Enhancing Political Ecology Research: A political natures workshop (Tuesday 11 July 1-6pm, University of Queensland)
The Rural Geography study group, in conjunction with the Hazards, Risk and Disasters study group, has secured funding from the IAG to bring Dr Gregory Simon (University of Colorado) to Australia for a series of events, starting with a pre-conference workshop at the IAG on Enhancing Political Ecology Research: A political natures workshop.


This workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore how society’s knowledge, modification and management of nature are oftentimes imbued with politics, controversy, inequity and deception, and also important opportunities for conciliation, alterity and the pursuit of just and progressive ideals. In this workshop, participants will (a) discover a novel framework of conceptual and analytic lenses to examine Political Natures and (b) apply this framework to their own areas of scholarship.


Dr Gregory Simon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. His research and teaching pursuits examine forms of individual and community vulnerability and resilience in the context of profound economic and environmental change. His current NSF funded projects are located in ex-urban and rural areas of the American West and India. Among other professional appointments, Dr Simon is the environment and society Section Editor for the journal Geography Compass. He served as the Chair of the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers and has also been a Core Advisor to the United Nations Foundation. He has published over 25 peer reviewed articles and chapters, and has published two books, including his most recent book titled Flame and Fortune in the American West (2016) published with the University of California Press.


Further details about the workshop are provided in the attached flyer.


If you're interested in attending the workshop, please email me (sonia.graham@unsw.edu.au) directly with a paragraph about your research interests. Places are limited!