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Emancipatory rural politics: confronting authoritarian populism

by Ian Scoones, Marc Edelman, Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Ruth Hall, Wendy Wolford & Ben White The Journal of Peasant Studies, Forum on Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World A new political moment is underway. Although there are significant differences in how this is constituted in different places, one manifestation of the new moment is…

Linking well-being with cultural revitalization for greater cognitive justice in conservation: lessons from Venezuela in Canaima National Park

Across the globe, conservation policies have often suppressed nonscientific forms of knowledge and ways of knowing nature, along with the social practices of the groups that are informed by such knowledge. Reversing this process of epistemic supremacy is crucial both for achieving greater cognitive justice in conservation areas and ensuring that conservation aims are achieved….

Making ‘Mangroves Together’: Carbon, conservation and co-management in Gazi Bay, Kenya

STEPS Working Paper 95 Market-based strategies are increasingly being framed by highlevel stakeholders as ideal means of responding to environmental problems on various scales. As a result, concepts and mechanisms that link markets to local conservation initiatives such as payments for ecosystem services (PES) schemes, carbon trading and other forms of offsetting, and conservation finance…

India’s peri-urban frontier: rural-urban transformations and food security

In India, peri-urban areas are too often neglected. Many people live in poverty and face increasing marginalisation and food insecurity. Yet peri-urban agriculture could be a major contributor to poverty alleviation and food security. This working paper examines rural-urban transformations in India in relation to changes in food production, access, consumption, nutritional quality and safety….

Sustainability in Turbulent Times: Lessons from the Nexus Network for supporting transdisciplinary research

Final report of the Nexus Network, a network funded by the Economic and Social Research Council to support transdisciplinary research on Nexus and sustainability issues.

Why Peri-urban Ecosystem Services Matter for Urban Policy

This policy briefing draws on insights from the Risks and Responses to Urban Futures project. This briefing draws on recent research to show how people benefit from ecoystems in and around cities, and how these benefits can be integrated into urban planning and policy. There is a growing international consensus that cities must form the…

Not Another Nexus? Critical Thinking on the New Security Convergence in Energy, Food, Climate and Water

STEPS Working Paper 75 by Shilpi Srivastava and Lyla Mehta Download this paper (PDF) In recent years, the notion of the nexus has gained immense traction in the domain of natural resource governance. It has captured high interest across academic, policy and popular debates, and has become the defining vocabulary to understand the interlinkages between…

India’s Risks: Democratizing the Management of Threats to Environment, Health, and Values

A prospective superpower, India is still grappling with a host of risks that threaten to hamper its progress. These range from environmental threats caused by GM crops and pollution; dangers to health from HIV/AIDS and maternal mortality; safety concerns about natural hazards, nuclear power, and industrial disasters; and challenges to livelihoods and values. Some of…

Special issue: Water grabbing? Focus on the (re)appropriation of finite water resources

Special issue of the journal Water Alternatives, edited by Lyla Mehta, Gert Jan Veldwisch and Jennifer Franco Recent large-scale land acquisitions for agricultural production (including biofuels), popularly known as ‘land grabbing’, have attracted headline attention. Water as both a target and driver of this phenomenon has been largely ignored despite the interconnectedness of water and land….

Community-based Natural Resource Management in South Asia

NGOs today, as part of civil society, have come to play a prominent role in South Asia in the context of community-based natural resource management (CBNRM). This book examines the theory and practice of NGO-driven CBNRM within the framework of emerging critiques of dominant discourses of development, the micro-politics of decentralisation and the projection of…