Reviews of political ecology books, films and events

April 18, 2017

Fault Lines – Earthquakes and Urbanism in Modern Italy

By Giuseppe Forino* In his recently published book Fault Lines, Giacomo Parrinello delves into the environmental history of two major earthquakes in Sicily in the last century, allowing the earthquakes to narrate a fascinating journey into the dynamics and continuities between urban modernization and reconstruction efforts before and after the disasters.
March 30, 2017

Relatos del Encuentro "¡Berta Vive! COPINH Sigue"

Por Jessica Fernandez y Lúcia de Oliveira Fernandes* El día 3 de marzo del 2017 se realizó el Encuentro “¡Berta Vive! COPINH Sigue“, en el Centro de Estudios Sociales-CES de la Universidad de Coimbra, Portugal. Este es un resumen de las presentaciones y debates habidos en este espacio.
March 23, 2017

Green Gentrification: book review and research provocations

García-Lamarca reviews Gould and Lewis’s new book and highlights three missing and important topics for future research on green gentrification.
March 14, 2017

Punk, not cool. Assessing the degrowth debate

By Emanuele Leonardi * Leonardi reviews Giorgos Kallis’ new book “In defense of degrowth”, a volume that provides activists and academics alike with a detailed map of the degrowth discourse, with its theoretical controversies and opportunities for political alliances to come.
February 16, 2017

Tracing narratives and perceptions in the political ecologies of health and disease

In a previous post on ‘Horses, bees and bodies: post-conference accounts from Lexington’, Panagiota Kotsila shared her reflections on the 2015 Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) Conference, where together we organised a panel titled ‘Perceptions of Urban Environmental Health: Narrating Political Ecologies of Disease’. The post promised a forthcoming collection of papers on the topic, which we have now published in the Journal of Political Ecology, with Giacomo D’Alisa.
January 26, 2017

Decolonizing academic publication

By Odomaro Mubangizi, Amber Murrey and Maimuna Islam* Last year, Jimma University in Ethiopia was the location for a five-day workshop to address colonial hierarchies embedded in academic publication and to foster writing communities. This is a brief reflection on said workshop, which was titled “Setting Forth at Dawn: A workshop on the Geopolitics and Practices of Academic Writing.”
January 19, 2017

Desierto Liquído – Liquid Desert

Have we transformed our seas into a liquid desert? The documentary Desierto Líquido – Liquid Desert investigates overfishing through a journey that takes us close to the voices and lives of local fishing communities in Spain, Senegal and Mauritania.
September 20, 2016

Tyrannocene, Carnival, Earth

By Richard Bater* Snowpiercer, a 2013 science fiction film by Bong Joon-Ho, takes us on a post-apocalyptic train ride through Earth. In this blog post, Richard creatively refracts the plot of the film to consider several strands of political thought concerning the anthropocene and human-environment relations.
June 23, 2016

The road as a commons: An interview with James Longhurst, author of "Bike Battles" (2015)

As cyclists struggle to recover their space in the roads, conflicts involving bicycles are attracting more and more attention. Thinking of the road as a commons, as proposed by environmental historian James Longhurst in his new book Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road, may give an entry point to a political ecology perspective. 
June 8, 2016

Reflecting on emotional political ecologies

By Maria Heras, Benedict Singleton and Panagiota Kotsila* Why are the affective and the emotional still not recognised and dealt with as core, essential dimensions in political ecology?
April 28, 2016

Nancy Peluso on Maids and other Mobile Subjects: Remaking Forests and Agrarian Environments in Indonesia

By Nancy Peluso* Reflections on the everyday dimensions of landscape production, agrarian transformation and the movement of capital that take place through the migrations and mobilities of landless women from the mountains of East Java.
April 7, 2016

Post-capitalist ecologies: energy, money and "value" in the Anthropocene

by Alf Hornborg* To focus on the exploitative and destructive logic of the very idea of money might finally help us envisage the end of capitalism. Envisaging an end to capitalism is no doubt preferable to imagining the end of the world, even if it is more difficult. I maintain that any vision of “post-capitalism” that holds on to the idea of general-purpose money is a contradiction in terms. This text is an abbreviated version of the keynote lecture given by Alf Hornborg at the conference […]