Why “Warning to Humanity” gets the socio-ecological crisis (and its solutions) wrong

by Salvatore De Rosa and Jevgeniy Bluwstein The "Warning to Humanity" signed by more than 15.000 scientists calls for action to save the planet proposing elitist environmentalism and missing the real target. Instead, scientists should analyse the roots of the socio-ecological crisis and join the grassroots struggles pushing  for structural changes from local to global … Continue reading Why “Warning to Humanity” gets the socio-ecological crisis (and its solutions) wrong

In-between political ecology and STS: A methodological provocation

By Duygu Kaşdoğan* The traffic between political ecology (PE) and science and technology studies (STS) has given importance to more-than-human actors and political materialities to understand the connections between nature, culture and capital. But what would the methods for cross-scale studies informed by PE and STS look like? The interactions between PE and STS have … Continue reading In-between political ecology and STS: A methodological provocation

A comprehensive political ecology reading list

By Julian Bloomer* Looking for a compilation of important texts in political ecology? Julian Bloomer shares his comprehensive reading list, following a brief introduction to how it came about. This comprehensive but by no means exhaustive reading list recently came about as I started to prepare an undergraduate module in political ecology for the coming … Continue reading A comprehensive political ecology reading list

Post-capitalist ecologies: energy, money and “value” in the Anthropocene

by Alf Hornborg* To focus on the exploitative and destructive logic of the very idea of money might finally help us envisage the end of capitalism. Envisaging an end to capitalism is no doubt preferable to imagining the end of the world, even if it is more difficult. I maintain that any vision of “post-capitalism” … Continue reading Post-capitalist ecologies: energy, money and “value” in the Anthropocene

Call for Volunteers – ENTITLE International Conference ‘Undisciplined Environments’

We are looking for volunteers who can offer logistical support during Entitle's International Conference 'Undisciplined Environments', taking place at KTH in Stockholm from 20-23 March, 2016. Read on to find out how you can volunteer. Are you dedicated to environmental and social justice? Do you think there should be more research engaging with activism practices? Do you want … Continue reading Call for Volunteers – ENTITLE International Conference ‘Undisciplined Environments’

Latin American political ecology according to the Progresistas Bolivarianos

By Carmelo Ruiz* The region’s progressive governments are hardening their positions in favour of mining and oil extraction and against civil society environmental organizations and other critics of extractivism. The recent threats against non-governmental society organizations (NGOs) made by the avowedly progressive and environmentally-minded governments of Ecuador and Bolivia have caused commotion and discussion among academics and activists in … Continue reading Latin American political ecology according to the Progresistas Bolivarianos

Decolonizing nature, the academy, and Europe: An interview with Zoe Todd

by Aaron Vansintjan* "Political ecology will remain a colonizing force until it credits Indigenous worldviews and supports the work of Indigenous scholars." Currently several connected issues are coming to a head in anthropology, political ecology, and environmental policy. You have political ecologists insisting that there is no nature separate from humans, and that environmental conservation … Continue reading Decolonizing nature, the academy, and Europe: An interview with Zoe Todd

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)

The political ecology of HoPE

An ENTITLE public event in Istanbul presented what is perhaps the most ambitious essay collection to date on political ecology*. The new Routledge Handbook of Political Ecology (HoPE), edited by Tom Perreault, Gavin Bridge and James McCarthy, has just been published. During a Summer School which took place at Boğaziçi University Istanbul last 15-20 June, … Continue reading The political ecology of HoPE

Getting to know Escher

Some thoughts on how the perfectionistic art of a delicate craftsman, can speak to the need for expression, imagination and transformation, and how these can be useful for a political ecologist. A course on social movements and activism organised for Entitle fellows brought me to Rome the same days that the Chiostro del Bramante was … Continue reading Getting to know Escher