February 2022 Updates

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends, 

This month we are delighted to feature the great work of another POLLEN node, the Political Ecology and Landscape Governance research group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). If your node is keen to share your work in upcoming newsletters, please write to us at politicalecologynetwork@gmail.com.

As always, we are pleased to post the latest publications, jobs, 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! Do check out our latest blog post on “How EU public money finances environmental sacrifice: A call for change” by Alexander Dunlap here.

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 our many POLLEN nodes, to build connections across our community. This month we would like to introduce you to our node at The Political Ecology and Landscape Governance research group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

The Political Ecology and Landscape Governance research group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)


The Political Ecology and Landscape Governance research group at NTNU works across this geographical sub-field, with multi-scalar research on power relations, knowledge systems, conservation science and politics, environmental governance, and policy. We have a particular emphasis across our projects on identifying and challenging how parallel debates about the local and the global, materiality and representations, knowledge, power, justice, and democracy can mutually inform both political ecology and critical landscape research.

We are an interdisciplinary team conducting research in countries around the world, including Norway, Tanzania, Ecuador, Indonesia, the United States, and Finland; our networks extend within and beyond these locales. Our group is actively involved in the POLLEN network, the Cultural and Political Ecology specialty group of the American Association of Geographers, and the Nordic Geography community. Our research engages across the Department of Geography’s four strategic areas: Nature, resource management and landscape, Natural hazards and effects of climate change, Globalization, mobility and citizenship; and Innovation and regional changes. 

NTNU Node members

Node members 

Dr. Elizabeth Barron
Dr. Barron’s research interests are broadly on understanding different knowledge systems for addressing human-environment challenges in the areas of conservation and resource management, alternative economics, and sustainability. She worked extensively on social and institutional dimensions of fungal conservation as part of her PhD and postdoctoral work. Her current research is on place-based sustainability theory and practice, where she is developing the concept of emplaced sustainability and the associated emplacement framework. She also serves as the group leader for the Political Ecology and Landscape Governance research group in the department. From 2018-2022 she is a coordinating lead author for the IPBES Assessment on the Sustainable Use of Wild Species. 

Professor Karoline Daugstad
Karoline Daugstad is professor in social geography with landscape geography as a focus area. Her research interests cover representations of landscape, landscape policies and management, cultural heritage in tourism, mountain farming, protected landscapes, and natural resource management. Perspectives of landscape governance is included in her research. The research has mainly taken place in a Norwegian context, but she has also undertaken studies in mountain communities in Austria and northern Spain.

Dr. Jørund Aasetre
Dr. Jørund Aasetre is an Associate Professor at Department of Teacher Education (70%) and Department of Geography (30%), at NTNU. At Geography Aasetre teaches Environmental Geography and co-ordinates their part of the international master program on nature resources management (MSNARM). At Department for Teacher Education, he teaches new geography teachers. As a researcher Aasetre has worked with several issues on nature management in Norway, such as forest recreation and forest history, nature restoration, conservation management, large predators as well as Salomon fjords. In addition, he does research on Environmental Education in Ethiopia and South Sudan in cooperation with PhD candidates.

Professor Gunhild Setten
Gunhild Setten is a professor of human geography at NTNU. Her research interests include human-nature relationships, moral geography, environmental practices, plants and alien species, outdoor recreation, social cohesion, and community dynamics. Her research works have been published in journals such as Cultural Geographies, Geoforum, Landscape Research, Geografiska Annaler Series B, Land Use Policy, Gender, Place and Culture, Norwegian Journal of Geography, Environment and Planning A, and International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Professor Setten has also published with Routledge, Elsevier, Ashgate and Springer. Her professional networks are mainly based in Australia, Sweden and the UK.

Professor Haakon Lein
Haakon Lein is a professor in human geography at the department of geography NTNU. His main research interests are related to rural livelihoods and access to natural resources especially water and land/biodiversity. This has mainly been explored based on experiences from fieldwork in communities in Bangladesh, China (Xinjiang) and Tanzania. He is currently involved in research on climate change and environmental risks in highland communities in Norway and East Africa.

Professor Ståle Angen Rye
Professor Ståle Angen Rye is a human geographer, and his works focuses on globalization and innovation studies. His teaching and research focus on (i) citizens involvement in natural resource governance and (ii) youth’s participation in urban and societal development. Globalization, transnational relations, and citizenship are all central dimensions. The empirical foundation for his work is Norway and Indonesia, but he also has field experiences from several African countries. In addition to political participation, He has researched international higher education and the use of Internet in transnational knowledge networks.

Dr. Diana Raquel Vela Almeida
Diana is a senior researcher in the Department of Geography at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a member of the Collective of Critical Geography in Ecuador. Diana has written on extractivism and social transformations, resource geography, austerity and political ecology, ecological struggles and territorial defense from feminism, local reproductive economies and a critique of the green capitalism of the new green transition proposals globally. She is currently working on the project “Environmental Policy Instruments across Commodity Chains (EPICC): Comparing multi-level governance for Biodiversity Protection and Climate Action in Brazil, Colombia, and Indonesia” to map the governance and power links that connect the multiple territories of production of mineral and food commodities in Brazil, Colombia and Indonesia exported to Europe and their plural legal systems with the European regulatory, political and socio-economic space. Diana also is an associate editor of Uneven Earth media and an International Board member of the Journal of Latin American Geography. 

Dr Teklehaymanot G. Weldemichel
Teklehaymanot G. Weldemichel is human geographer with a research interest in topics around political ecology, environmental justice, conservation and development politics and policies, state violence, and the broader discourses of sustainable development. Teklehaymanot has written and published research works on Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. His current research work, among others, focuses on the analysis of the translation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals into urban planning and practice in Norway.

Michael Ogbe
Michael Ogbe is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). His PhD is within the fields of Geographic Information Science and Natural Resource Management. Specifically, he is researching Spatial Crowdsourcing and Citizen Participation in the management of Petroleum revenue in Ghana. He has a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Development Studies, specializing in Geography from NTNU, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Resource Development from the University of Ghana, Legon.

Professor Päivi Lujala
Päivi Lujala is Professor of Human Geography and Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the University of Oulu, Finland, and Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian School of Economics, Norway. Her research focuses on two broad topics: management of valuable natural resources in the Global South and adaption to climate (change) related natural hazards. She has led several multidisciplinary projects on the links between primary commodity sector, development, and security, and she has published widely on these topics in top journals. Her current research on climate change focuses on climate migration in the Global South.

Dr. Sabrina Scherzer
Sabrina Scherzer has a background in economics and geography and is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Geography Research Unit at the University of Oulu, Finland. Her current research focuses on participation and accountability in the management of high-value natural resources and their revenues. During her doctoral research at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), she looked into community resilience to natural hazards in Norway. Sabrina also holds two master’s degrees from UK universities, one in Development Finance from the University of Reading and one in International Development from the University of Bath.

Ritah Kigonya
Ritah Kigonya is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Geography, NTNU. She has a background in forest sciences. Her research revolves around financial conservation measures including Payments for Ecosystem Services and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation. Her PhD study explores the use of biodiversity offsetting to finance protected area management. Her broader topics of interest are neoliberal conservation and natural resource management, especially incentive based conservation, and protected area management.

Dr. Solomon Zena Walelign
Solomon Zena Walelign is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, consultant at the World Bank, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Gondar. He completed a double Ph.D. in Environmental and Resource Economics at University of Copenhagen and in Forest Sciences at Georg-August University of Göttingen in January 2017. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Copenhagen, Visiting Scholar at the University of South Carolina, and University of California Berkeley. Solomon’s research is on livelihoods, poverty, natural resource management, land transaction, and climate change resettlement.



Mahanty, S. 2022. Unsettled Frontiers: market formation in the Cambodia-Vietnam borderlands. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. <https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501761485/unsettled-frontiers/#bookTabs=1>. (enter 09BCARD for a 30% discount)


Bori, P. J. and Gonda, N. 2022. ‘Hungary: The last smallholders Part I and II’. Agricultural and Rural Convention, 15 and 22 February, <https://www.arc2020.eu/hungary-the-last-smallholders/> <https://www.arc2020.eu/hungary-the-last-smallholders-part-ii/>.

Chambers, J. M., Massarella, K. and Fletcher, R. 2021. ‘How sharing and learning from failures can transform conservation’. Mongabay, 18 November, <https://news.mongabay.com/2021/11/not-sharing-and-learning-from-conservation-failures-ensures-future-mistakes-commentary/>.

Dunlap, A. 2022. ‘How EU public money finances environmental sacrifice: A call for change’. POLLEN, 27 February,

Hecken, G.V. and Kolinjivadi, V. 2021. ‘The “White Saviour” deal for nature’. Green European Journal, 30 December,<https://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/the-white-saviour-deal-for-nature/>.

Kolinjivadi, V. 2021. ‘Subverting imperial greenwashing: Thinking with and beyond “A People’s Green New Deal” for anti-imperialist organizing’. Uneven Earth, 30 December, <http://unevenearth.org/2021/12/subverting-imperial-greenwashing/&gt;.

Morrison, R. 2022. ‘Three climate change futures: Could we be heading for a dystopian polar existence?’. Wall Street Science and Technology, 1 February, <https://wsimag.com/science-and-technology/68244-three-climate-change-futures&gt;.

Ouma, S., Pissarskoi, E., Schopp, K. and Singo, L. 2022. ‘Beyond productivity: Reimagining futures of agriculture and bioeconomy’. Review of African Political Economy, 17 February, <https://roape.net/2022/02/17/beyond-productivity-reimagining-futures-of-agriculture-and-bioeconomy/&gt;.

Paolini, M. 2022. ‘Decrecimiento o ecoinmovilismo. Notas al margen sobre movilidad urbana’. Decrecimiento, 13 February, <https://www.elsaltodiario.com/perspectivas-anomalas/decrecimiento-o-ecoinmovilismo-notas-al-margen-sobre-movilidad-urbana>.

Journal articles 

Chambers, J. M., Massarella, K. and Fletcher, R. 2022. ‘The right to fail? Problematizing failure discourse in international conservation’. World Development. <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2021.105723>.

Dunlap, A., and Marin, D. 2022. ‘Comparing coal and ‘transition materials’? Overlooking complexity, flattening reality and ignoring capitalism’. Energy Research & Social Science, Vol. 89, No. 1, pp. 1-9. <https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1eXc9_oMjTCLtc>.

Fiasco, V. and Massarella, K. 2022. ‘Human-wildlife coexistence: business as usual conservation or an opportunity for transformative change?’. Conservation and Society. <https://conservationandsociety.org.in/preprintarticle.asp?id=337338>.
Hamidov, A., Daedlow, K., Webber, H., Hussein, H., Abdurahmanov, I., Dolidudko, A., Seerat, A.Y., Solieva, U., Woldeyohanes, T., and Helming, K., 2022. ‘Operationalizing water-energy-food nexus research for sustainable development in social-ecological systems: an interdisciplinary learning case in Central Asia’. Ecology and Society, Vol. 27. <http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-12891-270112>.
Kabra, A., and Das, B. 2022, ‘Aye for the tiger: hegemony, authority, and volition in India’s regime of dispossession for conservation’. Oxford Development Studies. <https://doi.org/10.1080/13600818.2022.2028134>.

Ramcilovic-Suominen, S. 2022. ‘Envisioning just transformations in and beyond the EU bioeconomy: inspirations from decolonial environmental justice and degrowth’. Sustainability Science. <https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11625-022-01091-5>. <https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-022-01091-5>.

Ramcilovic-Suominen, S., Carodenuto, S., McDermott, C., and Hiedanpää, J., 2022. ‘Environmental justice and REDD+ safeguards in Laos: Lessons from an authoritarian political regime’. Global Forest Environmental Frontiers. <https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13280-021-01618-7> <https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-021-01618-7&gt;.

Vojno, N., Horst, R., Hussein, H., Nolden, T., Badawy, A., Goubert, A., Sharipova, B., Pedrero, F., Peters, S., and Damkjaer, S., 2022. ‘Beyond barriers: the fluid roles young people adopt in water conflict and cooperation’. Water International. <https://doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2021.2021481>.

Calls for proposals

The 17th European Association of Social Anthropologists Biennial Conference – EASA2022: Transformation, Hope and the Commons

Organized by the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University, Belfast

Date: 26-29 July, 2022

The 17th EASA Biennial Conference focuses on the entanglements of transformation, hope and the commons. The global Covid19 pandemic, and societal responses to it, have transformed the societies in which we live and work. Media and political discourses deploy a rhetoric of rupture, facilitating shifts in governance and bio-politics that mask and widen existing inequalities. Instead of the ‘crisis-thinking’ that abstracts current events from broader and historical continuities, we invite anthropologists to make connections through sustained ethnographic and anthropological inquiry.

Deadline: 21 March, 2022

More information: Call for papers – EASA2022 (easaonline.org) and Programme – EASA2022 (easaonline.org)

Calls for participation

After Growth: A Symposium on Post-Capitalist Imaginaries

Free: Booking required

After Growth is a symposium, a gathering of bodies and minds, but it is also an invitation to construct another future. At its core is the belief that prosperity does not depend on economic growth, and that – in the face of ongoing climate catastrophe – there is an urgent need to find new ways of living within planetary boundaries.

The concept of ‘degrowth’ emerges from the confluence of activism, ecology and economics, though it also sits within a larger cultural field of creative and artistic practice. Rather than producing blueprints of utopian visions, many of the contributors to this symposium work towards the creation of spaces where post-capitalist forms of life can be incubated.

Taking place both online and in-person, After Growth assembles a diverse array of visions, organisations and initiatives. Together, they will speculate on the possibility of life after growth, placing these at the heart of a city with increasingly green ambitions.

Programmed by Theo Reeves-Evison and Canan Batur. Funded by the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, and the Leverhulme Trust. This symposium is part of our upcoming research strand Emergency & Emergence, which will be made public in March.

Sat 19 March, 2 – 5.30pm, online

Sun 20 March, 11am – 6pm, The Space at Nottingham Contemporary

For reservation, please visit After Growth: A Symposium on Post-Capitalist Imaginaries – Nottingham Contemporary


1. Research professor at the Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp

The vacancy is for Tenure-Track Research Professor (TTZAPBOF – Assistant Professorship) or Research Professor (ZAPBOF – Associate Professor, Professor or Full Professor). As a member of the Senior Academic Staff (Dutch: Zelfstandig Academisch Personeel, ZAP), you will contribute to the University of Antwerp’s three core tasks: research, services and education. Your role may also include organisational and managerial aspects. As a research professor during a 5-year-period, your role will consist primarily of academic research with some limited involvement in the educational programmes.

Application process: Through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 24 March 2022 (by midnight Brussels time). 
More information, visit: Research professor (TT)ZAPBOF, The political economy of globalisation and inclusive development | University of Antwerp (uantwerpen.be)

2. Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer (Environmental Policy/ Governance; 5-year fixed term contract) at the Crawford School of Public Policy, College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP), Australian National University

We are seeking a candidate that has a strong passion for teaching, an excellent capacity for collaborative research and outreach, and an entrepreneurial approach to building partnerships and resourcing their research and impact. Expertise in one or more of the following areas will be highly valued: oceans and fisheries, Indigenous environments, urban environments or climate change. Experience in the Asia-Pacific and/or Australia is important, with an emphasis on complementing the group’s existing geographic strengths. Ideas for new course offerings are welcome. Increasing the representation of women and academics from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds is a strategic priority for the Crawford School. We strongly encourage applications from these groups.

Enquiriesplease contact Professor John McCarthy T: +61 2 6125 0494 or E: John.McCarthy@anu.edu.au

Applications close: 29 Apr 2022 11:55:00 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time
More information, please click here.

3. Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer (Environmental Economics; continuing position) at the Crawford School of Public Policy, College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP), Australian National University

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding early to mid-career academic to contribute to the School’s research, education and policy impact in the field of environment management and development. The Lecturer/Senior Lecturer will contribute to curriculum renewal and lead courses relevant to the Masters in Environmental Management and Development (MEMDV), the Masters of Climate Change, and that will contribute to other Crawford and ANU teaching programs. Expertise in one or more of the following areas will be highly valued: environmental valuation, cost-benefit analysis, environmental policy choice and design, implementation and evaluation of environmental policy. Applications of environmental economics to fields such as land use, agriculture, biodiversity or climate change are desirable, building on READ’s existing strengths in the economics of water and energy. Experience in Australia and/or the Asia-Pacific region that complements the group’s existing geographical coverage will be valued. Ideas for new course offerings are welcome. Increasing the representation of women and academics from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds is a strategic priority for the Crawford School. We strongly encourage applications from these groups.

Enquiriesplease contact Associate Professor Keith Barney T: +61 2 6125 4957 or E: Keith.Barney@anu.edu.au

Applications close: 15 Apr 2022 11:55:00 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time
More information, please click here.

Other news items

The II SIMGAT (II Symposium Geography, Environment and Territory) will take place in Belém (state of Pará, Amazon, Brazil) in November this year. The exact dates are yet to be determined. The event is organised by the Brazilian Network of Researchers on Environmental Geography. The event languages will be Portuguese and Spanish, but we will be delighted to welcome participants from all over the world! 

Further information: mlopesdesouza@terra.com.br (Prof. Marcelo Lopes de Souza)

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