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Power in political ecology

This workshop at the University of Bergen explores the concepts of power used in political ecology, and is organised 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.

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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 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, exemplified by cases from all parts of the world.

 

If you wish to participate (without a paper) please send an e-mail within 5 November to: ragnhild.overa@uib.no

 

Thursday 26th November

08:30  Registration

 

08:50  Welcome and introduction

 

09:00  Keynote: Power and the causes of vulnerability

           Jesse Ribot, University of Illinois

 

09:55  Keynote: Power, oil, scale

           Håvard Haarstad, University of Bergen

 

10:50  Break

 

11:00  Paper session 1: Discourses and contested meanings

 

The Privatization of the Common Good; Applications of Climate Change and Sustainable Development Rhetoric.

Hans Geir Aasmundsen, UiB Global

 

Clean Development Mechanisms in Africa: Plantations, exclusions and conflicts – discourses and power.

Erlend Eidsvik, Bergen University College

 

Contested Renewable Energies and the (unequal) Power of Discourses.

Rosa Lehmann, University of Freiburg

 

Imposing the Power of Meaning: Events of Contest over Animal and People Categories in the Kola Peninsula, Northwestern Russia.

Vladislava Vladimirova, Uppsala University

 

13:00  Lunch

             

13:45  Paper session 2: Governance dilemmas in mountain environments

 

Negotiating the power to produce and profit: Understanding the local-nonlocal relations of caterpillar fungus governance in Tibetan China.

Michelle Olsgard Stewart, Amherst College

 

How wild are the reindeer? Knowledge and power in a regional wild reindeer planning process in Norway.

Eirin Hongslo, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

 

The Rhythm of the Mountain: A transdiciplinary rhythmanalysis of landscapes of temporality and morality.

Frode Flemsæter, Centre for Rural Research

 

Contradictory perceptions of power relations in a contested and multifunctional mountain landscape - implications for environmental management.  

Annika Dahlberg, Stockholm University

 

Conservation of a “use-mountain”:  Knowledge in the Management of a Landscape Conservation Area in southern Norway.

Frode Sundnes, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

 

16:15  Break

 

16:30  Paper session 3: Multi-scalar governance and resistance

 

What lens at what scale? Exploring the relationship between the way of seeing power and scale.

Qian Zhang, Stockholm University

 

Hybrid governmentality, transnational spaces and neoliberal conservation: ‘Glocal’ governance in the Ponta do Ouro partial marine reserve, Mozambique.

Kate Symons, University of Edinburgh

 

Power in the Age of the Darknet.

Brett Sylvester Matulis, University of Leicester

 

Understanding a Global Urban Political Ecology through the Dredge Cycle in North Sea and New Zealand Ports.

Seth Gustafson, Bremen University

 

Food sovereignty in Colombia: seed certification as property rights to agro-biodiversity, enforcement, controversies and the seed freedom movement.

Emma Jane Lord, Biodiversity Foundation, Cali

 

Friday 27th November

09:00  Keynote: Power, intersectionality and authority

           Andrea Nightingale, Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences

 

09:55  Keynote: Power in planning

           Tim Richardson, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

 

10:50  Break

 

11:00  Paper session 4: Political ecologies in post-colonial Africa

 

The Political Ecology of Water and Power in southern Africa.

Bill Derman, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

 

Killing to make human? Civilising violence, scientific forestry, and the ‘Dorobo question’ in Kenya Colony.

Connor Joseph Cavanagh, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

 

Power, technology and renewable energy: Political Ecology meets socio-technical systems thinking.

Helene Ahlborg, Chalmers University of Technology

 

Power through structural reciprocal relations: Ghana’s state formation processes and ‘power’ in resource access.

Festus Boamah, University of Bergen

 

13:00  Lunch

 

13:45  Paper session 5: Natural resource governance and communities

 

High-value natural resources and transparency.

Päivi Lujala, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

 

Elite Capture and Corruption in Community-Managed Natural Resource Funds in the Mining Sector.

Kendra E. Dupuy, Chr. Michelsen Institute

 

Land-use conflicts between reindeer husbandry and mineral extraction in Finnmark, Norway: Contested rationalities and the politics of belonging.

Kathrine Ivsett Johnsen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

 

Changing constellations of power: The shifting role of the state in water governance.

Synne Movik, Norwegian Institute for Water Research

 

15:45  Ending remarks