New collaborative works on political ecology, authoritarianism, and populism

** With apologies for cross-posting **
 
On behalf of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) and our friends at the ENTITLE Writing Collaborative, we would like to draw your attention to some recent collaborative works on the subjects of Political Ecology, Authoritarianism, and Populism. We hope this work is relevant and helpful as a teaching tool particularly in the current political ‘climate emergency!’

The first is a primary output of a joint POLLEN writing initiative and part of a special issue: ‘Environmental Governance in a Populist/Authoritarian Era,’ edited by James McCarthy in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers:

Neimark B D, Childs J R, Nightingale A, Cavanagh C, Sullivan S, Benjaminsen T, Batterbury S, Koot S and W. Harcourt (2019). Speaking Power to ‘Post-Truth’: Critical Political Ecology and the New Authoritarianism. Annals of the Association of American Geographershttps://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2018.1547567

 
There are many other important pieces in the special issue, which are beginning to appear online and will be available in print in March 2019.
 
The second is a co-edited series by Amber Huff (STEPS/IDS/Uni. of Sussex, UK) and Levi Van Sant (Georgia Southern University, USA), builds off the collaborative Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) project:
 
Authoritarianism, populism and political ecology, Amber Huff and Levi Van Sant (series introduction),https://entitleblog.org/2018/11/29/authoritarianism-populism-and-political-ecology/
 
Environmental populisms – alongside and beyond (state) authority, Kai Bosworth, https://entitleblog.org/2018/12/13/environmental-populisms-alongside-and-beyond-state-authority/
 
Headless populism and the political ecology of alienation, Patrick Huff, https://entitleblog.org/2019/01/10/the-yellow-vests-a-headless-revolt-against-alienation/
 
Should political ecology be populist? Diego Andreucci, https://entitleblog.org/2019/01/24/should-political-ecology-be-populist/
 
Reflections on Authoritarian Populism: Democracy, Technology and Ecological Destruction, Alexander Dunlap, https://entitleblog.org/2019/02/07/reflections-on-authoritarian-populism-democracy-technology-and-ecological-destruction/
Please feel free to contact POLLEN to inquire about starting an academic node in the network– we are particularly encouraging new nodes from underrepresented regions in the Global South– and contribute to critical political ecology discussions on the dynamic ENTITLE Blog.
 
Best,
 
Ben Neimark, Connor Cavanagh, Amber Huff and John Childs

New PhD position at ISS Erasmus University Rotterdam : Valuing nature in the circular economy

New PhD position at ISS: Valuing nature in the circular economy-

Applications are invited for an ‘Early Stage Researcher’ (ESR) to pursue a PhD at the International Institute of Social Studies on the political ecology/economy of value within the context of scholarly debates on and practical efforts towards the creation of a ‘circular economy’.  While the ESR will be based within the EU-funded Realising the Transition to the Circular Economy (ReTraCE) project, the successful candidate will be expected to develop her/his own doctoral research agenda.

Applicants are encouraged to develop their proposals with a view to articulating a theoretically-grounded critique of the valuation of nature within the context of the ‘circular economy’ in particular and the Anthropocene in general. Such a critique would be expected to pay particular attention to the justice and equity implications of such valuation mechanisms.

Details here: https://aa.academictransfer.com/employer/EUR/vacancy/51627/lang/en/

The School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria is hiring a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology.

Political Ecology

Environmental Studies – Faculty of Social Sciences

January 1, 2020 start date

The School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, located on the traditional territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples, invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology. The interdisciplinary field of Political Ecology critically investigates the social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of environmental challenges to develop solutions that are effective because they are responsive to not only technical and ecological but social and political realities. We encourage candidates who engage with critical and intersectional approaches (e.g., Indigenous, anti-racist, decolonial, feminist, queer). We also welcome candidates with commitments to public engagement and community-based research, research with Indigenous communities, and/or who are in conversation with the natural sciences. The School of Environmental Studies, http://web.uvic.ca/enweb/ is supported by three overlapping streams of scholarship: political ecology, ethnoecology, and ecological restoration. We are a relatively small group and depend on close cooperation, mutual respect and camaraderie for our flourishing.

https://www.uvic.ca/opportunities/faculty-librarian/current/envi_280_134.php

The School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria is hiring a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology.

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2)

Political Ecology

Environmental Studies – Faculty of Social Sciences

January 1, 2020 start date

The School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, located on the traditional territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples, invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology. The interdisciplinary field of Political Ecology critically investigates the social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of environmental challenges to develop solutions that are effective because they are responsive to not only technical and ecological but social and political realities. We encourage candidates who engage with critical and intersectional approaches (e.g., Indigenous, anti-racist, decolonial, feminist, queer). We also welcome candidates with commitments to public engagement and community-based research, research with Indigenous communities, and/or who are in conversation with the natural sciences. The School of Environmental Studies, http://web.uvic.ca/enweb/ is supported by three overlapping streams of scholarship: political ecology, ethnoecology, and ecological restoration. We are a relatively small group and depend on close cooperation, mutual respect and camaraderie for our flourishing.

https://www.uvic.ca/opportunities/faculty-librarian/current/envi_280_134.php

Book Review: “Total Transition – The human side of the Renewable Energy Revolution”

ENTITLE blog - a collaborative writing project on Political Ecology

By Marula Tsagkari

The book Total Transition: The Human Side of the Renewable Energy Revolution offers an in-depth look at the social and environmental impacts of the current fossil fuel energy system, and calls for a renewable energy transition, which takes into account the needs of those communities that have been most affected by this system.

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Authoritarianism, populism and political ecology

ENTITLE blog - a collaborative writing project on Political Ecology

By Amber Huff1 and Levi Van Sant2

Based on a number of events convened under the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative, we introduce a series of interventions that explore how political ecologies can help us to better understand and confront the emergence of contemporary authoritarian populism.

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