Political ecologies and environmental justice

We have an ethical and methodological commitment to activist and community-based research, advocacy and alternative forms of representation.

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Research in political ecology and environmental justice can influence environmental disputes and feed into policy implementation.

They suggest that environmental conflicts, resource scarcity and the potential for environmental enhancement are socially constructed and not inherently biophysical or local.

Our analyses critique environmental management, biopolitical interventions and their socio-cultural implications. Particularly for equity, Indigenous environmental claims, community capacities and public participation.

These findings feed into environmental policy, reconciliation, legal diversity and sustainability.

Our research topics

  • Environmental management and conservation
  • Collaborative natural resource management
  • The political ecology of conservation and restoration
  • Sustainability and environmental justice
  • Indigenism, indigeneity and (post) colonialism
  • Environmental politics of Treaty settlement
  • Cultural, political and environmental geography
  • Feminist political geography
  • Children and youth geographies
  • Environmental education for sustainability
  • Historical geographies of settler societies
  • Indigenous peoples' perceptions and responses to social and environmental changes
  • Risk, resilience and climate change adaptation
  • Drivers of transformational change
  • Interaction of different knowledge systems (western scientific, indigenous and local)
  • Sustainable development
  • Political ecology
  • Environmental governance and development
  • Science, knowledge and policy

Our researchers