Resource Politics: papers, blogs, pictures, video

This page links to all the materials we’ve made available from the Resource Politics conference on 7-9 September 2015.

Resourcepolprog2Conference papers

A selection of conference papers are already available to download, with more to follow soon.


rocheleauVideo from the conference plenaries (including Betsy Hartmann, Rohan D’Souza, Michael Watts, Johan Rockström and Melissa Leach, and a panel on social justice) and interviews with participants.

Watch the video clips


storify-logoOur conference Storify tells the story of the conference as it unfolded, including words and images taken from participants’ contributions on the Twitter hashtag #resourcepol.

Storify: Resource Politics 2015

Blog posts

What resource politics means now Lyla Mehta
Thinking critically about the green economy, conflict and environmental justice Amber Huff
Neoliberal conservation, REDD+ and ‘inclusive exclusions’ Andreas Scheba
Democratising innovation, data and knowledge John Thompson
Nature can’t pay its own way – so let’s take the market out of conservation Benjamin Neimark
Of tools, discourses and politics: the debate on the Anthropocene and Planetary Boundaries Jonas Torrens
From ‘friendship’ to ‘entanglement’: researchers and transformation Ruth Segal
The politics of Nature in the Anthropocene Kathleen McAfee
Have oil companies learned from the Niger Delta crisis?
Resource Politics: living in the Anthropocene Ian Scoones
Green Economy and the ‘growth fetish’: what are the alternatives? Kathleen McAfee

raquel2Graphic panels

The illustrator Raquel Durán created a series of large pictures during our four plenary sessions, providing a visual record of the discussion.

Gallery: Graphic illustrations (Flickr)


View a set of photos from the conference, taken by Lance Bellers.

Gallery: Resource Politics photos (Flickr)

rp-engagement-275Engagement: participants’ stories

We asked conference participants to tell us where, how and with whom they ‘engaged’ in their research and/or activism around resource politics. We got plenty of contributions to our world map, which we’ve turned into an online version.

Browse the stories

Stay informed

Conference participants will receive updates when these are posted: if you didn’t attend, you can sign up to the STEPS newsletter for updates.

About the conference

The international conference Resource Politics: transforming pathways to sustainability was held at the Institute of Development Studies from 7-9 September 2015. View the conference programme.

The event is the latest conference in a series from the ESRC STEPS Centre.

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