POLLEN newsletter: July/August

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

Greetings and welcome to a new POLLEN update. A mid-summer newsletter for some, and a mid-winter newsletter for others! We are happy to have received such a great number of interesting new publications and opportunities, which have been inspiring for us to read. We hope everyone enjoys reading this month’s newsletter and we thank everyone who sent us contributions.

A pdf version of the newsletter can be found here.


The organizing committee of the Third Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) will soon be circulating a call for proposals for organized sessions, workshops and exhibitions for next POLLEN conference (#POLLEN20). The conference, titled Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration, will be held in Brighton, UK on 24-26 June 2020, hosted by the ESRC STEPS Centre (IDS/SPRU, University of Sussex) and The Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) Secretariat, and Radical Futures at the University of Brighton, with support from the BIOSEC project and SIID at the University of Sheffield. For inquiries about co-hosting or getting involved, please email POLLEN@sussex.ac.uk.


Eco(in)movilismo. Movilidad urbana e inmovilismo cultural. By Massimo Paolini

Why no change? Sustainable development, extractivism and the environment in Bolivia by Jessica Hope

From our friends at Entitle:

Pupils at the forefront: the school-work interchange on climate change between university and high school in Naples by Maria Federica Palestino, Simona Quagliano and Elena Vetromile

Why ‘Game of Thrones’ was about ecomodernism by Chris Giotitsas & Vasilis Kostakis

What is “good practice” in academia? By Bregje van Veelen, Richard Lane & Laura Tozer

Open letter to the President of Colombia denouncing threats and murder of social leaders // Carta abierta al Presidente de Colombia denunciando amenazas y asesinatos a lideres sociales

From PERC in New Zealand (where it is mid-winter) is a blog post detailing Dr. Trisia Farrelly’s time at the UNWRAPPED conference in the US, which bought together top researchers in ecotoxicology and food packaging with leaders of international advocacy groups to discuss the latest findings on food and beverage contamination from plastic packaging: https://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/news/article.cfm?mnarticle_uuid=3CAD4D59-36F7-4C4F-8908-07046BBFD680


Andreucci, D. and Engel-Di Mauro, S., 2019. Capitalism, Socialism and the Challenge of Degrowth: Introduction to the Symposium. Capitalism Nature Socialism, 30(2), pp.176-188. https://doi.org/10.1080/10455752.2018.1546332

The rest of this special section of Capitalism Nature Socialism labelled “Symposium on Socialism and Degrowth” can be found here: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcns20/30/2?nav=tocList

Belcher, Oliver, Patrick Bigger, Ben Neimark, and Cara Kennelly. (2019) “Hidden carbon costs of the “everywhere war”: Logistics, geopolitical ecology, and the carbon boot‐print of the US military.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. https://rgs-ibg.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tran.12319

Bluwstein, J., 2019. Resisting Legibility: State and Conservation Boundaries, Pastoralism, and the Risk of Dispossession through Geospatial Surveys in Tanzania. Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History, 6(1). https://www.rurallandscapesjournal.com/articles/10.16993/rl.53/

Brown, B. and Spiegel, S.J., 2019. Coal, Climate Justice, and the Cultural Politics of Energy Transition. Global Environmental Politics, 19(2), pp.149-168.

Clement, F., Harcourt, W.J., Joshi, D. and Sato, C., 2019. Feminist political ecologies of the commons and commoning. International Journal of the Commons, 13(1). Editorial to a Special Feature which can be found here: Feminist political ecologies of the commons and commoning

Dunlap, Alexander. (2019) Renewing Destruction: Wind Energy Development, Conflict and Resistance in a Latin American Context, London: Rowman & Littlefield.

Dunlap A. (2019) Book Review: Jaume Franquesa. Power Struggles: Dignity, Value, and The Renewable Energy Frontier in Spain. Interface: a journal for and about social movements 11: 228-231.

Harris, M.L. and Carter, E.D. 2019. Muddying the waters: A political ecology of mosquito-borne disease in coastal Ecuador. Health & Place, 57: 330-338. DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.05.010

Hennings, A., 2019. From Bullets to Banners and Back Again? The Ambivalent Role of Ex-combatants in Contested Land Deals in Sierra Leone. Africa Spectrum, 54(1), pp.22-43. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002039719848511

Onur İnal (University of Vienna) and Ethemcan Turhan (KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory) edited a volume titled “Transforming Socio-Natures in Turkey: Landscapes, State and Environmental Movements” out from Routledge Environmental Humanities Series on 26 July 2019. The volume brings together contributions from an emerging cohort of environmental history and political ecology scholars.

Kolinjivadi, V., 2019. Avoiding dualisms in ecological economics: Towards a dialectically-informed understanding of co-produced socionatures. Ecological Economics, 163, pp.32-41.

Vijay Kolinjivadi. 6 Jun 2019. Why a hipster, vegan, green tech economy is not sustainable. Aljazeera. https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/hipster-vegan-green-tech-economy-sustainable-190605105120654.html

Koot, S. and Büscher, B. (2019). Giving land (back)? Dwelling, indigeneity and the ontological politics of the South Kalahari Bushmen land claim in South Africa. Journal of Southern African Studies: 2019 – Koot and Buscher – Giving Land (Back)

Koot, S. Film review of When lambs become lions (2019). Kasbe, J. (dir.). 2018. 79 minute documentary film. USA: Kasbe Films / The Documentary Group. www.whenlambs.com. Journal of Political Ecology 26 (1): 2019 – Koot – When lambs become lions (film review)

Koot, S. Hitchcock, R. and Gressier, C. (2019). Belonging, Indigeneity, Land and Nature in Southern Africa under Neoliberal Capitalism: An Overview. Journal of Southern African Studies: 2019 – Koot, Hitchcock, Gressier – Belonging, Indigeneity, Land and Nature (editorial)

Lai, H.L., 2019. Situating community energy in development history: Place-making and identity politics in the Taromak 100% green energy tribe initiative, Taiwan. Geoforum, 100, pp.176-187. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.01.006

Lund, J.F., Amanzi, N., Baral, S., Basnyat, B., Chhetri, B., Eilenberg, M., Hansen, C., Lund, C., Mbeyale, G., Meilby, H. and Ngaga, Y., 2019. Towards Participatory Forestry: Policy Briefs-Copenhagen Centre for Development Research, University of Copenhagen. Policy Brief, 1(May).

Neimark, Benjamin,  Address the roots of environmental crimeScience  12 Apr 2019:Vol. 364, Issue 6436, pp. 139 https://science.sciencemag.org/content/364/6436/139.1

Benjamin Neimark, Oliver Belcher, Patrick Bigger. 24 June 2019. US military is a bigger polluter than as many as 140 countries – shrinking this war machine is a must. The Conversation https://theconversation.com/us-military-is-a-bigger-polluter-than-as-many-as-140-countries-shrinking-this-war-machine-is-a-must-119269

Nightingale, A.J., Eriksen, S., Taylor, M., Forsyth, T., Pelling, M., Newsham, A., Boyd, E., Brown, K., Harvey, B., Jones, L. and Bezner Kerr, R., 2019. Beyond Technical Fixes: climate solutions and the great derangement. Climate and Development, pp.1-10

Ramcilovik-Suominen, S., 2019. REDD+ as a tool for state territorialization: managing forests and people in Laos. Journal of Political Ecology, 26(1), pp.263-281. https://journals.uair.arizona.edu/index.php/JPE/article/view/23357/22186

Ramcilovic-Suominen, S., Lovric, M., Mustalahti, I. 2019. Mapping policy actor networks and their interests in the FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement in Lao PDR. World Development 118: 128-148. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.02.011

Spiegel, S.J., 2019. Visual Storytelling and Socioenvironmental Change: Images, Photographic Encounters, and Knowledge Construction in Resource Frontiers. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, pp.1-25. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24694452.2019.1613953

Scott E, Kallis G, Zografos C (2019) Why environmentalists eat meat. PLoS ONE 14(7): e0219607. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0219607. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0219607

Sullivan, S. 2019Reading ‘Earth Incorporated’ through Caliban and the Witch, pp. 119-134 in Barbagallo, C., Beuret, N. and Harvie, D. (eds.) Commoning with Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis. London: Pluto Press.

Tănăsescu, M., 2019. Restorative ecological practice: The case of the European Bison in the Southern Carpathians, Romania. Geoforum.

Vaccaro, I. and Beltran, O., 2019. What Do We Mean by “the Commons?” An Examination of Conceptual Blurring Over Time. Human Ecology, pp.1-10. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10745-019-00081-z

Van der Wulp, C. and Koot, S. (2019). Immaterial Indigenous Modernities in the Struggle against Illegal Fencing in the N≠a Jaqna Conservancy, Namibia: Genealogical Ancestry and ‘San-ness’ in a ‘Traditional Community’. Journal of Southern African Studies: 2019 – Van der Wulp and Koot – Immaterial Indigenous Modernities

Judith Verweijen and Saidi Kubuya Batundi. July 5th, 2019. Virunga National Park: rethinking ‘law and order’ in conservation. LSE blog: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2019/07/05/virunga-national-park-law-conservation-drc/

Judith Verweijen, Esther Marijnen and Janvier Murair. 5 June 2019. Why more women should be included in the leadership of Virunga National Park (commentary). Mongabay: https://news.mongabay.com/2019/06/why-more-women-should-be-included-in-the-leadership-of-virunga-national-park-commentary/

Special issue of Geoforum on the theme of The New Politics and Geographies of Scarcity:

  1. Mehta, L., Huff, A., & Allouche, J. (2019). The new politics and geographies of scarcity. Geoforum, 101, 222-230.
  2. Scoones, I., Smalley, R., Hall, R., & Tsikata, D. (2019). Narratives of scarcity: Framing the global land rush. Geoforum, 101, 231-241.
  3. D’Souza, R. (2019). Environmentalism and the Politics of Pre-emption: reconsidering South Asia’s environmental history in the epoch of the Anthropocene. Geoforum, 101, 242-249.
  4. Hendrixson, A., & Hartmann, B. (2019). Threats and burdens: Challenging scarcity-driven narratives of “overpopulation”. Geoforum, 101, 250-259.
  5. Selby, J. (2019). Climate change and the Syrian civil war, part II: the Jazira’s agrarian crisis. Geoforum, 101, 260-274.
  6. Witter, R., & Satterfield, T. (2019). Rhino poaching and the “slow violence” of conservation-related resettlement in Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. Geoforum, 101, 275-284.
  7. Bharucha, Z. P. (2019). This is what Nature has become: Tracing climate and water narratives in India’s rainfed drylands. Geoforum, 101, 285-293.
  8. Hildyard, N. (2019). Scarcity,‘polite society’and activism. Geoforum, 101, 294-298.


Call for chapter contributions: An Eastern European Political Ecology of Environment-State Relations. Deadline 22 July!

Call for papers: Special Issue “Global Resource Industries and Environmental Conflicts: Disciplinary Approaches, Methods, Literatures and Comparative Insights”

Call for Papers: Special issue on “Putting Culture back into Cultural Ecosystem Services (CES): Case Studies on CES and Conservation from the Global South”


Dear colleagues and friends,

I hope you might be interested in the international conference STREAMS. Transformative Environmental Humanities we are organizing at the Environmental Humanities Laboratory in Stockholm (5-8 August 2020).

You can find the call for Contributions through this link. Please feel free to spread the call among your contacts. I hope to see many of you in Stockholm next year!

Marco Armiero

Upcoming conference: Political Ecology in Asia 2019: Plural Knowledge and Contested Development in a More-Than-Human World

On 10-11 October 2019, a conference on Political Ecology in Asia will be held in the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. Keynotes for the conference are Lyla Mehta (Institute of Development Studies, UK) and Thanes Wongyannava (Thammasart University, Thailand). Themes to be covered by the conference range from: hydrosocial rivers and their politics; to interspecies cohabitations in Asia; to reshaping governance and justice in conservation.

The conference is co-organized between the Center for Social Development Studies (CSDS), Chulalongkorn University; the Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia (IRASEC); the French Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD); the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP); and IRN-SustainAsia; and in collaboration with POLLEN.

Further details on the conference can be found here: http://www.csds-chula.org/political-ecology-in-asia. There are a limited number of spaces remaining for self-funded participants to join the conference either as a paper presenter or participant. For further information, please contact PoliticalEcologyinAsia@gmail.com.

Simon Batterbury (University of Melbourne/Lancaster University) has won Melbourne’s prize for excellence in post-graduate student supervision (2019). The US$7,000 award will enable collaboration and publication with former and present political ecology students. https://melbourne-cshe.unimelb.edu.au/awards/university-of-melbourne-awards-for-excellence/honour-roll/2019-winners

Leah Horowitz, professor of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin was interviewed in a recent (7/4/19) podcast from the Women’s Liberation Radio News that discusses climate change’s impacts on women, and their responses (excerpts from the interview with Leah Horowitz are included about halfway through): https://soundcloud.com/wlrn-media/wlrn-edition-39-women-climate-change

Job opportunity: tenure-track position in ‘Indigenous Resurgence and Development’ at Queen’s University, Canada

Job opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Indian School of Business

Job opportunity: Lecturer in Political Ecology

Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Societal Challenges of Climate Change Impacts – The University of Lausanne

Vacancy: Associate Professor Forest and Nature Conservation Policy at Wageningen University & Research

Assistant Director of the Center for Culture, History, and Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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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