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The Lorax Project: Understanding Ecosystemic Politics (LORAX)

2018 - 2023 (Ongoing)
Research Project
Do regional politics around border-crossing ecosystems share important resemblances and differ in significant ways from global politics?

“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.” 
― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

The Lorax project is a comparative effort to expand scholarly understanding of hitherto largely overlooked sites of politics – those located between global and national politics and built up around mutually acknowledged ‘shared ecosystems.’ The core question here is: Do regional politics around border-crossing ecosystems share important resemblances and differ in significant ways from global politics?

To address this question, the Lorax project analyzes the networks of participation, hierarchies of actors and diplomatic norms of the governance fields that have grown up around efforts to ‘speak for’ border-crossing ecosystems in three locations – the Arctic, the Amazon Basin, and the Caspian Sea. 

Funding program

The project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Articles

Call for papers for a panel at the European International Studies Association Pan-European Conference (EISAPEC 2022)

February 10, 2022

Want to submit a paper for EISCAPEC 2022? Now is your chance.

Transnational Ecosystems Cooperation is Taking off

August 19, 2021

Do these efforts to govern border-crossing ecosystems have unique effects that matter for global politics more generally?

Reduced influence in the Arctic?

November 4, 2021

In the Arctic Council, eight states work on, among several other pressing issues, the alarming impacts of global climate change. But who gets a say? Research Professor Elana Wilson Rowe investigates this in a new article.

International Organisations and the Caspian Sea Ecosystem

June 27, 2022

Lorax in Motion is a series whereby we report and reflect upon the Lorax project team’s ongoing research activities. Here, we catch up with Paul Beaumont, who is co-authoring a paper with Elana Wilson Rowe ( the PI of Lorax) investigating the social and political consequences of environmental cooperation around the Caspian Sea.

News

Lorax in Motion: Mapping Amazon Ecosystem Networks

April 16, 2021

This is the second in our “Lorax in Motion” series, which reports on our reflections from the project as it unfolds.

News

Lorax in Motion: Building the Transnational Ecosystem Politics Database

March 17, 2021

Lorax in Motion is a series whereby we report and reflect upon the Lorax project’s ongoing research activities. Here, we zoom in upon Lorax’s  Dr Cristiana Maglia, who recently received her PhD in Political Science Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), after a stay as a visiting scholar at The University of Oxford. Her primary research interests include institutions, right wing political parties, electoral markets and ideology.

News
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Launching Norway’s Plan for the UN’s “Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development”

January 8, 2021

NUPI’s Centre for Ocean Governance is ready to step up to challenge. 

News

Prestigious ERC funding to Elana Wilson Rowe – ‘I’m thrilled!’

July 27, 2018

The European Research Council (ERC) yearly awards talented early career researchers project funding through Starting grants. 403 research projects were granted this year, and Elana Wilson Rowe's (NUPI) is one of them.

Publications

Publication
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Networked territoriality: A processual–relational view on the making (and makings) of regions in world politics

2022
This article proposes a processual–relational perspective on region-making and its effects in world politics. It revisits the concepts of regionalism ...
Publication : Editorial

EU's Arktispolitik er for snæver

2020
Energy politics, space policy and ocean governance need to be considered, if the EU is to succeed in creating a well-founded and effective political narrative ...
Publication : Editorial

Unexplored resources for EU Arctic policy: Energy, oceans and space

2020
The EUs current Arctic policy from 2016 focuses on climate and environmental protection, sustainable development and international cooperation. The EU ...

Project Manager

Themes
Governance  Oceans  Diplomacy  The Arctic  Russia and Eurasia  Climate  South and Central America  International organizations
Participants

Kristin Fjæstad

Senior Research Fellow, head of the Research group on Russia, Asia and international trade

 

Events
Tue 14 Sept 2021
Event
Time: 12:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: Microsoft Teams

Virtual Book Talk: Towards An Ecosystems Approach to Climate Security?

Matt McDonald discusses his radical new ethical framework for reckoning with the climate crisis and how it can be put into practice.

Wed 25 Sept 2019
Event
Time: 16:30 Europe/Oslo
Location: Deichman's main library

Environmental challenges know no borders – Foreign policy for a habitable planet

What obstacles is there in solving the climate crisis? Who is responsible for saving us from it? Does it matter what we do locally and nationally? What role does foreign policy play in reaching the goal? WWF, J.M. Stenersens Forlag and NUPI invites you to a mini-lecture with David Wallace-Wells and a panel discussion on the importance of a greener foreign policy.

Wed 25 Sept 2019
Event
Time: 14:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

Theory seminar: States and Nature – The Effects of Climate Change on Security

Joshua Busby, University of Texas-Austin, will present the main argument and empirical work from his draft book manuscript.

Mon 17 Jun 2019
Event
Time: 10:30 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

Governing oceans in an age of global shifts

How can we ensure that the oceans are governed in a secure and sustainable way? How can coastal states like Norway use the oceans to increase their economic growth? Welcome to this seminar and launch of NUPI’s new Center for Ocean Governance.

Tue 22 Jan 2019
Event
Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: Arena, Clarion Hotel The Edge, Tromsø

Science diplomacy and security in the Arctic

At this year's Arctic Frontiers, we will take a closer look at diplomacy and security in the Arctic.