Governance of Natural Resources
The course covers relevant theoretical concepts and approaches concerning the governance of natural resources and enables students to reflect and use these in class discussions and individual and/or group exercises. The development of the student’s generic competence and capabilities constitute an important part of the course and the course consists of a mixture of lectures, individual and/or group works, which are presented and discussed during seminars.
Additional course evaluations for LU0093
Academic year 2022/2023
Governance of Natural Resources (LU0093-20067)
2022-11-01 - 2023-01-15
Academic year 2021/2022
Governance of Natural Resources (LU0093-20132)
2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16
Academic year 2020/2021
Governance of Natural Resources (LU0093-20132)
2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17
Academic year 2019/2020
Governance of Natural Resources (LU0093-20043)
2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19
Academic year 2018/2019
Governance of Natural Resources (LU0093-20108)
2018-11-06 - 2019-01-20
Syllabus and other information
LU0093 Governance of Natural Resources, 15.0 CreditsNaturresursernas organisering och samhällsstyrning
Education cycleMaster’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirementsMaster’s level (A1N)
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to 180 credits, including 90 credits within a particular major within humanities, social or natural sciences. Knowledge equivalent to English 6 (Swedish educational system).
ObjectivesThe aim of this course is to provide students with knowledge related to the governance of natural resources.
After completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Distinguish between major theoretical approaches to the understanding of sustainability dilemmas and the underpinning assumptions that they are based upon.
- Apply concepts and theories from political ecology and other social science related fields to understand different environmental dilemmas.
- Appraise how different policies and institutions impact on resource governance in different contexts and at different scales.
- Distinguish between different and competing discourses of sustainable development in relation to different natural resource governance dilemmas.
- Explain problems and challenges associated with different natural resource governance arrangements and on a general level describe how they are embedded institutionally at different levels and scales.
ContentThe course covers relevant theoretical concepts and approaches concerning the governance of natural resources and enables students to reflect and use these in class discussions and individual and/or group exercises. The exercises draw from examples taken from case studies coming from different contrasting contexts. The development of the student’s generic competence and capabilities constitute an important part of the course and the course consists of a mixture of lectures, individual and/or group works, which are presented and discussed during seminars.
The course is based on the insight that natural resource governance is as much about managing people as it is about managing nature. The course provides students with tools for understanding different ways in which control and access over natural resources are collectively organized and governed, and the different social, economic and ecological conditions that underpins various forms of environmental dilemmas. The course deals with the inter-linkages between natural resource management and rural change from a cross-disciplinarily perspective. Through an exploration of different concepts and perspectives from social theory and political ecology the course critically analyses different natural resource governance dilemmas.
Formats and requirements for examinationApproved home exam, approved participation in compulsory seminars and approved written assignments. If a student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
If a student has been granted targeted study support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative form of assessment.
If this course is discontinued, SLU will decide on transitional provisions for the examination of students admitted under this syllabus who have not yet been awarded a Pass grade.
For the assessment an independent project (degree project), the examiner may also allow a student to add supplemental information after the deadline for submission. For more information, please refer to the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
- If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
- If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
- If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
- For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.
Other informationThe right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course instance which the student has been admitted to and registered on.
If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information, please refer to the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
Department of Urban and Rural Development
Week 44; Conceptualising sustainable natural resource governance
Dryzek, J. 2005. The Politics of Earth – Environmental Discourses. Oxford University Press.
Lemos, M. C. and Agrawal, A. 2006. Environmental Governance. Annual Review of Environment and Resources.
Mehta, L. Leach, M. Newell, P. Scoones, I. Sivaramakrishnan, K and Way, S-A. 1999. Exploring Understandings of Institutions and Uncertainty: New Directions in Natural Resource Management. IDS Discussion Paper 372. Environment Group, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
Lisa Moran & Henrike Rau. 2014. Mapping divergent concepts of sustainability: Lay knowledge, local practices and environmental governance*. *Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2014.963838.
Nightingale, A., Böhler T., Campbell, B. and Karlsson, L (eds.). 2019. Environment and sustainability in a globalizing world, Routledge, New York. Read chapter 1, 3 and 6
Week 45; Conceptualising central concepts and theories
Theorising resource governance dilemmas: Key concepts and perspectives 2
Acheson, J. 2011. Ostrom for anthropologists*.* International Journal of the Commons, Vol. 5, no 2 August 2011, pp. 319–339.
Cleaver, F.D. and de Koning, J., 2015. Furthering critical institutionalism. International Journal of the Commons, 9(1), pp.1–18. DOI:http://doi.org/10.18352/ijc.605
‘Is good mining possible? Exploring green and just transitions in the extractive industries’
Toumbourou, T., Muhdar, M., Werner, T., & Bebbington, A. (2020). Political ecologies of the post-mining landscape: Activism, resistance, and legal struggles over Kalimantan’s coal mines. Energy Research & Social Science, 65, 101476. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101476
Oskarsson, P., Nielsen, K. B., Lahiri-Dutt, K., & Roy, B. (2021). India’s new coal geography: Coastal transformations, imported fuel and state-business collaboration in the transition to more fossil fuel energy. Energy Research & Social Science, 73, 101903. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101903
Resource governance in human and political geography: property, territory, and other analytics
Lund, C. 2006. Twilight Institutions: Public Authority and Local Politics in Africa. Development and Change, 37: 685–705. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7660.2006.00497
Ribot, J. & Peluso, N. 2003. A theory of access. Rural Sociology, 682, 99. 153-181
Elden, Stuart (2010). Land, terrain, territory. Progress in Human Geography, 34(6): 799-817
Week 46; Democracy, institutional embeddedness, and multi-scalar governance of NRM
‘Marine resource management through EU external fisheries policy’
Arthur P J Mol 2006 Environmental Governance in the Information Age: The Emergence of Informational Governance. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
Kadfak, A., & Widengård, M. (2022). From fish to fishworker traceability in Thai fisheries reform. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space
Bailey, M., Bush, S. R., Miller, A., & Kochen, M. (2016). The role of traceability in transforming seafood governance in the global South. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 18, 25-32.
Calvão, F., & Archer, M. (2021). Digital extraction: Blockchain traceability in mineral supply chains. Political Geography, 87, 102381.
The institutional landscape of Natural Resource Governance
Biermann and Pattberg. 2008. Global Environmental Governance: Taking Stock, Moving Forward. Annual Review of Environment and Resources.
Theorizing local democracy in NRM
Fischer, Harry. 2021*. *Decentralization and the governance of climate adaptation: Situating community-based planning within broader trajectories of political transformation. *World Development *140: 105335.
Ribot, J., Chhatre, A., & Lankina, T. 2008. Introduction: Institutional choice and recognition in the formation and consolidation of local democracy. Conservation and Society, 6, 1–11.
Community forestry institutions and challenges to collective action in the context of socio-ecological transition. A case from Nepal
Ojha, H., Persha, L., & Chhatre, A. (2009). Community forestry in Nepal: a policy innovation for local livelihoods (Vol. 913). International Food Policy Research Institute.
K C, B., Race, D., Fisher, R., & Jackson, W. (2021). Changing Rural Livelihoods and Forest Use Transition in the Middle Hills of Nepal. Small-scale Forestry,* 20*(3), 479-501. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11842-021-09477-6
Khatri, D. B., Marquardt, K., Pain, A., & Ojha, H. (2018). Shifting regimes of management and uses of forests: What might REDD+ implementation mean for community forestry? Evidence from Nepal. Forest Policy and Economics,* 92*, 1-10. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2018.03.005
Khatri, D. & Paudel, D. & Pain, A. & Marquardt, K. & Khatri, S., (2022) “Reterritorialization of community forestry: Scientific Forest management for commercialization in Nepal”, Journal of Political Ecology 29(1), p.455–474. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.2298
Week 47; Climate, forest and development dilemmas
Global agendas for forest conservation in an era of climate change
Fleischman, F., et al. 2020*. *Pitfalls of tree planting show why we need people-centered natural climate solutions. *Bioscience *70(11): 947–950.
Pritchard, R. 2021 Politics, power and planting trees. *Nature Sustainability *
Coleman, E., et al. 2021. Limited effects of tree planting on forest canopy cover and rural livelihoods in Northern India*. Nature Sustainability.*
"Planting trees in Africa": Local consequences of Swedish carbon forestry
Leach, M. and Scoones. I. 2015. Political Ecologies of Carbon in Africa. In Leach, M., & Scoones, I. (2015). Carbon conflicts and forest landscapes in Africa. Pp. 1-42. London and New York: Routledge.
Hajdu F, Fischer K, Penje O 2016 Questioning the use of ‘degradation’ in climate mitigation: A case study of a forest carbon CDM project in Uganda. Land Use Policy. 59 (31) 412–422.
Land use policies, climate adaptation and livelihoods in Southeast Asia
Eriksen, S. Nightingale, A. and Eakin, H. 2015. Reframing adaptation: The political nature of climate change adaptation. Global Environmental Change. No 35 (2015) 523–533.
Beckman, M. & Nguyen, M.V.T (2015): Upland development, climate related risk and institutional conditions for adaptation in Vietnam,* Climate and Development*. DOI:10.1080/17565529.2015.1067178
“Land deals in limbo: The Bagamoyo case in Tanzania”
Engström, L., & Hajdu, F. (2019). Conjuring ‘Win-World’–resilient development narratives in a large-scale agro-investment in Tanzania. The Journal of Development Studies, 55(6), 1201-1220.
Borras Jr, S. M., Franco, J. C., Moreda, T., Xu, Y., Bruna, N., & Demena, B. A. (2022). The value of so-called ‘failed’large-scale land acquisitions. Land Use Policy, 119, 106199.
Tania ML (2014) What is land? Assembling a resource for global investment. *Transactions of the *Institute of British Geographers 39
Week 48; Land and water grabbing dilemmas
A feminist political ecology approach to environmental governance
To be determined
Global land transactions, water grabs and the hydropolitical landscape of the Nile Basin
Sandström, E. Jägerskog, A. and Oestigaard, T. 2016. Changing Challenges: New Hydropolitical Landscapes in the Nile Basin. In Sandström, E. Jägerskog, A. and Oestigaard, T (eds). Land and Hydropolitics in the Nile River Basin: Challenges and New Investments.
Fairhead, J. Leach, M & Scoones, I. 2012. Green Grabbing: a new appropriation of nature? Journal of Peasant Studies, 39:2, 237-261. DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2012.671770
Sandström, E. 2016. Dealing with water – emerging land investments and the hydropolitical landscape of the Nile Basin. In Sandström, E. Jägerskog, A. and Oestigaard, T (eds). Land and Hydropolitics in the Nile River Basin: Challenges and New Investments.
Land as symbol and substance in struggles over social and material survival
Braun, B. (2002). The intemperate rainforest: nature, culture, and power on Canada's west coast. Minneapolis: Univ. of Minnesota Press. (Read Chapter 1 & 2)
Week 49; Pastoralism and mining dilemmas
Kalasnikovs and pastoralism in the Karamoja cluster, East Africa
Leff, J .2009. Pastoralists at War: Violence and security in the Kenya-Sudan-Uganda border region. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, Vol. 3 (2):188-203
Jabs, L 2007. Where two elephants meet, the grass suffers: A case study of intractable conflict in Karamoja, Uganda. American Behavioral Scientist, Vol 50 (11): 1498-1519
Mining, pastoralism and territoriality in the Swedish North
Halvorsen, S. 2018. Decolonising territory: Dialogues with Latin American knowledges and grassroots strategies. *Progress in Human Geography. *
Haikola, S., Anshelm, J. 2016. Mineral policy at a crossroads? Critical reflections on the challenges with expanding Sweden’s mining sector. The Extractive Industries and Society
Stiernström, A. Arora-Jonsson, S. Territorial narratives: Talking claims in open moments. *Geoforum. *
Lindahl, K. Johansson, A., Zachrisson, A, Viklund, R. 2018. Competing pathways to sustainability? Exploring conflicts over mine establishments in the Swedish mountain region. *Journal of Environmental Management. *
Week 50; Nature conservation and biodiversity dilemmas
Achieving Conservation Goals in Human-inhabited Protected Areas: the Case of Zapatera Archipelago National Park in Nicaragua
Sriskandarajah, N. Giva, N., Hansen, H.P. (2016). Bridging Divides through Spaces of Change: Action Research for Cultivating the Commons in Human-Inhabited Protected Areas in Nicaragua and Mozambique. In: Hansen, H.P., Nielsen, B., Sriskandarajah, N. and Gunnarsson, E. (Eds.).Commons, Sustainability, Democratization: Action Research and the Basic Renewal of Society Routledge Advances, In: Research Methods, 139- 166.
Arévalo, A. R. 2010. Enhancing Natural Resources Management and Livelihoods in Zapatera Archipelago National Park, Nicaragua. An Action Research Study with Residents of two Communities in Zapatera Island. Masters Thesis. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Uppsala, Sweden. 49 pp.
How can the Amazon rainforest be preserved? The weak state and the importance of collective action
Bartholdson, Ö and Porro, R. 2019. Brokers – A Weapon of the Weak: The Impact of Bureaucracy and Brokers on a Community-based Forest Management Project in the Brazilian Amazon, Forum for Development Studies, 46:1, 1-22, DOI: 10.1080/08039410.2018.1427621
Celso H. L. Silva-Junior et al. 2022. Forest Fragmentation and Fires in the Eastern Brazilian Amazon–Maranhão State, Brazil. Fire. Vol. 5 (77): 1-17