Political Ecology - Science topic
Political ecology is the study of the relationships between political, economic and social factors with environmental issues and changes. Political ecology differs from apolitical ecological studies by politicizing environmental issues and phenomena.
Questions related to Political Ecology
I'm working in the broad field of political ecology and I'm currently co-authoring an article about the social-ecological consequences of the digital economy (material anchor, territorialities, conflicts). I'm therefore looking for literature about the digital economy I might have missed so far. I'm pleased about all suggestions. Many thanks in advance!
I am working on a research proposal on the issue of agricultural expansion, intensification and deforestation in tropical Latin America. I am particularly interested in looking not only at socio-economic and technological drivers, but also institutional ones. In particular, which aspects of governance are important in preventing further spatial expansion of agriculture in tropical Latin America? How do different land tenure systems affect the process? What is the role of indigenous communities? So far I have been thinking of looking at the dry Chaco in Northern Argentina and perhaps another case in Ecuador (in order to perform a comparative analysis). I would very much appreciate collaborations with local institutions/researchers.
The concept of metabolic vehicle, stemming from Virilio's Speed and Politics, is central in the Urban Political Ecology approach. Despite the fact that "metabolic vehicles" appear in most of the works on metabolic flows and circulation and its persistent use by the most oustanding scholars (e.g. Swyngedouw, Heynen, Kaika, Gandy, Arboleda, Cooke, etc.), the concept rests little developed theoretically. How would you define it?
The concept is very intriguing and might help us to crystallize manifold social relaitons and power dynamics, but at the same time it can be seen as to vague.
I'm interested to know about good Sci-Fi books that deal with e.g., species extinction and/or recovery, habitat destruction and/or restoration, climate change, ocean acidification, land-use change, and so on. If you read interesting Sci-Fi books on this type of topics, please let me know. I'd be very grateful :)
Hello: I am applying for a grant to fund my PhD project (Political Ecology, Oil Conflict). My worry is that I got a master in natural sciences (Mineral resources and energy engineering/ Environmental Engineering) and my PhD is in social sciences. I am struggling to highlight why I am the 'perfect candidate' to conduct my project and want to hear your ideas on transferable skills between both disciplines. Thanks.
Are there studies linking the associational power of the working class (collective labor rights: Collective bargaining and unionization) to political ecology theory (Blaikie and Brookfield, 1987)?
I am currently drafting a research project and before narrowing my research I'll need material to read on a broad range of issues related to the extractive model of development, accountability of TNCs, and concepts of political ecology.
My area of research is Colombia but any research on similar topic are welcome!
Thanking you in anticipation!!
A previous question would be what types of commons can be created, but I am specially interested in the potential link between commons and environmental justice. Any reflections about it?
I am interesting in finding key political ecology studies that take into account gender perspectives as well as feminist and masculinities perspectives.
I am mainly interested in perspectives from sociology/anthropology/political ecology, but open for a wide disciplinary scope. The more recent the better.
In Tarija, Bolivia I have found a paradox, a WWTP project which has funding and technical support from NL and Argentina has been stalled for already 10 years, it is being said that is due to social resistance (rural communities). But according to empirical data gathered, it seems that the underlying causes are political interests...
Are there articles that document the effects of bioprospecting by an advanced country on a developing country both ecologically and economically? Is bioprospecting by an industrial country on a developing country more beneficial than the other way around? I'd like to know more.
In 1983, geographer Michael Watts published an influential essay entitled “On the Poverty of Theory: Natural Hazards Research in Context,” where he launched a powerful critique of cultural ecology and traditional hazards research which had tended to look at natural disasters in isolation from broader political economy systems embedded on [local] human-environment interactions. At that time, climate change could be considered a minor controversial topic discussed mostly by physical scientists. More than 30 years later, climate change is now considered one of the greatest challenges of our time and calls for adaptation are everywhere. Adaptation to climate change has become an imperative, many would argue. In the developing world, governments, international organizations and NGO are implementing adaptation projects to support what is being called more resilient communities, here understood as communities that are capable of bouncing back from adverse situations and to adapt to change through self-organization and learning. Although often acknowledged, development deficits remain outside the scope of many of these projects that tend to focus on the symptoms of the problem and less on its causes.