November 13, 2014

Diarrhoea and sanitation: let’s get over “panacea” approaches to disease

by Panagiota Kotsila About a year ago, journalist Rose George gave a TED-talk about sanitation and diarrhoea in which she invited people to “talk crap, seriously” and got almost 1.5 million views. Today, after four years of researching this topic, I realize we need to question George’s speech. It is indeed a frustrating reality that she is drawing attention to: “diarrheal disease kills more children than AIDS, tuberculosis and measles disease do, together”. This is happening despite the fact that there exist ways to prevent […]
October 28, 2014

Landscape politics of ‘swiftlet farming’ in George Town, Malaysia

by Creighton Conolly — This post originally appeared on Season 3 of the LSE Cities Blog ‘Urban Vignettes’ on October 27th, 2014. — Since September last year I have been conducting fieldwork for my doctoral research on urban birds’ nest harvesting (or ‘swiftlet farming’) in Malaysian cities – a fiercely debated topic in the country over the past 15 years. Edible birds’ nests are considered a Chinese delicacy and are a common ingredient in Chinese medicines, consequently attracting staggeringly high prices in Chinese market places […]
October 2, 2014

Connecting past and present socio-ecological struggles: The "Barceloneta Cooperative Memory Project"

by Irmak Ertör, Melissa Garcia Lamarca and Santiago Gorostiza Barceloneta is one of the most charismatic neighbourhoods in the city of Barcelona. It has a powerful history of cooperatives run autonomously by their workers and inhabitants. The history of the neighbourhood—its name meaning ‘little Barcelona’—dates back to the 18th century. It was previously inhabited by fishermen and maintaining its strong relation with the sea. Nowadays, however, it is undergoing rapid transformation. “A fishermen neighbourhood” is an expression currently used as one of the thousand slogans […]