POLLEN December Updates

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends,

We closed 2020 and look forward to a different 2021! However, before we do this, here’s a look at what happened across POLLEN in December. We have plenty of publications, some CfPs, podcasts, blog posts and more.

Also, as this is our last newsletter before handing over to our friends at the Australian National University, we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for all your active involvement and contributions that made the work of the Secretariat easier, and most importantly, enjoyable!

Best wishes, 

POLLEN Secretariat

NOTE: the updates below are a copy of the original newsletter, and therefore might not contain all hyperlinks and content. 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

Getting to know your fellow POLLEN members

Every monthly newsletter includes a brief introduction to one of the many POLLEN nodes. We hope this will help build better connections between our community. Our next ‘virtual visit’ is to Copenhagen, who hosted the POLLEN Secretariat since September 2019 and will be handing over to ANU after this month. Enjoy!
Short group bioOver the past 1½ year, the POLLEN secretariat has been hosted by the Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. As a group, we engage in inter-disciplinary research on economic, political, environmental, and institutional dynamics of human-environment relations. Research areas include issues of livelihoods, small-scale industry, trade, and labour; of climate change mitigation and adaptation; of forest and natural resource management; of gender inequality; of resource conflicts and land grabbing; and of governance, state formation, and corruption. We work on these issues most often, but not exclusively, in the context of the global South.

Specifically, Ruth Pinto is a PhD fellow working on coastal forest restoration and land control in North Sumatra.

Clare Lewis is a PhD fellow working on area-based conservation policy, examining its development in transnational policy spaces and grounded implementation in South Africa.

Charlotte Maybom is a PhD fellow working on gendering governance practices of transnational environmental interventions in Kenya.

Rebecca Leigh Rutt is an assistant professor working on urban sustainability and justice in Europe.

Kasper Hoffmann is an Assistant Professor working on issues related to territorialization and identity formation, violent conflict, rebel governance, resource governance, more generally, and in particular land governance.

Mattias Borg Rasmussen is an associate professor working on resource politics and territoriality in Peru and Argentina.

Christian Pilegaard Hansen is an associate professor working on forest governance in Ghana.

Jens Friis Lund is a professor working on REDD+ and forest-based climate mitigation as a global promise.

Finally, the linchpin person in our secretariat has been Péter József Bori who is a soon-to-graduate MSc candidate in Agricultural Development, working on post-socialist institutional change and authoritarian politics affecting rural Hungary and who will be looking for opportunities within post-developmental political ecology. 

Fun fact

Hosting the secretariat has been an occasion for many of us to engage more with each other and across the POLLEN network. We’ve started a political ecology reading group, many of us are engaging actively with other nodes on research and organizing, and in the coming years we’ll be part of a collaborative organizing of the POLLEN24 🙂 
Let’s come together as a network to support the new secretariat!
 Crawford School of Public Policy, Canberra, Australia are new secretariat hosts. In line with the spirit of inclusivity in POLLEN, the hosts have offered to take this on without having the funding to make it work in practice, but in the hope that the network would step in to collectively support the function financially. Let’s do this! A crowdfunding link has been created, see here.
Promoting POLLEN collaborationDo 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!
Publications

Ajl, M. (2020). The hidden legacy of Samir Amin: delinking’s ecological foundation. Review of African Political Economy, 1-20.

Apostolopoulou, E. Tracing the Links between Infrastructure‐Led Development, Urban Transformation, and Inequality in China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Antipode, https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12699

Boucher, J. L., Kwan, G. T., Ottoboni, G. R., and McCaffrey, M. S. 2021. “From the suites to the streets: Examining the range of behaviors and attitudes of international climate activists.” Energy Research & Social Science 72:101866. 

Córdoba, D., Pischke, E. C., Selfa, T., Jones, K. W., & Avila-Foucat, S. (2020). When Payment for Ecosystem Services Meets Culture: A Culture Theory Perspective. Society & Natural Resources, 1-19. 

Córdoba, D., Peredo, A. M., & Chaves, P. Shaping alternatives to development: Solidarity and reciprocity in the Andes during COVID-19. World Development, 139, 105323. 

Dunlap, Alexander. (2020) The direction of ecological insurrections: political ecology comes to daggers with Fukuoka. Journal of Political Ecology 27(1): 988-1014.

Fair, H. 2020. Their Sea of Islands? Pacific Climate Warriors, Oceanic identities and world enlargement. The Contemporary Pacific 32(2), pp. 341-369. https://doi.org/10.1353/cp.2020.0033

Lai, J. Y., Staddon, S., & Hamilton, A. 2021 Technical experts’ perspectives of justice-related norms: Lessons from everyday environmental practices in Indonesia. Land Use Policy102, 105234.

Partelow, S., A. Schlüter, D. Armitage, M. Bavinck, K. Carlisle, R. L. Gruby, A.-K. Hornidge, M. Le Tissier, J. B. Pittman, A. M. Song, L. P. Sousa, N. Văidianu, and K. Van Assche. 2020. Environmental governance theories: a review and application to coastal systems. Ecology & Society 25(4). 

Zinzani A. 2020. L’Ecologia Politica come campo di riconcettualizzazione socio-ambientale: governance, conflitto e produzione di spazi politici, «GEOGRAPHY NOTEBOOKS», 3 (2) pp. 33 – 50.

Announcing the publication of ‘Food for Degrowth: Perspectives and Practices‘ edited by Anitra Nelson and Ferne Edwards (Routledge, 2021). This collection breaks new ground by investigating applications of degrowth in a range of geographic, practical and theoretical contexts along the food chain across the world. International contributors offer a range of examples and possibilities to develop more sustainable, localised, resilient and healthy food systems using degrowth principles of sufficiency, frugal abundance, security, autonomy and conviviality. Please be in touch if you would like to review a copy!
CfPs, Conferences, Talks
 CfP: Special Issue Frontiers in Water Innovating a New Knowledge Base for Water Justice Studies: Hydrosocial, Sociohydrology, and Beyond. We invite modelers to examine the analytical potential of their work; we also invite social scientists to consider the value of their work to develop plausible future scenarios, as well as to engage in interdisciplinary collaborations. We are especially interested in case studies of water justice collaborations that bridge transdisciplinary gaps. Timeline for submissions: will close on the 19th December 2021. Please upload a cover letter with author bios and an abstract (max 1000 words) to https://tinyurl.com/waterjusticeSI. The abstract should provide some information on its distinctive contribution to the themes of the proposed SI. The Editors will review the abstract within two weeks of submission and invite authors that explicitly engage with the themes of the SI to submit a full paper. The deadline for Manuscript submission is July 25 2022 and papers will be published as soon as they are accepted. Articles that are accepted for publication incur a publishing fee of US$ 1,150. Fee waivers may be made available at the discretion of the Frontiers in Water journal. 
 CfP: Take a look at this call for proposals for the newly launched Frontiers journal Political Ecology, which is a part of Frontiers in Human Dynamics. The Speciality Chief Editor of the journal is Prof. Andrea Nightingale of the University of Oslo, and the journal has an illustrious editorial board drawn from across the world. The last date for submission of abstracts is 15th February 2021 and we expect the shortlisted researchers to submit the full manuscript by 31st July 2021.

CfP: ‘Ideologies in National Socialism’ Project. The publication will comprise a series of volumes covering Nazi ideology in its various manifestations and contexts, including the military, the family, the humanities and natural sciences, medicine, racial science, religion and theology, the law, language, popular and elite culture, to name but a few. In addition, the volumes will be supported by a series of conferences and workshops that will help shape the published texts by encouraging collaborative research and dialogue among some of the most distinguished experts in this field. If you are interested in participating we ask that submissions/proposals follow the procedures as outlined on our project website here.

CfP: We welcome paper proposals for the panel S32- Global Pathogens, Local Pathologies: How agricultural epidemics are shaping global and local agrarian and environmental change. At the fifth biennial conference of the European Rural History Organisation (EURHO), Rural History 2021, that will take place in Uppsala, Sweden, from Monday August 23 to Thursday August 26, 2021. The Call for Papers is open from 27 November 2020 to 15 January 2021. Go to submission system by visiting this link.

CfP: “In order to face the current environmental, social and economical crisis, various Latin American people and groups see it necessary to create outlets to prevailing economic model. Sometimes, the debates resemble those of the “Degrowth”, a movement of European origin that emerged in the decade of 1970, which has been gaining strength in recent years. The objective of this panel, framed in EGAL’S axis 13, is to know what are the proposals for social change that are being built in Latin America and how they are linked with the proposals of the degrowth movement. Those are of interest are academic, political and social proposals, presented in formats different (plans, projects and speeches), directed by various individual and collective actors (authorities, states, parties politicians, social movements, NGOs and professional associations) and under the umbrella of various approaches (ecomodernism, neodevelopmentalism, internal colonialism, green capitalism, the economy circular, Buen Vivir and Bolivarian socialism).” To upload papers visit this site.


Conference: DOPE11 register for DOPE 11, which is 100% virtual and free (optional registration fee if you so wish) this year, occurring February 18-20, 2021. 

Reading group: The DOPE 11 Organizing Collective has been organizing monthly reading groups, and we have two more scheduled:
a) Seeds & Agrobiodiversity – January 28, 2021 at 5:30 pm EST (details and registration at this link)  
b) Black Food Geographies – February 19, 2021 at 5:30 pm EST (details and registration at this link)

Development Day 2021: COVID-19 Pandemic and Development Research: Ways Forward? Time: Friday 12 February 2021 at 9.15 – 16.30 hrs GMT +2 (Helsinki, Finland time) Venue: Online. Organizer: Finnish Society for Development Research Registration: Opens 15 January 2021 here
Blog posts, articles documentaries, podcasts
 In Common Podcast: Check out the latest episodes here.

Audio Documentary: The first two episodes of ShareLoc are out. They offer an immersive audio dive into some of the day-to-day efforts and aspirations of different generations of Indonesians who have previously worked in factory jobs. Galih, unmarried, in his late 20s, and Raka, a family man, engage in a candid discussion about factory labor, migration, job loss, landlessness, love, and future. Based on the original research and recordings of Giacomo Tabacco and produced by Paolo Righi for NWFactory, the two episodes are part of an experimental project that bridges professional podcasters and voiceover artists, and podcast enthusiasts, in Italy, Indonesia and the U.S. These and future episodes are available wherever you listen to your podcasts (Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast…), under the title ShareLoc – Send your location. Access also on this link.

Van der Hoeven, Sara. 2020. The war on poaching: a metaphor to live or die by?
From our friends at Undisciplined Environments

Recognizing the “De” in Degrowth by Alexander Dunlap (2 December 2020)

What will Glasgow’s Smart Canal Mean for its Historically Deprived Communities? By Melissa García-Lamarca and Neil Gray (3 December 2020)

A new way to remember? An eco-political reimagination of Rotterdam’s monuments By Dimitar Tsigoriyn, Paula Paraschiv, Iris Wiggerts and Sara Zimmermann (15 December 2020)

“There is no future here”: the psychological burden of water scarcity By Maja Ženko and Filippo Menga (9 December 2020)

Beyond protest, enacting solidarity in the climate justice movement By Linda Estelí Méndez Barrientos (17 December 2020)

Challenging extractivism By Marta Conde and Diego Andreucci (23 December 2020)
Vacancies and courses

Early Career Fellowship Competition: ISRF (Independent Social Research Foundation). Launch: 11th of January. Deadline: 19th of February 2021. See more on this link
Other news

Joan Martinez-Alier, Emeritus Prof at AUB, has won the Balzan prize. Awarded in September 2020. Half of the prize money is designated for research projects. https://www.balzan.org/en/prizewinners “For the quality of his contributions to the foundation of ecological economics, his path-breaking analysis of the relationships between economies and the environment, his interdisciplinary as well as comparative approach, and his active role in the promotion of environmental justice.” Congratulations from POLLEN!

Reminder: Expressions of Interest for ‘Urban Natures’ due this Friday 8 January. We invite academics, practitioners and artists to contribute an Expression of Interest for the edited book, ‘Urban Natures’. This collection seeks to bring together insights from diverse disciplines and sectors to explore frames of nature, issues of power, more-than-human methodologies, and theoretical reflections to advance possibilities for creating an ethical and convivial multi-species city. At this stage we are asking for 2-300 word abstracts – please contact ferne.edwards@ntnu.no for more information.

The Journal of Political Ecology is moving to a new website and Janeway open source software in 2021. The new URL will be https://journals.librarypublishing.arizona.edu/jpe/  and hundreds of  articles and reviews are currently being moved. DOIs will redirect to the new site. Current work in editing/review will remain in the old system though, accessed at https://journals.uair.arizona.edu/index.php/JPE/login.  There will be delays in production as a result of these changes, especially in January. We are also adopting APA referencing style, to make it easier for those using bibliographic software. Simon and Casey

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