CfP POLLEN18: The political ecology of environmental peacebuilding

POLLEN18 – Political Ecology, the Green Economy, and Alternative Sustainabilities, 20-22 June 2018, Oslo and Akershus University College, Oslo, Norway

CfP POLLEN18: The political ecology of environmental peacebuilding –
Exploring its values and critiques in the context of the green economy

Organizers: Teresa Lappe-Osthege (University of Sheffield) and Lisa Trogisch (University of Wageningen)

We invite papers which explore the political ecology of environmental peacebuilding and critically assess its theoretical values and pitfalls in the context of the green economy. The aim of this panel is to critically reflect on the concept of environmental peacebuilding that the dominant peacebuilding paradigm promotes as a ‘greener’ solution to reductionist “resource war” approaches (Homer-Dixon, 1999). The peace potential of the environment has gained prominence in academic debates over the last two decades (Ali, 2007; Bernauer et al., 2012; Conca and Dabelko, 2002; Conca and Wallace, 2012; Collier and Hoeffler, 2004; Le Billon, 2008). These scholars emphasize the potential of the environment to contribute to post-conflict peacebuilding as part of the “Green Economy”, predominantly focussing on two central themes: post-conflict resource risk and environmental co-operation (Krampe, 2017a).

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