SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Imagining Environmental Futures

River House

Date: 5 June 2014Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 5 June 2014Time: 5:30 PM

Venue: Faber Building, 23/24 Russell Square Room: FG01

Type of Event: Workshop

This workshop is to mark the establishment of a new Political Ecology Research Group at SOAS, and the associated MSc in Environment, Politics and Development. It will examine a key question: what does an environmentally sustainable future look like? In order to answer this we also need to think about the environment intersects with the challenges of development, and how to ensure social justice and equality. This symposium will bring together speakers to examine this critical question, with a view to interrogating and critiquing the dominant narratives around the interactions between environment and development.

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Imagining Environmental Futures


Across a range of issues, including climate change, biodiversity conservation, energy production and fisheries management, various forms of market oriented approaches have been promoted as the solution to the ‘second contradiction’ of capitalism:  the drive for continual growth in the context of finite natural resources. This symposium will offer a critical examination of these approaches and offer alternative interpretations and imaginings of environment-development interactions. Critics are concerned that the coupling of environment with development via market based approaches will merely result in greater concentrations of capital, increased levels of inequality both within and between societies, and that they will can serve to deepen and extend environmental degradation.

More information on please visit MSc Environment, Politics and Development.

Organiser: Prof Rosaleen Duffy and Prof Peter Mollinga

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