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Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation Editorial Board: Thanking the first generation, welcoming the next.

September 11, 2013 Comments off

In 2007 I met Neil Smith and Derek Krissoff at the San Francisco AAG to discuss the idea of essentially re-creating a book series at the UGA Press that Neil had initially created at Temple UP (with Peter Wissoker).  For a host of reasons, Neil’s Place, Culture, and Politics series only produced two (very good) books including George Henderson’s California and the Fictions of Capital and Katharyne Mitchell’s Crossing the Neoliberal Line Pacific Rim Migration and the Metropolis before it prematurely shut down.

Melissa Wright, Andy Herod and I,  along with Derek Krissoff, got the Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation series off the ground at UGA Press later that year, and then in 2011, Deb Cowen replaced Andy as one of our co-editors.  More recently, Derek went off to be the Editor in Chief of the University of Nebraska Press, and we have been lucky to start working with the UGA Press’ new Editor in Chief, Mick Gusinde-Duffy.

Nineteen books later, with a large number more either under contract or at various stages of review or publication, many people tell us they think the series is doing very well.  We agree.

While ultimately it is the quality of the books that make a book series, much of the early success of the series has resulted from the commitment and support of our inaugural editorial advisory board.  The members of that board include:

Sharad Chari (University of Witwatersand); Bradon Ellem (University of Sydney), Gillian Hart (University of California, Berkeley), Andy Herod (University of Georgia), Jennifer Hyndman (York University), Larry Knopp (University of Washington, Tacoma), Heidi Nast (Depaul University),  Jamie Peck (University of British Columbia), Frances Fox Piven (City University of New York), Laura Pulido (University of Southern California), Paul Routledge (Leeds University), Bobby Wilson (University of Alabama).

We are very grateful for all of their guidance and the solidarity they brought to this endeavor.  As they say, “we couldn’t have done this without you”.  As these things go however, we have decided it is time to refresh the board as we move into the next phase of the series, so we are very pleased to announce the second generation of the GOJST board, which includes:

Mathew Coleman (Ohio State University), Sapana Doshi (University of Arizona), Zeynep Gambetti (Boğaziçi University), Geoff Mann (Simon Fraser University),  James McCarthy (Clark University), Beverly Mullings (Queen’s University), Harvey Neo (National University of Singapore), Geraldine Pratt (University of British Columbia), Ananya Roy (University of California, Berkeley), Michael Watts, (University of California, Berkeley), Ruth Wilson Gilmore (CUNY Graduate Center), Jamie Winders (Syracuse University), Brenda S.A. Yeoh
(National University of Singapore).

One of the members of the initial editorial board who I did not yet thank is Neil Smith, who served until he passed away on September 29th, 2012.  As we near the first anniversary of Neil’s passing, we at the series are working to launch a Neil Smith Book Prize in recognition of his inspiration, and the other many forms of help he offered getting the series up and going.  We hope the Neil Smith Book Prize will not only honor Neil, but also serve to keep the series growing with the highest caliber scholarship possible.

Stay tuned to learn more about efforts to help us establish the book prize in Neil’s name when we launch our fund raising drive in the coming months.

Global assemblages, resilience, and Earth Stewardship in the Anthropocene in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

September 5, 2013 Comments off

Laura Ogden assembled a motley crew of colleagues including myself, as well as Ulrich Oslender, Paige West, Karim-Aly Kassam and Paul Robbins, and together we just published this essay in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.  The main idea was to open up some of the language ecologists are increasingly using to discuss the Anthropocene.

Ogden, L. N. Heynen, P. West, U. Oslender, P. Robbins (2013). “Global assemblages, resilience, and Earth
Stewardship in the Anthropocene.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 11: 341–347. [invited: Special issue on Earth Stewardship].

Abstract:
In this paper, we argue that the Anthropocene is an epoch characterized not only by the anthropogenic dominance
of the Earth’s ecosystems but also by new forms of environmental governance and institutions.
Echoing the literature in political ecology, we call these new forms of environmental governance “global
assemblages”. Socioecological changes associated with global assemblages disproportionately impact poorer
nations and communities along the development continuum, or the “Global South”, and others who depend
on natural resources for subsistence. Although global assemblages are powerful mechanisms of socioecological
change, we show how transnational networks of grassroots organizations are able to resist their negative social
and environmental impacts, and thus foster socioecological resilience.

Urban political ecology I: The urban century in Progress in Human Geography

September 4, 2013 Comments off

I’ve just got word that my first (of three) reviews on the state of urban political ecology (UPE) titled “Urban political ecology I: The urban century has been published on the Progress in Human Geography Online First web site.

Abstract
It has been over 15 years since the term ‘urban political ecology’ (UPE) was coined. While still often not
incorporated into larger discussion of political ecology, its growing visibility in the published literature
suggests that it has gone beyond an emerging theoretical lens to one that has fully emerged. This report
characterizes the current literature that explicitly utilizes the language of UPE, discusses its theoretical
evolution that is now seeing a second wave, as well as catalogs some of the new arenas through which the
sub-field has offered novel insights into the socionatural unevenness of cities. A central contribution of this
survey is to illustrate the myriad articulations of how urban environmental and social change co-determine
each other and how these metabolic processes offer insights into creative pathways toward more democratic
urban environmental politics.

Keywords
cities, political ecology, urban geography, urban metabolism, urban political ecology (UPE)