Hi Folks,

Call for Papers: Joint NZGS/IAG Conference 2018, July 11-14, University of Auckland

Session title: Nature conservation and market-based instruments: from neoliberal monolith to everyday enactment

Convenor: Benjamin Cooke (RMIT University)

Sponsoring study group: Environmental Sustainability-Hazards Risk and Disasters

The use of market-based instruments (MBIs) to incentivise nature conservation has become an entrenched governance approach. While there is a strong geography/political ecology literature critiquing neoliberal environmental governance at a conceptual level, this session is interested in unpacking the ways that MBIs in particular are only ever partial in their capturing of human-environment relations. Indeed, individuals, communities and even more-than-humans are co-opting and re-imagining the logics underpinning MBIs for collective and reciprocal ends, in ways that challenge assumptions about neoliberal hegemony. The tensions, opportunities and uncertainties that exist around the entanglements of MBI theory and practice for nature conservation may reveal new ways forward for both exploiting and resisting neoliberal conservation. Papers in this session are welcome to explore a range of related themes, but may wish to consider:

  • Why MBIs are failing to entrain all human-environment relations to capital
  • How communities are exploiting the gaps in market logic inherent in creative ways
  • How more-than-humans are being enrolled in MBIs and how the agency or affordances of species/ecological assemblages might help to challenge market logics
  • The role of institutions, policies, histories, land use/landscapes in shaping the translation of MBIs into practice
Any queries or to submit an abstract of ~250 words email ben.cooke@rmit.edu.au by March 31st.


Dr Benjamin Cooke

Sustainability and Urban Planning
Centre for Urban Research
School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
RMIT University

Ph: +61 3 9925 9943
Twitter: @cooke_ben12
Office: 8.7.34

I acknowledge the people of the Kulin Nations as the traditional owners of the lands on which I live and work, respectfully recognising Elders past, present and future.

Some recent stuff:
Cooke, B. and Corbo-Perkins, G. (2018). Co-opting and resisting market-based instruments for private land conservation. Land Use Policy, 70: 172-181.

Selinske, M. J., B. Cooke, N. Torabi, M. J. Hardy, A. T. Knight, and S. A. Bekessy. (2017). Locating financial incentives among diverse motivations for long-term private land conservation. Ecology and Society 22(2):7.

Cooke, B. (2017). The co-presence of past and future in the practice of environmental management: implications for rural-amenity landscapes. In, Nature, temporality and environmental management: Scandinavian and Australian perspectives on peoples and landscapes, Lesley Head, Katarina Saltzman, Gunhild Setten, Marie Stenseke (eds). New York: Routledge. 77-93.