Press release

Political Ecology Conference on Violent Natures in Wageningen

Published on
July 4, 2016

Dear madam, sir,

Around the world, violent conflicts in relation to the environment seem to be intensifying rapidly. Issues around climate refugees, the struggles for access to clean drinking and irrigation water, the ‘war on poaching’, broader ‘resource wars’ and continuing conflicts between indigenous people and extractive industries, are but some examples of this.

In these dynamics, we do not only see violence against nature, but increasingly also violence to protect nature, as is currently happening in South Africa around the protection of the rhino.

As such, we seem to have entered a new phase in the relation between violence and environment; one that requires urgent research, reflection and discussion. This is the main objective of the forthcoming conference Political Ecologies of Conflict, Capitalism and Contestation, held in Wageningen from 7-9 July. This conference will bring together more than 300 researchers and activists from all around the globe.

Wageningen University and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London organise this first international biannual conference of the recently founded Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) to discuss and increase our understanding of the causes, consequences and politics of these dynamics and so inspire and understand contested 21st century political ecologies. Keynote speakers are Phillippe LeBillon, Libby Lunstrum and Kumi Naidoo.

We would like to invite you to this first POLLEN conference, July 7 till July 9, Wageningen, the Netherlands.

Programme, venue and additional information:

During the three-day event there will be a contact available for you as a journalist to assist if you would like to interview a specific person or get more information about a session or round table topic.

Please register by sending your contact details to

We look forward to welcoming you,
Best regards,
Yvonne Fernhout