February 2020 Updates

Dear Pollen Members and Friends,

Thank you for once again providing us with great input for this month’s newsletter. Along with a small task for nodes (see below picture), there’s plenty of new publications, blog posts, conferences and even a few vacancies.

NOTE: the updates below are a copy of the original newsletter, and therefore might not contain all hyperlinks and media. To access the original with full content, as well as to see previous newsletters, follow this link: https://us20.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=71814a42a0d2d8f390cbee1be&id=3fe97edf35

Best wishes,
POLLEN Secretariat

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A moss covered oak tree stands out amidst the winter snow in the Bradley Woods Reservation swamp forest in northern Ohio, USA. (Credit: Chris Crews)

A small favour to ask
 We have restructured the list of POLLEN Nodes on the website to make it more reader-friendly and easier to identify and locate nodes based on their location. However, we are aware that not all hyperlinks to institutions and people are correct and/or active. Please locate your node on the site and let us know if your link needs changing!

REMINDER: Documentaries and podcasts We have added a page to the website that contains a list of documentaries and podcasts in the field of Political Ecology. It is a constantly growing list and we would appreciate input to make it ever more comprehensive. If you have any suggestions, send an e-mail to: 

Promoting POLLEN collaboration
 Do you write with other members of POLLEN? In attempts to promote collaboration across the POLLEN nodes, please consider putting the following statement in the acknowledgements of your paper: ‘This article represents work conducted as part of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN).’ 

When you do, please let us know about it so we can tweet it out on @PolEcoNet and get it in the next newsletter!


Batterbury, S.P.J., Bouard, S. and Kowasch, M. (2020) Indigenous responses to colonialism in an island state: a geopolitical ecology of Kanaky-New Caledonia. T.K. Park and J.B. Greenberg (eds.) Terrestrial transformations: a political ecology approach to society and nature. Lanham MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Büscher, B. and Fletchet, R. (2020) The Conservation Revolution Radical Ideas for Saving Nature Beyond the Anthropocene. Order book here.

Cavanagh, C.J., P. Vedeld, JG Petursson, and A. Chemarum. (2020). Agency, inequality, and additionality: contested assemblages of agricultural carbon finance in western KenyaJournal of Peasant Studies.

Clark, K., Hawkins, R., & Silver, J. J. (2020). Gender, nature and nation: Resource nationalism on primary sector reality TV. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space

Coates, R. and Nygren, A. (2020): Urban Floods, Clientelism, and the Political Ecology of the State in Latin America, Annals of the American Association of Geographers

Crews, Chris. (2019). Earthbound Social Movements and the Anthropocene. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture. 13:3. 333-372

Christoffersen, L. 2020. Contextualizing consent: spaces for repression, resistance, and accommodation in Bolivia’s TIPNIS. Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies.

Dunlap, A., & Jakobsen, J. (2020) The Violent Technologies of Extraction. Palgrave Macmillan

Hansen, A., & Jakobsen, J. (2020). Meatification and everyday geographies of consumption in Vietnam and China. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, 1-19.

Kabra, A., & Mahalwal, S. (2018). The Micropolitics of Dispossession and Resistance: Case Study of a Proposed Dam in Central IndiaDevelopment and Change50(6), 1509–1530.

Kabra, A. (2019) Caste in Stone? Exploring Caste and Class Dimensions of Conservation Displacement in Central India, Journal of Contemporary Asia

Kröger, M.  and Nygren, A. (2020). Shifting frontier dynamics in Latin America. Journal of Agrarian Change

Maryudi, A., Acheampong, E., Rutt, R. L., Myers, R., & Dermott, C. L. (2020). “A Level Playing Field”?–What an Environmental Justice Lens Can Tell us about Who Gets Leveled in the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan. Society & Natural Resources, 1-17.

Neimark, B., Mahanty, S. and Dressler, W. and C. Hicks. 2020. “Not just Participation: The Rise of the Eco-Precariat in the Green Economy,” Antipode
Neimark, B., Osterhoudt, S., Blum, L., & Healy, T. 2020. “Mob justice and ‘The civilized commodity”. The Journal of Peasant Studies

Park, T.K. and Greenberg, J.B. (eds.). 2020.  Terrestrial transformations: a political ecology approach to society and nature.  Lanham MD: Rowman and Littlefield. 

Quist, L-M and Nygren, A (2019). Debating the unknowns of marine oil exploration in Mexico. The Extractive Industries and Society 6: 855-862.

Sourayan Mookerjea (2019) Renewable energy transition under multiple colonialisms: passive revolution, fascism redux and utopian praxes, Cultural Studies, 33:3, 570-593,

Tănăsescu, M. (2020) Evocative representationConstellations

Tebboth, M. G. L., Few, R., Assen, M., & Degefu, M. A. (2020). Valuing local perspectives on invasive species management: Moving beyond the ecosystem service-disservice dichotomy. Ecosystem Services42, 101068.

Verweijen, J. (2020). A microdynamics approach to geographies of violence: Mapping the kill chain in militarized conservation areas. Political Geography79, 102153.

Watkins, Case. “The Field and the Work: Hybridity as Mantra and Method,” Geographical Review 110, no. 1–2 (January 2, 2020): 8–22, 

Windey, C. (2020). Abstracting Congolese forests: mappings, representational narratives, and the production of the plantation space under REDD+IOB Discussion Paper (Vol. 2020-01), 56p. Antwerp: Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp

Zinzani, A. 2019: Riconcettualizzare la governance e le relazioni socio-ambientali: Per un’ Ecologia Politica dei Boschi Urbani. In Cerutti S., Tadini M. (Eds.) Mosaico/Mosaic, Società di Studi Geografici, Memorie Geografiche, NS 17,539-546.

Zografos, C., Klause, K.A., Connolly, J.J. and Anguelovski, I., 2020. The everyday politics of urban transformational adaptation: Struggles for authority and the Barcelona superblock project. Cities99, p.102613. 

A discussion between Paul Robbins and Erik Gomez-Baggethun on political ecology, modernism and degrowth

Robbins, P. (2020). Is less more… or is more less? Scaling the political ecologies of the futurePolitical Geography76, p.102018.

Gómez-Baggethun, E. (2020). More is more: Scaling political ecology within limits to growth. Political Geography76, 102095.

Robbins, P. (2019). Revolutionary humility: Response to Gómez-BagetthunPolitical Geography, 102099.

From our friends at Undisciplined Environments

Can a denser Austin be both green and affordable? By James Connolly and Mateus Lira (21 January 2020)

Code Red, Code Green: Shaping the Ecosocialist Transformation – Call for Papers By Undisciplined Environments (28 January 2020)

Political ecology in, and of, the Australian bushfires By Simon Batterbury (11 February 2020)

Can trees address environmental inequities in Mediterranean cities?  By Amalia Calderón-Argelich, Francesc Baró, Johannes Langemeyer and James Connolly (18 February 2020)

Conferences, Calls for Papers and Courses

CfP: Doctoral Colloquium on the Infrastructure Turn and Global Development, University of Sheffield, UK, 11 May, 2020. Deadline 6th of March. Read more hereCourse: Summer school in Politics, Ontologies, Ecologies at the Università di Pisa, Italy. 29 June – 3 July 2020. Application deadline: March 31st, 2020. Read more here.  

Course: Wageningen Political Ecology PhD Summer school: Authoritarian Natures, political ecologies of post-truth, the state, & resistance, 1-7 July, 2020. Wageningen, Netherlands. Read more here.

Course: Participatory Video Facilitation for socially inclusive agricultural research, Wietzenhause, Germany, 25-29 May, 2020.  Register by 17th of March. Read more here

CfP: (Re)thinking socio-natural relations around all things justice: Evolutions, fragmentations and rapprochements, at the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) Conference at the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales from 6th – 9th of July. For more information visit the conference website.

Blog posts, articles, podcasts

India’s New Coal Geography: A New Infrastructure to Generate Coal-based Power. By Kenneth Bo Nielsen, Brototi Roy, Patrik Oskarsson, Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt. In Terra Nullius: Repossessing the Existent

India’s New Coal Geography: Reassembling Infrastructure in Goa to Move Coal. By Kenneth Bo Nielsen, Brototi Roy, Patrik Oskarsson, Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt. In Terra Nullius: Repossessing the Existent

Disaster Breeds Disaster in Oaxaca (2020) Towards Freedom, By Alexander Dunlap

Podcast: Luxury and the Wildlife Trade, with Laure Joanny (presenter), Hannah Dickinson and Teresa Lappe-Osthege 

Podcast: Researching Wildlife Crime with Laure Joanny (presenter), Rosaleen Duffy and Francis Masse.


(Senior) Research Associate: Transformations to Sustainability, Lancaster Environment Centre. Deadline to apply: 4th of March, 2020. Read more and apply here

Post-doc: On Environmental Governance at theSchool of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Södertörn University, Stochkolm. Application deadline: 10th of April, 2020. Read more and apply here.

PhD and Graduate Assistant: in Environmental Humanities (Feminist and Decolonial) at Institute of Geography and Sustainability (IGD) at the University of Lausanne. Starting date August 2020. Application deadline 10th of April 2020. Read more and apply here or contact Prof. Miriam Tola at miriam.tola@unil.ch

PhD: ‘Political ecology of natural resource management: actors, communities, institutions’ at the Lancaster Environment Centre, UK. Deadline to apply: 13th of March. Read more and apply here.

Other news

Congratulations to William Moseley for being made an endowed university chair. He is now: DeWitt Wallace Professor of Geography, Macalester College.
Call for Volunteering: 
EAPPI provides protection by presence, monitors human rights abuses, supports local peace activists and advocates for an end to the military occupation of Palestine. They welcome applications by UK and Irish volunteers for three months. Read more here and apply by 24th of April.

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