The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) place a strong focus on "rule of law" and "good governance" in achieving sustainable development. But in practice these strategies often result in the expansion of degrading socio-ecological development practices.
Terra Nullius: Repossessing the existent
The dream of a terra nullius, a place imagined as outside of societal constraints, law, and history has existed since the middle ages. But romanticizing the notion of a natural frontier can have deadly consequences for indigenous people.
The global proliferation of extraction and plantation economies continue to shape profoundly unequal exchanges of resources and labor and wreak havoc on rural economies, ecologies, and social relations. Yet, people at the receiving end of these transformations are not without agency.
The links between food production and zoonotic diseases, and the global spread of such diseases are shaped by complex social, political and economic relationships that cannot be fixed by simply closing down wet markets.
Resilience of inhabitants of the drought-plagued Brazilian Northeast region is improving. However, as access to water and food become less urgent, new vulnerabilities arise and become a potential source for political clientelism.
How does India’s new coal geography harness and reconfigure existing infrastructural arrangements to suit the needs of coal? In the second part of this series on India’s new coal geography, we examine this question in the context of Goa.
While India has become a hotspot for renewable energy investments, a new Indian coal geography has also emerged since the early 2000s. Its materialisation promises to lock India into continued reliance on coal for the foreseeable future, with a concomitant rise in carbon emissions. In part one of this two-part series, we look at the big picture of India’s new coal geography and its impact.
Human diets are rapidly meatifying. This involves complex rural transformations and changing food regimes, where Asian countries are taking centre stage.
Filosofen Byung-Chul Hans bok Pscychopolitics: Neoliberalism and New Technologies of Power utforsker framvoksende former for kontroll og styring. Dette er kritisk teori for dagens teknologiske verdensorden.
Bernie’s Green New Deal (GND) is not a clear-cut green capitalist swindle. Instead, it is an impressive environmental policy vision that retains serious miscalculations that demand immediate consideration and redress.
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I was thrilled to be back in my home city of Maracay at the beginning of this year when I went to Venezuela for fieldwork. It had been over 4 years since I had been in the country. During those four years –as the central bank statistics later confirmed – the economy had shrunk more than half, and millions of people had left the desperate conditions.
Throughout Central America, irregular rainfall coupled with unusually high temperatures is placing additional stresses on already compromised environments. Consistent to the literature on climate change and its associated impacts, storms in the region have become increasingly intense, dropping as much as a month’s worth of rainfall in a single day. Yet for the majority of locations the isolated nature of these storms has led to record-long dry-spells.
The Green New Deal has serious implications for rural landscapes. In fact, GND is not all that “green” and risks exaggerating extractive activities.
How can we understand the complexity of the contemporary rural world, and its entanglements with the urban? The Rural transformations in the new century research group is pleased to present our new blog.