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Political Ecology


DSI: FORest CiTizenship for disaster rEsilence: learning from COVID-19 (FORTE)
01/04/2022 → 30/04/2025

‘Glocalising’ transboundary water governance: Knowledge, Scale and Practices.
01/02/2021 → 31/12/2021

Illegal trade & sustainable use of medicinal orchids in Nepal
01/10/2020 → 31/12/2022

RESBEN: Unlocking resilient benefits from African water resources
01/10/2020 → 31/12/2023

Unlocking resilient benefits from African water resources
01/04/2020 → 28/12/2023

Supporting Local Officers and Politicians to Implement Rapid Climate Action
01/01/2020 → 31/12/2020

Governing Nepal’s water resources through Environmental Impact Assessments
15/12/2019 → 15/12/2021

ACTUATE : Accelerating the adoption of circular sanitation demonstration systems for improved health outcomes
01/10/2019 → 31/12/2021

GCRF Hub: Living Deltas
13/02/2019 → 30/09/2024

Blue Seas Thinking: A Comparative Approach to Understanding Deep-Sea Mining Politics in the UK and Japan
01/01/2019 → 31/10/2019

Wildlife in Indonesia, Loss, Damage, & Sanctions (WILDS)
01/10/2018 → 31/03/2021

RECIRCULATE : GCRF: Driving eco-innovation in Africa:capacity-building for a safe circular water economy
01/10/2017 → 31/12/2021

RECIRCULATE : GCRF: Driving eco-innovation in Africa:capacity-building for a safe circular water economy
01/10/2017 → 31/03/2022

Assessing the Mitigation Deterrence Effects of GGRs
01/08/2017 → 30/04/2020

Observatoire socio-économique du projet Koniambo
01/02/2017 → 01/11/2019

The Last 100metres : Safeguarding potable water provisioning to urban informal settlements
01/12/2016 → 30/11/2018

ODYSSEA: Observatory of the Dynamics of Interactions Between Societies and Environment in the Amazon
01/01/2016 → 31/12/2019

Amazonian Cities and Extreme Hydro-Climatic Events: Research to Reduce Vulnerability and Build Resilience
01/01/2015 → 30/09/2016

Predicting urban food insecurity under climate change in Brazilian Amazonia
01/01/2014 → 31/12/2017

Low Carbon Innovation in China - Prospects, Politics and Practice
01/12/2013 → 31/05/2017

Research Activity

Political ecology looks at the relationships between culture, politics and nature. The Political Ecology group is a distinct and vibrant cluster of researchers and students. We offer critical perspectives and research on human-environmental issues, particularly the implications of social and environmental relationships and change in the Global South.

We use a combination of approaches and methodologies, working across academic several disciplines. Our group examines how valuable resources, and the benefits that derive from them, are unequally accessed and shared, giving rise to inequalities, conflict, and policy responses. The group's research in rural and urban contexts have included work on mining and extractive industries; livelihoods and moral economies; the politics of land, water, and ‘green’ grabbing; the relationship between climate change and existing social inequalities; fishing and marine ecosystems; forest policy; sustainable transport; poverty and service delivery; and the political economy of global environmental change. We also address the workings of international development, trade (legal and illegal), agri-food systems, and biodiversity conservation.

We work nationally and internationally with a host of academic, government, civil society and private sector partners – including those in Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and South America. We use qualitative and quantitative methods in our research, some of which are co-designed and co-produced with the societies where we work, to support social and environmental justice and sharing of knowledge.

We are a dynamic, diverse and interdisciplinary research group and engage with other clusters of expertise across the University, including:

We also work very closely with members of the Critical Geographies research group, and other groups in LEC, especially the cross-cutting global challenge cluster, Tropical Futures. We are a central node in the international POLLEN network of political ecologists.

Our teaching spans undergraduate degree programmes in Ecology and Conservation and several taught and research Master's degrees including Environment and Development and Sustainable Water Management, and a PhD Programme. We contribute to a number of field-based modules including Amazonia and Paris. Here at Lancaster University, we have also launched MA Political Ecology postgraduate degree: the UK’s first Master’s in Political Ecology.

Conversations in Political Ecology

In this seminar series, ‘Conversations in Political Ecology’, speakers from different backgrounds engage in dialogue around a number of contemporary political ecology approaches and applications. Watch the session videos from the series on YouTube: Conversations in Political Ecology.

Research Highlights