Harriet Bulkeley, Accomplishing Climate Governance – now out with Cambridge UP

Looking forward to reading this.

Progressive Geographies

Harriet Bulkeley, Accomplishing Climate Governance – now out with Cambridge University Press.


This book provides a new approach to thinking about the politics and geographies of climate governance. It argues that in order to understand the nature and potential of the range of new responses to climate change emerging at multiple scales we need to examine how governance is accomplished – how it is undertaken, practiced and contested. Through a range of case studies drawn from communities, corporations and local government, the book examines how climate change comes to be governed and made to matter as an issue with which diverse publics should be concerned. It concludes that rather than seeking the solution to climate change once and for all, we need to engage with the ways in which we can channel our intentions to ameliorate the climate problem to more progressive ends. The book will be of interest to…

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Emmelien Venselaar reflects on attending the Committee on World Food Security

Last month I taught a course on global food security governance. As part of the course students were able to travel to Rome to observe the Committee on World Food Security and then Milan to check out the Milan Expo. In this blog post one of the students shares her experiences with us.

Rural Sociology Wageningen University

As part of a voluntary course offered by Rural Sociology, 16 students visited Italy to look at two different examples of global food security in action. Emmelien Venselaar, who studies International Development, has written a short blog wherein she reflects on her experiences. Happy reading.

Students get ready to observe politics in action at the UN's Committee on World Food Security (photo by X. Jiang) Students get ready to observe politics in action at the UN’s Committee on World Food Security (photo by X. Jiang)

As part of the Capita Selecta “Global Food Security Governance” from chair group RSO, 16 students got the chance to visit the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome. This Committee is an intergovernmental body addressing global food security governance. It aims to be inclusive and thus takes the interests of states, civil society, NGO’s and the private sector into account. In practice this means that a discussion can be conducted by Coca Cola, Finland, peasants and a representative of the FAO. This conference is…

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Building a Common Food and Nutrition Policy: asking the new structures question


Terry Marsden revisits the opinion paper he wrote earlier this month on a common food policy and reflects on the ‘new structures question’. If you would like to comment on this please join us in our discussion on #commonfoodpolicy on Twitter or Facebook.

Since my first intervention calling for a radical reorganisation of the CAP, both in terms of individual responses and further reading, I am increasingly struck by the significant weight of evidence calling for more policy integration around food. This includes various EU Foresight reports. In debating these proposed changes and policy needs it is perhaps important not to rush into concerns about changes in actual policy instruments and structures, but first to more fundamentally consider and debate some of the principles which lie behind a ‘new deal for food’ in Europe. One key area is to re-position rural development concerns right at the heart of the debate…

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Political Ecologies of Conflict, Capitalism and Contestation

International Conference: Political Ecologies of Conflict, Capitalism and Contestation (PE-3C)

When: 7-9 July 2016
Where: Hotel Wageningse Berg, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Organised by: Wageningen University and School of Oriental and African Studies SOAS), University of London

We seem to have entered a new phase in the relation between violence and environment. This includes not just unprecedented surges of wildlife crime and associated military style retaliation, but also the conflicts and contestations that arise from structural unequal access to resources (ironically often exacerbated by environmental policies), and the epistemic and intellectual domination of specific ways of understanding, representing and enacting natures, animals and environments. These forms of conflict and violence are (again) becoming an ever more central aspect of the political ecologies of late capitalism and warrant renewed attention, conceptualization and critique.

This international conference aims to bring together scholars, activists, non-governmental and governmental change-makers and interested individuals to discuss and increase our understanding of the causes, consequences, natures and politics of these dynamics and so inspire and understand contested 21st century political ecologies.

A second objective of the conference is to contribute to a broader understanding of the meaning and nature of political ecology in the 21st century. Political ecology, as the study of how different interests, forms of power and politics influence and frame access to, use and understand the environment, has become a mature field of academic and activist inquiry. One of the untapped strengths of this field is that those who call themselves political ecologists work within a wide variety of different disciplines, traditions and academic cultures. The aim of this conference is to bring these different disciplines, traditions and cultures together and so connect important discussions on the political ecologies of conflict, capitalism and contestation.

Paper and Panel themes: proposals for papers and panels are invited that address a combination of the following themes and issues:

  • Resources and land use practices including but not limited to: biodiversity and conservation, agriculture, agroecology, forests, water management, marine resources, etc;
  • Drivers of violence and conflict such as inequality, resource access, capitalism, markets, governmental policies, ecotourism, militarization, climate change, science and technology, war and crisis, conservation and development programs;
  • Forms and conceptions of violence including but not limited to structural and material forms of violence, symbolic and epistemic violence as well as practices of contestation, resistance and the development of alternatives;
  • Conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to political ecology and beyond: (post-)structuralist, (post-)Marxist, governance studies, ANT, discourse analysis, governmentality, biopolitics, cultural studies, posthumanist, ethnographic, etc.

We invite paper and full panel proposals (with a maximum of 4 paper presentations for 1 panel) for this conference; please send these to politicalecology2016@gmail.com<mailto:politicalecology2016@gmail.com> before 15 December 2015.

Abstracts of the papers as well as abstracts describing a full panel should not exceed 300 words.

Mapping the State of Play on the Global Food Landscape

The Special issue of Canadian Food Studies on Mapping the State of Play on the Global Food Landscape is now online and freely available here:  http://canadianfoodstudies.uwaterloo.ca/index.php/cfs/index

I have published a piece about the need for reflexive governance arrangements for sustainable food security. You can find that here:   http://canadianfoodstudies.uwaterloo.ca/index.php/cfs/article/view/104/135

Please share the link to the issue with your colleagues and networks. The articles are freely available online.

Here is what Raj Patel and Frances Moore Lappé had to say about the special issue

That it is possible to have a journal entitled Canadian Food Studies, and that this journal should produce a special issue populated by so many different, and thoughtful, critiques of the global food system is testament to the work of many of the scholars whose names appear in the table of contents. It is particularly pleasing that today’s food studies A-list has produced a collection that is so directly useful to, and nurturing of, a future generation of scholars. Today’s frontiers of enquiry—from finance to the contours of a twenty-first century right to food—are excitingly different from those a generation ago, and every paper in the collection crackles with good ideas.

Yet much work remains, particularly for students of food in the world’s largest and second largest settler colonies, Canada and the United States. We need more explicitly to be thinking about the relationships of food, race, first nations and colonialism. Many of the dynamics explored at a global level—intellectual property, land, trade, finance, and above all sovereignty—have their antecedents in historical and contemporary food politics within Canada and the United States.

But it is not unreasonable to hope that the passion, concern for the development of younger scholars, and depth of analysis that characterizes the contributions to this outward-looking special issue might in the future be turned inward, to Canada’s ongoing colonial moment.

The promise of tomorrow’s analysis can be seen in the acuity of today’s and, for that, readers like me can look forward to being doubly grateful for this collection.

-Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing

In my 45 years of striving to understand and address the roots of hunger, I found the “Mapping the Global Food Landscape” workshop to be uniquely helpful in several ways. It gathered specialists across a wide range of disciplines, yet never lost focus. It was truly interactive, while allowing presenters opportunity to share the complexity of their work.

The vision and reality of the gathering enabled participants to understand hunger’s causes and solutions from a systems point of view. Participants brought together insights into the impact of finance, trade and genetic technology and wove these into fresh analysis of the movement toward food as a human right and “food sovereignty” as an expression of an earth-based ethic of self-determination arising in diverse cultures.

The volume of work gathered here holds, therefore, especially powerful potential for enabling scholars and advocates alike to evolve a needed systems understanding of the hunger crisis and its solutions.

-Frances Moore Lappé, Small Planet Institute, author of EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want and Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for A Small Diet

Essay competition to express innovative solutions and ideas on extensive livestock!

Take this unique opportunity to contribute to the international expo and conference ‘Herding for the Markets’ and write an essay about your ideas on extensive livestock.

Winners will have the opportunity to present their ideas during the conference to an expert audience!

AgriProFocus and its partners Kenya Commercial Bank Foundation (KCBF), Kenya Livestock Marketing Council (KLMC),Kenya Markets Trust (KMT) and SNV Kenya (Netherlands Development Organization) will host the first regional extensive livestock expo from 4 th to 6th November 2015 in Nairobi.

The expo will bring together local, regional and international livestock breeders, extensive livestock keepers, processors,marketers, industry regulators, policy makers, researchers, academia and many other value chain players. The conference programme is geared around the following 5 topics:

  1. Extensive livestock production systems – pasture, breeding, livestock health.
  2. Market access – infrastructure, producer organization,value addition.
  3. Adaptation and mitigation of extensive livestock risks, climate risks, community conflict risks, natural resources management, price fluctuation risks.
  4. Access to finance.
  5. Partnerships and engagements with all stakeholders.

The essay competition is part of the conference programme. The aim is to give young professionals the opportunity to share your innovative ideas and solutions on one of the five topics and share these unique, innovative and “game changing” practises and stories on Herding for the Markets.

Submission of your essay:

Essays can be entered by any individual up to 35 years old based in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Faculty members and post-graduate students affiliated to universities in the region are particularly encouraged to apply.

Expert juries will select the best 2 essays per country. The authors of the winning essays will be invited to the conference for poster presentations. All costs will be covered.

Have a look at thr website to check the criteria for participation and how to submit your essay: http://agriprofocus.com/essay-competition-2015-herding

Essays should be submitted via mail to: essay@extlivestockexpo.com

Deadline for submission is 15th of September 2015

For more information on the Extensive livestock Expo, visit http://extlivestockexpo.com/

Mekon Delta Case Study: Agricultural transformation in developing countries under contexts of urbanization and climate change

Here is what I am getting up to this month!

Rural Sociology Wageningen University

Welcome to Can Tho University Welcome to Can Tho University

For the month of August the Mekong Delta Development Research Institute (MDI) is hosting a summer school case study on Agricultural transformation in developing countries under contexts of urbanization and climate change- the case of the Vietnamese Mekong Delta, for the International Master of Science in Rural Development (IMRD) programme from Ghent University.  Wageningen’s Rural Sociology Group is involved in the IMRD programme and as a result, I was able to come and participate in a supportive capacity for the first two weeks.

Case Study Participants at Can Tho University Case Study Participants at Can Tho University

About the Mekong Delta Development Research Institute (MDI)

MDI is an interdisciplinary organization of Can Tho University (Can Tho, Vietnam). It was established in 2005 from the Mekong Delta Farming Systems Research and Development Institute. MDI has the mission to “improve life quality of rural people and ensure socio-economic and environmental sustainability of the…

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Applications for Junior Researcher Task Force

This looks like a great opportunity. If I was not teaching that week, I would certainly apply.

Application deadline: 15 July 2015

The 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security will feature a Junior Researcher Task Force, a team of 22 young people responsible for capturing and distributing via social media the big and recurring conversation topics that evolve under each thematic area. Selected members will attend all thematically-related sessions, use Twitter during the conference, and write blog posts immediately following to synthesize the most exciting research and new ideas. These individuals will also be required to attend a one-day “science communications” training the weekend of 10-11 October 2015.

The organizing committee is now accepting applications to be part of this task force. Graduate students, post-docs, and other junior research staff with an established professional social media presence (preferred) or an interest in cultivating one are encouraged to apply. Selected junior task force members will receive FREE registration (courtesy of the support of CICCA) to the conference, however all other costs must be covered by the individual.

Please submit the completed application form along with your CV toc.alman@elsevier.com no later than Wednesday 15 July 2015.

Information from here