Co-conveners: Ekin Kurtiç – Brandeis University, Crown Center for Middle East Studies Aybike Alkan – TU Berlin, Institut für Philosophie, Literatur-, Wissenschafts- & Technikgeschichte Maral Erol – Işık University, Humanities and Social Sciences Department
In the last decade, scholarship at the intersection of political ecology and science and technology studies (STS) has been on the rise. The intellectual alignment of these fields of study has materialized as a result of particular shifts in each field, making the overlaps and differences between these fields more visible. While political ecologists have paid increased attention to questions of knowledge production concerning the environment, STS scholars have shown a growing interest in considering the political entanglements of environmental scientific knowledge (Goldman and Turner 2011: 5) and in deepening the incorporation of political economic and geopolitical analyses in their works (Kaşdoğan 2016). Moreover, political ecologists’ expanding interest in the materiality of ecological life has led to a novel interest in concepts and methodologies of STS (Robbins 2011: 76).
This panel discussion aims to revisit the new perspectives, potentials, and limitations revealed through this cross-fertilization at a time of intensifying ecological destruction and resulting injustices and struggles, as well as of expanding attacks on environmental science, especially considering that STS has been blamed for having contributed to the post-truth era and to the suspicions around issues of climate change (Fuller 2016). We welcome empirical and theoretical contributions addressing how the insights of political ecology and STS can inform each other.
The guiding questions include but are not limited to: ● Combining STS and political ecology perspectives, how do we reach a more robust and complex analytical and theoretical approach in understanding environmental change? ● What kind of new perspectives do social studies of scientists and technical experts provide in political ecological inquiries? ● How and to what extent do STS concepts and methodologies engage with ecological justice, equity, and rights – issues that have long been at the center of political ecology? ● How can the political ecology perspective open or foreclose new ways of understanding the politics of and around environmental knowledge production and circulation, particularly regarding climate change? ● What are the potentials and/or limitations of the intersection of political ecology and STS in exploring and contributing to radical, decolonial, and emancipatory ecologies? ● Which socio-ecological themes and topics lend themselves well to and would benefit from a political ecological analysis informed by STS (and vice versa)?
We invite panel presentations that reflect on these questions or any related ones based on empirical research or conceptual reflection. If you want to join our panel session, please send your abstract (max. 250 words) to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com no later than January 26th, 2022. Please include the presentation title, 4-5 keywords, affiliation (if applicable), and contact information in your abstract.
Goldman, M. J. and Turner, M. D (2011) “Introduction,” In Knowing nature: conversations at the intersection of political ecology and science studies. Goldman, M. J., Nadasdy, P., & Turner, M. D. (Eds.). (2011).. University of Chicago Press.
OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city centre and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.
The Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI) has approximately 550 employees and 7000 students and is located in Oslo and Akershus. The Faculty is comprised of four departments as well as the National Centre of Multicultural Education (NAFO). The Faculty educates tomorrow’s teachers from kindergarten through upper secondary school, in close cooperation with the field of practical training. The Faculty offers a PhD in Education. In addition, the Faculty offers development studies and studies in sign language and interpreting. Diversity is a core value for the Faculty and its activities. The Faculty’s research and development focuses on practical training and is both profession-oriented and internationally oriented.
The Department of International Studies and Interpreting (IST) has leading scholars in development studies, sign language interpreting, and interpreting in the public sector, and its activities are characterised by extensive international research and cooperation. The department offers bachelor’s degrees in development studies, public sector interpreting and sign language interpreting, as well as a master’s degree in international education and development, and sign language didactics in the master’s degree in primary education. In addition, the department offers a number of continuing education courses.
PhD Fellowship position: Critical education to transform the world
The Faculty of Education and International Studies announces a fully funded three-year research fellowship position for studies about education’s relationship to global sustainability challenges and transformations. The fellowship position is in the Department of International Studies and Interpreting, affiliated with the Section for Development Studies, and the research group Development, Power, and Inequality. The project leader, Professor Tom G. Griffiths, is a member of the Development, Power, and Inequality research group, whose members carry out cross-disciplinary research analysing the nature of and inequalities in development within historical and current political and economic structures and power relations in the Global South. This extends to work considering the actual and potential roles of formal and informal education in realising current and/or reconceptualised models of development.
Apply by: 1 February 2022
Area of research
A three-year PhD Fellowship position is vacant at the Department of International Studies and Interpreting in the Section for Development Studies. The PhD candidate will work independently, but in close co-operation with the project leader, and with other academic staff in the section. The candidate will engage in critical research examining education about approaches to sustainable development, with emphasis on targets such as universal well-being across time and space on the one hand, and models of economic growth on the other. The global context includes initiatives like ‘Education for Sustainable Development’, associated with the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which the UN characterised as ‘17 Goals to Transform Our World’. Projects may focus on educational interventions that prepare students to critically consider such targets and approaches, and/or provide analyses of how transformative projects associated with world-systems analysis, political economy, political ecology, or degrowth, might be included in education. The project is grounded in critical analyses of the actual and potential roles of education in response to global challenges of sustainable development and climate justice.
The fellowship position is a 100% position for three years, available from 01.09.2022. The successful applicant(s) should have the goal to complete the PhD programme within this time frame and receive a Ph.D.
Applicants must submit a PhD project description with the application based on the template available here. The PhD project description must be in English. Potential applicants are asked to get in touch with the contact person for the overall project for additional information about the project and input on the planned individual project description.
Required qualifications and terms:
Successful applicants must have completed a master’s degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a grade B or better, and in addition have a background in educational studies, teacher education or comparative and international education, development studies, or other relevant education at a comparable level. For more information, see Admission requirements. Foreign diplomas must be translated into English by the degree-conferring institution. Education taken in other countries than Norway should be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and an authorized copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
Admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Education and International Studies is a prerequisite.
Successful applicants must have excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
Vacancy Description: School of Geography and Sustainable Development Salary: £34,304 per annum Start Date: 11 April 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter Fixed term until 10 April 2023
We invite applications from candidates with interests in Geography and Sustainable Development, particularly those with expertise in Political Ecology, and commitment to excellence in teaching. You will contribute to the highly successful undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in Geography and Sustainable Development at St Andrews, with opportunities to interact with our excellent research clusters.
Your role will involve engaging the interest and motivation of students and inspiring them to learn by fostering debate and developing their ability to engage in critical discourse and rational thinking. You will work as a member of our teaching teams under the overall direction of the School’s Director of Teaching. You will have excellent organisational and administrative skills, and the ability to communicate complex information and ideas effectively. You will be encouraged to seek ways to improve performance by reflecting on teaching design and delivery, and by analysing feedback.
You will have completed, or be about to complete, a PhD in Human Geography, Sustainable Development, Environmental Studies, or a related field with a specialisation in Political Ecology or Environmental Justice. Experience with a range of teaching formats, including lectures, IT labs, tutorials, seminars, practical and field classes as well as the supervision of group work would be an advantage, as would experience of teaching within the Scottish university system.
This is a full time post on a fixed term contract until 10 April 2023.
Applications are particularly welcome from people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in Geography & Sustainable Development posts at the University.
Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the St Andrews experience. We strive to create a fair and inclusive culture demonstrated through our commitment to diversity awards (Athena Swan, Carer Positive, LGBT Charter, Race Charters and Stonewall). We celebrate diversity by promoting profiles of BAME, LGBTIQ+ staff and supporting networks including the Staff BAME Network; Staff with Disabilities Network; Staff LGBTIQ+ Network; and the Staff Parents & Carers Network. Full details available online: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/.
The School of Earth and Sustainability (SES) at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a full-time, benefit eligible, tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Environmental policy (#605899). We seek an environmental policy social scientist who will contribute to existing strengths in research, teaching, and practice within SES. We welcome applicants with interdisciplinary training and research experience in the field of environmental policy and governance related to human, policy, and justice dimensions of climate change, adaptation and/or mitigation, equitable renewable and sustainable energy system transitions, or other policy topics related to environmental sustainability. The successful candidate will prioritize SES’s efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion while engaging students, faculty, and external stakeholders on challenging issues critical to a just and sustainable society. This position builds on university strengths in Environmental Sustainability. Scholars are sought to develop new collaborations that will enable interdisciplinary science-based applied scholarship and teaching on local to global sustainability challenges. The successful candidate is required to maintain an active research program, provide quality teaching for SES, and contribute service to the School, the university, and profession. We encourage applications by candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of NAU and who value cultural, ethnic, and racial differences.
For full consideration, apply for position #605899 by 21 January 2022.
Northern Arizona University sits at the base of mountains sacred to Indigenous peoples throughout the region. We honor their past, present, and future generations who have lived here for millennia and will forever call this place home.
The Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) at the University of Oslo has a vacant 3-year PhD-position to work with the project “Pandemic Entanglements: The Political Ecology of Industrial Meat Production in the Pandemic Era (PANDEMEAT)” funded by the Research Council of Norway.
The PhD candidate will study how people involved in poultry production and consumption in Norway frame (narrate, define, articulate) and understand what it means to live and deal with past and ongoing outbreaks of avian influenza. This involves conducting primarily qualitative fieldwork in Norway, including speaking with stakeholders from various industries, social backgrounds and levels of governance, and reviewing documents and texts (official regulations, reports, media coverage, etc.). High competence in Norwegian and previous experience of conducting qualitative research will be an asset.
The candidate’s research provide the candidate with the opportunity to obtain a PhD in the social sciences.
The candidate must have completed an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at Master ́s degree level. Relevant academic fields include in no particular order, human geography, social anthropology, sociology, gender studies, science and technology studies, history, media studies, political communication, political sciences, development studies and development, environment and cultural change.
Minimum B for both GPA and Master thesis
Documented proficiency in both written and oral English
Documented sufficient knowledge of a Scandinavian language
Documented experience with qualitative research methods
How to apply
The application should include
A letter of intent (max 1.5 pages)
The applicant’s complete CV
Electronic copy of Master´s thesis if available
Certified copies of relevant transcripts and diplomas
Documentation of proficiency in a Scandinavian language and English
Contact details for two references
A research proposal that specifies a clearly defined research question, explicit and achievable aims and objectives, a brief description of a relevant conceptual or theoretical framework to answer the research question, a methods section that convincingly relates to the research question and objectives, a list of references and a progress plan. Methods may include but are not limited to participant observation, qualitative interviews, surveys, discourse analysis, visual ethnography. The maximum word count is 1500 words (excluding references and progress plan).
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview, which will be conducted in English and Norwegian.
A copy of the research project is available upon request.
Professor Mariel Aguilar-Støen (firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of office Gitte Egenberg (email@example.com)
Kirstine Lund Christiansen, University of Copenhagen
Adeniyi Asiyanbi, University of British Columbia Okanagan
Jens Friis Lund, University of Copenhagen
Forest carbon offsetting continues to stumble through various crises – unrelenting global deforestation, growing severity of wildfires and other extreme weather events, widespread criticisms and local resistance, and enduring problems of additionality, leakage, and permanence (Gifford 2020; Hajdu and Fischer 2017; Asiyanbi and Lund 2020; Milne et al. 2019). Nevertheless, carbon forestry initiatives have found renewed impetus from the Glasgow Climate Pact and the proliferating promises of net-zero carbon emissions by governments and corporations. Market capital increasingly penetrates carbon forestry initiatives through growing marketization of publicly-funded projects, through plans and evidence of carbon market expansion and integration, and through the inflow of market finance and philanthro-capital. While the intensification of neoliberal capitalism and associated exclusionary and violent logics in carbon forests and wider conservation landscapes is being rationalized through particular narratives of escalating environmental breakdown (Le Billon 2021), carbon forests also serve as a fix for capital’s crisis of accumulation and related crisis of legitimacy (Palmer 2021; Carton 2019). Furthermore, forest carbon offsetting initiatives themselves both precipitate and are confronted by various other kinds of crises across local project sites, verification chains, and across spaces of offset trading and ‘consumption’. Understanding the logics and effects of these crises requires investigations of both the broader, interconnected structures of capital, science, and politics within which carbon forestry is embedded as well as the relations, actions, and motivations of actors operating in various parts of the carbon forestry network.
In this session, we are interested in the many crises in/of forest carbon offsetting, and we explore this from two angles around which political ecology can offer important insights. First, political ecology work can contribute to our understanding of the entanglements of capital and crises in forest carbon offsetting, including the ways in which crisis narratives invite and legitimize specific flows and logics of capital and the ways that actors attempt to repurpose, obscure and side-step crises, risks and complexities in order to tentatively sustain the circuits of capital and offsets (Frewer 2021; Milne and Mahanty 2019). Here, political ecology can also uncover the power-laden nature and effects of discourses, practices, and political technologies through which actors seek to grapple with actual and perceived crises that confront carbon forestry initiatives in general and at particular locales.
Second, we are also interested in the crises that forest carbon offsetting – by itself and in alignment with resource extraction and agroindustry – precipitate for local communities. On the ground, many carbon forestry projects are creating and compounding crisis for Indigenous peoples and local forest communities through empty promises, resource exclusion, food insecurity, various forms of violence, and broader marginalization (Asiyanbi and Lund 2020; Kansanga and Luginaah 2019; Fischer and Hajdu 2018; Milne et al. 2019; Cavanagh and Benjaminsen 2014). Political ecology can shed light on the ways that narratives of global crisis are being enrolled to justify local crisis, but also how proponents of forest carbon offsetting might seek to side-step, obscure, or deny local crisis in evaluation reports, advertisements, offset sale brochures, and more.
We invite papers, including conceptual, empirical, and review work that explore various forms of crises in/of forest carbon offset and the ways in which proponents are seeking to grapple with repurpose, obscure, side-step, or deny crises. Indicative topics include:
Crisis and logics of finance and capital broadly in carbon forests
Project/program failure, failure discourses, and politics of failure in forest carbon initiatives
Crisis branding and marketing in carbon offsetting
Public perceptions of carbon offsetting, including ‘downstream’ public and private buyers and users of carbon offsets
Political technologies for governing risk and uncertainty in carbon landscapes
Local perspectives on adverse impacts of offsetting
Narratives and initiatives suggesting ways to overcome current and expected crises of carbon forestry
Asiyanbi, Adeniyi, and Jens Lund. 2020. “Policy Persistence: REDD+ between Stabilization and Contestation.” Journal of Political Ecology 27 (1). https://doi.org/10.2458/v27i1.23493.
Carton, Wim. 2019. “‘Fixing’ Climate Change by Mortgaging the Future: Negative Emissions, Spatiotemporal Fixes, and the Political Economy of Delay.” Antipode 51 (3): 750–69. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12532.
Cavanagh, Connor, and Tor A. Benjaminsen. 2014. “Virtual Nature, Violent Accumulation: The ‘Spectacular Failure’ of Carbon Offsetting at a Ugandan National Park.” Geoforum 56 (September): 55–65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.06.013.
Fischer, Klara, and Flora Hajdu. 2018. “The Importance of the Will to Improve: How ‘Sustainability’ Sidelined Local Livelihoods in a Carbon-Forestry Investment in Uganda.” Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning 20 (3): 328–41. https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2017.1410429.
Frewer, Tim. 2021. “What Exactly Do REDD+ Projects Produce? A Materialist Analysis of Carbon Offset Production from a REDD+ Project in Cambodia.” Political Geography 91 (November): 102480. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2021.102480.
Hajdu, Flora, and Klara Fischer. 2017. “Problems, Causes and Solutions in the Forest Carbon Discourse: A Framework for Analysing Degradation Narratives.” Climate and Development 9 (6): 537–47. https://doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2016.1174663.
Kansanga, Moses Mosonsieyiri, and Isaac Luginaah. 2019. “Agrarian Livelihoods under Siege: Carbon Forestry, Tenure Constraints and the Rise of Capitalist Forest Enclosures in Ghana.” World Development 113 (January): 131–42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.09.002.
Le Billon, Philippe. 2021. “Crisis Conservation and Green Extraction: Biodiversity Offsets as Spaces of Double Exception.” Journal of Political Ecology 28 (1). https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.2991.
Milne, Sarah, Sango Mahanty, Phuc To, Wolfram Dressler, Peter Kanowski, and Maylee Thavat. 2019. “Learning From ‘Actually Existing’ REDD+: A Synthesis of Ethnographic Findings.” Conservation & Society 17 (1): 84–95. https://doi.org/10.4103/cs.cs_18_13.
Palmer, James. 2021. “Putting Forests to Work? Enrolling Vegetal Labor in the Socioecological Fix of Bioenergy Resource Making.” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 111 (1): 141–56. https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2020.1749022.
Matthias Kowasch (University College of Teacher Education Styria, Austria; Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences)
Jill Tove Buseth (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences)
The emergent political ecology of education provides fruitful ground for problematizing and re-imagining curricula and policy (Meek & Lloro-Bidart, 2017). But with growing awareness of climate change impacts, many citizens, especially young people, see an urgent need to act for a radical socio-ecological transformation – which curricula and textbooks do not promote.
Climate youth activists, such as Fridays for Future (FFF), challenge classical environmental and sustainability education (ESE) by questioning the existing economic growth paradigm and green gestures (Kowasch et al., 2021). FFF representatives emphasize the responsibility principle and claim that those who have caused the problems should pay for it. Such (radical) environmental justice approach (Benjaminsen & Svarstad, 2020) is also highlighted by indigenous environmental activist claims. Indigenous and local people have long valued, used, and shaped “high-value” biodiverse landscapes (Fletcher et al., 2021). They often advocate for the continuance and renewal of moral relationships of responsibility, spirituality, and justice (Whyte, 2018). Importantly, Kopnina (2020) and other scholars request the integration of indigenous worldviews and environmental justice into formal education.
In this session, we therefore ask how the various movements refer to environmental justice and responsibility. We seek to share ideas on how to integrate the debate into formal education. Moreover, we want to discuss the production of political ecology knowledge in different contexts. Potential contributions thus may focus on, but are not limited to, the following topics:
Perspectives, viewpoints and interaction of climate youth and indigenous activists
Climate and environmental activism in the Global North and South
Integration of climate and environmental activism into formal education
Political ecology knowledge production in formal and non-formal education
Environmental justice and the principle of responsibility approaches within activism and education
Gaps between environmental awareness, conflict and action
We invite academic scholars, policy makers, educators and (youth) activists from both the Global North and South to contribute with papers based on empirical studies to compare various case studies and/or with theoretical approaches. The papers should not be longer than 15 min and involve the audience to stimulate further exchange. We also welcome information regarding your positionality, so that we can consider a diversity of voices in the session.
Fletcher, M., Hamilton, R., Dressler, W., & Palmer, L. (2021). Indigenous knowledge and the shackles of wilderness. PNAS 118 (40) e2022218118; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2022218118.
Kopnina, H. (2020). Education for the future? Critical evaluation of education for sustainable development goals. Journal of Environmental Education 51, 280–291.
Kowasch, M., Cruz, J.P., Reis, P., Gericke, N. & Kicker, K. (2021). Climate Youth Activism Initiatives: Motivations and Aims, and the Potential to Integrate Climate Activism into ESD and Transformative Learning. Special Issue “Youth Climate Activism and Sustainable Civic and Political Engagement”, Sustainability 13(21), 11581; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132111581
Meek, D. & Lloro-Bidart, T. (2017). Introduction: Synthesizing a political ecology of education, The Journal of Environmental Education, 48 (4), 213–225, DOI: 10.1080/00958964.2017.1340054
Svarstad, H. & Benjaminsen, T.A. (2020). Reading radical environmental justice through a political ecology lens. Geoforum 108, 1–11.
Whyte, K. (2018). Critical Investigations of Resilience: A Brief Introduction to Indigenous Environmental Studies & Sciences. Daedalus 147 (2), 136–147. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1162/DAED_a_00497.
In 1972, the Club of Rome report ‘Limits to Growth’ triggered heated debates on the notion of environmental limits and their political implications. It claimed that dominant development pathways based on continued economic growth were leading to the scarcity of various environmental resources and to unsustainable resource use and pollution levels.
The report was instrumental in sparking the emergence of two versions of political ecology, but in different ways. In the Anglophone version it led to a critique of Malthusianism and its lack of social or class analysis when presenting environmental crisis scenarios, while in France the report inspired the emergence of discourses of décroissance (degrowth) and a radicalization of green politics under the banner of écologie politique.
In his keynote paper, Robbins points out that (anglophone) political ecology scholarship often has deconstructed notions of limits and carrying capacities and has made the case that these ideas tend to serve political and economic elites, thereby reinforcing social injustices and marginalization. This political ecology tradition may be seen to stand in contrast to degrowth’s emphasis on planetary boundaries and ecological limits.
In his response, Gómez-Baggethun argues that the economy cannot continue to grow forever on a finite planet, pointing to the rising social and environmental costs of growth. ‘In today’s post-truth era’, he states, ‘banalizing research on ecological limits as mere narratives or social constructs pays service (albeit unintendedly) to the same elites and business powers against which such claims where initially conceived’.
This debate thus suggests a rift within political ecology between, on the one hand, those skeptical of narratives of environmental limits and scarcity, and, on the other hand, those committed to alternative sustainabilities based on these very concepts.
The aim of this PhD course is to follow up on this debate and to explore how political ecologists are engaging with, and aligning themselves with respect to each position (or perhaps staking out entirely new stances). We have invited scholars with different perspectives on technology, energy and the environment to help bring this debate forward amidst an increasingly urgent climate and environmental crisis.
The course is relevant for PhD students who are examining and trying to understand issues related to scarcity and limits. It will include lectures from leading scholars in the field who approach this theme from different perspectives. The course will also offer opportunities for participants to present, discuss and advance their own research and to interact and engage with scholars and students undertaking studies on related topics.
To expose students to the latest research on environmental scarcity, limits and boundaries
To develop students’ interdisciplinary analytical skills related to this topic
To enhance students writing skills related to this topic
In advance of the course, participants must:
Read the course curriculum
Prepare an individual course essay (of about 4000 words)
Read and prepare comments to the individual course essays of group members
During the course:
Lectures: Theoretical/conceptual/methodological/empirical perspectives on environmental scarcity, limits and boundaries
Course essay sessions: Groups of participants and lecturers meet to discuss the course essays
Lecturers and facilitators
Michael Watts, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, University of California Berkeley, USA
Lyla Mehta, Professor, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (UK) and Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Paul Robbins, Dean, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (online lecture)
Connor Cavanagh, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Bergen, Norway
Giacomo D’Alisa, Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Mariel Aguilar Støen, Professor, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway
Chris Sandbrook, University Senior Lecturer and Fellow of Darwin College, University of Cambridge, UK
We hope that you are having a restful break at this end of year time.
This month we are delighted to feature the great work of another POLLEN node, Treatied Spaces Research Group at the University of Hull, UK. If your node is keen to share your fantastic work in upcoming newsletters, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would always like to generate dialogue around your work. As always, we are happy to post the latest publications, CfPs and more from our lively community. We also welcome proposals for blog posts on the POLLEN blog – please contact us at the same email address with any ideas!
Each monthly newsletter includes a brief introduction to one of our many POLLEN nodes, to build connections across our community. This month we would like to introduce you to our node at Treatied Spaces Research Group at the University of Hull, UK.
Treatied Spaces Research Group, University of Hull
The Treatied Spaces Research Group (TSRG) is an interdisciplinary research group based at the University of Hull, UK. It brings together educators, Indigenous groups, museums, creative artists, NGOs, and policymakers to foreground treaties and environmental concerns. The group gratefully receives funding from United Kingdom Research and Innovation, the British Academy, and the Leverhulme Trust.
The group aims to deepen understanding of treaties as living and contested instruments of inter-cultural diplomacy. Historic and contemporary treaties remain central to the quest for social and environmental justice across the globe and are a foundation for renewed and more balanced relationships between Indigenous and settler communities. They shape our understanding of sovereignty over land, resources, peoples and environments on earth, in the seas and in space. We advance these themes through research, publication, innovative digital platforms and data visualisation, public engagement and outreach, impact and other forms of knowledge exchange.
Professor Joy Porter Joy co-leads the TSRG and is an interdisciplinary researcher and teacher of Indigenous environmental history. She is a Leverhulme Major Research Fellow for a project on the environmental record of Richard Nixon, PI for an AHRC Standard Research Grant, ‘Brightening the Covenant Chain’, (2021-24), and lead editor of the Cambridge University Press book series, Elements in Indigenous Environmental Research. She is a UK REF 2021 Panel Member (History) and a sub-panel Interdisciplinary Advisor. She serves on the AHRC Strategic Review College, and reviews for the Fulbright Commission, the Leverhulme Trust, NERC, the Finnish Research Council and Higher Education Academy of which she a Senior Fellow and a National Teaching Fellow. She is a frequent contributor to a range of media.
Dr Charles Prior Charles Prior is Reader in Early Modern History and head of the School of Humanities at the University of Hull. He has published widely on topics in early modern political thought. His most recent project, which was supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, is Settlers in Indian Country: Sovereignty and Indigenous Power in Early America (Cambridge, 2020). It foregrounds Indigenous conceptions of sovereignty and power to refine the place of settler colonialism in American colonial and early republican history. His current project, is Treaty Ground: Diplomacy and the Politics of Sovereignty in the American Northeast.
Dr Matthias Wong (Post Doctorate Research Assistant) Matthias is an historian of early modern mental worlds. His work at Treatied Spaces understands treaties and diplomatic negotiations as similar sites of ideational encounter and adaptation. These were occasions where different conceptual universes were brought into conversation, where ideas and metaphors were learned and traded. By understanding how each side communicated concepts like territory and sovereignty, we can gain valuable insights into how they saw and understood the world around them, and how they thought the world should function. Matthias contributes to the development of digital projects including visualising concepts of space and movement in the form of a ‘Kinetic Map’.
Professor Gregory Smithers (British Academy Global Professor) Gregory Smithers (Virginia Commonwealth University) is a British Academy Global Professor whose research and writing focuses on the histories of Indigenous people and African Americans from the eighteenth century to the present. His work explores the history of the Cherokee people, Indigenous history from the Mountain South to California and the Southwest Pacific, and environmental history.
Hannah Cusworth (PhD Researcher) Hannah is an AHRC funded PhD researcher working in collaboration with English Heritage and the University of Hull. Her work explores the history of mahogany in Marble Hill, Chiswick and Kenwood house and the people who were involved in the 18th century Atlantic mahogany trade. She is particularly interested in the role of West African knowledge, Indigenous communities, free people of colour and women across the Atlantic World. Her research considers what is gained when we include more people in the study of the mahogany trade, from a historical and contemporary perspective.
Rebecca Slatcher (PhD Student) Rebecca’s PhD is a collaborative project with the British Library that focuses on the library’s print collections of North American Indigenous languages, post-1850. She interrogates the ways languages have been collected, classified and catalogued in heritage institutions and use decolonial methodologies to find Indigenous presence in the collections and explore the afterlives of language materials.
Phoebe Medlicott-Revell (Leverhulme Scholarship Doctoral Candidate) In Phoebe’s project with the Centre for Water Cultures, studying the conflict at Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska, she is researching environmental justice and Indigenous sovereign rights through the fight against the environmental destruction caused by the exploitation of Pebble Mine. Understanding our relationship with water and environment is at the core of this project.
Caroline Ward (Project Administrator) Caroline is the Project Administrator providing administrative support to the group’s researchers, collaborators and partners. Caroline can be contacted by email at C.J.Ward@hull.ac.uk
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).”
Anguelovski, I. and Connolly, J.J.T. (eds.) 2021. The Green City and Social Injustice: 21 Tales from North America and Europe. London: Routledge.
Calvário, R., Kaika, M. and Velegrakis G. (eds.) 2021. The Political Ecology of Austerity: Crisis, Social Movements, and the Environment. London: Routledge.
Dunlap, A. and Brock, A. 2021. ‘When the Wolf Guards the Sheep: Green Extractivism in Germany and Mexico’. In J. Matee, S. Springer, M. Locret, et al. (eds). Energies Beyond the State: Anarchist Political Ecology and the Liberation of Nature. Vol. 3. London: Rowman & Littlefield, pp 91-123.
Boucher, J., and Mérida, W. 2022. ‘Inflated lives and a clean tech privilege in Washington State: Policy amidst spatialized affluence’. Energy Research & Social Science, vol. 85. <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2021.102418>.
García-López, G. A., Lang, U., and Singh, N. 2021. ‘Commons, Commoning and Co-Becoming: Nurturing Life-in-Common and Post-Capitalist Futures (An Introduction to the Theme Issue)’. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, Online First. <https://10.1177/25148486211051081>.
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Markus Kröger, Global Development Studies, University of Helsinki
Capitalism and Industrialism have been systematically consuming the planet, working to assimilate and homogenize human and nonhumans into their networks of production and consumption. This has had exterminating consequences, taking a serious toll on human and biological diversity, triggering widespread socio-ecological crisis, climate catastrophe, and is making a sixth extinction an imminent possibility. John Clark consequently has argued that the ‘Necrocene’ is far more accurate than the Anthropocene to describe this geological epoch. The harsh realities of technological capitalism raise the conceptual relevance of genocide and ecocide in research. Why are researchers systematically underestimating the progressive and ‘slow’ cumulative impact of capitalism, industrialization, and technological development?
This webinar focuses on bridging this gap by exploring colonial/critical genocide studies in relationship to political ecology, anthropology, and human geography. Discussing critical genocide studies in relationship to fieldwork, this webinar unpacks the particular relevance of the ‘genocide-ecocide nexus’ to political ecology, but also the difficult dilemmas faced when substantiating the claims of research participants on the ground. This webinar begins with the keynote speaker, Dr. Alexander Dunlap, who will give a presentation based around two open access articles (see links below) discussing how they came to critical genocide studies, their experience with applying these terms, their relevance, and the dilemmas.
Laying out a terrain of terms, reasons, and concerns, 3 discussants— Markus Kröger, Sakshi Aravind and Martín Correa Arce—will reflect on these studies, concerns, and dilemmas in relation to their own experiences, work, and ideas. After short presentations from each these scholars and an exchange, the floor will then open for a facilitated Q&A session with the attendants.
2) Call for application
Surfing & Sustainability: Political Ecology in Costa Rica July 5 – August 2, 2022
Taught by Dr. Pete Brosius, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia
Surfing is simultaneously a sport, a lifestyle, and an iconic part of American and global popular culture. It is also an ideal lens for analyzing a range of contemporary cultural processes associated with commodification and globalization, histories of colonialism, gender, tourism, and sustainability. The Surfing & Sustainability program introduces students to surfing as a globalizing cultural phenomenon as it is manifested in communities on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, a country widely recognized as an icon of successful conservation. As a magnet for global surf tourism, Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is being rapidly transformed as communities face the complex challenges of promoting sustainability and conserving nature while catering to increasing demands for development and economic growth.
During the program students visit a number of national parks and reserves as well as sites of rapid development – resorts, large housing tracts and gated communities. In the process we will meet with people representing different viewpoints on conservation, development, and sustainability. The program emphasizes an ethnographic approach and includes surfing/learning to surf as an experiential component of observation and analysis.
In the Surfing and Sustainability program students will explore fraught coastal transitions on the ground (and in the water), as they receive 6 credits in 2 course offerings: Communities, Conservation, and Development (ANTH/GEOG 4275/6275) and the Anthropology of Surfing (ANTH4900/6900).
1. A 1-year scholarship in France for Post-doctoral researcher Interests: sustainable science and specifically on ways to reduce the carbon footprint of science
The funding includes: 2500 € monthly salary + free full coverage of health insurance + free extra health insurance coverage. For installation a 500 € stipend will be given. French partners in Toulouse are also willing to paid first travel expenses to some extent. (Project Start: 09/2022) Requirement: Be of foreign nationality; have received PhD between 12/2016 and 12/2021.
We expect the post-doctoral project to focus on: – Quantifying and articulating solution complementary to technological options, including the refinement of the existing GHG budget, the creation of quantitative reduction scenarios, discussing how to go towards rules making science laboratory greener (less flying, more careful choice of spending, re orientation of research etc.) – Exploring and understanding individual, collective and structural effects resisting or motivating these changes within laboratory of different fields, including inequalities arising from gender or status (for example).
More info on potential approaches and ongoing work on these topics are on the website of the French collaborative group on these topics: https://labos1point5.org/ . The project would be hosted in Toulouse and work in collaboration with several scientists of the Atelier d’Ecologie Politique (which includes both natural and social scientist, as the project would likely include both aspects). An interest in interdisciplinary approach and for social sciences is required, though a formal background in social science is not necessary.
Candidates interested in these topics should make contact as soon as possible to discuss and draft a project. Foreign candidates with an already structured project in the broad field of societal transition related to the environmental crisis as it may be hosted by some members of the Atecopol network would also be considered.
2. Fully funded PhD position: critical analyses of sustainable development approaches By Section for Development Studies at Oslo Metropolitan University Deadline for applications: 16th Jan 2022
Based on global and North/South perspectives, the Ph.D. candidate will engage in research that critically examines aspects of major approaches to sustainable development, spanning from the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to degrowth approaches. Main challenges for universal human well-being today and in the future are related to global warming, poverty, and inequality. The Ph.D. candidate’s work might include analyses of how some of these challenges are addressed in one or more of the approaches. Contexts of economic and political power relations should be emphasised. Framings and theories can be drawn from relevant social science disciplines and fields such as development studies, education and development, political economy, world-systems analysis, and/or political ecology.
Grassroots, the new section of the Journal of Political Ecology, is inviting proposals for the POLLEN 2022 panel session: “Cultivating Grassroots”
Panel Abstract: In this panel we explore the notion of “Grassroots”, which has been mobilized by social environmental movements to link their political and life struggles with local realities and concerns. is also the name of Grassroots the new section of the Journal of Political Ecology. In the midst of a global environmental crisis, the objective of this section is to reveal and circulate local experiences, stories and reflections on the politics of environmental change, unequal access to natural resources and uneven distribution of environmental risks, as well as alternative ways of relating with more-than-human environments. We believe that this type of platform has the potential to inform and contribute to transforming the way in which we do political ecology today, as well as to strengthen the ties between social movements and academia.
To launch this new platform, we invite contributors to explore any of the following interrelated issues: • The notion of grassroots as a way of referring to social movements, its histories, uses, transformations and critics across different regions and times • The evolution of grassroot strategies for socio-environmental mobilization, from the emergence of transnational agrarian movements (Borras Jr., Edelman, and Kay 2008) to the influence of social media in popular uprisings (Foust and Hoyt 2018), and from biological warfare in agricultural fields (Beilin and Suryanarayanan 2017) to ‘projection fights’ during the COP26 (Murray 2021). • New directions and demands that grassroot movements are adopting in the face of globalization, digitalization and climate change. These include mobilization against climate inaction and injustice (de Moor et al. 2021), against new technologies of climate change mitigation such as lithium batteries that require new waves of mineral extraction (Svampa and Viale 2020), or in favor of nonhuman entities such as forest and rivers as legal persons with rights (Revet 2020). • Any other topic related to the notion of grassroots and to the evolution and strategies of socio-environmental movements.
Traditional single authored presentations are welcome, but we also encourage pieces co-produced by academics and activists in the form of written papers or visual essays. If you are interested in contributing to this panel, please send a 250 word abstract to email@example.com by 20th of January 2022. Accepted papers will be included in the panel and considered for publication in the JPE section – Grassroots (www.grassrootsjpe.org).
Conveners: Grassroots section editors: Diego Silva Garzón – Centre for International Environmental Studies (IHEID, Geneva, Switzerland) firstname.lastname@example.org Emilie Dupuits – Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) email@example.com
Borras Jr., Saturnino M., Marc Edelman, and Cristóbal Kay, eds. 2008. Transnational Agrarian Movements Confronting Globalization. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Foust, Christina R., and Kate Drazner Hoyt. 2018. “Social Movement 2.0: Integrating and Assessing Scholarship on Social Media and Movement.” Review of Communication 18 (1): 37–55. https://doi.org/10.1080/15358593.2017.1411970.
Moor, Joost de, Michiel De Vydt, Katrin Uba, and Mattias Wahlström. 2021. “New Kids on the Block: Taking Stock of the Recent Cycle of Climate Activism.” Social Movement Studies 20 (5): 619–25. https://doi.org/10.1080/14742837.2020.1836617.