Dismantling Green Colonialism Energy and Climate Justice in the Arab Region

Key information

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Main Building, SOAS
Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)

About this event

The Arab region is a focus of world politics, with authoritarian regimes, significant fossil fuel reserves and histories of colonialism and imperialism. It is also the site of potentially immense green energy resources.

In Dismantling Green Colonialism Energy and Climate Justice in the Arab Region (Pluto Press, 2023) writers in this collection explore a region ripe for energy transition, but held back by resource-grabbing and (neo)colonial agendas. They show the importance of fighting for a just energy transition and climate justice - exposing policies and practices that protect global and local political elites, multinational corporations and military regimes.

Covering a wide range of countries from Morocco, Western Sahara, Algeria and Tunisia to Egypt, Sudan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Palestine, this book challenges Eurocentrism and highlights instead a class-conscious approach to climate justice that is necessary for our survival.

About the speakers

Dr Hamza Hamouchene is a London-based Algerian researcher and activist. He is the North Africa Programme Coordinator at the Transnational Institute (TNI), and a founding member of Algeria Solidarity Campaign (ASC), Environmental Justice North Africa (EJNA) and the North African Food Sovereignty Network (NAFSN). He has written and edited several books including The Arab Uprisings: A decade of struggles and The Struggle for Energy Democracy in the Maghreb. His writings have appeared in Africa Is A CountryGuardianHuffington Post, Middle East Eye,  New InternationalistJadaliyyaopenDemocracyROAR and other places.

Manal Shqair is a Palestinian climate activist and researcher. Currently, Manal is doing her PhD in sociology at Queen Margaret University, Scotland. In her PhD thesis she examines the role of Palestinian semi-nomadic women’s everyday practices of sumud (steadfastness) in maintaining and reinforcing group solidarity and in enabling popular resistance to disrupt Israeli settler colonial dispossession intertwined with patriarchy and capitalism.


This event will take place in-person and will not be recorded. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.