Short and sharp Political Ecology analysis

March 3, 2021

Forests are not just sites of climate mitigation

By Felix Krawczyk Forests are more and more central to discussions on resources for climate mitigation. However, seeing the forest only as a site of climate mitigation obstructs the way to an ecological society. Instead, forests should be seen as sites of resistance against ecological destruction.
February 9, 2021

Ecosocialism versus degrowth: a false dilemma

By Giacomo D’Alisa
January 19, 2021

Rooted Water Democracies and Water Justice 

By Jeroen Vos and Rutgerd Boelens. Transnational water movements often mutually complement with place-based forms of collective water management. This may enhance grounded and equitable water provision, and shape political advocacy of common resources control at multiple scales.
January 14, 2021

The Many Faces of Municipalisation

A long-term historical perspective on a city’s infrastructures can reveal radically diverse agendas behind the call for municipalisation.
January 12, 2021

Too big to fail? REDD+ and the promise of forest-based climate mitigation

By Adeniyi Asiyanbi and Jens Friis Lund More than a decade of REDD+ initiatives has shown abundant evidence of poor outcomes. Now that forest-based mitigation projects to tackle climate change are gaining traction again, we can learn from the tensions embedded in REDD+ schemes to assess the critical implications of market-based forest governance for effective climate action and climate justice
December 23, 2020

Challenging extractivism

By Marta Conde and Diego Andreucci. Movements aiming to resist or reform resource extractivism are necessary, but they must converge with broader struggles to overcome capitalism and its entrenched patterns of class, racial and patriarchal domination.
December 17, 2020

Beyond protest, enacting solidarity in the climate justice movement

By Linda Estelí Méndez Barrientos. The climate justice movement needs to move from protest to action. This includes mobilizing to support communities in the Global South as they strive to juggle their recurrent climate emergencies.
December 15, 2020

A new way to remember? An eco-political reimagination of Rotterdam’s monuments

By Dimitar Tsigoriyn, Paula Paraschiv, Iris Wiggerts and Sara Zimmermann. It is important to deconstruct who and what we honour and remember through the monuments and representations of history in our cities, as well as to reflect on how, and on what grounds, we bring about this remembrance.
December 9, 2020

“There is no future here”: the psychological burden of water scarcity

By Maja Ženko and Filippo Menga Water scarcity negatively impacts mental health of the affected water users through various pathways.  
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”.
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