[Iag-list] NZGS-IAG CfP Nature at Risk, Nature as Risk:

Lauren Rickards lauren.rickards at rmit.edu.au
Tue Mar 13 11:36:50 AEDT 2018

Hi everyone

Here's another paper session for you to consider - designed to foster
conversation between sustainability and disasters oriented researchers.

NZGS/IAG 2018 Conference, July 12-14, Auckland

Sponsored by the combined Environmental Sustainability and Hazards, Risk
and Disasters study group

Organisers: Lauren Rickards (RMIT) and Robyn Bartel (UNE)

*Nature at Risk, Nature as Risk?*

*Environmental sustainability and securitisation in the Anthropocene*

In the Anthropocene, the issue of protecting valued bodies, assets and
systems from threats is ever more prominent. In at least some quarters,
efforts are redoubling to protect “the environment” (whether conceived as,
for example, the global atmosphere, a local water body, or non-human
species) from human impacts as the scope of the problem (e.g. loss of
genetic diversity, ecological tipping points, microplastic pollution, and
climate change feedbacks) becomes more apparent. At the same time, efforts
to “secure” the environment to reduce the risk it poses to society – or at
least some segments or elements of - are also gearing up. Unsettling both
efforts is growing evidence of the world’s ever-more-intimate comingling
and calls to accept the Human and Nature categories as Western fictions,
both of which pose an existential challenge to the categories of Human and
Nature by questioning the idea they are or ever were meaningfully separate
or able to act or be acted upon.

What does this mean for geographers working on different parts of the
problem, namely environmental sustainability and ”more-than-natural”
disasters over short or long terms? How are different research fields
accommodating the growing need for a versatile, multi-angle, critical lens
on human-nature relations, particularly as calls for urgent practical
solutions grow louder? How do protection priorities vary across different
spatial, temporal and organizational scales? In what ways are embedded
academic, legal and political structures  - such as value-laden notions of
property or triage – shaping how protection is being distributed across
different priorities and to what effect? In this session we bring together
a diverse collection of geographers with a shared interest in the
conundrums of the contemporary human-nature relationship to discuss what
the issues looks like from different fields and what we might learn from
each other.

Please send your abstracts of 200 words or so reflecting on how you and
your field are negotiating the above challenges in your research to Lauren
(lauren.rickards@ rmit.edu.au) and Robyn (rbartel at une.edu.au) by 31 March.


Dr Lauren Rickards

Associate Professor, Sustainability & Urban Planning
Co-leader, Climate Change & Resilience Research Prog., Centre for Urban
Leader, RMIT Regional Futures Network,
Co-Convenor, Hazards, Risk and Disasters Study Group, Institute of
Australian Geographers
Steering Committee Member, AusMob Research Network,
Book Review Editor, Dialogues in Human Geography, http://dhg.sagepub.com/
ph. 0427 679 043

*Some recent publications*

Schlosberg, D., Rickards, L. and Byrne, J. (2018). Environmental justice
and attachment to place: Australian cases. The Routledge Handbook of
Environmental Justice. R. Holifield, J. Chakraborty and G. Walker. London,
Routledge*: *591-602.

Rickards, L. (2017). "Regional futures: Introduction to special
issue." Australasian Journal of Regional Studies *23*: 295-304.
Rickards, L., Neale, T., and Kearnes, M., Australia's national climate:
learning to adapt? Geographical Research
<http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1745-5871.12240/abstract> Online

Kearnes, M. and L. Rickards (2017). "Earthly graves for environmental
futures: Techno-burial practices." Futures 92: 48-58.
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