Andrea Joslyn Nightingale
My academic interests span political ecology, socionatures, critical development studies, feminist theory, and methodological work on mixing methods across the social and natural sciences. I feel passionately about theorizing new understandings of the society-environment nexus to account for power and politics within dynamic and unpredictable environmental change. I use in-depth, fieldwork-based studies combined with interdisciplinary theorizing to work with ontological and methodological pluralism.
I focus these passions around three main themes:
(1) Climate change adaptation and transformation in the context of development
(2) Public authority, state formation and collective action
(3) Emotion and subjectivity within environmental governance and commoning
I have worked in Nepal for over thirty years on questions of natural resource management, gender, caste and related environmental justice issues, and state transformation. I have also worked in Scotland on in-shore fisheries management. My most recent work is focused on climate change adaptation and political change and has expanded to include comparative work in Kenya and Nicaragua.
My scholarship has contributed to debates in feminist political ecology on theorising social justice, nature, commoning and environmental governance. I probe how intersectional social relations, including gender, race, caste, class and other axes of social difference (known collectively as intersectional subjectivities) are foundational to which management priorities are considered, who is expected to do what kinds of work to achieve environmental governance and sustainability goals. I am particularly interested in the possibilities for the transformation of inequalities and exclusions as collectives struggles over everyday governance practices.
- HGO4301 The social dimensions of climate change
My pedagogy is oriented around an experiential, interactive learning philosophy combined with a strong focus on analytical and conceptual learning. I take a student-centred, exploratory and mentoring approach that seeks to help students to recognise and achieve their own potential.
I began my career on sailboats, mountaintops and swamps teaching environmental education to school children and adults in the USA. I interspersed outdoor education with work for the US Forest Service as a Ranger and Fisheries Technician.
In the mid 1990s, I trained as a geographer at the Department of Geography, University of Minnesota (2001) where I was a MacArthur Fellow in an interdisciplinary global studies training program, and held National Science Foundation Graduate Student awards, and a Fulbright award in Nepal for my research. After finishing my PhD, I held a faculty position as Environmental Geographer at the University of Edinburgh from 2002-2012. From 2012 I joined the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and helped found their Environmental Social Science research program. In 2015 moved to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences as Chair of Rural Development in the Global South before coming to the University of Oslo in February of 2019.
The Swedish Research Council Sustainability and Resilience award, Governing Climate Resilient Futures: gender, justice and conflict resolution in resource management, is a partnership with Noemi Gonda (SLU), Siri Eriksen (Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences), Hemant R. Ojha (Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis at University of Canberra and Institute for Studies and Development Worldwide Sydney, Australia), Dil Khatri (Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies, Nepal), Pierre Merlet (Universidad Centroamericana (UCA)-Nitlapa, Nicaragua), Ben Muok (Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST), Kenya). The work explores the possibilities for deliberative learning and transformative pathways towards social and climate justice.
The Swedish Research Council (VR) funded project, “Conflict, Violence and Environmental Change: Investigating resource governance and legitimacy in transitional societies (COVEC)” explores the politics of climate change adaptation in partnership with Siri Eriksen (Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway), Hemant Ojha (Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis at University of Canberra and Institute for Studies and Development Worldwide Sydney, Australia), the Southasia Institute for Advanced Studies (SIAS), and Ben Muok (Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST), Kenya).
Hemant Ojha and I finalized in 2015 our British Academy funded project, “Climate Change and Political Violence? Resource governance and post-conflict reconstruction in Nepal.” The Nepal work was part of a growing collaboration with Ajaya Dixit at the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-Nepal (ISET-Nepal) and their International Development Research Institute (IDRC), Canada funded Think Tank work. Together we have engaged in policy debates around climate change adaptation and resilience, as well as providing writing workshops for emerging scholars in Nepal.
WEGO is a European Research Council Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network award on feminist political ecology. One of the two WEGO PhD students is engaged in research in Nepal on state formation and the other on in-shore fisheries organizing in Scotland.
Landscapes of Democracy, is my long term research project in Nepal tracking the political transition through the lens of resource governance. Resource governance is a context wherein struggles over authority and demands for resources and recognition of citizenship rights are particularly acute. This work points to how democracy and good environmental governance are dependent upon each other.
The Producing Seascapes project was closely linked to my previous research on in-shore fisheries management in Scotland and my interests in subjectivity, emotion and environment. Producing Seascapes probed how the Swedish coastal environment is understood and experienced differently for different people and links this plurality of views to governance challenges. The case study focused on the northwestern coast of Sweden in the area around Strömstad in collaboration with Ruth Brennan (Trinity Centre for Environmental Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin and Scottish Association for Marine Science), Stephen Hurrel (independent artist).
2019-2022 Swedish Research Council (VR) Sustainability and Resilience grant, Governing Climate Resilient Futures: gender, justice and conflict resolution in resource management, Lead investigator with Dr. Noemi Gonda (SLU), Dr. Siri Eriksen (Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences), Dr. Hemant R. Ojha (University of Canberra), Dr. Dil Khatri (Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies, Nepal), Mr. Pierre Merlet (Universidad Centroamericana (UCA)-Nitlapa, Nicaragua), and Dr. Ben Muok (Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST), Kenya).
2019-2021 EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network award, Wellbeing, Ecology, Gender, and cOmmunity (WEGO), University of Oslo collaborator with lead Dr. Wendy Harcourt (ISS, The Hague, and 20 international collaborators).
2018 Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Landscapes of Democracy: politics, subjectivity and ecologies in environmental governance, sabbatical grant.
2016-2019 Swedish Research Council (VR) grant, Conflict, Violence and Environmental Change: Investigating resource governance and legitimacy in transitional societies (COVEC), Lead investigator with Dr. Siri Eriksen (Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences), Dr. Hemant R. Ojha (University of New South Wales, Australia and Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies, Nepal) and Dr. Ben Muok (Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST), Kenya).
2015-2020 Norwegian Research Council grant, Interactions of Climate Extremes, Air Pollution and Agro-ecosystems (CiXPAG)” Project no. 244551/E10, Lead investigator of social science work package, Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), overall project leader, Dr. Jana Sillman, CICERO, Norway.
2014-2015 Marine Centre Grant, Producing Seascapes: Communities and marine spatial planning in Sweden and Scotland, lead investigator with Dr. Ruth Brennan (SAMS, Scotland), Steve Hurrel (artist), Linus Karlsson and Dr. Per Knutsson. University of Gothenburg.
Chair of Rural Development in the Global South, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Uppsala, Sweden (2015-2019)
Professor II (guest professor), International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Norwegian Life Sciences University (NMBU), Ås, Norway (2015-2017).
Director of Environmental Social Science, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden (2013-2015)
Professor of Environmental Social Science, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden (2012-2015)
Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (2012)
Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (2002-2012)
Research Fellow, Arkleton Centre for Rural Development, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK (2001-2002).
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Duluth, Minnesota, USA (2001).
MacArthur Scholars Interdisciplinary Program on Global Change, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis USA (1994-2001)
- Ankita Shrestha, WEGO funded PhD student, University of Oslo
- Eoin Farrelley, WEGO funded PhD student, University of Oslo
- Linus Karlsson, faculty funded PhD student, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
- Ensor, Jonathan Edward; Wennström, Patrick; Nightingale, Andrea Joslyn; Bhatterai, Anil; Eriksen, Siri & Sillmann, Jana (2019). Asking the right questions in adaptation research and practice: Seeing beyond climate impacts in rural Nepal. Environmental Science and Policy. ISSN 1462-9011. 94, s 227- 236
- Nightingale, Andrea Joslyn (2019). Commoning for inclusion? commons, exclusion, property and socio-natural becomings. International Journal of the Commons. ISSN 1875-0281. 13(1), s 16- 39