Short and sharp Political Ecology analysis

April 21, 2022

Transition into a “Green” World? Necro-Industry, Climate Trauma, and Radical Healing

By Irina Velicu. There are more and more people who have lived in a catastrophe all their lives. The promise of a transition to a “green” world may seem like an escapist drug to them, but the hangover is unavoidable and what we are left with is nothing other than to set collective healing processes in motion.
April 12, 2022

Environmental Inequalities in Cairo’s Urban Housing Sector

By Haley Parzonko. Cairo  is an example of the trend of megacities with rapid growth in size and environmental inequality, marked by a dual reality between informal areas with high congestion and pollution levels and lack of green space, and exclusive new high-end desert cities with ample spacing and private access to nature.  This trend is facilitated by state deregulation, privatization and commodification of urban space.
March 29, 2022

Madrid’s Cañada Real: cold and darkness for the urban irregulars

By David Amado-Blanco González. Residents of the Cañada Real settlement are deprived of access to electricity and basic services because of their homes’ irregular status and the stigma against them. A tale of socio-ecological discrimination. 
March 24, 2022

Alternatives to mainstream publishing within and beyond academia

By ephemera, ACME, Chto Delat, degrowth.info, Ecologia Politica Network, Journal of Peer Production, Radical Housing Journal, Undisciplined Environments, and Uneven Earth. In a forum for the 20th anniversary issue of the journal ephemera on “Pasts, presents and futures of critical publishing”, eight independent collectives discuss ways in which they challenge the status quo of knowledge creation within and beyond academia.
March 22, 2022

Fruta saludable, cuerpos enfermos

Por Soledad Castillero Quesada. Las voces de los y las trabajadoras en la producción frutos rojos  en la provincia de Huelva (Andalucía),  visibilizan los costes sociales de la priorización de la agricultura como producto comercial global y los trabajadores como cuerpos explotables.
March 8, 2022

Choosing to “stay with the trouble”: a gesture towards decolonial research praxis

By Colectivo Mariposas - Jennifer J. Casolo, Selmira Flores Cruz and Noémi Gonda, with Andrea J. Nightingale. In the midst of growing hunger from colonial academia we reflect on the need to right our relationships with the Indigenous and other racialized peoples with whom we work in Nicaragua.
February 22, 2022

Sub-Saharan migrants transiting through Algeria: Migratory farm labor in Covid times

By Meriem Farah Hamamouce and Amine Saidani The agricultural sector in Algeria relies on the informal labor force of Sub-Saharan migrants on their way to Europe. Interviews with migrants highlight their precarious conditions of life and work, worsening during the Covid-19 health crisis.
February 9, 2022

Platforming to Oblivion: How academic institutions foster merchants of doubt

By Trym Daniel Rødvik, Philip Godal, Linnea Møller Jess and Skander Manaa. When a leading research institution hosts a debate with an infamous climate denialist, gathering his fans, selling his books, and adding to his resume, we all lose. 
January 18, 2022

Questioning ‘ethical donor tourism’ in Africa

By Stasja Koot and Robert Fletcher. A critical look at two emerging forms of 'ethical' tourism aimed at big donors of conservation projects: philanthrotourism and environmentourism.
December 16, 2021

Degrowth: Debates and Future Directions

By Daniel Boston. This summer, the 8th International Degrowth conference took place in The Hague. This short text provides reflections on some of the important themes, lessons, and points of contention of the event.
December 10, 2021

Green New Deals: Beyond growth?

By Gustavo García López, Diego Andreucci, Corinne Lamain, Daniel Boston, Selj Balamir and Julia Karch. Can Green New Deals foster the deep eco-social transformations beyond capitalist growth needed in our society? And what are the tensions, convergences, and mutual learnings with Degrowth?
December 3, 2021

Degrowth and Feminist Political Ecology and Decoloniality: Reflections from the WEGO network

By Wendy Harcourt, Irene Leonardelli, Enid Still and Anna Voss. Organized under the theme ‘Caring Communities for Radical Change’, the 8th International Degrowth Conference (August 24-28, The Hague), brought together nearly 900 activists, academics, and artists to discuss how to confront the contradictions between endless economic growth and the ecological boundaries of our planet.