Conference Schedule

International Conference at Lancaster University

Political Ecology and Development: Resources, Power and Justice
9th and 10th September 2014
LEC3: Training Rooms 1 and 2

Tuesday September 9th

3.30pm Welcome and Introduction from Professor Gordon Walker

3.45 – 5.45pm  PhD Panel Sessions

PhD Panel 1: Guy Crawford (Lancaster University) ‘It’s about that balance sheet’: Intransigence, Offsetting and Ecological Imaginaries; Dr. Shane McGuinness (Trinity College Dublin) The political ecology of crop raiding: effects of distal factors on human-wildlife conflict in northern Rwanda; Enieke-akpo Anesah (Lancaster University)Accessing and controlling oil benefits: The political ecology of the Niger Delta; James McQuilken (University of Surrey) Ethical Mineral Schemes and Poverty Alleviation: Critical Reflections on the Development Diamond Standards

PhD Panel 2: Anne Toomey (Lancaster University) The making of Madidi and the nationalizing of the “most biodiverse” protected area on the planet Steffen Mirza Fischer (QMU)Environment, accumulation and labour regimes in Liberian rubber production Jessica Hope (University of Manchester) Negotiating the Isiboro Secure Indigenous Territory and National Park (TIPNIS), Bolivia: mobilisations of indigeneity for territory, conservation and power


5.45 – 6pm  Coffee/Tea Break


Environmental governance: from global markets to global security
Professor of Political Ecology of Development Rosaleen Duffy – School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
For a full profile see

7.30pm Dinner at Cafe21 (Above the Infolab, No. 62 on the campus map)

Wednesday September 10th          

Panel 1: Conservation Commodities
9.15 – 10.45am
Chair: Giovanni Bettini (Lancaster University)

Dr Bram Buscher (International Institute of Social StudiesThe Hague) “Rhino poaching is out of control!” Violence, heroes and the politics of hysteria in online conservation
Dr Ben Neimark (Lancaster University) & Dr Bradley Wilson (West Virginia University) The fate of the collectors: Biodiversity inventories, scientific labour, and conservation commodities
Dr.Jose Antonio Cortes Vasquez (University of Manchester) Protected areas and the expansion of neoliberal capitalism in Europe

10.45 – 11am Coffee/Tea Break

Panel 2: Political Extractives
11 – 12.30pm
Chair: Professor Nigel Clark (Lancaster University)

Professor Gavin Hilson (University of Surrey) The ‘informalization’ of artisanal mining in Ghana: Underpinnings, impacts and policy implications
Dr John Childs (Lancaster University) Resource nationalism? Justice, resistance and the politics of resource extraction in Southern Tanzania
Alan Webster (Lancaster University) Between presumed mandate and implied inevitability: the management of consent for UK shale gas exploration

12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch, LEC Atrium

Panel 3: Landed Political Ecologies
1.45 – 3.15pm
Chair: Dr James Fraser (Lancaster University)

Professor Phil Woodhouse (University of Manchester) Property, productivity and politics: socio-economic dynamics of land restitution in South Africa
Dr Padraig Carmody (Trinity College Dublin) & Professor David Taylor (National University of Singapore) “It is easy to rule a poor man”: The political ecology of land grabbing and environmental change in Uganda
Dr Jennifer Baka (London School of Economics and Political Science) The political ecology of wastelands

3.15 – 3.30pm Coffee/Tea Break

Panel 4: Justice, Ethics and Commodity Frontiers
3.30 – 5pm
Chair: Dr Rebecca Ellis (Lancaster University)

Professor Thomas Sikor (University of East Anglia)  & Cam Hoang (Institute of Cultural Studies – Vietnam) REDD+ on the rocks: Conflict over forest and politics of justice in Vietnam
Dr Saskia Vermeylen (Lancaster University) Recognition and responsibility: Ethics and constitutional land reform in Southern Africa
Dr Liam Campling (Queen Mary, University of London) & Elena Baglioni (Queen Mary, University of London)Towards a political economy of natural resources: historicizing commodity chains through commodity frontiers and the state.

5 – 5.25pm Conclusions on Ways Forward for a More Integrated Political Ecology

Any questions, please contact the conference organizers:
John Childs ( and Ben Neimark ( This conference has been generously supported by the Lancaster Environment Centre, the Faculty of Science of Technology and the ESRC NWDTC ‘Development and Humanitarianism’ Pathway Fund.


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