March 2022 Newsletter

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends, 

This month we are delighted to feature the great work of another POLLEN node, the Division of Rural Development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). If your node is keen to share your work in upcoming newsletters, please write to us at

As always, we are pleased to post the 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!

Last, we would like to share an important announcement on the change in POLLEN 2022/2023 conference format from the POLLEN2022 Local Organising Committee. Please scroll below.

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

Announcement: Change in POLLEN 2022/3 conference format

Dear Pollinators.

We, as the POLLEN 2022 Local Organising Committee (LOC) have been pleased to accept session and paper proposals, and inform the approximately 460 participants of their prospective participation in the event. However, we have also had to inform them of an enforced format change for the conference, and would like to take this opportunity to inform the broader network of the same.  Members will recall that, as a covid mitigation the conference was moved to a virtual format with verbal assurances of funding from the South African National Conference Bureau. As a reminder this funding was ringfenced for conference delivery by a professional conference organiser partner, African Agenda to deliver an international conference to SANCB standards. This also funded administrative support which the LOC lacks. However, after announcing the shift, the SANCB informed African Agenda that it could not honour the funding in the case of a fully virtual conference. This has precipitated the aforementioned shift in to a dual delivery format.

The first aspect of delivery is to delay the primary conference till the same time in 2023. This will allow us to maintain our funding and deliver the best conference experience we can; in Durban. We hope that tenured staff and those willing and able to travel will join us. We know from advisory collective feedback that many will welcome this change as a chance to reconvene in person, and will allow session and presentation amendments closer to the time. However, we are also acutely aware that there will be attendees who may not be able to travel, or need to present and get feedback on their work this year. We are currently soliciting information from session organisers as to the extent of this group, which may include postgraduate students, members in tenuous employment, or members finalising special issues drawing on conference sessions. We have undertaken to co-organise a series of asynchronous pre-conference workshops with willing POLLEN nodes, to accommodate as many of these individuals and sessions as we are able. Asynchronous delivery will included pre-recorded presentations organised around conference themes, with opportunities for facilitated written discussion, as well as limited live discussion aspects, as appropriate. The content from these sessions will be uploaded to the conference website, and allow engagement by conference participants and the broader POLLEN network and beyond.

We hope that with this two pronged approach for POLLEN2022/3 will be workable compromise to an unforeseen challenge. We also hope the asynchronous conferencing will provide engagement opportunities with conference content for the broader network, as well an learning opportunity for the expanding network in anticipation of similar asynchronous, or distributed events In the future.

Many thanks

Adrian, Shauna and the LOC

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 Division of Rural Development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

The Division of Rural Development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


The Division of Rural Development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences engages in multi-disciplinary social science research on issues relating to rural development in the global North and South. We have expertise that spans across the critical social sciences, while also engaging with other fields within the natural sciences and humanities to make sense of rural and agricultural dynamics. With particular strengths in qualitative, participatory, local level, in-depth studies, we draw on a wide variety of methods and theoretical orientations. Our research and teaching engage with justice, knowledge and power in agriculture, forestry, development and environmental politics. Our strength lies in our commitment to probing how development processes unfold through interdisciplinary conceptualisations and participatory methodologies.

Node members 

Flora Hajdu
Flora Hajdu is an associate professor working on rural development in South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania. Her work looks at power relations and discourses in various local, national and global processes that impact on local level livelihoods in these countries. This includes agricultural development and carbon forestry/restoration projects driven by outside interests as well as impacts of national and donor-funded social cash transfer programmes. She has also engaged with literature on the livelihoods of children and youth, the effects of AIDS on livelihoods and African degradation narratives.
Harry Fischer
Harry Fischer is an associate professor, who works on natural resource governance and rural development in India and Nepal. He has active projects on the role of local and subnational democratic politics in shaping adaptive responses to climate risk and change, and on the institutional drivers of joint human and environmental outcomes from forest and landscape restoration.
Klara Fischer
Klara Fischer is associate professor and acting subject chair of Rural Development in the global South. Klara specialises on the relations between smallholders’ farming practices and agricultural discourses, policies and technologies targeted at smallholders. Empirically Klara’s research concerns 1) smallholders’ experiences with new biotechnologies, 2) smallholders’ knowledges and practices in crop and livestock farming and the interaction between local and formal knowledge and 3) local livelihood effects of climate compensation technologies and policies. Geographically most of Klara’s research is located in Uganda and South Africa.
Linda Engström
Engström’s overall research focus is the politics of development and its impacts on rural populations in East Africa. Trends of privatisation in (rural) development and the frequent gap between development policy versus practice constitute main elements. Her analyses of development policy explore the intersection between how development policy frames problems, how it is enacted, perceived by and impacting rural residents. Engström’s current research focuses on local effects of carbon forestry in East Africa and the (re)distribution and land justice for rural smallholders and herders, following cancelled large-scale agro-investments in Tanzania.
Noémi Gonda
Noémi Gonda, researcher at the Department of Urban and Rural Development, holds a PhD from Central European University (Budapest, Vienna). She is currently doing research on justice and conflict resolution in resource management as well as on the linkages between natural resources depletion and authoritarian populist regimes in Nicaragua and Hungary. Previously to becoming a researcher, she worked in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala with smallholder farmers, Indigenous groups, and development organisations. Noémi is interested in exploring how radical social and environmental transformations towards justice and equity can emerge, and the role of scholar-activists in supporting the emergence of such transformations.
Patrik Oskarsson
Patrik Oskarsson works as teacher and researcher on resource politics. His present research projects seek pathways to justice for Indian coalfield communities as mining inevitably comes to an end, and the possibilities to tackle environmental pollution via participatory environmental monitoring. His broader research interests include changes to land and resource uses and what these mean to rural populations in the Global South. His analysis of large-scale extractive projects has often explored the intersection of the natural resource base with the way that the politics of knowledge work to frame such problems and shape them into particular, often technical, solutions.
Stephanie is a researcher at SLU interested in feminist political ecology, water management, agrarian change, gender and development research and Education for Sustainable Development. She received a four-year Mobility Grant of FORMAS for the project “Revitalizing community-managed irrigation systems in contexts of out-migration in Nepal”. 2014-2017 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow for Gender, Poverty and Institutions at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Nepal, and led studies in inter- and transdisciplinary projects within the CGIAR Program “Water, Land and Ecosystems” in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. She holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Cologne, Germany.


Journal articles 

Brock, A., Stephenson, C., Stephens-Griffin, N., and Wyatt, T. 2022. ‘Go home, get a job, and pay some taxes to replace a bit of what you’ve wasted’: Stigma power and solidarity in response to anti-open-cast mining activism in the coalfields of rural county Durham, UK. Sociological Research Online. <>.

Calvário, R. 2022. ‘The making of peasant subalternity in Portugal: histories of marginalisation and resistance to agrarian modernisation’. The Journal of Peasant Studies. <>.

Cattaneo, C., Kallis, G., Demaria, F., Zografos, C., Sekulova, F., D’Alisa, G., Varvarousis, A., and Conde, M. 2022. ‘A degrowth approach to urban mobility options: just, desirable and practical options’. The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. <>.

Chakraborty, R., Sadeepa J., Hirini P.M., Shannon D., Lizzie M., James E., and Pablo G. 2022. ‘Pursuing plurality: Exploring the synergies and challenges of knowledge co-production in multifunctional landscape design’. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. <>.

Deutsch, S., and Fletcher, R. 2022. ‘The ‘Bolsonaro bridge’: violence, visibility, and the 2019 Amazon fires’. Environmental Science & Policy, vol. 132, pp. 60-68. <>.

Fisher, K., Jakobsen, J., and Westengen, O.T., 2022. ‘The political ecology of crops : From seed to state and capital’. Geoforum, vol. 130, pp. 92-95.

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. <>.

Haverkamp, J. 2021. ‘Where’s the Love? Recentering Indigenous and Feminist Ethics of Care for Engaged Climate Research’. Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 1–15. <>.

Hung, P.-Y. and Lien, Y.-H. 2022. Maritime borders: A reconsideration of state power and territorialities over the ocean. Progress in Human Geography. <>.

Nost, E., and Colven, E. 2022. ‘Earth for AI: A political ecology of data-driven climate initiatives’. Geoforum, vol. 130, pp. 23-34.

Revista Ambiente e Sociedade (bilingual Portuguese and English), 2021. Applied Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Human Sciences. vol. 24.  <>.

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. <>.


Vonk, L. 2022. ‘Historic commitment to tackle plastic pollution’. Political Ecology Research Centre, 4 March, <;.

Calls for contribution

Paul Foley (Memorial University of Newfoundland) and Jennifer Silver (University of Guelph) are excited to be launching a co-edited book project, The Routledge Handbook on Critical Ocean Studies, and are seeking contributors! If you would like more information or be interested in participating, please see:

Calls for participation

Reframing Water and Climate Resilience – online symposium
Organised by the University of Reading and the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex)

Event: May 27th, 2022

This symposium aims to bring together the overlapping conversations around resilience, climate, water, communication and politics in order to advance social justice and reduce climate-induced water vulnerability. Throughout our one-day symposium we will engage with the following questions: How can we put social justice at the core of climate and water resilience practice? How can water and climate resilience be imagined, communicated, represented and visualised differently? And, what can we learn from over a decade of critical resilience research that can help us to confront the water and climate challenges which lie ahead? With this call for contributions, we hope to find scholars, studies and practice-based knowledge which acknowledge that building climate/water resilience is a profoundly socio-political challenge. Moreover, we are looking for interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives on the diverse framing and discourses of resilience promoted by local and global networks of actors. 

Deadline – April 15th, 2022
For more information:  Reframing Water and Climate Resilience call for papers


1. Assistant Professor in European/Latin America: Contemporary Illiberal and Authoritarian Regimes, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam
We seek an Assistant Professor in European and/or Latin American Studies to provide education in a dynamic context with ample opportunities for the development of innovative teaching methods. Your research will be part of the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES), one of the five research schools of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research.

The position will be embedded within the Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies and Hermetica, in the capacity group European Studies or in the capacity group Latin American Studies (CEDLA).

Applications close: 3 Apr 2022
More information, please click here.

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:

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:

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

Other news items

The STEPS Centre has updated its free online course on Pathways to Sustainability with new lectures, reading lists and questions for 2022. Please visit

The course includes a section on Resource Politics led by Amber Huff, which explores how resources and ‘nature’ are framed and understood, questions in political ecology, crisis, plural stories and pathways, and other issues.
The course is open access, and includes six lectures recorded at last year’s virtual STEPS Summer School, along with new Open Access reading lists and suggested questions. STEPS Centre is especially keen to spread the word to those who might want to use the course in their own teaching programmes, or share it with student communities for their own use.

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