Environmental Justice MOOC (a free online course)

Dear colleagues,
Enrolment is now open for the new Environmental Justice MOOC (a free online course) run by the University of East Anglia and Future Learn. The course starts on 16th October and runs for 5 weeks.
Environmental Justice MOOC – Understand how climate change, biodiversity loss and deforestation affect people, exploring justice in environment management.

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Vacancy: Governing the water-labour-land nexus in agriculture and long-term regional development in the Sagalassos/Ağlasun region

An interdisciplinary consortium of the KU Leuven is opening a vacancy for a doctoral researcher for the C1 research project on ‘The role of change in understanding long-term regional development in the Sagalassos/Ağlasun region in Turkey’.

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Only local Amazonians can bring true sustainable development to their forest

Authors: Jos Barlow, Alexander C. Lees, Erika Berenguer, James Angus Fraser, Joice Ferreira

The Brazilian government has earmarked a vast tract of Amazonian land for mining. The so-called “Renca” reserve sits in the last great wilderness area in the eastern Amazon and contains lots of unique rainforest wildlife. The controversial decision to allow mining has since been rewritten to clarify that development cannot take place on indigenous lands that lie within the “Renca”, and then put on hold by a federal judge, pending support from congress. Read more

3rd Annual FLARE network meeting

Dear Colleagues,

There is still time to join us in Stockholm for the 3rd annual FLARE network meeting! Stockholm University is well-equipped for a large audience and we still have slots for both presenters and observers. Along with Stockholm University, this year’s meeting is organized in partnership with Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative (SIANI), Forest, Climate and Livelihoods Research Network (FOCALI), and Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). As always, we are excited to advance debates and collaboration around the relationships amongst forests and livelihoods, and we welcome your participation!  Read more

What’s missing from Ostrom? Plural rationality and the commons

Author: Benedict Singleton

Designing and maintaining common-pool resource (CPR) institutions (often referred to as ‘the commons’) has long been a concern of social science. In this body of work the name of Elinor Ostrom has loomed large. Since 1990, her eight design principles for CPR institutions have proven influential across numerous disciplines, in part, because of its rigorous use of empirical examples drawn from around the world and because it presents an alternative to pessimistic predictions that homo economicus cannot cooperate effectively around the earth’s natural resources (Ostrom 1990). Read more

Weaponizing Nature

By Patrick Bigger and Benjamin Neimark*

Military excursions into low carbon fuels is not a case of military greenwashing but rather one of ‘weaponizing nature’, an approach perpetuating an interventionist US foreign policy linked to environmental change.

If we ever think about the military as environmental actor, it is most likely related to the damage to nature wrought by conflict and war. From nuclear sacrifice zones in the Pacific to neo-imperial wars undertaken in part for control of oil, the most powerful militaries in the world have outsized access to resources and ever-expanding environmental impacts. While political ecologists have helped us understand the environmental causes and consequences of military actions, a path less taken is to look at how militaries understand themselves as environmental actors considering changes in geopolitical and environmental conditions. Read more