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Postdoc opportunity: The Great Green Transformation, Stockholm University

Stockholm University and the Department of Political Science has a call out for a two-year postdoc position with the project “The Great Green Transformation – Politics, Markets and Civic Society in the Anthropocene (GREENTRANS)”. Deadline for applications is May 2nd.

The project is funded by the Marcus and Marianne Wallenberg Foundation with Professor Andreas Duit as principal investigator and Professors Aseem Prakash (University of Washington) and Thomas Bernauer (ETH Zürich) as co-investigators.

We are particularly interested in candidates with a strong background in quantitative methods. A background in either environmental politics, comparative politics, or policy studies research is a merit but not a requirement. Additional merits include capacity to work in a cross-national team of researchers and to communicate research findings to wider audiences beyond academia.

See link for more information about the position and instructions for how to apply: https://www.su.se/english/about/working-at-su/jobs?rmpage=job&rmjob=4830&rmlang=UK


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Job opportunity: Professorship in Human Geography, University of Trier

The faculty of regional and environmental sciences at the University of Trier is looking to fill following position:

W1-Professorship for Human Geography (Urban and Regional Transformations)

In accordance to “Beamtenverhältnis auf Zeit”. A Tenure-Track option towards a permanent W2 Professorship is available

As a Professor in Human Geography, you will provide leadership in both
research and teaching. Your research expertise should be in the realm of urban
and regional transformation and sustainable development. Experience in both
empirical research and conceptual/theoretical debates are required. Candidates
should have an excellent track-record in geographical debates that span across
space and politics, proven through international publications and the proven
ability to successfully acquire funding through research grants or third-party
sources. The candidate is expected to work closely with the Governance and
Sustainability Lab at the University of Trier. Teaching will include Lectures and
Seminars in Human Geography for Bachelors and Masters of Science and
education for degree seeking students. The Master’s program “Environmental
Sciences”, which is taught in English, might also be part of the teaching.
The ability to, and experience in teaching on a university level is required, and
proof of such is expected to be provided by candidates in their application.
Interdisciplinary teaching and research methods is beneficial to candidates in the
selection process. For more information about formal employment conditions,
please refer to § 55 Hochschulgesetz Rheinland-Pfalz.

The selection process will be conducted in accordance to § 49 and § 54
Hochschulgesetz Rheinland-Pfalz. Exemplary educational and research skills
are required and proof of such is to be provided by the candidates.
The professorship will be awarded (according to § 55 HochSchG) for three
years, with an extension for another three years, if the interim evaluation has
been successful. Following this, a permanent W2-professorship is foreseen (Bes.
Gr. W2 LBesG), if the holder of the professorship proved to be successful in an internal evaluation process and if she/he meets jurisdictional requirements. See
§ 50 Abs. 5 Satz 3 HochSchG.

Rheinland-Pfalz and the University of Trier represent an educational concept
which highlights the importance of advising and supporting students. Thus, we
expect a high personal presence at the university campus. The University of
Trier would like to encourage women to submit their applications, in accordance
to the University’s effort to increase the number of women in research and
teaching positions. Persons with disabilities will be considered with preferred
status in the application process.

Candidates’ applications must be written in English, a very good command of the
German Language is however necessary. Expected are a resumé (CV),
academic certificates (Diploma, etc.), a list of publications (sorted by reviewed
and unreviewed), a list of presentations (sorted by invited and contributed), a list
of previous teaching activities (including evaluations), a list of the five most
relevant papers, and lastly, a description of current and future research

Please send applications in printed and electronic form (digital versions as PDF
Files) to Prof. Dr. Thomas Udelhoven (dekanatfb6@uni-trier.de) no later than

Please Mail printed documents to: Universität Trier, Dean of Faculty VI, 54286
Trier. We ask that candidates send their applications without binders or folders
as they will be copied.

Documents should not be notarized since they will not be returned. All
Documents will be destroyed after the selection process has been completed.
Please find the legally binding German version of the job offer here

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Job opportunity: Research associate for project on cultural values, nutritional security, coral reefs and climate change

Research Associate – Environmental Social Science / Political Ecology

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £27,285 to £31,604
Closing Date:   Sunday 13 May 2018
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A2250

An exciting opportunity exists for an environmental social scientist/ human geographer/ political ecologist to contribute to a collaborative project in French Polynesia:  Cultural values, food systems, and nutritional security under climatic change.

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic environmental social scientist to contribute to a project investigating cultural values, food systems, and nutritional benefits associated with coral reefs experiencing climate induced environmental change in French Polynesia.  Working closely with researchers from Lancaster University, CRIOBE, and James Cook University, the project will develop a mixed methods approach to collect qualitative and quantitative data on cultural values and nutritional benefits in French Polynesia. These data will be explored alongside, and ultimately integrated with, data collected by a team of ecologists and environmental chemists on the ecology, nutritional quality, and food web structure of these systems. Therefore a commitment and ability to work with researchers from diverse disciplines is essential.

Specific aims will be to:

1) Establish how reef fish assemblages and environmental change shape local knowledge and cultural values.
2) Determine whether cultural keystone species can be identified that play a significant role in shaping and characterizing the social organisation and cultural identities of local communities.
3) Evaluate the nutritional contributions associated with local knowledge, cultural values, and reef fish assemblage.
4) Examine whether local communities can adapt to maintain cultural and nutritional benefits in changing environments.

Lancaster University is a research intensive university, in the top 10 for UK universities. The Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) is a large and multidisciplinary department, tackling environmental challenges across the natural and social sciences. Within LEC, there is particular strength in high diversity tropical systems, particularly coral reefs and tropical rain forests, and in Political Ecology.

CRIOBE is one of the most productive centers on coral reef research in France. It hosts researchers from CNRS, EPHE and University of Perpignan. It based both in Perpignan, metropolitan France, and in Moorea, French Polynesia, where its marine station offers numerous facilities.

Preferred candidates will have a demonstrated interest in addressing environmental challenges and a background in environmental social science, human geography, anthropology, or related fields. A proactive and enthusiastic approach and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential for the collaborative nature of the research. Attention to detail, good English writing skills and fluent French speaking are essential to meet the exciting and challenging goals of the project within demanding deadlines.

This is a fixed term appointment for two years.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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Job opportunity: Senior Lecturer in Rural Development in Sweden and Europe

Senior Lecturer in Rural Development in Sweden and Europe with focus on migration and integration in rural areas

Ref 2018.2.5.1-1235

For the full job advert, please see here.

Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Research and education at the Department of Urban and Rural Development are carried out at four different divisions: Agrarian History, Rural Development, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Communication. The appointment will be at the Division of Rural Development. The Division of Rural Development consists of two subject areas: Rural Development in the Global South and Rural Development in Sweden and Europe. An international master’s program in Rural Development and Natural Resource Management and a 5 year professional program in agronomy focusing on rural development are offered by the Division.

The position allows for your own research and research management corresponding to at least 35%.

Subject description

The subject of the appointment is rural development in Sweden and Europe with focus on migration and integration in Swedish and European rural areas and its relations to rural development and the environment. Questions of gender, class, ethnicity and other dimensions of power are central.


The appointed senior lecturer in the subject area is expected to

  • develop research within the subject
  • undertake extensive field work in rural areas in Sweden or other parts of Europe
  • develop and manage teaching in rural development at undergraduate, master and doctoral levels
  • supervise doctoral students
  • develop and maintain international networks with researchers and society in general and work across disciplines
  • communicate research findings and contribute with knowledge to society
  • actively apply for research grants


A person shall be qualified for appointment as senior lecturer if he or she

  • has a PhD in Social Sciences or Humanities
  • is scientifically proficient in the subject area of the position
  • has teaching proficiency
  • has good ability to express him-/herself in written and spoken English and a Scandinavian language
  • has documented training in teaching in higher education, covering around 10 weeks, or by other means acquired the equivalent skills and has experience of teaching at different levels

Assessment criteria

Assessment for the appointment as senior lecturer shall primarily be based on the degree in which a candidate possesses the skill required to qualify for appointment. Particularly meritorious are

  • documented experience of high quality scientific research and international publishing
  • capacity to independently initiate and carry out research both theoretically and empirically
  • capacity to integrate research in teaching
  • experience of working with questions of immigration and integration in Europe
  • experience of multi- or interdisciplinary research

The applicant should show an understanding of the challenges facing local areas as well as its global connections and how the applicant intend to interconnect his or her earlier theoretical insights and methodologies to questions that concern rural areas in Europe.

Final date for application: 2018-08-13

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POLLEN18 Press Passes

The POLLEN18 organizing committee has recently received many inquiries from a range of Norwegian and international media outlets.

Journalists and academic publishing professionals are encouraged to direct inquiries about press passes to us as far in advance of the conference dates as possible. More information is available here.

To obtain a press pass, please send a message with your credentials/contact information and anticipated date(s) of attendance to the conference email address: politicalecology18@gmail.com.

We look forward to welcoming you in Oslo!

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April monthly newsfeed

This newsfeed is also available as a pdf.

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Dear POLLEN members and friends (with apologies for X-posting),

Welcome to our monthly news update for April. As ever, a lot has been happening in the network: we’ve got some great blog posts, a diverse set of publications, some cool job postings and a CFP for a (nearly) carbon neutral conference. Happy scrolling!


Registration for the POLLEN18 welcome reception at Oslo City Hall is now open. This will be held on the evening of 19 June 2018, 19.00-20.30.  Light snacks and drinks will be served. More information on the programme is available here. The City Hall might be of interest to those visiting Oslo or Norway for the first time, as this is the same venue where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded each year. Registration will be limited to a maximum of 400 guests, so please register early if you would like to attend.

​Check out the conference programme here!​


Greenmentality: A Political Ecology of the Green Economy in the Global South has launched a project website, where up-to-date information about the research project and relevant blog posts by the researchers in the project will be shared. There are two recent blog posts up already, Power and Strategies of Resistance – Visible, Invisible and Hidden Resistance by Shai Divon and Mentalities of greening, governing, and getting rich by Connor J. Cavanagh.


Tourism and Degrowth: Impossibility Theorem or Path to Post-Capitalism?
by Robert Fletcher, Asunción Blanco-Romero, Macià Blázquez-Salom and Ivan Murray

Why are water wars back on the agenda? And why we think it’s a bad idea!
By Ana Elisa Cascão; Alvar Closas; Emanuele Fantini; Goitom Gebreleul; Tobias Ide; Guy Jobbins; Rémy Kinna; Flávia Rocha Loures; Bjørn-Oliver Magsig; Nate Matthews; Owen McIntyre; Filippo Menga; Naho Mirumachi; Ruby Moynihan; Alan Nicol; Terje Oestigaard; Alistair Rieu-Clarke; Jan Selby; Suvi Sojamo; Larry Swatuk; Rawia Tawfik; Harry Verhoeven; Jeroen Warner; Mark Zeitount

Why #DefendAfrin? Confronting authoritarian populism with radical democracy
By Amber Huff, Salima Tasdemir, and Patrick Huff

Think Big Socialism and the Spectre of Degrowth: The Ghost of Progress (Part I)
By Eric Pineault


Forthcoming, eleven papers on The EJatlas: Ecological Distribution Conflicts as Forces for Sustainability, edited by L.Temper, F. Demaria, A. Scheidel, D. Del Bene and J. Martínez-Alier (EnvJustice project, ICTA UAB, Barcelona), a special feature in the journal Sustainability Science.

Cavanagh, C.J. (2018). Critical ecosystem infrastructure? Governing the forests-water nexus in the Kenyan highlands. In R. Boelens, T. Perreault, and J. Vos (eds), Water Justice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 302-315.

Cortes-Vazquez, J. and Ruiz-Ballesteros, E. (2018) ‘Practicing Nature: A phenomenological rethinking of environmentality in natural protected areas in Ecuador and Spain’.Conservation and Society, AOP: 1-11

Velicu, I and García-López, G. (2018) ‘Thinking the Commons through Ostrom and Butler: Boundedness and Vulnerability.’ Theory, Culture & Society.

Walsh, Casey (2018) Virtuous Waters: Mineral Springs, Bathing and Infrastructure in Mexico. University of California Press. Available open access here.

Zinzani, A., Bichsel, C. (2018) ‘IWRM and the Politics of Scale: Rescaling Water Governance in Uzbekistan’. Water, 10 (3), 1-16.


Feral, a nearly carbon neutral conference, November 2018. Co-hosted by Massey University Political Ecology Research Centre and Wageningen University

Deadline extended for abstract submission for the Fourth Annual FLARE Network meeting

Energy Anthropology Network Panel, European Association for Social Anthropology conference 2018


Call for Summerschool Participants: Governance at the edge of the state: Materiality, Ghent University

Fully-funded PhD: Fiction Meets Science: Narrating Sea-Level Change in Singapore at Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen

PhD: Valuing environmental harm: How can local, legal and economic conceptualisations of deforestation be reconciled? Lancaster University

Postdoc: Mangroves and Meaning-making: a mutual relationship over time at the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research, Bremen.

Postdoc: Political Ecology / Crisis Conservation (2.5 years), Sociology of Development and Change Group (SDC), Wageningen University

Research fellowship in Mining Governance, University of Melbourne.


The journal Conservation & Society is now tweeting @ConservandSoc. For updates on the latest conservation scholarship via Twitter, follow us! If you would like us to share/amplify your news (e.g. events, awards, conferences), please mention us in your tweets.

Patrick Bigger and Ben Neimark (Lancaster University) have been awarded  this year’s Virginie Mamadouh Outstanding Research Award by the AAG Political Geography Specialty Group for their paper “Weaponizing Nature: The Geopolitical Ecology of the US Navy’s Biofuel Program” (Political Geography 2017).

Giorgos Kallis (ENTITLE) has recently announced a new Masters in Political Ecology in Barcelona. It is a professional degree and is ideal for people who want to work on environmental justice NGOs, the solidarity economy or public sector, as well as people who might already have a masters in a different field and want to switch to a PhD in political ecology/degrowth. Admissions are not yet open, but we will have updates within a month or so.

NEW NODES – Welcome to POLLEN!

Jessica Hope, Naomi Millner and James Palmer, University of Bristol, UK

Lilian Pungas, Institute for Political Ecology, Zagreb, Croatia


Best wishes until next time,

Katharine Howell, Ben Neimark, John Childs, Simon Batterbury, Patrick Bigger, James Fraser & Giovanni Bettini

POLLEN secretariat, Lancaster University