Mining, water appropriation and latent conflicts

What if environmental conflicts do not manifest themselves? The Cobre Las Cruces mining company has managed to access and control common water resources thanks to a top-down, technocratic version of science, which silences social conflict.* The empirical case of the use of water resources in the Cobre Las Cruces mining project (CLC) demonstrates the importance … Continue reading Mining, water appropriation and latent conflicts

What does virtual water conceal?

By María J. Beltrán. Virtual water and water footprint studies, when disembedded from all institutional and political processes alter our understanding of ecosystems,  from complex systems thinking toward simple flow analysis. The concept of ‘virtual water’ was defined by Professor Tony Allan in the early 1990s. It is a revolutionary concept because it describes something … Continue reading What does virtual water conceal?

An Economic Education: Introducing Ecological Economics in Spain

By María J. Beltrán In 2006 a group of scholars and researchers established The Spanish Network for Ecological Economics – EcoEcoEs. Aiming to expand the scope of ecological economics and political ecology within the country, the common interest of this group was to promote and coordinate the teaching on ecological economics and to enhance further … Continue reading An Economic Education: Introducing Ecological Economics in Spain