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The energy of Russia: hydrocarbon culture and climate change: by Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019, 153 pp., £70.00 (hardback), ISBN 978 1 78897 859 0; £25.00 (eBook), eISBN 978 1 78897 860 6. The eBook version is priced from £22/$31 from Google Play, ebooks.com and other eBook vendors, while in print the book can be ordered from the Edward Elgar Publishing website.
Foreign analysts often consider the Republic of Georgia’s territorial borders through geopolitical imaginations of great powers, foreign occupations and democratic reforms. However, the Georgian government’s push to decentralize and deregulate all economic sectors has also produced a new licence-based resource governance system that generates infor...
On 17 June 2015, an unprecedented series of rain events caused a wall of water to tear through an affluent urban neighborhood in the Georgian capital Tbilisi. The flood damaged 700 homes, displaced 67 families, killed 19 people, left 3 more unaccounted for – while also leaving nearly 300 animals either drowned or killed as the flood destroyed the S...
Post-Soviet Georgia’s Sakdrisi-Madneuli gold and copper mining complex dominates the political economy of the Mashavera Valley, alongside a series of toxic ecological consequences. In this paper I argue that, within these environmental politics, a set of transformations exist in the broader political imaginations of local citizens – visions of a na...
On December 13, 2014, the Republic of Georgia’s central government made a rapid series of decisions behind closed doors. These legislative moves allowed RMG Gold, the Russian-owned mining company operating in Georgia’s southern Mashavera Valley, to destroy the archaeological site at Sakdrisi-Kachgariani – the oldest gold mine ever discovered and a...
While many states at the periphery of the former Soviet Union have pursued decentralization in nearly all areas of governance, this trend is perhaps most notable in natural resource sectors and the effects these reforms have on society. I explore these scalar political, economic, and environmental connections through a qualitative case study of alp...
In late spring 2013, we – five graduate students from the School of Geography and Development and the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona – set out to design an experiential-learning based political ecology course for undergraduate students. Informed by a critical pedagogical orientation, drawing inspiration from scholar-activists P...