March 2023 Update

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends,

We are pleased to share with you the latest publications, vacancies, CfPs and more from our lively community.

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With best regards from your POLLEN Secretariat  

Kelly Dorkenoo, Torsten Krause, Mine Islar and Wim Carton  

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Journal articles 

  1. Sankar, V., & Suresh, L. (2023). The political ecology of small freshwater bodies in Kerala, India. World Water Policy, 9(1), 45– 66. 
  1. Sullivan, D., & Hickel, J. (2023). Capitalism and extreme poverty: A global analysis of real wages, human height, and mortality since the long 16th century. World Development, 161, 106026. 
  1. Gay-Antaki, M. (2023). Embodied geographies of environmental justice: Toward the sovereign right to wholly inhabit oneself. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 0(0). 
  1. Florin, I. (2023)  The limits of devolving sustainable development to the local level: The case of the Greenbelt of Fennoscandia initiative. Sociologia Ruralis,  00,  1– 18.  
  1. Horn, C. (2023), Brazil’s Amazon Fund: A “Green Fix” between Offset Pressures and Deforestation Crisis. Antipode.  

Books & book chapters 

  1. Cullen, M. (2023). Climate Change in Greenland and the Complexity of Human Rights Protection in Practice. Available at SSRN: or      

Events & Announcements 

  1. PhD Course – “Governance at the Edge of the State Summer school: Epistemes and 
    Materialities of Extractive Capitalism”. 
    Call for applications for a 3-day summer school. Candidates can apply by sending both a 1 page CV and a 1000 words outline of the research paper they want to discuss at the course. This outline should specify how their PhD project relates to the overall theme of this course and give clear indications on the theoretical and methodological approach adopted. Applications should be sent
    When: 21-23 August 2023 
    Where: University of Copenhagen 
    More information:  
  1. Conference – POLLEN 2022/2023
    The POLLEN 22/3 Local Organising committee is pleased to announce a final supplementary CFP, the first two plenary ‘Indabas’ of the conference, and the continuation of the registration process. The conference theme and full details can be found at the following link and we request interested parties email with abstracts and session proposals by the 31st of March to initiate the process.  Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis and subject to available capacity.

  2. Conference – Political Ecologies of the Far Right 2024 (PEFR 2024) Conference. 
    When: 11-13 January, 2024  
    Where: Uppsala University, Sweden.  
    More information: 


  1. Lecturer position in international relations at University of Sussex. 
    We are looking for an excellent teacher with high-quality and cutting-edge research in ‘Global Environmental Politics’. We are particularly interested in scholars using political economy, political ecology and other critical perspectives to understand the politics of environment and development. We would also welcome expertise in specific world regions. 
    More information:  
    Deadline: April 14th, 2023 
  1. Visiting Assistant Professor Position at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. 
    The Environmental Studies Program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is hiring an outstanding instructor for a one-year, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies with social science emphasis to begin August 2023. This position is a sabbatical replacement. 
    We seek scholars with a Ph.D. by time of hire in relevant fields spanning the social sciences whose expertise centers on intersectional environmentalisms and/or environmental justice. The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on March 13, 2023. While the position will remain open until filled, for full consideration all application materials should be submitted by that date. More information: 
  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: 
    Deadline: April 10th, 2023 
  1. PhD position at the Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions at the Australian National University (ANU). 
    The PhD project will be part of an ICEDS-funded program that will examine the impacts and implications of carbon removals in Australian landscapes, e.g. through carbon farming projects, environmental plantings, landscape restoration, cultural burning, and/or other land-use change initiatives that seek to drawdown or avoid greenhouse gas emissions. Please send a maximum two-page statement of interest along with your CV and contact details for two references to Dr Sarah Milne, 
    Deadline: April 14th, 2023 
    More info:  


  1. Call for papers: Creating Change through Colonial institutions? Rights, Sovereignty, and Emerging Technologies in Global Environmental Governance. Panel for POLLEN 2023, June 27-29, 2023. 
    In the time between our original submission and now, interests and availabilities have evolved, so we are looking for a couple of panelists to round out our panel below. This session aims to explore how mechanisms embedded in capitalist and colonial histories, namely rights, sovereignty, and technology, perpetuate socio-environmental harms and injustices in global environmental governance (GEG), and how these mechanisms have been mobilized to challenge those same systems, with topics including but not limited to: Human rights-based approaches in GEG; International environmental agreements as colonial projects; Indigenous social movement theories and strategies in GEG; Politics and policies of emerging environmental technologies and finance; Theories of rights, law, and sovereignty in GEG; Corporate capture and elite consolidation in global environmental institutions; Alternative forms, epistemologies, and practices of environmental governance.  Co-organizers: Catherine Corson and Kevin Surprise, Department of Environmental Studies, Mount Holyoke College. Please feel free to circulate widely, and interested individuals should send an expression of interest, including a title and 250 words abstract to the organizers via this google form .
    Deadline: March 27th. 
  1. Call for panelists: We are sharing this call to panelists for the session Fictional Political Ecologies through audiovisual, stage and literary narratives which will take place as part of the IX International Conference on Critical Geographies (ICCG 2023), to be held in Ciudad de México from October 23rd to October 29th 2023. This session is an invitation to scholars, educators and artists who want to share their experiences (articles, stories, artistic creations) exploring the ground between written (realistic) fiction and political ecology and social/environmental justice. More information can be found on the document and flyer attached. We welcome interventions in both Spanish and English. Please send a short description of the intervention (500-700 words) to, and cc by March 26th. Lucía Argüelles and María Heras 
  1. Call for Papers: Political Ecologies of the Far Right 2024 (PEFR 2024) Conference.
    Please send abstracts (max. 300 words) to by Thursday 1st June 2023. Please include your full name, position and affiliation. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review process by the end of August. Registration will be open in September.   
    More info:  

Other news items 

  1. News article in Aljazeera by Vijay Kolinjivadi: “We are ‘greening’ ourselves to extinction” –   Link to the article: We are ‘greening’ ourselves to extinction | Opinions | Al Jazeera 
  1. Green Transition Initiative (GTI) Forum on human-animal relations/ethics. The Forum reflects on humanity’s rapacious disregard for and commodification of our fellow creatures. Eileen Crist’s opening essay illuminates the historical, philosophical, and political dimensions, arguing that nurturing solidarity with (other) animals stands as a key moral and strategic imperative for a Great Transition. Panel 1 elaborates her conceptual framework, and Panel 2 propounds actions for transformative change. Link: