May 2020 Updates

Dear POLLEN Friends,

Thank you for sending us your updates this month – again, we have a number of exciting blog posts, articles, special issues, and podcasts to share! We are also introducing a new segment to the newsletter, which will help us get to know our members better. And finally, we also share the preliminary results of our survey on POLLEN’s role as a supportive network.

Best wishes, 

POLLEN Secretariat

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:

Getting to know your fellow POLLEN members

From now on, every monthly newsletter will include a brief introduction to one of the many POLLEN nodes. We hope this will help build better connections between our community. Our first ‘virtual visit’ is with the ‘Political Ecology Research Group’ at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies of the University of Dodoma, Tanzania. Enjoy!
Short group bio
We, the ‘Political Ecology Research Group’ at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies of the University of Dodoma, study political ecologies in both rural and urban spaces of Tanzania. In rural areas, we research on underlying processes and structures that influence environmental degradation and resulting policy interventions such as creation of protected areas in arid lands, savanna, miombo woodlands and coastal forests. We also seek to understand discursive and material contexts of the policy interventions and their social consequences. In urban areas, we study spatial and temporal changes in urban landscapes as influenced by various factors such as climate change, rapid urbanisation and gentrification. We are an interdisciplinary group, composed of Augustine Mwakipesile, Bupe Kabigi, Enock Makupa, Happiness Nnko, Joan Tang’are, Kelvin Haule, Wilhelm Kiwango, Teddy Philemon, Ng’winamila Kasongi, Said Khamis and Mathew Bukhi Mabele. We possess expertise in conservation social sciences, land cover/change sciences, urban planning, GIS and remote sensing and conservation biology.
Did you know that on 8-10 July 2014, our department hosted the first ever international conference on ‘green economy’ in the South in Tanzania? It was a sequence to a series of sister conferences held in Europe and North America, on variegated contexts and effects of the ‘green economy’ agenda (e.g. the Grabbing Green and Nature Inc).
Inputs for Literature Lists, Documentaries and Podcasts
Our page with Literature Lists has received little attention and input. We have received many recommendations for political ecology related documentaries and podcasts for the site, but are also continuously trying to expand the list. If you have any suggestions for any of these sites, please send them to
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! 
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!
POLLEN Survey Results
Thank you for the many responses to our poll about POLLEN’s role as a supportive network. Besides the responses you see on the graph below, we also received a number of other, very useful recommendations. We will now process these and think about how we can best implement your suggestions! 

Bowsher, Josh and Reeves-Evison, Theo. On Capital’s Watch: Derivative Ecology and the Temporal Logic of Biodiversity Credits. New Formations 99: 33-51.

Breidlid, A. and Krøvel, R. eds., 2020. Indigenous Knowledges and the Sustainable Development Agenda. Routledge.

Carver, R., Childs, J., Steinberg, P., Mabon, L., Matsuda, H., Squire, R., … & Esteban, M. (2020). ‘A critical social perspective on deep sea mining: Lessons from the emergent industry in Japan’. Ocean & Coastal Management: 193 

Dunlap, Alexander. (2020) Controlavirus: Clarification? Tvergastein Journal.

Fletcher, Rob and Cortes-Vazquez, Jose A. (2020) ‘Beyond the green panopticon: New directions in research exploring environmental governmentality‘. Environment and Planning E (Introduction to Special Issue, available online)

Gutiérrez-Zamora, V. and Estrada, M.H., 2020. Responsibilization and state territorialization: Governing socio-territorial conflicts in community forestry in Mexico. Forest Policy and Economics116, p.102188.
 Hope, J. (2020) Globalising Sustainable Development: decolonial disruptions and environmental justice in Bolivia AREA (early view)

Joslin, A. (2020). Dividing “Above” and “Below”: Constructing Territory for Ecosystem Service Conservation in the Ecuadorian Highlands Annals of the Association of American Geographers

Koot, S., Hebinck, P. and Sullivan, S. (2020). Science for success—A conflict of interest? Researcher position and reflexivity in socio-ecological research for CBNRM in Namibia. Society & Natural Resources 

Marin, A., E. Sjaastad, T. A. Benjaminsen, M. N. Sara & J. Borgenvik. 2020. Productivity beyond density: A critique of management models for reindeer pastoralism in Norway. Pastoralism.

Müller, F., Claar, S., Neumann, M., Elsner, C. (2020) “Is green a Pan-African colour? Mapping African renewable energy policies and transitions in 34 countries“ Energy Research & Social Science Volume 68, October 2020,

Routray, S., Oskarsson, P., & Satpathy, P. (2020). A Hydrologically Fractured State? Nation-Building, the Hirakud Dam and Societal Divisions in Eastern India. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies

Siriwardane-de Zoysa, Rapti. Beyond the Wall: Dying as an object of everyday governance in the Bay of Manila. Marine Policy, Vol. 112
Special Issue: Stabilizing a policy: reproducing REDD+

A special section has been published in the Journal of Political Ecology entitled “Stabilizing a policy: reproducing REDD+”. The section includes an introduction and five papers – see here below – and a brief introduction to it can be found here.

Introduction: Policy persistence: REDD+ between stabilization and contestation by Adeniyi Asiyanbi and Jens Friis Lund
Reducing deforestation in Colombia while building peace and pursuing business as usual extractivism? by Torsten Krause
Can the subaltern protect forests? REDD+ compliance, depoliticization and Indigenous subjectivities by Franziska Müller
REDD+ policy translation and storylines in Laos by Sabaheta Ramcilovik-Suominen and Iben Nathan
Governing the ungovernable: contesting and reworking REDD+ in Indonesia by Abidah B. Setyowati
Transformation is what you expect, models are what you get: REDD+ and models in conservation and development by Adeniyi Asiyanbi and Kate Massarella
From our friends at Undisciplined Environments

Pandemic Ontologies of Isolation By António Carvalho and Irina Velicu (April 28, 2020)

A pandemic of blindness: uneven experiences of rural communities under COVID-19 lockdown in India – Part I By Enid Still, Sandeep Kumar, Irene Leonardelli and Arianna Tozzi (April 30, 2020)

A pandemic of blindness: uneven experiences of rural communities under COVID-19 lockdown in India – Part II By Irene Leonardelli, Arianna Tozzi, Enid Still and Sandeep Kumar (May 5, 2020)

Life as Commons By Stavros Stavrides (May 8, 2020)

Far Right Ecologism and the Conceptual Deficiencies of Ecofascism By Balsa Lubarda (May 13, 2020)

Political ecologies of the far right: An introduction to the series By Santiago Gorostiza (May 13, 2020)

What the Radical Right Thinks About Climate Change By Bernhard Forchtner (May 15, 2020)

Green Capital and Environmental “Leaders” Won’t Save Us By Alexander Dunlap (May 20, 2020)

In Defence of Blue Degrowth By Maria Hadjimichael & Irmak Ertör (May 22, 2020)

How new is the Green New Deal for the Global South? By Vijay Kolinjivadi and Ashish Kothari (May 26, 2020)
Blog posts, articles, podcasts

Gert Van Hecken and Vijay Kolinjivadi: Planet of the dehumanized: Environmentalism that does not center structural inequality is a dangerous nod to eco-fascists and eco-modernists alike.” (May 7, 2020) Uneven Earth

Recent episodes of The Finding Sustainability podcast:
– 036: A social anthropological view on conservation and interdisciplinarity with Liana Chua
– 037: Pracademics and patchiness with Jessica Cockburn
– 038: Case studies, polycentricity and governance of the Great Barrier Reef with Tiffany Morrison
– 039: Water, waste, Covid, and the invisibility of life support systems with Raul Pacheco-Vega
– 040: Amplification processes and incorporating local knowledge in sustainability research with David Lam

Dunlap, Alexander. (2020) “SDGs and ‘Household’ Governance: The Neglected Cost of Extractive Development,” Terra Nullius: Repossessing the existent

Correa-Cabrera, Guadalupe & Dunlap, Alexander. (2020) “México y el Planeta de los Humanos,” Sin Embargo 

Mariel Aguilar-Støen and Jostein Jakobsen: Producing Food, Producing Zoonosis: The Political Ecology of the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 4, 2020) Medium

Vijay Kolinjivadi & Ashish Kothari No Harm Here is Still Harm There: The Green New Deal and the Global South (I) (May 20, 2020) Jam Hoor
Conferences, webinars

UrbanA Open Webinar: COVID-19, Justice and Sustainability in Cities. When: June 5 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm (CET) To register and get the event link, visit this page.

Global Degrowth Day Conversation: “Exploring Degrowth: A Critical Guide”. When: June 6, at 11 am (CET). See event info here.

EXALT Webinar: Degrowth and Post-Extractivism – A Good Life for All? When: Friday June 5th at 14.00-15.30 EEST. Access event here.
Other news

New website/resource concerned with the politics of deep sea mining:

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