Thursday, November 10, 2011


TRAINING: PhD Course in Political Ecology

The Graduate School of International Development Studies, Roskilde University, and Centre for Forests, Landscape and Planning, University of Copenhagen, are offering a PhD course in Political Ecology June 4-8, 2012. The course features a distinguished group of lecturers including Tim Forsyth, Christian Lund, Anja Nygren, Jesse Ribot, and Jens Friis Lund.

Environmental conflict, land degradation, and environmental change are often defined in ‘apolitical’ terms such as ‘ecoscarcity’ or ‘modernisation’ and purported to be driven, among other things, by population growth; marginal people’s resource management; and lack of adoption and implementation of modern economic and scientific techniques. Political Ecology (PE) however, asserts that these environmental issues are inherently political and intrinsically linked to the political, economic and social context. Scholars from various disciplines and from different regions of the world have used PE to frame studies on resource and management challenges in fields such as environment and development, climate change, land-use, and conservation. This course will examine how PE has been used to frame research into natural resource management, including research design and methodologies, and will challenge students to explore the various ways this frame can be applied to their own projects.

This course aims to provide students with a general understanding of the main arguments within the discipline of PE while also allowing students to delve more deeply into the context of their individual PhD projects.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: March 1, 2012

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