Political Ecology of Climate Change and Environmental Justice

LAS 6938
Section 9500, Class #26695

Days: Wednesdays
Times: 11:45 am - 2:45 pm
Location: Matherly 0006

Course description

This course brings together natural and social sciences and applied approaches to explore impacts of and responses to climatic and ecosocial change in Latin America. Participants critically analyze mainstream approaches to mitigation, adaptation, and conservation, together with emerging alternatives impelled by environmental social movements across Latin America. Our political ecology approach encompasses multiple scales and dimensions: global scientific reports and policy proposals, biophysical and ecosocial studies of select cases, local and international environmental justice movements, national and international business and politics, and south-south and north-south alliances. We pay attention to historical processes that have set the scene for environmental trouble via asymmetric flows of resources, uneven economic development, and unequal distribution of environmental costs and benefits. And we explore Latin American responses that seek to change colonial, ethnoracial and gender orders in efforts to support more just and equitable management of human and other resources.

This course counts toward Graduate Certificates in Latin American Studies and in Tropical Conservation and Development, where it counts as a TCD Conceptual Core course.


Susan Paulson smallSusan Paulson
Center for Latin American Studies
301 Grinter Hall
P.O. Box 115530
Gainesville, FL 32611-5530
E-mail: spaulson@latam.ufl.edu
Tel: 352-273-4730
Fax: 352-392-7682

Research Interests
Political ecology, gender/class/race/ethnicity, research methodologies, sustainability science, degrowth

Geographic Expertise
The Andes, Atlantic Forest of Brazil, Comparative Latin America

Catherine Tucker

Catherine Tucker
Associate Director of Academic Affairs
Center for Latin American Studies
Department of Anthropology
E-mail: tuckerc@ufl.edu
Tel: 352-392-0690

Research interests

Environmental governance, community-based conservation, institutional analysis, climate change adaptation, belief systems, sustainability

Geographic expertise

Central America, Mexico, and Peru