Short and sharp Political Ecology analysis

December 3, 2020

What will Glasgow’s Smart Canal Mean for its Historically Deprived Communities?

By Melissa García-Lamarca and Neil Gray A massive regeneration of the post-industrial canal is prioritizing higher-income newcomers over the housing needs of long-term, low-income residents.
December 2, 2020

Recognizing the “De” in Degrowth

by Alexander Dunlap Why do degrowth intellectuals publicly neglect combative self-defense against “growth” projects? The connection between degrowth and anti-capitalist, autonomist and (ecological) anarchist movements exists, and it can be strengthened by acknowledging the legitimacy of a diversity of tactics as necessary pathways towards degrowing the techno-capitalist system and protecting habitats form infrastructural invasion.
November 17, 2020

Not a “wasted” enterprise: political ecologies of wastewater wetlands in Kolkata

By Jenia Mukherjee and Amrita Sen Jenia Mukherjee and Amrita Sen reflect on multiple ways of knowing, experiencing and engaging with wastewater in East Kolkata Wetlands (India). This plurality offers original insights into a provocative question:  is wastewater always toxic, polluting and hazardous? A new post of the series “Reimagining, remembering, and reclaiming water: from extractivism to commoning”.
November 3, 2020

Not All That Is Green Becomes Gentrified

By Ana T. Amorim-Maia. The photos you post of a park may hide clues about what leads to green gentrification in cities.
October 27, 2020

Covid-19 pandemic and oil spills in the Ecuadorian Amazon: The confluence of two crisis

By Jacqueline Gaybor and Wendy Harcourt. How can we reframe the current planetary crisis to find ways for decisive and life-changing collective action? The Amazon region of Ecuador, at the center of two crises --Covid-19 and a major oil spill--, but also home to a long history of indigenous resistance, offers some answers.
October 20, 2020

To Green Or Not To Green: Four stories of urban (in)justice in Barcelona

By Emilia Oscilowicz. A new short documentary shot and edited by filmmaker Alberto Bougleux sheds light on the dilemmas of greening cities.
October 15, 2020

From the commons to extractivism and back: The Story of Mahakam River in Indonesia

By Siti Maimunah and Sarah Agustiorini Increasing pressures from extractive industries on the Mahakam River in Kalimantan,  the second largest river in Indonesia, risk an irreparable destruction of a commons. Yet residents are actively organizing to reclaim the river as a common living space, as Siti Maimunah and Sarah Agustiorini illustrate in this new post of the series “Reimagining, remembering, and reclaiming water: from extractivism to commoning”.
September 29, 2020

Building Eco-Paradise in End Times: Lessons from Ecoaldeas (Ecovillages) in Mexico

By Olea Morris. What might it mean to be “self-sustainable” in a world that is more connected than ever?
September 22, 2020

Beyond handbook tyrannies: Pluralising the practice of feminist political ecology

By Rebecca Elmhirst. Feminist Political ecology is becoming a more pluralized set of knowledges and practices, where feminist and environmental social movements and professional practice are changing the kinds of questions being asked and the ways that we work. What does that mean for political ecology and its pedagogies within the academy?
August 18, 2020

A swimming commons

By Elliot Hurst. The summer episode of the series “Reimagining, remembering, and reclaiming water: from extractivism to commoning” co-organized by the Undisciplined Environments and FLOWs blogs, explores swimming as a political act to reclaim social and ecological justice.
June 30, 2020

There’s more than just dirt beneath the lush lawns

By Lauren Tropeano Australia’s colonial water histories run deep and flow into the present. The nation’s lush lawns are anything but apolitical.
June 23, 2020

Contesting private urbanism in Greater Buenos Aires: Neighborhood assemblies in defense of life

By Vanina P. Santy The relation between urbanization, environmental degradation and public health demands a renewed debate, particularly in the present context of a pandemic. What are the impacts of the destruction of urban ecosystems on residents’ well-being? And how do social movements contribute to the visibility of this problem and the conservation of such places?
go