[Iag-list] CfP - Nature, Risk and Resilience study group-supported sessions, IAG Conf 2019

Lauren Rickards lauren.rickards at rmit.edu.au
Sun Feb 3 14:46:01 AEDT 2019

Dear all

The Nature, Risk and Resilience study groupis supporting an exciting array of highly topical, intra-disciplinary sessions at the upcoming 2019 IAG in Hobart which promise to help explore the conference theme of Geographies of emergence, divergence and convergence

Please read about them below and consider submitting an abstract (or two!). Abstracts are due Feb 28th.

Please also get in touch to join our study group, we would love to have you involved.


On behalf of the IAG Nature, Risk and Resilience study group


All at Sea? Established and emerging concepts and practices in marine governance

Convenors: Jim Sinner, Cawthron Institute; Marc Tadaki, Cawthron Institute

Concepts of governance do more than just describe the world; they order the world by embedding specific human-nonhuman relations into positions of priority and normality. This session will interrogate both established and emerging concepts – _and their associated practices – _in marine governance.

We invite contributions on topics including, but not limited to:

·       Indigenous marine geographies

·       Co-governance approaches

·       Marine policy and institutions

·       Blue economy

·       Marine planning

·       Participation and decision making

·       Ecosystem-based management

·       Social licence to operate

·       Human-human and human-nonhuman interactions

·       Environmental valuation

·       Marine commons

·       Noise and plastic pollution, offshore mining, deep sea fishing

Climate change impacts in natural and human systems

Co-convenors: Christopher Watson, Rebecca Harris
Climate change is altering regional and local climates in complex ways, with consequent impacts on natural (e.g., forests, rivers or ice sheets) and human systems (e.g., agriculture or hydroelectricity generation). This session will explore observed and/or projected impacts of climate change and possible adaptation measures to mitigate them.

Climate justice & representation of future generations in climate planning

Convenor: Peter Lawrence, UTAS

Exploring ideas and models for representing future generations in climate change planning in Tasmania and beyond.

Coasts and Wetlands

Convenor: Vishnu Prahalad, University of Tasmania

Coasts and wetlands are dynamic environments that are in the frontline of changes caused by anthropogenic land use expansion and the effects of climate change and sea level rise. Geographers have a critical role to play in these environs to balance and sustain human uses through increasing our understanding of scale- and place-dependent social and ecological processes. There is now an  increasing need for both ‘human’ and ‘physical’ geographers to work together closely to provide a more systemic understanding necessary for designing effective policy and other interventions that would promote sustainable use of our treasured coasts and wetlands.

Convergences and divergences in the role of race and class in environmental justice research

Convenor: Mark-Stanton Bailey, Griffith University
Environmental justice as a social movement, and a field of study, has its roots in the United States Civil Rights Movement. Resistance to environmental racism, particularly the disproportionate distribution of harmful industries and locally unwanted land uses in marginalised and disadvantaged communities, has been at the heart of the social movement and EJ research more broadly. But the internationalisation of environmental justice research has arguably shifted this focus. This session calls for contributions that explore the evolving consideration of race in environmental justice research as well as other axes of difference (e.g. class, gender, ability, age etc.) and welcomes efforts to enhance and extend this field of research.

Environmental management in dynamic social-ecological systems

Convenor: Vanessa Adams, University of Tasmania
Conservation and environmental management depends upon an understanding of the biogeography of species; how actions can counteract threats to species loss and maintain natural assemblages of species; and the social values placed on these systems and how this influences communities and individuals to support these actions (or not). Thus, conservation and environmental management sit at the cross section of physical and human geography. This session will include talks on fundamental physical geography that helps us understand the distribution of species, and those places that are most in need of action, as well as human geography that helps us to understand how different people relate to nature and what types of action are most resonant with communities, and lastly studies that intersect these two types of approaches to design policies that account for the social-ecological systems that they sit within.

Geographies of participation: practices, publics, power, and politics

Convenors: Matthew Kearnes, Tim Neale, Noel Castree

Publics are made. They emerge when researchers, practitioners, and innumerable factors come together with purpose. Like the societies from which they emerge, publics are not necessarily ‘good’ or ‘progressive;’ and even when purportedly altruistic there are always power hierarchies that exclude and advantage some publics over other publics (Chilvers & Kearnes, 2016). There are winner and there are losers, and the aspiration of ‘win-win’, while noble, is rarely realized. What then of the long sought-after promise of participation?

In general, the turn towards participation has prompted significant and effective critique of existing knowledge-power and associated practices. The discourse has also criticised itself, attacking technocratic versions of participation that focus on methods and techniques designed to realise expert- or elite-determined objectives (Chilvers & Kearnes, in review). Critics of participation have also demonstrated how economic calculations impose boundaries that protect existing practices (Lane, Landström, & Whatmore, 2011), while others have shown that an emphasis on technologies and ‘apps’ more often entrench existing power than challenge it (Swyngedouw 2005). Despite its many faults and compelling critiques, participation remains a promising and tantalisingly-close alternative to prevailing practices. Furthermore, the emergence and entrenchment of populism and post-truth politics mean that opportunities for collaboration are especially important.

The proposed session(s) and panel on the geographies of participation call for researchers (and others) who remain optimistic. We propose an opportunity for those working in the context of participation to, themselves, converge with the aim of presenting and debating a renewed promise of participation. Contributions are sought from across the geographical discipline from those using and analysing participation, including theoretical, methodological, and case-based contributions. We are seeking presentations that explore the practices and pathways that can be built upon, especially those that combine reconceptualisations that advance the promise of participation or that challenge prevailing practices (Cook & Overpeck, accepted). We envision those drawing upon citizen science, citizen juries, theories of ‘opening/closing’ and/or ‘upstream/downstream’ conceptualisations, but are open to all who associate with participation.

In addition to standard paper presentations, we will attempt to produce a commentary for The Conversation that explores the lingering promise of participation in the context of emerging populism, nationalism, the (purported) polarisation of society, increased inequality, and democracy. If there is interest, we will also develop a proposal for a special issue.

Landscape narratives: stories of convergent connections

Convenors: Dr Eloise Biggs (University of Western Australia), Dr Jennifer Bond (Charles Sturt University) and Dr Aysha Fleming (CSIRO).

People have strong dependent connections to landscapes for sustaining their everyday livelihoods and wellbeing. Stories of landscape values, interactions and belonging are important for enhancing our collective understanding of human-environment relations. In this session we request your insights which identify where research is having demonstrable impact on society under emerging landscape management challenges. Such challenges exist across a plethora of geographical discourse, from the tangible health implications of food insecurity and urban air pollution, to the emotive reactions of lost species diversity and personal responsibility felt to address urgent global crises like plastic proliferation and climate change. We encourage abstract submissions which provide a strong narrative for communicating participatory landscape research stories whereby the research impact on landscape actors and their environment is narrated. Here we define a landscape at any geographical scale whereby such interactions occur e.g. cityscape, river catchment, island etc. This session will follow a Talanoa dialogue* format and creativity in presentation style is encouraged for telling a compelling story. Through the research impact stories presented, storytellers and session attendees will be able to thread together convergent connections across different landscape narratives to learn from collective experiences.

* The purpose of Talanoa, as defined by the UNFCCC, is to ‘share stories, build empathy and to make wise decisions for the collective good. The purpose of Talanoa involves the sharing of ideas, skills and experiences through storytelling.

New geographies of environmental sustainability, risk and resilience

Convenor: Lauren Rickards, RMIT

New geographies of risk, resilience and sustainability are emerging as socio-political actors of various sorts try to keep up with rapidly changing physical contexts and shifting societal expectations about them. In some cases, new relations and societal responses are being triggered by growing certainties; in others by unsettling new phenomena, questions and concerns.
This session welcomes empirical and conceptual papers that explore how approaches to and ideas about sustainability, risk and resilience are changing, especially how they are diverging and/or converging. It welcomes papers from various perspectives (e.g. legal, social, cultural, political, physical), especially those that generate dialogue across subdisciplines.

Place-based Climate Change Education

Convenor: Roger Baars, Kyoto University, Japan
Increasing global environmental, social and economic risks due to climate change have resulted in climate change education (CCE) to be integrated into most geography syllabi today. Research on place-based education claims people who feel connected to their local environment show higher intentions to engage in pro-environmental actions and are more willing to change their behaviors. Therefore, we need to explore how to teach climate change in a way that translates the abstract and distant problem into localized everyday experiences. Purpose of the session is to share current CCE practices and to explore their impact on students’ attitudes, perceptions and behaviours.

Dr Lauren Rickards

Associate Professor, Sustainability & Urban Planning

Co-leader, Climate Change & Resilience Research Prog., Centre for Urban Research http://cur.org.au/people/<http://cur.org.au/research-programs/climate-change-and-resilience/>
Co-leader, RMIT Regional Futures Network, https://regionalfuturesnetwork.wordpress.com/
Co-convenor, Nature, Risk and Resilience Study Group, Institute of Australian Geographers
Lead Author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group II, Chapter 11, Australasia
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. In Holifield, R., Chakraborty, J. & Walker, G. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice. Routledge, London, 591-602.<https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-Environmental-Justice/Holifield-Chakraborty-Walker/p/book/9781138932821>
Rickards, L. and Oppermann, E. (2018) Battling the tropics to settle a nation: negotiating multiple energies, frontiers and feedback loops in Australia. Energy Research and Social Science 41: 97-108. <https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214629618304158>
Oppermann, E., Strengers, Y., Maller, C., Rickards, L. and Brearley, M. (2018) Beyond threshold approaches to extreme heat: repositioning adaptation as everyday practice. Weather, Climate, and Society 10: 885-898.<https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/WCAS-D-17-0084.1>

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