A short history of the enclosures in Ethiopia

By tracing the history of enclosures in Ethiopia we learn how common property was first turned into state property that now enables the transfer of land to private investors. Such historical political ecological analysis can help civil society organisations learn from past social struggles against the enclosures and for the commons.* The 2007/08 financial crisis, … Continue reading A short history of the enclosures in Ethiopia

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

Political ecology syllabus for postgraduates

A political ecology syllabus for post-graduates, based on courses offered during ENTITLE, and designed for a taught course or for self-study, is now freely available online.  This post-graduate syllabus is the product of training events in political ecology, specifically summer schools and Special Intensive Courses (SIC) conducted within the ENTITLE FP7 Initial Training Network project. … Continue reading Political ecology syllabus for postgraduates

Libre acceso: Ecología Política nº49 (2015) – Soberanía Local

Se ha liberado el acceso a la revista Ecología Política nº49 (2015), dedicado a la soberanía local.  EDITORIAL Por Santiago Gorostiza, Joan Martínez Alier y Ignasi Puig “Mucha gente pequeña, en lugares pequeños, haciendo cosas pequeñas, puede cambiar el mundo.” Eduardo Galeano A finales de la década de 1970, perseguido en Uruguay y Argentina, Eduardo Galeano … Continue reading Libre acceso: Ecología Política nº49 (2015) – Soberanía Local

The road as a commons: An interview with James Longhurst, author of “Bike Battles” (2015)

As cyclists struggle to recover their space in the roads, conflicts involving bicycles are attracting more and more attention. Thinking of the road as a commons, as proposed by environmental historian James Longhurst in his new book Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road, may give an entry point to a political ecology perspective.  James Longhurst, … Continue reading The road as a commons: An interview with James Longhurst, author of “Bike Battles” (2015)

The Earth and the people are not inputs to your capitalist system, sorry sir!

An Interview with Vandana Shiva. By Ethemcan Turhan.* There is this fear of intellectual freedom because the old paradigm must be maintained to continue that project of colonising the earth, colonising people’s minds. The minute people are able to think for themselves, that project is over. Vandana Shiva is one of the leading thinkers today … Continue reading The Earth and the people are not inputs to your capitalist system, sorry sir!

Food is a global public good and a commons

By Jose Luis Vivero Pol* The conventional food system is increasingly failing to fulfill its basic goals: feeding people adequately and sustainably, and avoiding hunger. We need a governance paradigm shift towards the re-commoning of food. In the dystopian film In Time (2011), the main character works literally to earn his life, as the monthly currency is time for living. Billionaires … Continue reading Food is a global public good and a commons

In solidarity with Library Genesis and Sci-Hub

"With enough of us, around the world, we'll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we'll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us?" [This piece was first published on November 30 2015, in custodians.online] In Antoine de Saint Exupéry's tale the Little Prince meets a businessman … Continue reading In solidarity with Library Genesis and Sci-Hub

Highly Recommended: Capra & Mattei’s “The Ecology of Law”

By David Bollier*. An important new book offering a vision of commons-based law has just arrived! The Ecology of Law argues that we need to reconceptualise law itself and formally recognise commoning if we are going to address our many environmental problems. [This piece was first published on 9 October 2015 in David Bollier's blog news … Continue reading Highly Recommended: Capra & Mattei’s “The Ecology of Law”

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). The International political ecology conference UNDISCIPLINED ENVIRONMENTS will be held in Stockholm, 20-23 March 2016. The Conference is organized by the European Network of Political Ecology (ENTITLE), the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, … Continue reading CFPs for international political ecology conference: “Undisciplined Environments” (March 20-23, 2016, Stockholm)