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Political ecology

Meetings of the Political Ecology Group at the Department of Geography.

For access to the mailing lists and further details please e-mail Fleur Nash (fn266).

See our webpage at:
https://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/research/vital/politicalecology/

24
May
Ecoterritorial Turn and Relational Narratives in Latin America. From the Indianist moment to the Ecofeminist moment in the fights against Neo-extractivism

Speaker: Maristella Svampa (University of Cambridge) (in person)

Time: 1.00pm, Tuesday 24th May 2022

Location: In person (venue TBC)

TBC

31
May
Ringing the alarm for a liveable future: Reproductive anxiety and the climate crisis

Speaker: Katie Dow (University of Cambridge) and Heather McMullen (Queen Mary University of London)

Time: 1.00pm, Tuesday 31st May 2022

Location: Delivered online via Zoom

This paper draws upon analysis of interviews and textual materials from organisations and forums in the Global North such as BirthStrike, Conceivable Future and No Future No Children which gather pledges, declarations and testimonials asserting people’s reproductive intentions as statements of concern about climate crisis. Out of this material, urgency, precarity and windows of time - from ‘biological clocks’ to the time left to save the planet - emerge to generate new reproductive imaginaries. What happens to reproduction when the horizon of a liveable future is seen to be so radically destabilised? How do people imagine family life and their children’s futures in relation to their expectations of what climate change will mean? How do these imaginings express concern about future life in the Anthropocene?

Participants share a bedrock of common concerns - existential anxiety around an uninhabitable earth, species extinctions, water and food shortages, societal upheaval, conflict and forced migration. However, from these shared worries, a wide range of different responses and reconsiderations appear, from re-thinking the very local decision of whether to have children, through to organising politically and socially to enable more liveable futures. A shared concern for reproduction thus generates new and diverse visions: of the roots of the crisis, its solutions, and what agency and practise might mean in this imagined future. In this talk, we will relate these topical conversations to the kinds of broader questions that animate political ecology, considering whether and how this activism can be understood in relation to reproductive or climate justice, efforts to undo the political economic structures that have created the climate crisis or contest (hetero-)normative expectations of kinship and parenthood.

07
Jun
The trouble with relational values

Speaker: Rogelio Luque Lora (University of Cambridge)

Time: 1.00pm, Tuesday 7th June 2022

Location: Delivered online via Zoom

By combining geographical and philosophical analysis with ethnographic fieldwork in Wallmapu/Chile, this talk argues that recent scholarship on relational values suffers from several important problems. When defined, as is common in the literature, as preferences, principles and virtues associated with relationships, relational values cannot be meaningfully contrasted with instrumental, intrinsic and held values. To be able to argue that there exists a distinct class of relational values, those who have defended the term have been forced to silence or downplay the relational character of these other kinds of values. By analysing a variety of ways in which Mapuche people think about, value and behave toward the land, this paper demonstrates that relationality inheres a multitude of values, from broad ideals (held values) to the notions and practices involved in obtaining instrumental value from living beings. While proponents of the framework (broadly adopted by the IPBES) claim that relational values are the key to decolonial and pluralistic forms of environmental valuation, in fact the opposite is true: by downplaying and silencing the relationality inherent in other kinds of values, the relational values framework risks doing epistemic and political violence to non-Western cultures. Rather than confining relationality to a distinct class of values, I recommend an attitude of openness to the relational qualities of all values and, potentially, all entities.

14
Jun
Conflict resolution for wildlife conservation.

Speaker: Alexandra Zimmermann (University of Oxford)

Time: 1.00pm, Tuesday 14th June 2022

Location: In person (venue TBC)

TBC

21
Jun
Bridging Race, Gender & Conservation: The Integration of Abolitionist Theory and Feminist Thought in Wildlife Crime Intervention

Speaker: Aalayna Green (University of Cornell)

Time: 1.00pm, Tuesday 21st June 2022

Location: In person (venue TBC)

Abstract not available

Previous seminars

  • 17th May 2022 - Chris Sandbrook (University of Cambridge):
    Smart, Commodified and Encoded: Blockchain Technology for Environmental Sustainability and Nature Conservation. Details…
  • 10th May 2022 - Elia Apostolopoulou (University of Cambridge):
    Silk Road Urbanization: Cities, Infrastructure-led development and Global Inequality. Details…
  • 3rd May 2022 - Francesca Booker (IIED), Hilary Alison (Green Goals) and Fleur Nash (University of Cambridge):
    Women, girls and biodiversity loss: an evidence and policy review. Details…
  • 15th March 2022 - Victoria Maguire-Rajpaul, Ariadne Collins, Judith Krauss:
    Plotting the Coloniality of Conservation - reading discussion . Details…
  • 8th March 2022 - Jennifer Gabrys, University of Cambridge:
    The Forest That Walks: Digital Fieldwork and Distributions of Site. Details…
  • 1st March 2022 - Kate Meehan, King's College London:
    "There is no better place to lie about: Racial capitalism and the urban metabolism of water in U.S. cities. Details…
  • 22nd February 2022 - Reading discussion led by Chris Sandbrook:
    Smart, Commodified and Encoded: Blockchain Technology for Environmental Sustainability and Nature Conservation. Details…
  • 15th February 2022 - Heather McMullen and Katharine Dow Queen Mary University of London, Institute of Population Health Sciences, Centre for Global Public Health Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc), University of Cambridge:
    Ringing the alarm for a liveable future: Reproductive anxiety and the climate crisis. Details…
  • 8th February 2022 - Tom Fry, University of Cambridge:
    Ethnographic citizen science: camera traps and human-fox relations in inner-city London. Details…
  • 1st February 2022 - Reading discussion led by Roge Luque-Lora:
    Before colonization (BC) and after decolonization (AD): The Early Anthropocene, the Biblical Fall, and relational pasts, presents, and futures . Details…
  • 25th January 2022 - Helen Curry, University of Cambridge:
    Endangered Maize: Industrial Agriculture and the Crisis of Extinction. Details…
  • 30th November 2021 - Annette Green:
    Talk by Annette Green. Details…
  • 23rd November 2021 - Thomas Pienkowski:
    Situating mental health within the nature-climate-wellbeing triple challenge: Evidence from rural Uganda. Details…
  • 16th November 2021 - Dr. Kate Meehan:
    Urban Political Ecology . Details…
  • 9th November 2021 - Prof. Bill Adams:
    Strange Natures. Details…
  • 2nd November 2021 - Speaker to be confirmed:
    RAI Anthropology & Conservation conference debrief. Details…
  • 26th October 2021 - Hannah Parris, University of Cambridge :
    Crafting usable knowledge for sustainable development. Details…
  • 19th October 2021 - Bruce Huett and Riamsara Knapp:
    Leveraging cultural and scientific knowledge and practices for environmental conservation in Tali, Bhutan. Details…
  • 12th October 2021 - Dr. Liana Chua:
    Only the orangutans get a life jacket: Uncommoning responsibility in a global conservation nexus. Details…
  • 15th June 2021 - Janet Fisher, University of Edinburgh:
    Mapping and deliberating values for Uplands management. Details…
  • 8th June 2021 - Anna Lawrence, University of Cambridge:
    Situating vegetal lives in political ecology: from plantationocene to planthroposcene. Details…
  • 1st June 2021 - Guillem Rubio Ramón, University of Edinburgh:
    More-than-human nationalisms in Catalonia and Scotland. Details…
  • 25th May 2021 - Rogelio Luque-Lora, University of Cambridge:
    The roots of our ecological crisis. Details…
  • 18th May 2021 - Revati Pandya, University of Wageningen:
    Subject formation through the influence of conservation governance: A feminist intersectional approach to neoliberal environmentality. Details…
  • 11th May 2021 - Paul Robbins, University of Wisconsin-Madison :
    John Muir, Indigenous erasure, and conservation reckoning. Details…
  • 4th May 2021 - Arpitha Kodiveri, European University Institute.:
    The Limits of Stewardship: land rights, legal mobilization by forest-dwelling communities and extraction in Odisha, India.. Details…
  • 9th March 2021 - Dr Simon P. James, University of Durham:
    How places matter: A new theory of environmental value.. Details…
  • 2nd March 2021 - Dr Amber Huff, Institute of Development Studies:
    Pacification and the engineering of ‘green’ extraction in southern Madagascar. Details…
  • 23rd February 2021 - Dr Wolfram Dressler, University of Melbourne:
    Defending lands and forests: NGO histories and extraordinary violence in the Philippines.. Details…
  • 16th February 2021 - Adam Searle, University of Cambridge:
    Celia’s ghosts: On biotic loss and recovery in the Pyrenees.. Details…
  • 9th February 2021 - Dr George Holmes, University of Leeds:
    Landscape values, rewilding, and contested discourses of rural change in West Wales.. Details…
  • 1st December 2020 - Trishant Simlai, Department of Geography:
    Negotiating the panoptic gaze: power & conservation surveillance. Details…
  • 24th November 2020 - Dr Jon Phillips:
    Democratising infrastructure? Governing energy democracy in South Africa. Details…
  • 17th November 2020 - Dr Sophia Cooke, Dr Chris Sandbrook & Prof Bhaskar Vira:
    Conservation finance in a post-covid world. Details…
  • 11th November 2020 - Beatriz Bustos, University of Chile:
    Opportunities and challenges for an ecological Constitution in Chile. Details…
  • 3rd March 2020 - Trishant Simlai, University of Cambridge:
    Negotiating the panoptic gaze: people, power and conservation surveillance in the Corbett tiger reserve, India. Details…
  • 25th February 2020 - Gediminas Lesutis, University of Cambridge:
    The infrastructural other: spatial effects of the Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya. Details…
  • 4th February 2020 - Juan Martin Dabezies, Universidad de la República (Uruguay):
    Invasive species and ecological imperialism in South America. Current interactions between wood industry, wild boars, perroquets and hunters in Uruguay. Details…
  • 28th January 2020 - Isabella M. Radhuber, University of Vienna (Austria):
    Gender and Extractivism in Plurinational States – An intersectional approach to mining in Bolivia and Ecuador. Details…
  • 21st January 2020 - Doug Clark, University of Saskatchewan (Canada):
    The political ecology of polar bear conservation: a circumpolar policy trainwreck. Details…
  • 3rd December 2019 - Ariadne Collins, ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry :
    Forests of Refuge: Decolonizing Forest Governance in Guyana and Suriname . Details…
  • 26th November 2019 - Rob Small, Fauna and Flora International :
    Social Assessment of Protected Areas. Details…
  • 19th November 2019 - Anindya Sinha, Indian Institute of Science:
    The Political Ecologies of Urban Macaques in India. Details…
  • 5th November 2019 - Thomas Cousins, University of Oxford:
    Coal, custom, and constitution: worldly politics in contemporary KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Details…
  • 29th October 2019 - Dr. Tuuli Toivonen, University of Helsinki, Digital Geography Lab:
    Understanding the use of green spaces using social media data – possibilities and challenges. Details…
  • 22nd October 2019 - Maan Barua, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge:
    Affective economies and the atmospheric politics of lively capital. Details…
  • 15th October 2019 - Martin Walsh, Wolfson College:
    Zombie leopards, voodoo science and post-truth challenges to conservation. Details…
  • 19th June 2019 - Victoria Maguire-Rajpaul University of Oxford:
    The continued marginalisation of cocoa farmers: from colonialism to contemporary, climate-smart governance. Details…
  • 18th June 2019 - Alice Vadrot University of Vienna:
    The Politics of Marine Biodiversity Data: Global and National Policies and Practices of Monitoring the Oceans. Details…
  • 4th June 2019 - Judith Plummer Braeckman - Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership:
    ‘To dam or not to dam?’ Issues in financing and developing large hydropower.. Details…
  • 28th May 2019 - Suresh Babu Ambedkar University Delhi :
    Nature in the City: thinking 'post' ecologies in Delhi. Details…
  • 7th May 2019 - Connor Joseph Cavanagh Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU):
    Who can afford (not) to mitigate? Agency, inequality, and additionality in agricultural carbon finance. Details…
  • 16th April 2019 - Dr. Kasia Mikolajczak:
    Saving forests with love? Connection with nature at a tropical deforestation frontier. Details…
  • 12th March 2019 - Bruce Huett, Associate member Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit, University of Cambridge:
    Protecting a Beyul: Harnessing the Power of Mountain Gods and Environmental Law to Protect a Sacred Landscape. Details…
  • 6th March 2019 - Professor Katherine Homewood, Dept of Anthropology, UCL:
    Women, wellbeing and wildlife management areas in Tanzania. Details…
  • 26th February 2019 - Dr Alexander Cullen, Lecturer in Political Ecology, Geography Department, University of Cambridge.:
    Assembling Conservation as Territoriality in Timor-Leste. . Details…
  • 12th February 2019 - Adam Runacres, UCL:
    Engaging Conservation: Forest-Employed Villagers and Intervention Bureaucracies in Central India. Details…
  • 29th January 2019 - Dr Helen Curry, University of Cambridge:
    Endangered genes and the International Seed Bank: conserving crop diversity after the Green Revolution. Details…
  • 22nd January 2019 - Ajay Rastogi, Director of the Foundation for Contemplation of Nature based in Central Himalaya, Uttarakhand, India.:
    Resilient Leadership: Place-Based Learning for Sustainable Transformation.. Details…
  • 11th December 2018 - Bram Büscher, Professor and Chair of the Sociology of Development and Change group at Wageningen University:
    Deadly Truths and Lively Tensions: Saving Nature in the Era of Post-Truth and Platform Capitalism. Details…
  • 27th November 2018 - Daniela Sanchez-Lopez, University of Cambridge:
    From a white desert to a strategic resource: history of the commodification of the Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia. Details…
  • 20th November 2018 - Bina Agarwal, Professor of Development Economics and Environment University of Manchester:
    Inheritance law and the uniform civil code in India. Details…
  • 13th November 2018 - Dr Jacob Phelps, Lecturer in Tropical Environmental Change and Policy, Lancaster University:
    Institutionalising environmental values and valuation into policy. Details…
  • 6th November 2018 - Peadar Brehony, University of Cambridge:
    Could ‘dark logic’ help to avoid causing harm in conservation interventions?. Details…
  • 30th October 2018 - Professor Bhaskar Vira, University of Cambridge:
    Discussion of chapters from Steven Pinker's book "Enlightenment Now". Details…
  • 24th October 2018 - Murat Arsel, Murat Arsel, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam:
    Bombarding with data? Drones, oil extraction and environmental justice in the Amazon. Details…
  • 16th October 2018 - Jose Chambers:
    Group discussion of decolonising conservation – based on a video of Paige West’s plenary session at this year’s Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) conference. Details…
  • 8th October 2018 - Earl Harper, University of Bristol:
    The production of an urban post-political ecology: Or, is the apocalypse really such a good thing?. Details…
  • 19th June 2018 - Karen Wong-Perez, University of Cambridge:
    Local perceptions of Justice and Natural Resources in a Mexican fishing community. Details…
  • 12th June 2018 - Josie Chambers, University of Cambridge:
    Transforming global “win-win” discourse. Details…
  • 5th June 2018 - Jessica Hope, University of Bristol:
    Assemblages for sustainable development: omissions and transformations in Bolivia. Details…
  • 29th May 2018 - Elia Apostolopoulou,University of Cambridge:
    Biodiversity offsetting, urbanization and the right to nature. Details…
  • 22nd May 2018 - Johanna Lindahl, Intl. Livestock Research Institute, Uppsala University:
    Urban livestock keeping in Hanoi: policies, risks and benefits. Details…
  • 15th May 2018 - Bhaskar Vira, University of Cambridge:
    Session on the Green Economy: How does politics and economics interact with respect to the environment?. Details…
  • 8th May 2018 - Julie Zaehringer, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern:
    Managing telecoupled landscapes for the sustainable provision of ecosystem services and poverty alleviation. Details…
  • 1st May 2018 - Adrian Gonzalez, Royal Docks School of Business and Law, University of East London:
    The political ecology of voice (PEV) of oil company-community relations in Peru’s Loreto Region. Details…
  • 13th March 2018 - Bram Buscher:
    To be confirmed. Details…
  • 6th March 2018 - Jess Hope:
    To be confirmed. Details…
  • 27th February 2018 - Elia Apostolopoulou, University of Cambridge :
    Biodiversity offsetting and the construction of "Equivalent natures": A Marxist critique . Details…
  • 20th February 2018 - Barnaby Dye, University of Oxford:
    The Politics of Dam Resurgence: Exclusion and Inclusion of Socio-Ecological Impacts From Three Case Studies. Details…
  • 13th February 2018 - Lewis Daly:
    The Shaman is the White Man's Computer": The interaction of shamanism and conservation in Amazonian Guyana. Details…
  • 6th February 2018 - Joe Hawes:
    Reflecting on success and failure in community-based conservation: a case study from Western Amazonia. Details…
  • 31st January 2018 - Adam Branch, University of Cambridge:
    Charcoal Power: Woodfuels and Political Violence in Uganda . Details…
  • 23rd January 2018 - Rachel Carmenta, University of Cambridge:
    Perceptions across scales of governance and the Indonesian peatland fires. Details…
  • 28th November 2017 - Bill Adams, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge:
    Conservation by Algorithm. Details…
  • 21st November 2017 - Chris Sandbrook, Department of Geography, University of CAmbridge:
    What do conservationists believe about people, nature and markets?. Details…
  • 14th November 2017 - Professor Camilla Toulmin, Lancaster University and iied:
    Scarce land, diverse livelihoods - Tracking 35 years of change in central Mali. Details…
  • 31st October 2017 - Raghnild Freng Dale:
    Petroleum in the Norwegian Arctic: Local content or dreams at sea?. Details…
  • 24th October 2017 - Sipke Shaughnessy:
    Drought, Politics or Historical Injustice? Reflections on fieldwork during the 2017 'Laikipia crisis’ in Kenya ?. Details…
  • 17th October 2017 - Meredith Keller:
    Multilevel Governance Theory in Practice: How Converging Models Explain Urban Climate Change Mitigation Policy in Bristol. Details…
  • 10th October 2017 - Louise Carver:
    Securing the ‘value of nature’? Biodiversity offsetting in England and the implications for conservation policy at home and abroad. Details…
  • 12th September 2017 - Andrew McGregor, Geography and Planning, Macquarie University:
    Prefigurative politics and plant-based food in the Anthropocene: quiet activism within Sydney's foodscapes. Details…
  • 6th June 2017 - Josie Chambers:
    The politics creating a mismatch between conservation project win-win logics and local realities in Peru. Details…
  • 30th May 2017 - Marcus Nyman:
    Discerning the food from the trees. Details…
  • 23rd May 2017 - Rogelio Luque Lora:
    Human bycatch from camera traps. Details…
  • 16th May 2017 - Anca Serban:
    Evaluating the socioeconomic and ecological implications of land use interventions using agent-based modelling. Details…
  • 9th May 2017 - Jasper Montana:
    Biodiversity Scenarios.org: Science and strategy in IPBES. Details…
  • 2nd May 2017 - Ben Neimark:
    Who are the Eco-precariat?: Theorizing Labour & Work in an Environmental Service-based economy. Details…
  • 25th April 2017 - Eszter Kovacs:
    Subsidies and state corruption in Eastern Europe. Details…
  • 7th December 2016 - Sarah Bracking:
    The post-carbon world? the role of financial derivatives in the regime of environmental management. Details…
  • 29th November 2016 - Liz Watson:
    Spaces of pastoralism and conservation in northern Kenya. Details…
  • 22nd November 2016 - Emma Mawdsley:
    Financialisation for Development? Accelerating financialising logics, narratives and partnerships. Details…
  • 15th November 2016 - Susan Buckingham:
    URBAN-WASTE: rubbish, tourism and gender in Europe. Details…
  • 8th November 2016 - Brett Matulis:
    Digital Environmental Politics and the New Geographies of Anonymous Online Power. Details…
  • 1st November 2016 - Chris Sandbrook:
    Discussion of Bruce Braun chapter "From critique to experiment: rethinking political ecology for the anthropocene". Details…
  • 25th October 2016 - Alice Vadrot:
    IPBES between Theory and Practice: How weighted concepts travel. Details…
  • 18th October 2016 - Rob Small:
    Social Assessment of Protected Areas. Details…
  • 11th October 2016 - Nicholas Wilkinson:
    An analysis of proposals to engage local people in conservation of the Vietnamese Saola (and whether it could use some more political ecology). Details…
  • 10th March 2016 - Professor Erik Gomez-Baggethun (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, NMBU):
    Commons and commodities: Struggles for hegemony in environmental governance. Details…
  • 8th March 2016 - Jasper Montana (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge):
    Gene editing for conservation: a desirable future?. Details…
  • 1st March 2016 - Christine Noe (University of Dar es Salaam):
    Encountering the global and local on space: Uranium, wildlife and people in Southern Tanzania. Details…
  • 23rd February 2016 - Bruce Huett:
    Tibetan Pastoralists’ Vulnerability to Climate Change. Details…
  • 16th February 2016 - Jessica Hope:
    Title to be confirmed. Details…
  • 9th February 2016 - Albert Arhin (University of Cambridge):
    Title to be confirmed. Details…
  • 26th January 2016 - Guiseppe Feola:
    Guiseppe Feola Between Change and Continuity: Peasant Institutions and Cultural Models in the Colombian Andes. Details…
  • 19th January 2016 - Harry Jonas:
    New Steps of Change: Looking Beyond Protected Areas to consider other effected area-based conservation measures. Details…
  • 1st December 2015 - Sunita Chaudhary:
    To Be Confirmed. Details…
  • 26th November 2015 - Mari Miyamoto (Extra Session!):
    State, religious institution and community: Conservation and stigmatized slaughter in pastoral societies in the Himalayas. Details…
  • 24th November 2015 - Matthew Gandy:
    Ten years gone: urban political ecology in prospect and retrospect. Details…
  • 18th November 2015 - Christian Kull (Extra Session!):
    Political Ecology of Invasive Species. Details…
  • 17th November 2015 - Karen Wong (University of Cambridge):
    Ph.D. Presentation (1st Year Grad Forum). Details…
  • 10th November 2015 - Albert Arhin (University of Cambridge):
    Where do ideas about conservation come from? The story of how a beach conversation became REDD+ . Details…
  • 3rd November 2015 - Prof. Bill Adams:
    Discussion: ‘In the Nature of the Non-City: Expanded Infrastructural Networks and the Political Ecology of Planetary Urbanisation’ by Martín Arboleda. Details…
  • 27th October 2015 - Elia Apostolopoulou:
    Biodiversity offsetting and the capitalist production of nature: reflections from England. Details…
  • 25th November 2014 - Bill Adams and Chris Sandbrook:
    The Politics of Conservation. Details…
  • 11th November 2014 - Judith Schleicher:
    Title to be confirmed. Details…
  • 4th November 2014 - Tatiana Thieme and Eszter Kovacs:
    Services and Slums: Rethinking Infrastructures and Provisioning across the Nexus. Details…
  • 28th October 2014 - Jose Antonio Cortes Vazquez:
    A Natural Life: Beheading the political ecology of nature conservation. Details…
  • 21st October 2014 - Dr. Chris Sandbrook (University of Cambridge):
    Discussion on Resilience. Details…
  • 14th October 2014 - Jonny Hanson:
    Snow Leopards and the Soul: Conservation and religion in the 21st Century. Details…
  • 7th October 2014 - Lys Alcayna-Stevens:
    Endemic Apes & Foreign Wealth: Conservation and Scientific Tourism in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Details…
  • 30th September 2014 - Marta Lang:
    Influencing industrial facility compliance in rapidly developing countries: Provincial practices of wastewater discharge monitoring and inspection, and responses to development agency capacity building in Vietnam. Details…
  • 10th June 2014 - Eric Alms (University of Zürich):
    Political ecology of nature conservation and sustainable tourism in Chinese conservation areas. Details…
  • 3rd June 2014 - Prof. Tim Bayliss-Smith:
    Landesque capital: chaotic concept, or useful step towards understanding the value of enhanced nature?. Details…
  • 27th May 2014 - Dr. Maan Barua, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford :
    Bio-geo-graphy: landscape, dwelling and the political ecology of human-animal relations. Details…
  • 20th May 2014 - Eneko Garmendia, Ph.D.:
    Bridging the gap between social-metabolism and ecological debt: the case of a northern open economy. Details…
  • 13th May 2014 - Dr. Marieke Sassen, UNEP-WCMC:
    Conservation in a crowded place: people and forest on Mount Elgon, Uganda. Details…
  • 6th May 2014 - Dr. Salwa El-Halawani:
    Involving local communities in planning the establishment of no‐take zones in the Red Sea National Parks of Elba and Wadi Gemal, Egypt. Details…
  • 29th April 2014 - Riamsara Kuyakanon Knapp, Geography Department, University of Cambridge:
    The political ecology of a customary conservation practice: understanding processes of translation and hybridisation. Details…
  • 11th March 2014 - Dr. Ivan Scales, Geography Department, University of Cambridge:
    Ivan Scales presents on 'The future of conservation and environmental management in Madagascar: More than just flagships, forests and furry animals?’ . Details…
  • 4th March 2014 - Regina Hansda, Geography Department, University of Cambridge:
    System of Rice Intensification and the Shifting Dynamics of Gender and Labour. Details…
  • 25th February 2014 - Dr Tatiana Thieme, Dr Bhaskar Vira, Dr Emma Mawdsley and Dr Ivan Scales, Geography Department, University of Cambridge:
    Urban political ecology of small towns in Africa and India. Details…
  • 18th February 2014 - Dr. Bhaskar Vira, Geography Department, University of Cambridge:
    Bhaskar Vira presents (title to be confirmed). Details…
  • 11th February 2014 - Professor Paul Robbins, International Fellow from University of Wisconsin-Madison.:
    Paul Robbins leads an Early Career Researcher Seminar. Details…
  • 4th February 2014 - Riamsara Kuyakanon Knapp, Geography Department, University of Cambridge:
    Riamsara Kuyakanon Knapp will lead a discussion on Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Details…
  • 28th January 2014 - Dr. Jenn Baka, Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics and Political Sciences:
    Biofuels and Marginal Lands: Interrogating the Land Use Change Impacts of Jatropha Promotion in South India. Details…
  • 21st January 2014 - Dr. Michael Bravo, Scott Polar Research Institute, Geography Department, University of Cambridge :
    Michael Bravo leads a discussion on three articles by Paul Robbins. Details…
  • 3rd December 2013 - Dr. Bhaskar Vira, Geography Department, University of Cambridge:
    Discussion on 'Environmental Humanities'. Details…
  • 26th November 2013 - Speaker to be confirmed:
    Topic to be confirmed. Details…
  • 19th November 2013 - Dr. Ann Laudati, University of Bristol:
    Securing Insecurity: Rethinking Livelihoods, Violence, and Vulnerability in DRC's Cannabis Trade. Details…
  • 12th November 2013 - Dr. Tatiana Thieme, Dept. of Geography, University of Cambridge:
    Discussion session: Urban political ecology of waste. Details…
  • 30th October 2013 - Speaker to be confirmed:
    Topic and venue to be confirmed. Details…
  • 22nd October 2013 - Professor Bas Arts, Wageningen University:
    Assessing participatory forest management: a practice based approach. Details…
  • 15th October 2013 - Discussion session:
    Discussion session: Contribution of Systematic Reviews to Management Decisions. . Details…
  • 8th October 2013 - Per Arild & Iulie Aslaksen, Statistics Norway:
    The Norwegian Nature Index: Challenges and Successes. Details…
  • 19th June 2013 - Professor Bill Adams, Dept of Geography, University of Cambridge:
    Political ecologies of the Anthropocene. Details…
  • 18th June 2013 - Albert Arhin, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Geography, University of Cambridge:
    Safeguards and ‘Dangerguards’: Towards a framework for unpacking social safeguards for REDD+. Details…
  • 11th June 2013 - Dr. Mark Infield, Director, Cultural Values and Conservation, Fauna & Flora International:
    The King Returns: Politics, culture and conservation in the Mountains of the Moon, Uganda. Details…
  • 4th June 2013 - Dr. Michael Bravo, Dept. of Geography, University of Cambridge:
    Does Ice have Politics? The Materiality and Mobility of Frozen States. Details…
  • 28th May 2013 - Rémy Rouillard, Post-doctoral Researcher, Scott Polar Research Institute:
    Making connections in a recently collapsed empire: when Nenets reindeer herders meet with Soviet-era settlers and mobile oil workers above oil deposits. Details…
  • 14th May 2013 - Gregory Akall, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Geography:
    Changing Landscapes and Lifestyles: Adapting and Building Resilience to Droughts in Turkana, North-West Kenya (1963—2013). Details…
  • 7th May 2013 - Discussion session:
    open discussion / roundtable. Details…
  • 30th April 2013 - Dr. Chris Sandbrook, UNEP-WCMC, Affiliated Lecturer:
    What do conservationists think about markets?. Details…
  • 23rd April 2013 - Discussion session:
    Pollinator diversity and land sharing/sparing. Details…
  • 12th March 2013 - Jonathan Hanson, PhD candidate, Dept. Geography:
    Tax justice for snow leopards? Tax dodging and the environment. Details…
  • 5th March 2013 - John Lanchbery, RSPB:
    John Lanchberry on the politics of the UNFCCC. Details…
  • 26th February 2013 - Reading and Discussion session:
    Discussion of MacDonald and Corson (2012) 'TEEB Begins Now'. Details…
  • 19th February 2013 - Speaker to be confirmed:
    Debrief on the IPBES-1 Plenary. Details…
  • 12th February 2013 - Bernardo Strassburg, International Institute for Sustainability (IIS), Rio de Janeiro:
    Bernardo Strassburg - presentation. Details…
  • 5th February 2013 - Reading and Discussion session:
    Discussion of 'Reducing REDD risks: affirmative policy on an uneven playing field' by Ribot and Larson. Details…
  • 29th January 2013 - Discussion session:
    open discussion / roundtable. Details…
  • 22nd January 2013 - Dr. Shivaji Chavan:
    Conservation Scenario in India: opportunities for collaboration. Details…
  • 15th January 2013 - various:
    Dept Geography First Year Graduate Forum. Details…
  • 4th December 2012 - Reading and Discussion session:
    Int'l Land Grabbing and 'Green Grabbing: A New Appropriation of Nature?'. Details…
  • 28th November 2012 - Dr. Bram Buscher, Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development at the Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, and visiting Associate Professor at the Dept. Geography, Environmental Management & Energy Studies, U. Johannesbur:
    Prosuming Conservation: Web 2.0, Nature and the Intensification of Value-Producing Labour in Late Capitalism. Details…
  • 27th November 2012 - Dr. Martin Mulligan, Associate Professor, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University, Melbourne:
    Towards a grounded and dynamic sociology of climate change adaptation. Details…
  • 20th November 2012 - Judge-Us Seminar :
    Shaz Ansari on 'Constructing a Climate Change Logic: An Institutional Perspective on the "Tragedy of the Commons"'. Details…
  • 13th November 2012 - Eszter Kovacs, PhD Candidate, Dept. Geography:
    The Conservation/Agriculture Relationship in the EU: High Nature Value Areas in Hungary. Details…
  • 6th November 2012 - Salwa Elhalawani, PhD Candidate, Dept. Geography:
    Local community participation in Wadi El-Gemel National Park. Details…
  • 30th October 2012 - Dr. Stefan Dorondel, Francisc I. Rainer Institute of Anthropology Bucharest & Visiting Fellow, CRASSH, University of Cambridge:
    Contested Forest: National Park, Local State, and Forest Owners in Postsocialist Romania. Details…
  • 23rd October 2012 - Reading and Discussion session:
    Discussion of Global Political Ecology, eds. Peet, Robbins & Watts (2011). Details…
  • 16th October 2012 - Reading and Discussion session:
    Discussion of Sandel (2012) What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. Details…
  • 9th October 2012 - Reading and Discussion session:
    'Nature, Inc.' and 'Grabbing "Green": Questioning the Green Economy'. Details…
  • 19th June 2012 - Girija Godbole, PhD student, Department of Geography:
    'Understanding the changing relationship between land and rural women in western Maharashtra, India: reflections from the field'. Details…
  • 12th June 2012 - Lindsay Galbraith, PhD Student at the Department of Geography:
    Policy making in confined spaces: the politics of exclusion in Canada's planning reform agenda. Details…
  • 29th May 2012 - Dr. Rob Small, Flora & Fauna International:
    Valuing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Servicesin the Ewasu Ng'iro watershed. Details…
  • 22nd May 2012 - Alexandra Girard, DPhil candidate, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford:
    Women, water and work - examining the role of the statecraft in irrigation management in Northern India. Details…
  • 15th May 2012 - Esther Turnhout, Associate Professor at the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands:
    Only what is counted counts? The scientific and economic representation of biodiversity. Details…
  • 8th May 2012 - Isabel Melo Vasquez, Visiting student from the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group, Wageningen University, Netherlands:
    Assessing discursive practices associated with Terra Preta governance in Amazonas state, Brazil. Details…
  • 13th March 2012 - Dr. Bhaskar Vira (Department of Geography) and others:
    "Reviewing the effectiveness of ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation". Details…
  • 6th March 2012 - Kathryn Humphries, PhD student, Department of Geography:
    The Performance of Policy in Tanzanian CBNRM: Hidden Aspects of Governance and Participatory Spaces. Details…
  • 28th February 2012 - Dr. Chris Sandbrook, Department of Geography:
    Reading: Land Sparing/Land Sharing. Details…
  • 21st February 2012 - Dr. Evangelia Apostolopoulou, Visiting Scholar from the Department of Ecology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece:
    ‘Framings of scale challenges in the governance of biodiversity’. Details…
  • 14th February 2012 - James Palmer, PhD student, Department of Geography:
    ‘Biofuels and the politics of land-use change: The controversial place of "place" in environmental governance. Details…
  • 7th February 2012 - Reading and Discussion session:
    Reading, Jepson et al., (2011),‘What is a conservation actor?’. Details…
  • 31st January 2012 - Reading and Discussion Session:
    Reading: Forsyth (2011), ‘Politicizing environmental explanations: What can political ecology learn from sociology and philosophy of science?’. Details…
  • 24th January 2012 - Speaker to be confirmed:
    Political Ecology Lunch Social. Details…
  • 17th January 2012 - Riamsara Kuyakanon Knapp, PhD Student, Department of Geography:
    ‘Is it conservation or development? Pilgrimage or ecotourism? Identifying the genius loci in a hidden land (sbas-yul)'. Details…
  • 29th November 2011 - Dr. Freddy Alvarez, Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography:
    'The rights of nature in the Ecuadorian constitution’. Details…
  • 22nd November 2011 - His Excellency Dr. Mok Mareth, Senior Minister and Minister of the Environment, Royal Government of Cambodia:
    ‘Creating protected areas in post-conflict Cambodia’. Details…
  • 15th November 2011 - Chris Goodall:
    Reading: Goodall (draft paper) ‘Peak Stuff’ Did the UK reach a maximum use of material resources in the early part of the last decade?. Details…
  • 9th November 2011 - Dr. Peter Usher, Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography:
    ‘Environmental assessment in Canada: The Mackenzie gas project'. Details…
  • 1st November 2011 - Prof. Piers Blaikie, University of East Anglia:
    ‘Political ecology: Meeting travellers along the way’. Details…
  • 18th October 2011 - Bram Büscher:
    Nature on the move: The emergence and circulation of fictitious conservation and liquid nature. Details…

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