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Cluster

Resource Politics and Environmental Change

Climate disruption, environmental change and resource scarcity have become the subject of growing policy attention, academic debate and popular political mobilization in recent years. These issues are linked in political and media discourses to phenomena ranging from famine, migration, urbanization and vulnerability to natural hazards, warfare, terrorism and other sub-national, national and international security threats.

Environmental and climate change – including framings of and responses to them – carry huge consequences for politics, the economy and for social and biological life globally. But at the same time, unequal power relations, diverse knowledge uncertainties, incumbent technologies and institutions, and issues around spatial scale and time horizons influence pathways to achieving just and transformative change. Understanding and untangling the complex, contested, cross-sectoral and multi-scalar politics of natural resources and environmental change and seeking out just, sustainable pathways of transformation are therefore more important than ever.

Our starting point is that the complex challenges around resource politics and environmental change require diverse, innovative and critically attuned methods and strategies for research, policy engagement and communication. The questions that we ask and knowledge that we produce, must reflect how dynamics of political and material exclusions – including those related to inequitable access to natural resources and technology, rights and citizenship, gender and labour – shape the contemporary terrain of environmental struggle and natural resource politics at and across different scales. How do forces of globalization and regimes of extraction, industrial production and consumption of resources affect states, landscapes, societies and conflicts in different places and different types of resource environments? What does environmental and social justice mean in diverse development contexts, across the global north and south?

Specifically, our research and engagement focuses on three overlapping themes: (1) Political economy and environmental change; (2) Climate and environmental justice; and (3) Scarcity, security and resilience.

People

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Alvaro Moreira

Postgraduate Researcher

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Amber Huff

Research Fellow

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Dieunedort Wandji

Research Officer

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Dina Zayed

Postgraduate Researcher

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Dominic Glover

Research Fellow

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Elise Wach

Research Advisor

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Gerardo Torres Contreras

PhD research student

Projects

Project

Climate Justice Scoping Study

This study, commissioned by the International Development Research Centre, identified gaps and future entry points for Southern-led research on climate justice. The study was framed around the concept of transformative climate justice, reflecting the need to bridge gaps between climate justice...

Recent work

Opinion

We need high ambitions for climate justice

Global leaders need to ensure that commitments to reduce emissions are achieved in a way that is fair and inclusive for the communities already suffering the worst impacts of climate change. This weekend (12 December) the UN, UK and France convene a Climate Ambition Summit to coincide with the...

10 December 2020

News

IDS awarded UKRI funding for vital global challenges research

From sharing crucial knowledge on resilience in humanitarian crises, to re-imagining solutions for sanitation and food security for ‘off grid’ communities, IDS researchers are collaborating with global partners to deliver evidence and inform responses to the world’s most pressing...

8 December 2020

Journal Article

Small Towns and Land Reform in Zimbabwe

The European Journal of Development Research;

Zimbabwe’s land reform from 2000 radically transformed the agrarian structure, and with this small towns in rural areas. This article explores three such towns—Mvurwi, Chatsworth and Maphisa—examining changes in population, housing, transport and business activity between 2000 and 2020....

Felix Murimbarimba

7 December 2020