Reading Group: Political Ecology

At the University of Sheffield we started a reading group in Political Ecology. The meetings are hosted by SIID, the Sheffield Institute for International Development.

On this website you find an overview with the dates of the meetings, the subjects and the literature we discuss. If you are interested in joining the email list, or to come to Sheffield to present a (draft) paper you would like to get feedback on, please get in touch.

All meetings are on Wednesday’s from 2 till 3.30pm – on the 4th floor meeting room ICOSS building.

  • 11/10/2017 | Benjamin Neimark (Lancaster University): presentation of project Vanilla crisis and Security in Madagascar
  • 25/10/2017 | Esther Marijnen (University of Sheffield): discussion OF draft paper ‘Pluralizing political forests: Multi-layered authority surrounding charcoal in Virunga National Park, DR Congo’
  • 01/11/2017 | Reading article ‘Green states in Africa: beyond the usual suspects’ Carl Death, in Environmental Politics’
  • 15/11/2017 | Patrick Bigger (Lancaster University):  discussion of ‘Weaponizing nature’ and presentation of a new draft paper.
  • 29/11/2017 | Jasper Montana: discussion of draft paper ‘Expert authority and the global environment as products of politicalorganisation’ 
  • 06/12/2017 | Adeniyi Asiyanbi (University of Sheffield), presentation of project on global environmental governance
  • 13/12/2017 | Dan Brockington (University of Sheffield), presenting a draft article, still TBC
  • 31/01/2018| Kristof Titeca (University of Antwerp) –  discussion of ‘Ivory trade: bringing in the ivory trader. Case-study Uganda’  

Past meetings

  • 5 April 2017: Feminist political ecology
  • 19 April 2017: Dempsey and Chiu Suarez article (2016) “Arrested development? The Promises and Paradoxes of “Selling Nature to Save It”, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 106:3, 653-67.
  • 10 May 2017: Mock viva of James W. Heydon PhD on ‘Environmental victimisation’
  • 24 May 2017: Adeniyi Asiyanbi (SOAS) will present about his work on political ecologies of REDD+ in Nigeria
  • 7 June 2017: Literature and debate about de-growth, see recent special issue on the subject; and book; about the book; and some sections from the book.
  • 21 June 2017: Open for suggestions!