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Situated UPE News

In 2017 we decided to move The Situated UPE Collective’s website to it’s own and beautiful website here!

Below you find a list of news from the Situated UPE from 2014-2017. Newer posts on the new website. Note that these older posts are also to be found on the new website (please link and tweet from the new site).

“Decolonizing Urbanism” Trier Summer University, 6-12 June 2017 (Call for Applications 31 January)

Henrik Ernstson is an invited keynote lecturer at the upcoming Trier Summer University on “Decolonizing Urbanism: Read more

Political Ecology of Urbanization in Latin America: A fertile ground for more situated and just urban ecologies

German Quimbayo Ruiz reports on efforts to develop a Situated UPE approach in Latin America. His co-authored Read more

Symbiotic Tactics and Bio-semiotics: Martín Ávila visits University of Tartu, Estonia

Martín Ávila from Konstfack in Stockholm is visiting the leading Semiotics Department at the University of Read more

PhD positions available in Critical Infrastructure at Darmstadt

Announcement of 12 PhD Positions The newly formed interdisciplinary Research Training Group Critical Infrastructures: Construction, Read more

Photo by Alicia Nijda, Wikimedia Commons

New Publication: Unlearning [un]located ideas in the provincialization of urban theory

A new publication from our Situated UPE Collective was just published in Regional Studies by Mary Read more

Ibrahim Maina, Community Clean-Up, KPSP04, Kibera in Nairobi.

A Story to Encourage Storytelling: “We have a life in Kibera”

Kibera in Nairobi: Bukonola (Bukky) Ngobi and Joe Mulligan from Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) gives the background Read more

Three year Situated UPE research on waste & sanitation in Uganda!

The Swedish Research Council decided on the 3rd of November to fund a multi-disciplinary team Read more

Marnie Graham defended her thesis on Postcolonial Nature Conservation

Marnie Graham successfully defended her PhD thesis at Stockholm University on “Postcolonial Nature Conservation and Read more

Moving Closer to Nature: Film Project & Intellectual Conversations

The 26th of February, KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory held the roundtable conversation Moving Closer to Nature. Read more

Environment and Development: Gender Equity and Sustainability

EDGES – or Environment and Development: Gender Equity and Sustainability –  is a research collaborative Read more

SUPE Commentaries—a successful space during 2014 to grow our collective!

We have had thousands of views on our SUPE ‘Commentaries’ webspace during 2014. The contributions have been Read more

An environmental film project in Cape Town: “Ways of Knowing Urban Nature – The Film”

Swedish filmer Jacob von Heland and Henrik Ernstson report on their film project in Cape Town that deals with knowledge and Read more

Urban Political Ecology in African Cities Workshop

As cities become increasingly significant to development and environmental crises at multiple scales, there is Read more

Revanchism and Resistance Through a SUPE Lens

Erin Goodling takes us to Portland and helps us think through how a situated urban Read more

Position Announcement: Global Urban Studies Assistant Professor, Washington D.C.

Malini Ranganathan lets us know that The School of International Service (SIS) at American University Read more

Ecologies of Urbanism – Engaging diverse urban ecologies of Asia

Anna Zimmer gives a reflection on a recent workshop organised by Anne Rademacher & K. Read more

PostDoc Position in “Urban Infrastructures in Transition: The Case of African Cities”

Jochen Monstadt invites applicants to a great PostDoc opportunity at Darmstadt University of Technology at their Graduate Program on “Urban Read more

Key note at University of Washington: Re-thinking urban theory and ecological studies from a ‘world of cities’

Henrik Ernstson gave a key note at University of Washington on urban ecology and ‘world Read more

Applying for the Urban Political Ecology in African Cities Workshop 

Here we provide final details including how to apply to the forthcoming… Urban Political Ecology Read more

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014 Sessions

We are pleased to announce two fantastic sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014 Read more

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Urban Political Ecology in African Cities Workshop [Pre-notice]

*PRE-NOTICE* Details regarding application deadline and available funding will be provided as soon as possible Read more

SUPE Workshop at University of Pretoria

SUPE Collective held our first workshop in late March at the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, Read more

Southern Africa City Studies Conference 2014

We are pleased to announce our participation at the third Southern Africa City Studies conference, Read more

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“Grounding Urban Natures” book project at ASEH Conference in San Francisco this week

This week Henrik Ernstson and Sverker Sörlin from KTH, UCT, Stanford and Princeton* are organising a special Read more

Re-blogging: SUPE Session at DOPE tomorrow in Lexington

Tomorrow is the start of the DOPE conference on Dimensions of Political Ecology in Lexington, KY. Read more

SUPE organises student/early career workshop in Johannesburg in March

The SUPE Platform is organizing a workshop for students and early career researchers just before Read more

Pluralizing or Provincializing Urban Political Ecology? [In a World of Cities]

Henrik Ernstson reflects on the difference between “pluralizing” and “provincializing” urban political ecology. In prompting Read more

8 PhD’s investigating Urban Infrastructures in Transition: The Case of African Cities

Announcing 8 Doctoral Fellowships   “Urban Infrastructures in Transition: The Case of African Cities” The Read more

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Join the email list “Situated UPE”

We have created a SUPE email list for those interested in participating in sharing their Read more

With the death of Mandela—Focus on South Africa

Two top geographic journals have posted links to their articles dealing with South Africa—before and Read more

SUPE Programme 2014

Pluralizing UPE in a World of Cities: 10 Papers @ DOPE session, Kentucky, Feb 2014

We are very glad to have 10 papers from across the world for our special session Read more

Boda-Boda! Rethinking Unregulated Urban Transport in the Global South

James Evans focuses on boda-boda motorcycle taxis in Uganda to ask how current thinking in Read more

SUPE organizes row of special sessions in 2014 on “Pluralizing Urban Political Ecology” – First at DOPE in Lexington

During 2014 we are organizing a series of special sessions on “Pluralizing the Approaches to Read more

New Antipode article on Situated Urban Political Ecologies

Rethinking urban ecologies of the global South We’ve have just published a new article in the geography Read more

Staging difference at Princess Vlei. “You can bet they struck a deal at the vlei” (Part 1)

Henrik Ernstson takes a look at a cultural mobilization against a backdrop of contestation in Read more

Royal Geography Society conference 2013

Jonathan Silver co-organised and presented a paper at three linked sessions on ‘The contested politics Read more

Special Issue of Local Environment

Jonathan Silver has co-edited a special issue of the journal Local Environment: ‘Urban vulnerability, adaptation Read more

Book review on Afropolis

Mary Lawhon has produced a book review for the geography journal Antipode for the forthcoming Read more