Wednesday, 21 January 15 until Friday, 23 January 15
A skills course for Entitle fellows with training on how to organize and implement research, consultancy and demonstration projects, and how to link research to political processes.
A course designed to teach young geographers the quantitative and qualitative research methods necessary for conducting geographical research, with a special focus on the interpretation and explanation of research findings.
A course on the political economy and ecology of planning. This course politicizes the planning process asking who and how defines problems and how they are to be approached when planning spatial development. The course illustrates how planning is an inherently conflictive process.
This course, based on a series of case studies discusses the opportunities for sustainable development, with an emphasis on the role of local authorities on the one hand, and social movements on the others. The role of social resistance during environmental conflicts in shaping sustainable outcomes is emphasized.
This course looks at the impacts of globalization on metropolitan European cities, teaching students the main theoretical paradigms explaining processes of urbanization and uneven urban development. The focus is on Mediterranean Europe.
This course introduces the fundamentals of the interdisciplinary field of ecological economics. Concepts with affinity to political ecology, such as the commons, commodification, and land-grabbing are approached through the lens of critical economics, illustrating the partial way such problems are framed by mainstream economics.
This course introduces graduate students to the basics of political ecology, following the structure of Paul Robbins’ textbook. The different streams of political ecology in geography, anthropology and economics (e.g. urban political ecology, political ecological economics) are identified. Studies are also introduced to advanced concepts, such as governmentality and accumulation by dispossession.
This course is designed to treat political ecologists with the tools they will need for their field work, such as interviews, surveys and participant observation. The course also has classes on how to frame a good research question, how to design a conceptual framework and organize a field work, and how to write a scientific article.
This course presents analytical tools from the school of institutionalism for analyzing complex socio-ecological systems. The course includes a series of case-studies and group work by students applying to specific cases the concepts they learned in class.
This course addresses the emergence of institutions as a solution to a coordination problem. Coordination problems in various sphere of social life, economic and other, are identified and linked to the institutions that have emerged to regulate them.
This is a seminar focussing on seminal political ecology readings in various fields of political ecology, with an emphasis on questions of epistemology.
This workshop addresses the renewed interest on the concept of the commons and reviews the various fields and disciplines that are approaching from different angles the analysis of the commons. The focus is on the development of a political ecology approach to the understanding of the commons.
This course analyses processes of violence in environmental and development projects. It is explained how the discourse on sustainability may provide a pretext for new practices of exclusion and discrimination.
Our overriding research objectives are to:
To address these objectives we focus on five key issues and groups of research questions: