November 2022 Updates

November 2022 Update 

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends, 

Winter finally arrived to Sweden in mid-November. In Lund, where the Secretariat is now based, it snowed and the snow even stayed for a few days! Once the snow melted away, the darkness took over as “saving the planet” was promoted to the top of the list of depoliticized issues by becoming the only cause internationally accepted for the eventwashing of repressive authoritarian regimes. The need for critical and emancipatory political ecology scholarship and action couldn’t be bigger these days…

Has your POLLEN node NOT been introduced by us? If your node is keen to share your work in upcoming newsletters, please write to us at 

politicalecologynetwork@gmail.com

We also welcome proposals for blog posts on the POLLEN blog – please contact us at the same email address with any ideas! 

We are pleased to post the latest publications, CfPs and more from our lively community. 

With best regards from your POLLEN Secretariat 

Torsten Krause, Juan Samper, Mine Islar and Wim Carton 

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Publications 

Journal articles 

  1. Ali Rafaeifar et al., (2022). Decarbonize the military – mandate emissions reporting. Nature. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-03444-7  
  1. Bluwstein, J., & Cavanagh, C. (2022). Rescaling the land rush? Global political ecologies of land use and cover change in key scenario archetypes for achieving the 1.5° C Paris agreement target. The Journal of Peasant Studies, Ahead-of-print, https://doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2022.2125386
  1. Luque-Lora, Rogelio (2022) The trouble with relational values. Environmental Values, Fast Track https://doi.org/10.3197/096327122X16611552268681  
  1. Lyons, K. (2022) ‘Nature’ and territories as victims: Decolonizing Colombia’s transitional justice process. American Anthropologist. https://doi.org/10.1111/aman.13798  
  1. McConnell, K. (2022) ‘The Green New Deal’ as partisan cue: Evidence from a survey experiment in the rural U.S. Environmental Politics. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2022.2090655 
  1. Pas, A., & Cavanagh, C. (2022). Understanding ‘night grazing’: Conservation governance, rural inequalities, and shifting responses ‘from above and below’ throughout the nychthemeron in Laikipia, Kenya. Geoforum134, 143-153. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718522000926 
  1. Special Issue Acme Journal: Monumentality, memoryscapes, and the politics of place. https://acme-journal.org/index.php/acme/issue/view/131  

Books & book chapters 

  1. Cammack, P. (2022) The politics of global competitiveness. Oxford University Press. https://academic.oup.com/book/38762?login=true  
  1. Fabricant, N. (2022). Fighting to breathe: Race, toxicity, and the rise of youth activism in Baltimore. California Series in Public Anthropology. University of California Press. 1st Edition. https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520379329/fighting-to-breathe   
  1. Fletcher, R. (2022). Failing forward: The rise and fall of neoliberal conservation. University of California Press. 1st Edition. https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520390690/failing-forward 
  1. Ramnath, K. (2023). Boats in a storm: Law, migration, and decolonization in South and South East Asia, 1942-1962. Stanford University Press. https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=34914 
  1. Rodrigues Machaqueiro, R. (2023) The carbo calcultation: Global climate policy, forests, and transnational governance in Brazil and Mozambique. The University of Arizona Press. https://uapress.arizona.edu/book/the-carbon-calculation  

Events 

  1. Climate and land (in)justice: inequalities, intersections, and opportunities for justice in Southeast Asia. 
    When: Nov 30, 2022 
    More info: https://www.kasasustainability.org/environmental-change-workshop  
  1. DIALOGUES IN RADICAL GEOGRAPHY Third Edition: The Cost of Living under Intensified Austerity 
    Featuring Professor Mia Gray & Tilly Mason 
    Friday 16th December, 15.00-16.30 GMT 
    Live at the RGS-IBG building in London and synchronously online 
    Tickets are free and open to all: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dialogues-in-radical-geography-tickets-466220717717  

Vacancies 

  1. The Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland is accepting applications for our Fall 2023 Ph.D. Program. Applications are due by December 15th, 2022 and requirements are posted here: https://geog.umd.edu/graduate/application-requirements. The Department of Geographical Sciences at UMD offers generous funding, benefits, and tuition remission packages https://geog.umd.edu/graduate/assistantships-and-fellowships. Contact Dr. Leila De Floriani (deflo@umd.edu) or Dr. Rachel Haber (rberndts@umd.edu) for application or program questions. We hope to receive your application this season! 
  1. Adjunct Professor Environmental Studies at Dickinson College 
    Candidates should submit the following via QUEST (online application system) at https://jobs.dickinson.edu: Letter of interest; Contact details for two references (at least one speaking to teaching ability); Teaching statement that references the candidate’s teaching philosophy, experience and ability to teach an upper level course in their area of expertise; Current CV. Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. 
  1. The Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Faculty of Landscape and Society (LANDSAM) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 4-year PhD–position in International Environment and Development Studies with one year of project work included. 
    We invite candidates to develop their research ideas on the links between land dispossession, elite capture and growth of jihadist groups in the West African Sahel. Recent research has pointed at land dispossession and elite capture in explaining why many people in the Sahel decide to join armed insurgency groups. This PhD position will be part of a new five-year project funded by an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) entitled LANDRESPONSE, which will study conflict and migration in the Sahel as parallel processes with potentially similar causes. 
    More info: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/234930/phd-within-international-environment-and-development-studies-violent-resistance-and-land-governance-in-the-sahel  
  1. The Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Faculty of Landscape and Society (LANDSAM) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 4-year PhD–position in International Environment and Development Studies with one year of project work included. 
    We invite candidates to develop their research ideas on migration from West Africa to Europe with a focus on land dispossession as a potential driver. This PhD position will be part of a new five-year project funded by an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) entitled LANDRESPONSE, which will study conflict and migration in the Sahel as parallel processes with potentially similar causes. 
    More info: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/234936/phd-scholarship-within-international-environment-and-development-studies-migration-from-west-africa  
  1. The Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Faculty of Landscape and Society at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has TWO VACANTS position as researcher for 39 months related to a new five-year project funded by an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) entitled LANDRESPONSE. This research project will study conflict and migration in the Sahel as parallel processes with potentially similar causes. 
    Vacant 1 more info: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/234950/researcher-within-international-environment-and-development-studies-land-use-conflicts-in-the-sahel  
    Vacant 2 more info: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/234954/researcher-within-international-environment-and-development-studies-migration-from-west-africa  
  1. The University of Manchester is seeking to appoint two Research Associates for the Sustainable Forest Transitions (SFT) project. SFT is a five-year, £1.7 million project funded as part of a UKRI Research Frontier grant based within the Global Development Institute in the School of Environment, Education and Development. The SFT project will conduct ground-breaking research to better understand how reforestation drivers affect forests and the communities that depend on them. Over the next five years, SFT will study the changing nature of forest cover and human development at unprecedented scale and detail. The SFT project will start working in Mexico, Brazil, India, and Nepal and very possibly expand to other countries. These two posts offer the opportunity for outstanding individuals to make a significant contribution to an exciting international sustainability research programme based at the University of Manchester. For a clearer sense of SFT’s research agenda, please see the publications pages of the project’s website (https://sites.manchester.ac.uk/sftresearch/). 
  1. Three PhD studentships on the social and environmental outcomes of reforestation processes at the University of Manchester. 
    More info: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/programme/three-phd-studentships-on-the-social-and-environmental-outcomes-of-reforestation-processes/?p5859  
    Deadline: 5th of January, 2023 
  1. Two Doctoral Students: Intersectional Political Ecologies of the Commons at the University of Laussane. 
    More info: https://career5.successfactors.eu/career?career%5fns=job%5flisting&company=universitdP&navBarLevel=JOB%5fSEARCH&rcm%5fsite%5flocale=fr%5fFR&career_job_req_id=20469&selected_lang=en_US&jobAlertController_jobAlertId=&jobAlertController_jobAlertName=&browserTimeZone=Europe/Zurich&_s.crb=j3u6SlZI8utLaBZsfW7knm%2fxBt1nR9WkdnQB13BzWds%3d  
    Deadline: December 10, 2022 
  1. Postdoctoral Researcher SNSF (80%) in Intersectional Political Ecologies at the University of Laussane. 
    More info: https://career5.successfactors.eu/career?career%5fns=job%5flisting&company=universitdP&navBarLevel=JOB%5fSEARCH&rcm%5fsite%5flocale=fr%5fFR&career_job_req_id=20549&selected_lang=en_US&jobAlertController_jobAlertId=&jobAlertController_jobAlertName=&browserTimeZone=Europe/Zurich&_s.crb=xVWRjLJpvrGYe%2bsPgKFYSwFEpDw2%2fB4gL08CLGMtIik%3d  
    Deadline: December 10, 2022 
  1. 3-year vacancy for a PhD Candidate in STS at NTNU. 
    The PhD candidate will work within the area of Sustainability Transitions research focusing on transformative policy mixes for cross-sectoral interactions and societal acceptance of Hydrogen. The current development of the hydrogen economy in Norway is built on a multi-level logic where regional, national and international dynamics interact, and where interests across sectors need to be aligned to succeed. This project uses the concept of transformative policy mixes for cross-sectoral interactions to understand the interactions between levels and sectors, to advance community acceptance, policy acceptance and market acceptance for hydrogen in Norway and beyond. 
    Deadline: December 5, 2022 
    More info: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/232563/phd-candidate-in-science-and-technology-studies  
  1. One Faculty Positionin Feminist Political and/or Economic Geographies in/of Asia Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) or Associate Professor (With Tenure) at the National University of Singapore. 
    Deadline: December 5, 2022 
    More info: https://fass.nus.edu.sg/geog/2022/10/03/faculty-position-in-feminist-political-and-or-economic-geographies-in-of-asia/  

Calls 

  1. Call for contributions: 
    Review of African Political Economy special issue, titled ‘The climate emergency in Africa: crisis, solutions and resistance’ 
    Themes: Extraction and the exploitation of fossil fuels // War, repression and climate change // Renewable energy sources and labour // Climate disaster in Africa and its impacts // Solutions 
    More info: https://roape.net/2022/10/06/roape-special-issue-call-for-contributors-the-climate-emergency-in-africa-crisis-solutions-and-resistance/ 
  1. Call for Abstracts:  
    International Conference “Sustainable Food and Biomass Futures. Localised approaches to agricultural change and bioeconomy”, June 22-24, 2023, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany 
    More info here: https://www.transect.de/call-for-papers-international-conference-on-sustainable-food-and-biomass-futures 
  1. Call for Proposals: 
    Antipode’s “Right to the Discipline” grants 
    More info: https://antipodeonline.org/a-right-to-the-discipline/ 
  1. Call for Papers: 
    Contesting human-wildlife interactions in the context of commons 
    More info: https://beastlybusiness.org/2022/11/17/cfp-iasc-2023-contesting-human-wildlife-interactions-in-the-context-of-commons/  
    Deadline: 12th of december, 2022 
  1. Call for Papers: 
    Environment and Society: Advances in research. Thematic focus: Reforestation.  
    Deadline for abstracts: December 5, 2022 
    More info: https://journals.berghahnbooks.com/_uploads/air-es/ares-cfp-2022-v15.pdf  
  1. Call for Proposals: 
    Ecology, economy, and society – The INSEE Journal is an open access, peer reviewed journal of Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE<https://ecoinsee.org/>), a registered society since 1999. It is indexed in Scopus<https://www.scopus.com/sourceid/21101049095> and recognized by the UGC-CARE<https://ugccare.unipune.ac.in/Apps1/Home/Index>. EES offers authors a forum to address socio-environmental issues from, across and within the natural and social sciences, with an aim to promote methodological pluralism and inter-disciplinary research. 
    EES is proposing a special issue on Political Ecology for Volume 6(2), to be published in July 2023. 
    Deadline for abstract submissions: December 31, 2022 
    More info: Write to insee.ees@gmail.com<mailto:insee.ees@gmail.com> or kuntala.lahiri-dutt@anu.edu.au<mailto:kuntala.lahiri-dutt@anu.edu.au
     

Other news items 

  1. An ecosocialist strategy to win the future by Sabrina Fernandes: https://www.rosalux.de/en/news/id/49515/an-ecosocialist-strategy-to-win-the-future  
  1. The ESRC STEPS Centre has updated its free online course on Pathways to Sustainability, with a series of six video lectures and reading lists. It’s being made available open access, and we hope it will be of interest as background material for students and teachers on courses related to sustainability, political ecology and international development. 
    https://steps-centre.org/online-course-pathways-to-sustainability/ 
    The course introduces a set of ideas, approaches, cases and methods for critical research and action on sustainability. Sections include: 
    The Pathways Approach  
    Uncertainty  
    Technology & Innovation 
    Resource Politics 
    Policy Processes  
    Methods and Methodologies  
    *There is no fee or time-limit for individuals who wish to take the course, and all the videos and most reading suggestions are Open Access. 
  1. What are the ties between farming and finance? More info: http://institutionallandscapes.org/  

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