March 15, 2019

The Loneliest Man on Earth

by Juan Francisco Moreno “Economic efficiency” in the use of natural resources without concern for the justice of its distribution, or the scale of its extraction is just bad fiction, just like the story of the internalization of externalities. Hopelessly, the exploitation of the Amazon has always entailed a process of dispossession of those whose existence doesn’t count for capital.
November 2, 2016

Encountering Arturo Escobar

By Isabella M. Radhuber* Workshops were recently held in Barcelona with Arturo Escobar to discuss two of his key texts. Isabella shares some important reflections on the social and political role of researchers, what it means to place oneself as an academic and how we, more broadly, understand and relate with the world.
June 16, 2016

International call for struggle and solidarity with Puerto Rico

“We are asking the international community and the Puerto Ricans of the diaspora to show solidarity with the situation that our country is now experiencing” 
October 29, 2015

Not Just Another Political Ecology Handbook (?)

Internationalizing and decolonizing political ecology is the focus of the recently published ‘International Handbook of Political Ecology’ and its primary raison d’etre. However, there is clearly much more to be done in the ongoing project to make political ecology a collective, cohesive community.
October 1, 2015

Decolonizing nature, the academy, and Europe: An interview with Zoe Todd

by Aaron Vansintjan* “Political ecology will remain a colonizing force until it credits Indigenous worldviews and supports the work of Indigenous scholars.“
September 29, 2015

CFPs for international political ecology conference: "Undisciplined Environments" (March 20-23, 2016, Stockholm)

A compilation of panels and workshops that have open calls for contributions to the Undisciplined Environments international political ecology conference (Stockholm, March 20-23, 2016).
September 18, 2015

Extractivismo: Nuevos contextos de dominación y resistencia

En el contexto actual de represión que sufren las ONGs ecologistas en Latinoamérica, hemos querido compartir este texto del CEDIB de Bolivia para dar visibilidad al importante trabajo que hace esta organización.
August 11, 2015

Epistemologias do Sul

The proceedings of the International Colloquium ‘Epistemologies of the South’ have now been published and are freely available on-line.
January 19, 2015

The comptroller Sandra Morelli

by Joan Martinez Alier* The Colombian attorney Sandra Morelli, a woman with a strong personality, is a member of the Colombian establishment. Since September 2014, she doesn’t know whether she’s living a sabbatical or a political exile in Rome. Sandra Morelli is a habitual protagonist in the Colombian press after having been the state Comptroller for over four years (2010-2014), appointed with the approval of the Congress and the President. A specialist in constitutional and administrative law, trained in Bogotá and in Bologna, as a comptroller […]
December 10, 2014

Making ourselves indigenous: on conservation ethics and the commons

by Stefania Barca* Last October, the journal Environmental History published a special section to commemorate 50 years of the USA Wilderness Protection Act (3 September 1964), and organized an online forum with commentaries by seven scholars. Though not an expert in the history of natural parks, I welcomed this opportunity to discuss some key ideas of the debate informing environmental politics and ethics more in general. In his opening piece, ‘The higher altruism’, renowned environmental historian Donald Worster argues that ‘the moral vision behind nature […]
November 4, 2014

Repensando las raíces y trayectorias de la Ecología Política

de Tom Perreault* Esta charla es un intento de dar sentido a unos dilemas o contradicciones inherentes en la ecología política. Quiero empezar por proponer que entendamos la ecología política como una aporía.  Una “aporía” es una paradoja de lógica insuperable. Es un término utilizado por el geógrafo norteamericano Joel Wainwright para describir el desarrollo socio-económico; en el sentido de que, a pesar de todos sus problemas y desigualdades, es imposible no querer el desarrollo. En el mismo sentido, veo la ecología política—y en particular la […]
October 23, 2014

Social rites and the decoloniality of love: A Muslim-Caribbean Conversation

by Irina Velicu, Arzu Merali, Nelson Maldonado-Torres This conversation started during the International Conference on “Epistemologies of the South”, organized in July 2014 by the University of Coimbra. Two of the speakers captured my attention, not only separately but in conversation. One is Arzu Merali, writer and founder of the Islamic Human Rights Commission whose talk was called the “Interconnectedness of Being“. The other is Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Chair of the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, who talked about ‘Human Rights, […]