via Bath Spa University Environmental Humanities Research Centre Public Lecture; Mining the Skeleton Coast: Nature, Capital and History; by Dr … More
Author: Sian Sullivan
Professor Sian Sullivan and the Future Pasts AHRC Project invited to blog about their research on the AHRC Heritage Priority Area Platform
How many fingers am I holding up?
In a famous scene in George Orwell’s 1984, Inner Party member O’Brien tests protagonist Winston Smith’s allegiance to Party truth … More
Intersections Seminar on ‘Making nature investable’, University of Toronto
Originally posted on Intersections:
Friday, March 9, 2018 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Sian Sullivan Sidney Smith Hall – SS5017A…
Nature 3.0 – Will blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies save the planet?
Originally posted on ENTITLE blog – a collaborative writing project on Political Ecology:
by Sian Sullivan Can new cryptocurrencies finance projects with positive environmental impacts, whilst unlocking ‘the $120…
Nature is being renamed ‘natural capital’ – but is it really the planet that will profit?
China’s Jiangxi mountains: now just an asset? Shutterstock Sian Sullivan, Bath Spa University The four-yearly World Conservation Congress of the … More
Three of Namibia’s most famous lion family were poisoned – why?
The ‘Musketeers’ pictured here were stars of a recent National Geographic documentary. Sian Sullivan, Author provided Sian Sullivan, Bath Spa … More
On the spirit(s) of oil
In the last few days, I have met Manari Ushigua of the Sápara people (‘Zapara’) of Pastaza Province in the … More
Reflections on Clyde Reflections: a film installation by film-maker Stephen Hurrel and social ecologist Ruth Brennan
One evening in May 2015 I started to read Pirate Utopias: Moorish Corsairs and European Renegadoes (2003(1995)) by Peter Lamborn … More
On ‘natural capital’ and ‘ecosystem services’ in the proposed Nature and Well-being Act (The Wildlife Trusts and RSPB)
This post responds to an invitation to add my views to a comments thread regarding the recently published ‘Green Paper’ … More
At the Edinburgh Forums on Natural Capital and Natural Commons: From disavowal to plutonomy, via ‘natural capital’
In Edinburgh over the next two days the inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital claims that ‘a revolution is taking … More
revisiting ‘Isolation Came’ dance piece 1993
Isolation Came Choreographed by Katy Wilson to ‘Stomache Music’ by Colin Murrell (apologies for poor sound quality – sound was … More
Plenary Panel with Pavan Sukhdev at the Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity
Back in Norway again! This time as part of a ‘high-level’ Plenary Panel on ‘Trade-offs in National Policies’ at the … More
The aurora affect
It’s official. We live in a magical universe. I have always known this, somewhere. In my heart, in my belly, … More
Chess or Go?
It’s November and I am in Oslo for the Norwegian Association for Development Research conference Development for a Finite Planet: … More
After the green rush? Biodiversity offsets, uranium power and the ‘calculus of casualties’ in greening growth
Download full paper Abstract Biodiversity offsets are part of a new suite of biodiversity conservation instruments designed to mitigate the … More
Green: Going Beyond ‘the Money Shot’
Green Green is a 2009 film depicting deforestation of Indonesian tropical forest to make way for industrial palm oil plantations, … More
The making of a one-handed economist
Read my Dad’s book, The Making of a One-handed Economist! It’s available here. I am of course biased. Nevertheless I … More
A techno-recipe for making nature the friend of capital
2011 marks the 200 year anniversary of the Luddite rebellion in the UK. The Luddite’s were workers whose livelihoods, cottage industries … More
To celebrate Earth Day 2011
To mark Earth Day on 22nd April I was invited to reprint a short article on the theme of ‘Bioculturalism … More
The business of bio(cultural) diversity?
On 8 July, an opinion piece was published in the journal Nature under the title ‘The Business of Biodiversity‘. In … More
The environmentality of ‘Earth Incorporated’
The environmentality of ‘Earth Incorporated’: on contemporary primitive accumulation and the financialisation of environmental conservation Paper presented at the conference … More
Current Conservation 3(3) special issue: Neoliberal biodiversity conservation & displacement
Special journal issue bringing together cases and critique regarding the impacts of neoliberal biodiversity conservation on local peoples and alternative … More
A new ‘Imperial Ecology’?
‘Ecosystem service commodities’ – a new imperial ecology? Implications for animist immanent ecologies, with Deleuze and Guattari In New Formations: … More
On constructing nature as ‘service-provider’
Green capitalism, and the cultural poverty of constructing nature as service-provider in Radical Anthropology 3 (2009), pp. 18-27. ‘People differ … More
On non-equilibrium and nomadism
On non-equilibrium and nomadism: knowledge, diversity and global modernity in drylands (and beyond …) forthcoming in Pimbert, M. (ed.) Reclaiming … More
Displaced and disobedient knowledge
Problematizing neoliberal biodiversity conservation: displaced and disobedient knowledges Co-authored with Jim Igoe, this is a report of a workshop with … More
An ecosystem at your service?
An ecosystem at your service? in The Land, Winter 2008/9: 21-23. Online here. Download full article here (.pdf)
For the G20 Alternative Summit, London 2009
Notes on the poverty of constructing nature as service-provider Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this … More
On bioculturalism, shamanism and unlearning the creed of growth
This piece started life as a talk at the a symposium on ‘Sustaining Biological and Cultural Diversity’ at the American … More