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Political Ecology


According to the central premise of political ecology, environmental utilisation and environmental change are politicized as well as the expression and result of political conflicts and power relations. Central to our understanding of political ecology is the critique of a positivist understanding of nature and resources; we favour a constructivist and post-structural perspective on natural resources, which are seen as “socionatures”, and a methodological pluralism by emphasising qualitative empirical research methods and recognising historical dimensions. In concrete studies we focus on actors at various spatial scales, their interests and options for action as well as the influences of dominant discourses and the marginalization of social groups and spaces.