Chair/Reader in Political Ecology

Lancaster University

– Lancaster Environment Centre

Closes: 8th September 2019

Lancaster University wishes to appoint an exceptional interdisciplinary academic in Political Ecology (broadly defined) at the Chair/Reader level. You will work within the Political EcologyResearch Group and in close collaboration with the Critical Geographies Research Group. You are expected to continue the Lancaster Environment Centre’s contribution to this sub-field of political ecology as a distinct and vibrant research cluster in the UK.

We seek an outstanding candidate whose research, engagement and teaching interests are in areas that offer critical perspectives on human-environmental issues and change. We understand political ecology to coalesce around critiques of the relationship between culture, politics and nature. Reflecting political ecology’s multi-dimensionality, relevant themes addressed at Lancaster Environment Centre include, but are not limited to, food security, environmental justice, conservation, resource extraction, bioeconomy, water, urban natures, climate politics, science and technology, and the Anthropocene.

Candidates’ research backgrounds may be in geography, anthropology, development studies, environmental sociology or cognate disciplines. We encourage scholars from backgrounds under-represented in these fields. We also welcome novel approaches around de-colonial and critical feminist thinking, both in teaching and in research. Community building within the respective research groups and wider Environment Centre is highly encouraged.

Lancaster University has a reputation for delivering research and teaching with impact at the highest level across the social sciences. We work nationally and internationally with a host of academic, government, civil society and private sector partners. It is expected that applicants will have a strong record of income generation, a demonstrated interest in mentoring and collaborating with junior colleagues, and a clear vision and plan for developing and promoting Political Ecology at the Lancaster Environment Centre. You will work within the dynamic, diverse and interdisciplinary research groups and engage with other clusters of expertise across the University. You will build upon recent initiatives such as the Department’s first political ecology conference and the international Political Ecology Network – POLLEN. Teaching responsibilities will initially be modest to enable the development of a world-class research portfolio. In the future, there will be the opportunity to contribute to a forthcoming Master’s programme in Political Ecology currently under development.

LEC offers a highly inclusive and stimulating environment for career development. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Phil Barker (Head of Department), tel. 01524 510230, Dr Ben Neimark, Lancaster Environment Centre, tel. 01524 510592, or Dr John Childs, Lancaster Environment Centre, tel. 01524 510242,

POLLEN 2020: Call for session proposals

The Third Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN)
Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration

When: 24 – 26 June 2020
Where: Brighton, UK
Organized by: The ESRC STEPS Centre (IDS/SPRU, University of Sussex) and The Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) Secretariat (based at Lancaster University 2017 -2019; and moving to the University of Copenhagen 2019 – 2021). The conference is co-hosted by Radical Futures at the University of Brighton, with support from the BIOSEC project (European Research Council) and SIID at the University of Sheffield.
Session proposal submission deadline: 31 October 2019
Session proposal submission form:
Notification of accepted sessions: January 2020
Conference web site:

Call for session proposals

The POLLEN 20 organizing committee is pleased to announce a call for proposals for organized conference sessions. The deadline for submission of session proposals is 31 October 2019, and all proposals should be submitted via online form.

Conference theme

The contested notion of ‘nature’ is one of the central themes in political ecology, and the third biennial conference of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN), Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration, aims to explore plural natures and plural futures as sites of struggle and possibility whilst critically engaging with and ‘unpacking’ multiple and overlapping crises of our times.

As 2020 is the fifth anniversary of the POLLEN network, the organizers aim for the conference to be a time for taking stock and looking forward; for welcoming provocation and critique; questioning established notions of who is ‘the expert’ and associated epistemological hierarchies; exploring classic questions through novel concepts, lenses, imaginaries, (re)enchantments and embodied and decolonizing practices; and for finding inspiration in emerging debates and new alliances.

The conference will be structured to encourage critical reflection around the entanglements and encounters of political ecology with a variety of theories, approaches and philosophies, including but not limited to post-structuralist and Marxist to anarchist, feminist and queer perspectives within political ecology. As in previous meetings, POLLEN 2020 will combine the objectives of a traditional meeting with the collegiality and dynamism of a less structured, more participatory gathering.

To these ends, this call encourages proposals for themed sessions in a variety of both conventional and novel formats, aspiring to bring together perspectives and ways of sharing from across disciplines and geographic traditions, and welcoming contributions from within and outside the academy.

We particularly encourage transdisciplinary engagements and collaborations in political ecology (i.e. involving, for example, researchers in social sciences, natural / environmental sciences, environmental humanities and development studies; artists; journalists; practitioners; policy professionals; laypersons; activists; environmental justice campaigners and others).

Circulating calls, proposal preparation and submission

Information about the full conference theme, session formats and participation, guidance for preparing and submitting proposals for organized sessions and frequently asked questions are available on the POLLEN 20 conference web site. You will also find information of the conference venue, travel, accommodations, and accessibility that will be updated regularly in the coming months.

The conference committee and POLLEN secretariat can assist with posting calls to the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) web site and the conference web site. If you would like to post a call for papers or presenters, please send your call as an email attachment in .DOC format with proposed session title, session details / abstract and instructions for submitting potential contributions to session organizers to with ‘CfP POLLEN 20’ in the subject line. Make sure to include all relevant information for potential participants in your session.

Inquiries about the conference

Inquiries about the conference, co-hosting, or questions about contributions to the Solidarity Fund for travel bursaries can be sent to (please note that this is not the email address for the POLLEN secretariat).

A note on child care

We are exploring options for child care and compiling a list of local child care providers, but we need to gauge the level of interest. Please email by 1 September 2019 if you think you will need child care to attend the conference. In the email, please provide the number of days, age(s) of child/children and any special needs, including special dietary needs, and include ‘POLLEN 20 child care’ in the subject line.



Pupils at the forefront: the school-work interchange on climate change between university and high school in Naples

ENTITLE blog - a collaborative writing project on Political Ecology

by Maria Federica Palestino, Simona Quagliano and Elena Vetromile

In the wake of the Fridays for Future movement, students are taking the lead in stirring change towards climate change adaptation & mitigation. This is a short account of a project in Naples that put students’ aspirations, questions and demands at center stage. 

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Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Societal Challenges of Climate Change Impacts – The University of Lausanne

Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Societal Challenges of Climate Change Impacts

The Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment (FGSE) of the University of Lausanne invites applications for a professorship in the Societal Challenges of Climate Change Impacts, to be based in the Institute of Geography and Sustainability (IGD).

We are looking for an excellent candidate with a background in the social sciences or humanities, working on the societal challenges raised by climate change, across a variety of spatial scales, perspectives, actors, and/or practices. Candidates should demonstrate research expertise in at least one of the following areas: spatial and/or intergenerational climate justice; adaptation strategies; territorial impacts of climate change and responses to climate risks; complex dynamics of knowledge, beliefs, and institutions in connection to climate issues. Candidates should demonstrate the capacity to develop interdisciplinary projects with earth and environmental scientists working on climate change, within the FGSE and beyond.


Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level (tenure track). However, exceptionally, we will consider outstanding candidates for direct appointment to the Associate or Full Professor level, notably if this corresponds with our equal opportunity objectives.

Starting date: August 1st, 2020 (or to be agreed upon)

Contract length: 2 years renewable twice (6 years) Tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor is possible after 5 to 6 years. Once tenured, contracts are renewed on a 6 year cycle.

Activity rate: 100 %

Workplace University of Lausanne (Géopolis building)

Your Responsibilities

The successful candidate will actively participate in the research activities of the Institute of Geography and Sustainability, will teach in the Bachelor of Geosciences and Environment and in relevant Masters taught by the FGSE, and will supervise masters and doctoral students.

Your Qualifications

Candidates must demonstrate a capacity to undertake high quality research, to obtain competitive research funding, and to publish in peer-reviewed international research journals. A demonstrated potential for teaching and for supervising master’s and doctoral theses is required. A good command of both French and English language is preferable. If French is not the native language, the ability to teach in French has to be acquired within two years of the appointment.

What the position offers you

The Faculty of Geosciences and Environment (FGSE) was created in 2003 and offers state-of-the-art equipment, incentives for projects, and excellent working conditions. It consists of three research institutes (Earth Science, Geography and Sustainability, and Earth Surface Dynamics) and a School that manages teaching and learning across these research domains. The FGSE specifically promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching, within and between the social and natural sciences. The Institute of Geography and Sustainability (IGD) includes geographers (human and physical), economists, and environmental philosophers. The approximately ninety employees of the Institute participate in one or more of the following research groups : Development, Societies, and Environment; Urban Studies; Environmental Humanities; Cultures and Natures of Tourism; Water Resources and Geoheritage; Geographic Information Science.

Contact for further information

Other useful information is available on the websites of the Faculty ( and the Institute of Geography and Sustainability (

For further information, contact the Chair of the Selection Committee for this position: Prof. Frédéric Herman, Dean of the FGSE (

Additional information

The University of Lausanne seeks to promote an equitable representation of men and women among its staff and strongly encourages applications from women. The FGSE’s strategy regarding equal opportunity, specifically with respect to the recruitment of professors, is described in point 2.2 of the FGSE’s Plan of action in favor of the equality of chances between women and men 2017-2020. Candidates are expressly invited to consult this document at the following website:

Call for Papers: Special issue on “Putting Culture back into Cultural Ecosystem Services (CES): Case Studies on CES and Conservation from the Global South”

Call for Papers:

Special issue on “Putting Culture back into Cultural Ecosystem Services (CES): Case Studies on CES and Conservation from the Global South”

Cultural ecosystem services (CES) have been defined as the “intangible and non-material benefits that people enjoy from ecosystems,” first introduced in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA 2005). The MEA specified several potential categories of CES, including cultural diversity; spiritual and religious values; knowledge systems; educational values; inspiration; aesthetic values; social relations; sense of place; and recreation and ecotourism (MEA 2005). Since the MEA, there has been a large increase in attention to how CES are defined, identified, valued, and conserved in policy and projects (Trainor 2006; Chan, Satterfield, and Goldstein 2012; Hirons et al 2016), reflecting their importance as a concept to multiple groups of people.

Yet there remain major gaps in our understanding of CES. First, most of the work to date has not focused on the Global South; recent special issues on the topic have exclusively focused on developed countries like the UK (Bryce et al 2016; Cooper et al. 2016). On-the-ground studies of how suites of ES are used in culturally specific ways in developing countries remain relatively rare (Rasmussen et al. 2016).Further, methodologies that are used to evaluate or value CES in a developed country context (like travel cost methods or social media postings) (Kenter 2017) may not be as appropriate in the developing world, leading to challenges in implementation of CES projects and policies.  Second, many understandings of ‘culture’ in CES literature refer more to recreational or touristic values (Ihammar & Pedersen 2017), rather than a deep engagement with what the concept of culture means. Issues surrounding cultural practices, such as religion and spirituality, taboos, epistemologies & ontologies, and other fields are rarely invoked in the cultural ES literature, despite calls for the past few years to do so (Chan et al., 2012; Gould et al. 2015). Finally, how CES can contribute to conservation outcomes for biodiversity or ecosystems are not yet fully explored in the literature, nor practical lessons learned easy to draw from experiences to date.  As Pascua et al. (2017) note “identifying CES in an accurate and culturally appropriate way is vital in resource management efforts, particularly if they can make place-based values visible before important decisions are made.” Yet much additional work remains before such decision-making can be made around CES. 

Thus, we are seeking papers for a special issue devoted to CES in the Global South and their role in conservation. The aim is to publish the papers after a review process as a special issue of a targeted journal. Submission targets include Conservation LettersBiological Conservationor similar journals. We invite papers from a range of disciplines to contribute to this proposed special issue. Submissions may range from specifying types of cultural ES to policies to support CES to methodologies for researching CES. We particularly are interested in papers with coauthors from the Global South and work done with communities to assess local CES concepts. The special issue will be sponsored and edited with the support of members of the Commission on Ecosystem Management  (CEM) and the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) of IUCN. The special issue is being proposed by the Thematic Group on Cultural Practices and Ecosystem Management (CPEM) of CEM.

Possible topical themes for papers:

– How can concepts like understandings of well-being and resilience be incorporated in CES (Bryce et al. 2016; Bullock et al 2018)?

– What challenges, such as cultural identity, language erosion, land rights, justice and equity, etc., do CES policies face in the Global South? 

– Can CES be separated from other forms of ES? How are they mutually constituted? For example, what cultural practices have shaped ES provisioning in different contexts?

– Are CES always non-material? How can we account for material cultural ES?

– What are the ways in which CES can help inform conservation decision-making? Are there best practices learned from incorporation of CES?

– How can different knowledge systems & worldviews be represented in the concept of CES?

– How can CES incorporate attention to cultural sensitivity, awareness and safeguards? 

– How do CES relate to other approaches like cultural landscapes and heritage (Cuerrier et al 2015; Lepofsky et al 2017)?

– How are CES being impacted by climate and other environmental changes?

– What kinds of methods are best suited to evaluate and value CES (Hirons et al. 2016)? How can methods be made more interdisciplinary or participatory?

Deadlines: Interested participants should send an abstract of no more than 500 words by Aug 15, 2019 to Selected authors will be informed by Aug 30 to prepare a full manuscript for submission to the editors by Dec 15, 2019. The aim for publication is for end of 2020/early 2021. 


Bryce, R., Irvine, K. N., Church, A., Fish, R., Ranger, S., & Kenter, J. O. (2016). Subjective well-being indicators for large-scale assessment of cultural ecosystem services. Ecosystem Services21(Part B), 258–269.

Bullock, C., Joyce, D., & Collier, M. (2018). An exploration of the relationships between cultural ecosystem services, socio-cultural values and well-being. Ecosystem Services31(Part A), 142–152.

Chan, Kai, Terre Satterfield, and Joshua Goldstein. 2012. “Rethinking Ecosystem Services to Better Address and Navigate Cultural Values.” Ecological Economics74: 8–18. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2011.11.011.

Cooper, N., Brady, E., Steen, H., & Bryce, R. (2016). Aesthetic and spiritual values of ecosystems: Recognising the ontological and axiological plurality of cultural ecosystem “services.” Ecosystem Services21(Part B), 218–229.

Cuerrier A, Turner NJ, Gomes TC, Garibaldi A, Downing A (2015) Cultural Keystone Places: Conservation and Restoration in Cultural Landscapes. Journal of Ethnobiology 35:427-448

Garibaldi A, Turner N (2004) Cultural Keystone Species: Implications for Ecological Conservation and Restoration. Ecology and Society 9

Hirons, M., Comberti, C., & Dunford, R. (2016). Valuing Cultural Ecosystem Services. Annual Review of Environment and Resources41(1), 545–574.

lhammar, S. S., & Pedersen, E. (2017). Recreational cultural ecosystem services: How do people describe the value? Ecosystem Services26(Part A), 1–9.

Kenter, J. O. (2016). Integrating deliberative monetary valuation, systems modelling and participatory mapping to assess shared values of ecosystem services. Ecosystem Services21(Part B), 291–307.

Lepofsky D, Armstrong CG, Greening S, Jackley J, Carpenter J, Guernsey B, Mathews D, Turner NJ (2017) Historical Ecology of Cultural Keystone Places of the Northwest Coast. American Anthropologist 119:448-463.

Pascua, P. A., McMillen, H., Ticktin, T., Vaughan, M., & Winter, K. B. (2017). Beyond services: A process and framework to incorporate cultural, genealogical, place-based, and indigenous relationships in ecosystem service assessments. Ecosystem Services26(Part B), 465–475.

Rasmussen, Laura Vang, Ole Mertz, Andreas Christensen, Finn Danielsen, Neil Dawson, and Pheang Xaydongvanh. 2016. “A Combination of Methods Needed to Assess the Actual Use of Provisioning Ecosystem Services .” Ecosystem Services17 (C). Elsevier: 75–86. doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2015.11.005.

Trainor, Sarah. 2006. “Realms of Value: Conflicting Natural Resource Values and Incommensurability.” Environmental Values 15(1):3-29.

Two postdoctoral tenure track positions within environmental governance and the global political economy of environment & development

Dear All,

The Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences is now hiring to fill two “postdoctoral tenure track positions” (the ‘Assistant Professor’ rank is relatively uncommon in Norway). Application deadline: 01 August 2019.

I am happy to field questions from POLLEN members regarding life in the department, the university, or in Norway generally as an expatriate.

Come and work with us in Ås!

All the very best,

Dr. Connor Joseph Cavanagh
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Department of International Environment and Development Studies
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
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