Campania grassroots movements: lessons from 15 years of environmental struggle

Social mobilizations in Campania are changing the political, economic, cultural and ecological landscapes of the region. Their strategies and practices draw a path of resistance and reappropriation that can inspire environmental movements in Italy and elsewhere. The 15 year-long grassroots mobilizations, which emerged in reaction to waste (mis)management and illegal disposal in the Campania region of Southern Italy, represent … Continue reading Campania grassroots movements: lessons from 15 years of environmental struggle

Deconstructing public health: a case from the Mekong Delta

The socio-political nature of disease can be silenced, especially when there is a lack of strong civil society networks and/or scientific data to help reclaim public health. Relevant and effective responses to disease can only emerge with the involvement of people whose health is at stake and through contextualised, historicised and politicised health studies.  * … Continue reading Deconstructing public health: a case from the Mekong Delta

‘Green’ development and democracy? Hydropower in Northeast India

Hydropower projects, disguised and depoliticized as green and sustainable, are being imposed as a development solution across the Himalayas. The dam conflicts presented here illustrate how civil society groups have become political actors, rising up against assaults on democracy.* Source: NHPC. Climate change has set an imperative for economies around the world to revise their … Continue reading ‘Green’ development and democracy? Hydropower in Northeast India

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

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

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