Alice Beban’s ‘Unwritten Rule’ wins book awards

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PERC member Alice Beban’s book Unwritten Rule: State-Making through Land Reform in Cambodia (Cornell University Press) has won two prizes in 2023: The Benda Prize and the NZASIA Book Award. The Benda Prize “is given annually to an outstanding newer scholar from any discipline or country specialization of Southeast Asian studies for a first book in the field”. Alice’s work was recognised …

PERC Lunchtime seminars

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PERC is hosting two lunchtime seminars with visiting scholars this week. Recordings will be made available on the website soon after. Join the online events here. We hope to see you there! Plastics and Planetary Boundaries with Patricia Villarrubia-Gómez Wednesday 9 August, 12 – 1pm NZST  In person Massey SST 3.07 and online  In this lunchtime event, Patricia will be presenting …

Call for new APPA members

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Calling all kaitiaki who are concerned about plastic pollution: The Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance (APPA) is seeking new members. APPA is a network of researchers, educators, scientists, industry, campaigners, artists, and conservationists working to prevent and mitigate plastic pollution in Aotearoa and Oceania as an integral part of restoring the mauri of Papatūānuku and Tangaroa. Since late 2018, APPA has …

Feral Keynote Speaker Announcement

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PERC is very excited to announce that Arian Wallach will be giving a keynote address at the upcoming ‘Feral’ conference. Arian is the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney. Her research investigates the ecological role of large predators on biodiversity and functioning of novel ecosystems. She conducts fieldwork across the Australian arid zone, where she is researching the …

Mike Joy Semi-Finalist in National Awards

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Freshwater ecologist and PERC member Mike Joy was nominated late last month as a semi-finalist in the 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards. Mike has been chosen for his work in bringing the state of New Zealand’s waterways to public attention, having studied the diminishing quality of our rivers for the best part of two decades. Speaking to …

Plastic Legacies: Persistence, Pollution, and Politics

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PERC is very pleased to announce that the book Plastic Legacies: Persistence, Pollution, and Politics has been accepted for open access publication with Athabasca University Press (AUP). The book is edited by PERC co-directors Trisia Farrelly and Sy Taffel with Professor Ian Shaw. Plastic Legacies’ genesis was the online conference ‘The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic.’

PERC Update: September 2017

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PERC is a node of POLLEN Political Ecology Research Centre (PERC) has recently concluded The Lives and Afterlives of Plastics conference. The conference (watch here) featured a diverse range of twenty minute presentations covering a wide range of disciplines. Conferences held in Aotearoa/New Zealand tend to be dominated by Australasian voices because of our geographical distance from other parts of …

‘Opening the Bin’

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PERC Co-director Dr Farrelly travelled to Helsingborg, Sweden to attend the ‘Opening the Bin’ Conference. The three-day conference was well attended by social scientists and humanities waste researchers who gathered to discuss “the places, roles and trajectories as well as the meanings, practices, and vocabularies of waste in culture and society.” Dr Farrelly presented on the need for more transdisciplinary …

PERC Student Profile: Fraser Williams

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Fraser is completing his Master of Arts in Social Anthropology at Massey University, and tutors the core citizenship course within the Bachelor of Arts programme. His thesis is an ethnography exploring an New Zealand eco-village that was established to realise a desire to live sustainably. Sustainability is articulated as living lightly on the earth and closer to nature, representing a …