Environment & Human Development Some thoughts

Academia in the time of Covid-19: Our chance to develop an ethics of care

Covid-19 is having dramatic consequences for millions of people’s work-life balance, and academics are no exception. These are transformative times for everyone, and we do not say this glibly. We are living through a global pandemic of unprecedented scope, scale and impact. Unprecedented is the speed at which it has travelled across the globe, the number of people affected and the anticipated long-term consequences on work, life, social relations, the economy and the environment. No…

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Covid-19: Confined thoughts

A new day of confinement at home, one of many to come. We have organized the confinement into blocks of time. We get up at 7.30, have breakfast together and we work for a couple of hours: Pol does homework, Jana draws or plays, and I prepare my online classes, respond to emails and advance some writing. Subsequently, we do a ‘collective research project’. We have chosen together a set of topics that are mostly…

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Covid-19: Pensaments confinats

És un nou dia de confinament a casa, un de molts que estan per venir. Hem organitzat el confinament en blocs de temps. Ens llevem a l’hora de sempre, esmorzem plegats i ens posem a ‘estudiar’ un parell d’hores: el Pol fa deures, la Jana dibuixa o juga, i jo treballo una mica. Després fem un projecte ‘de recerca’. Hem escollit un conjunt de temes que anirem desenvolupant els propers dies. Després d’investigar, juguem abans…

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Biodiversity conservation & management Environment & Human Development Political ecology

Beyond market logics in PES

As originally conceived, Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes provide conditional cash transfers directed to poor farmers and land users in exchange for greener land use practices that enhance carbon sequestration, water provision, or biodiversity protection. Two decades of experience with the PES approach has demonstrated that few, if any, initiatives conform to the assumptions that underlie the original economic model. This collection of articles, guest edited by Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza, Pamela McElwee, Gert van Hecken…

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Climate change adaptation Climate change mitigation Environment & Human Development

Climate policies, natural resources and conflict: Implications for development

The journal Climate Policy has published a new special issue focused on climate change policies, natural resources management and conflict, and the linkages of these policies and processes with development in the global South. Guest edited by Dik Roth (Wageningen University), Courtney Work (National Chengchi University) and myself, the special issue encompasses eight articles which engage critically with REDD+, renewable energy, and adaptation and resilience interventions, among others. The collection reveals that certain hegemonic discourses,…

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