Yearly Archives: 2014

An environmental film project in Cape Town: “Ways of Knowing Urban Nature – The Film”
Posted by

An environmental film project in Cape Town: “Ways of Knowing Urban Nature – The Film”

Swedish filmer Jacob von Heland and Henrik Ernstson report on their film project in Cape Town that deals with knowledge and urban nature. Filming will take place in Cape Town in January and March, with planned screening at the Urban Beyond Measure Conference: Registering Urban Environments of the Global South at Stanford University in May 2015. The film is also an effort to reflect upon […]

Guatemalan cities and urban political ecology: Report from research visit
Posted by

Guatemalan cities and urban political ecology: Report from research visit

Fernando Castillo, biologist and urban ecologist at the Centre for Conservation Studies and University of San Carlos de Guatemala, was invited to work for a week with Henrik Ernstson at Stanford University this May 2014. He here reports on his trip and how it lead to a proposal on urban political ecology in Guatemala. I […]

Urban Political Ecology in African Cities Workshop
Posted by
Posted in

Urban Political Ecology in African Cities Workshop

            As cities become increasingly significant to development and environmental crises at multiple scales, there is a growing need for research that can contribute to both theory and practice. The term “urban political ecology” (UPE) describes a critical approach to studying cities across a number of themes, ranging from more […]

Tactical Symbiotics: Design interventions among spiders, pollinators, and phobias
Posted by

Tactical Symbiotics: Design interventions among spiders, pollinators, and phobias

Designer Martín Ávila reports on his project Tactical Symbiotics. It suggests designs and uses speculative philosophy to investigates human/non-human relations to explore alternative approaches to ecological complexity and ecological crises. He will visit his co-worker Henrik Ernstson on an upcoming trip to Cape Town in December. Move beyond the comfort zone: three speculative designs   During 2014 I have […]

Workshop: Radical Incrementalism & Theories/Practices of Emancipatory Change
Posted by
Posted in

Workshop: Radical Incrementalism & Theories/Practices of Emancipatory Change

This workshop examines ideas of radical incrementalism across our towns and cities. It seeks to explore theories and practices that can support emancipatory change across urban regions through the power of urban dwellers to challenge poverty, oppression and unjust environments. Such actions and processes take place within and beyond the state and suggest important ways […]

On raids and connecting favela resistance(s) in Kenya and Brazil
Posted by
Posted in

On raids and connecting favela resistance(s) in Kenya and Brazil

Wangui Kimari thinks across Kenya and Brazil’s experience of raids Lately a lot of people I know in Nairobi have been talking about raids. These that are most recent, and which have filled news broadcasts, are the terror-filled incursions by state forces in poor urban settlements which are conducted, supposedly, to fight terrorism. It seems to […]

Revanchism and Resistance Through a SUPE Lens
Posted by
Posted in

Revanchism and Resistance Through a SUPE Lens

Erin Goodling takes us to Portland and helps us think through how a situated urban political ecology approach can help theorize the dialectic of revanchism and resistance in a so called “sustainable city”. And in this post, Neil Smith is meeting AbdouMaliq Simone and Edgar Pieterse! In multiple venues, situated urban political ecology (SUPE) organizers Henrik Ernstson, […]

Position Announcement: Global Urban Studies Assistant Professor, Washington D.C.
Posted by
Posted in

Position Announcement: Global Urban Studies Assistant Professor, Washington D.C.

Malini Ranganathan lets us know that The School of International Service (SIS) at American University (AU) invites applications for a full- time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 1, 2015. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. or the highest equivalent degree in a relevant discipline by August 2015. The position is for  Assistant Professor […]

Ecologies of Urbanism – Engaging diverse urban ecologies of Asia
Posted by
Posted in

Ecologies of Urbanism – Engaging diverse urban ecologies of Asia

Anna Zimmer gives a reflection on a recent workshop organised by Anne Rademacher & K. Sivaramakrishnan at the Hong Kong Institute for Humanities and Social Science, 9-12 June 2014. Last week, I participated in the stimulating workshop on Ecologies of Urbanism with the subtitle ‘Cities, towns, and the places of nature’ organised by Anne Rademacher […]

Disconnecting Detroit
Posted by
Posted in

Disconnecting Detroit

Jonathan Silver reflects on the recent water shut offs in Detroit A police car moves toward water shut off protesters in Detroit  (Picture: Detroit Water Brigade – https://twitter.com/DETWaterBrigade) You might have seen images circulating out of Detroit over the last few weeks of the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Utility company vehicles, highly weaponized police, distressed but […]