January updates from POLLEN


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

Greetings and welcome to the first monthly update from POLLEN in 2019. We hope everyone had a restful break – even though it seems like a very long time ago already!

Many thanks to everyone who sent in their contributions – the number of publications, opportunities, news articles and other updates has been incredible this month. We are proud to be sending out one of the largest newsletter to date – proof that we are growing as a network! We hope everyone enjoys reading it.

A pdf version of this newsletter can be found here


Gratitude by Mihnea Tanasescu

From our friends at Entitle:

Night of the Living ‘Things’: Zombie Archaeology by Eric Fleischmann 

Should political ecology be populist? by Diego Andreucci

Urban forests, regeneration and conflicts: the case of Prati di Caprara in Bologna (Italy) by Andrea Zinzani anEnrico Curzi

Assembling a Movement for Real Democracy in Every Community – launch statement from Symbiosis by Symbiosis Collective

Headless populism and the political ecology of alienation by Patrick Huff

Blog updates from the Political Ecology Research Centre at Massey University can be found here and here.


Amiero, M., T. Andritsos, S. Barca, R. Brás, S. R. Cauyela, Ç. Dedeoğlu, M. Di Pierri, L. de Oliveira Fernandes, F. Gravagno, L. Greco, L. Greyl, I. Iengo, J. Lindblom, F. Milanez, S. Pedro, G. Pappalardo, A. Petrillo, M. Portaluri, E. Privitera, A.C. Sarı, and G. Velegrakis (2019). “Toxis Bios: Toxic Autobiographies–A Public Environmental Humanities Project.” Environmental Justice. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1089/env.2018.0019

Diego Andreucci (2018) Populism, Emancipation, and Environmental Governance: Insights from Bolivia. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, DOI:10.1080/24694452.2018.1506696

Bartels, Lara Esther, Antje Bruns, and Rossella Alba. “The production of uneven access to land and water in peri-urban spaces: de facto privatisation in greater Accra.” Local Environment 23.12 (2018): 1172-1189. https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2018.1533932

Stefan Constantinescu and Mihnea Tanasescu (2018). Simplifying a deltaic labyrinth: anthropogenic imprint on river deltas. Revista de Geomorfologie Vol. 20 No. 20.  https://revistadegeomorfologie.ro/geo/index.php/revista/article/view/37

Dunlap, Alexander. (2018) Book Review: The Anarchist Roots of Geography: Toward Spatial Emancipation by Simon Springer. Human Geography 11: 62-64.
Dunlap, Alexander. (2018) Book Review: Anna Feigenbaum, Tear Gas: From the Battlefield of World War I to the Streets of Today. Interface: a journal for and about social movements 10: 352-355.

Fair H. (2018). Three stories of Noah: Navigating religious climate change narratives in the Pacific Island region. Geo: Geography and Environmenthttps://doi.org/10.1002/geo2.68

Human Ecology Review: Volume 24, Number 2. Special Issue: Addressing the Great Indoors— A Transdisciplinary Conversation. http://doi.org/10.22459/HER.24.02.2018

Hung, P.-Y. and H.-T. Hsiao (2018). Apples in Action: Territoriality and Land Use Politics of Mountain Agriculture in Taiwan. Asia Pacific Viewpoint 59(3): 349-367

Journal of Political Ecology. Special section: Performing development roles: theorizing agriculture as performance edited by Andrew Flachs. https://journals.uair.arizona.edu/index.php/JPE/issue/view/1483

Koot, S. (2019). The limits of economic benefits: Adding social affordances to the analysis of trophy hunting of the Khwe and Ju/’hoansi in Namibian community-based natural resource management. Society & Natural Resources. Online availabe at: https://stasjakootblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/01/2019-koot-the-limits-of-economic-benefits.pdf

Massé, Francis (2018). “Topographies of security and the multiple spatialities of (conservation) power: Verticality, surveillance, and space-time compression in the bush.”  Political Geography 67:56-64.
Massé, Francis (2018). “Anti-poaching’s politics of (in) visibility: Representing nature and conservation amidst a poaching crisis.” Geoforum.

Neimark B D, Childs J R, Nightingale A, Cavanagh C, Sullivan S, Benjaminsen T, Batterbury S, Koot S and W. Harcourt (2019). Speaking Power to ‘Post-Truth’: Critical Political Ecology and the New Authoritarianism. Annals of the Association of American Geographers.  DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2018.1547567

Neimark, B. Osterhoudt, S. Alter, H. and A. Gradiner. (2019). A New Sustainability Model for Measuring Changes in Power and Access in Global Commodity Chains: Through a Smallholder Lens. Palgrave Comm. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-018-0199-0

Dana E. Powell (2018). Landscapes of Power: Politics of Energy in the Navajo Nation. Durham and London: Duke University Press. https://www.dukeupress.edu/landscapes-of-power

Rai, Benjaminsen, Krishnan, Madegowda (2019). Political ecology of tiger conservation in India: Adverse effects of banning customary practices in a protected area. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 40 (1): 124-139.

Rasmussen, MB (2019) Rewriting Conservation Landscapes: Protected areas and glacial retreat in the high AndesRegional Environmental Change

Rasmussen, MB, A French and S Conlon (2019) Conservation Conjunctures: Contestation and Situated Consent in Peru’s Huascarán National ParkConservation and Society

Rutt RL and Loveless S (2018) Whose Park? The forty-year fight for Folkets Park under Copenhagen’s evolving urban managerialismPeople, Place and Policy

Sullivan, S. (2018). Towards a metaphysics of the soul and a participatory aesthetics of life: mobilising Foucault, affect and animism for caring practices of existence. New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory/Politics 95: 5-21.  https://www.lwbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/nf95_02Sullivan.pdf

Zinzani, A. 2018. Deconstructing coastal sustainable development policies: towards a political ecology of coastalscapes in Vietnam. Geography Notebooks, 1(2).  http://www.ledonline.it/index.php/Geography-Notebooks/article/view/1528


Call for Papers for fully funded work/writeshop – May 2020 in the Abbazia di San Giusto, Italy
on: Crisis Conservation: Saving Nature in Times of Extinction, Exception and Enmity. Organized by: Prof. Bram Büscher (Wageningen University, the Netherlands). Date: 10-16 May 2020. Place: Abbazia di San Giusto, Italy

Call for papers for a student proposed panel at the joint Society for the Anthropology of North America and the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational Anthropology conference this May, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The conference theme is “Positive Futures.”

Call for Papers extended to 14 February: the 2019 Environmental Justice Conference ‘Transformative Connections’ will be held at University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, on 2 July – 4 July 2019. We welcome proposals for sessions (talks, panel discussion, roundtables or workshop events). We are also calling for submission of abstracts for presentations. The deadline is 14 February 2019. Submissions will be reviewed by the scientific advisory board  by 28 February 2019. Registration for the conference will open on 1 March 2019. For further information see the conference webpages or email gej.group@uea.ac.uk.

Call for Conference Papers – International Symposium Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development Goals: Balancing Economy and Environment for Inclusive and Equitable Growth
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
March 15th and 16th, 2019

The School of Human Ecology at Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) is organising a conference titled “Entangled Natures: A Conference on Human Ecology” during 14th to 17th February 2019. The conference will have five thematic panels, speed talks, posters, photo exhibition celebrating a decade of SHE, and an open house and photography competition for undergraduate students. We have just issued a call for papers, which is available on the conference website https://www.entanglednatures.com/

RGS-IBG 2019 (28th – 30th August 2019, London) Call for Papers: TRUST IN RURAL LAND GOVERNANCE. Convenors: Sam Staddon, Clare Barnes, Rachel Hunt (University of Edinburgh)

Call for Papers Political Ecologies of Green Energy at RGS-IBG Annual Conference: Political Ecologies of Green Energy: troubling the realities of being green. Convenors: Dr Jessica Hope & Dr Ed Atkins, University of Bristol
Doctoral vacancy at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) – call attached – for a sub-project under the interdisciplinary Fiction Meets Science initiative ‘Narrating Sea Level Change as a World-making Activity.’  We welcome applicants in the environmental humanities and the social sciences. Deadline – Feb 8, 2019

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellow based in the Physical Activity and Public Health programme in the MRC Epidemiology Unit, a department within the University of Cambridge’s School of Clinical Medicine on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The programme is one of seven core-funded MRC research programmes.

Lincoln University is seeking an interdisciplinary-backgrounded Postdoctoral Fellow with training in social science or human-environment relations, political ecology, environmental sociology, geography or anthropology, etc.

New PhD position at ISS Erasmus University Rotterdam: Valuing nature in the circular economy

One Earth, a new journal from Cell on environmental sustainability, is looking for a social sciences editor. More information can be found at https://4re.referrals.selectminds.com/elsevier/jobs/scientific-editor-social-science-one-earth-20590

Greetings! Several of us here at McGill University have been really concerned about the recent situation in Wets’uwet’en territory in British Columbia and have felt compelled to show active support of the Wet’suwet’en people. We worked together to write a Statement of Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en People from Professors and Scholars that we now invite you to sign. We will gather as many signatures we can by Feb 15, at which point we will do a press release to Canadian media.
*This Statement was sent to the people at the Unist’ot’en camp to ensure they approve of this support effort and indeed, they do. Please click here to read and add your name to this Statement of Solidarity. And please help us by forwarding this email widely to all the Professors and other scholars that you think may want to sign!

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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