December updates from POLLEN

A pdf version of the newsletter can be found here

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

Greetings and welcome to the last monthly update from POLLEN in 2018. We have a very full newsletter again – thanks to everyone for contributing their news, publications, opportunities, etc., and we hope you enjoy reading about it all in this newsletter! 

We also would like to say special thanks to Katharine Howell, who has been working hard to get our website in order. It is still under construction – please bear with us! 

Finally, we wish everyone happy holidays and a great break – see you back in 2019! 

Blog Posts

From our friends at Entitle: 

From our friends at Greenmentality: 


In Keepers of the Future: La Coordinadora of El Salvadoras, journalist and filmmaker Avi Lewis profiles a community organization in El Salvador that demonstrates how deep local democracy can help even a poor population build environmental, economic and political resilience. 

Recovering from the devastation of the Salvadoran Civil War, the Lower Lempa coordinadora, a farmers’ cooperative, works hard to raise awareness of climate change, and promote sustainable agricultural and fishing practices. 

The cooperative provides Bajo Lempa’s population with the means to live while guaranteeing the viability of local ecosystems. It has restored degraded ecosystems, diversified small-scale agriculture to build local self-sufficiency, and fostered political resistance against national initiatives to “develop” the region by establishing a wage-based economy of tourism and large-scale sugar and cotton farming. 

24 minutes. DVD includes both English subtitled and Spanish versions as well as scene selection. Available from Bullfrog Films 

Conferences and Opportunities

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR), Coventry University, UK, is recruiting Post-Doctoral Research Associate, 2 Year Fixed Term Contract. Closing date is 26th December 2018. See details: 

I am delighted to announce a UK Economic and Social Research Council funded PhD studentship at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge for a project called “Opening the conservation black box: actors, values and practice in Laikipia, Kenya”, beginning in October 2019. This project is in collaboration with Fauna and Flora International, and will provide the student with access to conduct research within FFI and its local partners.  

Full details are available here. The application deadline is January 3rd. Due to restrictions from the sponsor, only EU / UK citizens are eligible to apply. Please consider applying, or pass on this message to anyone you think would be a good applicant.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me by email ( 

With many thanks, 

Chris Sandbrook 

Job Opportunity: Berg Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geography, Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN USA 

PhD studentship on the role of trust in conservation in Nepal 

Funded PhD in rewilding & geography 

Job opportunity: tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Community-Engaged Research in Community Development 

CfP for DSA 2019 – deadline Jan 16th 2019 

Global Development, civil society and environmental activism (Panel 56) 

Convenor: Dr Jessica Hope, University of Bristol 

Global leaders, global development agendas and global agreements signal a shift towards a seemingly revised politics of how Development sits across (and works between) North and South, as well as the extent to which Development responds to the urgency of climate change. Civil society, however, has long been engaged in changing dominant, hegemonic logics and practices of Development in response to destructive socio-environmental impacts. In this panel, we explore how newly institutionalizing ‘Global Development’ initiatives discipline, rework, or are reworked by, civil society demands for revising Development in response to environmental degradation and/or climate change in both the global North and South. 

Abstract deadline Jan 16th 2019

12th Biennial Conference of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (CANSEE) 

Waterloo, ON at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA)
Wednesday May 22 – Saturday May 25, 2019
Download the call for abstracts here.
Deadline: January 18, 2019. 

2019 Environmental Justice Conference ‘Transformative Connections’ to be held at University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, 2 July – 4 July 2019.  

Call for papers: Environmental Justice Conference 2019: “Transformative Connections” – Exploring ‘francophone’ environmental justice approaches 

Call for papers: special issue ‘Legitimacy and Accountability in the Governance of Sustainable Energy Transitions’ 

Feral: an online conference 

Call for abstracts for Development Days 2019 Conference is now open! 

New Nodes – Welcome to POLLEN! 

Best wishes, 

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

POLLEN secretariat, Lancaster University 


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