July 2021 Updates

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends, 

This month we are delighted to introduce another POLLEN node – the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol. As always, we are also happy to share the latest publications, CfPs, and more from our lively community.  If your node is keen to feature your work in the upcoming newsletters, please write to us at politicalecologynetwork@gmail.com. It’s a great way to share and get dialogue around your work. We also welcome proposals for blog posts on the POLLEN blog – please contact us at the same email address with any ideas! 

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 the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol.

University of Bristol’s POLLEN node 


The Political Ecology Research Group is based in the School of Geographical Sciences but aims to bring together academic staff and postgraduate research students from across the University of Bristol with an interest in the knowledge dynamics and power struggles animating contemporary human-environment relations. The group welcomes all those committed to advancing the critical scholarship of the processes by which nonhuman natures are conceptualised, mapped, governed, and reconstituted. Its current members’ interests span diverse issues including climate change, biodiversity conservation, energy cultures and transition, environmental risk, hazards and resilience, and resource making and extraction. The node aims to facilitate exchange and discussion on these and other related topics through lunchtime seminars organised during term time, given by a mix of external guest speakers and internal members of staff.
Node members 

Ed Atkins is a lecturer in human geography at the University of Bristol. Ed’s research spans environmental justice, sustainable energy transitions, and citizen engagement in responding to climate and ecological emergencies. He has previously published work on opposition to hydropower in Brazil and retains an interest in how the green credentials of renewable energies are contested. His current work includes research into the role of place-based perspectives in a just energy transition and the political ecologies of digital infrastructure.   

Negar Elodie Behzadi is a lecturer in Human Geography and the co-convenor of the Political Ecology group at the University of Bristol. Negar is a feminist political geographer interested in how intersectional forms of exclusion and marginalisation are (re)produced and contested in stressed environments. Her research brings the insights of feminist geography and the sensibilities of an ethnographer to topics related to resource extraction and violence, migration, labour, gender, childhood &youth, and Muslimness in Central Asia (Tajikistan) and France. Negar is also a documentary filmmaker who uses visual, embodied, and arts-based methodologies in the study of marginalization and exclusion. 

Molly Bond recently submitted her PhD with the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol. Her academic focus spans emerging and changing practices and understandings of sustainability in agri-food production systems. Her PhD research has explored the recent expansion of ‘lab-grown’ or biosynthetic ‘natural’ products, and the contested and contrasting way in which the innovations are being framed, imagined, understood, and experienced between the industrial biotech promoters and the small-scale farmers, knowers, and growers of the original natural product. She hopes to expand this research into the context of opening up diverse pathways to ‘zero carbon’ agri-food production with an emphasis on the importance of the socio-ecological as opposed to the purely technological underpinnings of future agri-food production agendas and practices. 

Lauren Blake is a Lecturer in Human Geography. With a background in anthropology and human geography, she focuses on agri-food systems, with experience predominantly in the UK and Latin America and often working with interdisciplinary teams. Her research examines the interconnections between the health of people, society, animals, and the environment. Employing concepts of agroextractivism, food justice, and geographies of identity, she researches topics ranging from policy, farming practices, agriculture-conservation tensions, activism, malnutrition, precarity, and global development. 

Mark Jackson is Senior Lecturer of Postcolonial Geographies in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol. He teaches postcolonial and decolonial studies, contemporary social theory, and critical geographies of nature and environment. The aim of his current research is to rethink the political and ethical meaning of critique within relational ecologies and under the terms of decoloniality, political ontology, and posthumanism. He edited Coloniality, Ontology, and the Question of the Posthuman (Routledge), is series editor for Routledge Research on Decoloniality and New Postcolonialisms, and is currently writing a monograph called Decolonising Critique. 

Jaskiran Kaur Chohan is an interdisciplinary political ecologist. Her research interests focus on food politics from a system and intersectional perspective, including agroecology, alternative farming systems, and rural resistance movements. She has worked and published on sustainable development in Latin America and the UK, the emergence of rural feminist movements, and agroecology transitions. During her PhD she researched the contestation between industrial farming and agroecology in two Zonas de Reserva Campesina, Colombia to understand how rural communities construct sustainable alternatives amidst conflict. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Bristol, researching tensions between peasant livelihoods and conservation policies in the mountainous region of Boyacá, Colombia.  

Naomi Millner is a senior lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Bristol who explores the knowledge politics surrounding the making and management of global ‘environments’ in the context of changing agendas for sustainability and terrains of conflict. Naomi’s work particularly explores how the technologies and economies of international conservation are becoming a vehicle for the militarisation of conflicted areas – but also how rural communities are using some of the same technologies (e.g., drones) to defend their rights to tenure and alternative visions of environmental futures. In July 2021 she co-organised an international workshop called “Drone Ecologies” that brought together interdisciplinary experts, including political ecologists, to explore how drone technologies are being used in biodiversity conservation, and what their risks and affordances might be. 

James Palmer is a lecturer in Environmental Governance based in the School of Geographical Sciences and the co-convenor of the Political Ecology group at the University of Bristol. His research examines resource-making practices associated with new bioenergy economies and infrastructures, the relationships between nonhuman (especially vegetal) natures, labour and value production, and the politics of environmental governance processes relating to carbon dioxide removal and ‘nature-based’ climate solutions. 

Adriana Suárez Delucchi is a Geographer specialising in the analysis of environmental management institutions. Her doctoral research from the University of Bristol explored the contributions of feminist sociology ‘Institutional Ethnography’ to the study of community water management in rural Chile. Her analysis maps out concrete avenues to negotiate a more sustainable and just water institution. Her research focuses on natural resource management institutions at different scales (projects, communities, nation state, and transnational discourses and practices). Her aim is to identify, address and challenge the marginalisation of rural and indigenous groups from dominant management arrangements. 

Joe Williams is a lecturer in Human Geographer, based in the School of Geographical Sciences. His research aims to understand the changing relationships between the environment and society using theoretical perspectives from political ecology, urban studies, development, and political economy (particularly financialization). His work focuses on the politics of water and energy infrastructure as a lens for critically understanding social and ecological challenges, such as climate change. His current work looks at how infrastructure corridors are changing the geographies of global development. He has a long-standing research interest in the proliferation of seawater desalination as a source of ‘new’ water in diverse contexts around the world, particularly in cities. 

Promoting POLLEN collaboration 

Do you write with other members of POLLEN?
To gain visibility for collaborations across our network, we invite you to consider adding something along these lines to your acknowledgments: 
“This paper represents collaborative work with colleagues in the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN).”



Bourblanc, M., Bouleau, G., & Deuffic, P. 2021, ‘The role of expert reporting in binding together policy problem and solution definition processes’, in P. Zittoun, F. Fischer, & N. Zahariadis (eds.), The political formulation of policy solutions, Bristol: Bristol Policy Press, pp. 73-91.

Carter, ED., & Moseley, WG. 2021. ‘COVID-19 and the Political Ecology of Global Food and Health Systems’, in G.J. Andrews, V.A. Crooks, J.R. Pearce, & J.P. Messina (eds.), COVID-19 and similar futures: Global perspectives on health geography. Berlin: Springer, pp. 39-45.  

Farrelly, T., Taffel, S., & Shaw, I. (eds.). 2021. Plastic legacies: pollution, persistence, and politics. AU Press, <https://doi.org/10.15215/aupress/9781771993272.01&gt;.

Moseley, W.G. 2021. “Political agronomy 101: An introduction to the political ecology of industrial cropping systems’, in A. Gasparatos & A. Abubakari (eds.), The Political Ecology of Industrial Crops, London: Earthscan/Routledge, pp. 25-44. 


Lai, J. Y. 2021, ‘Engaging migrants in natural resource management: Lessons from Indonesia’, Land Portal, 15 July, <https://landportal.org/blog-post/2021/07/engaging-migrants-natural-resource-management-lessons-indonesia>.

Morrison, R. 2021, ‘Ecological economic growth: reversing climate change’, Wall Street International Magazine, 1 July, <https://wsimag.com/economy-and-politics/ 66241-ecological-economic-growth-reversing-climate-change>.

Setyowati, A. 2021, ‘Is carbon neutrality possible for coal addicted Indonesia?’, Channel News Asia, 23 July, <https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/indonesia-coal-pln-carbon-net-zero-renewable-climate-change-15269506>.

Journal articles 

Bluwstein, J. 2021, ‘Colonizing landscapes/landscaping colonies: from a global history of landscapism to the contemporary landscape approach in nature conservation’, Journal of Political Ecology,  <https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.2850>.

Bluwstein, J. 2021, ‘Transformation is not a metaphor’, Political Geography

Büscher, B. 2021, ‘The nonhuman turn: critical reflections on alienation, entanglement and nature under capitalism’, Dialogues in Human Geography,<https://brambuscher.files.wordpress.com/2021/06/bucc88scher-nonhuman-turn-final-2021.pdf>&nbsp;

Dunlap, A. 2021, ‘Review: A Case for Degrowth’, Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 398-402, <https://www.interfacejournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Interface-13-1-reviews-updated.pdf>.

Fent, A., Gibb, C., Ishihara, S., Holler, J., & Moseley, WG. 2021. ‘Confronting the climate crisis: Slow geographies and relational approaches to international research’, Professional Geographer, <https://doi.org/10.1080/00330124.2021.1915827>.

Nour, SE., Elaydi, H., & Hussein, H. 2021, ‘Thirst revolution: practices of contestation and mobilisation in rural Egypt’, Contemporary Levant,<https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20581831.2021.1952003>. 

Nygren, A. 2021, ‘Water and power, water’s power: State-making and socionature shaping volatile rivers and riverine people in Mexico’, World Development, vol. 146, <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2021.105615>.

Saxena, A., Dutta, A., Fischer, HW., Saxena, AK., & Jantz, P. 2021, ‘Forest livelihoods and a “green recovery” from the COVID-19 pandemic: Insights and emerging research priorities from India’, Forest Policy and Economics,<https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2021.102550>.

Simon, N., Raubenheimer, K., Urho, N., Unger, S., Azoulay, D., Farrelly, T., Sousa, J. Asselt, H., Carlini, G., Sekomo, C., Schulte, M.L., Busch, P., Wienrich, N., & Weiand, L. 2021, ‘A binding global agreement to address the life cycle of plastics’, Science, vol. 373, no. 6550, pp. 43-47, <https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abi9010>.

Staddon, S., Byg, A., Chapman, M., Fish, R., Hague, A. & Horgan, K. 2021, ‘The Value of Listening and Listening for Values in Nature Conservation’, Journal of People and Nature, <https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pan3.10232>.


Social Innovation Conference  

The platform Social Innovation at TU Delft | Technology, Policy and Management are organizing a conference: “Social Innovation: Next steps in the energy transition” on 18-19 November. 
This free online conference is open to a wide audience and open for practitioners and scientists around the world. A panel on “Energy Transitions in Asia: Governance, Justice and Social Innovation” is soliciting papers.  

Deadline for submission: 8 September 

All proposals must be made via the online link form and put note to be included in the panel. Paper  presentation should be approximately 15 minutes long, and  proposals should consist of a title and abstract of 350 words.  

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact: A.B.Setyowati@tudelft.nl
You can find more information about topics, deadlines and registration here:  https://lnkd.in/etSB8xW

Special issue
“A Social Contract of Conservation? Unpacking struggles over legitimacy in Latin America’s protected areas” 

On behalf of Debates a Journal of Sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), is sharing the most recent Call for Papers. This is a special issue titled “A Social Contract of  Conservation? Unpacking struggles over legitimacy in Latin America’s protected areas”, edited by PhD Mattias Borg Rasmussen  (University of Copenhagen) and Dr. Deborah Delgado Pugley (PUCP). 

Following thematic and contextual focus cover: 

• Latin American “natural” territories conservation 
• Andean region “natural” territories conservation 
• Territorial projects in competition with livelihood and conservation projects 
• Power relations and legitimation disputes in conservation projects 
• NGOs, State institutions and international organizations interplay 

Deadline: 12 September 2021 
Publication: 15 December 2021 
Submission: revistadebates@pucp.edu.pe
Guideline: https://revistas.pucp.edu.pe/index.php/debatesensociologia/normas_autores

Other news items


Want a philosophy or worldview that’s grounded in reality and has compassion for all sentient beings (mostly humans and other animals)? Then you might find Sentientism interesting. It’s “evidencce, reason and compassion for all sentient beings.” In this podcast, you’ll hear about “what’s real” and “what matter” from a wide range of celebrities, academics, activists, writers and interested lay people. Find out more at https://sentientism.info/ or join the open-to-all, global community groups, like: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sentientism 
The podcast is accessible here:

Postponement of Conviviality: A nearly carbon-neutral conference  

The Conference is co-hosted by Massey University Political Ecology Research Centre (PERC) and Wageningen University Centre for Space, Place, and Society (CSPS). In light of pandemic events taking place around the world and particularly with family, friends, and colleagues in India, the decision has been made to postpone the conference until 4-10 October 2021.

Webinar: Working towards a global plastic pollution treaty: Process and possibilities 

This webinar will discuss why a growing number of countries have indicated support for a plastic pollution  treaty and  what it could look like. Dr. Farrelly is an environmental anthropologist with research expertise in the political ecology of plastic pollution including national, regional, and international plastic pollution policy; product stewardship; waste colonialism; and related social and environmental justice. She is co-founder of the New Zealand Product Stewardship Council and the Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance and has been a member of UNEA’s Expert Group and the United Nations Environment Programme’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Marine Litter and Microplastics since 2017.

Presented by: Trisia Farrelly of Massey University 
Date/Time: Tuesday, 17 August, 4 pm US EDT/1 pm US PDT/8 pm UTC 
Co-sponsors: OCTO (EBM Tools Network, The Skimmer, OpenChannels, MPA News, MarineDebris.info) 

[If you are unable to access Zoom, you can view a livestream at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPBHFN-LvAPNqTC6MZmVNVg at the time of the webinar.] 

New Namibia research project historicising conservation policy and practice 

Sian Sullivan (Bath Spa University, UK), Ute Dieckmann (University of Cologne, Germany), and Selma Lendelvo (University of Namibia) are collaborating on a research project drawing on political ecology (amongst other approaches) to understand changing conservation policy and practice for an iconic conservation area in Namibia. Etosha-Kunene Histories proposes a multivocal and historical analysis that contributes new thinking on colonialism, indigeneity and ‘natural history’ in Namibia. (www.etosha-kunene-histories.net

It aims to support laws and practice in biodiversity conservation to more fully recognise the diversity of pasts, cultures  and natures constituting this internationally valued region. It is funded through a bilateral scheme of the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council and the German Research Foundation, and is supported by Namibia’s National Commission on Research, Science and Technology and Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism.  

June 2021 Updates

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends, 

This month we are happy to introduce a new POLLEN node – the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia. As always, we are also happy to share the latest publications from our lively community, CfPs, vacancies, and more.  If your node is keen to feature your work in the upcoming newsletters, please write to us at  politicalecologynetwork@gmail.com. It’s a great way to share and get dialogue around your work. We also welcome proposals for blog posts on the POLLEN blog – please contact us at the same email address with any ideas! 

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 the many POLLEN nodes to help build connections across our community. This month we would like to introduce you to one of our newest nodes: the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia. 

University of Western Australia’s POLLEN node 


The POLLEN node at the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia (UWA) brings together faculty members, early career researchers, and graduate students. We live and work on unceded Noongar Whadjukland, at the edge of the Indian Ocean, in the most isolated major city in the world. Western Australia’s economy largely is based on resource extraction. The destruction of some of the world’s oldest cultural sites is ongoing, including a site that showed human occupancy dating back 46 thousand years–destroyed in 2020 to access iron ore. In this context, the group covers diverse elements of political ecology, including interdisciplinary scholars working in geography, international relations, political economy, media, anthropology, and sociology. Our POLLEN node here has regional expertise in Western Africa, Southern Africa, the Himalaya, South-East Asia, Brazil, and, of course, Australia. They plan on hosting university, city, and (eventually) Australia-wide events.
Node members 

Alexander E Davis is a lecturer in international relations at the University of Western Australia, where he teaches foreign policy, international relations theory, and global environmental politics. His research looks at international politics from critical, postcolonial, and ecological perspectives, particularly in South Asia and the Himalaya. He is particularly interested in how borders, state-making geopolitical disputes effect local peoples and ecologies in the Himalaya. As such, he is currently writing a research monograph, The Geopolitics of Melting Mountains: An International Political Ecology of the Himalaya (Palgrave, 2020). He is head of the Australian Himalaya Research Network.  

Alicea Garcia recently completed her PhD with the Department of Geography and Planning at The University of Western Australia. Her work spans critical scholarship on climate change adaptation, political ecology, climate justice, and transformation. Her PhD research investigated how uneven relations of power in Ghana maintain social inequalities and differential capacities to adapt to climate change in rural communities. Alicea is particularly interested in engaging with diverse stakeholders through participatory methods and creative approaches to co-learning. She is currently collaborating on a Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) project focused on (re)negotiating power to enhance resilience to climate change. 

Catie Gressier is an Australian Research Council (DECRA) Fellow in Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Western Australia. Catie’s research examines settler descendants’ environmental engagements in Australia and Botswana, with a focus on foodways, interspecies relations, tourism, and health and illness. Her current interest is in rare and heritage breed livestock farming across Australia. She is an Editorial Board Member of Anthropological Forum, a Director of the Rare Breeds Trust of Australia, and a former University of Melbourne MacArthur Fellow.  

Charan Bal is a Lecturer in Political Science at the School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia. His research interests broadly lie in the areas of politics, governance, and development in Southeast Asia. He is interested in how economic development and political conflict influence the governance of transnational issues such as labour migration and climate change. His current projects include a comparative study of multilevel climate change governance in the EU and ASEAN, the proliferation of private disclosure-based climate initiatives in Singapore and Indonesia, and an assessment of Migration-for-Development programs across Southeast Asia. 

Clare Mouat is a lecturer in Geography at the University of Western Australia. Her work champions growing and greening democracy by rethinking community and via transformative governance innovation. As a scholar-storyteller for just, care-full, healthy, and inclusive cities and places, she is passionate about co-producing feasible and radically progressive responses to the local and global challenges and crises facing us, our families, and seven million of our closest neighbours. This means understanding the ethics, politics, plans, roadblocks and exploring the various strategies and roadmaps towards the kinds of places where we want to live, work, and play. 

Greg Acciaioli is Senior Honorary Research Fellow in Anthropology and Sociology at The University of Western Australia. Current research foci include the interface of the Indigenous peoples’ movement with resource contestations in Sulawesi and Borneo, particularly those concerning the impact of national parks and other protected areas, a critical assessment of the World Bank’s Social Capital Initiative, and the Village Law in Indonesia in the context of the current regime’s new developmentalism, farmer innovation from below in the context of new agricultural regulatory regimes in Indonesia, and the adaptation of Bajau identities under the impact of conservation and securitization upon Bajau Laut in Sabah, Malaysia, especially in regard to the consequences of their statelessness. 

Karen Paiva Henrique is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Western Australia. Her work lies at the intersection of climate adaptation, urban development, and multiple dimensions of justice. Dr Henrique’s PhD research examined the politics of flood adaptation in São Paulo, Brazil, demonstrating how state practices entwine with exclusionary development trajectories while sketching more inclusive and sustainable approaches from below. Her current work investigates how people in Western Australia make individual and collective decisions and trade-offs to protect the many things they value against the multifaceted socio-ecological impacts of the global climate crisis. 

Katarina Damjanov is senior lecturer in digital media and communication design at the University of Western Australia. Katarina’s research spans media and cultural studies and social studies of science and technology, revolving around considerations of digital technologies, the governance of media infrastructures and the environmental impact of technological progress. Her recent work situates these inquiries in outer space and features in journals such Science, Technology & Human Values, Space and Culture, Environment and Planning D, Mobilities, and Space Policy.  

Linda Wilson is a PhD candidate (Geography) at UWA. Linda had a 20-year career in the natural resource management and renewable energy sectors before returning to academia. Her PhD research into beekeeper resource insecurity funded by the CRC for Honey Bee Products is focussed on the interplay between natural resource management and sustainable livelihoods. Her sustainability research approach uses historical ecology and economic geography to develop a system understanding of the emergent phenomenon in the case study population of Western Australia’s commercial beekeepers. 

Petra Tschakert is the Centenary Professor in Rural Development in the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Western Australia. She is trained as a human-environment geographer and conducts research at the intersection of political ecology, climate change adaptation, environmental/ climate/ mobility/ multispecies justice, and livelihood security. Her current work explores intangible harm in the context of climate change, with emphasis on poverty, vulnerability, and inequalities, and how citizens make trade-offs between the many things they value and, collectively, negotiate resilient trajectories through the climate crisis. Prof. Tschakert combines critical social science insights with grounded, participatory methods for collective learning and social change. 

Promoting POLLEN collaboration 

Do you write with other members of POLLEN?
To gain visibility for collaborations across our network, we invite you to consider adding something along these lines to your acknowledgments: 
“This paper represents collaborative work with colleagues in the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN).”



Morrison, R. 2021, The green republic, Waterside Productions, California.

Shapiro-Garza, L., Kolinjivadi, V., Van Hecken, G., Windey, C., & Casolo, J.J. 2021. ‘Praxis in resource geography: Tensions between engagement and critique in the (un)making of ecosystem services’, in M. Himley, E. Havice, & G. Valdivia (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Critical Resource Geography. Routledge, pp. 236-247. 

Sullivan, S. & Ganuses, W.S. 2021, ‘Densities of meaning in west Namibian landscapes: genealogies, ancestral agencies, and healing’, in U. Dieckmann (ed.), Mapping the Unmappable? Cartographic Explorations with Indigenous Peoples in Africa. Bielefeld: Transcript, pp. 139-191.


Morrison, R. 2021, ‘100% Carbon-free energy by 2035: Devil’s in the details’, Wall Street International Magazine, 1 June, <https://wsimag.com/economy-and-politics/65952-100-percent-carbon-free-energy-by-2035&gt;. 

Nielsen, K.B. 2021, ‘Land, agriculture, and dispossession in India: A comparative look at the ongoing farmers’ protests and the anti-SEZ movement’, Terra Nullius: Repossessing the existent, 19 May, <https://www.sum.uio.no/forskning/blogg/terra-nullius/kenneth-bo-nielsen/land-agriculture-and-dispossession-in-india.html&gt;. 

Journal articles 

Arora-Jonsson, S., Colfer, CP., & Gonalez-Hidalgo, M. 2021, ‘Seeing the Quiet Politics in Unquiet Woods: A different vantage point for a future forest agenda’, Human Ecology, <https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-021-00233-0>. 

Arora-Jonsson, S., & Larsson, O. 2021, ‘Lives in limbo: Migrant integration and rural governance in Sweden’, Journal of Rural Studies, vol. 82, pp. 19-28, <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.01.010>.

Boucher, J.L., Garfield T.K., Gina R.O., & Mark S.M. 2021, ‘From the suites to the streets: Examining the range of behaviors and attitudes of international climate activists’, Energy Research & Social Science, vol. 72, 

Dressler, W. 2021, ‘Defending lands and forests: NGO histories, everyday struggles, and extraordinary violence in the Philippines’. Critical Asian Studies, pp. 1-32,  <https://www-tandfonline-com/doi/full/10.1080/14672715.2021.1899834>. 

Dunlap, A. 2021, ‘Renewable Energy and the War of Progress’, The Peace Chronicle, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 42-51,<https://www.peacejusticestudies.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Climate.pdf>. 

Fair, H. 2021, ‘Playing with the Anthropocene: Board game imaginaries of islands, nature, and empire’, Island Studies Journal. Publication ahead of print: pp. 43-59, <https://doi.org/10.24043/isj.165>. 

Hope, J. 2021, ‘Conservation in the Pluriverse: Anti-capitalist struggle, knowledge from resistance and the ‘repoliticisation of nature’ in the TIPNIS, Bolivia’, Geoforum, <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2021.04.006>

Jakobsen, J. 2021, ‘New food regime geographies: Scale, state, labor’, World Development, vol. 145, <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2021.105523>. 

Lai, H.L. 2021, ‘Foregrounding the Community: Geo-Historical Entanglements of Community Energy, Environmental Justice, and Place in Taihsi Village, Taiwan’, Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 

Levain, A., Barthélémy, C., Bourblanc, M., Douguet, J-M., Euzen, A., & Souchon, Y. 2020, ‘Green out of the blue, or how (not) to deal with overfed oceans. An analytical review of coastal eutrophication and social conflict’, Environment & Society: Advances in Research, vol. 11, pp. 115-142,<https://www.berghahnjournals.com/view/journals/environment-and-society/11/1/ares110108.xml>. 

Machen, R., & Nost, E. 2021, ‘Thinking algorithmically: The making of hegemonic knowledge in climate governance’, Transactions of the Institute of the British Geographers, vol. 1, pp. 1-15, <https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12441>. 

Mostafanezhad, M., & Dressler, W. 2021, ‘Violent atmospheres: Political ecologies of livelihoods and crises in Southeast Asia’, Geoforum, <https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718521001470>.

Powell, S., & Arora-Jonsson, S. 2021, ‘The conundrums of formal and informal meritocracy: dealing with gender segregation in the academy’, Higher Education, <https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-021-00719-2>

Van Hecken, G., Kolinjivadi, V., Huybrechs, F., Bastiaensen, J., & Merlet, P. 2021, ‘Playing into the hands of the powerful: Extracting ‘success’ by mining for evidence in a Payments for Environmental Services (PES) project in Matiguas-Rio Blanco, Nicaragua’, Tropical Conservation Science, <https://doi.org/10.1177/19400829211020191;  https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/19400829211020191>


Anthropology and Conservation conference  

“Positionality beyond ‘People versus Parks’: Anthropologists’ Engagement with Conservation in the 21st Century” – panel P062 will be organized at the Conference from 25th to 29th October 2021 online. 

Please browse the full list of panels and decide where to propose your paper. 

All proposals must be made via the online form that can be found on each panel page. The direct link for our panel is below: https://nomadit.co.uk/conference/rai2021/paper-form/10330  

Proposals should consist of a title, a (very) short abstract of <300 characters, and an abstract of 250 words. On submission the proposal, the proposing author (but not any co-authors listed) will receive automated email confirming receipt. 

The deadline for submission is 2nd July 2021.

Eric Wolf Paper Prize   

The Political Ecology Society (PESO) announces the 2021 Eric Wolf Prize for the best article-length paper. The competition offers a great opportunity as the prize pays registration fees for the Society for Applied Anthropology  annual meeting, offers a feature presentation of the paper at this meeting, and publication in the Journal of Political Ecology! 

To be eligible for the competition, scholars must be no more than two years past the completion of their Master’s  or PhD degree. This includes scholars who have not yet received the PhD and Master’s students.

 Multiple authored papers are considered as long as the first author meets the above criteria. Papers that are  already under review at a journal are not accepted. 

The deadline for submission is 30th August 2021. 

Please anonymize the submission and use the style guidelines provided on the Journal of Political Ecology  webpage: http://jpe.library.arizona.edu. As the winning paper will be published in the Journal of Political Ecology,  the prize reviewers may request revisions before the item is published. Electronic submissions and further queries should be sent to Dr. Elisabeth Moolenaar (emoolenaar@regis.edu).


The Department of Social and Policy Sciences invites applications for a post at the level of Lecturer (Assistant Professor) or Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in international development at the University of Bath. The Department is a world-class centre for research and teaching excellence, committed to interdisciplinary, impactful, and progressive research. 

All applications must show how they meet the essential criteria outlined in the relevant job description. Applicants must make clear whether they are applying for the Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) or Lecturer (Assistant Professor) position. Applications must include an academic CV as well as a cover letter demonstrating how experience and expertise meet the criteria set out in the specification. Please visit the link below. 

Other news items

The School of Human Ecology, Ambedkar University Delhi had organized four lectures in October-November 2020 as a part of its online Masterclass Series in Critical Agrarian Studies. Recordings of these four lectures (Agrarian Markets; Water; Democracy; Rural Conflict and Collective Action) are now available at the School’s YouTube channel below.


May 2021 Updates

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends,  

As always, we are excited to share news from around the POLLEN network. 
This month we are featuring the Center for Social Development Studies, the POLLEN node at the Faculty of Political Science in Chulalongkorn University. We also have CfPs, publications from our community, an invitation for a book review, vacancies, and more.   

If your node is keen to feature your work in the upcoming newsletters, please drop us a line at politicalecologynetwork@gmail.com

We also welcome contributions, conversations, or comments for the POLLEN blog! 
It’s a great way to share and get dialogue around your work. 
Feel free to check out our recent blog with Rogelio Luque-Lora’s review of “Convivial Conservation” with a response from the authors, 
Rob Fletcher and Bram Buscher – your comments are very welcome!. 
Also, please write to us at the above email address if you are interested in contributing to the blog. 

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 the many POLLEN nodes to help build connections across our community. This month we would like to introduce you to the Center for Social Development Studies at the Faculty of Political Science in Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. 

Chulalongkorn University’s POLLEN node 


The Center for Social Development Studies (CSDS) was established in 1985 within the Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.  The CSDS produces interdisciplinary critical research on development policy and practice in Southeast Asia. Much of the research agenda relates to political ecology, including resource politics, regionalization, human rights and justice, the public sphere, the commons, and forced displacement and development. The CSDS supports young and mid-career researchers and public intellectuals via the Graduate Studies in International Development program, and by hosting research associates, interns, and fellowship programs. Since 2018, the CSDS has also hosted the Chulalongkorn University Center of Excellence on Resource Politics for Social Development. The CSDS regularly organizes public forums, conferences, and workshops for debating critical development issues, and co-organized and hosted the Political Ecology in Asia 2019 conference. Recently, the CSDS has initiated the Political Ecology in Asia dialogue series and Critical Nature policy analysis. The CSDS team includes Faculty members, graduate students, and research associates. 

Node members 

Carl Middleton is an Assistant Professor and Director of CSDS.  His research interests orientate around the politics of the environment in Southeast Asia, focusing on the political ecology of water and energy, nature-society relations, social movements, and environmental justice.  His most recent book, co-authored with Jeremy Allouche and Dipak Gyawali, is titled The Water–Food–Energy Nexus: Power, Politics and Justice (2019). Recent co-edited books are: Living with Floods in a Mobile Southeast Asia: A Political Ecology of Vulnerability, Migration and Environmental Change (2018; with Rebecca Elmhirst and Supang Chantavanich) and Knowing the Salween River: Resource Politics of a Contested Transboundary River (2019; with Vanessa Lamb). 

Naruemon Thabchumpon is an Assistant Professor in Politics at the Faculty of Political Science, Deputy Director for Research Affairs at the Institute of Asian Studies, and Director of the Center of Excellence of the Asian Research Center for Migration, Chulalongkorn University. Her expertise is on comparative politics and democracy, cross-border migration, and human development. She received her MA and PhD from the School of Politics and International Studies of University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Her recent political ecology related research has been on “Living with and against Floods: Socio-Economic Adaptation of Communities in Bangkok and Thailand’s Central Plain” and on the economic and social impacts of Covid-19 focusing on people, planet and inclusive society. 

Jakkrit Sangkhamanee is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Political Science in Bangkok, Thailand. He earned a PhD in Anthropology from the Australian National University, with his dissertation focusing on the ontological entanglement in the construction of knowledge on water management in the Mekong region. His work focuses on STS, specifically hydrological engineering projects related to Thai state formation, environmental infrastructure, and environmental politics. His latest publication is “Bangkok Precipitated: Cloudbursts, Sentient Urbanity, and Emergent Atmospheres” in East Asian Science, Technology and Society (EASTS). Jakkrit also serves on the editorial board of Engaging Science, Technology, and Society. 

Pongphisoot (Paul) Busbarat is Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University. He holds a PhD in Political Science & IR from Australian National University and postgraduate degrees from Columbia University and Cambridge University. His research interests include great power competition in Southeast Asia, (especially the Mekong subregion), Thailand’s foreign policy, and norms and identity in IR. Currently, Paul is working on several research projects including the study of a normative construct influencing Thailand’s foreign policy choices between the United States and China, and a study of China’s regional leadership consolidation in the Mekong subregion. His most recent publication is ‘China and Mekong Regionalism: A Reappraisal of the Formation of Lancang-Mekong Cooperation’ in Asian Politics & Policy. 

Jiraporn Laocharoenwong is a lecturer at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Chulalongkorn University. In 2020, she obtained her PhD from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, entitled ‘Re-imagining the Refugee Camp: Sovereignty and Time-Space Formation Along the Thailand-Burma Borderland’. Her current research includes a project on ‘Governing the virus: Borders, Bio-power and Migrant Bodies in Thailand’, and one on animals crossing borders and the politics of commodities, pathogens and human-animal relations in the Southeast Asian Borderland with a grant from the National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO). 

Chanatporn Limprapoowiwattana earned her PhD in Political Science 2020 from l’Université de Lausanne in Switzerland, with financial support from the Swiss Government. Her doctoral thesis was titled ‘Transnational Standardisation and the Global Production Network of Organic Rice: A Case Study of Thai Buddhist Connectivity.’ She is currently a post-doctoral researcher in CSDS researching on the urban political ecology and agri-food production networks of Bangkok City. This research seeks to understand how different practices of urban agriculture shape and reimagine the city. Overall, she is interested in exploring human-nature relationships and interactions in the context of political ecology and global food governance. 

Orapan Pratomlek is the project coordinator for CSDS. She holds a MA in International-NGO Studies from the Faculty of Social Sciences, SungKongHoe University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Her interest and work focus on issues related to the environment, social development, human rights, and empowerment. Her recent projects with CSDS have included: water governance research and a fellowship program on the Salween River; flooding and displacement in Hat Yai City, Southern Thailand; water governance and access to water in Hakha Town, Chin State, Myanmar; and on community-based tourism in Thailand recovering from COVID.  

Anisa Widyasari is currently leading the communications work for CSDS. She finished her LLM degree from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Aside from preparing the communications materials for all CSDS’ project, she is also directly contributing to CSDS’ research and providing legal perspective, mainly on the issues related to water diplomacy and transboundary water governance. Prior to joining CSDS, she worked as Advocacy Officer for Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), where she led in the legal analysis of policies affecting press freedom and freedom of expression in Southeast Asia. 

Thianchai Surimas is a PhD student in International Development Studies and Doctoral Researcher at CSDS, Chulalongkorn University. His doctoral research examines hydropolitics in the Ing River, Northern Thailand. The research aims to reveal multiple ontologies of water and its ontological politics, and to understand tensions and cooperation between multiple ontologies of water among networks of human and non-human things that are involved in water-related conflicts. The research employs a hydrosocial perspective as an analytic approach. Thianchai’s research interests include environmental justice, environmental politics and policy, climate change, migration, livelihoods, development and socio-environmental change. 

Sara K. Phillips is a Doctoral Researcher with the CSDS, where her work focuses on resource development decision-making, investigating how the law enables structural inequalities that lead to mining conflicts. At Chulalongkorn University, her doctoral research examines how actors utilize norms to shape the resource development lifecycle. Sara is a Visiting Lecturer with the Center for Global Law and Policy at Santa Clara University and a Doctoral Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute. She is a qualified attorney and holds a J.D. from Vermont Law School, an LL.M. from McGill University, and a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

Ma. Josephine Therese Emily G. Teves is a third-year doctoral candidate in International Development Studies in the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University. She is also a research fellow on the NUS-ARI Graduate Student and Online Training and Mentorship Programme on Human Rights and Peace Research for 2021. Her research examines the impacts of agrarian reform initiatives to Philippine Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs), including the impact of Japan ODA’s farm-to-market infrastructure provision in agricultural development, ARBs’ right to land, the skewed land distribution in the Philippines, and challenges of impact evaluation of infrastructure aspect in agrarian reform programs. 

Thita Ornin has interests in sustainability, peace, and social and personal well-being. She has experience in research and program development and execution in various areas including sustainable consumption and production, sustainable agriculture and livelihoods, labour rights, and urban and rural livelihoods. Thita is currently a Program Officer for the Professional Development Program on Peace and Development Studies at the Rotary Peace Center, and a PhD Candidate in International Development Studies, Chulalongkorn University. Her PhD thesis is titled ‘Post-Development and Post-Growth through the Dynamics of Alternative Agriculture Movements in Thailand’, through which she aims to contribute to understanding alternatives that can be transformative of development studies. 

Thanawat Bremard is a doctoral student from the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development based both in the Joint Research Unit “Water Management, Actors, Territories” in Montpellier, France and in the CSDS, Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand. With a background in socio-anthropology, he has been working on issues of water governance in Thailand since 2017, with a particular focus on the Bangkok Metropolitan Region for his thesis. His current research focuses on the politics of groundwater and subsidence governance, the spatialized decision-making around flood governance in eastern Bangkok and the institutional interplay around urban river governance. 

Promoting POLLEN collaboration 

Do you write with other members of POLLEN?
To gain visibility for collaborations across our network, we invite you to consider adding something along these lines to your acknowledgments: 
“This paper represents collaborative work with colleagues in the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN).”



Ajl, M. 2021, A people’s green new deal, Pluto Press,  <http://www.plutobooks.com/9780745341750/a-peoples-green-new-deal/>

Carroll, WK. (ed.), 2021, Regime of Obstruction: How Corporate Power Blocks Energy Democracy, AU Press, Athabasca University, Canada.

Chandler, D., Müller, F., and Rothe, D. (eds.) 2021, International relations in the Anthropocene: New agendas, new agencies and new approaches, Palgrave Macmillan, <https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030530136#reviews>

Horoshko, S, and Thompson, M. 2021, Wet: An Anthology of Water Poems and  Prose from the High Desert and Mountains of the Four Corners Region, Sharehouse Press, <https://books.google.com.tw/books/about/Wet.html?id=AIA8zgEACAAJ&redir_esc=y&gt;

Marco, A. 2021, Wasteocene: Stories from the global dump, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, <https://www.cambridge.org › core › elements › wasteocene>

Mc Garry, D., et al., 2021. ‘The Pluriversity for Stuck Humxns: A Queer EcoPedagogy & Decolonial School’,  In J. Russell (ed.), Queer Ecopedagogies: Explorations in Nature, Sexuality, and Education, Springer, International Explorations in Outdoor and Environmental Education book series, pp. 183-218.

Menton, M. & Le Billon, P. (eds.) 2021, Environmental Defenders: Deadly Struggles for Life and Territory, 1st edition, Routledge, <https://www.routledge.com/Environmental-Defenders-Deadly-Struggles-for-Life-and-Territory/Menton-Billon/p/book/9780367649647>

Tănăsescu, M. 2021, ‘The rights of nature as politics’, in DP. Corrigan & M. Oksanen (eds.), Rights of nature: A re-examination, 1st edition, Routledge, <https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9780367479589-5/rights-nature-politics-mihnea-tănăsescu>

Turhan, E. 2021, ‘Hands that adapt: Seasonal labour migration, climate change, and the making of adaptable subjects in Turkey’. In N. Natarajan & L. Parsons (eds.),  Climate Change in the Global Workplace: Labour, Adaptation, and Resistance, Routledge, pp. 110-128.

Watkins, C. 2021, Palm Oil Diaspora: Afro-Brazilian Landscapes and Economies on Bahia’s Dendê Coast, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge<https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/palm-oil-diaspora/1F6F07AE7D077780EB474FAB1B9242B4>


Almeida, D.V. & Reyes, M.M., 2021, Why Ecuador’s Elections Matter to Ecological Struggles, Undisciplined Environments, 29 April,<https://undisciplinedenvironments.org/2021/04/29/por-que-las-elecciones-de-ecuador-son-importantes-para-las-luchas-ecologistas-2/>&nbsp;

Benoist, L., 2021, Green is the new brown: ecology in the metapolitics of the far right, Undisciplined Environments, 4 May,<https://undisciplinedenvironments.org/2021/05/04/green-is-the-new-brown-ecology-in-the-metapolitics-of-the-far-right/>&nbsp;

Dunlap, A. 2021, Degrowth Care: Two commentaries worth mentioning, Terra Nullius: Repossessing the Existent, 19 May,

Dutta, A., Allen, J., Worsdell, T., Duffy, R., Kumar, K., Rai, N., Fischer, H., Shimray, G., Sherpa, P., 2021, Re-thinking the Global Safety Net: Local leadership in Global Conservation, Science Advances. Online e-letter, 14 May,<https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/36/eabb2824/tab-e-letters>;also accessible at <https://biosec.group.shef.ac.uk/2021/05/14/whats-wrong-with-the-global-safety-net-approach-to-conservation/> 

Hope, J., 2021, Infrastructural Citizenship: A Case for Adding Political Ecology, 
Undisciplined Environments, 6 May, <https://undisciplinedenvironments.org/

Leonardelli, I., López, G.G., & Fantini, E., 2021, Commoning through blogging: Reflections on our “Reimagining, remembering and recommoning water” series, Undisciplined Environments, 27 May,<https://undisciplinedenvironments.org/2021/05/27/commoning-through-blogging-reflections-on-our-reimagining-remembering-and-recommoning-water-series/

Luque-Lora, R. 2021, Convivial Conservation: book review and authors’ response, Political Ecology Network, 28 May, <https://politicalecologynetwork.org/

Mandorli, A., Witte, B., Sievers, E., Remmerswaal, L., Evers, N., Peet, V., Barca, S., & Venes, F., 2021, The curse of white gold?, Undisciplined Environments, 14 May, <https://undisciplinedenvironments.org/2021/05/14/the-curse-of-white-gold-debating-lithium-mining-in-portugal/>&nbsp;
Morrison, R. 2021, Ecological markets and capitalism in the 21st century, Wall Street International Magazine, 1 May,<https://wsimag.com/economy-and-politics/65615-ecological-markets-and-capitalism-in-the-21st-century

Schofield, D. 2021, Imbuing Notions of Climate Change Adaptation with Everyday Realities, Undisciplined Environments, 18 May,<https://undisciplinedenvironments.org/2021/05/18/imbuing-notions-of-climate-change-adaptation-with-everyday-realities/>

Journal articles 

Apostolopoulou, E., Chatzimentor, A., Maestre-Andres, S., et al, 2021, ‘Reviewing 15 years of research on neoliberal conservation: Towards a decolonial, interdisciplinary, intersectional and community-engaged research agenda’, Geoforum, in press, <https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0016718521001433?dgcid=author> 

Boafo, J. & Lyons, K., 2021, ‘The rhetoric and farmers’ lived realities of the green revolution in Africa: Case study of the Brong Ahafo region in Ghana’, Journal of Asian and African Studies, <https://doi-org/10.1177/00219096211019063> 

Benjaminsen, T. A. & Ba, B. 2021, ‘Fulani-Dogon killings in Mali: Farmer-herder conflicts as insurgency and counter insurgency’, African Security, <https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19392206.2021.1925035> 

Buran, S., Dedeoğlu, Ç., Kümbet, P. & Tuncel, Y. 2021, ‘Posthumanisms beyond disciplines’, Journal of Posthumanism, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-4,

Joslin, A. 2021. Labor as a Linchpin in Ecosystem Services Conservation: Appropriating Value from Collective Institutions? Capitalism Nature Socialism,<https://doi.org/10.1080/10455752.2021.1927126>&nbsp;

Koot, S. & Fletcher, R. 2021, ‘Donors on tour: Philanthrotourism in Africa’, Annals of Tourism Research, Vol 89,

Movik, S., Benjaminsen, T.A. & Richardson, T. 2021, ‘Making maps, making claims: the politics and practices of visualisation in environmental governance’, Landscape Research, Vol. 46, No. 2, pp. 143-151 <DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2021.1879034> 

Siriwardane-de Zoysa, R. 2021, ‘Decolonizing Seascapes: Imaginaries and Silences on an Island Hub’, Postcolonial Interventions, Vol. VI, No. I,


Royal Anthropological Society conference 

The 2020 Royal Anthropological Society conference will be held 25 to 29 October 2021 online with a theme  of Anthropology and Conservation. A panel on “Market-Based Instruments for Conservation and Indigenous Peoples”,  panel P063 is soliciting papers. All proposals must be made via the online form by 2 July 2021, and decisions will be conveyed to proposers by 16 July.

The direct link for this panel is https://nomadit.co.uk/conference/rai2021/paper-form/10331 

Papers should be approximately 15 minutes long, and proposals should consist of a title, a (very) short abstract of <300 characters, and an abstract of 250 words. 

Journal of Posthumanism invites contributions to the second issue of the Journal of Posthumanism, an  international peer-reviewed scholarly journal promoting innovative work to transverse the fields ranging from  social sciences, humanities, and arts to medicine and STEM. 

Submission Deadline: 2 August 2021 

All submissions should follow the latest guidelines of APA style referencing. You are welcome to submit full-length papers (5000-6000 words), commentaries (1000-2000 words), book reviews, interviews, and artistic works. 

Please direct any queries about the journal to posthumanism@tplondon.com 

More information at https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/announcement/view/15  

Palgrave Handbook of Southern Green Criminology invites chapter proposals. 

This handbook is the ultimate collection of essays reflecting the growth and diversity of Southern Green  Criminology. Therefore, this call seeks to attract original thinkers from the Global South who are creators and  carriers of Southern epistemologies. Additionally, this publication pursues ethnic, gender and geographical  representativity.  

If you are interested, please send an abstract of between 120 and 200 words as soon as possible to d.r.goyes@jus.uio.no. The latest submission deadline is 1st July 2021. 

The complete first drafts are due March 20, 2022 and the total word length is between 7.000 and 8.000 words. 


Territorial Conflicts in Patagonia: Extractivism and the Struggle for Buen Vivir 
On 3rd June during 7:00-8:30 pm (BST). Online event. 
A bilingual gathering with speakers from Patagonia 
Organised by Argentina Solidarity Campaign. 
More info and free registration here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/territorial-conflicts-in-patagonia-tickets-153312394499 

Invitation for a book review 

Climate Change Justice and Global Resource Common
Local and Global Postcolonial Political Ecologies 

By Shangrila Joshi 

The book engages in a multi-scalar political ecological analysis of the climate crisis and seeks to articulate a geography of climate justice. It presents a layered analysis of the global and local politics of climate change, including case studies featuring India and Nepal.  

The publisher offers a complimentary copy for review. Any interested reviewers could directly contact, Matt Shobbrook, Editorial Assistant: 
matthew.shobbrook@tandf.co.uk for a complimentary copy of the book (print or digital). 


4 PhD positions at Wageningen University: Living rivers and new water justice movements 

Are you interested in understanding how different actors know, value, and strive to shape river systems in diverging ways? Do you want to learn specifically about approaches for enlivening rivers that are promoted by grassroots water justice movements? Then this could be the perfect PhD opportunity for you! 
The Water Resources Management (WRM) Group at Wageningen University is looking for four highly motivated candidates who want to engage with rivers, environmental justice, and social movements in Europe and Latin America in a transdisciplinary, cross-cultural and collaborative way. It promises to be an exciting collaborative research project! For more information, see: 

Other news items

The Wageningen Political Ecology PhD summer school, to be held online 21-30 June 2021, with the theme: Authoritarian Natures? Political Ecologies of Post-Truth, the State and Social Ruptures – 3 ECTS 

Confirmed lecturer-facilitators: Rob Fletcher (Wageningen), Mindi Schneider (Wageningen), Leila Harris (British Columbia), Ariadne Collins (St Andrews), Erik Swyngedouw (Manchester), Rob Coates (Wageningen), Laila Sandroni (ESALQ, São Paulo), Esha Shah (Wageningen), Garrett Graddy-Lovelace (American), Bram Büscher (Wageningen), and Farhana Sultana (Syracuse). 

One 2.5-hour session/day (from 15.30 or 16.00 CEST) over eight days.  

Register at https://www.uu.se/en/about-uu/join-us/details/?positionId=396890 

The University of Barcelona School of Economics is organizing a summer school on Ecological and Feminist Macroeconomics held during 12-16 July 2021.  

If you are interested in pluralist economics and new economics, you can’t miss this course! Some of the best  scholars from both ecological and  feminist economics will introduce the topics and present their cutting-edge research. 

Registration is open until 11 June 2021 at https://www.ub.edu/school-economics/summer-crash-course 

POLLEN April 2021 Newsletter

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends, 

There are lots of updates to share this month, including an introduction to the POLLEN node at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, CfPs, publications from our community, opportunities to join workshops, teaching resources on political ecology, and much more.  

We would like to hear from nodes who are keen to feature their work in the upcoming newsletters – please drop us a line at politicalecologynetwork@gmail.com if your group is interested. We also welcome contributions to the POLLEN blog – we had some great spontaneous offers over the last month and would like to keep these coming! Please write to us at the same email address if you are interested in contributing.

On a final note, we have noticed that some of our node contact details are bouncing – please keep us posted about any changes to your node contacts at the POLLEN email address above. 

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

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Getting to know your fellow POLLEN members

Each monthly newsletter includes a brief introduction to one of the many POLLEN nodes to help build connections across our community. This month we would like to introduce you to the Political Ecology Working Group of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. 

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s POLLEN node 


The Political Ecology Working Group of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa brings together faculty, researchers, and graduate students from across the university for seminars and other events. A number of unique characteristics of the university contribute to the forms of inquiry into political ecology engaged by the group. Principal among these is the importance of issues relating to the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander experience, and to questions of sovereignty and the colonial pasts of Pacific places. The university’s engagement with Asia and its centrality within discussions of coastal and oceanic environments also contribute to the nature of conversations about political ecology taking place there, as does the importance of tourism to the state’s economy. Members of the group have been known to go surfing together.

More information can be found in:
Website: http://www.politicalecologysurfers.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PolEco_Surfers
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/politicalecologysurfers

Node members

Mary Mostafanezhad is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her work is broadly focused on development and socio-environmental change in Southeast Asia. Her current National Science Foundation-funded research examines the political ecology of seasonal air pollution in northern Thailand. She is the co-editor-in-chief of Tourism Geographies: An International Journal of Tourism Space, Place and Environment and a co-editor of the Critical Green Engagements Series of the University of Arizona Press.

Jonathan Padwe is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His research looks at the relationship between social and environmental change in the highlands of mainland Southeast Asia. This work is based on several years of fieldwork in Cambodia’s northeast highlands, along the border with Vietnam, as well as on archival research conducted at Cambodia’s National Archives and at the Archives Nationalesd’Outre-Mer, the French colonial archive in Aix-en-Provence.

Carolyn Stephenson is a professor in Political Science, where she teaches Global Environmental Politics, international relations, peace studies, and conflict resolution courses. She did her BA at Mount Holyoke College, MA, and PhD at Ohio State. She has written on the development of peace studies and environmental studies and on environment and women’s issues at the UN. A founder of the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association in 1977 and was its chair in 1985-89. She serves as a mediator and taught conflict resolution as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Cyprus in 2002. She directs the Hawaii Model UN.

Olivia Meyer (she/her) is an incoming Geography and Environment PhD student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is currently completing her M.A. in Geography at the University of Kentucky. Her research centers on power and environmental discourses as they relate to plastic waste in Thailand. As such, she is particularly interested in feminist political ecologies, feminist and Marxist critiques of ‘expertise,’ environmental subjectivity, and critical Thai studies. She served as Conference Chair of the 10th Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference and has master’s research and horticulture work experience in Bangkok, Thailand.

Jaimey Hamilton Faris is Associate Professor of Art History and Critical Theory and affiliate faculty in Pacific Islands Studies, International Cultural Studies, and Environmental Humanities at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa. Her research focuses on global infrastructures, ecologies, and creativities including Uncommon Goods: The Global Dimensions of the Readymade (2013); a special issue of Art Margins on Capitalist Realism (2015); a volume of experimental eco-criticism, The Almanac for the Beyond (2019); and the exhibition, Inundation: Art and Climate Change in the Pacific (2020). She is currently working on a book project about contemporary “water art” practices.

Michelle Harangody is a PhD candidate in the Geography and Environment department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her work engages with political ecology, STS, neoliberal conservation, and critical tourism studies through analyses of coral conservation and restoration. Her dissertation research, supported by the Fulbright US Student Program, examines the political ecology of coral restoration in Thailand at the conservation-tourism nexus. She received a B.A. and M.S. in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and an M.A. in Geography from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Laura Williams is a PhD candidate in the Geography and Environment department at the University of HawaiʻiMānoa. She is interested in the relationship between shifting agrarian environments and processes of capital accumulation, urban development, alienation, and increasing rural inequality. Her dissertation is looking at these themes on the island of Kauaʻi through the analysis of alternative agriculture and its related activism. She has previously worked on university and community college sustainability programming, farming, and outdoor recreation projects. She received her MS in Geography and Environmental Resources from Southern Illinois University.

Foley Pfalzgraf is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Supported by a Fulbright-Hays award, her dissertation research interrogates the role of nature-based solutions, particularly carbon forest offsetting, in Vanuatu and the extent to which these programs are able to meaningfully provide climate justice. She draws inspiration from theories in Pacific studies, political ecology, and STS. Foley has experience working in community-based economic development in Hawaiʻi as well as at environmental nonprofits. She received her BA in International Studies from American University, an MSc in Nature, Society, and Environmental Governance from the University of Oxford, and an MA in Geography from the University of Hawaiʻi.

Aya H. Kimura is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawai`i-Mānoa. Her research is broadly focused on agro-food issues, gender, and technoscience. Her books include Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists: The Gender Politics of Food Contamination after Fukushima (Duke, recipient of the Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society for Social Studies of Science) and Hidden Hunger: Gender and Politics of Smarter Foods (Cornell, recipient of the Outstanding Scholarly Award from the Rural Sociological Society). She is currently conducting a project on agrobiodiversity and fermentation.

Brendan Flanagan is a PhD student in the Anthropology Department at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.  His ongoing research project is focused on the politics of forest conservation in Southern Myanmar.  He is interested in how different conceptions of the natural world run up against each other and the tensions that arise from those encounters.  He is currently thinking about how particular places, understood as intersections of materials, knowledge, and skills, come to be central to people’s ethical and political engagements.

Ci Yan Sara Loh is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Her research broadly focuses on centering indigenous ecological knowledge in the spaces where disaster, development, and social justice collide in the forests of Peninsular Malaysia, where she is from. She has previously worked in social and environmental policy, community development, and heritage conservation in Malaysia. She received her MA in Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation from the University of Sussex and a BA in Music and Development from Smith College.

Leah Bremer is Research Faculty with the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization and the Water Resources Research Center. As a human-environment geographer by training, she views social and environmental challenges and solutions as critically linked and works on a variety of collaborative projects focused on sustainable and equitable water and environmental management in Hawaiʻi and Latin America. She is also cooperating faculty in UH Mānoa’s Departments of Geography and Environment, Natural Resources and Environmental Management, and the Biocultural Initiative of the Pacific, as well as a Research Associate at Fundación Cordillera Tropical, an NGO in Ecuador.

Promoting POLLEN collaboration 

Do you write with other members of POLLEN?

To gain visibility for collaborations across our network, we invite you to consider adding something along these lines to your acknowledgments: 
“This paper represents collaborative work with colleagues in the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN).”

Beban, A. 2021. Unwritten Rule: State-Making through Land Reform in Cambodia. Cornell University Press. 
Doig, T. (ed). 2021. Living with the Climate Crisis: Voices from Aotearoa. Bridget Williams Books. <https://www.bwb.co.nz/books/living-climate-crisis/>
Horricks, I. 2021. Where we Swim. Victoria University Press. 
Wedekind, J. 2021. Anatomy of a White Elephant: Investment Failure and Land Conflicts on Ethiopia’s Oromia–Somali Frontier, in: Gabbert, E.; Gebresenbet, F.; Galaty, J.G.; Schlee, G. (eds.) Lands of the Future: Anthropological Perspectives 
on Pastoralism, Land Deals and Tropes of Modernity in Eastern Africa
, Berghahn: New York / Oxford, pp. 167–188.<https://berghahnbooks.com/title/GabbertLands/loc?fbclid=IwAR0gwYuGjwWlHYCWug_RmulYuw1fHwVTvYSJ6mMgr5LM_NBZp-Ua8LB4Ay4>.


Croft, F. &Farrelly, T. 2021. Tackling Plastic Pollution in New Zealand’s Fin Fishing Industry. London: The Association of Commonwealth Universities [Technical Report]. 


Bretschko, Sarah 2021. Women’s bodies as sites of struggle: resisting the commodification of knowledge about female pleasure. Undisciplined Environments:

Chertkovskaya, Ekaterina and Paulsson, Alexander. 2021 On the destructive forces of the capitalist mode of production: Or, how to counter corporate violence with degrowth. Undisciplined Environments:  

Grinfeld, Rafa. 2021. Book review: “Enlightenment and Ecology: The Legacy of Murray Bookchin in the 21st Century” (Black Rose Books, 2021). Undisciplined Environments:<https://undisciplinedenvironments.org/2021/04/07/enlightenment-and-ecology-the-legacy-of-murray-bookchin-in-the-21st-century-book-review/>

Klüppelberg, Achim. 2021. Nucleocrats Don’t Sleep. Undisciplined Environments:  

Krawczyk, Felix. 2021. Forests are not just sites of climate mitigation. Undisciplined Environments:<https://undisciplinedenvironments.org/2021/03/03/forests-are-not-just-sites-of-climate-mitigation/>

Phelps, Jacob. (2021) Political Ecology in the courtroom. Political Ecology Network: <https://politicalecologynetwork.org/2021/04/12/political-ecology-in-the-courtroom/>

Ryneveld, Tara van. (2021) The digital divide as “smart” city inequality. Undisciplined Environments:<https://undisciplinedenvironments.org/2021/03/11/the-digital-divide-as-smart-city-inequality/

Schockling, Amanda. (2021) Poor health in redlined neighborhoods of Houston, Texas. Undisciplined Environments:

Shrestha, Ankita. (2021) When honesty is not the best policy: the ethical dilemma of sharing research findings. Undisciplined Environments: 

Woelfle-Erskine, Cleo. (2021) How imaginaries shift in places: Native and settler politics of water and salmon. Undisciplined Environments: 

Journal articles 

Adams, S., Farrelly, T., & Holland, J 2021. Non-formal Education for Sustainable Development: A Case Study of the ‘Children in the Wilderness’ Eco-Club Programme in the Zambezi Region. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development. Vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 117-139,DOI:<10.1177/0973408220980871>

Al-Saidi, M., & Hussein, H 2021. ‘The Water-Energy-Food Nexus and COVID-19: Towards a Systematization of Impacts and Responses’, Science of the Total Environment, vol. 779, DOI:<10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146529>

Atkins, E. and Hope, J 2021. ‘Contemporary political ecologies of hydropower: Insights from Bolivia and Brazil’,Journal of Political Ecology, Vol. 28, no.1, pp. 246-265<https://journals.librarypublishing.arizona.edu/jpe/article/2363/galley/2519/view/>

Atkins, E., Follis, L.,Neimark, B. D. and Thomas, V 2021. ‘Uneven development, crypto-regionalism, and the (un-)tethering of nature in Quebec’, Geoforum, Vol. 122, pp. 63-73, DOI:<10.1016/j.geoforum.2020.12.019>

Barnaud, C., Fischer, A., Staddon, S., Blackstock, K., Moreau, C., Corbera, E., Hester, A., Mathevet, R., McKee, A., Reyes, J., Sirami, C., & Eastwood, A 2021. ‘Is Forest Regeneration Good for Biodiversity? Exploring the Social Dimensions of an Apparently Ecological Debate’, Environmental Science & Policy, Vol. 120, pp. 63-72, DOI:<10.1016/j.envsci.2021.02.012

Bluwstein, J., Asiyanbi, A.P., Dutta A., et al 2021.‘Commentary: Underestimating the challenges of avoiding a ghastly future. Frontiers in Conservation Science

Büscher, B. & Fletcher, R. 2020. The Conservation Revolution: Radical Ideas for Saving Nature beyond the Anthropocene. A review by Rogelio Luque-Lora. The Philosopher, pp. 94-99.<https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349145238_

Ece, M. 2021. ‘Creating property out of insecurity: territorialization and legitimation of REDD+ in Lindi, Tanzania’, The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law. DOI: <10.1080/07329113.2021.1900512>

Farrelly, T. A., Borrelle, S.B., & Fuller, S. 2021. The strengths and weaknesses of pacific islands plastic pollution policy frameworks. Sustainability. Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 1-42. DOI:<10.3390/su13031252>

Ferguson, C.E. 2021. A rising tide does not lift all boats: Intersectional analysis
reveals inequitable impacts of the seafood trade in fishing communities. Frontiers in Marine Science, DOI: <10.3389/fmars.2021.625389>

Holm, Nick. 2020. Consider the (Feral) Cat: Ferality, Biopower, and the Ethics of Predation.  Society & Animals, pp. 1-17, DOI: <10.1163/15685306-BJA10006>

Jakobsen, J & Westengen O.T 2021. The imperial maize assemblage: maize 
dialectics in Malawi and India. The Journal of Peasant Studies. pp. 1-25,
DOI: <10.1080/03066150.2021.1890042

Massarella, K., Nygren, A., Fletcher, R., Büscher, B., Kiwango, W.A., Komi, S., Krauss, J.E., Mabele, M.B., McInturff, A., Sandroni, L.T. and Alagona, P.S. 2021. ‘Transformation beyond conservation: how critical social science can contribute to a radical new agenda in biodiversity conservation’, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Vol. 49, pp.79-87. DOI:<10.1016/j.cosust.2021.03.005

Mitchell, A., Farrelly, T., & Andrews, R. 2020. ‘We’re Hands-on People’: 
Decolonising Diabetes Treatment in an Aboriginal Community in Northern Territory, Australia. Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology & Cultural Studies, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 5-18. 

Radhuber I. M. & Chávez León M. &Andreucci D., (2021) “Expansión extractivista, 
resistenciacomunitaria y ‘despojo político’ en Bolivia”, Journal of Political Ecology, Vol. 28, No. 1. pp. 205-223. DOI:<10.2458/jpe.2360

Van der Hoeven, Sara. 2021. Guns and Conservation: Protecting Wildlife and Ensuring “Peace and Security” in Northern Kenya. Mambo! Vol. XVIII, no. 1. <https://mambo.hypotheses.org/3043>

Vela-Almeida, D., Torres, N. 2021. ‘Consultation in Ecuador: institutional fragility and 
participation in National Extractive Policy’, Latin American Perspectives, pp. 1-20. 
DOI: <10.1177/0094582X211008148

Voskoboynik, D. M., & Andreucci, D 2021. “Greening extractivism: Environmental 
discourses and resource governance in the ‘Lithium Triangle’.” Environment and 
Planning E: Nature and Space.DOI:<10.1177/25148486211006345>


Sustainable and Personal Urban Mobility-Pluridisciplinary Perspectives on Personal Mobility in the Urban Landscape

This highly interdisciplinary book will gather information on scholarly thinking, research projects, case studies, and other initiatives which may showcase how sustainability and urban mobility may be integrated. Encompassing aspects of general sustainability, but also legal aspects, ethical components, and sociological, health, and economic considerations on personal mobility in the shared urban landscape, the book will amass a comprehensive body of information and expertise, providing a unique contribution to the literature on the topic. As such, it will be a timely resource for policymakers, academia, universities, and the concerned citizen trying to make sense of the rapid changes in the urban environment and to foresee what the near future will bring.

Expressions of interest to contribute to the book, consisting of 500 words extended abstract introducing the topic, approach, and methodology, and providing the author(s) contact details, should be sent to iusdrp@ls.haw-hamburg.de

The deadline is 10th July 2021. Full papers are due by 10th October 2021. The chapters in final form should be between 4,000 – 7,000 words including references.


Special Issue on Promises of growth and sustainability in the bioeconomy of the Journal for Sustainable Consumption and Production 

The aim of this Special Issue is to shed light on the nexus of sustainability, 
technology, and growth within the bioeconomy from multidisciplinary, critical, and constructive perspectives.
Special Issue is a cooperation between Forschungszentrum Juelich as a topical editor (Sandra Venghaus) and the Junior Research Group flumen as guest editors (Dr. Dennis Eversberg, Dr. Martin Fritz, Lilian Pungas).
Dr. Dennis Eversberg     dennis.eversberg@uni-jena.de
Dr. Martin Fritz                martin.fritz@uni-jena.de
Lilian Pungas                   lilian.pungas@uni-jena.de

The deadline is 30th June 2021
Papers will be peer-reviewed and the aim is to have final papers accepted and sent to production by 30th November 2021, which should mean the special issue can be finalized by the end of the year/early 2022. All information you need as an author with this journal you can find here.

Decentering urban climate financeRelational comparison in theory and practice  

As a network of scholars researching urban finance and climate action from a variety of perspectives, this research expands such agenda theoretically and empirically. With this workshop series funded by the Urban Studies Foundation, the structured dialogue and relational comparison across places, practices, markets, and beyond will be fostered.

Participants selected will meet for two workshops in Durham (UK) in October 2021 and Zurich (Switzerland) in May 2022. The paired workshops and collective writing process will produce a special issue in an urban studies journal, focused on exploring and furthering these broadened geographies of climate finance. The workshops will also promote longer-term networking and collaboration opportunities for participants (e.g. cross-promotion of research through the UrbanCliFi network website; work toward larger research bids).

Deadline for abstract submission: 7th May 2021.
For more information, visit https://www.urbanclifi.com/cfp 


A two-day long, online conference on “The farmers’ protest, a pioneering field for 
social sciences” on the 14th and 15th of May 2021. This event will take place under 
the aegis of OP Jindal Global University (Haryana) and with the support of the 
Global Environmental Justice (GEJ) Group of University of East Anglia (UK). 

The multidisciplinary online conference will make room for a wide range of approaches of a major social movement, including political science, sociology, anthropology, 
geography, history, law, and economy; presentation formats will include academic 
papers, field notes, work in progress, and talks by activists & journalists. It will 
gather established and renowned scholars from agrarian studies and other fields, as 
well as early-career researchers and PhD students from India, France, the UK, the 
US, and more… 

LINK TO REGISTER: https://forms.office.com/r/PedUGKMQjQ 


Postdoctoral Research Scholar, re-Engineered @ Arizona State University 
College of Global Futures: School for the Future of Innovation in Society 
Location: Tempe, AZ 
Open Date: 6 Apr 2021 

Description: Inciting a social movement of engineers, scientists, and other 
professionals to address environmental/climate/energy justice challenges 

APPLY HERE: https://apply.interfolio.com/86218 

The postdoctoral fellow will be a core team member of re-Engineered, an interdisciplinary group at Arizona State University that is working to build a social movement of engineering for environmental protection and social justice. 
See www.reengineered.org for more detail. 

The postdoctoral fellow will build on the foundations of a project funded by the 
National Science Foundation and a number of other projects.

PhD position 

An AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award at the University of Hull 
The project is titled ‘Mahogany, Enslaved Africans, Miskito Indigenous People at Chiswick House, Kenwood, and Marble Hill London’ and will be supervised by Professor Joy Porter (University of Hull)  and Dr.Esmé Whittaker (English Heritage). 
The four-year PhD programme will explore the cultural significance and intercultural narratives surrounding mahogany in U.K. heritage environments. It will examine mahogany-related processes of exchange that link three English Heritage properties (Chiswick House, Kenwood and Marble Hill, London), Miskito-African American Indigenous environmental brokers, and enslaved Africans in the West Indies and Central America. 
Here is a link to the application form: 

Other news items

Call for participation

The Institute of Development Studies is looking for people to record short videos about what climate justice means to them, and why it’s important. If you can get involved, please email Sophie Robinson at s.robinson@ids.ac.uk for more details and instructions. The videos will be shared via social media as part of the build-up to the COP26 climate conference. 

Political ecology teaching resources 

A series of short videos explaining the complexities of environmental governance is available:

The resources include a video on Peluso and Ribot’sclassic paper on the Theory of Access.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrlJQZMywTk&list=PLGS78lExn0n2NJpqHw75bcVVj2UlVcNxS&index=4&t=1s

Understanding “desertification” and pastoralism in the Sahel: A two-part 
documentary film on European myths about the desert city of Timbuktu in West 
Africa on the edge of the Sahara 

Part 1 – African Eldorado or End of the World? 
Part 2 – Where Water is Life and Milk is Food