Short and sharp Political Ecology analysis

March 8, 2019

About Permaculture Songs and the Food (In)security Narrative

by Elena Louisa.. The promotion of food (in)security over decades has achieved to govern the way we think about alternatives to industrialised agriculture. Global famine is not a problem of food scarcity but a legacy of unequal power structures which are weaved into past and present agri-food systems. Agriculture based on permaculture can embrace localized food supply and be part of context-specific solutions to today's food challenges.
February 21, 2019

The Internet – a case for political ecology?

By Annika Kettenburg
The digital sphere is more than the playground of techno-optimism, eco-modernism and capitalist expansion. While in the mainstream it is portrayed as immaterial and unpolitical, the internet is the place where personal data becomes a commodity whose production and distribution exploits workers and nature.
February 14, 2019

Political ecologies of urban nature in Bogotá, Colombia

by Germán A. Quimbayo Ruiz In Bogotá, urban nature suffers from pressures for urban development, profit-making and corruption. But it has also been mobilised as a legitime vehicle in pursuit of a more just city-region.
February 7, 2019

Reflections on Authoritarian Populism: Democracy, Technology and Ecological Destruction

By Alexander Dunlap. Using anarchist critique to unearth the ‘roots’ of authoritarian populism can offer a productive gateway for understanding the origins and continuation of socio-ecological and economic crises.
January 31, 2019

Night of the Living ‘Things’: Zombie Archaeology

by Eric Fleischmann Capitalist societies produce more stuff than ever before but all these things are quickly discarded. Rubbish becomes part of topography and ecological systems, eventually returning to humans. When the remnants of our past return to us by themselves with a vengeance, this is zombie archaeology.
January 24, 2019

Should political ecology be populist?

Political ecology should take populism seriously, not only because of its authoritarian or regressive manifestations, but also for its transformative potential.
January 17, 2019

Urban forests, regeneration and conflicts: the case of Prati di Caprara in Bologna (Italy)

by Andrea Zinzani and Enrico Curzi An analysis of the socio-environmental conflict in the course of the regeneration process of Prati di Caprara in Bologna (Italy): how urban political ecology can help us framing the politics and nature of urban forests.
January 10, 2019

Headless populism and the political ecology of alienation

By Patrick Huff. Populism of the kind displayed by the Yellow Vests is a revolt against social and ecological alienation and an affirmation of collective popular power.
December 20, 2018

Who is guarding whom?

By Mihnea Tanasescu Does good environmentalism mean humans have to become guardians of nature? Triggered by her research in New Zealand, Mihnea Tanasescu reflects on this idea, which is so widespread as to go unnoticed.
December 13, 2018

Environmental populisms – alongside and beyond (state) authority

By Kai Bosworth. Rather than (only) critiquing and dismissing existing uses of ‘the people’ as insufficient, political ecology could contribute to a new international populism capable of upholding climate justice.
November 29, 2018

Authoritarianism, populism and political ecology

By Amber Huff and Levi Van Sant. Based on a number of events convened under the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative, we introduce a series of interventions that explore how political ecologies can help us to better understand and confront the emergence of contemporary authoritarian populism.
November 11, 2018

Local Science Fiction: Call for submissions for futuristic imaginaries

Our friends at Uneven Earth are calling for contributions in their Not afraid of the ruins series. We are happy to invite our readers to consider sharing their stories for imagining what the near and far futures in specific places may look like.  
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