September updates from the Political Ecology Network

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

Greetings and welcome to another monthly update from POLLEN. After a great conference in Oslo in June (over 450 attendees!) and a brief hiatus after that, we are excited to get back into the regular newsfeed schedule. We would like to say many thanks to Katharine Howell for all the work she has done for the POLLEN secretariat. She has certainly left some big shoes to fill. However, we are pleased to announce that Marleen Schutter will be taking over the role of administering the newsletter and other vital tasks – email, newsletter, and blog posts.

A pdf version of the newsletter is available here.


Essay: Political ecologists in solidarity with Nicaragua by Noémi Gonda, Frédéric Huybrechs, René Rodríguez-Fabilena, Gert Van Hecken, and other political ecologists from Nicaragua whose names are not displayed for security reasons

Can Recognition be Decolonised? (Reblogged from Progress in Political Economyby James Fraser

From our friends at Entitle:

Resisting Development: The politics of the zad and NoTav by Alexander Dunlap


And our friends at Greenmentality:


A tale of two associations: institutions and governance of the green economy by Frances Cleaver and Brock Bersaglio 


The REDD debate: Some published studies on local impacts of REDD in various countries by Hanne Svarstad and Tor A. Benjaminsen


Norwegian climate policy affects the poorest by Hanne Svarstad and Tor A. Benjaminsen 





Rose, J., & Carr, A. (2018). Political ecologies of leisure: A critical approach to nature-society relations in leisure studies. Annals of Leisure Research 21(3), 265-283.

Morgan Scoville-Simons. (2018). Climate, the Earth, and God – Entangled narratives of cultural and climatic change in the Peruvian Andes. World Development 110, 345-359.


Koot, S. (2018). The Bushman brand in southern African tourism: An indigenous modernity in a neoliberal political economy. Senri Ethnological Studies 99, 231-250.

2018 – Koot – The Bushman Brand in Southern African Tourism


Watkins, Case. (2018). “Landscapes and resistance in the African diaspora: Five centuries of palm oil on Bahia’s Dendê Coast.” Journal of Rural Studies 61, 137-154.


Neimark, B., Toulmin, C., & Batterbury, S. (2018). Peri-urban land grabbing? dilemmas of formalising tenure and land acquisitions around the cities of Bamako and Ségou, Mali. Journal of Land Use Science, 1-6.


Hanne Svarstad, Tor A. Benjaminsen, Ragnhild Overå (eds.) Special section on Power in Political Ecology. Journal of Political Ecology 25: 350-425.

1) Svarstad H., T.A. Benjaminsen and R. Overå. 2018. Power theories in political ecology. Journal of Political Ecology 25: 350-363.

2) Zhang, Q. 2018. Managing sandstorms through resettling pastoralists in China: how multiple forms of power govern the environment at/across scales. Journal of Political Ecology 25: 364-380.

3) Ahlborg, H. and A.J. Nightingale 2018. Theorizing power in political ecology: the ‘where’ of power in resource governance projects. Journal of Political Ecology 25: 381-401.

4) Cavanagh, C.J. 2018. Political ecologies of biopower: diversity, debates, and new frontiers of inquiry. Journal of Political Ecology 25: 402-425.


Rai, N. Benjaminsen, T.A., Krishnan, S. and Madegowda, C. (2018). Political ecology of tiger conservation in India: Adverse effects of banning customary practices in a protected area. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography.


Benjaminsen, T.A. and Ba, B. (2018). Why do pastoralists in Mali join jihadist groups? A political ecological explanation. Journal of Peasant Studies.


A new edited volume of Conservation and Development in Uganda:
Sandbrook, C. and C.J. Cavanagh and D. Tumusiime (eds), (2018), Conservation and Development in Uganda. London and New York: Routledge/Earthscan.

The editorial process resulting in this book has been a North-South collaboration between three POLLEN nodes: Chris Sandbrook (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge), David Tumusiime (Makerere University, Uganda), and Connor Cavanagh (Noragric, NMBU). On 26th November the editors, with support from the Cambridge Africa Programme for Research excellence, will host a book launch at the Uganda National Museum in Kampala. The event is open to the public, and will involve debates and panel discussions with scholars and environmental practitioners on recent controversies in forest and wildlife conservation throughout Uganda and eastern Africa. 50 free copies of the volume will be distributed to key institutions/libraries and other stakeholders during the event.



Dedeoğlu, Ç. 2018. The contribution of the study of religion and nature to adaptive co-management in polycentric climate governance. INOGOV Network: Innovations in Climate Governance, Working Paper 2



Environmental Justice MOOC starting 15 October

This free 5 week online course is open to everyone around the world. For the first time the teaching is available in Spanish as well as English.

Understand how climate change, biodiversity loss and deforestation affect people, exploring justice in environment management.

Learn with the University of East Anglia’s Global Environmental Justice Group – an interdisciplinary mix of scholars interested in social justice and environmental change.

Hear from activists around the world, and share your own experiences with other learners from many different backgrounds.

Enrol now at


An open day-long seminar at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, will take place on Thursday 1 November: Towards Convivial Conservation? Governing Human-Wildlife Relations in the ‘Anthropocene’. The seminar presents the new CON-VIVA project, a collaboration between ecologists, social scientists and NGOs from six different countries, and during the day a large variety of presentations focused on human-wildlife relations will be held. More information will soon follow at the POLLEN site.


NEW NODES – Welcome to POLLEN!




We ask for your help in expanding the network. Please think about inviting institutions you work with who might benefit from being part of POLLEN. We are particularly interested in having participating nodes from the Global South or any other under-represented regions. This was a big point of discussion at the POLLEN general assembly meeting in Oslo.


Best wishes,

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

POLLEN secretariat, Lancaster University





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