Collection of posts that speak to each other on a specific topic in Political Ecology.

March 24, 2020

How one of Montréal’s poorest neighborhood became ripe for green gentrification

By Melissa García Lamarca. Greening projects both large and small in the rapidly developing Saint Henri neighborhood are stitching together a post-industrial landscape to create new and exclusionary forms of urban living.
February 18, 2020

Can trees address environmental inequities in Mediterranean cities? 

By Amalia Calderón-Argelich, Francesc Baró, Johannes Langemeyer and James Connolly While the uneven distribution of street tree benefits in Barcelona favors elderly residents in particular and partially compensates for the lack of larger green spaces in several districts, it is clear that street trees must be accompanied by other sustainable mobility measures to advance urban environmental health and justice.
January 21, 2020

Can a denser Austin be both green and affordable?

By James Connolly and Mateus Lira. Austin is considered one of the most ecological cities in the US, but due to a history of racial segregation, environmental injustice, gentrification, and misguided policies, access to housing and green space remains a privilege for wealthier residents.
December 3, 2019

How green gentrification is compromising Seattle’s last affordable neighborhood

By Helen Cole. In South Park, the fight for environmental justice is giving way to an affordable housing crisis.
November 19, 2019

Why Green is Not Enough: Creating Relational Well-Being in Children Through Urban Play Spaces

By Carmen Pérez del Pulgar. A study of two parks in Barcelona that have had very different impacts on children’s social skills shows the importance of considering social structures in the planning of new parks and urban play spaces.
November 5, 2019

Green gentrification and the struggles over Denver housing rights

By Margarita Triguero-Mas Gentrification spurred by urban renewal in the form of new parks and riverfronts have sparked a housing crisis with few solutions in sight.
November 5, 2019

Green inequalities in the city: An Introduction to the Series

By Gustavo García López, Isabelle Anguelovski and Ana Cañizares. A new Series exploring the intersections between urban green initiatives and environmental justice.
April 4, 2019

Political Ecologies of Waste: Salvaged Livelihoods and Infra-structural Labour

by Benjamin Irvine. Solid waste is often seen as an environmental problem to be solved through change of behaviour and recycling. Political ecology can sharpen our analysis of the politics involved in the way materials move through the economy. Prospects for reducing the amount of solid waste generated and ambitions for a “circular economy” will entail qualitative transformations in patterns of material flows and organisation of labour. Deciphering the shape of these changes necessarily begins in the present conditions and struggles of waste workers.
March 28, 2019

The big picture – a political ecology comic essay

by Zully Rosadio When looking at a picture, asking “What does it NOT show?” is as important as observing what it shows. Complex realities, such as those of Samburu people, their livestock and wildlife in Kenya, appear by posing the key question ‘Why?’
March 15, 2019

The Loneliest Man on Earth

by Juan Francisco Moreno “Economic efficiency” in the use of natural resources without concern for the justice of its distribution, or the scale of its extraction is just bad fiction, just like the story of the internalization of externalities. Hopelessly, the exploitation of the Amazon has always entailed a process of dispossession of those whose existence doesn’t count for capital.
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 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.
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