NFU Permanent Panel (2019-2021)
Connor Joseph Cavanagh - Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Tor Arve Benjaminsen - Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Hanne Svarstad - Department of International Studies and Interpreting Education, Oslo Metropolitan University
Mariel Aguilar-Støen - Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo
How do inequalities of power and wealth influence both the drivers and consequences of environmental change processes? Why and how do past economic or political injustices often appear to continuously impinge upon contemporary environmental problems? Who decides how we should pursue sustainability or sustainable development in the twenty-first century, and why are these proposals so often contested from both ‘above’ and ‘below’?
These and related questions have long been a source of reflection in the interdisciplinary field of study known as political ecology. Emerging from the work of anthropologists, geographers, and critical development studies scholars in the late 1970s, political ecology continues to be a leading source of innovative research on issues of conflict, inequality, poverty, and the environment. In short, this panel will examine new and emerging debates in the field, particularly those related to novel conceptual, methodological, and ethical controversies. Specific attention will be paid to the dynamic consequences of global environmental and economic change processes, with an emphasis on implications for diverse struggles toward alternative – and potentially more progressive – forms of social, economic, and environmental sustainability.