Conservation and Agrarian Change

Conservation and Agrarian Change. by Sam Staddon and Omar Saif (University of Edinburgh, UK) and Sayan Banerjee (National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India)


Conservation and agrarian change have been staple interests of political ecology ever since it emerged as a discipline, with political ecologists exploring and engaging with cases and processes around the world. This on-line pre-conference workshop discusses on going and emerging political ecology approaches to conservation from a range of perspectives, including the neoliberalisation of nature in Protected Areas, the opportunities of ‘Convivial’ conservation, Other-Than-Human political ecologies of wildlife conservation, and the demand to cultivate ‘critical reflexivity’ for conservation. It engages in agrarian change through a focus on the reasons and effects of deagrarianisation and through political ecologies of ‘sustainable’ global food supply chains.

We have 6 Sessions in the workshop, each with a series of pre-recorded presentations by political ecologists from around the world. We invite you to watch these pre-recorded presentations, and to engage with the online discussion forum in order to share your own experiences, insights and questions. 4 out of our 6 Sessions also have a Live Discussion scheduled during this week, and we invite you to join us for those. We also have a Final workshop Live Discussion, to bring together the issues and interests and ideas shared across all 6 Sessions.

Session details (N.B. Please note the timings, as there is a switch from BST and CEST at the start of the workshop, to GMT and CET by the end of it):

  1. The production and neoliberalisation of nature in the PAs. Towards a public political ecology | Noelia Garcia Rodriguez [no Live Discussion]
  2. Cultivating Critical Reflexivity for Conservation | Sam Staddon, Omar Saif, Fleur Nash, Timur Jack-Kadioglu. Live Discussion 24th October (15.00-16.00 BST / 16.00-17.00 CEST)
  3. Convivial conservation: opportunities and limitations? | Judith Krauss, Laila Sandroni and Mathew Bukhi Mabele. Live Discussion 28th October (12.30-13.30 BST / 13.30-14.30 CEST)
  4. Other-than-Human Political Ecologies of Wildlife Conservation | Sayan Banerjee. Live Discussion 28th October (14.00-15.00 BST / 15.00-16.00 CEST)
  5. Deagrarianisation: what are the underlying reasons and effects with focus on livelihoods, poverty reduction and climate change | Sheona Shackleton, Klara Fischer     [No Live Discussion]
  6. The political ecology of “sustainable” global food supply chains: prospects and limits for transformative change | Joss Lyons-White, Izabela Delabre, Rachael D. Garrett. Live Discussion 31st October (15:00 – 16:00 GMT / 16:00-17:00 CET)
  7. Final Workshop Live Discussion 31st October (16:15 -17:15 GMT / 17:15 -16:15 CET)


ALL Live Discussions can be joined using this link:

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