here.

Katharine Howell is trying out ways of communicating geographical ideas and political ecology research using comics. Feedback and ideas welcome!

From our friends at Entitle:

Capitalist Floods in the Pacific Islands by Fabio Papetti

From a New Deal to Projekt Deal: Time for solidarity with German scholars by Bram Büscher and Joel Wainwright

Introducing Ecopsychoanalysis: Mind, Politics and Ecology by Ed Thornton

A conversation about Gramsci on the Nile by Emanuele Fantini, Filippo Menga and Ana Elisa Cascão

In memory of James O’Connor (1930-2017) – I part by Entitle_Collective

The screaming silence of sexual violence in academia: A call for reporting and action by Panirani

In memory of James O’Connor (1930-2017) – II part by Entitle_Collective

The planned development of Hellenikon: A sacrifice that needs to be contested by Entitle_Collective

Disrupted Landscapes: State, Peasants and the Politics of Land in Postsocialist Romania by Marco Armiero

Nature 3.0: Will Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrencies Save the Planet? By Sian Sullivan

Resources and training

‘Rural transformations in the 21st century‘: A PhD course organized by the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo.

Environmental Justice MOOC: Enrolment is now open for this free online course) run by the University of East Anglia and Future Learn. The course starts on 12th March, runs for 5 weeks and expect about 4 hours of study each week. It will help you understand how injustice is a common feature of many environmental problems, and that sustainable environmental management requires attention to justice. You’ll learn with the University of East Anglia’s Global Environmental Justice Group – an interdisciplinary mix of scholars interested in social justice and environmental change. You’ll also hear from activists around the world, and you’ll share your own experiences with other learners from many different backgrounds. Register today! 

Calls for papers

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Cardiff (UK), 28-31 August 2018
Regional geographies of electricity: interrogating state territorialities from the periphery

Re-engaging the global commons

Fourth Annual FLARE Network Meeting, October 17-20, 2018 University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Call for abstracts

Timber Legality symposium


Aguilar-Støen, M. (2018) Social forestry movements and science-policy networks: The politics of the forestry incentives program in Guatemala.’ Geoforum. 90: 20-26.

Castellanos-Navarrete, A., and Jansen, K, 2018. Is oil palm expansion a challenge to agroecology? Smallholders practising industrial farming in Mexico. Journal of Agrarian Change. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joac.12195/full

Dunlap, Alexander (2017). Wind Energy: Toward a ¨Sustainable Violence¨ in Oaxaca, NACLA The Report on the Americas, 49(4): 483-488

Dunlap, Alexander (2017). ‘Book Review: State Crime on the Margins of Empire: Rio Tinto, the War on Bougainville and Resistance to Mining by Kristian Lasslett.’ Interface: a journal for and about social movements, 9(2): 389-444

González-Hidalgo, M. (2018). The politics of reflexivity: Subjectivities, activism, environmental conflict and Gestalt Therapy in southern Chiapas. Emotios, Space and Society

Görg, C., Brand, U., Haberl, H., Hummel, D., Jahn, T., Liehr, S., (2017). Challenges for Social-Ecological Transformations: Contributions from Social and Political Ecology. Sustainability 9. https://doi.org/10.3390/su9071045

Jostein, J. (2018) ‘Towards a Gramscian food regime analysis of India’s agrarian crisis: Counter-movements, petrofarming and Cheap Nature.’ Geoforum. 90: 1-10.

Karlsson L., Naess L.O., Nightingale A.J., Thompson J. (2018) ‘Triple wins’ or ‘triple faults’? Analysing the equity implications of policy discourses on climate-smart agriculture (CSA)” for a special forum section on The Global Political Economy of Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Systems, Journal of Peasant Studies. 1, 1-25.

Nagoda, S. and Nightingale, A.J. (2017)“Social and Power Relations in Participatory Climate Change Adaptation Planning: (re)producing vulnerability in food security and adaptation programs in Nepal,” World Development. 100, 85-93

Neimark, B.D. and Healy, T.M. (2018). Small-scale commodity frontiers: The bioeconomy value chain of castor oil in Madagascar. Journal of Agrarian Change. DOI: 10.1111/joac.12231

Nightingale, A.J., Bhatterai, A., Ojha, H.R., Sigdel, T. and Rankin, K. (2018) “Fragmented public authority and state un/making in the ‘new’ Republic of Nepal,” article for a special issue on the State in South Asia in Modern Asian Studies. 52(3) in press.

Nightingale, A.J. (2017) “Power and Politics in Climate Change Adaptation Efforts: struggles over authority and recognition in the context of political instability,” Geoforum. 84, 11-20.

Ouma, S., Johnson, L. and Bigger, P. (2018) ‘Rethinking the Financialization of ‘Nature’.’ Environment and Planning A. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0308518X18755748 …

Velasco Santos, P. (2017). Ríos de contradicción: contaminación, ecología política y sujetos rurales en Natívitas, Tlaxcala. Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas (IIA) de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). http://www.iia.unam.mx/publicaciones/detalles.php?clave=498

Widengård, M. and Nightingale, A.J. (2018) “Seeing like a standard: EU, sustainable biofuels, and land use change in Africa,” ACME: an International E-Journal for Critical Geographers. In-press.

Zinzani, A. 2018. International Development Policies and Coastalscape Metabolism; The Case of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam,  Social Sciences – Geography and Sustainability Studies, 7 (2), 1-19. doi:10.3390/socsci7020019


PhD Opportunities: 15 Marie-Sklodowka-Curie PhD positions in Feminist Political Ecology

PhD Opportunity: Subterranean Spaces; Critical approaches to Underground Urban Development

PhD opportunity: What’s all the Buzz? Managing competing interests in developing Western Australia’s beekeeping industry

Job Opportunity: Research fellow in mining governance, University of Melbourne

Job Opportunity: Senior Researcher / Researcher in environmental economics

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor in Environmental Social Sciences, Davidson College


News from colleagues at the Political Ecology Research Centre, Massey University, New Zealand includes an upcoming visit from Bram Buscher and Rob Fletcher, an open access book publishing contract with Athabasca University Press for Plastic Legacies: Persistence, Pollution, and Politics, and news of their upcoming conference, Feral.

New nodes

A warm welcome to our new nodes:

Vijay Kolinjivadi, Université du Québec en Outaoutais

Ilenia Iengo, KTH Environmental Humanities Lab, Stockholm


Best wishes until next time,

Katharine Howell, Ben Neimark, John Childs, Simon Batterbury, Patrick Bigger, James Fraser & Giovanni Bettini

POLLEN secretariat, Lancaster University



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