Professor Simon BatterburyChair in Political Ecology
Simon Batterbury is the inaugural Chair in Political Ecology at LEC. Also Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. My interest is in how people sustain livelihoods and their identities in adverse environmental, political and social conditions. I'm most interesed in environmental justice and struggles, sustainable livelihoods in drylands and international development issues, led by social science investigations and the exciting interdisciplinary and multi-scalar field of political ecology, where LEC has particular strengths.
I worked on agricultural futures, rural development, 'desertification' and soil and water conservation in the West African Sahel as an academic, and with development projects (in Burkina Faso and Niger); in East Timor with Australian and Timorese colleagues (on land tenure struggles and rural livelihoods); and most recently with Kanak and European collaborators on the social and environmental complexities of unique Indigenous-controlled mining interests in New Caledonia (francophone islands in the South Pacific), where mining has geopoltical importance.
I have worked collaboratively and across disciplines for 25 years, latterly with a fantastic PhD group, that has had 12 PhD and 35 Masters and Honours graduates; and students currently working in Cameroon, Ecuador, Colombia and Indonesia.
Closer to home, I am enthusiastic about alternative social and environmental movements working outside prevailing neoliberal norms, particularly community bicycle cultures - working with Dr. Ruth Lane and former colleagues at VUB in Brussels.
As a commitment to Open Access publishing, I have co-edited the flagship Journal of Political Ecology since 2003 (http://jpe.library.arizona.edu - free to authors and readers) and I curate a listing of reputable OA journals that are free or affordable in geography, anthropology, planning, environmental studies and the social sciences.
I have taught every semester except three since 1993, to over 4,000 students, and currently deliver LEC.320 - Africa: Geographies of Transformation. I was also Director of the unique, interdisciplinary 370-strong Master of Environment at Melbourne.
I studied human and environmental geography (BA Hons. Reading University, 1985; MA and PhD Clark University USA, 1990/1997). I have lectured in human geography and development studies, at Brunel University (1993-1999), the LSE (1999-2001), the University of Arizona (2001-2004), and most recently Environmental Studies at the University of Melbourne (2004-2016), with fellowships at Colorado, Roskilde, Oxford (ECI) and VUB (Cosmopolis).
Further information and cv is available at http://www.simonbatterbury.net, publications in English and French since 1993 are linked here, and general ruminations are at http://simonbatterbury.wordpress.com/ . I'm on Researchgate and Academia (unless they start charging).
L’environnement dans les géographies anglophone et française: émergence, transformations et circulations de la political ecology
Kull, C.A., Batterbury, S. 23/02/2017 In: Humanités environnementales. Paris : Publications de la Sorbonne p. 117-138. 22 p.
Bicycle justice: community bicycle workshops and "invisible cyclists" in Brussels
Batterbury, S., Vandermeersch, I. 4/07/2016 In: Bicycle justice and urban transformation. London : Routledge p. 189-202. 14 p.
Long review of Scoones, Ian Sustainable rural livelihoods and rural development
Batterbury, S. 1/07/2016 In: Journal of Political Ecology. 23, 3 p.
Contested sites, land claims and economic development in Poum, New Caledonia
Kowasch, M., Batterbury, S., Neumann, M. 31/05/2016 In: Other people's country. London : Routledge p. 26-40. 15 p.
La géographie face aux défis environnementaux dans le monde Anglophone
Kull, C.A., Batterbury, S. 1/03/2016 In: Manifeste pour une géographie environnementale: géographie, écologie, politique. Paris : les Presses de Science Po p. 227-255. 29 p.
Food in the city: urban food geographies and 'local' food sourcing in Melbourne and San Diego County
McGirr, H., Batterbury, S. 3/02/2016 In: Geographical Research. 54, 1, p. 3–18. 16 p.
Ecología política: relevancia, activismo y posibilidades de cambio
Batterbury, S. 15/01/2016 In: Ecología Política. 50, p. 45-54. 10 p.
"We live from mother nature": neoliberal globalization, commodification, the 'war on drugs', and biodiversity in Colombia since the 1990s
Chavez-Agudelo, J.M., Batterbury, S., Beilin, R. 10/07/2015 In: SAGE Open. 5, 3, p. 1-15. 15 p.
Observatoire socio-économique du projet Koniambo
01/11/2016 → 01/11/2019