February 2023 Update

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends,

Thanks again for sharing and spreading the word and work of political ecologists.

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, Kelly Dorkenoo, Mine Islar and Wim Carton  

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Journal articles 

  1. Ochieng, A., Koh, N. and Koot, S. (2022). Compatible with conviviality? Exploring African ecotourism and sport hunting for transformative conservation. Conservation and Society. https://www.conservationandsociety.org.in/temp/ConservatSoc000-1839258_050632.pdf  
  1. Thakholi, L. and Koot, S. (2023). Black belonging, White belonging: Primitive accumulation in South Africa’s private nature reserves. Antipode. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12913 
  1. Mabele, MB., Kasongi, N., Nnko, H., Mwanyoka, I., Kiwango, WA and Makupa, E. 2023. Inequalities in the production and dissemination of biodiversity conservation knowledge on Tanzania: A 50-year bibliometric analysis. Biological Conservation 279: 109910 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2023.109910 
  1. Moseley, W., & Ouedraogo, M. (2022). When Agronomy Flirts with Markets, Gender, and Nutrition: A Political Ecology of the New Green Revolution for Africa and Women’s Food Security in Burkina Faso. African Studies Review, 65(1), 41-65. https://doi:10.1017/asr.2021.74  
  1. Trauger, A., (2022) “The vegan industrial complex: the political ecology of not eating animals”, Journal of Political Ecology 29(1), 639–655. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.3052 

Books & book chapters 

  1. Minthorn, R. & Craig, A. (2023). Embodying an Indigenous-Centered Approach to Mentorship in Doctoral Programs. In A. Wilkerson & S. Samuels (Eds.), Best Practices and Programmatic Approaches for Mentoring Educational Leaders (pp. 1-15). IGI Global. https://www.igi-global.com/gateway/chapter/318994  
  1. Miller, D. C., Scales, I. R., & Mascia, M. B. (Eds.). (2023). Conservation Social Science: Understanding People, Conserving Biodiversity. John Wiley & Sons. 

Events & Announcements 

  1. PhD Course – Extraction Ethnographies 
    When: 17 to 21 April, 2023 
    Where: Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Norway 
    his course invites applications from PhD candidates interested in combining conceptual approaches with field-based research on extractive activities. This can encompass research on the mining of minerals or biological resources as well as on data mining: the extraction of materials, substances, information, and digital data from the geo- and biospheres. More information: https://www.nmbu.no/en/faculty/landsam/department/noragric/news/node/46623
    Deadline: February 28, 2023 
  1. PhD Course – Political Ecology of Land and Food Systems 
    When: 30 May-02 June 2023 
    Where: Bergen, Norway 
    Organizers: Department of Geography, University of Bergen + several Norwegian POLLEN nodes 
    Keynotes: Michael Watts and Nancy Peluso (UC Berkeley) 
    Course website: https://www.uib.no/en/course/GEO903 
    Registration form: https://skjemaker.app.uib.no/view.php?id=13951063 
    Deadline: March 1, 2023 
  1. Conference on Environmental justice and violence: Resistances, articulations, and intersections 
    When: 4-6 October 2023 
    Where: San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico 
    More info: https://enjust.net/conference-mexico-2023/  
  1. For those in Netherlands or close by, this amazing event is happening 23-25 February, in Amsterdam (Stedelijk Museum and OT301): Towards a Post-Extractive Culture, an encounter of mutual learning, deep listening, and solidarity-weaving across cultural workers, artists, activists, designers, indigenous knowledge keepers, radical researchers, community organisers and storytellers, for a world of many worlds.
    More information: Full program here. 
    Dates: February 23-25.
  1. A message from the newly formed Enviornmental Justice Studies mailinglist: 
    “Dear colleagues, 
    Following recurring discussions with several of you over the years, I am excited to announce the launch of EJList, a mailing list specifically devoted to the field of environmental justice studies. EJList is meant to become the go-to international email discussion group promoting the development and dissemination of environmental and climate justice research and scholarship – something which was long overdue in the field! The list may be used for the discussion of any topic related to environmental justice and climate justice activism, regulation, and research, including (but not limited to) reports on research and publications; calls for papers and proposals; notices of meetings, conferences, reading groups; job announcements; etc.  
    If, like me, you are interested in staying up to date with the latest developments in the field and/or in easily reaching out to the environmental justice research community, join the list by clicking on the Subscribe link from the list webpage. The list is open to everyone, even though the target audience is environmental/climate justice scholars. It is hosted by UCLouvain in Belgium and uses the mailing list service Sympa, a free and open-source software.Please also do forward this announcement to your own environmental justice colleagues, students, and networks; the more the merrier.  
    All the best,  
    Brendan C.  


  1. Postdoc position and PhD position at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies.  We are looking for candidates to work with us on an exciting project on glaciers and human-nature relations. We have a  fully-funded PhD position and a postdoc position in Sustainability Science at LUCSUS/Lund University for the research project entitled NATURICE- Exploring plural values of human-nature relationships in glacierized environments.  Project’s main objective is to assess and examine how values and human-nature relationships are affected by climate related challenges through a trans-regional study of glaciers in Scandinavia and the Himalayas.  Positions are funded by Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (FORMAS) and will be supervised by Principal Investigator Dr. Mine Islar, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) in collaboration with Dr. Anna Sinisalo (GRID-Arendal), Prof. Erik Gomez-Baggethun (The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research-NINA) and Dr. Emma Li Johansson (LUCSUS).
    More information: PhD position – https://lu.varbi.com/what:job/jobID:577512/?lang=en ; Postdoc – https://lu.varbi.com/what:job/jobID:577483/?lang=en
    Deadline: March 1st, 2023
  1. Research Fellow at Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences and Centre for Global Development at Northumbria University.  The department is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Researcher for 24 months as part of the UKRI/GCRF Living Deltas Hub (www.livingdeltas.org) and related to global development research. Working with Professor Matt Baillie Smith, Professor Louise Bracken and Dr Oliver Hensengerth, the person will collaborate with partners to undertake research on young people, climate and development through work on young people’s experiences of changing delta living, and civic action in relation to changing delta environments, focusing particularly on India and Bangladesh. They will also work with partners and stakeholders to evaluate learning, disseminate findings and develop impact from Living Deltas research.
    More information: https://work4.northumbria.ac.uk/#en/sites/CX_1001/requisitions/preview/450/?lastSelectedFacet=CATEGORIES&selectedCategoriesFacet=300000008190037
    Deadline: March 6th, 2023.  
  1. Tenure track professorship on Conservation and Development at Humboldt University Berlin.  We are looking for candidates rooted in conservation science who have worked interdisciplinary (e.g., using methods/concepts from natural and social sciences) on issues related to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, and who have experience in working in developing countries. This should be an exciting opportunity for a young conservation scientist! Candidates should not have completed their PhD more than 6 years ago (for candidates with kids this period is longer). As many departments, we are trying to internationalize and close our gender gap at the level of professors – so we would be particularly excited about female applicants.
    More information: https://hu.berlin/ConservationDevelopment  |  https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/63188.
    Deadline: March 8th, 2023 
  1. Postdoctoral Fellow in Climate Crisis, Risks, and Responses at the Brandeis University Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies and Environmental Studies.  This is a two-year position, beginning Fall term 2023 and is subject to budgetary approval. We seek a scholar whose work focuses on the effects of climate change and/or responses to them, in Latin America, the Caribbean or for Latinx groups in the United States. Topics could include climate science, broadly construed, in Latin America and the Caribbean; environmental and climate justice in the region and in the diaspora; green/climate-extractivism; effects of climate risks, such as migration, political conflict, health, and poverty; risks and burdens of maladaptation; responses of indigenous and Afrodescendant groups to climate change and their active engagement in the processes of policymaking and development of climate action; and Latinax climate movements. We are open to multiple disciplines and quantitative, qualitative or mixed methodologies. 
    More information: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/24255
    Deadline: March 8th, 2023.
  1. PhD positions (x2) at the Anthropology Department, Stockholm University.   The two positions are linked to the BIOrdinary program, which is centered on biodiversity in ordinary places. The first position is open with regard to the aims of the project while the second deals more specifically with the afterlives of marine species migration through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea. We are looking for PhD candidates with interest in environmental/more-than-human anthropology (or similar disciplines) who enjoy collaboration, have exciting research ambitions and can enrich our team. The positions are fully funded and start in September.
    More information: https://www.su.se/english/about-the-university/work-at-su/available-jobs/phd-student-positions-1.507588?rmpage=job&rmjob=20100&rmlang=UK and https://www.su.se/english/about-the-university/work-at-su/available-jobs/phd-student-positions-1.507588?rmpage=job&rmjob=20102&rmlang=UK  
    Deadline: March 24th, 2023.
  1. PhD position at the department of Geography, University of Bergen, Norway.   Fixed-term position of 4 years, of which 25% will be dedicated to teaching, supervision, and administrative tasks in the Department. The position is linked to the Department of Geography´s Human Geography research group. Applications are particularly encouraged from candidates who can contribute to the human geography group’s activities in the fields of planning, local and regional development, and green transformation. More Information: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/240468/phd-position?fbclid=IwAR1vm1BeavUDt_G1hiyVAwNvr3YxiMVKSKlNEXEHb7Dnb3ceQSZPh94tNQM . Deadline: April 10th, 2023.


  1. Call for Papers
    Groundwater Geographies: (In)visible flows, (un)traceable past, (un)certain future. We hope for your contributions to our lightning session at Deutsche Kongress für Geographie in Frankfurt a.M./Germany (19–23 Sep 2023). Organized by: Fanny Frick-Trzebitzky, Robert Luetkemeier, Dženeta Hodžić, David Kuhn (ISOE, Frankfurt a.M.), Anne Jäger (Uni Koblenz Landau), Linda Söller (Goethe Uni, Frankfurt a.M.). All fields and perspectives within geography are invited to contribute. This includes critical and radical perspectives that address e.g. groundwater conflicts, knowledge politics, inequalities or non-/more-than-human agency from political-ecology, postcolonial, feminist, new and “old” materialist, intersectional or other power-sensitive positions within and at the frontiers of geography. Contact: kuhn@isoe.de 
    More information: https://dkg2023.de/sitzungen/groundwater-geographies-invisible-flows-untraceable-82630
    Deadline: March 13th, 2023  
  1. Call for Papers
    On Relationalities: Politics, Narrative, Sociality 
    The theme of relationality is now centre stage in contemporary political and social thought. From relational ontology to post-foundational ethics and black feminisms, relationality has far-reaching implications for debates in politics, ethics, and aesthetics. For this symposium we invite engagements with, revisions of, and challenges to relationality as well as interventions about its role in the humanities and arts today. Relationality is a transdisciplinary topic that questions the academy, and compels us to rethink the conventions of an event like this. Our institutional and disciplinary practices normalise a certain politics of relationality while foreclosing others. For that reason, we are particularly open to interdisciplinary contributions from across the humanities, social sciences, and beyond. Colleagues working in (but not limited to) sociology, gender studies, history, black studies, queer theory, literary studies, politics, decolonial studies, cultural geography, disability studies, visual cultures, anthropology, neurodiversity studies, indigenous thought, environmental studies, and philosophy are invited to participate. 
    More information: https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/cappe/2022/12/08/call-for-papers-on-relationalities-politics-narrative-sociality/
    Deadline: February 24th 2023 
  1. Call for Proposals
    Special Issue on Political Ecology by the Ecology, Economy and Society
    The INSEE Journal – One of the relatively new academic traditions to emerge in the 1980s, political ecology has emerged in recent decades as a powerful analytical tool to explain how capitalist development processes affect the environment, how international conservation organizations influence national governments, and how environmental changes threaten local livelihoods. Political ecology, as an interdisciplinary field, often brings together political economy and cultural ecology, with an emphasis on multi-scalar analysis that elucidates linkages between local/everyday events and regional/national/global/planetary processes.  It illuminates ‘the political’ in ecological questions through the examination of power relationships and elucidation of forms of power, cross-scale links in political processes in view of which environmental decisions are made by communities, and the dynamics of the market and priorities of the nations.  
    EES is proposing a special issue on Political Ecology for Volume 6(2), to be published in July 2023.
    We are inviting: Original research papers – not exceeding 8000 words; and Insights from the field – not exceeding 2000 words Detailed submission guidelines are available on the journal website. 
  1. Call for Papers  The Great Convergence? Agricultural Modernization and its Others in Global Perspective 
    With this panel, we want to discuss focal points for convergence as well as divergence among discourses on agricultural modernization (and its others) and how they shape local realities. In how far do the politically dominating narratives of agricultural modernity in different parts of the world converge despite their apparent differences? How do these narratives manifest in agrarian policies, practices, and imaginaries? Where do these ideas originate from, and how do they shape realities on the ground? And finally, what other visions of agriculture exist, where do they originate from, and in what might they converge globally, too? 
    More information: https://dkg2023.de/sitzungen/the-great-convergence-agricultural-modernization-81592
    Deadline: March 13, 2023
  1. Call for Proposals
    Antipode’s “Right to the Discipline” grants.
    More information: https://antipodeonline.org/a-right-to-the-discipline/ 

Other news items 

  1. Report on Confronting Gender-Based Violence in Fieldwork: Potential Sites of Intervention, produced by the Network of Women Doing Fieldwork (NWDF) in collaboration with the Bartlett Development Planning Unit. The report will be be presented on the 8th of March in Room 403 – Senate House, Malet Street (WC1E 7HU) for those in London. Link to the report: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/development/events/2023/mar/confronting-gender-based-violence-phd-fieldwork-instigation-implementation-and 
  1. EXALT dialogue on “Insurrection in Energy Research: Pluriversal Encounters with Energy Transition & Renewability”. EXALT dialogue is a quadrennial online event series that fosters critical thinking and discussion on extractivisms and transformative alternatives and which also aim to deconstruct and disrupt thinking that perpetuates dominant power structures, colonialities and growthism. Link to recording of first event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YaMtf_R9Sg&ab_channel=EXALTHelsinki  

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