SITUATED ECOLOGIES is a platform for research projects and activities that relate to situated and contested ecologies, in particular when viewed through the processes of urbanisation.

Publications and Deliverables

The following are deliverables from the two grants funded by Swedish Formas: Ways of Knowing Urban Ecologies (WOK-UE; Dnr: 250-2010-1372) and Socioecological Movements in Urbanized Ecosystems (MOVE; Dnr: 211-2011-1519). This is not an exhaustive list, but currently only include contributions from some project members [see Footnote 1]. If you like to have PDF-copy of these publications, please contact PI H Ernstson at his e-mail address hereMost publications are also possible to download from the authors’, Mendeley or ResearchGate home pages.

Articles marked with one * is from WOK-UE; two ** from MOVE. Publications with # is also part of the African Food Security Urban Network AFSUN project that has collaborated with WOK-UE researchers, and those marked with ^ are supporting publications with either more theoretical content or not drawing on data generated from the projects.


A.  Articles and chapters from WOK-UE* and MOVE** (more to be added)

—- WOK-UE* —-

*Ernstson, H., Duminy, J., & Lawhon, M. (2014). Conceptual Vectors of African Urbanism: “Engaged Theory-Making” and “Platforms of Engagement.” Regional Studies, Online Fir, doi:10.1080/00343404.2014.892573 

*Ernstson, H. (2013). Re-translating nature in post-apartheid Cape Town: The material semiotics of people and plants at Bottom Road. Actor-Network Theory for Development: Working Paper Series, (June), 1–35. Retrieved from

*Ernstson, H. (2013). Situating Ecologies and Re-distributing Expertise: The Material Semiotics of People and Plants at Bottom Road, Cape Town (pp. 1–20). Retrieved from

*Ernstson, H., & Sörlin, S. (2013). Ecosystem services as technology of globalization: On articulating values in urban nature. Ecological Economics, 86, 274–284. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.09.012

*Graham, M., & Ernstson, H. (2012). Comanagement at the fringes: Examining stakeholder perspectives at Macassar Dunes, Cape Town, South Africa—at the intersection of high biodiversity, urban poverty, and inequality. Ecology and Society, 17(3).

*Lawhon, M., Ernstson, H., & Silver, J. (2014). Provincializing Urban Political Ecology: Towards a Situated UPE Through African Urbanism. Antipode, 46(2), 497–516. doi:10.1111/anti.12051

*Lawhon, Mary. (2014). Situated, networked environmentalisms: a case for environmental theory from the South. Geography Compass. xx

*Lawhon, Mary and Patel, Zarina. Local sustainability and the politics of scale: Rethinking governance and justice in an era of political and environmental change. Requested for special issue of Environment and Planning C. xx

*Battersby, J. (under review) Food insecurity amongst urban households in Fukido-Parr, S. & Taylor, V. (Eds.) “The Right to Food in South Africa; New Directions in Economic and Social Policies”, UCT Press, Cape Town

*Barthel, S., Parker, J., & Ernstson, H. (2013). Food and Green Space in Cities: A Resilience Lens on Gardens and Urban Environmental Movements. Urban Studies, 1–18. doi:10.1177/0042098012472744

*Colding, J., Barthel, S., Bendt, P., Snep, R., van der Knaap, W., & Ernstson, H. (2013). Urban green commons: Insights on urban common property systems. Global Environmental Change, 23(5), 1039–1051. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.05.006

*Storm, A. (in press) “Industrial nature” chapter in Storm, A. Post-Industrial Landscape Scars (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan). In press, preliminary publication date in late 2014


—- MOVE** —-

**Anderson, P. M. L., Avlonitis, G., & Ernstson, H. (2014). Ecological outcomes of civic and expert-led urban greening projects using indigenous plant species in Cape Town, South Africa. Landscape and Urban Planning, 127, 104–113. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2014.03.007

**Ernstson, H. (2013). The social production of ecosystem services: A framework for studying environmental justice and ecological complexity in urbanized landscapes. Landscape and Urban Planning, 109(1), 7–17. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2012.10.005

**Ernstson, H. (2011). Transformative collective action: a network approach to transformative change in ecosystem-based management. In Ö. Bodin & C. Prell (Eds.), Social Networks and Natural Resource Management: Uncovering the Social Fabric in Environmental Governance (pp. 255–287). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

**^Mills, M., Álvarez-Romero, J. G., Vance-Borland, K., Cohen, P., Pressey, R. L., Guerrero, A. M., & Ernstson, H. (2014). Linking regional planning and local action: Towards using social network analysis in systematic conservation planning. Biological Conservation, 169, 6–13. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2013.10.015

**^Stein, C., Ernstson, H., & Barron, J. (2011). A social network approach to analyzing water governance: the case of the Mkindo catchment, Tanzania. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C, 36(14-15), 1085–1092. doi:10.1016/j.pce.2011.07.083

**^Bodin, Ö., Ramirez-Sanchez, S., Ernstson, H., & Prell, C. (2011). A social relational approach to natural resource governance. In Ö. Bodin & C. Prell (Eds.), Social Networks and Natural Resource Management: Uncovering the Social Fabric of Environmental Governance (1st ed., pp. 1–54). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

**^Crona, B., Ernstson, H., Prell, C., Reed, M., & Hubacek, K. (2011). Combining social network approaches with social theories to improve understanding of natural resource governance. In Ö. Bodin & C. Prell (Eds.), Social Networks and Natural Resource Management: Uncovering the Social Fabric in Environmental Governance (pp. 44–71). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


B. Book reviews and other academic publications (more to be added)

*Ernstson, H. (2014). Book Review. Greening Berlin: The Co-Production of Science, Politics, and Urban Nature. Science and Technology Studies, 27(1), 113–116.

**Ernstson, H. (2012). Social Network Analysis (SNA). In D. Fogel, S. Fredericks, L. Harrington, & I. Spellerberg (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Vol. 6. Measurements, Indicators, and Research Methods for Sustainability (Vol. 6, pp. 322–325). Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing.

*Lawhon, Mary. (In press). The meaning of global engagements with Africa (for us). Review of: “Britain and African under Blair”, by Julia Gallagher; “The New Scramble for Africa”, by Padraig Carmody, and “Africa’s Moment”, by Jean-Michel Severino and Olivier Ray. Political Geography. 

*Lawhon, Mary. (In press). Why I want to be a South African geographer: A response to Hammett’s “W(h)ither South African Geography?” Geoforum(editorial)

*Lawhon, Mary (In press). Review of “Economies of  Recycling” Economic Geography


C. Conference papers (more to be added)

*#Battersby, J. (2012) Keynote address: Urban food security in Africa, 4th AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Conference, Berlin, 1-3 November 2012

*#Battersby, J. (2012) Urban food security and the urban food policy gap, Strategies to Overcome Poverty and Inequality: Towards Carnegie 3 Conference, Cape Town 3-7 September 2012

*#Battersby, J. (2012) Urban food security and climate change, 17th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessments, South African Affiliate, Somerset West, 27-29 August 2012 (Organised special session on food and climate change in cities)

*Battersby, J. (2012) Is local still lekker? The viability of the Philippi Horticultural Area, Society of South African Geographers 9th Biennial Conference, Cape Town 21-21 June 2012.

*#Battersby, J. (2012) Urban food security: Some policy implications, Right to Food Seminar, Cape Town, 30-31 May 2012

*Battersby, J. (2012) For the good of the city? Competing visions for the Philippi Horticultural Area, Cape Town, South Africa, Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, New York, 24-28 February 2012

**Ernstson, H., & Lewis, J. (2012). Retrofit and urbanized ecosystems—Towards a critical approach with notes from case studies in New Orleans and Cape Town (pp. 1–13). Conference paper at workshop at University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.


D. Reports for public, civil society and government sectors (more to be added)

*# Battersby J. and Haysom Gareth – PHA Report (long and short version)

*# Battersby J. and Haysom Gareth PHA four page flier (with GH)

*# Battersby J. and Haysom Gareth Series of PHA Op Eds (with GH)

*Battersby J. Urban Food Security Op Ed (with JC)

*Ernstson, H. (2012). Vlei Breathing. Vlei Living. A report on Princess Vlei as History, Ecology, and Struggle at Cape Flats (p. 20). Cape Town.


E. Conferences where results have been presented (more to be added)

  • *AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Conference, Berlin, 1-3 November 2012 (J Battersby)
  • *AAG 2013 (Special session organized and several members giving individual presentations)
  • *RGS 2013 (Special session organized and several members giving individual presentations)
  • *DOPE 2012 (Several members giving individual presentations)
  • *DOPE 2014 (Special session organized and several members giving individual presentations)
  • PLAAS Centenary Land Act Conference March 2013 (J Battersby)
  • Fynbos Forum (Cape St France, July 2012; P Anderson presented)
  • WUF 2012 – World Urban Forum in Naples (Naples, 1 – 7 September 2012; P Anderson presented at side event hosted by FORMAS on Public Green Space for Liveable and Sustainable Cities )
  • Resilience, International conference in Montpellier May 2014 (Pippin Anderson presented paper with empirical results from Cape Town)
  • Fynbos Forum, Knysna August 2014 (Pippin Anderson)
  • Geography Seminar, University of the Western Cape, 21 August 2014 (Pippin Anderson)
  • URBIO, Incheon, October 2014 (Pippin)


F. External workshops (more to be added)

  • **Workshop at Univ of Manchester on Transition & Infrastructure Retrofit 2012 (H Ernstson & J Lewis)
  • *Workshop at Univ of Manchester on Waste and Transitions 2012 (M Lawhon participated)
  • *Grounding Urban Natures workshop, October 2012 in Cape Town
  • *Grounding Urban Natures workshop, June 2013 in Stockholm
  • *Invited speaker at “Large-scale energy projects: a view from society. An interdisciplinary workshop on energy and society for emerging scholars. Södertörn University 24-25 April 2014. Storm
  • *Co-organizer of “The Future of the Commons: Interfaces of Nature and Culture”, workshop at Södertörn University 6-7 February 2014. A Storm.


G. Internal workshops and peer-organised workshops (more to be added)

  • WOK-UE inception workshop, September 2011 in Cape Town
  • WOK-UE workshop with Anna Storm, April 2012 in Cape Town
  • WOK-UE Comparative approach workshop, October 2012 in Cape Town
  • WOK-UE Writing retreat, Feb 2013
  • MOVE project meeting (December 2012) in Cape Town
  • MOVE project meeting (October 2013) in New Orleans


Public engagements and media, to be added.


[1]Current publications are from the following project membersHenrik Ernstson (PI, MOVE, WOK-UE), Marnie Graham (PhD candidate, WOK-UE), Mary Lawhon (Postdoc, WOK-UE), Pippin Anderson (MOVE), and Jane Battersby (WOK-UE), Anna Storm (Postdoc, WOK-UE).

More contributions are to be added from Joshua Lewis (PhD candidate, MOVE), Sverker Sörlin (WOK-UE), Mario Diani (MOVE), Lorien Jasny (MOVE), and Wayne Zipperer (MOVE).