October 2021 Updates

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends, 

This month we are delighted to introduce another POLLEN node, at the University of St. Andrews. Our nodes and members continue to grow, and we invite your inputs!  If your node is keen to feature its work in upcoming newsletters, please write to us at politicalecologynetwork@gmail.com. It’s a great way to share and generate dialogue around your work. As always, we are happy to share latest publications, CfPs and more from our lively community. We also welcome proposals for blog posts on the POLLEN blog – please contact us at the same email address with any ideas!

Please note that the deadline of the call for proposals for POLLEN Biannual Conference 2022 has been extended to 15 December 2021.
You can check the submission details here: 
We have received a number of calls for paper for POLLEN 2022 from among the network. You can find out more below or visit this link here:

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

POLLEN 2022 Calls for Proposals and Papers

As the deadline for POLLEN 2022 session proposal is extended, the papers must be submitted to each session organizers listed in the link prior to 15 December 2021. Please visit: https://pollen2022.com/cfp-expression-of-interest/ and contact the session organizers for more information.

Current list of proposed sessions

Klara Fischer, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences: Klara.fischer@slu.se
Sheona Shackleton, African Climate& Development Initiative, University of Cape Town
Flora Hajdu, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Klara Fischer, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences: Klara.fischer@slu.se
Maya Marshak, Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town
Rachel Wynberg, Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town

Asunción Blanco-Romero, Universitat Autònomade Barcelona: asuncion.blanco@uab.cat
Macià Blázquez-Salom, Universitat de les Illes Balears: mblazquez@uib.cat
Robert Fletcher, Wageningen University: robert.fletcher@wur.nl

Dr. Riccarda Flemmer, FU Berlin: riccarda-flemmer@fu-berlin.de
Dr. CharlotteSchumann, FU Berlin: charlotte.schumann@fu-berlin.de

Getting to know your fellow POLLEN members

Each monthly newsletter includes a brief introduction to one of our many POLLEN nodes, to build connections across our community. This month we would like to introduce you to our node at the University of St. Andrews.

POLLEN node at University of St. Andrews! 


This recently established POLLEN node at the University of St Andrews spans across the School of Geography and Sustainable Development, International Relations, History, and Social Anthropology. It brings together researchers of a variety of disciplinary backgrounds driven by a shared fascination in power relations that shape the environment, as well as in decolonial and more-than-human approaches to the global burdens of our time. As part of the international political ecology network, the St Andrews node looks forward to exchanging experiences, ideas, and knowledge beyond disciplines, institutions, and borders.

Node members 

Dr Cornelia Helmcke is Associate Lecturer in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development. Her research focuses on large-scale renewable energy development and environmental conflict in Colombia. She is fascinated by the interplay of the renewable industry and extractive infrastructure, as well as the sustainable development and peace agenda– both materially and discursively. She holds a PhD in International Environment and Development Studies from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, for which she studied the environmental knowledges produced around a mega-dam project in the South of Colombia and the transformations of place that they entailed.

Alejandra Pizarro Choy is a PhD student at the School of Geography and Sustainable Development, exploring the geopolitical ecology of international funding for counter wildlife trafficking conservation programmes in Peru. She is also a research assistant for The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship in Infrastructure and Sustainable Communities exploring infrastructure-led development, socio-spatial and socio-ecological transformation, and inequality in China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Alejandra is interested in exploring human-nature relationships in capitalist societies, power dynamics between geopolitical environmental actors, the political ecology of conservation and the potential for radical post-capitalism alternatives.

Dr Mike Simpson is a lecturer in the School of Geography & Sustainable Development at St Andrews, where he teaches a module called “The Nature of Political Ecology.” His research focuses on the political ecologies of settler colonialism, urban geography, and fossil fuel infrastructures in North America. His published work can be found in peer reviewed journals such as, The Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Geoforum, Political Geography, Urban Geography, Environment & Planning D, and Environment & Planning E.

Dr Milinda Banerjee is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of St Andrews, and Programme Director for the MLitt Global Social and Political Thought. He is the author of The Mortal God: Imagining the Sovereign in Colonial India (Cambridge University Press, 2018), and has co-edited volumes on monarchy and nationalism, global legal thought, and refugee history. He is currently researching on human-nonhuman relations in South Asia, and has co-authored a short book with JelleWouters, urging for the revitalization of Subaltern Studies perspectives, to address the climate/ Anthropocene crisis. It will be published by Prickly Paradigm Press in 2022. Banerjee is founder-editor of the book series ‘South Asian Intellectual History’ (Cambridge University Press), ‘Critical Readings in Global Intellectual History’ (De Gruyter), and ‘Transregional Practices of Power’ (De Gruyter). He is Special Projects Editor of the journal Political Theology (Routledge).

Dr Jessica Hope is Lecturer in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development. She contributes to political ecology by investigating the politics, power relations and conflicts that determine emerging environmental and development agendas. She is particularly interested in the politics of radical alternatives and the ways that transformative socio-environmental paths are voiced, supported or foreclosed. Her empirical focus is Bolivia.

Dr Ariadne Collins is a Lecturer in International Relations. Her work lies at the intersection of climate change governance, environmental policy and international development. More specifically, she analyzes the interplay between market-based conservation and post-colonial development. Her work features an emphasis on processes of racialization and histories of colonialism, and their challenge to the successful enactment of forest governance policies in the Global South.

Dr Luis Andueza is a Research Fellow in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development. He is aHuman Geographer with a background in Anthropology.His research interests centre on critical theory, and the political ecology of uneven development, extraction, and moral economies in Latin America. His current research focuses on the cultural values associated to Amazonian peatlands in Perú, and how these shape local interactions and conflicts with oil extraction and associated infrastructures in the region.

Professor Ali Watson issituated in International Relations. Originally trained as a macroeconomist at the University of Dundee, during her time at St Andrews her focus in teaching and research has increasingly been based around an examination of the rights of marginalised actors and communities. This includes a large body of work on the place of children in the international system including a call, in 2006, for International Relations as a discipline to recognise the significance of children and their childhoods as sites of knowledge. This interest in sites of political agency has extended also to an examination of craft as a resistance practice and to home as a site of political resistance.

Dr Jo Mhairi Hale is a lecturer in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development. Her PhD is in Sociology with a focus on social stratification and health disparities, but she has degrees in psychology, gender studies, and sustainable communities and a postdoc in demography, demonstrating her longstanding interest in working transdisciplinarily and using both qualitative and quantitative methods. All of her research focuses on how exposure to structural inequalities (especially racial/ethnic and socioeconomic) accumulate over the life course and lead to inequities in life outcomes.

Anna Macphie is a PhD student in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development exploring the ways in which humans impact the palm swamp peatlands of Peruvian Amazonia through the harvest of the fruits of the Mauritia flexuosa palm. Her research is interdisciplinary, combining natural and social science methods to investigate ecosystem changes across spatial and temporal gradients. Anna is interested in exploring the relationship and interface between people and nature, particularly regarding the uses of natural resources and the provision of ecosystem services, and how these concepts can be used to inform and assist sustainable development and conservation efforts.

David Humphrey is PhD student in Social Anthropology. He studies the professional practice of officials who are responsible for converting the northeast Indian state of Sikkim into a ‘total organic farming state’. He examines how these officials negotiate shifting ideological terrain, from green revolution to sustainable agricultural technologies, both ‘traditional’ and ‘scientific’; from a heavily state-dependent agricultural sector towards market ideologies, and from a conception of Sikkim as ‘innocent’ and ‘backward’ to an attempt to embrace the value and values inherent in place. He comes to this research from a background in international development, which has stimulated an interest in how professionals locate themselves with respect to their organisational and ideological context.

Dr Antje Brown is a lecturer in Sustainable Development. Her main discipline is in Politics with a Politics degree from Glasgow and a PhD in Politics from Stirling. She published a number of articles and chapters on environmental politics and policy and considers political ecology as a natural home. In recent years she has been focusing environmental policy discourse, framing and implementation; her current interests lie in Scottish environmental politics and nuclear energy.

Dr Louise Reid is a Human Geographer working in the area of sustainable practices with a particular interest in the processes through which these influences and are influenced by everyday household life. Increasingly, her focus surrounds the role of digital and smart technologies within these relations across empirical areas such as energy demand, care and wellbeing. For instance, Dr Reid has led projects on Low Carbon Smart Homes (ESRC Future Research Leaders Project) ‘Homes that Care’ (RSE Fellowship) and involved in BeWell: Behaviour Well-being, Environment and Life (ESRC/BBSRC/MRC).

Bennett Collins is PhD student in International Relations.His thesis research centres on the settler colonial state and the role of public works in the continued dispossession of Indigenous nations from lands and waters. The thesis unpacks settler colonial ontological understandings of land and water as instruments of white settler enrichment and Indigenous dispossession and annihilation, using three separate yet overlapping and interconnected eras of public works to exemplify this: the establishment and proliferation of national parks; the birth of New Deal-inspired large dams and reservoirs; and the arrival of climate disaster risk reduction infrastructure.

Professor Nina Laurie is a Human Geographer with interests in issues of development and identity andalong standing record of living and researching in the Andean countries of Latin America. She actively engages in interdisciplinary projects with scientists, including physical geographers. She is currently working in two regions in Peru. In the northern coastal region she is working with local Universities and the NGO PRISMA on ‘Farming and Fishing in the Desert’, investigating the impact of climate change on El Niño-related livelihoods. In Amazonia she is working with colleagues in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development and the Peruvian Institute of Amazonian Studies (IIAP) to support indigenous livelihoods in tropical peatland.

Dr Rehema White is Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development. She works on knowledge and sustainable development (including learning for sustainability, research modes); governance of natural resources (including multi-level collaboration, global North-South links, roles of community); and sustainability in practice (recently golf and tree health). She explores integrative analysis and novel links across these different fields, drawing on her experiences across the natural and social sciences. Much of my recent work involves gathering academics, practitioners and policy makers in innovative ways to co-design collaborative solutions to specific sustainability challenges.

Dr Charlotte Lee is Associate Lecturer in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development.



Böhm, S. andSullivan, S.(eds.) 2021. Negotiating Climate Change in Crisis. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers,

Calvário, R., Kaika, M. and Velegrakis, G. (eds) 2021. The political ecology of austerity: Crisis, social movements and the environment.Routledge, <https://doi-org.virtual.anu.edu.au/10.4324/9781003036265>. 

García-López, G.A. 2021. Commoning Labour, Labouring the Commons: Centring the Commons in Environmental Labour Studies. In N. Räthzel, D. Stevis, and D. Uzzell (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Environmental Labour Studies, pp. 389-414. London: Palgrave Macmillan, <https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-71909-8_17&gt;.


Andreucci, D. and Zografos, C. 2021. ‘On the racist humanism of climate action’, Undisciplined Environments, 5 October,

Buonanno, R. 2021.‘Dune and the Inhuman Agency of Commoning’, Undisciplined Environments, 12 October,<https://undisciplinedenvironments.org/2021/10/12/dune-and-the-inhuman-agency-of-commoning/&gt;.

Jang, H. and Thomas, K. 2021.‘On being loved to death: The tourism, black pig and groundwater nexus on Jeju Island’. Undisciplined Environments, 14 September,  <https://undisciplinedenvironments.org/2021/09/14/on-being-loved-to-death-the-tourism-black-pig-and-groundwater-nexus-on-jeju-island/&gt;.

Kaczyński, M. and Ewa, M. 2021.‘Narrating political ecologies through film: An interview with documentary filmmaker Taylor Rees’, Undisciplined Environments, 29 July,<https://undisciplinedenvironments.org/2021/07/29/an-interview-with-documentary-filmmaker-taylor-freesolo-rees/&gt;.

Mabele, MB., Sandroni, LT., Collins, YA., and Rubis, J. 2021. ‘What do we mean by decolonising conservation? A response to Lanjouw 2021’, Conviva research, 7 October,<https://conviva-research.com/what-do-we-mean-by-decolonizing-conservation-a-response-to-lanjouw-2021/&gt;.

Mahanty, S. 2021. ‘Project profile for the Lower Sesan 2 dam, Cambodia’, The People’s Map of Global China, 4 October,<https://thepeoplesmap.net/project/lower-sesan-2-dam/&gt;.

Mamonova, N. 2021. ‘Rural Connections of Populism in Central and Eastern Europe’. Undisciplined Environments, 27 July.<https://undisciplinedenvironments.org/2021/07/27/rural-connections-of-populism-in-central-and-eastern-europe/&gt;.

Oliveira, M. and Archidiachono, S. 2021. ‘Autogestión, reclaiming the right to self-management of water’, Undisciplined Environments, 19 October, <https://undisciplinedenvironments.org/2021/10/19/autogestion-reclaiming-the-right-to-self-management-of-water/>* Spanish version here.

The Zetkin Collective. 2021. ‘White Skin, Black Fuel: On the Danger of Fossil Fascism’, Undisciplined Environments, 7 September,<https://undisciplinedenvironments.org/2021/09/07/white-skin-black-fuel-on-the-danger-of-fossil-fascism/&gt;.

Verweijen, J. and Vikanza, PK. 2021. ‘Blog series on socio-environmental struggles in North-eastern DR Congo’, Governance in Conflict Network, 20 September,<https://www.gicnetwork.be/blog-series-on-environmental-and-livelihoods-defenders-in-north-eastern-dr-congo/&gt;.

Journal articles 

Andreucci, D., and Zografos, C. 2021. ‘Between improvement and sacrifice: Othering and the (bio) political ecology of climate change’. Political Geography, vol 92, <https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0962629821001724&gt;.

Apostolopoulou, E. 2021. ‘A novel geographical research agenda on Silk Road urbanisation’. The Geographical Journal, <https://doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12412&gt;.

Arora-Jonsson, S., Colfer, CP., and Gonalez-Hidalgo, M. 2021.‘Seeing the Quiet Politics in Unquiet Woods: A different vantage point for a future forest agenda’, Human Ecology, vol. 49, pp. 297-308, <https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-021-00233-0&gt;.

Arora-Jonsson, S., and Larsson, O. 2021.‘Lives in limbo: Migrant integration and rural governance in Sweden’, Journal of Rural Studies, vol. 82, pp. 19-28.<https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.01.010>.

Chakraborty, R., and Sherpa, PY. 2021. ‘From climate adaptation to climate justice: Critical reflections on the IPCC and Himalayan climate knowledges’, Climatic Change, vol. 167, no. 49, <https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-021-03158-1&gt;.

Mehleb, R.I., Kallis, G. and Zografos, C., 2021. ‘A discourse analysis of yellow-vest resistance against carbon taxes’, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, vol. 40, pp. 382-394, <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2021.08.005>.

Powell, S., and Arora-Jonsson, S. 2021.‘The conundrums of formal and informal meritocracy: dealing with gender segregation in the academy’, Higher Education. <https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-021-00719-2&gt;.

Schoon, M., Chapman, M., Loos, J., Ifejika Speranza, C., Carr Kelman, C., Aburto, J., Alexander, S., Baggio, J., Brady, U., Cockburn, J., Cundill, G., García-López, G.A., Hill, R., Robinson, C., Thondhlana, G., Trimble, M., and Whittaker, D. 2021. ‘On the frontiers of collaboration and conflict: How context influences the success of collaboration’. Ecosystems and People, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 383-399. <https://doi.org/10.1080/26395916.2021.1946593&gt;.

Siriwardane-de Zoysa, R., Sondang, I.F., and Ganda Purnama, A. 2021. ‘Opto-Haptic Fieldwork Encounters in Pandemic Southeast Asia’, Fieldsights, Members’ Voices,<https://culanth.org/fieldsights/opto-haptic-fieldwork-encounters-in-pandemic-southeast-asia&gt;.

Tormos-Aponte, F., García-López, G.A., and Painter, M.A. 2021. ‘Energy inequality and clientelism in the wake of disasters: From colorblind to affirmative power restoration’, Energy Policy, vol. 158,<https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2021.112550&gt;.

Trentanovi G., Zinzani A., Bartoletti R., Montanari F. 2021. ‘Contested novel ecosystems: socio-ecological processes and evidence from Italy’, Environmental Development, pp. 1-13,

Villamayor-Tomas, S., and García-López, G.A. 2021. ‘Commons Movements: Old and New Trends in Rural and Urban Contexts’, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, vol. 46. <https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-012220-102307&gt;.

Zaga Mendez, A., Bissonnette, J-F., Kolinjivadi, V., Cleaver, F., and Dupras, J. 2021. ‘Towards collective action in ecosystem service governance: The recognition of social interdependencies in three agri-environmental initiatives in Quebec’, Ecosystem Services, vol.  51, <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2021.101357>.

Call for papers

1) World BiodiversityForum 2022

Call for abstracts: a session (A3a) about interdisciplinary discourses on biodiversity values (see abstract below). Deadline of abstracts for oral and poster contributions: 21 November 2021


It is a truism that biodiversity is valuable for people and societies, which is exemplified by the slogan “Biodiversity means Life” of a travelling exhibition that toured Switzerland in recent years. While it is clear that the slogan highlights that Biodiversity is valuable, it is not clear what values people attribute to biodiversity and how they would justify and explain these attributions. Values are rarely shared by all people, rather they are often contested and supported by different rationales and justifications.

In this session, the organizers want to discuss different aspects of the valuation of biodiversity such as different types of values, different methods to assess biodiversity values, and different ways to highlight them in the environmental discourse. By bringing together different perspectives on these issues, an inter- and trans-disciplinary discourse on biodiversity values is triggered.

The contributions should address the following questions:
• Which values are prominent in biodiversity research, which are less heard of?
• Which actor groups are responsive to what kind of values?
• What is the role of values in the governance, communication, scientific studies and conservation of biodiversity?
• How are values justified?
For more details, please visit: https://www.worldbiodiversityforum.org/en/abstracts
Email: Norman Backhaus <norman.backhaus@geo.uzh.ch>

2) Special Issue of Sustainability, entitled “Societal Dynamics in Multiple-Use Landscapes”, will investigate how land-use conflicts are managed, and how co-existence between stakeholders is possible in multiple-use landscapes.

Landscapes are dynamic in space and time, depending on natural and anthropogenic drivers of change. Therefore, people perceive, understand and use landscapes in many different ways: landscapes provide natural resources and deliver a diversity of ecosystem services, but they are also manifestations of cultural heritage and are affected by land-use planning. These perceptions can differ between involved stakeholder groups and may result in competing interest show, for what and for whom landscapes are managed.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022

Contact guest editors:
Dr. Tim Horstkotte (tim.horstkotte@umu.se)
Dr. ÉliseLépy (elise.lepy@oulu.fi)

3) Special Issue call for papers, Liin cem Revistavol. 18 no. 1 (May 2022)
Dossier Title: Challenges of Social Sciences in the Anthropocene

  • Philippe Léna (Researcher Emeritus of the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement -IRD) and
  • Liz-Rejane Issberner (Researcher at the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology-IBICT and Professor at PPGCI-IBICT / UFRJ)

The Anthropocene is the time when human actions are capable of destabilizing the Earth system, causing global warming, rising sea levels, loss of biodiversity, water scarcity, among other catastrophes. The notion of the Anthropocene unquestionably opens up the entry of social and human sciences into the territory of natural sciences. These now describe a component of the ‘world-ecology’ (Moore), an irreducibly hybrid object of which societies are a part. The notion of the Anthropocene questions the Western philosophical legacy and the founding myths of modernity that have led us to this situation of imminent global danger.

Thus, taking as reference this double thematic anchorage, the Anthropocene and the informational dynamics, the Liin cem Revista opens a call for papers endowed with an interdisciplinary vision on the following topics:

  • Scientific negationism, climate negationism, production of ignorance, disinformation
  • Scientific paradigm and culture
  • Social and environmental justice
  • Democracy and ecological movements, civilizational alternatives
  • Diversity, Indigenous Peoples, ethnocide
  • Decolonial insurgencies
  • Ecofeminism
  • Latin America and the geopolitics of knowledge-power
  • Amazonian Horizons
  • Environmental Policies
  • Eco-innovations
  • Eco-political consumption

Submission deadline: 28 February 2022
Author guidelines and more information:

Call for applications 

Dartmouth College invites applications for a Guarini Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Black Geographies/ US Black Studies. The College is interested in scholars in the social sciences whose work produces or advances theories concerning placemaking, Black liberation, and/or the dismantling of racial capitalism within the historical and contemporary context of US society. This is a two-year residential fellowship, with one course taught in the second year. Throughout, fellows are expected to pursue research activities while participating fully in the intellectual life of the Program in African and African American Studies, the Geography Department, and the college. Fellows receive an annual stipend of approximately $55,200 plus benefits and an allocation for research expenses (exact funding levels will be set at the time of offer).

Application materials

  1. Cover letter, including overview of research areas and teaching interests; we also invite candidates to describe past accomplishments and future goals related to the growth and support of a diverse community of students and scholars, and your motivations to join this multidisciplinary fellowship program;
  2. CV;
  3. Dissertation description (maximum two pages single spaced) and one writing sample;
  4. Names of three recommenders who can provide a letter upon request, one of these should be the dissertation advisor.

Review of applications will begin 22 January 2022 and continue until 15 February 2022. Please submit to Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/96610).

Webinar series on decolonial research methods

While the popularisation of a coherent decolonial paradigm may be one of the most significant developments within academia in recent years, there has not been enough focus on the implications of this ‘decolonial turn’ for research methods and methodologies. In this webinar series, eminent decolonial experts will reflect on some of the key issues relating to the coloniality/decoloniality of academic research methods and methodologies. This webinar series will prompt academic researchers to explore the ways in which academic research may either reinforce or dislodge colonial discourses.

Prof Vineeta Sinha (National University of Singapore)

26th October 2021
Rio de Janeiro: 05:00 ~ Cape Town: 10:00 ~ Tehran: 11:30 ~ Jakarta: 15:00

Prof Linda T. Smith (Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi)

2nd November 2021
Rio de Janeiro: 03:00 ~ Cape Town: 08:00 ~ Tehran: 9:30 ~ Jakarta: 13:00

Prof Raewyn Connell (University of Sydney)

9th November 2021
Rio de Janeiro: 04:00 ~ Cape Town: 09:00 ~ Tehran: 10:30 ~ Jakarta: 14:00

Prof Walter Mignolo (Duke University)

23rd November 2021
Rio de Janeiro: 11:00 ~ Cape Town: 16:00 ~ Tehran: 17:30 ~ Jakarta: 21:00

Prof Sujata Patel (Umeå University)

30th November 2021
Rio de Janeiro: 05:00 ~ Cape Town: 10:00 ~ Tehran: 11:30 ~ Jakarta: 15:00

Prof Jeong-Eun Rhee (Long Island University, Post)

7th December 2021
Rio de Janeiro: 09:00 ~ Cape Town: 14:00 ~ Tehran: 15:30 ~ Jakarta: 19:00

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/decolonial-research-methods-webinar-series-tickets-175333205337

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