May 2021 Updates

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends,  

As always, we are excited to share news from around the POLLEN network. 
This month we are featuring the Center for Social Development Studies, the POLLEN node at the Faculty of Political Science in Chulalongkorn University. We also have CfPs, publications from our community, an invitation for a book review, vacancies, and more.   

If your node is keen to feature your work in the upcoming newsletters, please drop us a line at

We also welcome contributions, conversations, or comments for the POLLEN blog! 
It’s a great way to share and get dialogue around your work. 
Feel free to check out our recent blog with Rogelio Luque-Lora’s review of “Convivial Conservation” with a response from the authors, 
Rob Fletcher and Bram Buscher – your comments are very welcome!. 
Also, please write to us at the above email address if you are interested in contributing to the blog. 

With regards from your POLLEN Secretariat:
Sango Mahanty | Sarah Milne | Ratchada Arpornsilp

Getting to know your fellow POLLEN members

Each monthly newsletter includes a brief introduction to one of the many POLLEN nodes to help build connections across our community. This month we would like to introduce you to the Center for Social Development Studies at the Faculty of Political Science in Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. 

Chulalongkorn University’s POLLEN node 


The Center for Social Development Studies (CSDS) was established in 1985 within the Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.  The CSDS produces interdisciplinary critical research on development policy and practice in Southeast Asia. Much of the research agenda relates to political ecology, including resource politics, regionalization, human rights and justice, the public sphere, the commons, and forced displacement and development. The CSDS supports young and mid-career researchers and public intellectuals via the Graduate Studies in International Development program, and by hosting research associates, interns, and fellowship programs. Since 2018, the CSDS has also hosted the Chulalongkorn University Center of Excellence on Resource Politics for Social Development. The CSDS regularly organizes public forums, conferences, and workshops for debating critical development issues, and co-organized and hosted the Political Ecology in Asia 2019 conference. Recently, the CSDS has initiated the Political Ecology in Asia dialogue series and Critical Nature policy analysis. The CSDS team includes Faculty members, graduate students, and research associates. 

Node members 

Carl Middleton is an Assistant Professor and Director of CSDS.  His research interests orientate around the politics of the environment in Southeast Asia, focusing on the political ecology of water and energy, nature-society relations, social movements, and environmental justice.  His most recent book, co-authored with Jeremy Allouche and Dipak Gyawali, is titled The Water–Food–Energy Nexus: Power, Politics and Justice (2019). Recent co-edited books are: Living with Floods in a Mobile Southeast Asia: A Political Ecology of Vulnerability, Migration and Environmental Change (2018; with Rebecca Elmhirst and Supang Chantavanich) and Knowing the Salween River: Resource Politics of a Contested Transboundary River (2019; with Vanessa Lamb). 

Naruemon Thabchumpon is an Assistant Professor in Politics at the Faculty of Political Science, Deputy Director for Research Affairs at the Institute of Asian Studies, and Director of the Center of Excellence of the Asian Research Center for Migration, Chulalongkorn University. Her expertise is on comparative politics and democracy, cross-border migration, and human development. She received her MA and PhD from the School of Politics and International Studies of University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Her recent political ecology related research has been on “Living with and against Floods: Socio-Economic Adaptation of Communities in Bangkok and Thailand’s Central Plain” and on the economic and social impacts of Covid-19 focusing on people, planet and inclusive society. 

Jakkrit Sangkhamanee is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Political Science in Bangkok, Thailand. He earned a PhD in Anthropology from the Australian National University, with his dissertation focusing on the ontological entanglement in the construction of knowledge on water management in the Mekong region. His work focuses on STS, specifically hydrological engineering projects related to Thai state formation, environmental infrastructure, and environmental politics. His latest publication is “Bangkok Precipitated: Cloudbursts, Sentient Urbanity, and Emergent Atmospheres” in East Asian Science, Technology and Society (EASTS). Jakkrit also serves on the editorial board of Engaging Science, Technology, and Society. 

Pongphisoot (Paul) Busbarat is Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University. He holds a PhD in Political Science & IR from Australian National University and postgraduate degrees from Columbia University and Cambridge University. His research interests include great power competition in Southeast Asia, (especially the Mekong subregion), Thailand’s foreign policy, and norms and identity in IR. Currently, Paul is working on several research projects including the study of a normative construct influencing Thailand’s foreign policy choices between the United States and China, and a study of China’s regional leadership consolidation in the Mekong subregion. His most recent publication is ‘China and Mekong Regionalism: A Reappraisal of the Formation of Lancang-Mekong Cooperation’ in Asian Politics & Policy. 

Jiraporn Laocharoenwong is a lecturer at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Chulalongkorn University. In 2020, she obtained her PhD from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, entitled ‘Re-imagining the Refugee Camp: Sovereignty and Time-Space Formation Along the Thailand-Burma Borderland’. Her current research includes a project on ‘Governing the virus: Borders, Bio-power and Migrant Bodies in Thailand’, and one on animals crossing borders and the politics of commodities, pathogens and human-animal relations in the Southeast Asian Borderland with a grant from the National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO). 

Chanatporn Limprapoowiwattana earned her PhD in Political Science 2020 from l’Université de Lausanne in Switzerland, with financial support from the Swiss Government. Her doctoral thesis was titled ‘Transnational Standardisation and the Global Production Network of Organic Rice: A Case Study of Thai Buddhist Connectivity.’ She is currently a post-doctoral researcher in CSDS researching on the urban political ecology and agri-food production networks of Bangkok City. This research seeks to understand how different practices of urban agriculture shape and reimagine the city. Overall, she is interested in exploring human-nature relationships and interactions in the context of political ecology and global food governance. 

Orapan Pratomlek is the project coordinator for CSDS. She holds a MA in International-NGO Studies from the Faculty of Social Sciences, SungKongHoe University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Her interest and work focus on issues related to the environment, social development, human rights, and empowerment. Her recent projects with CSDS have included: water governance research and a fellowship program on the Salween River; flooding and displacement in Hat Yai City, Southern Thailand; water governance and access to water in Hakha Town, Chin State, Myanmar; and on community-based tourism in Thailand recovering from COVID.  

Anisa Widyasari is currently leading the communications work for CSDS. She finished her LLM degree from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Aside from preparing the communications materials for all CSDS’ project, she is also directly contributing to CSDS’ research and providing legal perspective, mainly on the issues related to water diplomacy and transboundary water governance. Prior to joining CSDS, she worked as Advocacy Officer for Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), where she led in the legal analysis of policies affecting press freedom and freedom of expression in Southeast Asia. 

Thianchai Surimas is a PhD student in International Development Studies and Doctoral Researcher at CSDS, Chulalongkorn University. His doctoral research examines hydropolitics in the Ing River, Northern Thailand. The research aims to reveal multiple ontologies of water and its ontological politics, and to understand tensions and cooperation between multiple ontologies of water among networks of human and non-human things that are involved in water-related conflicts. The research employs a hydrosocial perspective as an analytic approach. Thianchai’s research interests include environmental justice, environmental politics and policy, climate change, migration, livelihoods, development and socio-environmental change. 

Sara K. Phillips is a Doctoral Researcher with the CSDS, where her work focuses on resource development decision-making, investigating how the law enables structural inequalities that lead to mining conflicts. At Chulalongkorn University, her doctoral research examines how actors utilize norms to shape the resource development lifecycle. Sara is a Visiting Lecturer with the Center for Global Law and Policy at Santa Clara University and a Doctoral Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute. She is a qualified attorney and holds a J.D. from Vermont Law School, an LL.M. from McGill University, and a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

Ma. Josephine Therese Emily G. Teves is a third-year doctoral candidate in International Development Studies in the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University. She is also a research fellow on the NUS-ARI Graduate Student and Online Training and Mentorship Programme on Human Rights and Peace Research for 2021. Her research examines the impacts of agrarian reform initiatives to Philippine Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs), including the impact of Japan ODA’s farm-to-market infrastructure provision in agricultural development, ARBs’ right to land, the skewed land distribution in the Philippines, and challenges of impact evaluation of infrastructure aspect in agrarian reform programs. 

Thita Ornin has interests in sustainability, peace, and social and personal well-being. She has experience in research and program development and execution in various areas including sustainable consumption and production, sustainable agriculture and livelihoods, labour rights, and urban and rural livelihoods. Thita is currently a Program Officer for the Professional Development Program on Peace and Development Studies at the Rotary Peace Center, and a PhD Candidate in International Development Studies, Chulalongkorn University. Her PhD thesis is titled ‘Post-Development and Post-Growth through the Dynamics of Alternative Agriculture Movements in Thailand’, through which she aims to contribute to understanding alternatives that can be transformative of development studies. 

Thanawat Bremard is a doctoral student from the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development based both in the Joint Research Unit “Water Management, Actors, Territories” in Montpellier, France and in the CSDS, Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand. With a background in socio-anthropology, he has been working on issues of water governance in Thailand since 2017, with a particular focus on the Bangkok Metropolitan Region for his thesis. His current research focuses on the politics of groundwater and subsidence governance, the spatialized decision-making around flood governance in eastern Bangkok and the institutional interplay around urban river governance. 

Promoting POLLEN collaboration 

Do you write with other members of POLLEN?
To gain visibility for collaborations across our network, we invite you to consider adding something along these lines to your acknowledgments: 
“This paper represents collaborative work with colleagues in the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN).”



Ajl, M. 2021, A people’s green new deal, Pluto Press,  <>

Carroll, WK. (ed.), 2021, Regime of Obstruction: How Corporate Power Blocks Energy Democracy, AU Press, Athabasca University, Canada.

Chandler, D., Müller, F., and Rothe, D. (eds.) 2021, International relations in the Anthropocene: New agendas, new agencies and new approaches, Palgrave Macmillan, <>

Horoshko, S, and Thompson, M. 2021, Wet: An Anthology of Water Poems and  Prose from the High Desert and Mountains of the Four Corners Region, Sharehouse Press, <;

Marco, A. 2021, Wasteocene: Stories from the global dump, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, < › core › elements › wasteocene>

Mc Garry, D., et al., 2021. ‘The Pluriversity for Stuck Humxns: A Queer EcoPedagogy & Decolonial School’,  In J. Russell (ed.), Queer Ecopedagogies: Explorations in Nature, Sexuality, and Education, Springer, International Explorations in Outdoor and Environmental Education book series, pp. 183-218.

Menton, M. & Le Billon, P. (eds.) 2021, Environmental Defenders: Deadly Struggles for Life and Territory, 1st edition, Routledge, <>

Tănăsescu, M. 2021, ‘The rights of nature as politics’, in DP. Corrigan & M. Oksanen (eds.), Rights of nature: A re-examination, 1st edition, Routledge, <ănăsescu>

Turhan, E. 2021, ‘Hands that adapt: Seasonal labour migration, climate change, and the making of adaptable subjects in Turkey’. In N. Natarajan & L. Parsons (eds.),  Climate Change in the Global Workplace: Labour, Adaptation, and Resistance, Routledge, pp. 110-128.

Watkins, C. 2021, Palm Oil Diaspora: Afro-Brazilian Landscapes and Economies on Bahia’s Dendê Coast, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge<>


Almeida, D.V. & Reyes, M.M., 2021, Why Ecuador’s Elections Matter to Ecological Struggles, Undisciplined Environments, 29 April,<>&nbsp;

Benoist, L., 2021, Green is the new brown: ecology in the metapolitics of the far right, Undisciplined Environments, 4 May,<>&nbsp;

Dunlap, A. 2021, Degrowth Care: Two commentaries worth mentioning, Terra Nullius: Repossessing the Existent, 19 May,

Dutta, A., Allen, J., Worsdell, T., Duffy, R., Kumar, K., Rai, N., Fischer, H., Shimray, G., Sherpa, P., 2021, Re-thinking the Global Safety Net: Local leadership in Global Conservation, Science Advances. Online e-letter, 14 May,<>;also accessible at <> 

Hope, J., 2021, Infrastructural Citizenship: A Case for Adding Political Ecology, 
Undisciplined Environments, 6 May, <

Leonardelli, I., López, G.G., & Fantini, E., 2021, Commoning through blogging: Reflections on our “Reimagining, remembering and recommoning water” series, Undisciplined Environments, 27 May,<

Luque-Lora, R. 2021, Convivial Conservation: book review and authors’ response, Political Ecology Network, 28 May, <

Mandorli, A., Witte, B., Sievers, E., Remmerswaal, L., Evers, N., Peet, V., Barca, S., & Venes, F., 2021, The curse of white gold?, Undisciplined Environments, 14 May, <>&nbsp;
Morrison, R. 2021, Ecological markets and capitalism in the 21st century, Wall Street International Magazine, 1 May,<

Schofield, D. 2021, Imbuing Notions of Climate Change Adaptation with Everyday Realities, Undisciplined Environments, 18 May,<>

Journal articles 

Apostolopoulou, E., Chatzimentor, A., Maestre-Andres, S., et al, 2021, ‘Reviewing 15 years of research on neoliberal conservation: Towards a decolonial, interdisciplinary, intersectional and community-engaged research agenda’, Geoforum, in press, <> 

Boafo, J. & Lyons, K., 2021, ‘The rhetoric and farmers’ lived realities of the green revolution in Africa: Case study of the Brong Ahafo region in Ghana’, Journal of Asian and African Studies, <https://doi-org/10.1177/00219096211019063> 

Benjaminsen, T. A. & Ba, B. 2021, ‘Fulani-Dogon killings in Mali: Farmer-herder conflicts as insurgency and counter insurgency’, African Security, <> 

Buran, S., Dedeoğlu, Ç., Kümbet, P. & Tuncel, Y. 2021, ‘Posthumanisms beyond disciplines’, Journal of Posthumanism, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-4,

Joslin, A. 2021. Labor as a Linchpin in Ecosystem Services Conservation: Appropriating Value from Collective Institutions? Capitalism Nature Socialism,<>&nbsp;

Koot, S. & Fletcher, R. 2021, ‘Donors on tour: Philanthrotourism in Africa’, Annals of Tourism Research, Vol 89,

Movik, S., Benjaminsen, T.A. & Richardson, T. 2021, ‘Making maps, making claims: the politics and practices of visualisation in environmental governance’, Landscape Research, Vol. 46, No. 2, pp. 143-151 <DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2021.1879034> 

Siriwardane-de Zoysa, R. 2021, ‘Decolonizing Seascapes: Imaginaries and Silences on an Island Hub’, Postcolonial Interventions, Vol. VI, No. I,


Royal Anthropological Society conference 

The 2020 Royal Anthropological Society conference will be held 25 to 29 October 2021 online with a theme  of Anthropology and Conservation. A panel on “Market-Based Instruments for Conservation and Indigenous Peoples”,  panel P063 is soliciting papers. All proposals must be made via the online form by 2 July 2021, and decisions will be conveyed to proposers by 16 July.

The direct link for this panel is 

Papers should be approximately 15 minutes long, and proposals should consist of a title, a (very) short abstract of <300 characters, and an abstract of 250 words. 

Journal of Posthumanism invites contributions to the second issue of the Journal of Posthumanism, an  international peer-reviewed scholarly journal promoting innovative work to transverse the fields ranging from  social sciences, humanities, and arts to medicine and STEM. 

Submission Deadline: 2 August 2021 

All submissions should follow the latest guidelines of APA style referencing. You are welcome to submit full-length papers (5000-6000 words), commentaries (1000-2000 words), book reviews, interviews, and artistic works. 

Please direct any queries about the journal to 

More information at  

Palgrave Handbook of Southern Green Criminology invites chapter proposals. 

This handbook is the ultimate collection of essays reflecting the growth and diversity of Southern Green  Criminology. Therefore, this call seeks to attract original thinkers from the Global South who are creators and  carriers of Southern epistemologies. Additionally, this publication pursues ethnic, gender and geographical  representativity.  

If you are interested, please send an abstract of between 120 and 200 words as soon as possible to The latest submission deadline is 1st July 2021. 

The complete first drafts are due March 20, 2022 and the total word length is between 7.000 and 8.000 words. 


Territorial Conflicts in Patagonia: Extractivism and the Struggle for Buen Vivir 
On 3rd June during 7:00-8:30 pm (BST). Online event. 
A bilingual gathering with speakers from Patagonia 
Organised by Argentina Solidarity Campaign. 
More info and free registration here: 

Invitation for a book review 

Climate Change Justice and Global Resource Common
Local and Global Postcolonial Political Ecologies 

By Shangrila Joshi 

The book engages in a multi-scalar political ecological analysis of the climate crisis and seeks to articulate a geography of climate justice. It presents a layered analysis of the global and local politics of climate change, including case studies featuring India and Nepal.  

The publisher offers a complimentary copy for review. Any interested reviewers could directly contact, Matt Shobbrook, Editorial Assistant: for a complimentary copy of the book (print or digital). 


4 PhD positions at Wageningen University: Living rivers and new water justice movements 

Are you interested in understanding how different actors know, value, and strive to shape river systems in diverging ways? Do you want to learn specifically about approaches for enlivening rivers that are promoted by grassroots water justice movements? Then this could be the perfect PhD opportunity for you! 
The Water Resources Management (WRM) Group at Wageningen University is looking for four highly motivated candidates who want to engage with rivers, environmental justice, and social movements in Europe and Latin America in a transdisciplinary, cross-cultural and collaborative way. It promises to be an exciting collaborative research project! For more information, see: 

Other news items

The Wageningen Political Ecology PhD summer school, to be held online 21-30 June 2021, with the theme: Authoritarian Natures? Political Ecologies of Post-Truth, the State and Social Ruptures – 3 ECTS 

Confirmed lecturer-facilitators: Rob Fletcher (Wageningen), Mindi Schneider (Wageningen), Leila Harris (British Columbia), Ariadne Collins (St Andrews), Erik Swyngedouw (Manchester), Rob Coates (Wageningen), Laila Sandroni (ESALQ, São Paulo), Esha Shah (Wageningen), Garrett Graddy-Lovelace (American), Bram Büscher (Wageningen), and Farhana Sultana (Syracuse). 

One 2.5-hour session/day (from 15.30 or 16.00 CEST) over eight days.  

Register at 

The University of Barcelona School of Economics is organizing a summer school on Ecological and Feminist Macroeconomics held during 12-16 July 2021.  

If you are interested in pluralist economics and new economics, you can’t miss this course! Some of the best  scholars from both ecological and  feminist economics will introduce the topics and present their cutting-edge research. 

Registration is open until 11 June 2021 at 

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