Permanent Environment and Development Lectureship (research and teaching) at University of Leeds

Are you an interdisciplinary academic with proven abilities to carry out teaching and research in, environment and development? Are you developing an excellent research record and have clear potential for  success in obtaining funding? Are you passionate about delivering an exceptional student experience in a research-intensive Russell Group University?

The Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) in the School of Earth and Environment is looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated interdisciplinary environmental and social scientist with a focus on environment and development, to join our world-leading team of researchers. Following recent successes in student recruitment and grant income from a range of funders (including UKRI, Horizon Europe and the Global Challenges Research Fund), we are seeking to build our portfolio of excellent teaching and research on pressing environment and development issues. We are specifically looking for someone whose work complements that of our current team, and who can add depth and breadth to this subject specialism and to the interdisciplinary nature of our School.

SRI is an internationally leading centre for research in the environmental social sciences. Our research specialisms include environment and development, environmental policy and economics for sustainability, energy and climate change mitigation, social and political dimensions of sustainability, and business and organisations for sustainable societies. For this position we are seeking applicants working on cross-cutting issues in environment and development in low and middle income countries, such as biodiversity conservation and development, climate resilience pathways to development, environmental risk and disaster management, sustainable food systems, livelihoods and ecosystems services for poverty alleviation, and environmental justice. We are interested in candidates with clear potential for a strong track record of publications and funding applications. Interdisciplinary expertise across the environmental sciences and environmental social sciences and a willingness to work in collaboration with colleagues across the institute and across multiple disciplines is highly desirable.

You will contribute to student education across the sustainability suite of undergraduate and Masters programmes that focus on environment and development and broader sustainability. This will include field courses, research dissertations and placement projects.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Monica Di Gregorio, Co-Director of the Sustainability Research Institute 

Email: m.digregorio@leeds.ac.uk 

For how to apply: https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=ENVEE1573

Location: Leeds – Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment
School/Institute: School of Earth and Environment
Category: Academic
Grade: Grade 8
Salary: £42,149 to £50,296 p.a.
Working Time: 100% – We will consider job share / flexible working arrangements
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Ongoing
Release Date: Tuesday 14 June 2022
Closing Date: Tuesday 28 June 2022
Reference: ENVEE1573

The 3rd International Conference on Rural Socio-Economic Transformation

The Department of Communication Sciences and Community Development (SKPM) IPB University are pleased to cordially invite you and POLLEN Network to participate and submit the abstract in The 3rd International Conference on Rural Socio-Economic Transformation (RUSET) which will be held from 10 until 11 August 2022 (hybrid) at the IPB University, Bogor, Indonesia.

The theme of the 2022 conference is “A Transdisciplinary Approach for Promoting Sustainable, Resilience and Just Rural Transitions in the Era of Climate Crisis”.

Deadline of abstract submission: 26th June 2022.

Selected articles will be published in the international proceeding.

Please register and submit your abstract online through http://ruset.skpm.ipb.ac.id

RUSET Organizing Committee
Alfian Helmi

http://bit.ly/alfianhelmi

M.Phil in Environmental History at Trinity College Dublin

This course gives students a firm understanding of the interplay of, and feedbacks between, nature and culture over time. The taught full- or part-time degree has a strong methodological focus, including training in digital humanities technologies, mixed (quantitative-qualitative) methods and innovative assessment design, supplemented by an optional self-financed field trip to Iceland. The purpose of this M.Phil. programme is to train students in methods and themes that are directly relevant to the professional workplace at a time when there is an increasing awareness of the need to include the competencies and insights of the humanities in understanding and addressing environmental issues, not least climate change. Training in critical thinking and mixed methods research skills will open up students’ career perspectives in the public sector, media, private consultancies and NGOs, as well as being an excellent entry point for doctoral studies.

Relevant preparatory courses include NFQ level 8-degree courses in the Humanities (History, Political Science, History of Ideas, Cultural Studies or similar) or the Natural Sciences (Environmental Sciences, Geography, Ecology, Biology or similar). Applicants should normally have at least an upper second class (2.1) Honours Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (for example, GPA of 3.3) in a relevant discipline or specialisation.

Applications for the 2022/23 academic year are open until 30 June 2022.

Course website: https://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/courses/environmental-history-mphil–pgraddip/

Inquiries: Dr Katja Bruisch (BRUISCHK@tcd.ie)

May 2022 Updates

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends, 

As usual, this month we are delighted to feature the great work of another POLLEN node, Political Ecology Reading Group (PERG) at the University of Sheffield. If your node is keen to share your work in upcoming newsletters, please write to us at politicalecologynetwork@gmail.com.

We are pleased to share some recent 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!

Some news: POLLEN is running a fundraiser to support the POLLEN secretariat with its networking and knowledge sharing work. Please donate if you can at this link: https://gofund.me/79f7b227 . This will be our last newsletter for a couple of months as we wind down for the Northern summer – our twitter feed and other web activities will continue as usual.

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

1. 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 our node at the Political Ecology Reading Group (PERG) at the University of Sheffield.

Political Ecology Reading Group (PERG) at the University of Sheffield

Overview

The Political Ecology Reading Group brings together researchers, students and faculty from various departments and research centres across the University of Sheffield and beyond. Our colleagues’ interests span diverse issues, including biodiversity conservation, rural transformations, sustainability, wildlife crime, remote sensing, environmental politics and animal studies. The group convenes every two weeks for seminars, roundtables and other events and it is a safe space where its members present work in progress, engage in passionate discussions of essential political ecology texts, and serves as a platform for interdisciplinary collaborations. We welcome external guest speakers and actively encourage participation from students and early-career researchers.

Node members:

Teresa Lappe-Osthege works as Postdoctoral Research Associate on the Beastly Business Project in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield. She leads a project that examines the links between corporate businesses and green-collar crime in the illegal songbird trade in Europe, focusing on the Western Balkans and EU Member States (e.g. Cyprus and Italy). Her research is informed by political ecology and green political economy; she is particularly interested in exploring environmental politics and questions of (un)sustainability in post-conflict contexts, having completed her PhD on socio-ecological injustices and inequalities in EU peace-building in Kosovo.

Rosaleen Duffy is a professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Her work centres on the global politics of biodiversity conservation, and focuses on global environmental governance, wildlife trafficking, poaching, transfrontier conservation and tourism. Recently, her work has sought to understand the growing links between global security and biodiversity conservation and she just published a book ‘Security and Conservation: The Politics of the Illegal Wildlife Trade (Yale UP). From 2016- 2020 she was Principal Investigator on European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant for BIOSEC – Biodiversity and Security: Understanding environmental crime, illegal wildlife trade and threat finance. She is currently PI on the ESRC funded Beastly Business project, which examines green crime, political ecology and illegal wildlife trade in European species.

George Iordachescu is a postdoc on the Beastly Business project which he co-designed with other team members. His project combines political ecology and green criminology approaches to investigate the hidden dynamics of brown bear trafficking in Europe. During his PhD he researched the emergence of wilderness protection in Eastern Europe, specifically the clashes between private protected areas and traditional forms of land governance in Romania (Conservation and Society, Open Book Publishers). He was part of the BIOSEC: Biodiversity and Conservation project, where he explored the impact of EU regulations on the illegal logging and timber trade in the Carpathian Mountains (Political Geography, Environment and Society: Arcadia). He is the co-convenor of the Political Ecology Reading Group at the University of Sheffield.

Jocelyne Sze is a PhD candidate in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology cluster, School of Biosciences. Her research looks at the contributions of Indigenous peoples’ lands to tropical forest conservation, using spatial maps and regression modelling. Her work seeks to support Indigenous and local communities in their land tenure and other rights recognition. She is broadly interested in convivial and decolonial approaches to conservation.

Judith Krauss is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield’s Institute for Global Sustainable Development (UK). Judith explored cocoa sustainability and especially its environmental dimension in Nicaragua and Colombia for her PhD (Geoforum, Global Networks, Journal of Political Ecology). During her post-doc, she has worked with great colleagues from diverse geographies and disciplines on convivial conservation (Conservation and Society, Globalizations, JPE), decolonizing the Sustainable Development Goals (Sustainability Science) and livelihoods in Mozambique under Covid (World Development). Judith is passionate about bringing together sustainability and solidarity in research, teaching and public engagement, and serves as an Associate Editor for JPE

2. PUBLICATIONS

Journal articles 

Apostolopoulou, E., Bormpoudakis, D., Chatzipavlidis, A., Cortés Vázquez, J., Florea, I., Gearey, M., Levy, J., Loginova, J., Ordner, J., Partridge, T., Pizarro, A., Rhoades, H., Symons, K., Veríssimo, C., and Wahby, N. 2022. ‘Radical social innovations and the spatialities of grassroots activism: navigating pathways for tackling inequality and reinventing the commons’, Journal of Political Ecology, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 144–188. <https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.2292>.

Duffy, R. 2022. ‘Crime, security, and illegal wildlife trade: political ecologies of international conservation’, Global Environmental Politics, vol. 2, no. 2. <https://doi.org/10.1162/glep_a_00645>.

Duffy, R. and Brockington, D. 2022. ‘Political ecology of security: tackling the illegal wildlife trade’, Journal of Political Ecology, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 21-35. <https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.2201>.

Dunlap, A. & Laratte, L. 2022. ‘European Green Deal Necropolitics: Degrowth, ‘Green’ Energy Transition & Infrastructural Colonization’, Political Geography, vol. 97, no. 1, pp. 1-15.  <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2022.102640>.

Dunlap, A. 2022. ‘I don’t want your progress, it tries to kill… me!’ Decolonial Encounters and the Anarchist Critique of Civilization’, Globalizations: pp. 1-26. <https://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2022.2073657>.

Dunlap, A. 2022. ‘Weaponizing people in environmental conflicts: Capturing ‘hearts’, ‘minds’, and manufacturing ‘volunteers’ for extractive development’, Current Sociology, pp. 1-23.  <https://doi.org/10.1177%2F00113921221086828>.

Eversberg, D., and Fritz, M. 2022. ‘Bioeconomy as a societal transformation: Mentalities, conflicts and social practices’, Sustainable Production and Consumption, vol.30, pp. 973-987. <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spc.2022.04.009>.

Fougères, D., Jones, M., McElwee, P.D., Andrade, A., and Edwards, S.R. 2022. ‘Transformative conservation of ecosystems’, Global Sustainability, vol. 5. <https://doi.org/10.1017/sus.2022.4>.

Fritz, M., Eversberg, D., Pungas, L., and Venghaus, S. 2022. ‘Special issues: Promises of growth and sustainability in the bioeconomy’, Sustainable Production and Consumption, pp. 839-841. <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spc.2022.01.021>.

Helmcke, C. 2022. ‘Ten recommendations for political ecology case research’, Journal of Political Ecology, vol. 29, no. 1, pp.266–276. <https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.2842>.

Koot, S., Hebinck, P. and Sullivan, S. 2022. ‘Conservation science and discursive violence: A response to two rejoinders’. Society & Natural Resources. <https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2022.2064023>.

Köpke, S. 2022. ‘Interrogating the Links between Climate Change, Food Crises and Social Stability’, Earth, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 577-589. <https://doi.org/10.3390/earth3020034>.

Leder, S. 2022. ‘Beyond the “Feminisation of Agriculture”: Rural out-migration, changing gender relations and emerging spaces in natural resource management’, Journal of Rural Studies, vol. 91. pp. 157-169. <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2022.02.009>.

Lunden, A., and Tornel, C. 2022. ‘Re-worlding: Pluriversal politica in the anthropocene’, Nordia Geographical Publications, vol. 51, no. 2. <https://nordia.journal.fi/issue/view/51-2>.

Moreno-Quintero, R., Córdoba, D., and Acevedo, R., 2022. ‘Decolonizing local planning through new social cartography: making Black geographies visible in a plantation context in Colombia’, Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal. <https://doi.org/10.1080/23802014.2022.2061724>.

Moseley, W.G. and Ouedraogo, M., 2022. ‘When Agronomy Flirts with Markets, Gender and Nutrition: A Political Ecology of the New Green Revolution for Africa and Women’s Food Security in Burkina Faso’, African Studies Review, vol. 65, no. 1, pp. 41-65. <https://doi.org/10.1017/asr.2021.74>.

O’Lear, S., Massé, F., Dickinson, H. and Duffy, R. 2022. ‘Disaster making in the capitalocene’, Global Environmental Politics, pp. 1-10. <https://doi.org/10.1162/glep_a_00655>.

Watkins, C., and Judith, A. C., 2022. ‘Amplifying the Archive: Methodological Plurality and Geographies of the Black Atlantic’, Antipode. <https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/anti.12838>.

Books

Bluwstein, J. 2022. Historical Political Ecology of the Tarangire Ecosystem: From Colonial Legacies, to Contested Histories, towards Convivial Conservation?  In Kiffner, C., Bond, M., and Lee, D. (eds), Tarangire: Human-Wildlife Coexistence in a Fragmented Ecosystem. Springer. <https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-93604-4_2>.

Chao, S. 2022. In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings in West Papua. Duke University Press. <https://dukeupress.edu/in-the-shadow-of-the-palms>. [Special offer: Use coupon codeE22CHAO to save 30% when you order from dukeupress.edu]

Duffy, R. 2022. Security and Conservation: The Politics of the Illegal Wildlife Trade. Yale University Press. <Security and Conservation by Rosaleen Duffy – Yale University Press (yalebooks.co.uk)>

Turner, S., Derks, A. and Rousseau, J-F. 2022 (Eds) Fragrant Frontiers: global spice entanglements in the Sino-Vietnamese Uplands. Copenhagen: NIAS Press. <Open access at this link: https://www.niaspress.dk/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Turner-OA-edition.pdf>.

3. Calls for paper

3.1 International Conference of the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies (ZtG) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Nature-Society Relations and the Global Environmental Crisis –
Thinking on Climate Change and Sustainability from the Fields of Intersectional Theory and Transdisciplinary Gender Studies

From Thursday, 4th May to Saturday, 6th May 2023 at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Senate Hall)

Human-made climate change has been a subject for science and politics for decades – and is more and more becoming one for the law. Society’s relations to the natural world have changed so much since the start of industrialization that global survival and life on Earth are being called into question. As early as the 1970s, the report for the Club of Rome highlighted the “limits of growth” for humankind. Almost from the outset of such research, the organization of the capitalist economy was identified as driving the ecological crisis. Sociological analyses identified the process of societal modernization as being fundamental to the collapse of our environment. Feminist positions understand the gendered hierarchies underlying the relationship between humans and the more-than-human world as being both the basic cause and the concrete expression of the global environmental crisis. These hierarchies extend to climate policy and law. At the same time, feminist perspectives offer visions of how this relationship can be rethought.

We invite contributions from all fields of study, in particular those that take intersectional approaches and investigate the complexities of nature-society relations and the global environmental crisis. We welcome abstracts for papers of 20 minutes length. Abstracts should not exceed 400 words. Please also include a short biography (50-100 words) with your submission.

Please submit your abstract and short bio by 11 July 2022 in English or German to:  ztg-sekretariat@hu-berlin.de

3.2 International virtual workshop: “Etosha-Kunene Conservation Conversations: 
Knowing, Protecting and Being-with Nature, from Etosha Pan to the Skeleton Coast” 

The Etosha-Kunene Histories research project invites contributions / participations in an online workshop bringing together researchers and conservation practitioners with diverse perspectives on environmental and conservation concerns in north-west Namibia. The workshop aims to provide a platform for a conversation on conservation policies and practices in ‘Etosha-Kunene’, taking historical perspectives and diverse natural and cultural histories into account. We envisage an open access edited volume to be one of the main outcomes of the workshop. 

The workshop will be held on 5-6 July 2022. Deadline for abstracts is 6 June.

For more information, please see the full Call for Papers linked here:https://www.etosha-kunene-histories.net/post/etosha-kunene-conservation-conversations-a-forthcoming-project-workshop   

4. Vacancies

4.1 Postdoc in Sustainable Societal Transformation and Industrial Change at Karlstad University, Sweden

We are hiring a Postdoc to work on the project ‘Changing Places of Work’. Based in the Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies, you will work alongside geographers and historians in Sweden and England to investigate how green (low-carbon) transitions in the steel industry interact with worker- and place-based identities in industrial communities, and how these interactions affect possibilities for successful and just low-carbon transitions. 

This is a full-time position for a period of two years. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with experience in researching processes of societal change, using qualitative fieldwork such as interviews or workshops.  

Enquiries: please contact Dr. Bregje van Veelen, bregje.vanveelen@geo.uu.se, or Dr. Stefan Backius, stefan.backius@kau.se /+ 46 (0)54-7002084.

Applications close 5 June 2022.
More information can be found here: https://kau.varbi.com/en/what:job/jobID:504900/

4.2 Postdoc/Researcher post at SLU, Uppsala, Sweden

Would you like to take part in revealing why practices of natural resource management that threaten biodiversity remain in place despite direction provided by science and policy? We invite applications for a postdoc position linked to a research project on barriers to and motivations for societal transition towards management of natural resources that reverses decline of biodiversity, in particular pollinating insects. The project is a close collaboration between social scientists and ecologists and provides an ideal opportunity to develop your inter- and transdisciplinary research capacity.

The position is based at the Department of Ecology of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala (SLU) in Sweden and is in close collaboration with the Department of Urban and Rural Development at SLU. The postdoc will join an interdisciplinary team of social and natural scientists. You will be part of a stimulating, dynamic and collaborative research environment with colleagues who conduct high calibre research in nature conservation, agriculture, wildlife management and forestry.

Application deadline: no later than 10 June 2022.
See more info:
https://www.slu.se/en/about-slu/work-at-slu/jobs-vacancies/?rmpage=job&rmjob=6652&rmlang=UK

4.3 PhD Position, the Department of Geography, University of Bergen

The position is linked to the Department of Geography´s focus area on environmental sustainability and societal change. Research issues within the broad theme of human-environment interactions, global environmental change ecology and consequences for nature protection and food production are welcome. Candidates with theoretical interests in environmental geography fields such as political ecology, sustainable land-use, socio-ecological systems and environmental governance, are very welcome to apply.

The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years, of which 25% will be dedicated to teaching, supervision and administrative tasks in the Department.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge following the link on this page marked “Apply for this job”.

Closing date: 12 August 2022. The application has to be marked: 22/6180
See more info: PhD position (226085) | University of Bergen (jobbnorge.no)
For political ecology-related supervision inquiries, feel free to contact Associate Professor Connor Cavanagh (connor.cavanagh@uib.no).

4.4 Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor – Environmental Policy, Fenner School of Society and Environment, The Australian National University

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding mid-career academic to contribute to the School’s research, education and impact in the field of environment policy. The Senior Lecturer will contribute to curriculum renewal and lead courses relevant to environment policy. This position has been reserved for female identifying candidates, in order to increase employment opportunities for women in a workplace where they continue to be underrepresented.

Further details here: https://fennerschool.anu.edu.au/news-events/news/were-hiring-senior-lecturerassociate-professor-environmental-policy

5. Other news items

EXALT webinar: “Green Extractivism & Violent Conflict”

EXALT hosts a one-day webinar conference “Green Extractivism & Violent Conflict” on 17 June 2022. This exciting conference features three plenary speakers, and 16 exciting papers across 4 panels. There is no fee to participate, but registration is required. Please click here to register for the conference

This webinar conference will explore the multifaceted connections between ‘green extractivism’ and violent conflicts. The speakers will offer fresh empirical and theoretical insights into the ways ‘decarbonization’, ‘green growth’ and climate change mitigation policies shape and are shaped by dynamics of conflict and violence.

If you have any questions about the conference or the EXALT Initiative, please contact us at exalt@helsinki.fi
Follow us on Twitter: @ExaltResearch
Follow us on Facebook: @EXALTglobal

Announcement: POLLEN 2022/3 Pre-conference Asynchronous workshop timetable

Dear Pollinators,

We are pleased to announce the timeline and co-hosting arrangements for the upcoming asynchronous pre-conference workshops. Six of the seven prospective workshop arrangements are in varying stages of finalisation, while the seventh will be announced in due course. Please see the below workshop date, theme and co-host details:

POLLEN 2022/3 Pre-conference Asynchronous workshop timetable.

1.      Early July 2022 – Radical epistemologies and future natures, co-hosted by Amber Huff’s Future Natures Centre at the Institute for Development Studies, Sussex

2.      August 2022 – Political Ecology Across Boundaries, co-hosted by Francis Masse at Northumbria University, Brock Bersaglio at the University of Birmingham and Charis Ennis at the University of Manchester.

3.      Early September – Emotional Political Ecologies – Co-hosted Alice Beban at the PERC (MASSEY University), Sango Mahanty (Australian National University), and Sopheak Chann (Royal University of Phnom Penh).

4.      Late September – Political Ecology and Social Movements – co-hosted by the ‘PE and social movements collective, led by Ana Watson Jimenez at the University of Calgary and the Peruvian Node.

5.      October – Conservation and Agrarian Change – co-hosted by Sam Staddon and the University of Edinburgh node, in collaboration with Sayan Banerjee at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.

6.      November – Blue ecologies – co-hosted by the ‘Blue ecologies collective’, led by Mark Lamont of the Open University and Emily Wiehe from the University of Guelph.

7.      To be announced – Political Ecology, Power and Institutions. Co-hosts TBA

As next steps co-hosts will begin to contact session organisers within their workshops. There will be a process to confirm presenters, accommodate those who submitted individual presentation proposals, and ensure that nobody has been missed out. We will need to make sure there is complete information of each of the sessions In each workshop, and then guidance for session organisers and individual presenters will be shared by the co-hosts.

Ahead of the workshops all asynchronous content will be forwarded to Lisa and Sedicka from African Agenda through the co-hosts, and the workshop webpages will added to the POLLEN 2022/3 website. Workshop details will then be shared, and the focus of the network will be on the session content for viewing and comment through the embedded discussion facility and twitter feeds in the website.

Finally, some collectives are emerging from these workshops, and we hope to build some dialogue on thematic issues towards the in person POLLEN in person conference next year. Specifically we are interested to build learnings on asynchronous conferencing for the network.

Our thanks go to the co-hosts for the enthusiasm with which they have taken these workshops on, and we look forward to engaging with you all in the asynchronous format later this year.

Adrian, Shauna and the Local Organising Committee.

Vacancy: PhD Research Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Bergen, Norway

The Department of Geography, University of Bergen invites applications for a fixed-term PhD position of 4 years, of which 25% will be dedicated to teaching, supervision, and administrative tasks. The position is linked to the Department of Geography’s focus area on environmental sustainability and societal change. Candidates with theoretical interests in political ecology, sustainable land use, socio-ecological systems, and environmental governance are very welcome to apply. Starting salary: 491,200 NOK/year, plus benefits. For political ecology-related supervision inquiries, feel free to contact Associate Professor Connor Cavanagh (connor.cavanagh [at] uib.no). Job advertisement: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/226085/phd-position. Application deadline: 12 August 2022.

Post doctoral research associate position

1 year research position focused on eel trade

Join our team!

This one year Research Associate role arises from the award of a major grant (£859,000) from the UK Economic and Social Research Council to Professor Rosaleen Duffy and Professor Charlotte Burns. The project, BEaStly Business: Examining the Illegal Trade in Bears, Eels and Songbirds, involves working closely with a bigger research team comprised of Professors Duffy and Burns, two other post-doctoral researchers and a project manager. In this post the successful candidate will examine the political ecologies of illegal wildlife trade in European eels, Europe’s largest wildlife crime.

The main objective of this research project is to analyse and explain the drivers of the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) in European species, to shape and transform policies tackling this major threat to biodiversity. IWT is a policy priority for global institutions, donors and NGOs. However, policy and academic foci have tended to fall upon charismatic species in Africa and Asia; illegal trades in European species have been overlooked even though Europe is an important site of production, consumption, and transit. This project directly addresses this gap in knowledge using approaches from political ecology and green criminology.

This research will focus on the political ecologies of green-collar crime in the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) of European eels; the researcher will be engaged in work that results in theoretical development and methodological innovation, and will produce policy-relevant information for key stakeholders (such as Governments, International Organisations and NGOs); the aim is to formulate more effective policies that recognise more fully the roles of legitimate businesses/corporate crime in IWT. The research will involve an in-depth analysis of the dynamics of illegal trade in eels. These themes will be explored by fieldwork in case study countries –  precise locations and timings will be agreed with the successful candidate. The grant provides generous financial support for fieldwork, conference attendance and knowledge exchange activities.

Using the online application system, please submit:

  1. A CV
  2. A covering letter on how you meet the post criteria
  3. A one A4 page research proposal detailing intellectual approach, research methods and empirical focus (where relevant – theoretical proposals are welcome). More information on how to apply for post reference UOS032940 is here

Closing Date is 26 May 2022

Please feel free to contact Rosaleen to discuss the post  r.v.duffy (at) sheffield.ac.uk

April 2022 Updates

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends, 

Will your POLLEN node become the next host for the POLLEN Secretariat?

We are inviting expressions of interest to host the POLLEN Secretariat, commencing in Quarter 3 of 2022. As secretariat host, your node will be the epicentre of this fantastic networks of scholars and practitioners. Speaking from our experience, the hosts gain a birds-eye view of political ecology research as well as amazing networks and a chance to elevate themes and regions of interest. For instance, we have especially tried to profile the work of nodes in the Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand.

Send your expressions of interest to politicalecologynetwork@gmail.com. The role involves looking after: the POLLEN website, blog posts, the twitter account, and monthly newsletters. There is also scope to go beyond this, depending on your interests. Please send your expressions of interest or any questions to the same email address.

As usual, this month we are delighted to feature the great work of another POLLEN node, the Institute for Social-Ecological Research in Frankfurt. If your node is keen to share your work in upcoming newsletters, please write to us at politicalecologynetwork@gmail.com.

We are pleased 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!

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 our node at the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE) in Frankfurt.

Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE)

Overview

We are a group of social scientists from different disciplinary backgrounds (environmental planning, human geography, sociology, and political science) working on water issues and land use management in different countries, e.g., Germany, Namibia, Spain, and Vietnam to name a few. We are working with concepts and methods from Social Ecology as well as Political Ecology. A transdisciplinary approach is key for our studies. We are all based in Frankfurt, Germany.

ISOE is one of the leading independent institutes for sustainability research in Germany. For more than 30 years, ISOE works at the intersection of social science, ecological studies and engineering to find sustainable solutions to concrete problems such as water shortage, climate change, loss of biodiversity, and land degradation. Social Ecology as the science of societal relations with nature provides the theoretical basis for our research. 

Node members 

Dr. Markus Rauchecker
Markus Rauchecker has been a research scientist at ISOE since August 2020 and works in the research unit Water Resources and Land Use. His research focuses on environmental governance and environmental conflicts between stakeholders with regard to the subject areas (transgenic) agriculture, land use and biodiversity. He works on different countries (Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Jordan, and Namibia). His analyses are based on concepts of policy analysis, political geography and political ecology. He received his doctorate in political science from the Free University of Berlin on conflicts over pesticide use in transgenic agriculture in Argentina. Prior to that, he studied political science, geography and history at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg and at the Free University of Berlin.

Dr. Johanna Kramm
Johanna Kramm is a research scientist at ISOE in the research unit Water Resources and Land Use. Together with Carolin Völker, she has been leading the SÖF junior research group PlastX since April 2016. She studied geography, political science and sociology at the University of Bonn and at the University of Bristol and received her PhD from the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn. She works on risk perception and communication of environmental risks such as microplastics, governance of marine litter and waste in the global south, and practices in the consumer and throwaway society.

Heide Kerber
Heide Kerber is a research fellow at ISOE in the research unit Water Infrastructure and Risk Analyses since 2012. She studied Geography, Political Science and Public law at Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg. Her current research focus is on marine litter governance and plastic waste issues in Asia. Her qualitative research is informed by Social Ecology, Political Ecology and concepts in human geography. Before she worked on risk perceptions of pharmaceutical residues in freshwater environments and societal dimensions in water infrastructure transformation. Throughout all projects, she has been engaged in transdisciplinary stakeholder participation processes.

Dr. Fanny Frick-Trzebitzky
Fanny Frick-Trzebitzky is a research fellow at ISOE in the research unit Water Resources and Land Use, which she joined in January 2018. She is co-lead of the junior research group ‘regulate – regulation of groundwater in telecoupled social-ecological systems’. In her research on water governance and adaptation to climate change, she is interested in linking political ecology and transdisciplinary perspectives. She received her PhD jointly from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and King’s College London. In her PhD thesis and as research assistant at the Institute of Geography at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, she investigated institutions and inequalities in access to water and adaptation to flooding in Accra (Ghana). She studied environmental planning and sustainable development in Munich, Morelia (Mexico) and London.

David Kuhn
David Kuhn is a research scientist at ISOE and works in the research unit Water Resources and Land Use. He is also a PhD student in the junior research group regulate. In his research he focuses on conflicts, power relations and inequalities in the use and regulation of groundwater. After studying political science (B.A.) at the Free University of Berlin with a focus on political theory, gender studies and conflict research, he completed the interdisciplinary Master’s program in Sustainable Development (M.Sc.) at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) with a focus on the governance of social-ecological systems. In his master thesis he investigated success factors for transdisciplinary knowledge production in water reuse. At the inter 3 Institute for Resource Management in Berlin, David Kuhn contributed to a practice book on transdisciplinary innovation management.

PUBLICATIONS 

Books

Batterbury, S.P.J and Manga, A. 2022. The sociality of cycling. In Norcliffe, G. et al. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Cycling. London: Routledge. <Routledge Companion to Cycling – 1st Edition – Glen Norcliffe – Una>.

Moseley, W.G. and Pessereau, E. 2022. Mother’s Little Helper: A Feminist Political Ecology of West Africa’s Herbicide Revolution. In Barcus, H.R., Jones, R. and Schmitz, S. (eds). Rural Transformations: Globalization and its Implications for Rural People, Land, and Economies. London: Taylor & Francis Group. <https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781003110095-11/mother-little-helper-william-moseley-eliza-pessereau>.

Nemadire, S., and Loopmans, M. 2020. Displacement, memories and struggle: The case of Mapari Ranch in Zimbabwe. In Linehan, D. Clark, I. D. and Xie, P. F. (eds.), Colonialism, tourism and place: Global transformations in tourist destinations. Edward Elgar Publishing. <https://doi.org/10.4337/9781789908190.00017>.

Tănăsescu, M. 2022. Ecocene politics. Open Book Publishers.<https://www.openbookpublishers.com/product/1522>.

Blogs

Batterbury, S.P.J, Manga, A.T., Kowasch, M. and Lane, R. 2022. ‘Bike kitchens: the community-run repair workshops that help build a culture of cycling.’ The Conversation, 4 January, <https://theconversation.com/bike-kitchens-the-community-run-repair-workshops-that-help-build-a-culture-of-cycling-169687>.

Bori, P.J. 2022. ‘Hungary | Electoral Win for Orbán – can he keep up pro-farmer façade?’ Agricultural and Rural Actors Working Together, 5 April,
<https://www.arc2020.eu/hungary-electoral-win-for-orban-but-can-he-keep-up-his-pro-farmer-facade/>.

ephemera, ACME, Chto Delat, degrowth.info, Ecologia Politica Network, Journal of Peer Production, Radical Housing Journal, Undisciplined Environments, and Uneven Earth. 2022. ‘Alternatives to mainstream publishing within and beyond academia.’ Undisciplined Environments, 24 March.

Ethemcan, T. 2022. ‘Keeping the world alive and healthy: The radical realism of the “forces of reproduction” – An interview with Stefania Barca.’ Undisciplined Environments, 25 January.

Ghosh, A. 2022. ‘Thirst: The story of development, growth, and urban water inequality in Bangalore.’ Undisciplined Environments, 1 March. 

González, D.A. 2022. ‘Madrid’s Cañada Real: cold and darkness for the urban irregulars.’ Undisciplined Environments, 29 March.

Hamamouce, M.F. and Saidani, A. 2022. ‘Sub-Saharan migrants transiting through Algeria: Migratory farm labor in Covid times.’ Undisciplined Environments, 22 February.

Quesada, S.C. 2022. ‘Healthy fruit, sick bodies.’ Undisciplined Environments, 22 March (en Español aquí).

Mariposas, C., Casolo, J.J., Cruz, S.F., Gonda, N., and Nightingale, A.J. 2022. ‘Choosing to “stay with the trouble”: a gesture towards decolonial research praxis.’ Undisciplined Environments, 8 March.

Miles, A. 2022. ‘Colonial ecologies of Half Earth.’ Undisciplined Environments, 5 April <https://undisciplinedenvironments.org/2022/04/05/colonial-ecologies-of-the-half-earth/>.

Morrison, R. 2022. ‘Putin’s war and global energy: Security and ecological imperatives converge.’ Wall Street International Magazine, 1 April,
<https://wsimag.com/economy-and-politics/68996-putins-war-and-global-energy&gt;.

Moseley, W.G. 2022. ‘Is the global food system on the cusp of a major shift?’ Committee on World Food Security. 6 March,<https://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-hlpe/news-archive/detail/en/c/1493923/>.

Moseley, W.G. 2022. ‘The trouble with drought as an explanation for famine in the Horn and Sahel of Africa.’ The Conversation, 15 February.
<https://theconversation.com/the-trouble-with-drought-as-an-explanation-for-famine-in-the-horn-and-sahel-of-africa-177071>.

Parzonko, H. 2022. ‘Environmental inequalities in Cairo’s Urban Housing Sector.’ Undisciplined Environments, 12 April.<https://undisciplinedenvironments.org/2022/04/12/environmental-inequalities-in-cairos-urban-housing-sector/>.

Rauchecker, M. 2022. ‘The role of plant characteristics in environmental conflicts.’ Institute for Social-Ecological Research, 14 January, <https://isoe.blog/the-role-of-plant-characteristics-in-environmental-conflicts/&gt;.

Sciancalepore, A. 2022 ‘Exposing eco-nationalists with premodern ecologies: a medievalist approach to the French far right.’ Undisciplined Environments, 17 February.

Stasja, K., and Fletcher, R. 2022. ‘Questioning ‘ethical donor tourism’ in Africa.’ Undisciplined Environments, 18 January.

Trym, D.R., Philip, G., Linnea, M.J. and Skander, M. 2022. ‘Platforming to Oblivion: How academic institutions foster merchants of doubt.’ Undisciplined Environments, 9 February.

Vidal, A.D., Freudenberg, C. and Darmon, I. 2022 ‘The unequal university will never be ‘sustainable’. Undisciplined Environments, 15 February.

Journal articles 

Apostolopoulou, E., Bormpoudakis, D., Chatzipavlidis, A., Cortés Vázquez, J., Florea, I., Gearey, M., Levy, J., Loginova, J., Ordner, J., Partridge, T., Pizarro, A., Rhoades, H., Symons, K., Veríssimo, C., and Wahby, N., 2022. ‘Radical social innovations and the spatialities of grassroots activism: navigating pathways for tackling inequality and reinventing the commons’, Journal of Political Ecology, vol. 29, no. 1, pp.144–188. <https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.2292>.

Espín, M., 2022. ‘Autonomous re-naturalization of cities in a context of degrowth’, Journal of Political Ecology, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 75–93.<https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.4820>.

Geschewski, H. & Islar, M., 2022. ‘A political ecology of aviation and development: an analysis of relations of power and justice in the (de)construction of Nepal’s Second International Airport’. Journal of Political Ecology, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 51–75. <https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.2304>.

Gomathy, K. N., 2022. ‘Symmetrical, non-sovereign cartography as a means for conservation: insights from a participatory forest mapping exercise’. Journal of Political Ecology, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 94–100. <https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.2371>.

Gonda, N., Prado Córdova, J. P., Huybrechs, F., & Van Hecken, G. T. 2022. ’Exploring the Love Triangle of Authoritarianism, Populism, and COVID-19 Through Political Ecology: Time for a Break-Up?’ Frontiers in Human Dynamics, vol. 4. <http://doi.org/10.3389/fhumd.2022.653990>.

Kerber, H. and Kramm, J. 2022. ‘From laissez-faire to action? Exploring perceptions of plastic pollution and impetus for action. Insights from Phu Quoc Island.’ Marine Policy, vol. 137. <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2021.104924>.

Kowasch, M., Batterbury, S.P.J., Bouard, S. and Wadrawane, E.W. 2022. ‘The third independence referendum in New Caledonia – a fallback to colonialism?’ Pacific Geographies, vol. 57, pp. 11-15. <http://doi.org/10.23791/571115>.

Luque-Lora, R., 2021. ‘Chile’s social uprising and constituent process: toward a more-than-human understanding.’ Interface, pp. 323-352.
<https://www.interfacejournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Interface-13-2-Luque-Lora.pdf>.

Mabele, MB., Krauss, JE and Kiwango, W. 2022. ‘Going Back to the Roots: Ubuntu and Just Conservation in Southern Africa.’ Conservation and Society. <https://conservationandsociety.org.in/temp/ConservatSoc000-6420388_175003.pdf>.

Marta, C., Gorostiza, S. and David, S. 2022. ‘Feeding the city and making the revolution: Women and urban agriculture in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).’ Antipode. <https://doi-org/10.1111/anti.12819>.

Masse, F. 2022. ‘Police power in green: Furthering political ecologies of the state.’ Political Geography, vol. 97. <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2022.102627>.

Nemadire, S. 2022. ‘Researching With Villagers: Applying Transformative and Indigenous Approaches at a Private Wildlife Boundary in Zimbabwe.’ International Journal of Qualitative Methods. <https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069221088649>.

Okpanachi, E., Ambe-Uva, T. & Fassih, A. 2022. ‘Energy regime reconfiguration and just transitions in the Global South: Lessons for West Africa from Morocco’s comparative experience.’ Futures, vol. 139. <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2022.102934>.

Pasgaard, M., Kim, S. K., Dawson, N. & Fold, N. 2022. ‘Agrarian modernization through “ideal agricultural subjects”: a lost cause for smallholders in Rwanda?’, Journal of Political Ecology, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 100–122. <https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.5012>.

Rauchecker, M. 2022. ‘Transgenic soy as a political crop and a resistance crop in Argentina – The struggle around control and rent appropriation between the state, seed corp’orations and soy farmers.’ Geoforum, vol. 130, pp. 123-135. <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2021.09.002>.

Santos Rocha da Silva, M. & Correia, J. E., 2022. ‘A political ecology of jurisdictional REDD+: investigating social-environmentalism, climate change mitigation, and environmental (in)justice in the Brazilian Amazon’, Journal of Political Ecology, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 123–142. <https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.4713>.

Sultana, F. 2022. ‘The Unbearable Heaviness of Climate Coloniality’, Political Geography.  <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2022.102638>.

Vojno, N., Horst, R., Hussein, H., Nolden, T., Badawy, A., Goubert, A., Sharipova, B., Pedrero, F., Peters, S., and Damkjaer, S. 2022. ‘Beyond barriers: the fluid roles young people adopt in water conflict and cooperation’. Water International. <https://doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2021.2021481>.

Calls for contribution

1) General Call for Papers – 2023 “Posthumanities as Praxis”

The Journal of Posthumanism is an international multilingual peer-reviewed scholarly journal that promotes innovative work to transverse the fields ranging from social sciences, humanities, and arts to medicine and STEM. In line with the efforts of creating a broad network beyond disciplinary boundaries, the journal seeks to explore what it means to be human in this technologically-saturated, ecologically damaged world, and transcend the traditional conception of the human while encouraging philosophical thinking beyond humanism. 

Founded in 2020, Journal of Posthumanism publishes three issues a year, including general and special issues. We currently seek submissions for our 2023 issues. Submission of full-length articles, commentaries, interviews, book reviews, and artistic works may be made online via our online submission portal.

All article-length submissions will be subject to our double-blind peer-review process. All other submissions will be reviewed internally by our editorial board and selected for publication based on their overall fit with the scope and focus of the Journal of Posthumanism and our submission guidelines.

For full consideration, please be aware of the following submission deadlines and the associated publication dates:

·        31 July 2022 → February 2023 issue (Vol. 3, No. 1)

·        30 November 2022 → June 2023 issue (Vol. 3, No, 2) 

·        31 March 2023 → October 2023 issue (Vol. 3, No. 3)

Before completing your submission, we ask that you review the author guidelines and make sure your submission adheres to Journal of Posthumanism formatting guidelines. 

2)  Virtual Special Issue 2022/2023 in Political Geographyon: “The Grabbed Institution: Revisiting the Political Ecology of Resource Corruption”. Please send a proposed title and abstract to David Aled Williams at Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway, at aled.williams@cmi.no by 15 May 2022 for further details. Contributions focused on the Global North/West are particularly welcome.

3) The International Journal of Environmental Epistemology Cosmotheoros is a publication dedicated to disseminating ideas and debates about our way of thinking and inhabiting the world from the peripheries, the uncommon places, and the abysses of thought. Without precisely delimiting the borders between Western and non-Western thought – not only by decision but by recognition of its impossibility – Cosmotheoros seeks, like Foucault’s pendulum, to oscillate through different corners of thought, without this being an obstacle for the recognition of the socio-political conflicts and tensions around the world. Cosmotheoros is one of the few publications specialized in environmental epistemology in Latin America.

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the second issue of Cosmotheoros. Authors are asked to please follow the submission guidelines available here

The deadline for submissions

Full papers should be submitted to the managing editors for review by 30 June 2022 to the following email: cosmotheoros.editorial@gmail.com

For more information, please contact the editors: Carlos Hugo Sierra: carlos.ehu@gmail.com
Nicolás Jiménez Iguarán: nicolasjimeneziguaran@gmail.com

Call for participation

IV Congreso Latinoamericano de Ecología Política

Ecología política y pensamiento crítico latinoamericano: raíces, trayectorias y miradas al futuro
Ecuador | 19-21 de octubre de 2022 (salidas de campo 22 de octubre)
Página web: www.4congresoecologiapolitica.org
Correo electrónico: congreso4.ecologiapolitica@gmail.com
| Formato híbrido |

El Colectivo de Geografía Crítica del Ecuador, el Instituto de Estudios Ecologistas del Tercer Mundo y Acción Ecológica, con el apoyo del Grupo de Trabajo Ecología(s) política(s) desde el Sur/Abya-Yala de CLACSO invitan a la comunidad académica y a los movimientos sociales a participar en el IV Congreso Latinoamericano de Ecología Política.

El tema central del Congreso es “Ecología política y pensamiento crítico latinoamericano: raíces, trayectorias y miradas al futuro”. 

El congreso mantendrá un formato híbrido, con algunas actividades solamente presenciales y otras solamente virtuales, en virtud de lo inestable aún de los viajes internacionales y de las restricciones de aforos para un evento presencial en Ecuador, bajo los protocolos de Covid-19. Con esta decisión buscamos garantizar la participación de investigadorxs y estudiantes que buscan compartir los resultados de sus investigaciones con la comunidad académica de la ecología política, así como de los y las activistas y personas de comunidades en resistencia que buscan crear redes de apoyo y reconocimiento mutuo.

Modalidades de participación:
Presentaciones individuales (virtual), Paneles armados (virtual), Talleres de creación colectiva (presencial), Rodas de diálogo (presencial), Formatos artísticos (presencial).

Inscripciones a todas las modalidades aquí.
Plazo de envío de propuestas: 30 de abril, 2022
Plazo de inscripción y pago: 15 de agosto, 2022

Vacancies

Research fellow in human geography, University of Melbourne
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term 
Faculty: The Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Salary: Level A – $73,669 – $99,964 p.a. plus 17% super

About the Role

This position is for a research fellow for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research funded project: Next generation agricultural extension: social relations for practice change. This position will support the Project Leader, Dr. Brian Cook, to manage and implement a 4-year research for development grant that investigates agricultural extension and agrarian change in North-West Cambodia. The project will offer early career researchers an opportunity to conduct research, publish, and position themselves for an academic career. The research team is diverse in terms of disciplines, backgrounds, and career-stages, which will provide the applicant with ample mentoring and skill-development opportunities. The position should be attractive to social scientists interested in agricultural development, rural development, agrarian change, and human geography. It will provide the applicant with opportunities for theoretical, methodological, and applied contributions to ‘real word’ and pressing challenges associated with rural and agricultural challenges.

Applications close: 4 May 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time
For more details and how to apply: Research Fellow in Human Geography job with UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE | 288926 (timeshighereducation.com)

Other news items

Interview and book panel: Understanding the rights of nature

In this book panel, we discuss Mihnea Tănăsescu’s recent book on the rights of nature with specialists in the field. In this thought-provoking book, Mihnea critically assesses the ‘movement’ for rights of ‘nature’, providing various new insights on the presumed connections between nature’s rights and placed based philosophies, the construction of ‘nature’ as a totality, the political implications of recognizing nature’s rights, and the differences and similarities between the various implementations of nature’s rights in the world. After an interview by Eva Bernet Kempers a book panel and a discussion will follow with Dr Laura Burgers, Elin Boyer, Sophia De Vries and Marcel Wissenburg.

Date: 11 May 2022, 5-7 PM
Zoom: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/63856388560

Call for application – CES Summer School

The Pluriverse of Eco-social Justice

11-16 July 2022

Organized by the Ecology and Society Workshop (ECOSOC) of the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra:

CES | Alta (plus other locations in Coimbra, PT)

Application until 1 MAY 2022

Overview

The Ecology and Society Workshop at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra (ECOSOC, CES), with the support of the COST Action “Decolonizing Development” (DECOLDEV), and the H2020-ITN projects “Just transition to the Circular Economy” (JUST2CE); and “Listening to Citizen Voices for a Greener Europe” (PHOENIX), invite applications for the “Pluriverse of Eco-social Justice” Summer School, to be held July 11 to 16 in Coimbra, Portugal.

The Summer School aims to provide co-learning and co-production of knowledge at the intersections of social and ecological issues through a diversity of political-ecological lenses. It builds on the collective experience developed by ECOSOC over the last 10 years with engaged and insurgent research-action on environmental justice and labor environmentalism, the commons, ecofeminism, eco-Marxism, degrowth, alternatives to development, postcolonial/decolonial critique, and emancipatory pedagogies.

The School is created through the ongoing collaborations within ECOSOC, and between its members and other projects and networks, including DECOLDEV, JUST2CE and PHOENIX, as well as social movement and community organizations in Portugal and transnationally. It thus brings together CES researchers with other local and international activists and scholars, to provide nurturing conceptual and practical tools for enacting alternative ecosocial horizons.

The backgrounds of ECOSOC and the associated projects provide the central thematic axis of transformations for more just and ecological worlds, in the context of the climate crisis and the so-called Anthropocene. The mainstream Anthropocene and Climate Change narratives identify a new (geologic) epoch in which the “human species” is the dominant geological force. These narratives have been criticized by scholars and activists who point out that the major changes in the biophysical forces of the planet are due to a particular political-economic system (Capitalism) coupled with its racialized, patriarchal, and colonial logics, in which a particular segment of humanity has caused this crisis. Thus it has been argued that it would be more precise to talk about Racial Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Anthro-Obscene, White Manthropocene, and to emphasize systemic change.

These critical conversations point out the power of narratives, fragmenting the universalist and heteropatriarchal Anthropocene; while suggesting alternative imaginaries such as Just Transitions, New Eco-Social Pacts, Diverse economies, Post-Development, Chultucene, Pluriverse, and Abolitionism.

Application Instructions: Send to ecosoc@ces.uc.pt by May 1, 2022, the following documents, in one single PDF:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 250 words Description of yourself, your relevant interests and experiences
  • 750 words (max.) Motivation Letter, stating why you wish to participate in this Summer School, what you hope to gain and what you hope to contribute


Key Dates

  • May 1: Application deadline
  • May 15: Notification of acceptance
  • June 15: Registration deadline

Contact: For any questions, please contact ecosoc@ces.uc.pt

More information, visit: https://ces.uc.pt/summerwinterschools/?lang=2&id=37071