SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

SOAS Political Ecology of Environment and Development (SEED)

In SEED we ask the big questions around the role of the current social, political and economic order in producing environmental challenges in the first place. Our group a takes a political ecology approach to understanding global environmental change, and we actively consider alternatives that require fundamental restructuring, and which go beyond mitigation. This relies on interdisciplinary approaches that fully integrate humanities and social sciences in ways cut across traditional boundaries of Development Studies, Law, Politics and International Relations, Area Studies and Economics. As a SOAS-based network of scholars, we are keen understand how capitalism, development, social justice and inequality intersect with changes on land, in the oceans and in the atmosphere. We seek to understand the uneven distribution of costs and benefits associated with global environmental change and associated mitigation strategies. We draw together expertise on major environmental issues including climate change, biodiversity loss, migration, security, energy production, demand and supply of water, fisheries management and changes in forest cover. We have regional expertise in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, but also on Latin America.

We are also host to Prof Giorgos Kallis ICREA UAB (April 2015-April 2016) on a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship