June Updates from the Political Ecology Network

Screen Shot 2017-10-27 at 14.22.19 (1)Dear POLLEN members and friends (with apologies for X-posting),

Greetings and welcome to another monthly update from POLLEN. There will be no newsletter next month as we will be busy with the POLLEN18 conference, so this is my last newsletter as secretary. Thank you for all your contributions and friendly emails, and happy scrolling!

A pdf version of this newsletter is available here.


The POLLEN General Assembly will be held at the POLLEN18 conference, OsloMet University at 17.30-18.30, 20th June 2018. This is a chance for POLLEN members to discuss the activities, organisation and future direction of POLLEN. If you would like to submit any agenda items, please contact us by email by 17.00 on 15th June.

In the next few weeks, we will be putting out a call for expressions of interest to host the next POLLEN conference, POLLEN20. This will be followed by a formal process – prospective hosts will be asked to submit a one-page proposal, which will be reviewed by the POLLEN secretariat at Lancaster and this year’s organising committee in Oslo. Details to follow.


Kenyas‘ Death Penalty for Poachers has Stirred a Hornet’s Nest by Francis Massé

El silencio del viento contrario by Massimo Paolini

Illegal wildlife trade & Nepal’s Ex-Prime Minister: Petition to the Supreme Court of Nepal by Kumar Paudel

From our friends at Entitle:

The Enlightenment of Steven Pinker: Eco-modernism as Rationalizing the Arrogance (and Violence) of Empire by Vijay Kolinjivadi


Trashopolis! Storytelling, waste research and global conflicts by Salvatore de Rosa


The Dystopian World of the Handmaid’s Tale, Part 2/2 by Joël Foramitti


And our friends at Greenmentality:


Expanding large-scale agriculture in the name of the green economy in Tanzania by Mikael Bergius, Tor A. Benjaminsen and Mats Widgren




Batterbury S.P.J. and M. Toscano. 2018.  Seeking justice through interdisciplinary environmental education at postgraduate level: lessons from Melbourne, Australia. International Journal of Education for Social Justice / Revista Internacional de Educación para la Justicia Social (RIEJS)  7(1): 141-156.

Batterbury S.P.J.  2018. Political ecology. In Castree N., M. Hulme and J. Proctor (eds.) The Companion to Environmental Studies. London: Routledge. 439-442.

Côte, M., and B. Korf. 2017. “Making concessions: Extractive enclaves, entangled capitalism and regulative pluralism at the gold mining frontier in Burkina Faso.”  World Development 101 (C):466-476.


Côte, M., and D. Gautier. 2018. “Fuelwood territorialities: Chantier d’Aménagement Forestier and the reproduction of “political forests” in Burkina Faso.”  Geographica Helvetica 73:165-175.


Escobar, A. 2018. Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds. Duke University Press.

Donna Hornby, Adrian Nel, Samuel Chademana, Nompilo Khanyile. 2018. A Slipping Hold? Farm Dweller Precarity in South Africa’s Changing Agrarian Economy and Climate. Land, 7 (2). http://www.mdpi.com/2073-445X/7/2/40

Horowitz, L.S., A. Keeling, F. Lévesque, T. Rodon, S. Schott, and S. Thériault. In press. Indigenous peoples’ relationships to large-scale mining in post/colonial contexts: Toward multidisciplinary comparative perspectives. The Extractive Industries and Society. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2018.05.004

Mathew Bukhi Mabele (2018): Just Conservation: Biodiversity, Wellbeing and Sustainability (Earthscan Conservation and Development Series), Forum for Development Studies, DOI: 10.1080/08039410.2018.1465637


Menga, F. and Swyngedouw, E. (Eds), Water, Technology and the Nation-State, Routledge Earthscan, 2018. Webpage: https://www.routledge.com/Water-Technology-and-the-Nation-State/Menga-Swyngedouw/p/book/9781138724655


Zinzani, A. 2018. “Development Initiatives and Transboundary Water Politics: the Conflicting Borderlands Hydrosocial Cycle in the Talas Waterscape (Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan), in Menga, F. and Swyngedouw, E. (Eds.), “Water, Technology and the Nation-State”, Routledge Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management, 147-166.


Job opportunities: 3 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer positions at the University of Lincoln


Call for Papers: Special issue of Gender, Technology and Development on Gender and Energy. Deadline 30 June 2018

PostDoc opportunity for South African scholars: 2018/19 NIHSS Sam Moyo Postdoctoral Fellowships in Land and Agrarian Reform. Details here, application form here. Deadline 29th June 2018.

Call for participants: Exploring Urbanization: Events, Resources, Risks and Movements, Wageningen, 18th-19th June 2018.

Call for papers: 2018 Eric Wolf Prize.

Call for participants: III Latin American Congress of Political Ecology, Bahia, Brasil, 5th-9th November 2018.

The Massey University Political Ecology Research Centre are excited to announce that Fred Pearce, Arian Wallach, and Mark Davis will be giving keynote presentations at the November nearly carbon-neutral conference ‘Feral.’ For more information and the CFP see http://perc.ac.nz/wordpress/feral/

The University of KwaZulu-Natal node shares reflections on feedback on their research into Zimbabwe Land reform.


NEW NODES – Welcome to POLLEN!


Best wishes,

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

POLLEN secretariat, Lancaster University




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