Are there alternative trajectories of technological development? A political ecology perspective

by Vasilis Kostakis* Alternative technological systems could develop through the confluence of digital commons, peer-to-peer relations and local manufacturing capacity - but we need the integration of a political ecology perspective to face and overcome the challenges this transition implies Humans do not control modern technology: the technological system has colonized their imagination and it … Continue reading Are there alternative trajectories of technological development? A political ecology perspective

(Un)Thinking Science: A critical call for conscious practical work

by Epifania Akosua Amoo-Adare* The politics of “who, where, what, why and how” we do scholarship are critical and foundational concerns for doing what Epifania Akosua Amoo-Adare describes as an (un)thinking of science.     In today’s world, scientific knowledge producers are significantly implicated in neoliberal imaginaries and certain concomitant processes of knowledge production. These constructed ways … Continue reading (Un)Thinking Science: A critical call for conscious practical work

Ecología política del turismo

La revista Ecología Política acaba de publicar su Número 52, dedicado al turismo. El presente número de la revista Ecología Política está dedicado al turismo, una actividad que ha obtenido menor atención que otros temas de la ecología política. Esta entrega de la revista—editada por Macià Blázquez, Ivan Murray y Grettel Navas—recoge un total de veinticuatro artículos que nos ofrecen … Continue reading Ecología política del turismo

Tales of dispossession in times of crisis: lessons from Greece

The case of gold-extraction in Halkidiki is only one chapter in the “book of dispossessions” in Greece during the crisis period.  Land, natural resources and public infrastructure in Greece comprise investment targets for local and international speculative capital; their current exploitation is now taking place to unprecedented extent, intensity and geographical spread.* In Halkidiki (northern Greece), from 2010 … Continue reading Tales of dispossession in times of crisis: lessons from Greece

Drivers of illegal waste disposal: the case of Campania, Italy

Illegal economic practices are often labeled as aberrations of the market logic, but few realize their role in sustaining capitalist accumulation and power hierarchies. Uncovering the drivers of illegal waste disposal in Campania demonstrates that illicit and legal economies are often intertwined and mutually beneficial.* Prologue The Pellini Group is a family-run company managed by the three Pellini brothers, … Continue reading Drivers of illegal waste disposal: the case of Campania, Italy

Who owns the world’s largest gold producers?

Institutional investors have become the dominant shareholders in the largest gold mining companies, with implications for their activities.* In the early 2000s, institutional investors (highly capitalised financial players such as hedge funds and pension funds) have increasingly turned to owning gold mining companies as a form of speculative investment. In a context of rising gold prices, holding gold mining stocks (thus … Continue reading Who owns the world’s largest gold producers?

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

Struggling for land and water: resistances to tree plantations in Southern Chile

Different strategies to contest forestry extractivism in Chile show the complexity of these conflicts, with an overlap of present and historical political issues at different levels.* Tree plantations: old and new forms of dispossession Tree plantations are monocultures of a single tree species, typically fast growing species such as eucalypts, poplars, acacias and pines, designed to supply external markets … Continue reading Struggling for land and water: resistances to tree plantations in Southern Chile

Networking to shape policies on fishing and aquaculture

How to build strong civil society networks to raise public awareness and influence policy-making on environmental conflicts? The experience of OCEAN2012 and Sea at Risk offer valuable lessons.* Drawing on the experience of OCEAN2012 and Seas at Risk, this post reflects on how civil society organisations (CSO) and non-governmental organisations (NGO) can build strong networks of communication and collaboration for influencing political … Continue reading Networking to shape policies on fishing and aquaculture

Co-producing political responses to ‘swiftlet farming’ in George Town, Malaysia

Through the analysis-using several ethnographic methods- of conflicts around 'swiftlet farming' in George Town, Malaysia, Creighton Connolly encourages the formation of stronger linkages between academics, urban policy makers, and civil society organisations for better understanding environmental conflicts.* Edible-nest swiftlets are a small species of bird (Aerodramus fuciphagus), native to Southeast Asia, which make edible nests entirely … Continue reading Co-producing political responses to ‘swiftlet farming’ in George Town, Malaysia