In recent times, political ecology has promoted extensive critique of privatisation and the treatment of nature a commodity. This includes recent measures under the concept of the green economy. In particular, the negative consequences for vulnerable populations in developing countries have been highlighted.
With a few exceptions, political ecology has so far contributed with more criticism than proposals for alternative approaches for sustainable and fair development. Therefore, the year's POLLEN conference aims to promote both criticism and alternative solutions in the discussion on the green economy and green growth. Through presentations and panel discussions, alternative approaches to sustainable economic development are highlighted in the context of global economic and ecological crises.
The conference is organised by the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) Secretariat; Oslo Metropolitan University; Centre for Environment and Development (SUM), University of Oslo; and Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
Keynotes include Paige West, Claire Tow Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College and Columbia University, and Ashis Kothari, founder-member of the Indian environmental group Kalpavriksh.
The welcome reception will take place at the Oslo City Hall.
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