Christos Zografos is Ramón y Cajal Senior Research Fellow with the Johns Hopkins – Pompeu Fabra University Public Policy Centre and the Department of Political and Social Sciences of Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. He is also Visiting Professor at the Department of Environmental Studies of Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, and a regular Invited Lecturer for the MSc Ecological Economics at the University of Edinburgh, UK. His research looks at the politics of environmental transformation and conflict in the field of political ecology, and explores the relevance of plural values, deliberative and direct democracy for sustainability decision-making and degrowth transformations in the field of socio-ecological economics.

Political ecology: how power produces environmental change

date of the lecture: 8. 12. 2017

place: Mendelovo muzeum MU, Mendlovo nám. 1, Brno

time: 9:00 - 11:00

It is widely accepted that politics and power relations are crucial in making things happen or not happen when it comes to environmental protection and regulation. For example, several popular but also scholar explanations of failures to advance action on climate change attribute these failures to uneven power relations and the influence of powerful economic interests. Political ecology is the field that has been advancing the systematic study of relations between power and environmental transformations for approximately the last forty years. This lecture will introduce the field of political ecology. The lecture will use examples from celebrated studies in the field to illustrate how political ecologists use diverse understandings of the ways in which power operates to explain the production of environmental degradation.

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