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Political Ecology and Environmental Policy


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Workshop: Power in Political Ecology

Date: 26th-27th November 2015. Venue: Scandic Bergen City Hotel, Håkonsgaten 2

This workshop explores the concepts of power used in political ecology. We aim to provide insight into the theories of power explicitly or implicitly used in political ecology. We invite papers on relevant research in contexts from all parts of the world.

Workshop: Power in Political Ecology

Date: 26th-27th November 2015. Venue: Scandic Bergen City Hotel, Håkonsgaten 2

This workshop explores the concepts of power used in political ecology. We aim to provide insight into the theories of power explicitly or implicitly used in political ecology. We invite papers on relevant research in contexts from all parts of the world.

In political ecology, analyses of conflicts in the exploitation, governance and knowledge of the environment and environmental resources form key objects of study. These analyses focus on the involvements of resource users, NGO states, planners and (multi)national companies or other actors, including researchers, in material and discursive struggles over access, control and meanings of resources, spaces and landscapes. Identifying power and diverse ways through which power is gained, legitimized, exercised and resisted by different actors in environmental resource governance and at multiple scales is crucial. Understanding power from both structural and actor-oriented perspectives has thus been essential in political ecology, although the concept is not always clearly defined in this field.

For more information about the upcoming workshop.

PhD-course: Power in Political Ecology

Invitation to PhD-course: Power in Political Ecology
Date:24th-27th November, 2015.
Venue: UiB Global, Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen

PhD students are hereby invited to a course in political ecology of 5 ECTS. The course is funded and initiated by the Norwegian Research Network on Political Ecology and Environmental Policy and the Norwegian Researcher School in Geography, and is organised by the Department of Geography, University of Bergen. 

PhD-course: Power in Political Ecology

Invitation to PhD-course: Power in Political Ecology
Date:24th-27th November, 2015.
Venue: UiB Global, Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen

PhD students are hereby invited to a course in political ecology of 5 ECTS. The course is funded and initiated by the Norwegian Research Network on Political Ecology and Environmental Policy and the Norwegian Researcher School in Geography, and is organised by the Department of Geography, University of Bergen. 

The first two days are reserved for two introductory lectures, presentations and discussions of the papers submitted by participants. The two next days, PhD students participate in the workshop ‘Power in political ecology’ by the same organisers. This event includes four keynote addresses and several research paper presentations.
 
Course content
In political ecology, analyses of conflicts in the exploitation, governance and knowledge of the environment and environmental resources form key objects of study. These analyses focus on the involvements of resource users, NGOs, states, planners and (multi)national companies or other actors, including researchers, in material and discursive struggles over access, control and meanings of resources, spaces and landscapes. Identifying power and diverse ways through which power is gained, legitimized, exercised and resisted by different actors in environmental resource governance and at multiple scales is crucial. Understanding power from both structural and actor-oriented perspectives has thus been essential in political ecology, although the concept is not always clearly defined in this field. 

This course explores the concepts of power used in political ecology. We aim to provide insight into the theories of power explicitly or implicitly used in political ecology. We invite participants primarily from the social sciences doing relevant research in contexts from all parts of the world.
 
Learning outcome 
By participating in this course the candidate should be able to demonstrate thorough knowledge of core and recent theories and concepts of power; demonstrate knowledge about the use of theories and concepts of power within the field of political ecology; demonstrate an ability to think, discuss and write theoretically about power in a paper positioning the individual PhD project in relation to relevant debates.
 
Requirements and form of assessment
Prior to the course, submission of an extended abstract (approximately 1000 words) outlining the research focus. Presentation of research project and participation in the course (including the workshop). Paper of approximately 5 pages submitted after the course.
 
Lecturers 
  • Professor Mitchell Dean, Copenhagen Business School
  • Professor Hanne Svarstad, Oslo and Akershus University College 
  • Professor Jesse Ribot, University of Illinois
  • Researcher Håvard Haarstad, University of Bergen
  • Professor Andrea Nightingale, Swedish Agricultural University Uppsala
  • Professor Tim Richardson, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Associate Professor Ragnhild Overå, University of Bergen
 
Application
The course will be open to around 20 participants. Candidates can apply by sending both a 1 page CV and a 1000 words abstract outlining the thematic, methodological and theoretical focus of their PhD-project and how it relates to the overall theme of this course. Applications should be sent to Anne-Kathrin Thomassen no later than September 30th 2015. 

PhD-Course programme 2015

About the network

The field of Political Ecology is growing both internationally and in Norway, and has great potential in research on environmental change and environmental conflicts. Political ecology can be broadly defined as the study of power relations in land and environmental governance. This field originated in the 1980s as a combination of Marxist inspired political economy and cultural ecology. In current political ecology, there is a particular interest in the ways that power relations are reinforced or contested in environmental discourses, which are maintained by powerful actors.  

To promote research and education in the field of political ecology and environmental policy, the Department of Geography, University of Bergen (UiB), Noragric at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) and the Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) took the initiative to establish a "National research network on Political Ecology and Environmental Policy".

The network will bring together researchers working in both the Global North and South, and provide possibilities to learn from each other. The network will be structured around three workshops organized by the three participating institutions, but it will also be open to scholars from other Norwegian institutions. The workshops are open for all scholars and PhD students focusing on issues in the field of Political Ecology and Environmental Policy.


Participating Institutions

The main activity of the network will be organized around three workshops with contributions from Norwegian institutions as well as invited guest speakers. The first workshop Bringing  political ecology " home" will be organized by the Department of Geography at NTNU in December 2013.

4th-5th December 2013: Bringing  political ecology " home" - Department of Geography, NTNU

10th-11th December 2014: Political ecology of Conservation, Carbon and Capital - Noragric, UMB

26th-27th November 2015: Power in political ecology - Department of Geography University of Bergen