April 2020 Updates

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends,

April has surely been another month of unprecedented change and challenges. Despite this, based on the input we received, it seems that the POLLEN network is not only standing strong, but – with a number of works connecting the covid-19 pandemic with broader societal, environmental and economic issues and calling for change – is contributing to a potentially better and more convivial future post-crisis.

Nevertheless, we understand that this is a challenging time for many, and the idea surfaced for POLLEN to act as a supportive network for researchers in some specific ways. Read more about this and the related poll, as well as all other updates from across POLLEN by scrolling down!

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

Pulsatilla vulgaris or the pasqueflower growing in Denmark. Photo by Jens Friis Lund
POLLEN conviviality in times of crisis

Dear POLLEN Friends,

These are certainly challenging times and we want to stress that it is important to keep in touch and be supportive of each other. We are, if anything, a convivial network. In attempts to reach out, POLLEN would like to solicit ideas from the network of how best to do so. Several ideas have come up already, and we are sure there’s many others we haven’t thought of. As such, we have set up a short, two-question survey, to find out what method would work best and not contribute to further added pressure. You can access the poll through this link and it only takes 2 minutes.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to fill it out!
Best wishes,
POLLEN Secretariat

Inputs for Literature Lists

Our page with Literature Lists has received little attention and input, to the point that we are considering removing it from the website. If you have any lists you can recommend, or if you have an opinion about whether we should keep this site please write to us on politicalecologynetwork@gmail.com 

Reminder: New Page: POLLEN Online As a way of trying to help the POLLEN community and others adapt to the measures taken to slow down the spread of COVID19, we put out a request for tips on resources that can inspire/help us moving conference panels, workshops, teaching, etc. online. We’ve received some great inputs already and published them here. If you know of any other resources, please share them with us! 

Reminder: 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. Many of you have done this already, but if you haven’t please locate your node on the site and let us know if your link needs changing!

Reminder: Documentaries and Podcasts

We have received many recommendations for political ecology related documentaries and podcasts for the site, but are continuously trying to expand the list. If you have any suggestions, please send them to politicalecologynetwork.com

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!


Baquero-Melo, Jairo (Ed.). (2019). Territorios, conflictos agrarios y construcción de paz: Comunidades, asociatividad y encadenamientos en el Huila y sur del Tolima. Bogotá: Editorial Universidad del Rosario. 

Barry, J. (2020) This what a real emergency looks like: what the response to Coronavirus can teach us about how we can and need to respond to the planetary emergency. Green House Think Tank

Bartels, Lara Esther; Bruns, Antje; Simon, David (2020): Towards Situated Analyses of Uneven Peri‐Urbanisation: An (Urban) Political Ecology Perspective. In: Antipode. open access

Benjaminsen, T.A. 2020. Depicting decline: images and myths in environmental discourse analysis. Landscape Research

Bergius, M., T. A. Benjaminsen, F. Maganga & H. Buhaug. 2020. Green economy, degradation narratives, and land-use conflicts in Tanzania  World Development 129: 104850.

Connolly C, Keil R and Ali SH (2020) Extended urbanisation and the spatialities of infectious disease: Demographic change, infrastructure and governance. Urban Studies

Cullen, A. (2020). Transitional environmentality  – Understanding uncertainty at the junctures of eco-logical production in Timor-Leste. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space

Dunlap, Alexander. 2020. Bureaucratic Land Grabbing for Infrastructural Colonization: Renewable Energy, L’Amassada and Resistance in Southern France. Human Geography 13(2): 1-22. 

Dunlap, Alexander. 2020. The Politics of Ecocide, Genocide and Megaprojects: Interrogating Natural Resource Extraction, Identity and the Normalization of Erasure. Journal of Genocide Research: 1-26. 

Dunlap, Alexander. 2020. Review of Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher. 2020. The Conservation Revolution. Journal of Political Ecology 27(1): 1-4.

Fletcher, R., and B. Büscher. 2020. “Conservation Basic Income: A Non-market Mechanism to Support Convivial Conservation.” Biological Conservation 244: 108520. 

Fletcher, R., B. Büscher & K. Massarella. 2020. “Close the Tap! COVID-19 and the Need for Convivial Conservation.” T2S Research blog, April 15. 

Massé, F., & Margulies, J. D. (2020). The geopolitical ecology of conservation: The emergence of illegal wildlife trade as national security interest and the re-shaping of US foreign conservation assistance. World Development132, 104958.
Ramcilovic-Suominen, S., Kotilainen, J. 2020. Power relations in community resilience and politics of shifting cultivation in Laos. Forest Policy and Economics 115 (2020) 102159

Ramcilovic-Suominen, S., Nathan, I. 2020. REDD+ Policy Translation and Storylines in Laos. Journal of Political Ecology 27. 

Tseng, F. (2020) Inside-Out: Renewable energy, the future of mining and the re-localization of harm. Jain Family Institute

Zinzani A. 2019. La rigenerazione del Quadrilatero e del Mercato di Mezzo, in “Mercati storici, rigenerazione e consumo urbano – il caso di Bologna”,  Bonazzi A., Frixa E. , Franco Angeli – Scienze Geografiche. open access

Zinzani A., Curzi E. 2020. Urban Regeneration, Forests and Socio-Environmental Conflicts: the Case of Prati di Caprara in Bologna, Italy. ACMEAn International Journal for Critical Geographies, 19,1 , 163-186. open access

From our friends at Undisciplined Environments

Coronavirus beyond Coronavirus: thresholds, biopolitics and emergencies By Emiliano Terán Mantovani (March 30, 2020)

Within and beyond the pandemic. Demanding a Care Income and a feminist Green New Deal for Europe. By Stefania Barca (April 7, 2020)

Whoever does not have Peasants, Should find Them: The Food Injustice of Pandemics By Irina Velicu, Irina Castro, Ramona Dominicioiu, and Stefania Barca (April 9, 2020)

Tourism, Degrowth and the COVID-19 Crisis By Robert Fletcher, Ivan Murray Mas, Macià Blázquez-Salom & Asunción Blanco-Romero (April 16, 2020)

El confinamiento de los niños en España visto desde la ciencia con la gente y la economía del cuidado By María Jesús Beltrán (April 20, 2020)

Will Cleveland’s greening efforts perpetuate racial inequalities? By Margarita Triguero-Mas (April 21, 2020)

The struggle of Indigenous communities against Christian missionaries in Brazilian Amazon By Felipe Milanez (April 23, 2020)

From our friends at EXALT-Initiative

CfA for EXALT 2020 Conference extended until 18 May, 2020. Read more here.

Essay: ”Deep Restoration: From the Great Implosion to the Great Awakening” by Professor Barry Gills. Read full article here.

Quarantine Reading by EXALT: Is physical isolation becoming too taxing? Are you running out of ideas what to do? To ease the situation a bit, The Global Extractivisms and Alternatives Initiative (EXALT) has started a Facebook-post series called “Quarantine Reading”, which offers a curated list of open access, topical and critical literature on Extractivism, Global Crises, Alternatives, Sustainability, Degrowth, Solidarity, Commons and everything in between! New post every Monday! 

Blog posts, articles, podcasts

This pandemic IS ecological breakdown: different tempo, same song. Kolinjivadi, V., (April, 2, 2020) In Uneven Earth

The coronavirus outbreak is part of the climate change crisis.  
Kolinjivadi, V., (March 30, 2020) In Aljazeera

Coronavirus: how economic rescue plans can set the global economy on a path to decarbonisation. Barry, J. (April 20, 2020). In The Conversation 

La ecología de Ernst Haeckel – Frank N. Egerton (April 9, 2020) In NIPEA

Ecología y Corología – Ernst Haeckel (April 9, 2020) In NIPEA

Inicio de trabajo de campo en el Trapecio Amazónico (Departamento de Amazonas) (March 1, 2020) In NIPEA

The green gig economy: precarious workers are on the frontline of climate change fight Sango Mahanty and Benjamin Neimark (April 21, 2020) In The Conversation

Conference: Vienna Degrowth Conference for Social Ecological Transformation (online and free!)

Registrations now open, through this link.
29 May – 1 June 2020. 

The Vienna Degrowh Conference will consider the role of strategy for a degrowth transformation and give room for exchanging, reflecting and developing strategies with scholars, practitioners, artists and activists. By bringing together actors from different fields, we hope to integrate different kinds of existing expertise and elaborate promising approaches to transforming the economy in a socially just and ecologically viable way. The conference will have a participatory design, including a thorough documentation process that will generate concrete outcomes for the degrowth movement and research society.

Results of the Colloquium on Amazon’s Rising Violence and Disturbing Trends

Organised by Agrocultures – an AHRC-funded initiative, and took place from Jan 30 to Feb 02 2020 in Oxford, UK. The most valuable outcome of the colloquium was the Oxford Letter for the Amazon, which was collectively issued during the event and countersigned by all speakers and attendants. It demands decision-makers in Brazil, in the UK and around the globe to take action with regard to the threats the Amazon and its peoples have been subjected to. 

As a researcher and visual artist, Dr Marilene Ribeiro was invited by the organisers to unfold to the public questions and reflections that have emerged from her work Dead Water (which will be showcased in the exhibition Extracting Us and which consists of a visual narrative embedded in the losses caused by hydropower schemes in Brazil)Her presentation text can be read by downloading the document through this link.

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