November 2020 Updates

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends,

Once again we have a full newsletter with a node introduction from Peru, exciting new publications, a few CfPs and talks, blog posts, podcasts and vacancies! Take a look to see what happened across POLLEN in November.

Best wishes, 

POLLEN Secretariat

NOTE: the updates below are a copy of the original newsletter, and therefore might not contain all hyperlinks and content. To access the original with full content, as well as to see previous newsletters, follow this link:
Getting to know your fellow POLLEN members

Every monthly newsletter includes a brief introduction to one of the many POLLEN nodes. We hope this will help build better connections between our community. Our next ‘virtual visit’ is to Peru. Enjoy!
Short group bioA broad range of universities in Peru are discussing the intersection of ecological, social and political issues. Forming this POLLEN node based in the Catholic University of Peru with Deborah Delgado Pugley, Maritza Paredes, Jose Carlos Orihuela, Gerardo Damonte, Jose Carlos Silva, and Eduardo Dargent is a great opportunity to invite a critical reflection on how the Andean-Amazonian region is undergoing quick transformations. The group is only just forming and there are surely many others who we have not yet connected with – if you see this message, please do get in touch! (contact Deborah

Together, we have cultivated student interest in the field of political ecology. A young and vibrant community works on the expansion of conservation and its paradoxes, indigenous people’s rights and decolonial approaches, commodities booms and bursts, and ecological economics.
Fun fact
Did you know that today you can find over 4,000 varieties of native potatoes grown in the Andean highlands of Peru? Selected over centuries for their taste, texture, shape and color, these potato varieties are very well adapted to the harsh conditions that prevail in the high Andes, at altitudes ranging from 3,500 to 4,200 meters. Although their production is hand-picked and extremely valuable, in the field, the value of a kilo of potatoes felt to less than S/0.20 (0.055 USD) in 2018 and its average prize nowadays is only 0.39 USD.
Let’s come together as a network to support the new secretariat!
 Crawford School of Public Policy, Canberra, Australia are new secretariat hosts. In line with the spirit of inclusivity in POLLEN, the hosts have offered to take this on without having the funding to make it work in practice, but in the hope that the network would step in to collectively support the function financially. Let’s do this! A crowdfunding link has been created, see here.
POLLEN20: Watch videos of sessions
 An extensive archive of video recordings from the POLLEN2020 conference ‘Contested Natures: Power, Politics, Prefiguration’ is now available to all, including people who were not able to participate in the event.
You can watch all the keynote sessions on a YouTube playlist.
Watch playlist: POLLEN2020 keynote video

You can also see video from almost all sessions at the conference, by visiting the conference website and creating a username and password, free of charge. The homepage includes basic instructions on how to do this, and tips on navigating the site to find the session you want. Visit website here.
Promoting POLLEN collaboration
Do you write with other members of POLLEN? In attempts to promote collaboration across the POLLEN nodes, please consider putting the following statement in the acknowledgements of your paper: ‘This article represents work conducted as part of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN).’ 

When you do, please let us know about it so we can tweet it out on @PolEcoNet and get it in the next newsletter!

Alba, Rossella, Silja Klepp, and Antje Bruns. “Environmental justice and the politics of climate change adaptation–the case of Venice.” Geographica Helvetica 75.4 (2020): 363-368. Available open access.

Alba Rossella, Kooy Michelle and Bruns Antje (2020) “Conflict, cooperation and experimentation: Analysing the politics of  urban water through Accra’s heterogenous water supply infrastructure” Environment and Planning E. Open Access

Anthias, P., & Hoffmann, K. (2020). The making of ethnic territories: Governmentality and counter-conducts. Geoforum

Atkins, E. (2020). Contesting hydropower in the Brazilian Amazon. Abingdon: Routledge.

Atkins, E. (2020). Tracing the ‘cloud’: Emergent political geographies of global data centresPolitical Geography. [Early View].

Castellanos-Navarrete, A., de Castro, F., and Pacheco, P., 2020. The impact of oil palm on rural livelihoods and tropical forest landscapes in Latin America. Journal of Rural Studies. DOI: 10.1016/j.rurstud.2020.10.047.

Dunlap A. 2020. Compost the Colony: Exploring Anarchist Decolonization. Tvergastein Journal

Dutta, Anwesha, and Harry Fischer. Forthcoming. The local governance of Covid-19: Disease prevention and social security in rural India. World Development.

Ehrnström-Fuentes, M. (2020). Organising in defence of life: The emergence and dynamics of a territorial movement in Southern Chile. Organization, 1350508420963871.

Erazo Acosta, E. (2020). Alli Kawsay: Epistemology and Political Practice in the Territories, a Possibility from the Andean Pluriverse for Ecological Justice and the Care of Mother Nature. The Palgrave Handbook of Climate Resilient Societies, 1-17.

García, Magdalena and Monica E. Mulrennan. “Tracking the History of Protected Areas in Chile: Territorialization Strategies and Shifting State Rationalities.” Journal of Latin American Geography, vol. 19 no. 4, 2020, p. 199-234. Project MUSE

Gills, B., & Morgan, J. (2020). Economics and climate emergency. Globalizations, 1-16.

Gönenç, D., & Durmaz, G. (2020). The politics of neoliberal transformation on the periphery: a critical comparison of Greece and Turkey. Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 1-24.

Horowitz, Leah S. In press. Indigenous rights and the persistence of industrial capitalism: Capturing the law–ideology–power triple-helix. Progress in Human Geography. 

Martin, A., Armijos, M. T., Coolsaet, B., Dawson, N., AS Edwards, G., Few, R., … & White, C. S. (2020). Environmental Justice and Transformations to Sustainability. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development62(6), 19-30.

Massarella, K., Sallu, S. M., & Ensor, J. E. (2020). Reproducing injustice: Why recognition matters in conservation project evaluation. Global Environmental Change65, 102181.

Partelow, S., Schlüter, A., Armitage, D., Bavinck, M., Carlisle, K., Gruby, R., … & Sousa, L. (2020). Environmental governance theories: a review and application to coastal systems. Ecology and Society25(4).

Sanches, Camilo Torres. O mundo da vida no estuário amazônico: ecologia política da biodiversidade no arquipélogo de Belém do Pará – Brasil’ 01/05/2005 367 f. Doutorado em DESENVOLVIMENTO,AGRICULTURA E SOCIEDADE Instituição de Ensino: UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL RURAL DO RIO DE JANEIRO, SEROPÉDICA Biblioteca Depositária: CPDA. Trabalho anterior à Plataforma Sucupira

Zografos, C. and Robbins, P., 2020. Green Sacrifice Zones, or Why a Green New Deal Cannot Ignore the Cost Shifts of Just TransitionsOne Earth3(5), pp.543-546.

Special forum: Economics and Climate Emergency. All articles free access until Christmas. See on this link

Special issue: WFD + 20: Assessing the European Water Framework Directive Guest Editors: Timothy Moss, Gabrielle Bouleau, José Albiac and Lenka Slavíkova. See here.

BOOK: Has It Come to This? The Promises and Perils of Geoengineering on the Brink. Edited by J.P. Sapinski, Holly Jean Buck, Andreas Malm. Rutgers University Press. Discount codes: he following discount codes make it almost affordable: USA: “RFLR19”; Canada: “RUTGERS20”; Rest of the world: “RutFriendsFamily”
PUBLICATION: TERA journal issue 1 
The journal of Technology, Ecology, and Risk Assemblages (TERA) explores how speculations about the future affect societies in the present day. This first issue of TERA provides a curation of thinkers and practitioners who explore risk and resilience in different yet, interrelated ways. Starting point of all essays is an urge to develop new ways of thinking, as established frameworks fail to capture the complexity of risks in the present day. The essays included in this journal offer ways to approach the notion of risk in speculative ways, foster complex and interdisciplinary perspectives and critically question the ethics they imply.
TERA journal #1 includes contributions of renowned and emerging thinkers and artists: Ed Finn, Erik Bordeleau, Jacqui Frost, Nicola Privato, Groundhem Initiative, James R. Watson, Laura E. R. Peters, Jamon van den Hoek, Shannon Lambert, Isabel Cavenecia, Tinna Grétarsdóttir and Sigurjón Baldur Hafsteinssonand Thomas Pogge in an interview by Krisha Kops.
The journal can be freely downloaded and read on Please consult the website for further activities of TERA institute, upcoming events and future journal editions.
CfPs, Conferences, Talks

CfP: Panel proposal to the BASA (British Association for South Asian Studies) Annual Conference 2021. Panel title – Environmental Governance in South Asia: Discursive Political Ecology of Contemporary Environmental Programmes. Read more here. Please submit your abstract (100-150 words) by Monday 30th November, 2pm UK time, to 
CfP: Digital Natures: Reworking Epistemologies, Ontologies and Politics Special Issue for the journal Digital Geography and Society. Abstracts deadline: 18th December 2020. Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to Andrés Luque-Ayala (, Eric Nost ( and Ruth Machen ( Final paper submissions will be expected between May–July 2021.

Conference: DOPE 2021! February 18-20, 2021. The priority registration deadline for those attending the conference without presenting is February 5, 2021 (those only attending may still register after this date through February 20, 2021). Reminder: we will have a limited number of presentation slots available this year with priority for graduate students and junior scholars. If you are interested in being considered for a presentation opportunity, please follow this link for more informationReading Groups: Find out more about the DoPE 11 Reading Group and the Critical Restoration Reading Group. If you have questions please contact ukpewg@gmail.comNOTE: The DOPE Underrepresented Student Scholars Award Program will not be available for the 2021 conference seeing as registration fees are optional, but we hope to get it up and running for future conferences.

PhD Defence: Soutenance de thèse de Gaële Rouillé-Kielo, le 23 octobre 2020 à 14h (visioconférence). Available here

Recasting Water Worlds: part of the online e-flux Art&Education Classroom Series, focusing on notions around hydrocommons. It includes contributions by Dilip da Cunha, Carolina Caycedo, Macarena Gomez-Barris, Joyeeta Gupta, Vandana Shiva, Ursula Biemann, Astrida Neimanis, and is up and running via this link.

Le colloque: “Ce que l’Amérique latine fait à l’écologie politique” se tiendra en ligne les 9, 10 et 11 décembre, de 14h à 20h. Près de 40 chercheurs/ses y débattront de ce puissant courant de recherche, de son histoire, de ses perspectives, de ses difficultés et de ses enjeux. Le programme et les informations de connexion sont accessible sur le site:
Blog posts, articles documentaries, podcasts
 In Common Podcast: explores the connections between humans, their environment and each other through stories told by scholars and practitioners. In-depth interviews and methods webinars explore interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary work on commons governance, social-ecological resilience, and sustainability. See here.

PERC in 2020. Review of PERC activities. By Lisa Vonk (November 24, 2020).

Dunlap A. 2020. This is What Energy Transition Looks Like: L’Amassada Eviction One Year Later. Verso Blog,

EXALT podcast – latest episodes:
Bonus episode: Year 1 Retrospective (and Outtakes)
Markus Kröger – What is the Best way to Push for Change?
Anja Nygren – How Does Extractivism Impact Frontier Families Over Generations?
Gutu Olana Wayessa – Why do people need to be consulted about big projects in their back yards?
Will LaFleur – What kind of connection do you have with your food?
From our friends at Undisciplined Environments

Not All That Is Green Becomes Gentrified By Ana T. Amorim-Maia (November 3, 2020)

Not a “wasted” enterprise: political ecologies of wastewater wetlands in Kolkata By Jenia Mukherjee and Amrita Sen Jenia (November 17, 2020)

Experiences of the Covid19 pandemic of small-scale farmers in the Draa Valley in the South-East of Morocco By Lisa Bossenbroek, Hind Ftouhi, Abir Benfars and Nawal Taaime (November 26, 2020)
From our friends at EXALT

Session Recordings From Doctoral Students Pre-Conference in October 2020 “(De)naturalising extractivism: investigating its social orders and resistances”. Watch here or here

EXALT READING: Alternative Futures: India Unshackled. Read the latest: Alternative Futures: India Unshackled”(edited by KJ Joy & Ashish Kothari) which brings together scenarios of an India that is politically and socially egalitarian, radically democratic, economically sustainable and equitable, and socio-culturally diverse and harmonious. 

NEWS PIECE ON THE FIRST YEAR OF THE EXALT PODCAST: “Popularising research on extractivism and its alternatives” Published on the University of Helsinki’s website
Vacancies and courses

M.Phil programme in Environmental History at Trinity College Dublin! Admissions now open. For further information and to apply for 2021/22, please visit this page

PhD: Revival of indigenous agroforestry systems (chakras) for crisis resilience in the Ecuadorian Amazon: opportunities and challenges of gender, ethnicity and forest livelihoods – fully funded at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (Coventry University). Supervisors: Dr. Nina Isabella Moeller, Prof. Michel Pimbert, Dr. Miho Taka. Deadline: 31 March 2021; start date Sept 2021. More info here.

PhD: Quantifying and modelling the impacts of COVID-19 in flagship conservation areas” (See hereSupervisor: Esteve Corbera Research group: LASEG

PhD: “Environmental degradation and COVID-19: A case study for planetary health” (See hereSupervisor: Federico Demaria and Cristina O’Callaghan-Gordo Research group:

PhD: “Integrated climate modelling for instrument comparison and synergy” (See hereSupervisor: Jeroen van den Bergh ( Research group: Ecological Economics Barcelona

PhD: Landscape structure and Agri-environmental schemes: socio-ecological experiments on the potential of cross-border conservation” (See hereSupervisor: Sergio Villamayor-Tomas ( Research group: Ecological Economics Barcelona

PhD: “Alternative urban agriculture: scaling up or out?” (See hereSupervisors: Xavier Gabarrell ( and Sergio Villamayor-Tomas ( Research groups: Ecological Economics Barcelona and Sostenipra

Postdoc Research Associate Position in the Social Dimensions of Gene Editing in Food and Agriculture

A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the department of sociology at Iowa State University (ISU). The postdoc will work with an interdisciplinary team examining the social dimensions and governance of gene editing in food and agriculture. The project is funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Social Implications of Emerging Technologies (see The postdoctoral research associate will be expected to analyze both qualitative interview/focus group data and quantitative survey data, help lead a deliberative stakeholder workshop, conduct literature reviews and employ sociological theories related to agrifood biotechnologies and governance, contribute to peer-reviewed publications and presentations at professional meetings. The full position announcement with due dates is attached.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dr. Theresa Selfa Professor and Associate Chair, Dept. of Environmental Studies & Graduate Program in Environmental Science, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry Syracuse, NY 13210 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Associate Editor, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems Associate Editor, Rural Sociology

New resources to teach and learn about the political ecology of urban waste management

Original post by Henrik Ernstson of

We are proud to present NEW RESOURCES from our #SituatedUPE Collective to teach & learn about the political ecology of urban waste management. We recently finalised our Turning Livelihoods to Waste?-project (TLR) and created this page with outputs:

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#POLLEN20 postponed due to COVID-19

Dear POLLEN friends,

We regret that we must announce that the POLLEN 20 conference, which was scheduled for 24-26 June 2020, has postponed by the hosts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In light of this, the conference organizers are taking some time to consider carefully alternative arrangements for hosting the conference. We will be updating registered delegates and the wider POLLEN community about the new plan for the conference as information becomes available.

Those who have already submitted final session or presentation details and registered as part of an organized session can use this form to indicate their current intentions, including whether they wish to withdraw from the conference, cancel registration and / or request a refund of fees.

All session organizers and registered delegates will receive email notifications of the delay tomorrow morning, 18 March. We thank you for your patience and understanding at this time and will be updating the ‘news and updates’ section of the conference web site and the main POLLEN web site as new information becomes available.

With best regards,
The POLLEN20 organizing team

POLLEN20 – calling conference moles!

Cool mole v1
Do you have what it takes?

Large multi-panel conferences are hard to keep up with. There is so much going on simultaneously that it can be disorientating, even alienating.

One of the ways of dealing with this is by setting up ‘conference moles’. Moles have the task of listening to public conversations and discussions taking place in panels, workshops and around the meeting, and reporting them back to delegates.

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The POLLEN20 conference and concerns about COVID-19

The POLLEN20 organizing group has been receiving questions about whether the conference will go forward as planned. We understand people’s concerns, particularly as many institutions have implemented travel restrictions in recent days. Based on an informed discussion of the situation, we have released the following statement, which we have added to our FAQ section. This is particularly meant for people who have been accepted as part of organized sessions and are uncertain about whether they should take next steps and register.
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POLLEN December Newsletter

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends,

Thanks to all your input, we have a filled-up newsletter with plenty of exciting new publications, conference and course announcements, blog posts and job openings. As we have reached the end of 2019 and therefore the last newsletter of the year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuous engagement with POLLEN and making it a great network of cooperation in political ecology! 

NOTE: the updates below are a copy of the original newsletter, and therefore might not contain all hyperlinks and media. To access the original with full content, as well as to see previous newsletters, follow this link:

Happy Holidays and New Year,

Best wishes,
POLLEN Secretariat

REMINDER: Posting articles on website
 In order to make the newsfeed on the POLLEN website easier to read, we encourage the use of the ‘MORE’ function. This allows long articles to show in a collapsed format, with a ‘Read more’ button that expands the full-length article. Once you have entered the text, put your cursor where you would like the preview to end, and add a block named ‘MORE’. 

REMINDER: Documentaries and podcasts We have added a page to the website with a list of documentaries and podcasts in Political Ecology. It is a constantly growing list, and we have received a number of suggestions already. However, we would appreciate even more input to make it more comprehensive. If you have any suggestions, send an e-mail to: 

2020 American Association of Geographers Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to Michael Watts for receiving the 2020 AAG Lifetime Achievement Award for his influential work on ‘political ecology, vulnerability and resilience, agrarian political economy, the social production of famine, oil and development, and environmental justice – all conducted through a fine-grained ethnographic, political, and deeply historical engagement with Nigeria and West Africa’. Read about the award here.
Publications and books

Arora-Jonsson, Seema, 2019, “Indigeneity and Climate Justice in Northern Sweden” in Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran, Priya Kurian, and Debashish Munshi  (eds) Climate Futures:Re-imagining Global Climate Justice, Zed Books. 

Arora-Jonsson, S., Agarwal, S., Colfer, CJP., Keene, S., Kurian, P., Larson, A. (2019) SDG 5: Gender Equality: A Precondition for Sustainable Forestry. In Sustainable Development Goals: Their Impacts on Forests and Peoples, 146-177. 2019

Arora-Jonsson, S., Ågren, M. (2019) Bringing Diversity to Nature: Politicizing gender, race and class in environmental organizations? Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 

Belcher, O., Bigger, P., Neimark, B. Kennelly, C. (2019). Hidden carbon costs of the everywhere war: Logistics, geopolitical ecology, and the carbon footprint of the US military. Royal Geographical Society. Regular Paper

Brad, A. and Hein. J. (2019) Die Transnationalisierung von Agrarkonflikten? Globale NGOs, transnationales Kapital und lokaler Widerstand in Sumatra. In: Miessner, M. und M. Naumann (Hrsg.), Kritische Geographien ländlicher Entwicklung. Westfälisches Dampfboot, Münster in Westfalen.

Dondanville, T.W. & Dougherty, M.L. (2019) Porousness and Peru’s moratorium on genetically modified organisms: stakeholder epistemologies and neoliberal science, Environmental Sociology, 

Ernwein, M. 2019. Les natures de la ville néolibérale: Une écologie politique du végétal urbain. Grenoble : UGA Editions. 

Flachs, A.(2019) Cultivating knowledge: Biotechnology, sustainability, and the human cost of cotton capitalism in India. Receive a 30% discount by ordering from here and using the discount code AZFLR.

Hanaček, K., Roy B., Avila, S., and Kallis, G. (2020). Ecological economics and degrowth: Proposing a future research agenda from the margins.Ecological Economics

Klepp, S. and Vafeidis, A. T. (2019): Long-term adaptation planning for sustainable coasts. In: DIE ERDE – Journal of the Geographical Society of Berlin150(3), 113-117.

Klepp, S. and Herbeck, J. (2019): Decentering Climate Change: Perspekiven auf Umweltmigration in Europa und in Ozeanien. In: Knecht, Michi, Römhild, Regina et al. (Hg.) Decentering Europe. Postcolonial, postbloc perspectives for a reflexive European Ethnology. Bielefeld.

Kolinjivadi, V., Vela-Almeida, D., Martineau, J. (2019). Can the planet be saved in Time? On temporalities of socionature, the clock and the limits debate. In Environment and Planning E

Kotsila, Panagiota, and Giorgos Kallis. “Biopolitics of public health and immigration in times of crisis: The malaria epidemic in Greece (2009–2014).” Geoforum 106 (2019): 223-233.

McDermott, C.L., Acheampong, E., Arora-Jonsson, S. (2019) SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions – A Political Ecology Perspective. In Sustainable Development Goals: Their Impacts on Forests and Peoples, 510-540. 2019

Neimark, B., Osterhoudt S., Blum, L. & Healy, T. (2019) Mob justice and ‘The civilized commodity’The Journal of Peasant Studies

Rauchecker, Markus (2019): “The Territorial and Sectoral Dimensions of Advocacy – The Conflicts about Pesticide Use in Argentina”, in: Political Geography, 75, 102067.

Schubert, H., Rauchecker, M., Caballero Calvo, A., Schütt, B. (2019): “Land Use Changes and their Perception in the Hinterland of Barranquilla, Colombian Caribbean”, in: Sustainability, 11(23), 6729.

Tulaeva, S.A., M.S. Tysiachniouk, L.A. Henry and L.S. Horowitz. 2019. Globalizing extraction and Indigenous rights in the Russian Arctic: The enduring role of the state in natural resource governance. Resources 8(4): 179-199Open access.

Windey, C. & Van Hecken, G.(2019) Contested mappings in a dynamic space: emerging socio-spatial relationships in the context of REDD+. A case from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Landscape Research. Online first. DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2019.1691983
From our friends at Undisciplined Environments

Why Green is Not Enough: Creating Relational Well-Being in Children Through Urban Play Spaces, By Carmen Pérez del Pulgar

Emergenciocracy: why demanding the “climate emergency” is risky, By Giacomo D’Alisa

On Bolivia: For peace, democracy and indigenous-popular self-determination, By Undisciplined Environments*

El pequeño Pödelwitz global resiste, by Emiliano Teran Mantovani

How green gentrification is compromising Seattle’s last affordable neighborhood, By Helen Cole
Conferences, Calls for Papers and Applications

CfA: PhD Course ‘Degrowth in Europe: Foundations in theory and pathways to practice’. Organised by IFRO, held at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark May 11-15 2020. Deadline to apply: 1 February 2020. Read more here.

CfP: Sea Economies: Labour, Infrastructure and New Techno-Environmental Horizons, EASA2020, Lisbon, Portugal 21-24 July, 2020. See full description here

CfP: Folklore, Geography and Anthropology: ways of knowing water / landscape / climate in the Anthropocene, RAI2020: Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future, London, UK. 4-7 June, 2020. Read more and submit a paper here.

CfP: Green Criminology in the Anthropocene. One-day Symposium, Northumbria University, 16 January 2020. See details here

CfA: STEPS Centre Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability, Brighton, UK, 11-22 May 2020. Open to PhD and recent post-docs, deadline 26 January. See full details here.

CfP: Ethnographies of energy production in times of transition, 8th Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference, University of Bergamo, Italy. For more information and submission details, click here

Lecture and panel discussion POLLEN2020: Antipode will be staging a lecture and panel discussion in Brighton. We invite presenters who represent both the political commitment and intellectual integrity that characterises the sort of work that appears in the journal. Professor Jun Borras will be our speaker and we’d be delighted if you could join us for his lecture and the panel discussion and reception. 
Blog posts, Articles, Podcasts

Vela-Almeida, D., Kolinjivadi, V., Windey, C., Van Hecken, G., Moreano, M., Kosoy, N. (2019) The Path to net-zero emissions must include divestment, decolonization and resistance. The Conversation

Vela-Almeida, D. (2019). Inside Ecuador’s mass movement against neoliberalism. Rabble

Massarella, K. (2019). What is transformation anyway? Conviva Research

Kolinjivadi, V. (2019) Why a ‘Green New Deal’ must be decolonial. Aljazeera

PODCAST: Benjamin Neimark on the Hidden Carbon Costs of the ‘Everywhere’ War, a report on the Pentagon’s massive carbon footprint, co-authored with Cara Kennelly, Oliver Belcher and Patrick Bigger.
Jobs and Other news

Open Position – Resident Lecturer in Political Ecology, The School for Field Studies, Peru. Download the full job description here.

New M.Phil – From the next academic year, there will be a new M.Phil course in Environmental History at Trinity College Dublin. Admissions for students starting next September are already open. See programme description here

Two tenure-track faculty positions – Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. See details here

Masters by Research – Flower Power: Impacts of photovoltaic solar energy on floral resources for pollinators. Lancaster University. See full position description here.

New Book Promo Film: Our friends at Convivial Conservation have created a great illustrative video about their forthcoming book ‘The Conservation Revolution’. Their network ‘offers a new and integrated approach to understanding and practicing environmental conservation. It is a Whole Earth vision that responds to the major ecological, social and political-economic challenges facing people and biodiversity in the 21st century’. See their video by following this link for English, and this one for Spanish, or see their website here.

Materials from ESRC STEPS Symposium are now available to see on this website. It includes a range of blog posts, articles and podcasts un the Politics of Uncertainty. 

POLLEN Newsletter: November

Dear Pollen Members! While days have shortened and darkened here in Copenhagen, there has been plenty of activity across the Political Ecology network. See the latest publications, blog posts and other news from our nodes in this month’s newsletter! To see all media content and hyperlinks, as well as previous newsletters, follow the link below. Alternatively, you can see the simple text version here.

Best wishes,
POLLEN Secretariat

REMINDER: Posting articles on website

In order to make the newsfeed on the POLLEN website easier to read, we encourage the use of the ‘MORE’ function. This allows long articles to show in a collapsed format, with a ‘Read more’ button that expands the full-length article. Once you have entered the text, put your cursor where you would like the preview to end, and add a block named ‘MORE’.

REMINDER: Documentaries and podcasts

We have added a page to the website that contains a list of documentaries and podcasts in the field of Political Ecology. It is a constantly growing list and we would appreciate input to make it ever more comprehensive. If you have any suggestions, send an e-mail to:


Apostolopoulou, E. Beyond post-politics: Offsetting, depoliticization and contestation in a community struggle against executive housing. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Bormpoudakis, D., Tzanopoulos, J., Apostolopoulou, E. The rise and fall of biodiversity offsetting in the Lodge Hill large-scale housing development, South East England. Environment and Planning E.

Bourblanc, M., Blanchon D. (2019), “Political Ecologies of water in South Africa”, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews-Water, advanced review, 6 (5)

Calvário, Rita; Desmarais, Annette Aurélie; Azkarraga, Joseba (2019), “Solidarities from Below in the Making of Emancipatory Rural Politics: Insights from Food Sovereignty Struggles in the Basque Country”, Sociologia Ruralis

Dedeoğlu, Çağdaş. “Cosmology of the Ergene River Pollution.” Environment & Society Portal, Arcadia (Autumn 2019), no. 38. Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.

Dunlap, Alexander. “Wind, Coal, and Copper: The Politics of Land Grabbing, Counterinsurgency, and the Social Engineering of Extraction.” Globalizations (2019): 1-22

FAO. (2019). Status of community-based forestry and forest tenure in Uganda. Rome.

Fischer, Harry. 2019. Policy innovations for pro-poor climate support: Social protection, small-scale infrastructure, and active citizenship under India’s MGNREGA. Climate and Development.

Greco, E., Apostolopoulou, E. Value, rent and nature: the centrality of class.Dialogues in Human Geography

Menga, F., & Davies, D. (2019). Apocalypse yesterday: Posthumanism and comics in the Anthropocene. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.

Quimbayo Ruiz, G. A. (2019). Territory, sustainability, and beyond: Latin American urbanization through a political ecology. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.

Scoville-Simonds, Morgan, Hameed Jamali, and Marc Hufty. 2020. “The Hazards of Mainstreaming: Climate change adaptation politics in three dimensions.” World Development 125 (January): 104683.

Zografos, C. 2019. Direct Democracy. In: Kothari, A., Salleh, A., Escobar, A., Demaria, F. (eds.). Pluriverse: A Post-development Dictionary. Routledge.

Zografos, C. “Expropriate Zuckerberg!”. Yes, but how? Comment on Dörre, K. ‘Democracy, not Capitalism – or: Expropriate Zuckerberg!’. 2019. In: Ketterer, H., Becker, K. (eds.) Was stimmt nicht mit der Demokratie? Eine Debatte mit Klaus Dörre, Nancy Fraser, Stephan Lessenich und Hartmut Rosa [What’s Wrong With Democracy? A conversation between Nancy Fraser, Klaus Dörre, Stephan Lessenich and Hartmut Rosa]. Suhrkamp.

Development and Change Special Issue 51 (1): Beyond Market Logics: Payments for Ecosystem Services as Alternative Development Practices in the Global South

Shapiro-Garza, Elizabeth, Pamela McElwee, Gert Van Hecken, Esteve Corbera.

Beyond Market Logics: Payments for Ecosystem Services as Alternative Development Practices in the Global South

Corbera, Esteve, Sébastian Costedoat, Driss Ezzine de Blas, Gert Van Hecken. Troubled Encounters: Payments for Ecosystem Services in Chiapas, Mexico.

Greenleaf, Maron. Rubber and Carbon: Opportunity Costs, Incentives and Ecosystem Services in Acre, Brazil.

He, Jun. Situated Payments for Ecosystem Services: Local Agencies in the Implementation of the Sloping Land Conversion Programme in Southwest China.

Joslin, Audrey. Translating Water Fund Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Ecuadorian Andes.

McElwee, Pamela, Bernhard Huber, Thị Hải Vân Nguyễn. Hybrid Outcomes of Payments for Ecosystem Services Policies in Vietnam: Between Theory and Practice.

Nelson, Sara H., Leah L. Bremer, Kelly Meza Prado and Kate A. Brauman. The Political Life of Natural Infrastructure: Water Funds and Alternative Histories of Payments for Ecosystem Services in Valle del Cauca, Colombia.

Setyowati, Abidah B. Making Territory and Negotiating Citizenship in a Climate Mitigation Initiative in Indonesia.

Shapiro-Garza, Elizabeth. An Alternative Theorization of Payments for Ecosystem Services from Mexico: Origins and Influence.

Upton, Caroline. Conserving Natures? Co‐producing Payments for Ecosystem Services in Mongolian Rangelands.

von Hedemann, Nicolena. Transitions in Payments for Ecosystem Services in Guatemala: Embedding Forestry Incentives into Rural Development Value Systems.

Conferences and Calls for Papers
Session 14, Bioeconomy, Justice and Development Cooperation. More information here.

CfP: Development Days 2020 Conference

Workshop: Urban climate justice in the global South, July 5 to 8, 2020, Nairobi, In collaboration with the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA). We are seeking young and socially-engaged scholars who are currently researching and writing about initiatives that advance climate justice (either policy initiatives, or grassroots ones) in urban and rapidly urbanizing areas in this region, to contribute case studies to be presented and further developed at this workshop. The workshop will be preceded by, and partly converge with, a summer school being organized by PACJA (tentative dates June 29-6 tbc), though the application process for the school is separate from this one for the Workshop. The Eligibility criteria are as follows:

– PhD candidate, or PhD from the last 4 years
– Research is on initiatives that advance urban climate justice, and in a particular urban/rapidly urbanizing area of the global South
– Priority will be given to candidates from the global South

Those interested in participating please send CV, a 1-page Statement of Purpose and a 500-word abstract of the research to be presented there to Selected participants could be eligible for travel support. Thus, indicate if you would need partial or full financial support to attend. Deadline for applying is December 6. Selected applicants will be notified by December 23.

CfP: 8th Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference (ERQ) 2020: Ethnographies of energy production in times of transition. University of Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy 3-6 June 2020. We invite contributions on cases from the Global South and North. If you are interested to join our panel, please send an abstract (max 1000 words) including the title of the paper and your affiliation to, and by January 10th 2020. For more detailed info on submission check this link.

From our friends at ENTITLE

Building the urban commons: links between (non)bounded communities, common spaces and social reproduction, By Sergio Ruiz Cayuela and Chiara Tornaghi

Countering right-wing populism through food sovereignty and “solidarity from below”: an example from the Basque Country, By Rita Calvário, Annette Aurélie Desmarais and Joseba Azkarraga-Etxagibel

The fight against the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies in Ecuador: Lessons for environmental and social justice, By Diana Vela Almeida

La lucha en contra de la eliminación de los subsidios a los combustibles fósiles en Ecuador: Lecciones para la justicia ambiental y social, Por Diana Vela Almeida

Rediscovering the palm oil business in East Kalimantan, By Alexandra Mitsiou

Notes from a feminist writing retreat, By Alice Owen, Anna Voss, Constance Dupuis and Nick Bourguignon

Environmental Justice as a Soundtrack of Freedom, By Julie Sze

Green inequalities in the city: An Introduction to the Series, By Gustavo García López, Isabelle Anguelovski and Ana Cañizares

Green gentrification and the struggles over Denver housing rights, By Margarita Triguero-Mas

Climate crisis and new ecological mobilisations (Part I), By Luigi Pellizzoni

Climate crisis and new ecological mobilizations (Part II), By Luigi Pellizzoni Blocking the Flows. Notes from a climate action in Göteborg, By Salvatore De Rosa

Blog posts and Articles

Dunlap, Alexander (2019) ”Green New Deal Part II: Good, Bad and the Ugly,” Terra Nullius: Repossessing the Existent: 11-11-2019.

Florin, Ian. 2019. La Norvège met les éleveurs de rennes au pas. Le Temps.