POLLEN Principles

  1. POLLEN regards political ecology as a wide field of research and practice that fundamentally holds that politics and ecology cannot be separated and should be studied and practiced in conjunction
  2. POLLEN is a network of autonomous (primarily academic but also activist and other) ‘nodes’ that study, teach, and practice political ecology.
  3. These nodes are what POLLEN is all about: autonomous groups of political ecologists working in and on different traditions. Nodes from all over the world are welcome to join POLLEN.
  4. POLLEN provides a platform for the ‘cross-fertilization’ of ideas where many rich, diverse traditions can come together, discuss, and debate the latest developments in the field.
  5. POLLEN coordinates between, but also supports, nodes in ensuring that political ecology messages, lessons and insights are shared, broadcasted and heard widely.
  6. POLLEN is governed in a horizontal, non-hierarchical structure as far as possible.
  7. POLLEN aims to hold biennial conferences (since July 2016). A POLLEN plenary will be held at the conference to discuss the network and appoint (i) a secretariat host and (ii) next conference host.
  8. The POLLEN secretariat is held for two years by the node(s) that has been appointed by the POLLEN plenary. The tasks of the secretariat are to facilitate communication, membership and to maintain the website.
  9. The POLLEN website is managed so all nodes can use the platform independently as far as possible, in particular to be visible as political ecologists and to post news and blogs.