Short and sharp Political Ecology analysis

July 20, 2021

Where have all the commons gone in Italy? A new podcast

By Emanuele Fantini In Italy, the success of the referendum against water privatisation pushed many social movements to reframe their struggles – on labour, education, debt, land use…. – in the name of the commons. Emanuele Fantini explores the legacy of that season in a podcast, here presented for the series “Reimagining, remembering, and reclaiming water: From extractivism to commoning”.
July 8, 2021

Perú: El Triunfo de Castillo y la Ecología Popular

Por Raquel Neyra El regreso de la izquierda al gobierno de Perú representa el fin de la era de violencia, corrupción y racismo Fujimorista; a la vez, la tensión entre la redistribución de las riquezas mineras y la defensa de los territorios frente al extractivismo será un desafío clave para el gobierno, y para los movimientos sociales.
July 8, 2021

Peru: Castillo’s Triumph and Popular Environmentalism

By Raquel Neyra The return of the left in the government of Peru represents the end of the Fujimori era of violence, corruption and racism; at the same time, the tension between the redistribution of mining wealth and the defense of territories against extractivism will be a key challenge for the government, as well as for grassroots movements.
June 17, 2021

Transforming capitalism? The role of the commons and direct democracy in struggles against water privatisation in Europe.

By Andreas Bieler In his new book “Fighting for Water: Resisting Privatization in Europe” Andreas Bieler analyses the struggles against water privatization in Europe since the early 1990s. In this post for the series “Reimagining, remembering, and reclaiming water: From extractivism to commoning” he explores to what extent these struggles point towards a potential future beyond capitalism.
June 8, 2021

Gunda, Babe and Val Plumwood: on communicative status, ethical relations with the more-than-human and being food

By Enid Still Is human speech a prerequisite to the ethical recognition of beings? The film about the life of a sow called Gunda, invites us to look beyond speech, into emotional, communicative more-than-human relations.
June 1, 2021

Portland’s Lauded Sustainability Falls Short on Racial Justice

By Margarita Triguero-Mas, Mario Fontán-Vela. Despite Portland’s reputation as a champion of sustainability, the city still struggles to overcome its legacy of racist policies and environmental injustice when it comes to the inclusion of Black residents.
May 27, 2021

Commoning through blogging: Reflections on our “Reimagining, remembering and recommoning water” series

By Irene Leonardelli, Gustavo García López and Emanuele Fantini. In two webinars at the IASC 2021 Water Commons Virtual Conference (19-21 May 2021), past and future contributors reflected on the joint UndEnv-FLOWs series “Reimagining, remembering, and reclaiming water: From extractivism to commoning”.
May 18, 2021

Imbuing Notions of Climate Change Adaptation with Everyday Realities

By Daniela Schofield. Notions of climate change adaptation used for policymaking and planning often fail to be grounded in everyday realities of those practicing adaptation on a micro-level. Imbuing urban political ecology with such realities and their gendered dimensions can work to expand our understanding of urban environments and better inform policy and planning.
May 6, 2021

Infrastructural Citizenship: A Case for Adding Political Ecology

By Jessica Hope. Attentiveness to political ecology sharpens our insight into how state-society-nature relationships are remade by new infrastructure, and reveals the ways that infrastructure enacts, supports and undermines different ways that people live with – and in – a place. 
April 15, 2021

Women’s bodies as sites of struggle: resisting the commodification of knowledge about female pleasure

By Sarah Bretschko Knowledge about female pleasure is being commodified at an increasing rate, but this is more likely to accentuate existing inequalities, rather than providing the “sexual liberation” it promises for all.
April 9, 2021

How imaginaries shift in places: Native and settler politics of water and salmon

By Cleo Woelfle-Erskine. The latest installment of the series “Reimagining, remembering, and reclaiming water” discusses how new eco-cultural imaginaries can emerge from alliances for river restoration between ranchers-conservationists, salmon scientists, and Tribal natural resource staff. 
March 23, 2021

Poor health in redlined neighborhoods of Houston, Texas

By Amanda Schockling. Houston’s reliance on the oil and gas industry leads to lower life spans in majority Black and Hispanic neighborhoods; a consequence of the historic redlining practices of the 1930s. 
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