Power in political ecology

26th - 27th November 2015, Bergen


Funded and initiated 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



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. We invite papers on relevant research in contexts from all parts of the world.


Preliminary programme

Thursday 26th November

09:15     Registration

10:00     Jesse Ribot, University of Illinois: Power in natural resource access

11:30     Paper sessions

12:30     Lunch

13:30     Håvard Haarstad, University of Bergen: Power and scale

15:00     Paper sessions

19:00     Dinner


Friday 27th November

09:00     Andrea Nightingale, University of Gothenburg: Power, intersectionality and authority

10:30     Paper sessions

12:00     Lunch

13:00     Tim Richardson, University of Life Sciences, Ås: Power in planning

14:30     Paper sessions


Deadline for submitting abstract:  15th September

Deadline for submitting full paper: 30th October

Deadline for registration without paper: 5th November

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Dr. Simon Batterbury

Visiting Reseach Fellow, | Brussels Centre for Urban Studies | Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium. (community bike workshops in Europe, 10 March-15 June 2015


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