Environmental Equity and Justice

Article: Geopolitical Ecology for Our Times

In their new guest editoral in Political Geography, Dr. Malini Rangathan, an Associate Professor in the School of International Service, and Dr. Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, a professor in the Department of Environment, Development, and Health, work together to explore the concept of geopolitical ecology as an alternative lens to traditional dominant framing. Geopolitical Ecology for Our Time highlights how ecological formations are often the drivers of conflict, making geopolitical ecology exceedingly insightful when studying rise in economic or political power. Consider Gaza, where many aspects of the violence “are in fact environmental in nature, from land and water dispossession, to the weaponization of hunger and dehydration, to the violence of settler architecture and infrastructure built to surveil and restrict Palestinian life.” By explaining how geopolitical ecology can disrupt the narratives that justify “endless war” they give readers hope that we can reduce factors that perpetuate conflict and suffering.

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