POLLEN newsletter: September/October

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

Greetings and welcome to a new POLLEN update. Many thanks to all who have sent in their 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

A message on behalf of the Lancaster POLLEN node:

We would like to inform you that this will be Lancaster’s last newsletter as the POLLEN Secretariat. Alongside Katharine Howell who successfully finished her PhD, it has been an absolute pleasure to serve in this role for the past two years. We have watched the network grow, with many new nodes – particularly in the global south – and thousands of new members! We are pleased to be handing over the job of POLLEN Secretariat to the University of Copenhagen. We will continue to be active members and helping in communications on the twitter feed. We would like to thank all the nodes that make POLLEN what it is today, and of course Stasja Koot and the rest of the Wageningen node who enabled us to hit the ground running because of their great work. Looking forward to seeing many of you are POLLEN20 in sunny Brighton, UK in June!

Ben Neimark and Marleen Schutter


The POLLEN 20 organizing committee is pleased to announce a call for proposals for organized conference sessions. The deadline for submission of session proposals is 31 October 2019, and all proposals should be submitted via online form. 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. All calls for papers and other news can be found here.


The concerns of the young protesters are justified: A statement by Scientists for Future concerning the protests for more climate protection

Political ecology fieldwork with a toddler: a personal account by Jessica Hope

Branding indigenous peoples in tourism and beyond by Stasja Koot

Land matters in contemporary southern Africa by Stasja Koot, Catie Gressier and Robert Hitchcock

From our friends at Entitle:

Between drought and monsoon: the embodied hardship of seasonal work in Maharashtra’s sugar cane plantations by Irene Leonardelli

How can we use blockchain for an eco-socialist transformation? By Defne Gonenc

The Amazon fires are Bolsonaro’s political crimes and call for urgent action by Political Ecology from the South/Abya Yala Working Group of the Latin American Social Science Council (CLACSO)

From the POLLEN node at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo:

Terra Nullius: What is going on in the rural world? By Mariel Aguilar-Støen

From the POLLEN node at the Massey University Political Ecology Research Centre in New Zealand:

Dr. Trisia Farrelly at the Noumea and Waigani Convention COPs and the Pacific Environment Forum (PEF): http://perc.ac.nz/wordpress/trisia-farrelly-at-the-noumea-and-waigani-convention-cops/

Visiting Scholar at PERC DR. Pete Myers: http://perc.ac.nz/wordpress/perc-visiting-scholar-dr-pete-myers/


Bartels, Lara Esther (forthcoming): Peri-Urbanization as ‘Quiet Encroachment’ by the Middle Class. The Case of P&T in Greater Accra. Urban Geography.

Cameron, M.M., 2019. Three Fruits: Nepali Ayurvedic Doctors on Health, Nature, and Social Change. Lexington Books. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498594233/Three-Fruits-Nepali-Ayurvedic-Doctors-on-Health-Nature-and-Social-Change

Córdoba, D., Juen, L., Selfa, T., Peredo, A.M., de Assis Montag, L.F., Sombra, D. and Santos, M.P.D., 2019. Understanding local perceptions of the impacts of large-scale oil palm plantations on ecosystem services in the Brazilian Amazon. Forest Policy and Economics, 109, p.102007. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2019.102007

Enns, C., Bersaglio, B. and Sneyd, A., 2019. Fixing extraction through conservation: On crises, fixes and the production of shared value and threat. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. https://doi.org/10.1177/2514848619867615

Hein, J. (2019). Political Ecology of REDD+ in Indonesia. London: Routledge.

Hung, P.Y., 2019. Placing Green Energy in the Sea: Offshore Wind Farms, Dolphins, Oysters, and the Territorial Politics of the Intertidal Zone in Taiwan. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, pp.1-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2019.1625749

Jakobsen, J., 2019. The maize frontier in rural South India: Exploring the everyday dynamics of the contemporary food regime. Journal of Agrarian Change. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/joac.12337

Lukas, M.C. and Flitner, M., 2019. Scalar fixes of environmental management in Java, Indonesia. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, p.2514848619844769. https://doi.org/10.1177/2514848619844769.

Massé, F., 2019. Conservation Law Enforcement: Policing Protected Areas. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, pp.1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2019.1630249

Neri, M., Jameli, D., Bernard, E. and Melo, F.P., 2019. Green versus green? Adverting potential conflicts between wind power generation and biodiversity conservation in Brazil. Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pecon.2019.08.004

Parry, L., Radel, C., Adamo, S.B., Clark, N., Counterman, M., Flores-Yeffal, N., Pons, D., Romero-Lankao, P. and Vargo, J., 2019. The (in) visible health risks of climate change. Social Science & Medicine, p.112448. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112448

Weldemichel, T. and TA Benjaminsen, C. J. Cavanagh, and H. Lein. (2019). Conservation: beyond population growth – response to Ogutu et al [eLetter response to Ogutu et al. 2019 and Veldhuis et al. 2019 in Science 365 (6449): 133-134.]

Weldemichel, T. and TA Benjaminsen, C. J. Cavanagh, and H. Lein. (2019). Conservation: beyond population growth. Science 365 (6449): 133 . [Letter response to Veldhuis et al. 2019 in Science 363 (6434), ‘Cross-boundary human impacts compromise the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem’.]

A debate in Science:

Weldemichel, Benjaminsen, Cavanagh & Lein. 2019. Conservation: Beyond population growth. Science 365 (6449): 133.

Follow-up on debate: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/365/6449/133.2/tab-e-letters

Benjaminsen, T. A. & P. Hiernaux. 2019. From desiccation to global climate change: A history of the desertification narrative in the West African Sahel, 1900-2018  Global Environment 12 (1): 206-236.

Wilshusen, P.R., 2019. Environmental governance in motion: Practices of assemblage and the political performativity of economistic conservation. World Development, 124, p.104626. Free downloads available at this link until Oct. 1, 2019: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1ZYdw,6yxDAXzS

Aram Ziai, Franziska Müller & Daniel Bendix. Postdevelopment Alternatives in the North. In: Klein, E. and Morreo, C.E. eds., 2019. Postdevelopment in Practice: Alternatives, Economies, Ontologies. Routledge.

Special section in the Journal of Political Ecology: Political ecologies of the blue economy in Africa


William Moseley has been appointed to the 2019-2021 Steering Committee of High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security & Nutrition of UN Committee on World Food Security

Two events at Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo:

Degrowth: A conversation about a new sustainable economy (3 October 2019)

Book Launch: Wind Energy Development, Conflict & Resistance in a Latin American Context (8 October 2019)

An interview with Diana Ojeda who is a professor and researcher at the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (PENSAR) at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, in Bogotá, Colombia. She is interested in political ecology and feminist geography and holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Clark University in the United States: “Ethical notions in environmental and development research: an interview with professor Diana Ojeda”

The interview is posted in the “Environment, Society and Development in Latin America-ESDLA” research group’s weblog site. The research group is based at the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland, Finland.


Call for papers: “The Future of Forever Chemicals? Citizen Participation and Rising Awareness of PFAS and Related Contamination in a Time of Deregulation”

STREAMS-conference, Stockholm 5-8 august 2020

Call for papers: Slow Violence and Environment at the International Sociological Association forum conference in Porto Allegre- Brazil in 14-18 July 2020

Call for Papers – Nature as Climate Solution? Exploring the Political Ecologies of Nature-based Carbon Removal

CFP: Special Issue of Environment & Society on Pollution/Toxicity

Call for Papers „Making Sense of Climate Change – Models, Cosmologies and Practices from North Africa and the Middle East 8–9 June 2020, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin

Resilient, Inclusive, & Sustainable Environments (RISE): A Challenge to Address Gender-Based Violence in the Environment

Call for contributions: “Bridging research, policy and activism for environmental justice in times of crises”

2019-2020 Joint Call. BiodivERsA is pleased to announce the launch of its 2019-2020 Call on the theme: Biodiversity and Climate Change

Chair/Reader in Political Ecology at Lancaster University

Job opportunity: Professor of Human Geography at the University of Manchester

Job opportunity: Assistant Professor of Sociology in Global Inequality at Illinois State University

Assistant Professor, Anthropology of Food, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington. The Department of Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Social-Cultural Anthropology with a demonstrated expertise in food and culture, a commitment to ethnographic research, and success in interdisciplinary collaboration and comparative work. More information can be found here

Louise Emily Carver’s (Lancaster University) research poster on Farming Nature Post Brexit nominated for the Beazley Designs of the Year Award at London Design Museum

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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