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 as it doesn’t include contributions from all project members [see Footnote 1]. If you like to have PDF-copies, most can be downloaded from the authors’, Mendeley or ResearchGate home pages. You can also contact PI H Ernstson at his e-mail address here.


A.  Peer-reviewed publications (not exhaustive list)

A1. Publications from Ways of Knowing Urban Ecologies (WOK-UE) :: 2011-2016*

  • 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).
      • by Marnie Graham and Henrik Ernstson (2012). *
    • Beyond the food desert: Finding ways to speak about urban food security in South Africa. Geografiska Annaler B 94 (2):141-159
      • by Jane Battersby (2012)
  • 2013
    • Re-translating nature in post-apartheid Cape Town: The material semiotics of people and plants at Bottom Road. In: Actor-Network Theory for Development (June), 1–35. Retrieved from
      • by Henrik Ernstson (2013)*
    • Situating Ecologies and Re-distributing Expertise: The Material Semiotics of People and Plants at Bottom Road, Cape Town (pp. 1–20). Retrieved from
      • by *Henrik Ernstson (2013). *
    • Ecosystem services as technology of globalization: On articulating values in urban nature. Ecological Economics, 86, 274–284.
      • by *Henrik Ernstson and Sverker Sörlin (2013).
    • Urban green commons: Insights on urban common property systems. Global Environmental Change, 23(5), 1039–1051.
      • by *Colding, J., Barthel, S., Bendt, P., Snep, R., van der Knaap, W., & Henrik Ernstson (2013).
  • 2014
    • Conceptual Vectors of African Urbanism: ‘Engaged Theory-Making’ and ‘Platforms of Engagement.’ Regional Studies 48 (9): 1563–77.
      • by Henrik Ernstson, Mary Lawhon, and James Duminy. 2014.*
    • Provincializing Urban Political Ecology: Towards a Situated UPE Through African Urbanism. Antipode, 46(2), 497–516.
      • by Mary Lawhon, Henrik Ernstson and Jonathan SIlver (2014).
    • Situated, networked environmentalisms: a case for environmental theory from the South. Geography Compass.
      • by Mary Lawhon (2014). *
    • Local sustainability and the politics of scale: Rethinking governance and justice in an era of political and environmental change. Environment and Planning C.
      • by Mary Lawhon, and Zarina Patel. 2014
    • Industrial nature, Chapter in Anna Storm’s monograph Post-Industrial Landscape Scars (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).
      • Anna Storm 2014
  • 2015
    • Everyday human (in)securities in protected urban nature: Collaborative conservation at Macassar/Wolfgat Dunes Nature Reserves. Geoforum 64: 25-36
      • by Marnie Graham (2015) *
    • Postcolonial nature conservation in practice: The everyday challenges of on-ground urban nature conservation, Cape Town, South Africa. GeoJournal(Aug):1-20
      • by Marnie Graham (2015) *
    • Food and Green Space in Cities: A Resilience Lens on Gardens and Urban Environmental Movements. Urban Studies, 1–18.
      • by Stephan Barthel, John Parker and Henrik Ernstson(2013, re-published 2015).*
  • 2016
    • Food insecurity amongst urban households in Fukido-Parr, S. & Taylor, V. (Eds.) “Food Security in South Africa”, Juta Press, Cape Town.
      • by Jane Battersby 2016

A1.1. Edited Book from WOK-UE (with publication date after the project’s end)

  • Grounding Urban Natures: Histories and Futures of Urban Ecologies. Full manuscript submitted to MIT Press in March 2017. Edited by Henrik Ernstson and Sverker Sverker*,**
    • Chapter 1: Toward Comparative Environmental Urbanism: Political Ecologies in a ‘World of Cities.’ by Henrik Ernstson and Sverker Sörlin*,**
    • Chapter 2: The Disappearing River: Desires and Infrastructure of Neworleanian Ecologies.” by Joshua Lewis*,**
    • Chapter 5: Realms of Exposure: Design, Material Agency and Political Ecology by Martìn Àvila and Henrik Ernstson*,**
    • Chapter 13: Grounding and Worlding Urban Natures: Attempt at Configuring a New Urban Ecology Knowledge. by Henrik Ernstson and Sverker Sörlin*,**

A1.2. PhD thesis from WOK-UE

  • PhD thesis: Graham, Marnie (2015) Postcolonial Nature Conservation and Collaboration in Urban Protected Areas. Stockholm University

A1.3. Film or other rich and immersive media from WOK-UE

  • Documentary Film. Title: One Table Two Elephants: Ways of Knowing Urban Natures (First Cut). Sweden: Conference Contribution, Urban Beyond Measure: Registering the Urban Environments of the Global South, Stanford University, 8-9 May 2015. Funded by Formas as Information Project (2014-15). A finalized version will be ready in 2016, textad på engelska och svenska. Mer information:
    • by Jacob von Heland and Henrik Ernstson (2015)


A2. Publications from Socioecological Movements in Urban Ecosystems (MOVE) :: 2012-2017**

(This list for MOVE is not up-to-date as several publications and conference papers etc., will be added from other project members.)

  • 2011/12 (underpinning publications)
    • 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.
      • by Henrik Ernstson, H. (2011).**

      Social Network Analysis (SNA). In D. Fogel, S. Fredericks, L et al.. 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.

      • Henrik Ernstson (2012).**
  • 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.
      • by Henrik Ernstson (2013).**
  • 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.
      • by Pippin M L Anderson, Georgina Avlonitis, and Henrik Ernstson (2014). **
    • Linking regional planning and local action: Towards using social network analysis in systematic conservation planning. Biological Conservation, 169, 6–13.
      • by Mills, M., Álvarez-Romero, J. G., Vance-Borland, K., Cohen, P., Pressey, R. L., Guerrero, A. M., & Henrik Ernstson (2014). **^
  • 2015, 2016, 2017 (more to be added)
    • Of Plants, High Lines and Horses: Civics and Designers in the Relational Articulation of Values of Urban Natures.” Landscape and Urban Planning 157: 309–21.
      • by Hanna Erixon Aalto and Henrik Ernstson. 2017.
  • In review and forthcoming publications (Read about forthcoming publications here.)
    • Contesting the Coast: Infrastructural Zones and Coastal Planning in the Mississippi River Delta.” Progress in Planning, no. in review Lewis, Joshua A, and Henrik Ernstson. n.d. “
    • O Tempora! O Mores! Interrupting the Anthropo-ob(S)cene.” Theory, Culture & Society, Article is in review. Swyngedouw, Erik, and Henrik Ernstson. n.d. “
    • Socioecological Disparities in New Orleans Following Hurricane Katrina by Joshua A. Lewis, Wayne C. Zipperer, Henrik Ernstson, Brittany Bernik, Rebecca Hazen, Thomas Elmqvist, Michael J. Blum, EcoSphere
    • Post-apartheid ecologies in the City of Cape Town: An examination of plant functional traits in relation to urban gradients by Pippin Anderson, Tristan Charles-Dominique, Henrik Ernstson, Erik Andersson and Thomas Elmqvist Ecology and Society
    • Symbols and frames in the constitution of civic organizational fields: “Right to the City” in Cape Town by Mario Diani, Henrik Ernstson and Lorien Jasny Voluntas
    • The Alchemy of Transformation: On The Impoverishment of Socio-Ecological Imaginaries.” 1. Working Paper Series. Stockholm. Ernstson, Henrik, and Joshua A Lewis. 2013.**

A2.1 Edited Book MOVE (publication date after the project’s end)

  • Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-Obscene: Interruptions and Possibilities. (Manuscript to be submitted to Routledge). Edited by Henrik Ernstson and Erik Swyngedouw
    • Chapter 1: Politicizing the Environment in the Urban Century by Henrik Ernstson and Erik Swyngedouw**
    • Chapter 2: Interrupting the Anthropo-Obscene! Immuno-Biopolitics and the Re-Invention of the Political in the Anthropocene by Erik Swyngedouw and Henrik Ernstson**
    • Chapter 4: Hic Rhodus, Hic Salta!’ Postcolonial Remains and The Politics of the Anthropo-Obscene. by Andrés Henao Castro and Henrik Ernstson**
    • Chapter 13: In the Nature of Planetary Urbanisation: Performative Theory and Next Steps for Urban Political Ecology by Erik Swyngedouw and Henrik Ernstson**

A2.2. PhD thesis from MOVE

  • PhD thesis: Joshua Lewis (2016) Deltaic Dilemmas: Ecologies of Infrastructure in New Orleans. Stockholm University

B. Book reviews and other academic publications

  • Book Review. Greening Berlin: The Co-Production of Science, Politics, and Urban Nature. Science and Technology Studies, 27(1), 113–116. Henrik Ernstson (2014).*
  • 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. 2015*
  • Why I want to be a South African geographer: A response to Hammett’s “W(h)ither South African Geography?” Geoforum(editorial) Lawhon, Mary. (2015).*
  • Review of “Economies of  Recycling” Economic Geography Lawhon, Mary (2015).*

C. Conference papers

  • The Alchemy of Transformation: On The Impoverishment of Socio-Ecological Imaginaries.” 1. Working Paper Series. Stockholm Henrik Ernstson and Joshua A Lewis. 2013.**
  • 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. Ernstson, H., & Lewis, J. (2012).**
  • Global South Urbanism and Situated Ecologies: Location, Translation and Epistemological Politics.” 1. Situated Ecologies Working Series. Stockholm and Cape Town. Henrik Ernstson. 2016.**
  • Tracing the Political in ‘the Local’—crafting a Translation Device from Cape Town to Paris and Four Interventions for Atelier D’architecture Autogéneré.” Cape Town. Henrik Ernstson. 2014.**
  • Framing the Meeting: Rupturing the Anthro-Obscene! The Political Promises of Planetary and Uneven Urban Ecologies.” In Rupturing the Anthro-Obscene Conference, edited by Henrik Ernstson and Erik Swyngedouw, 17–19 September. Stockholm. Henrik Ernstson and Erik Swyngedouw. 2015.**
  • Keynote address: Urban food security in Africa, 4th AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Conference, Berlin, 1-3 November 2012 Jane Battersby. (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 Jane Battersby. (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) Jane Battersby (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 Jane Battersby. (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 Jane Battersby. (2012)*
  • (Several more to be added…)

D. Reports for public, civil society and government sectors

  • Noordhoek Eco-Estates Protect the Rich from the Reality of Masiphumelele: Apartheid Geography Preserved behind a Concern for the Environment.” GroundUp, January 23. Bruce Baigrie and Henrik Ernstson. 2017.**
  • Vlei Breathing. Vlei Living. A report on Princess Vlei as History, Ecology, and Struggle at Cape Flats (p. 20). Cape Town. Henrik Ernstson. 2012.*
  • The Political Nature of Urban Wetlands: Speaking from Princess Vlei Wetland, Cape Town.” Urban Wetlands: South Asia. Henrik Ernstson. 2014.**
  • Doing a Co-Tutelle PhD… What does that mean?” Thesis Whisperer, December 2. Marnie Graham, Sandie Suchet-Pearson, and Henrik Ernstson. 2015.*
  • Series of Op-Ed articles in Cape Town and South African newspapers on Phillippi Horticulture Area and on Urban Food Security. Jane Battersby and Gareth Haysom (2012-2013)*#
  • Short Policy Report: Philippi Horticultural Area. Cape Town: AFSUN and Rooftops Canada Abri International Jane Battersby and Gareth Haysom (2012)*#
  • Long Policy Report: Philippi Horticultural Area: A City Asset Or Potential Development Node? African Food Security Urban Network, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town Jane Battersby and Gareth Haysom (2012)*#
  • Four Page Flier: Philippi Horticultural Area (well-distributed among civil society organisations) Jane Battersby and Gareth Haysom (2012)*#
  • Urban Food Security Op Ed (with JC) Jane Battersby. 2013*

E. Conferences where results have been presented

  • AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Conference, Berlin, 1-3 November 2012 (Jane Battersby)*
  • AAG 2013 (Special session organised by Henrik Ernstson and Jane Battersby and individual presentations; Marnie Graham, Joshua Lewis, Jane Battersby and Henrik Ernstson)*
  • AAG 2017 (Special session organised by Henrik Ernstson and Erik Swyngedouw; individual presentations by Joshua Lewis, Henrik Ernstson)**
  • RGS 2013 (Special session organised by Henrik Ernstson, Mary Lawhon and Jonathan Silver individual presentations by Joshua Lewis)*
  • DOPE 2012 (Several WOK-UE and MOVE members giving individual presentations)*
  • DOPE 2014 (Special session organized and several WOK-UE and MOVE members giving individual presentations)*,**
  • PLAAS Centenary Land Act Conference March 2013 (Jane Battersby)*
  • Fynbos Forum (Cape St France, July 2012; Pippin Anderson presented)**
  • WUF 2012 – World Urban Forum in Naples (Naples, 1 – 7 September 2012; Pippin 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 Anderson)**
  • Rupturing the Anthro-Obscene Conference, 17–19 September. Stockholm.** organised by Henrik Ernstson and Erik Swyngedouw
  • (Several more to be added…)

F. External workshops

  • 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

  • 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

H. Public engagements and media

  • Selection of blog posts and concept notes, mostly published at
  • Pluralizing or Provincializing Urban Political Ecology? [In a World of Cities].” Situated Urban Political Ecologies Commentaries. Henrik Ernstson. 2014.
  • Staging Difference at Princess Vlei. ‘You Can Bet They Struck a Deal at the vlei’ Situated Urban Political Ecologies CommentariesHenrik Ernstson 2013
  • How to Protect Urban Green Spaces for Food Production ? From Urban Movements to Private Trusts . A Concept Note .,” no. November. Henrik Ernstson. 2012.
  • Making Capetonian Urban Nature Public : Recognizing the Restoration Project at Princess Vlei beyond Its Immediate Locality,” 1–8. Henrik Ernstson. 2011.
  • Concept Note on the Organization Cape Flats Wetland Forum ( CFWF ). Henrik Ernstson. 2011.
  • Several more could 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).

Note that more contributions can and will be added from Joshua Lewis (PhD candidate, MOVE), Sverker Sörlin (WOK-UE), Mario Diani (MOVE), Lorien Jasny (MOVE), and Wayne Zipperer (MOVE).

[2] 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.