Blue Political Ecologies Workshop!

Virtual  workshop on Blue Political Ecologies 8th and 9th November, with subsequent asynchronous content engagement

We would like to welcome you to a virtual workshop on blue political ecologies, which will take place from the 8th and 9th of November. The event is co-hosted by Synne Movik (Norwegian University of Life Sciences),Emilie Wiehe (University of Guelph), Mialy Andriamahefazafy (University of Geneva), Marleen Schutter (Worldfish & University of Washington) and Mark Lamont (Open University), with support from Noé Mendoza, NMBU

There will be four sessions based  on short presentations that you are welcome to attend live (please follow the link provided on the website), or you can engage with the presentations asynchronously once they are recorded and made available (1-2 days after the live session). There will be a comments box where you can share your questions, thoughts, and reflections. 

The oceans are being framed increasingly as a site of degradation and in need of conservation (Bennett, 2019; Gray, 2018), while simultaneously being promoted as the new economic frontier through blue economy frameworks and discourses of blue growth (Ertör and Hadjimichael 2020; Silver & Campbell, 2018). Critical scholars have drawn attention to conflict surrounding marine space and marine resources (e.g. Bavinck et al, 2018; Menon et al, 2016), the scalar politics of marine governance (Campbell, 2007; Gruby et al, 2013), fisheries politics, access and the neoliberalization of fisheries (Mansfield, 2004; Andriamahefazafy & Kull, 2019), the role of knowledge and technology in producing the marine environment (Gray, 2018; Drakopulos, 2019), and the political ecologies of emerging blue economies (Marleen & Hicks, 2019; Carver, 2019; Bond, 2019), to name a few. More recently, as the blue economy continues to be pushed as a development framework, scholars and practitioners alike are calling for increased attention to issues of blue justice – though there are signs that the term is being appropriated by powerful international actors,  diluting it and rendering it apolitical. Political ecology thus provides useful insights to make visible the political in marine governance and the blue economy and to examine power relations inherent in these realms.   The blue political ecologies workshops in this series of sessions aim to explore how power and politics, access and resource conflict continue to shape marine resource use and governance. Papers and discussions in this workshop also aim to further bridge research-practitioner gaps, particularly with regards to furthering blue justice aims.

On Tuesday 8th of November, there will be two panel sessions, as follows

  • Political Ecologies of the Blue Economy (organised  by Mark Lamont) 
  • Decolonizing Fisheries Governance (co-ordinated by (Mialy  Andriamahefazafy)

On Wednesday 9th of November, there will be two presentation sessions and a LIVE discussion, as follows:

  • Coastal transformation and spatial justice (co-ordinated by Synne Movik)
  • Advancing blue justice (coordinated by Emilie Wiehe)

Detailed programme available here

Session link:

These will be followed by a live discussion session focusing on how to mobilise for greater equity and justice (coordinated by Mialy Andriamahefazafy and Marleen Schutter). 

The session will be kicked off by three short talks, which  will provide the basis for a discussion on how we can draw on pol political ecology to advance equity and justice.  We encourage you to join this live session, using the link provided on the webpage. 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the co-host Emilie Wiehe should you have questions and comments, and we really hope that you will engage with the issues that are being raised, either through the live discussion, or through leaving comments, questions and reflections in the comments box on the website. 


Adrian and the POLLEN22/3 LOC, and workshop co-hosts Synne, Emilie, Mialy, Marleen, and Mark

Political Ecology, Conservation, and Agrarian Change

Good morning/afternoon/evening Pollinators.

We are now in the middle of the 4th POLLEN22/3 preconference workshop, entitled Conservation and Agrarian Change, co-hosten by Sam Staddon and Omar Saif (University of Edinburgh, UK) and Sayan Banerjee (National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India).

Conservation and agrarian change have been staple interests of political ecology ever since it emerged as a discipline, with political ecologists exploring and engaging with cases and processes around the world. This on-line pre-conference workshop discusses on going and emerging political ecology approaches to conservation from a range of perspectives, including the neoliberalisation of nature in Protected Areas, the opportunities of ‘Convivial’ conservation, Other-Than-Human political ecologies of wildlife conservation, and the demand to cultivate ‘critical reflexivity’ for conservation. It engages in agrarian change through a focus on the reasons and effects of deagrarianisation and through political ecologies of ‘sustainable’ global food supply chains.

We have 6 Sessions in the workshop, each with a series of pre-recorded presentations by political ecologists from around the world. We invite you to watch these pre-recorded presentations, and to engage with the online discussion forum in order to share your own experiences, insights and questions. 4 out of our 6 Sessions also have a Live Discussion scheduled during this week, and we invite you to join us for those. We also have a Final workshop Live Discussion, to bring together the issues and interests and ideas shared across all 6 Sessions.

Session details (N.B. Please note the timings, as there is a switch from BST and CEST at the start of the workshop, to GMT and CET by the end of it):

  1. The production and neoliberalisation of nature in the PAs. Towards a public political ecology | Noelia Garcia Rodriguez [no Live Discussion]
  2. Cultivating Critical Reflexivity for Conservation | Sam Staddon, Omar Saif, Fleur Nash, Timur Jack-Kadioglu. Live recording available online)
  3. Convivial conservation: opportunities and limitations? | Judith Krauss, Laila Sandroni and Mathew Bukhi Mabele. Live Discussion 28th October (12.30-13.30 BST / 13.30-14.30 CEST)
  4. Other-than-Human Political Ecologies of Wildlife Conservation | Sayan Banerjee. Live Discussion 28th October (14.00-15.00 BST / 15.00-16.00 CEST)
  5. Deagrarianisation: what are the underlying reasons and effects with focus on livelihoods, poverty reduction and climate change | Sheona Shackleton, Klara Fischer     [No Live Discussion]
  6. The political ecology of “sustainable” global food supply chains: prospects and limits for transformative change | Joss Lyons-White, Izabela Delabre, Rachael D. Garrett. Live Discussion 31st October (15:00 – 16:00 GMT / 16:00-17:00 CET)
  7. Final Workshop Live Discussion 31st October (16:15 -17:15 GMT / 17:15 -16:15 CET)

 ALL Live Discussions can be joined using this link:

Thanks, Adrian and the LOC

October 2022 Updates

October 2022 Update 

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends, 

We send this update from Lund’s Botanical Garden, as the unusual autumn warmth in Sweden still allows for working outside.

Has your POLLEN node NOT been introduced by us? If your node is keen to share your work in upcoming newsletters, please write to us at

We also welcome proposals for blog posts on the POLLEN blog – please contact us at the same email address with any ideas! 

We are pleased to post the latest publications, CfPs and more from our lively community. 

With best regards from your POLLEN Secretariat 

Torsten Krause, Juan Samper, Mine Islar and Wim Carton 

IMPORTANT! To get the best view of this newsletter, please enable the media content at the top of the e-mail. 


Books and book chapters 

  1. Campos, L. & Patoine, P. (2022) Life, Re-scaled: The Biological Imagination in Twenty-First-Century Literature and Performance. Open Book Publishers. 
  1. Milne, S. (2022) Corporate Nature: An insiders ethnography of global conservation. The University of Arizona Press.  
  1. Staddon S. (2022) Critically Understanding Livelihoods in the Global South: Researchers, research practices and power. In: Routledge Handbook on Livelihoods in the Global South, Eds. F. Nunan, C. Barnes & S. Krishnamurthy. Routledge, pp. 81-92. 
  1. Stoetzer, B. (2022) Ruderal city: Ecologies of Migration, Race, and Urban Nature in Berlin. Duke University Press.  

Journal articles 

  1. Fair, H. et al., 2022. Dodo dilemmas: Conflicting ethical loyalties in conservation social science research. AREA. 
  1. Gómez-Baggethun, E. 2022. Political ecological correctness and the problem of limits. Political Geography 98: 102622 
  1. Mabele, MB., Kamnde, K., Bwagalilo, F. and Kalumanga, E. 2022. Calling for landscape-level assessments of participatory forestry’s role in improving biophysical conditions. Forest Policy and Economics 143, 102816 
  1. Rogers, S. & Han, X. & Wilmsen, B., (2022) “Apples and oranges: political crops with and against the state in rural China”, Journal of Political Ecology 29(1), p.496–512. doi: 
  1. Saif O., Keane, A. & Staddon S. (2022) Making a case for the consideration of trust, justice, and power in conservation relationships. Conservation Biology, 36.  
  1. Trauger, A., (2022) “The vegan industrial complex: the political ecology of not eating animals”. Journal of Political Ecology 29(1), 639–655. doi: 


  1. The Solidarity Economy Experiments of Indonesia’s Peasant and Fisher Movements 
    Join Dr Iqra Anugrah (Kyoto University) to reflect on Indonesia’s rural political economy, and learn about the achievements and limits of solidarity economy projects carried out by farming and fishing communities in Indonesia. 
    When: Thursday 27 October 2022, 5pm PT / 8pm ET 
                 Friday 28 October 2022, 7am WIB / 11am AEDT 
    Where: Online via Zoom  Register here. 
  1. Palm Oil: The Grease of Empire book event at Lakehead 
    When: October 28 
    Where: Hybrid. Register here:  
  1. The race to protect the Amazon: What does the future hold? 
    The aim of this event is to discuss how the changing political momentum in Colombia and Brazil is affecting the fate of the Amazon and the challenges that remain to protect the remaining rainforest areas. 
    Venue: Online (zoom) 
    More info:  
  1. Global Extraction Film Festival 
    October 26-30 
    More info:  
  1. Political ecology seminar series at Université de Laussane: Thinking with plants and animals. 
    More info:  


  1. Please find below a job offer for 2 PhD positions on questions of energy politics and authoritarian power in the MENA, based in Freiburg/Germany: 
    The Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (ABI) at the University of Freiburg (Germany) is seeking to fill two positions as Doctoral Researcher (Salary Level 65% TVL E 13) on the topics: 
    “The political economy of solar energy in Morocco” 
    “The political economy of solar energy in Jordan” 
    The positions are part of an Emmy Noether Junior Research Group, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), led by Dr. Benjamin Schuetze, and hosted by the ABI, on the overall topic ‘Renewable Energies, Renewed Authoritarianisms? The Political Economy of Solar Energy in the Middle East and North Africa’. 
    The successful candidates are expected to move to Freiburg, Germany, and start by April 1, 2023. Initial contracts will be for 2.5 years with possible extension of another 1.5 years. The selected candidates will enroll as PhD students with the University of Freiburg’s Faculty of Humanities, supervised by Dr. Benjamin Schuetze, and be provided with office space at the ABI. For further information please see the attached PDF and/or the following link: 
    Deadline: Applications should be sent to benjamin.schuetze[at] by November 6, 2022 (as one single PDF file), and should include the following: 

    Motivation letter (1-2 pages) 
    CV, including names and contact details of two referees 
    Copies of university degrees (BA and MA) 
    Work sample (MA thesis chapter, published article, or similar) 
    PhD project outline (2-3 pages) 
  1. The Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland is accepting applications for our Fall 2023 Ph.D. Program. Applications are due by December 15th, 2022 and requirements are posted here: The Department of Geographical Sciences at UMD offers generous funding, benefits, and tuition remission packages Contact Dr. Leila De Floriani ( or Dr. Rachel Haber ( for application or program questions. We hope to receive your application this season! 
  1. The Department of Geographical Sciences at University of Maryland, College Park also has multiple job openings focused on conservation criminology and human dimensions of global environmental change: 

Assistant Research Professor/Post Doc Associate( The intersectionality of wildlife trafficking and biosafety from zoonotic pathogens and vectors has not received significant attention although there are serious implications for health and national security. The applicant(s) research will support critical surveillance, biosafety, and security (SB&S) efforts by creating new, and enhancing existing, capacity to address risks at the intersection of human-animal-ecosystem health, wildlife trafficking and zoonotic pathogens using geographical sciences. The applicant will join a dynamic and diverse interdisciplinary team with the unique experience and expertise to focus on anthrax and other zoonotic pathogens of security concern and pandemic potential in South Africa’s and Mozambique’s segments of The Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA), an unfenced transnational peace park. 

Post-Doctoral Research Associate ( The illegal harvest and trade in wild flora and fauna undermines sustainable development, erodes local and global economies, poses security risks to local people, degrades the carbon capture potential of forests, and facilitates the spread of zoonotic diseases. No group of species so perfectly embodies the limits of current conservation practice than pangolins – the most trafficked wild mammals globally. Pangolins represent the socio-ecological systems within which many high value species are illegally harvested and traded globally. This research capitalizes on the latest advances in technology, interdisciplinary conservation science, big data, and artificial intelligence to generate and unify diverse data sources to inform sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the global biodiversity crisis associated with wildlife crime. The research will synthesize information from wildlife crime, population monitoring, and socio-ecological systems through cutting edge artificial intelligence (AI) analytical pipelines to support: 1) sustainable, socially legitimate, and locally led conservation interventions, 2) evidence-informed international policy implementation, and 3) predictive tools for addressing wildlife crime. 

Faculty Specialist ( This is a full time position responsible for supporting and coordinating a large international, multi-institution research collaboration including project management; assisting in the logistical planning of research activities including remote international fieldwork, workshops, meetings and conferences, overseeing travel arrangements; maintaining the projects’ research profiles on a project website; tracking milestones of project implementation specific to the funding requirements; editing technical reports and papers; assisting in vital communication between co-researchers, sponsors, and collaborative organizations; assisting the project director in administering the project by formulating and monitoring project budgets, coordinating and supervise the arrangements for foreign visitors and interns working on the projects, as well as various other tasks as required for the smooth functioning of large research projects. 

  1. PhD Scholarship on Critical geographies, political ecologies of forestry and biosecurity in Northern Australia at the University of Wollongong, Australiaassociated with Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship Project FT 200100006 ( 
  1. Assistant Professor, Ecological Stewardship and Community-Centered Indigenous Research at the University of Connecticut 
    More info: 
    Review of applications will begin on November 10, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. For more information please visit the unit website: Anthropology. For questions about this position, please contact Deborah Bolnick ( 
  1. Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Chester 
    More info:  
    Deadline: 1st of Nov, 2022 
  1. One Faculty Position in Feminist Political and/or Economic Geographies in/of AsiaAssistant Professor (Tenure-Track) or Associate Professor (With Tenure) at the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore 
    More info:  
  1. Adjunct Professor Environmental Studies at Dickinson College 
    Candidates should submit the following via QUEST (online application system) at Letter of interest; Contact details for two references (at least one speaking to teaching ability); Teaching statement that references the candidate’s teaching philosophy, experience and ability to teach an upper level course in their area of expertise; Current CV. Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. 
  1. Funded PhD Position | Dartmouth College Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, Environment and Society 
    More info:  


  1. Call for contributions: 
    Review of African Political Economy special issue, titled ‘The climate emergency in Africa: crisis, solutions and resistance’ 
    Themes: Extraction and the exploitation of fossil fuels // War, repression and climate change // Renewable energy sources and labour // Climate disaster in Africa and its impacts // Solutions 
    More info:  
  1. Call for Abstracts:  
    International Conference “Sustainable Food and Biomass Futures. Localised approaches to agricultural change and bioeconomy”, June 22-24, 2023, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany 
    More info here:  
    The deadline for abstract submission is December 7, 2022. 
  1. CFPapers:  
    Confronting Climate Coloniality: 2023 American Association of Geographers (AAG) annual conference, 23-27 March 2023, Denver CO, USA 
    Abstracts of papers (100-200 words max) should be submitted no later than 2 Nov 2022 at this link: 
  1. Call for papers: 
    Ontological Destruction: Negotiating Trauma through Re-imagined & Practiced Human Non-Human Relations 
    Special session CFP, AAG, Denver, CO, Thursday March 23-Monday March 27, 2023. 
    Submit an abstract of no more than 200 word to by November2, 2022.  
    The AAG deadline for submission is November 10, 2022. 
  1. Call for Proposals: 
    Antipode’s “Right to the Discipline” grants 
    More info:  
  1. Call for papers: 
    Queer/trans ecologies: methodological considerations for critical geographical research 
    Deadline for EOIs 25 October 2022 
    To be considered for this panel please send a short statement of interest (250 words) outlining relevant research projects and areas of interest. Expressions of interest are also invited from those who wish to contribute in a facilitative role, for example as introducer or discussant. These and any questions should be directed to<> by 25 October 2022. 
  1. Call for papers: 
    Feminist Political Economies of Displacement 
    Papers may engage with some of the following themes: 
    -     Theorizing feminist political economies of displacement 
    -     Displacement and social reproduction 
    -     Displaced women’s detention and unfree labor 
    -     Affect and displaced labor subjectivities 
    Organizers: Shae Frydenlund (Indiana University Bloomington) and Georgina Ramsay (University of Delaware) 
  1. Call for papers: 
    Seeping, leaching, drifting: contaminated earth and colonial violence 
    AAG Annual Meeting. 23-27 March 2023. Denver, Colorado 
    Organisers: Kali Rubaii (Purdue University), Mark Griffiths (Newcastle University), Mikko Joronen (Tampere University) 
    We invite abstracts for papers that engage with the topic of toxified earth and colonial violence. Please send abstracts of ~250 words to<>;<>;<> by 26 October 2022 
  1. Call for papers: 
    Anti-caste political ecologies 
    Organizers: Amani Ponnaganti (Wisconsin-Madison), Sahithya Venkatesan (Rutgers), and Tanya Matthan (UC-Berkeley) 
    Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words by October 31. Notice of acceptance will be sent out by November 4. Conference registration must be completed by November 10. 
    More info:  

Other news items 

  1. Report: A decade of defiance – Global Witness’s report:  
  1. Opinion: Ecological civilization: why it is necessary and how can we create it?  
  1. Article:Energy transition from below – Undisciplined Environments: Energy transition from below: From climate colonialism to energy sovereignty (En esp: La transición energética desde abajo: Del colonialismo climático a la soberanía energética

Political Ecology, Conservation, and Agrarian Change – Oct 24-31, 2022

We invite you to the next in the series of Asynchronous Workshops series for the POLLEN 2022/2023 4th Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network; “Political Ecology, Conservation and Agrarian Change” 24th-31st October


All workshop details are found on the POLLEN conference webpages here

Conservation and agrarian change have been staple interests of political ecology ever since it emerged as a discipline, with political ecologists exploring and engaging with cases and processes around the world. This on-line pre-conference workshop discusses on going and emerging political ecology approaches to conservation from a range of perspectives, including the neoliberalisation of nature in Protected Areas, the opportunities of ‘Convivial’ conservation, Other-Than-Human political ecologies of wildlife conservation, and the demand to cultivate ‘critical reflexivity’ for conservation. It engages in agrarian change through a focus on the reasons and effects of deagrarianisation and through political ecologies of ‘sustainable’ global food supply chains.

We have 6 Sessions in the workshop, each with a series of pre-recorded presentations by political ecologists from around the world. We invite you to watch these pre-recorded presentations, and to engage with the online discussion forum in order to share your own experiences, insights and questions. 4 out of our 6 Sessions also have a Live Discussion scheduled during this week, and we invite you to join us for those. We also have a Final workshop Live Discussion, to bring together the issues and interests and ideas shared across all 6 Sessions.

Session details (N.B. Please note the timings, as there is a switch from BST and CEST at the start of the workshop, to GMT and CET by the end of it):

  1. The production and neoliberalisation of nature in the PAs. Towards a public political ecology”  Noelia Garcia Rodriguez [no Live Discussion]
  2. Cultivating Critical Reflexivity for Conservation” Sam Staddon, Omar Saif, Fleur Nash, Timur Jack-Kadioglu. Live Discussion 24th October (15.00-16.00 BST / 16.00-17.00 CEST)
  3.  “Convivial conservation: opportunities and limitations?” Judith Krauss, Laila Sandroni and Mathew Bukhi Mabele. Live Discussion 28th October (12.30-13.30 BST / 13.30-14.30 CEST)
  4. Other-than-Human Political Ecologies of Wildlife Conservation” Sayan Banerjee. Live Discussion 28th October (14.00-15.00 BST / 15.00-16.00 CEST)
  5.  “Deagrarianisation: what are the underlying reasons and effects with focus on livelihoods, poverty reduction and climate change” Sheona Shackleton, Klara Fischer            [No Live Discussion]
  6.  “The political ecology of “sustainable” global food supply chains: prospects and limits for transformative change” Joss Lyons-White, Izabela Delabre, Rachael D. Garrett. Live Discussion 31st October (14.00-15.00 GMT / 15.00-16.00 CET)
  7. Final Workshop Live Discussion 31st October (15.30-16.30 GMT / 16.30-17.30 CET)

ALL Live Discussions can be joined using this link:

All workshop details are found on the POLLEN conference webpages here

All the very best, and we look forward to engaging with you through the Workshop,

Sam Staddon, Omar Saif and Sayan Banerjee

This workshop is convened by Sam Staddon and Omar Saif (University of Edinburgh, UK) and Sayan Banerjee (National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India). This event is part of the Asynchronous Workshops series for the POLLEN 2022/2023 4th Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network: Political Ecology: North, South, and Beyond.

Live discussion on Political Ecology, Power and Social Movements, October 3

Good morning/afternoon/evening Pollinators

A final reminder to register for Today’s live discussion on Political Ecology, Power and Social Movements – 2 pm today, South Africa Time, 6 am US and Canada Mountain time.

Please click the link below to register and receive the zoom link for the event.:


Adrian on behalf of  Ana, Conny and Deborah

August/September 2022 Updates

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends,

It was a dry and hot end of summer in southern Sweden, where the POLLEN Secretariat now resides. Since we skipped the August newsletter, brace yourselves for a two-month newsletter. It is a bit longer than the usual newsletter, but it is full of lots of new content!

Has your POLLEN node NOT been introduced to the rest of the network? If your node is keen to share your work in upcoming newsletters, please write to us at:

We also welcome proposals for the latest publications, CfPs, and more from our lively community.

With best regards from your POLLEN Secretariat,

Torsten Krause | Mine Islar | Wim Carton | Juan Samper | Lina Lefstad | Fabiola Espinoza | Kelly Dorkenoo

Getting to know your fellow POLLEN members

From next month’s newsletter forward we will continue the monthy practice of getting to know your fellow POLLEN members. If your node is keen to share your work, please do not hesitate to tell us! You can do so by sending us an e-mail to: politicalecologynetwork@acaroldoll

Promoting POLLEN collaboration 

Do you write with other members of POLLEN?
To gain visibility for collaborations across our network, we invite you to consider adding something along these lines to your acknowledgments: 
“This paper represents collaborative work with colleagues in the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN).”


Books & Book Chapters

Baruah, M. (2023) Slow disaster: Political ecology of hazards and everyday life in the Brahmaputra Valley, Assam. Routledge.

Dunlap, A. & Brock, A. (2022). Enforcing ecocide: Power, policing & planetary militarization. Pallgrave Macmillan.

Gemählich, A. (2022). The Kenyan cut flower industry & global market dynamics. Boydell & Brewer.

Herbeck, J. & Siriwardane-de Zoysa, R. (2022). Transformations of Urban Coastal Network(s): Meanings and Paradoxes of Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Adaptation in Southeast Asia. In: Misiune, I., Depellegrin, D., Egarter Vigl, L. (eds) Human-Nature Interactions. Springer, Cham.

Ponte, S., Noe, C. & Brockington, D. (2022)
Contested sustainability: The political ecology of conservation and development in Tanzania. Boydell & Brewer. OPEN ACCESS!

Selby, J., Daoust, G., & Hoffman, C. (2022) Divided environments: An international political ecology of climate change, water, and scarcity. Cambridge University Press.

Vehrs, H.P. (2022) Pokot Pastoralism: Environmental change and socio-economic transformation in North-West Kenya. Boydell & Brewer.

Journal articles 
Godamunne, V. et al. (2022) Shored curfews: Constructions of pandemic islandness in contemporary Sri Lanka. Maritime Studies (21), 209-221

Gonzalez-Duarte, Columba. 2022. Borders of Care: Ethnography with the Monarch Butterfly, American Ethnologist website, 18 May 2022, []

Kass, H., 2022. Food anarchy and the State monopoly on hunger. Journal of Peasant Studies (Ahead of print), 1-20.

Selby, J. (2022) International/inter-carbonic relations. International Relations (36).

Siders, A.R., 2022. The adminsitrator’s dilemma: Closing the gap between climate adaptation justice in theory and practice. Environmental Science and Policy (137), 280-289.

Voicu, S. & Vasile, M. (2022) Grabbing the commons: Forest rights, capital and legal struggle in the Carpathian Mountains. Political Geography (98).

Way, R., et al., 2022. Empirically grounded technology forecasts and the energy transition. Joule (6), 1-26.


Hybrid Roundtable on Agroextractivism

Date: 21st of October 2022

Workshop Topic 

The motivation for this roundtable is to advance the definition and understanding of agro/agrarian extractivisms. We want to have a serious debate on the different nuances and meaning of extractivism, extrativismo (from Brazilian Portuguese), and other variations of the concept that are used in theory and practice. There are four broad guiding questions that will be explored during this roundtable discussion.

  1. How are agroextractivisms defined?
  2. What are the roots (and consequences) of the different language’s uses of the extractivism concept?
  3. What should be included in the definition of extractivism and what should not?
  4. Do the resistance efforts against agroextractivisms differ from resistance and transformative alternatives to other types of extractivisms?

The roundtable features an exciting line-up! We will have an opening greeting by Anja Nygren, University of Helsinki to introduce the event. 

Facilitator: Markus Kröger, Univeristy of Helsinki


  • Sérgio Sauer, University of Brasilia
  • Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes, Åbo Akademi University
  • Alberto Alonso Fradejas, Utrecht University

More speakers to be announced!!


  • Barry Gills, University of Helsinki
  • Franklin Obeng-Odoom, University of Helsinki

Language: The discussion will be conducted in English and simultaneous interpretation will be available in Spanish on Zoom (on Zoom you can choose to listen in Spanish or English). The English discussion and Spanish interpretation will both be recorded and made later available on the EXALT YouTube channel.

Registration: There is no cost to attend either in-person or on Zoom, but registration is required. Please register by October 19 using this form. Please note there is limited space to attend in person.

Please do not hesitate to contact EXALT via e-mail ( if you have any questions or need additional information. We look forward to seeing you on October 21, 2022.

Stories from the Anthropos-not-seen

Date: 29th of September 2022



Feminist critiques of the Anthropocene suggest how this name for a new geological time risks uncritical assumption of an unmarked concept of history, humanity, and the geologic record. Native scholars in particular point out that the environmental impacts of settler colonialism have long created a present that their ancestors would have characterized as a dystopian future (Whyte 2018). Historically, countries in the Global South have the smallest carbon footprint, yet today they are on the frontlines of planetary overheating, facing extreme weather, and the increasingly frequent socio-natural disasters endemic to global warming. Black, Indigenous, and diverse communities of the Global South possess practical knowledge and lived expertise of climate change that should be shaping policy, energy transitions, and alternative economic proposals. 

During the 2022-2023 academic year, this four-part conversational series brings feminist philosophers, humanists, and social scientists in dialogue with lawyers, natural scientists, engineers, policy makers, and other transdisciplinary and community-based practitioners.

Curated discussions build on what Marisol de la Cadena (2015) calls the “anthropos-not-seen”: those ways of making and doing life disappeared or marginalized by colonialism and capitalism and further perpetuated by a singular optics of Anthropocene thinking (Myers 2019).  The series introduces conceptual and methodological frameworks that actively expand legal paradigms, foster transdisciplinary collaborations, nurture anti-colonial sciences, and develop participatory-action research praxes. It is designed to listen for the silences and exclusions too often perpetuated even within progressive agendas for climate justice, rights of nature rulings, and citizen science projects. 

Centering ontological diversity and intersectional justice struggles, the series explores proposals and practices that pose renewed questions about the politics of solidarity and alliance-building.

Kristina Lyons, Topic Director 

Bethany Wiggin, Program Director 

Online book talk: Chao, In the Shadow of Palms

Date: 26th of September 2022



With In the Shadow of the Palms, Sophie Chao examines the multispecies entanglements of oil palm plantations in West Papua, Indonesia, showing how Indigenous Marind communities understand and navigate the social, political, and environmental demands of the oil palm plant. As Chao notes, it is no secret that the palm oil sector has destructive environmental impacts: it greatly contributes to tropical deforestation and is a major driver of global warming. Situating the plant and the transformations it has brought within the context of West Papua’s volatile history of colonization, ethnic domination, and capitalist incursion, Chao traces how Marind attribute environmental destruction not just to humans, technologies, and capitalism but also to the volition and actions of the oil palm plant itself. By approaching cash crops as both drivers of destruction and subjects of human exploitation, Chao rethinks capitalist violence as a multispecies act. In the process, Chao centers how Marind fashion their own changing worlds and foreground Indigenous creativity and decolonial approaches to anthropology.

Feminisms and degrowth workshop

Date: 14th-16th of October 2022

Where: Lund University

Preliminary programme:


Conference: Decolonizing geograpjy and environmental studies?

Date: 6th-7th of October 2022


Call for three (four) PhD positions in the Medical Humanities graduate programme at Uppsala University

: 7th of October 2022

The graduate programme in Medical Humanities at Uppsala University will commence in January 2023, involving five PhD studetns with interdisciplinary projects relating to Medical humanities. The PhD students will have supervisors from both the medical and humanistic/social science desciplinary domains, and will be affiliated to and receive support from the Centre for Medical Humanities through the graduate programme.

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PhD position the University of Oulu’s (Finland) Biodiverse Anthropocenes Research Programme.

Deadline: 6th of October 2022

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PhD position at the Marine Governance Group at Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (Odenburg, Germany).

Deadline: 22nd of September 2022

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Post-doc position with IRD/G-EAU (France)_Cambodia hydrosocial territories

Deadline: 30th of September 2022

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Tenure-track position –  Associate professor in Development Geography at Mount Holyoke College.

Deadline: 1st of October 2022

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Social Science Researcher at University of Oregon Ecosystem Workforce Programme (Job type: Permanent)

Deadline: Until filled – Reviews started September 2022

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Two tenure-track Asst. Prof. in Environmental Studies positions at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Deadline: Until filled – Reviews begin 1st of October 2022

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Tenure-track position in Latinx Studies with a focus on Afro-Latinx issues and social movements at the Latin American Studies Program of Bucknell University

Deadline: Review of applications will begin 15th of October 2022

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Calls for Papers/Applications/etc.
CfPapers: Understanding the embeddedness of individuals within the larger system to support the energy transition

Deadline: Abstract submission to by 31st of October 2022

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CfPapers: Climate, justice, and the politics of emotion – A symposium at University of California, Riverside

Deadline: 1st of October 2022

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CfPapers: Land and sustainable food transformations – Elementa special issue

Deadline: 14th of January 2023

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CfProposals: 3rd European Rural Geographies Conference in Groningen, The Netherlands

– Call for session proposals: Mid-October
– Call for papers: Mid-December
– Paper submission: Mid-January
– Acceptance of papers: Early to mid-February

Short description:

The conference themer is Rural Geographies in Transition. Rural aereas in Europe are under increasing and intersecting pressures, but many of these areas seem to be resilient. The landscapes, the actors, the uses, the challenges, and how the rural is produced and reproduced, are all changing rapidly. This brings forward new research questions and asks for new approaches, both in term sof theoretical perspectives and in terms of empirics, on topics such as Population Developments, Socio-spatial Inequalities, Governance and Policies, Economic Challenges, Quality of Life, Smart Villages, Landscape transitions, Rural Entrepreneurship, Agricultural Transformations, Rural Housing, Energy Transitions, and Climate Change Adaptation.

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CfProposals: 10th East Asian Regional Conference in Alternative Geography

Deadline: 22nd of September 2022 (Very soon!)

Short description:

In this year’s conference, we invite world-class scholars as keynote speakers, including Roger Keil (York University), Tania Li (University of Toronto), Timothy Oakes (University of Colorado), Jamie Peck (University of British Columbia), James Sidaway (National University of Singapore) and Branda Yeoh (National University of Singapore). There are also a series of fascinating sessions organized from researchers arouns different disciplines and regions. The session topics include:
– Post-covid geography: Inequality of health, mobility and security
– Hong Kong after the National Security Law
– Geographies of Smart-Led Regeneration: Perspectives from the Global South
– Digital and Geo-Political transformations of cities
– Migration of “somewhere in between” in East Asia
– Redefining “Geo” in geopolitics

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CfProposals: 35th Annual Political Geography Speciality Group Preconference to the 2023 AAG Annual Meeting

Deadline: 10th of January 2023

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CfProposals: New directions in popular culture and geography at AAG

Deadline: 1st of October 2022

Short description:

Over the past several years, popular culture has made its presence increasingly felt across the field of Geography. In the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency – alongside the ascendancy of other ‘pop culture’ icons to the status of world leaders (e.g. Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Imran Khan) – the role of popular culture demands ever greater attention in the field. The rising importance of deterritorialized, user-friendly platforms for content creation such as TikTok, alongside the proliferation of imaginary worlds shaped and sustained by conspiracy theories(theorists such as QAnon, are just two prevalent examples of popular culture’s impact on space, place, and power across the globe. Elsewhere, pressing geopolitical concerns of our world are increasingly present in popular media products; likewise, contemporary debates around bodies, identities, and ideologies are evermore reflected in ‘new’ geographies of existing pop-culture imaginaries, from the alt-right discourses of DC’s The Peacemaker and gender politics of Marvel’s She-Hulk to the racialization of reception of the recent iterations of the Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and other fantasy/franchises. Consequently, such ‘safe spaces’ – as redoubts from the so-called ‘real world’ – are being increasingly compromised by globalized social media practices.

More info: Robert A. Saunders (, Darren Purcell (, and Katrinka Somdahl (

CfChapters: From legacies of extraction to environmental health governance

Deadline: 10th of October 2022

Short description:

Vernon Press invites chapter proposals for the volume entitled “From Legacies of Extraction to Environmental Health Governance: Collaborative Research and Responses to the Impacts of Mining among Indigenous Communities”, edited by Thomas A. De Pree, Valoree Gagnon, and Jessica Worl.

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CfAbstracts: 18th Annual Conference of The International Association for the Study of Environment, Space and Place in Hochschule Pforzheim (Pforzheim, Germany).

Deadline: 1st of February 2023

Short description:

Human beings work with, alter, and manipulate their environments, transforming ‘natural’ or ‘neutral’ space into a place designed to meet specific needs or goals. The scale and type of manipulation of environments depend on whether the agent is an individual, family, or larger community and on goals and intentions. Over the course of time, some designed environments become obsolete, are repurposed, or are simply built over. For example, the ancient city of Trow has nine archaeological layers dating from 3600 BCE to 500 CE. Further, designs can be communal – e.g open source codes allow and encourage individuals to add to code to improve performance – or open-ended, enabling others to fill in the ‘blank’ space in a design.

More info: Jodie Hayob-Matzke at

Other news items

Just Stop Oil:A long video of what seems to be the cutting edge of climate activism in the UK:

Green Anarchy and Eco-socialism: A discusssion with Benjamin Sovacool and Matt Huber, facilitated by Alexandra Koves. Youtube recording:

Documentary “The Territory”: Provides an immersive look at the tireless fight of Amazon’s Indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people against the encroaching deforestation brought by farmers and illegal settlers.

Conservation, culture, and consciousness: awakening to a re-imagined vision of nature co-existence

Cebuan Bliss, Radboud University

Conservation, culture, and consciousness: awakening to a re-imagined vision of nature co-existence

Do you have a personal ritual in nature? A place where you feel particularly connected and in awe of the intricacy of it all? Perhaps there is a special tree under which you seek solace, or a walk you take at sunrise just to hear the dawn chorus of birds. This is not unusual, as humans we have revered the natural world in our cultural and spiritual traditions throughout time. Nature is recognised as essential for our physical and psychological health (White et al., 2019). However, awareness of its necessity for our spiritual health has been lacking, especially outside of traditional contexts. But this is changing, and it is likely to benefit conservation too.

Conservation programmes historically relied on the ecological and natural sciences to achieve their desired outcomes, such as the recovery of a particular ecosystem or species, sometimes at the expense of certain displaced groups of humans and non-human entities. For example, the ‘fortress conservation’ model where parks are fenced off and local people excluded. The narrative in recent decades has become more inclusive of traditional beliefs and practices, understanding them as advantageous to conservation (Hill et al., 2020). This ontological turn requires more direct engagement with and explicit acknowledgement of indigenous knowledge (Todd, 2016). Nevertheless, more can be done to re-awaken a sacred awe for nature, not only in traditional settings, but also in modern cities and developed countries, where many have become disconnected from the natural world. Doing so may enhance conservation outcomes in a more ethical and equitable manner.

This so-called awakening of consciousness, encompassing new, re-imagined or personal spiritual practices is already occurring.  For example, growing numbers of people are embracing plant medicine (which includes the likes of ayahuasca and psilocybin-containing ‘magic’ mushrooms) to heal themselves and to connect to a higher spiritual dimension (Gandy et al., 2020). With the psychedelic decriminalisation movement gaining ground in the United States, this age of ‘awakening’ looks set to continue. Certain modern mindfulness techniques are also practiced for and within nature (Willard, 2020). People exploring such practices often develop a profound sense of connection with the natural world, which encourages them to protect and restore biodiversity within their own environ and beyond (Gandy, 2019).

Preparation for plant medicine ceremony, Netherlands, July 2019 (photo credit: James Calalang)

On fieldwork in the Netherlands, Kenya and South Africa, when asking different types of people who do not participate in traditional cultural practices whether they have a spiritual connection with nature, the answer was a resounding yes. Through such personal spiritual practices, people are becoming more conscious of their ecological footprint. Often these are individuals living in developed areas, whose consumption habits have a disproportional detrimental impact on biodiversity through the resources that have to be extracted from natural areas (often far from where they live), in order to produce the products they use (Wiedmann & Lenzen, 2018).

Consciousness calling

Concurrently, our understanding of consciousness – the ability to have subjective experiences – is evolving, and not just of our own. The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness states that ‘humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness’, non-human animals also possess this ability (Low et al., 2012). This will have implications for what is considered ethical practice in biodiversity conservation. For example, there is increasing recognition of non-human sentience, such as enshrined in Article 13 of the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty (EU, 2012). There is also growing awareness of the sentience of cephalopods like octopus (Birch et al., 2021), and even plants are said to have their own form of intelligence (Calvo et al., 2019).

This recognition has paved the way for ideas such as compassionate conservation, in which the lives of animal individuals are valued in conservation, as well as species as a whole (Ramp & Bekoff, 2015), and multi-species justice, which sees non-humans as worthy subjects of justice (Treves et al., 2019). In practice, it is argued that ‘a comprehensive conservation ethic should promote an ethics-of-care together with the codification and enforcement of animal claims so as to provide explicit ethical guidance in our mixed-community’ (Santiago-Ávila & Lynn, 2020). Furthermore, some are calling for the recognition of animal agency in conservation, where interventions could even be co-designed with the animals themselves (Edelblutte et al., 2022; Hathaway, 2015). For example, choosing where to place wildlife road crossings based on the preferred routes of the animals living in the area (Greenfield, 2021). This would represent a radical departure from the conservation norm.

Lion in the Maasai Mara, Kenya, February 2022. Photo taken by the author.

Additionally, as more people begin to sense the inter-relationality of natural systems and beings, the important role of emotion in conservation is coming to the fore. It is argued that emotion is not detrimental to conservation (preserving our life-sustaining ‘Gaian mother’ is inherently emotive) and emotion can even be utilised to enhance conservation outcomes (Batavia et al., 2021). Such developments inevitably encourage the promotion of ethical and equitable principles in conservation.

Equitable beyond humans

In terms of making conservation more equitable, at least for the humans involved, strides have already been made. The Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) conceptual framework acknowledges different epistemological worldviews, including a spiritual dimension of ‘living-well in balance and harmony with mother earth’ (IPBES, n.d.).

Similarly, indigenous traditions and knowledge are recognised in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Post-2020 Framework, which is currently being finalised: ‘Recognition of intergenerational equity, including the transmission of knowledge, language and cultural values associated with biodiversity, especially by indigenous peoples and local communities’ (CBD, 2020).

In this wording, nevertheless, the spiritual dimension is omitted, and recognition of modern spiritual and cultural practices is missing. Therefore, at present, it seems that there is only tacit acknowledgement of more subjective worldviews. Lee et al. (2021) found in an analysis of leaders’ discourses at the CBD’s Conference of Parties (COP), that discourses which view nature as a spiritual entity were represented only marginally. Are we afraid to admit reverence for the scared in nature?

We needn’t be. Comprehending our relationality in this living system is prudent in order to secure ‘abundant futures’ for all (Collard et al., 2015). This could occur through a self-reflexive process of ‘worlding’; making plain and learning from the many ways we view the world, including in different spiritual dimensions (Inoue, 2018).

Poster at the Pretoria Botanical Gardens, South Africa, April 2022. Photo taken by the author.

Some are pioneering this model of nature connectedness. For instance Londolozi, a private wildlife reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park in South Africa, is reimagining conservation through ‘consciousness awakening’ and partnership with nature (Londolozi, 2022).

Transformative conservation

Building a more holistic model of conservation which acknowledges and promotes humans’ innate connection to the earth is possible and there is scope for scholars to fill this research void, explicitly acknowledging and engaging with indigenous ontologies in the process. In striving for objective conservation science, we have often been working against our innate biophilia, or love for the natural world. Recognising the value of new and re-imagined cultural and spiritual practices, in addition to traditional beliefs, has the prospect of transforming conservation. This would have implications from an ethical perspective, for example in how we manage so-called ‘invasive alien’ species or ‘surplus’ animals.

As greater numbers of people embrace the spiritual dimension of nature, it may be possible to make conservation not only more effective in terms of protecting and restoring biodiversity, but more ethical and equitable for humans and non-humans alike. A question we may wish to ask ourselves is what sort of relationship do we want with nature?


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Birch, J., Burn, C., Schnell, A., Browning, H., & Crump, A. (2021). Review of the Evidence of Sentience in Cephalopod Molluscs and Decapod Crustaceans. Retrieved from

Calvo, P., Gagliano, M., Souza, G. M., & Trewavas, A. (2019). Plants are intelligent, here’s how. Annals of Botany, 125(1), 11-28. doi:10.1093/aob/mcz155 %J Annals of Botany


Collard, R.-C., Dempsey, J., & Sundberg, J. (2015). A Manifesto for Abundant Futures. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 105(2), 322-330. doi:10.1080/00045608.2014.973007

Edelblutte, É., Krithivasan, R., & Hayek, M. N. (2022). Animal agency in wildlife conservation and management. Conservation Biology. doi:10.1111/cobi.13853

Consolidated version of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,  (2012).

Gandy, S. (2019). From Egoism to Ecoism: Psychedelics and Nature Connection | Sam Gandy | TEDxOxford.

Gandy, S., Forstmann, M., Carhart-Harris, R., Timmermann, C., Luke, D., & Watts, R. (2020). The potential synergistic effects between psychedelic administration and nature contact for the improvement of mental health. Health psychology open, 7(2), 2055102920978123. doi:10.1177/2055102920978123

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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.

Political processes at various scales, from global to local, have been attempting to politicize and regulate the environmental crisis for more than 30 years. From the 1992 Earth Summit, which established the international and legally binding United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to the Fridays for Future movement and the recent wave of climate litigation, there have been numerous efforts to recognize climate change as not only a scientific phenomenon, but also as a societal conflict that must be negotiated and regulated politically. There are many proposals for a solution, ranging from legal regulation according to the “polluter pays” principle and demands for sustainable development through to overthrowing the capitalist economy. In this context, decolonial perspectives are becoming increasingly important, since they highlight the global historical links between colonialism and climate change and their contemporary continuities, in order to demand global social and environmental justice. Seemingly neutral legal, political, and scientific tools and discourses are shaped by cultural assumptions and narratives, and these in turn shape questions around what is deemed worthy of protection and of course what is (and is not) deemed ‘nature’ and ‘natural.’

The conference “Nature-Society Relations and the Global Environmental Crisis – Thinking on Climate Change and Sustainability from the Fields of Intersectional Theory and Transdisciplinary Gender Studies”approaches the topic from sociological, legal, geographical, economic, political, and cultural studies perspectives. Here, theoretical analyses of the hierarchical relationship between humans and the more-than-human world and the potent gender order inscribed in it are complemented by empirical studies on sociological, legal, economic and political aspects of specific entanglements of human and non-human agency.

Topics and Perspectives

The production of knowledge in relation to climate change is still strongly influenced by the natural sciences. Accordingly, notions of political and legal regulation assume that better insight is all that is required to convert this knowledge into creative power.

·       What counts as legitimate knowledge and which scientific systems shape this knowledge?

·       Who is included in the production of knowledge? Who is excluded from it? What forms of knowledge are suppressed?

·       Does the production and reception of knowledge (for example, in court proceedings) itself contribute to the problem of implementation? 

·       How can we deal with the complexity of the entangled layers of knowledge, power, and human and non-human agency in the governance of sustainability?

The translation of knowledge into action has long proved difficult in the field of environmental research. This can be justified by the complexity of societies’ relations with nature. 

·       Nonetheless, are there identifiable barriers to stagnation in environmental policy?

·       What significance does symbolic masculinity have for such policy?

·       Which legal norms imply gendered hierarchies?

·       What potential does the law hold for acting against climate change? How can we assess new approaches such as rights of nature and legal subjectivity for animals, forests, and bodies of water? What notions of nature and gender do these entities encounter in legal discourse?

·       What other images and narratives of the future – for example, from feminist science fiction or queer utopias – are necessary?

·       How are literature and art able to capture the global environmental and biodiversity crisis?

At the same time, manifold forms of protest, resistance, and legal action have always been part of environmental policy and politics. The scope of each of these forms of action varies and is shaped by societal discourse and power relations.

·      How can we break away from knowledge structures in practice? What forms of action hold promise, which actors engage in them and in what way, and what are their chances of success, and what successes have already been achieved? 

·       What challenges does the crisis in society-nature relations pose for transferring knowledge into practice?

·       Which narrative, visual and performative strategies do activists, filmmakers, writers and artists pursue to bring global environmental change to the attention of the public?

In extreme cases, interactions between humans and the more-than-human world elude political control, as the coronavirus pandemic has clearly shown. Looking towards the future, the question of such interactions becomes more acute.

·       What forms of anticipatory political regulation are conceivable and required?

·       Which economic, social and legal provisions are urgent, considering the current crisis of nature-society relations?

·       What exactly needs to change (for example, in the law) so that interactions between humans and the more-than-human world receive greater recognition, and is such change possible? Are there areas that are particularly suited to these adaptations?

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 August 29th, 2022 in English or German to:

Confirmed speakers: Seema Arora-Jonsson (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), Sumudu Atapattu (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Stephania Barca (University of Coimbra), Barbara Holland-Cunz (Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen), Martin Hultman (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg), Hyo Jeong Kim (Ewha Womans University, Seoul), Sherilyn McGregor (The University of Manchester), Karen Morrow (Swansea University), Astrida Neimanis (The University of British Columbia), Kainyu Njer (Tesifa Initiatives and Shakti Rising)

The organizing team

Christine Bauhardt, Suse Brettin, Meike Brückner, Gabriele Jähnert, Sandra Jasper, Petra Sußner, Ida Westphal

Special Issue Call – Mitigation Deterrence and Carbon Removal in the Age of Net Zero

This is a call for papers that examine how the focus on net zero and carbon removal in current climate governance changes the dynamics of mitigation deterrence and climate delay (Carton et al., 2020). It invites contributions that in one way or another engage with empirical examples where (the promise of) carbon removal results in mitigation deterrence and delay.

In recent years, the climate conversation has moved towards an entirely new framing and discourse: Countries, municipalities, and various private actors have adopted the framing of ‘net zero’ as the new master narrative of global climate governance. The net zero narrative promises to balance out any remaining emissions with removals at some point in the near or medium-term future, and as of June 2022, 90% of country targets include net zero pledges[1].

In keeping with the rapid growth of the net zero conversation, a number of concerns are being raised about what such pledges actually mean, and what is or is not encapsulated in them (Fankhauser et al., 2022). A growing number of reports and analyses by scholars, NGOs and climate think tanks find that net zero pledges differ immensely in terms of their scope, transparency and implied climate ambition. Some pledges, e.g. by major oil and gas companies, amount to little more than greenwashing, while those of some other actors depict a clearer commitment to scaling up emission reductions (Day et al., 2022; Li et al., 2022; Oxfam, 2021).

A central question in the net zero debate concerns the question of climate delay. More specifically, whether or not the implied fungibility between removals and reductions (and residual emissions) presupposed by the ‘net’, and the enormous ambiguity and flexibility that such fungibility allows, is creating a new dynamic of climate delay, what scholars in recent years have called mitigation deterrence (McLaren et al., 2021). This literature has asked the question of whether the introduction of net climate targets, and the increasing focus on removals in policy and corporate discourse, create a distraction from the need to dramatically accelerate emission reductions.

The question of mitigation deterrence has lately stirred considerable academic debate. A common argument against mitigation deterrence is simply that we have to do both emissions reductions and carbon removal (Jebari et al., 2021), while others claim that this argument over-estimates how rationally managed society is and underestimates the influence of societal inertia and organised interests (Markusson et al., 2018). So far, much of the mitigation deterrence debate has taken place at a fairly abstract, theoretical, conceptual level. Few studies, however, have engaged with the empirical dimensions of mitigation deterrence in relation to carbon removal and net zero in practice.

Carbon removal is so far mostly a future promise, an imaginary of what climate governance might look like multiple decades from now. However, now we are seeing the development of actual carbon removal projects, carbon removal start-ups are popping up everywhere, and policy on removal is being developed in for example the European Union and the US (Schenuit et al., 2021). Significant amounts of funding are pouring into this field, including from wealthy philanthropists and large tech companies[2]. This creates an environment where it now becomes possible, much more than before, to engage with the empirics of mitigation deterrence for particular cases, across different geographies and temporalities. Doing so would enable the debate to move forward and ground some of the theoretical claims that have been made in the literature, and illustrate the need for policy makers to engage with the risks involved.

This special issue seeks to examine how carbon removal and the focus on net zero in current climate governance influence the dynamics of mitigation deterrence and climate delay. We invite papers that engage with this emerging empirical domain, focusing, but not exclusively, on:

  • How national and corporate net-zero pledges and carbon removal plans are translated into concrete policies and plans, including considerations of whether these remain future imaginaries or translate into concrete projects and actions on the ground;
  • How some places and ways of life – and associated emissions – are reimagined and/or transformed, while others are not because of carbon removal projects (Shue, 2019, Hickel 2022);
  • How carbon removal pilots and start-ups are funded and what networks of support they build on;
  • How different public or private actors mobilize carbon removal promises and narratives to legitimize existing carbon-intensive practices (Megura and Gunderson, 2022);
  • How graphs, numbers and science more broadly are mobilised by public entities, corporate players and other actors to promote carbon removal projects, and, potentially, distract attention from emissions reductions;
  • How certain continued activities and associated emissions are justified discursively as necessary, desirable and not possible to abate, and thereby conjure a need for (future) carbon removal;
  • How different actors call for, question or resist specificemissions reductions and carbon removal efforts and how they are discursively positioned to support specific transformations towards net zero/net negative (Gough and Mander, 2019);
  • How mitigation deterrence risks are perceived, and what attempts to counteract mitigation deterrence claims are undertaken in policy and/or projects;
  • How mitigation deterrence risks can be minimised or pre-empted;


Our timeline for the special issue looks like this:

  • August 1st – Send out the call
  • Mid-Sept – Abstract submission
  • Oct 1st – Confirmation to authors
  • Xmas – Draft papers submitted to special issue editors
  • Jan 31st – Feedback to authors
  • March 1st – Paper submission to journal
  • End of 2023 – Special issue published.

We are in conversation with journals about a suitable home for the special issue. Potential journals that we have thought to contact include: Global Sustainability, World Development, Environment and Planning E and Geoforum.

Please submit abstracts to us at by Thursday September 15th.

Best wishes,

Nils Markusson, Holly Buck, Wim Carton, Kate Dooley, Jens Friis Lund, Inge-Merete Hougaard and Camila Moreno.


Carton, W., A. Asiyanbi, S. Beck, et al. (2020) ‘Negative emissions and the long history of carbon removal’. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change.

Day, T., S. Mooldijk, S. Smit, et al. (2022) ‘Corporate Climate Responsibility Monitor 2022’.

Fankhauser, S., S.M. Smith, M. Allen, et al. (2022) ‘The meaning of net zero and how to get it right’. Nature Climate Change.

Gough, C. and S. Mander (2019) ‘Beyond Social Acceptability: Applying Lessons from CCS Social Science to Support Deployment of BECCS’. Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports 6(4). Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports: 116–23.

Hickel, J., & Slameršak, A. (2022). Existing climate mitigation scenarios perpetuate colonial inequalities. Lancet Planet Health, 6, e628-31.

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Call for paper: Frontiers in Sustainability

How to Achieve a Planetary Health Diet Through System and Paradigm Change?

About this Research Topic

The call for a transformation toward planetary health diets (such as the one suggested by the EAT-Lancet Commission in 2019) is getting louder and more urgent. Such diets take into account not only human health, but also the ecological sustainability of global food systems and the natural systems that enable human societies to flourish. More recently the 2022 IPCC AR6 Working Group III report also acknowledged this point. The report suggests a shift towards more plant-based diets for high meat-consuming population groups, as these diets are considered by many to be essential for climate change mitigation and adaptation, for restoring damaged ecosystems, and for alleviating the sixth mass extinction of species.

Food-related consumer practices, consumer behaviours and characteristics (gender, class, etc.) have been the focus of significant and high-quality social science research. However, sustainability transformation in food systems is largely a political and power-related question. This Research Topic draws attention to prioritising questions of power in this context. How can we identify and influence drivers – beyond individual practices – to generate system and paradigm level change? The incumbent actors (e.g. various industries) and structures (e.g. those related to subsidies) strongly resist transformational change. For example, even when industry actors seemingly accept change, they prefer to align it with their own short-term business interests and existing technology infrastructures (e.g. monocultures) or invest in technical fixes that might help mitigate impact but not on the scale that is urgently required. The transformation is also a question of change agents at various levels and in various societal spheres including citizens and civil society organisations attempting to gain power or empowering themselves through ideas and action. Specifically, purposive change in food systems is also about discursive power, as well as about cultivating and establishing new values, norms, and paradigms, associated with the deeper, stronger leverage points for societal change. Last, but not least, it is a question of a transformation in food systems governance.

The overall goal of this Research Topic is to shed light on the above issues and challenges related to achieving planetary health diets on both a regional as well as global scale. We encourage papers focusing critically on the following topics:

• Challenging the power of the incumbent global food industry, and in particular of dominant meat industry actors
• Overcoming structural and infrastructural barriers in food system transformation
• Empowerment of various societal actors attempting radical change
• Breaking the cycle of inertia between governments, industry, and citizens, whereby inaction / low priority feeds itself
• Tackling the psychological barriers to the acceptance of the necessity of transformational food system change
• A just transition in food systems, considering the global South and the global North, as well as the indigenous peoples of these lands
• Global animal agribusiness vs. small-scale animal agriculture
• Discursive power, values, norms, worldviews, and paradigms either resisting or enabling change
• New policy tools for regulating food production and consumption, especially within governance, using principles of strong sustainability
• New business models for food industry actors, e.g. not-for-profit businesses
• The position of indigenous worldviews, land rights and politics in achieving planetary health diets
• Assessing the EAT-Lancet 2019 report on a planetary health diet and the discussion this landmark publication has generated
• Systemic transformation vs. responsibilization of “consumers”
• Analysis of the concept of “diet” regarding how it is leveraged in the context of food system transformation, and to what ends
• Historical, philosophical, societal, and cultural aspects of the idea of a diet for “planetary health”

This Research Topic welcomes original research papers, perspectives, theoretical and methodological papers, policy position papers, case studies, and reviews.

We look for abstracts between 250-300 words.

Keywords: food systems governance, planetary health diet, values, paradigms, sustainable food systems, strong sustainability, power, empowerment, just transition, plant-based diet, inertia

Abstract Submission Deadline 23 September 2022

Manuscript Submission Deadline 13 January 2023

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