Political Ecology

Sustainability transitions are contested. Building a large wind-power farm, for example, involves large-scale land changes, impacting people and ecological systems. As the world struggles to put itself on more sustainable footings, a whole range of approaches have emerged that promise to address multiple social, economic and environmental crises and emergencies. Sustainable mining, net-zero, circular economy, nature-based solutions or any other ‘good-sounding’ initiatives always have to be interrogated and questioned, understanding the paradoxes, contradictions and trade-offs within wider socio-ecological and politico-economic systems. One of my research foci is on understanding governance systems, understanding the dynamic interplay between business, government and civil society that operate within wider ecological systems.

Publications

Transactional colonialism in wind energy investments: Energy injustices against vulnerable people in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec

Torn between Legal Claiming and Privatized Remedy: Rights Mobilization against Gold Mining in Chile

Ecospirituality and sustainability transitions: agency towards degrowth

The Politics of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives: The Crisis of the Forest Stewardship Council

Ecocultures: Blueprints for Sustainable Communities

Anti-leaders(hip) in Social Movement Organizations: The case of autonomous grassroots groups

Organizing the Environmental Governance of the Rare-Earth Industry: China’s passive revolution

The Enduring State: An analysis of governance-making in three mining conflicts

It’s Not Just About the Mafia! Conceptualizing Business–Society Relations of Organized Violence

Towards a pluralist labor geography: Constrained grassroots agency and the socio-spatial fix in Dȇrsim, Turkey

Organizational practices of social movements and popular struggles: understanding the power of organizing from below

‘1L=10L for Africa’: Corporate social responsibility and the transformation of bottled water into a ‘consumer activist’ commodity

Against Automobility

(Im)possibilities of Autonomy: Social Movements in and beyond Capital, the State and Development

“The people” and resistance against international business: The case of the Bolivian “water war”

Marketing the hegemony of development: of pulp fictions and green deserts