Conference | On the Nature-of-Things: New Technologies and Environmental Governance

July 2nd, 2019 | 09:00 – 17:00 | Leeuwenborch C62 | Organised by Karen Bakker (University of British Columbia) and Bram Büscher (Wageningen University) The Digital Age has entailed the rapid expansion of disruptive technologies. Over the last decade, we have seen a rapid development of new, integrated and Internet based technologies, especially related to … Continue reading Conference | On the Nature-of-Things: New Technologies and Environmental Governance

Research Seminar | Conservation Conflicts: Perspectives & Implications

June 25th, 2018 | 3 - 5pm | Lumen 1 Steve Redpath | An ecologist in conflict | Abstract: My work has focused on conflicts that emerge over the management and conservation of species around the world. I will give a couple of examples and explore how these conflicts are described. I will consider stakeholder and researcher … Continue reading Research Seminar | Conservation Conflicts: Perspectives & Implications

CSPS PhD Event | Coral Whispers: Scientists on the brink | with Irus Braverman

June 20th | 13:30 - 15:30 | Leeuwenborch 63 | Lunch provided CSPS would like to invite PhD students to a late lunch and discussion with Irus Braverman. In conjunction with the annual lecture, the event will be a relaxed space for students to engage with Dr Braverman on her work on Coral Whispers. The … Continue reading CSPS PhD Event | Coral Whispers: Scientists on the brink | with Irus Braverman

Invitation | Wisdom and Wonder Movie Talks | with Prof. Dr. Maria Koelen/ Sacro GRA

June 18, 2019 | 20:30 | Herenstraat Theater Maria will introduce the documentary SACRO GRA, made by Gianfranco Rosi in 2013. This film is about people who live near the autostrada  A90, the big ring road around Rome. It is a voyeuristic view in everyday live and shows how people manage their life in different … Continue reading Invitation | Wisdom and Wonder Movie Talks | with Prof. Dr. Maria Koelen/ Sacro GRA

Blog | “But You Are Also Ghanaian, You Should Know”: the iceberg illusion and the story of a research article | by Dr. Emmanuel Akwasi Adu-Ampong

New Blog from GEO’s Dr. Emmanuel Akwasi Adu – Ampong

This paper has finally seen the light of day through sheer hard graft. It feels almost like a pyrrhic victory but that is the nature of the process sometimes. I am nonetheless happy to share the news of this published co-authored journal article . Thanks to my man Ellis for keeping us going through the valleys until this point. You can access it through this link… When I think of this particular research article, the metaphorical image that comes to my mind is that of an iceberg – you only see the tip on the surface while missing the bigger piece in the water. This has been characterised as ‘The Iceberg Illusion”. What people get to see as ‘success’ is that the paper is published but what they might not see is the sweaty details beneath. I thought it will be good to recount some of these sweaty details in order to open up this ‘black box’… 

Read the entire blog here and the corresponding article.

Emmanuel Akwasi Adu-Ampong

This paper has finally seen the light of day through sheer hard graft. It feels almost like a pyrrhic victory but that is the nature of the process sometimes. I am nonetheless happy to share the news of this published co-authored journal article . Thanks to my man Ellis for keeping us going through the valleys until this point. You can access it through this link…

“But You Are Also Ghanaian, You Should Know”: Negotiating the Insider–Outsider Research Positionality in the Fieldwork Encounter 

but you are also ghanaian

When I think of this particular research article, the metaphorical image that comes to my mind is that of an iceberg – you only see the tip on the surface while missing the bigger piece in the water. This has been characterised as ‘The Iceberg Illusion”. What people get to see as ‘success’ is that the paper is published but what they might not see is the sweaty…

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Lecture | ‘Climate Change and the Voiceless: Protecting Future Generations, Wildlife, and Natural Resources’ | By Randall S. Abate

Friday | June 21th | 16:00 - 17:30 | Leeuwenborch C81 Future generations, wildlife, and natural resources – collectively referred to as “the voiceless” in this presentation – are the most vulnerable and least equipped populations to protect themselves from the impacts of global climate change. Domestic and international law protections are beginning to recognize … Continue reading Lecture | ‘Climate Change and the Voiceless: Protecting Future Generations, Wildlife, and Natural Resources’ | By Randall S. Abate

CSPS ANNUAL LECTURE | Coral Whisperers: Scientists on the brink | by Irus Braverman

| Thursday, June 20 4:00 PM-6:00 PM | Leeuwenborch C63 | drinks in restaurant afterwards Coral Whisperers captures a critical moment in the history of coral reef science. Gleaning insights from over one hundred interviews with leading scientists and conservation managers, Irus Braverman documents a community caught in an existential crisis and alternating between despair and … Continue reading CSPS ANNUAL LECTURE | Coral Whisperers: Scientists on the brink | by Irus Braverman

Lecture | Forest becomes frontline: Conservation and Counter-Insurgency in a space of violent conflict in Assam, Northeast India | By Anwesha Dutta

| May 20th 12:00 - 13:00 | Leeuwenborch C62 AbstractUsing the case of the Ecological Task Force (ETF) of the Indian Army as an entry point, I expand on existing conceptual and theoretical views on green militarization and violent environments in the context of poaching and national parks. I situate this within the broader literature on … Continue reading Lecture | Forest becomes frontline: Conservation and Counter-Insurgency in a space of violent conflict in Assam, Northeast India | By Anwesha Dutta

Presentation | “The potential of green programs for the rehabilitation of young employees with burnout: a salutogenic approach”

Roald Pijpker (PhD Candidate at Health & Society/Rural Sociology) |Moestuin in Utrecht | April 30th, 9.30-13.00 Roald Pijpker (PhD Candidate at Health & Society/Rural Sociology) will present about his ongoing PhD project during a kick-off meeting at the Moestuin in Utrecht. Besides his presentation, workshops are provided by green care professionals. Click on this link for … Continue reading Presentation | “The potential of green programs for the rehabilitation of young employees with burnout: a salutogenic approach”

New article: “Inside Checkpoint 300: Checkpoint Regimes as Spatial Political Technologies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories”

Forthcoming in Antipode 51(3) this June, and available online now, Alexandra Rijke and Claudio Minca’s open access paper, “Inside Checkpoint 300: Checkpoint Regimes as Spatial Political Technologies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories”, takes us to the “land of the checkpoints”, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, employing a combination of participant observation, in-depth interviews, and “go-along” interviews … Continue reading New article: “Inside Checkpoint 300: Checkpoint Regimes as Spatial Political Technologies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories”

Research seminar: Forensic Architecture and Violent Landscapes

Wednesday 29 May | 15.00-17.00 | Leeuwenborch, C67 “Forensic Architecture and Violent Landscapes” is a seminar organized by the Politics of Place and Space cluster of the CSPS, focusing on new methods of studying and understanding how landscapes and infrastructures make/unmake territorialities and mediate citizen state relations. Guided by two senior speakers from leading institutes we will … Continue reading Research seminar: Forensic Architecture and Violent Landscapes

Lecture by Violeta Gutiérrez Zamora | Biopolitics in Community Forestry: Indigenous Peoples, Women’s Bodies and Forest

Date: Thursday 2 May, 12:30-13:30 | Location: Leeuwenborch C68 Violeta is a Mexican sociologist, living and working in Helsinki and Joensuu, Finland. She works as an early stage researcher at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and is currently writing her doctoral dissertation based on the project: Power, Conflict, and Collaboration in Community Forestry: The case … Continue reading Lecture by Violeta Gutiérrez Zamora | Biopolitics in Community Forestry: Indigenous Peoples, Women’s Bodies and Forest

Lecture by Earl Harper | Gentrify or Die: The False Choice Facing (some) North-Western European Cities

Date: Tuesday 7 May, 12:30-13:30 | Location: Leeuwenborch C83 Earl is currently in the final year of his doctoral study at the University of Bristol (UK). He obtained a BSc in Environmental Science before switching to social science for his MSc in Environmental Governance, both at the University of Manchester (UK). Earl has a forthcoming … Continue reading Lecture by Earl Harper | Gentrify or Die: The False Choice Facing (some) North-Western European Cities

Lecture by prof. Lawrence D. Berg | Producing anxiety in the neoliberal university

Wednesday 17 April, 15:30 - 17:00, Gaia 1, Gaia building, Droevendaalsesteeg 3, Building 101, 6708 PB Wageningen, This talk presents a theoretical analysis of the neoliberal production of anxiety in academic faculty members in universities in Northern Europe. The presentation focuses on neoliberalization as it is instantiated through audit and ranking systems designed to produce academia … Continue reading Lecture by prof. Lawrence D. Berg | Producing anxiety in the neoliberal university

Wageningen Geography Lecture: Dr. Jess Bier: “Digital Mapmaking on the Ground in Palestine and Israel since 1967: Spatializing the Situated Production of Scientific Knowledge”

Tuesday 11 December, 16:00-17:30 Gaia1 (Droevendaalsesteeg 3, Wageningen Campus) Dr. Jess Bier: "Digital Mapmaking on the Ground in Palestine and Israel since 1967: Spatializing the Situated Production of Scientific Knowledge" This talk examines how geographical and political landscapes shape the ways that maps are made. By analyzing the process of making 2 to 3 maps from … Continue reading Wageningen Geography Lecture: Dr. Jess Bier: “Digital Mapmaking on the Ground in Palestine and Israel since 1967: Spatializing the Situated Production of Scientific Knowledge”

CSPS Research Seminar: Tourist and resident perspectives on ‘SLUM TOURISM’: the case of the Vilakazi precinct (Soweto), by Prof. Gijsbert Hoogendoorn

Tuesday 4 December, 12:00 - 13:00 Leeuwenborch C62 Tourist and resident perspectives on ‘SLUM TOURISM’: the case of the Vilakazi precinct (Soweto) Prof. Gijsbert Hoogendoorn Slum tourism as a topic of investigation has seen significant growth since the beginning of this decade with increasing theoretical and empirical depth. With this growth, some inconsistencies in terms of … Continue reading CSPS Research Seminar: Tourist and resident perspectives on ‘SLUM TOURISM’: the case of the Vilakazi precinct (Soweto), by Prof. Gijsbert Hoogendoorn

CSPS Research Seminar: Towards a New Institutional Political Ecology (NIPE)

Tuesday 5 November, 12:30-13:30 Leeuwenborch C0083 Towards a New Institutional Political Ecology (NIPE) Tobias Haller Most commons studies include an institutional analysis that is often related to the work of Elinor Ostrom’s newer but also to so-called older institutional approaches. It is argued by Olivier de Sardan that the new and the old approaches differ considerably: … Continue reading CSPS Research Seminar: Towards a New Institutional Political Ecology (NIPE)

CSPS Winter School Natural resources and Conflict: Theorizing governance, resistance and violence – 4 ECTS

Mon 10 December 2018 until Wed 19 December 2018 The extraction, exploitation, distribution and trade of natural resources continue to be a source of conflict worldwide, notwithstanding claims of inclusive and equitable development. The PhD course “Natural Resources and Conflict: Theorizing Governance, Resistance and Violence” offers an in-depth exploration of theoretical approaches to understand the … Continue reading CSPS Winter School Natural resources and Conflict: Theorizing governance, resistance and violence – 4 ECTS

CSPS Research Seminar: Problems in paradise: Airbnb, the ‘sharing economy’ and social reproduction in New Zealand’s regional tourist towns

Tuesday 30 October, 12:30-13:30 Leeuwenborch C0083 Problems in paradise: Airbnb, the 'sharing economy' and social reproduction in New Zealand's regional tourist towns Stella Pennell Since its inception in 2008 Airbnb has become the largest accommodation provider in the world. In  New Zealand regional tourist towns are disproportionately represented, making them suitable sites for investigation of the Airbnb phenomenon. Drawing on interviews … Continue reading CSPS Research Seminar: Problems in paradise: Airbnb, the ‘sharing economy’ and social reproduction in New Zealand’s regional tourist towns

CSPS Symposium: Towards Convivial Conservation? Governing Human-Wildlife Relations in the ‘Anthropocene’ (CONVIVA)

Programme 08:45 - 09:00 COFFEE/TEA 09:00 - 09:15 OPENING/WELCOME: CONVIVA by Bram Büscher and Rob Fletcher, Sociology of Development and Change, Wageningen University & Research 09:15 - 10:30 SESSION I: Relating Humans and Wildlife Nature-based tourism and indigenous communities in the Brazilian Pantanal: between representations of biodiversity and biocultural diversity by Koen Arts, Forest and … Continue reading CSPS Symposium: Towards Convivial Conservation? Governing Human-Wildlife Relations in the ‘Anthropocene’ (CONVIVA)

Professor and Chair of Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles (f/m), 0.8-1 FTE

We are looking for We are looking for a full professor who will lead the new chair group of ‘Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles’ at Wageningen University & Research (0.8 - 1.0 fte), one of the leading universities on food, health and environment. The new group will be part of the Department of Social Science and … Continue reading Professor and Chair of Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles (f/m), 0.8-1 FTE

CSPS PhD Course: Critical Perspectives on Social Theory

Introduction This PhD course gives participants an opportunity to intensively engage with some of the major foundational movements in critical social theory, so that they can continue to explore contemporary expansions of those movements in their own research. It is organized as an intensive discussion seminar over the course of four weeks (with two 3-hour … Continue reading CSPS PhD Course: Critical Perspectives on Social Theory

Contested Biodiversities: Unpacking power and privilege in KwaZulu-Natal’s Biodiversity Stewardship Programme, South Africa, by Shirley Brooks

Monday 15 October, 12:00 - 13:00 Leeuwenborch, C62 Professor Shirley Brooks is Head of the Department of Geography, Environmental Studies & Tourism at the University of the Western Cape. Impression seminar Protected area expansion in South Africa has taken a new turn. The aim of the recently instituted Biodiversity Stewardship Programme (BSP) is to expand the … Continue reading Contested Biodiversities: Unpacking power and privilege in KwaZulu-Natal’s Biodiversity Stewardship Programme, South Africa, by Shirley Brooks

Critical food studies workshop and seminar series: Foodscapes of the sharing economy

Critical food studies workshop and seminar series Organized by the Foodscapes cluster of the Centre for Space, Place and Society (CSPS) Foodscapes of the sharing economy 25 September 2018 – 13.45-17.00 Room C 62 in de Leeuwenborch (Hollandseweg 1, Wageningen) During the recent decade, new modes of food provisioning have emerged under the guise of … Continue reading Critical food studies workshop and seminar series: Foodscapes of the sharing economy

Remaking the university, a clearinghouse for commentary

There is growing discussion in many places concerning how to reform our universities in the face of common pressures we increasingly face to restructure along neoliberal lines. This post provides a clearinghouse for commentary both on this situation and on efforts to respond to it. In this way, it contributes to the central aim of CSPS … Continue reading Remaking the university, a clearinghouse for commentary

Writing Retreat of CSPS and WCSG PhD candidates

On the 29st of May to 1st of June 2018, 30 PhD candidates from CSPS and the WCSG (Wageningen Centre of Sustainability Governance) participated in a “Writing Retreat” at the Monastery of Huissen. The retreat offered a great opportunity to make progress with individual writing as well as to share and discuss work and get … Continue reading Writing Retreat of CSPS and WCSG PhD candidates

CSPS Seminar: Unuunu – nguu – barasili (Story-Song-Dance) Cultural Conservation, Indigenous Epistemologies and Performance in North Malaita, Solomon Islands

Unuunu – nguu – barasili (Story-Song-Dance) Cultural Conservation, Indigenous Epistemologies and Performance in North Malaita, Solomon Islands Dr. Irene Karongo Hundleby, Otago University Friday, June 29, 2018, 13:00 - 14:30 Leeuwenborch C70, Wageningen University Over the past 100 years, Solomon Islanders have experienced colonialism, the arrival of missionaries, government administrators and foreign businesses, alongside Independence, … Continue reading CSPS Seminar: Unuunu – nguu – barasili (Story-Song-Dance) Cultural Conservation, Indigenous Epistemologies and Performance in North Malaita, Solomon Islands

CSPS seminar: “Explore the Carpathian Garden!” – Securing nature as greener in the periphery of Europe

“Explore the Carpathian Garden!” – Securing nature as greener in the periphery of Europe Tuesday 5 June, 11:30 - 12:30 Leeuwenborch C78 The seminar will investigate the emergence of green economy and securitization logics in the process of constructing the Carpathian Mountains as a wilderness frontier. The project of establishing ‘The European Yellowstone’ in Romania … Continue reading CSPS seminar: “Explore the Carpathian Garden!” – Securing nature as greener in the periphery of Europe

Annual lecture by Erik Swyngedouw

REMINDER:  We are happy to announce that we have confirmed Erik Swyngedouw to give our annual lecture on Thursday 7 June from 16:00 - 17:30 at Leeuwenborch C64. Erik Swyngedouw is Professor of Geography at Manchester University. His research interests include urban political-ecology, hydro-social conflict, urban governance, democracy and political power, and the politics of globalisation. … Continue reading Annual lecture by Erik Swyngedouw