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PhD-kurs

Power in political ecology

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Language of instruction

English

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 outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course the participants 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.

Study period

24th to 27th November 2015

Credits (ECTS)

Participation in the course yields 5 ECTS points. Full participation requires submission of an extended abstract (maximum 1000 words) prior to the course. Presentation of research project and participation in all course days (including the workshop). Paper of approximately 5 pages (2500-3000 words) submitted after the course for approval.

Specific terms

Course registration and deadlines

Participants should apply for admission by September 30th at Studweb or, if you are not a UiB candidate to Anne-Kathrin Thomassen, anne-kathrin.thomassen@uib.no. Applications must be accompanied by an extended abstract (maximum 1000 words) outlining the PhD-project`s topic, research question(s), and possible relevance of a power perspective. Applicants will be given notice immediately after the deadline for applications. There is a limit of 20 participants in the course.

Recommended previous knowledge

Participants are expected to read approximately 500 pages that must be reflected in the final course paper.

Form of assessment

Approved paper (2500-3000 words)

Full participation requires submission of an extended abstract (maximum 1000 words) prior to the course. Presentation of research project and participation in all course days (including the workshop).

Addtional information

Programme

The first two days are reserved for two lectures, presentation and discussion of the participants¿ PhD-projects. The two next days, the PhD-course continues as part of the annual workshop of the Norwegian Research Network on Political Ecology and Environmental Policy, including four keynote lectures and several research paper presentations. The workshop will have a summarising session for the PhD-students where they reflect upon the way forward with their paper.

See detailed preliminary programme attached in separate document.

Contact

Anne-Kathrin Thomassen (anne-kathrin.thomassen@uib.no)

Academic responsibility

Ragnhild Overå

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

Reading list

Participants are expected to read approximately 500 pages that must be reflected in the final course paper.

The reading list will be published later.

Course location

Bergen

Eksamensinformasjon

  • Vurderingsordning: Paper and participation