Local Courses

Harokopion University of Athens

Scientific Research Methods in Geography

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.

Harokopion University of Athens

Planning and Spatial Development: Theories and Practices

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.

Harokopion University of Athens

Local Sustainable Development and Social Resistance

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.

Harokopion University of Athens

Inequalities and Social Segregation in European Cities

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.

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Foundation of Ecological Economics

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.

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Political Ecology

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.

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Research Design and Qualitative Methods

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.

Humboldt University of Berlin

Environmental and Resource Economics

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.

Humboldt University of Berlin

Institutional Economics and Political Economy

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.

Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra

Reading and discussion group

This is a seminar focussing on seminal political ecology readings in various fields of political ecology, with an emphasis on questions of epistemology.

Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra

Political economy and ecology of the commons

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.

Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra

Violence and the environment: resources, conflicts, resistance

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.

Bogazici University

Concepts and Models in Ecology

This is a basic course on the main theories and methods of the science of ecology, approached from an evolutionary perspective. Links are made to current debates about conservation ecology.

Bogazici University

Reading Theory through Ethnography

This is a reading group seminar teaching the art of ethnography through reading and discussing ethnographic works from a variety of places, and on a variety of topics. Problems in interpretation and linking method, data and theory will be explored.

Bogazici University

Selected Topics in Social Theory and History

This is a course with selected topics on economic sociology.

Bogazici University

Systems Modeling for Environmental Dynamics

This is a course on the tools and methods of dynamic modeling applied to socio-environmental systems. Modeling is particularly useful for the analysis of processes of learning in resource management problems.

Bogazici University

Research Methodology

This is a course on the research process, with a focus on the practical, everyday problems a research meets, discussing ways to respond to them and manage successfully a research project.

Bogazici University

Statistics for Environmental Scientists

This is a basic course on the use of statistical methods for the analysis of environmental data. Different tests are explained and concepts such reliability and validity using real world examples.

Lund University

Political Ecology, Consumption and Identity

This is a basic course on the political ecology of consumption, a useful complement to the political ecology literature that mostly focuses with conflict on the production side. The course addresses how consumption (or anti-consumption) is related to processes of identity formation.

Lund University

The Political Ecology of the World-System

This course looks on unequal resource exchange and ecological distribution conflict at the scale of the world as a whole, linking geopolitics, ecological economics and political ecology.

Lund University

Symbolic Dimensions of Human-Environment Relations

This course identifies the role of symbolism and symbols in the structuring of the relations between people and their ecosystems. The relationship between symbols and institutions is also discussed.

The University of Manchester

Environment and Development

This course explains how different modes of scientific measurement, decision-making models and the values that accompany them structure environmental and natural resource management, especially as part of development policies in “developing countries”.

The University of Manchester

Global Food Systems and Agrarian Change

This course introduces the main theories of agrarian studies and uses them to analyze current developments and problems in global agricultural markets. Case-studies are used to highlight the links between global food systems and local processes of agrarian change.

The University of Manchester

Key Debates in Environmental Governance

This course analyzes who and how controls the governing of the environment, and the definition of environmental problem, with an attention to the processes that contest the dominant processes of regulation. Case-studies on real world issues will be approached with the lens of theory.

University of Chile

Desarrollo Rural

This course problematizes the notion of the “rural”, and historicizes the evolution of different understandings of the differences between city and the countryside, in relation to projects of development. The course questions the meaning of development and explains how certain notions of development came to dominate rural development plans.

University of Chile

Geografia, medio ambiente y territorio

This seminar revises the most important theories, methods and works in the field of environmental geography. The intention is helping researchers frame questions and design research projects that respond to pertinent issues in the field of environmental geography.

University of Chile

Metabolismo social

Social metabolism refers to the flow of energy and materials through an economy. This course introduces the main theories and methods of analyzing social metabolism, relating them to the field of ecological economics. Concepts and methods are illustrated with case-studies, including analyses of urban metabolism and cross-national material flows.

Ecological crisis: environmental culture, movements and politics

This course is intended to offer a global overview of the current ecological crisis in its multiple interconnections: politico-economic, cultural and epistemological, governmental.