DOPE 2014
  • CFP: Water Governance and Water Security: Sources of Power in Water Politics
    Session Organizers: Laureen Elgert and Derren Rosbach, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    This panel will explore water governance as a key factor in water security, with a particular emphasis on sources of power in water politics.  Power can be found in many aspects of governance: stakeholders, expertise, scales, processes, and ideologies.  We are particularly interested in the relationship between these sources of power and equity and distribution outcomes within water quantity, quality and access – all critical dimensions of water security. ...
  • CFP: Reaching a wider audience: disseminating results in non-academic outlets
    Session Organizer:
    Chris Hartmann (Ohio State University)
    While publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals is important for advancing knowledge production within the discipline, results from political ecology work are often disseminated outside academic channels to the broader public. Examples include writing for broad audiences (e.g., newspapers, magazines), art performances (e.g., theatre, film), town hall gatherings, and many others. This session seeks to create a forum for discussing the advantages and challenges to alternative publications and research dissemination. During this session,...
  • CFP: Representing Disaster/Producing Power

    Session Organizer:

    Phillip Drake, University of Chicago, Program on the Global Environment


    Environmental disasters have become a normal feature of the contemporary world. As changing political, economic, cultural, and technological conditions alter the ways people experience and respond to disasters, stakeholders face a host of new challenges. One challenge is to understand the dynamics and stakes of representing a disaster. At every phase of disaster management (e.g., risk, response, recovery, reconstruction), a host of individuals and institutions (e.g., government...

  • CFP: Pluralizing the Approaches to Urban Political Ecology in a 'World of Cities'
    Session organizers: 
    Henrik Ernstson [1]* 
    Jonathan Silver [2]
    Mary Lawhon [3]
    [1] Department of History, Stanford University; and African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town; [2] Department of Geography, Durham University; [3] Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, University of Pretoria. *Session contact:  
    Abstract: Urban political ecology has provided critical insights into the sociomaterial construction of urban environments, their unequal distribution of resources, and contestation over power and resources. Most work is rooted in Marxist urban geographical...
  • Panel: Strategies for Teaching Social Justice in Environmental Classes

    Panel Organizers:

    Autumn Thoyre (Department of Geography, UNC-Chapel Hill)

    Pavithra Vasudevan (Department of Geography, UNC-Chapel Hill)   Political ecology has provided valuable insights into the social justice dimensions of environmental issues, but these dimensions are often difficult to translate into our teaching. By "social justice," we mean critical analyses that incorporate understandings of power, privilege, and oppression; these might include, but are not limited to, antiracist, Marxist, queer, and feminist approaches.  In the classroom, we see such approaches as aimed at transformative learning,...
  • CFP: The Anthropocene and Transdisciplinary Projects and Learning

    Session Organizers:

    Kathleen R. Smythe (Xavier University)


    Human civilization is at a crossroads. Among other developments, new terms (such as the Anthropocene) and the re-tooling of older ideas (such as transdsiciplinarity) mark the transition. Geologists have determined that we are in a new geological era, the Anthropocene. This means that humans’ impact will be seen in the geological record in increased greenhouse gas deposition into the seas and atmosphere, siltation of lakes and rivers, and pollen monocultures from our...
  • CFP: Rebel Landscapes

    Session Organizers:

    Emma Gaalaas Mullaney (Penn State)

    Lily Brislen (University of Kentucky)


    Resistance has long been a central concern of critical geographers of many stripes, and yet certain forms of overt, often urban-centric, opposition tend to dominate our understanding of who (or what) is rebellious, and how. Eclipsed in the process are less immediately recognizable forms of rebellion: those that fall outside the cosmopolitan gaze, that trouble given social categories of dissent, that are a product of collective performance...

  • CFP: Labor and the More-Than-Human
    Session Organizers:
    Daniel Boscov-Ellen  (The New School)
    Sophie Lewis  (Manchester University)
    Our session proposes a focus on the question of labor and nature: the participation of the latter category in the former, and vice versa. Rather than setting up the traditional anti-political dichotomy between humankind and the rest of the world (a dualism which still inheres in most “green” thought), we would like to consider certain aspects of their interpenetration and mutual constitution. Leaving behind the...
  • CFP: Productivism, agroecology, and the challenge of feeding the world: critical perspectives

    Session Organizers:

    Devon Sampson, University of California, Santa Cruz Environmental Studies

    Zoe VanGelder, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies


    The “green revolution” in agriculture was catalyzed by researchers, philanthropists, and governments that sought to end world hunger by increasing yields of commodity food crops around the world. This productivist logic-- that by modernizing agricultural techniques and making high-yield crops pervasive, food prices would drop into the reach of even the world’s poorest people-- dominates while a billion people...

  • CFP: Latent Destiny, Manifest Reversal
    Session organizers:
    Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, UC Berkeley, July Cole, independent scholar    “Other nations have tried to check ... the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the Continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.” —John O'Sullivan (1813-1895), U.S. Magazine & Democratic Review, July 1845   Manifest Destiny is the major phenomenon unleashed on the heels of Lewis and Clark, Wilkes, Gibbons, Stevens, and other U.S. expeditions (e.g. Herndon and Gibbon 1853, Jackson 1978, Stevens...
  • CFP: Intersections of Critical Development Studies and Political Ecology

    Session Organizers:

    Kate Bishop (Departments of Geography and Anthropology, Indiana University)

    Harry Fischer (Department of Geography, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)


    Some of the foundational works in political ecology emerged from critiques of international development policy and practice.  Scholars in the field have challenged development both by interrogating the assumptions that frame interventions and by studying the impacts of particular policies. In this session, we will consider the links between development and political ecology as they have evolved over time.  We wish to...

  • CFP: Killer T-Cells to Global Biomics: A Critical Political Ecology of Health

    Session Organizers:

    Sophia Strosberg, University of Kentucky

    Adam Mandelman, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    The landscape of health is changing rapidly alongside progress in clinical and theoretical medicine. The result is an upheaval in health policy, in public perceptions, and in epidemiology. The stories that emerge reach far beyond headline news, as epigenetics may change the way we look at corporeal difference, capitalism completes the real subsumption of animal and human bodies into medicine production, and responsibility for health shifts both toward...
  • CFP: The Political Ecology of Activism: Mobilizations, Fragmentations, and Stagnations
    Session Organizers:
    Heather Bedi, Bucknell University
    Emily Billo, Goucher College
    Parvathy Binoy, Syracuse University
    Drawing from a political ecology framework, this session will explore environmental activism in the context of neoliberalism. Social movements, communities, and other actors across a range of geographies can both contest, and be subject to the environmental, economic, and social costs of the projects and policies of neoliberalism. We aim to expand on how mobilization at once shapes, and is also shaped by specific...
  • CFP: The Political Economy and Ecology of Coal: Extraction in the world-economy from Appalachia to …

    Session Organizer:

    Paul Gellert (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)


    A number of studies of coal mining in Appalachia in recent years have focused on the local community and gender dynamics in areas affected by mountain top removal techniques (e.g., Bell and Braun 2010; Bell and York 2010; Scott 2010); others have investigated the socio-ecological contradictions (Austin and Clark 2012). Fewer have examined class, state (the US and local states), and private capital or viewed the political economy of coal through a...

  • CFP: Working Political Ecology: Affective Accounts of Socio-Environmental Encounters
    Session Organizers:
    Jessa Loomis and Sarah Watson (Geography, University of Kentucky)
    This session will foreground the affective and material in considerations of labor practices that are enmeshed in social and natural processes.  Drawing upon feminist epistemologies, new materialist theorizing and political ecology, we are interested in how bodies experience and interact with the environment through practices of laboring. Inspired by the work of feminist political ecologists who have pushed multiple, anti-essentialist approaches to understand gendered dynamics surrounding environmental politics,...
  • CFP: Whose Recovery? The Politics of Socioecological Redemption
    Session Organizers:
    Kendra McSweeney and Darla Munroe (Geography, Ohio State)

    Once-surprising stories of profound socioecological renewal are becoming increasingly commonplace. From Detroit’s regreening, to the thriving wildlife in the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, to Cuba’s emergent biodiversity, these stories capture our attention because they are profoundly redemptive, and offer welcome antidotes to pervasive tales of socioecological crisis.


    But as inspiring as these instances of socioecological rehabilitation and recovery may be, it often remains unclear just who and what benefits from these processes. We...

  • CFP: Posthuman Political Ecology
    Session Organizer: 
    Daniel Cockayne (University of Kentucky)

    “How would we feel if it is by way of the inhuman that we come to feel, to care, to respond?” - Karen Barad (2012:216) 


    In an era of increasingly integrated natural-social systems; advanced bio/technological innovation; and intense commodification of ecologicalprocesses, there is growing consensus that political ecology scholarship cannot unproblematically assert a distinctive or coherent category of “the human” as a useful unit of analysis or investigation.


    Jane Bennett's (2010) “vital materialism;” Rosi Braidotti's (2011, 2013)...

  • CFP: Breaking Ground in Political Geology: Materials and Economies of Extraction, Energy and Earth
    Session Organizer:
    Kai Bosworth, University of Minnesota
    With the announcement of the Anthropocene, stratigraphers and geologists have proposed that humanity has recently begun to leave its mark in the geologic record of the planet. While political ecologists and other critical scholars have been skeptical of such wide generalizations (especially within the context of global capitalism), our collective entrance into the Anthropocene nonetheless compels us to rethink the massive scale of geologic processes and materials and their impact on and augmentation...
  • CFP: Impact of Conservation in and around Protected Areas: Limitations and Lessons
    Session organizers:
    Kelly Watson, Department of Geography and Geology, Eastern Kentucky University
    Jackie A. Monge, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky
    Priyanka Ghosh, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky
    Session description:
    Protected areas comprise 11% of the world’s total land cover (West et al. 2006), and approximately 4% of these zones are conserved so strictly that access has become highly restricted. Concerns regarding the impacts of environmental management and conservation practices upon local communities living in the vicinity of...
  • CFP: Political Ecologies and Food Sovereignty
    Session organizer:
    Ian Werkheiser, Michigan State University (
    Session Theme: The Implications of Food Sovereignty
    Session description: 
    Food Sovereignty is a vibrant discourse in activist circles, and has been making inroads into academic conversations as well. However, while critiques of the dominant food security model are common, the underlying theory, practice, and implications food sovereignty for communities which are pursuing it have gone underexamined. This has left the discourse open to critique as being too broad and incoherent,...
  • CFP: Ctrl+/- EARTH: A critical analysis of multiscalar environmental governance
    Session Organizers:
    Nicolle Etchart, Department of Geography, The Ohio State University
    Samuel Kay, Department of Geography, The Ohio State University
    Few, if any, environmental processes fit neatly into borders of any kind. Environmental governance is increasingly scaling up, down, and out across space and time in ways that are reshaping the environmental commons. As a variety of environmental crises unfold, multiple actors including states, municipalities, corporations, and individuals are taking action (or willful inaction). These multiscalar responses are...
  • CFP: Political Ecologies of Bordered Spaces
    Session organizers:
    Lily House-Peters & Sarah Kelly-Richards, University of Arizona
    Session description: 
    Recent scholarship in political ecology and political geography draws attention to the complex relations between the production of nature and processes of bordering.  Nature is constantly enrolled in and remade through its engagement with ongoing practices involved in delimiting, maintaining, and securing borders, boundaries, and territories.  Ecological processes and biophysical entities present both opportunities and challenges to the territorial projects of sovereign states. Focusing on the US-Mexico...
  • CFP: Political Ecology - Speculative Texts (PEST)
    Patrick Bigger (University of Kentucky)
    Kai Bosworth (University of Minnesota)
    Eric Nost (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    Gather round and share with us your speculative fiction that addresses and transgresses dystopian/utopian visions of ecological presents, futures, and pasts through feminist, marxist, queer, indigenous, latin@, and afrocentric lenses (among infinite others).
    Political ecologists work hard to disrupt dominant narratives of environmental change and the conflicts those changes engender. Many of these narratives today, especially those around climate change, are expressed...
  • CFP: Political Ecologies of Hydraulic Fracturing - Campus Edition
    Session Organizer: 
    Shaunna Barnhart, PhD,  Visiting Assistant Professor,  Environmental Science/Studies,  Allegheny College (
    The prospect of increased natural gas supply realized through changing extraction processes has led to the opening of new spaces for extraction.  Hydraulic fracturing has become a contentious issue for rural communities as leasing companies and extraction industries seek to maximize access to mineral rights.  Recent exploration in the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions has heightened these debates.  While much of the recent surge in...
  • CFP: Political Ecologies of the Environment as Algorithm

    Session  Organizer:

    Eric Nost, University of Wisconsin-Madison


    This session will explore the relationship between software and environmental change and conflict within two overlapping thematic areas: 1) the roles played by computer code in generating ecological knowledge; 2) the use of social media in conservation and environmental activism. From Silicon Valley startups writing programs that turn satellite imagery of Amazon deforestation into data for activists and hedge fund managers alike, to scripts that coordinate “smart” meters of everything from home...

  • CFP: Environment and Design

    Session Organizers:

    Jairus Rossi, University of Louisville

    Eric Nost, University of Wisconsin-Madison


    Restoration ecology, synthetic biology, assisted migration, and geoengineering are part of an emerging toolkit for radically re-making nature. This session explores the uses and abuses of these and other approaches in conservation planning, design, and management. We will explore how different actors including state regulators, financiers, conservationists, and scientists conceptualize environmental change in order to propose and deploy adaptive interventions into ecosystems.


    The spectrum of environmental...

  • CFP: Geographies of Infrastructure
    Session Organizer:
    Kerri Jean Ormerod – School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona (
    Discussant: Majed Akhter – Department of Geography, Indiana University (
    Calls to maintain, rebuild, and construct transportation, energy, and water infrastructure have featured prominently in the scholarly, policy, and governmental response to the 2008 recession. For example, President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Speech spoke of “an aging infrastructure badly in need of repair”. National governments, the World Bank, and the G20...
  • CFP: Political Ecology Dimensions in Maritime Governance
    Session Organizer:
    Dr Maria Hadjimichael, Postdoctoral researcher, Innovative Fisheries Management (IFM), Aalborg University, Denmark (
    The expansion of privatization of space for corporate interests has moved from primarily in-land and the coastal space to marine space.  The Global financial crisis is continuously being used to entrench a neoliberal agenda allowing for further deregulation of the economy and privatization of public assets.  Part V of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) sets the specific legal...
  • DOPE 2014: Call for Papers and Sessions
    This year, the UK Political Ecology Working Group invites YOU to organize sessions for the upcoming Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) Conference!  We hope that having participants organize sessions will make the conference more reflective of the wide range of cutting edge research currently taking place in political ecology.
    As a reminder, online registration will open October 1st and cost $20 for students and $40 for faculty (there is no fee for undergraduate participants). The registration deadline is December...
  • CFP: Finance and Forests: Political Ecologies of Ecosystem Service Provision

    Session Organizers:

     Niki von Hedemann and Tracey Osborne (School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona)
    The monetization and marketization of ecosystem service provision is a growing trend within conservation management and climate change mitigation. Increasingly, national governments and those concerned with low-cost solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss also see these programs as opportunities for sustainable rural development. These programs often target impoverished landowners, marketing development co-benefits as a win-win solution for the environment and rural communities....
  • CFP: Political Ecology and Environmental Sociology: Towards Productive Engagement or Sustaining the Contract of Mutual Indifference?
    Session Organizers: 
    Alan Rudy (Central Michigan University), Damian White (Rhode Island School of Design), Christopher Oliver (University of Kentucky), and Brian Gareau (Boston College)
    The political ecologist Piers Blackie has observed in a stock-taking of political ecology that “a review of Environmental Sociology, a textbook by Hannigan, finds no mention of Political Ecology and yet most of its contents might well be claimed as Political Ecology” (Blackie, 2008: 772). One could similarly work through many political ecology textbooks and...
  • Registration deadline extended until December 6th!
    The deadline for registering for DOPE 2014 has been extended from Monday, December 2, 2013 until Friday, December 6, 2013. Anyone planning to present at DOPE 2014 must complete the registration process by this date. 
    For people planning to attend but not present at DOPE 2014, registration will close on Friday, February 14, 2014. 
  • DOPE 2014 Paper Competition Winners
    Congratulations to the DOPE 2014 Paper Competition Winners:
    Undergraduate Symposium Paper Competition
    Sara Black (University of Georgia) for her paper "And Justice for All: solidarity, scale, and integrational organizing in the climate and immigrant justice movements in Georgia"
    Graduate Paper Competition
    Samuel Kay (The Ohio State University) for his paper "Uneven Adaptation and Atmospheric Governance in Beijing "
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