Destabilisation of Sustainable Energy Transformations: Analysing Natural Gas Lock-in in the case of Germany

STEPS Working Paper 106 by Louise Fitzgerald, Isabell Braunger and Hanna Brauers In recent years, natural gas has seen increased support in the context of climate change mitigation. Described as a ‘bridge fuel’ it is seen as aiding in the low-carbon energy transformation process. This is puzzling, given the high global warming potential of natural…

The Water-Food-Energy Nexus: Power, Politics and Justice

Published by Routledge, April 2019 Paperback: £29.99 GBP Pathways to Sustainability book series Order this book Download a chapter Download the Accepted Manuscript (AM) of a chapter of the book. This document is Open Access and can be downloaded for free. Chapter 4: The Knowledge Nexus and Transdisciplinarity Download (PDF) Events The book was launched…

The new politics and geographies of scarcity

Scarcity is a dangerous idea and has long been a totalising discourse in resource politics and mainstream economics. A large body of work has critiqued the naturalisation of scarcity in discourses of environmental change, and has highlighted problems in how scarcity is conceptualised and the ways in which scarcities are socially and politically generated. Despite…

A Class-Analytic Approach to Agricultural Joint Ventures in the Communal Areas of South Africa

STEPS Working Paper 103 July 2018 This paper engages with key debates regarding the dynamics of class formation in the former Bantustans (or ‘homelands’) of South Africa. It is widely acknowledged that the oppressive, racially defined character of the labour regimes that emerged in the colonial and Apartheid eras, constrained rural class formation in these…

ECOSYSTEM SERVICES AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION IN URBANISING CONTEXTS

The world’s urban population is expected to rise from 3.9 to 6.4 billion people between 2014 and 2050, with 90% of this increase in Asia and Africa (UN, 2014). While the impacts of urbanisation on ecosystems and the dependence of urban populations on ecosystem services are acknowledged (Gómez-Baggethun et al., 2013), the complex nature of…

Living on the Edge: Climate Change and Uncertainty in the Indian Sundarbans

STEPS Working Paper 101 February 2018 The Sundarbans is a coastal delta and major climate hotspot located at the southern end of Bangladesh and in the state of West Bengal in India. The delta faces significant climatic and other ecological challenges (e.g. disappearing mangrove forest, islands affected by rising sea levels, erratic rainfall and cyclones)….

Bringing Together Voices to Address Climate Change Uncertainty in the Indian Sundarbans

IDS Policy Briefing 149 The majority of the five million people that live in the deltaic Indian Sundarbans face continuous uncertainties in relation to their shelter, livelihoods, and health. Climate change is one of the key factors aggravating this situation. While scientific evidence exists regarding climatic changes in the Sundarbans, scientists and experts often disagree…

The Many Circuits of a Circular Economy

STEPS Working Paper 94 November 2017 Rapid urbanisation in India has led to the development of large urban agglomerations. These urban agglomerations, with dense concentration of population and economic activity, cause significant environmental stresses. The drawing up of resources and the generation of discharges are distributed in spaces within and beyond city boundaries. This inflow…

Towards a peri-urban political ecology of water quality decline

Recent years have witnessed an expanding body of peri-urban and urban scholarship. However, recent scholarship has yet to adequately address the central role of politics and power shaping water quality decline. The article focuses on the trans-Hindon region which is part of Ghaziabad city, close to India’s capital, Delhi. We draw upon urban political ecology…

The Social Life of Mangroves: Resource Complexes and Contestations on the Industrial Coastline of Kutch, India

STEPS Working Paper by Shilpi Srivastava and Lyla Mehta on mangrove conservation in Kutch, Gujarat. The paper explores power relations, conservation efforts, and the changes and threats to livelihoods of local pastoralists and fishers.