1st Edition

The Political Ecology of Austerity
Crisis, Social Movements, and the Environment

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ISBN 9780367477356
November 11, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Political Ecology of Austerity explores the scholarly and political debates surrounding the environmental dimension of austerity policies that has thus far escaped academic, policy and media attention.

By contributing to a better comprehension of the full socio-environmental impact of austerity measures, the book highlights the importance of considering environmental issues when analysing austerity and in designing alternative responses to economic crisis in the future. Mobilising detailed case studies from across the world, the volume documents the ways in which austerity impacts global and local ecologies and peoples, and shapes and gives rise to environmental conflicts and new forms and practices of social mobilization and resistance. Bringing together theoretical debates and rigorous case-study analysis, the book proposes the concept of ‘the political ecology of austerity’ as an academic and policy-relevant term, and political ecology as an appropriate method of analysis that can inform our understanding of the significant shift in environmental protection policies and growth ideologies that we have witnessed over the past decade in the world at the aftermath of the economic crisis. The Political Ecology of Austerity reveals austerity as neither a "rational" panacea for economic recovery, nor an "irrational" policy that further deepens the economic crisis. Rather, the volume discloses austerity to be a globalised set of tools not only for budgetary discipline, but also for socio-environmental discipline that justifies the continuation of growth-focused global environmental degradation.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of social and political sciences, environmental studies, urban studies and political ecology.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Austerity as an Environmentally Dangerous Idea: A Political Ecology Approach, Maria Kaika, Rita Calvário, Giorgos Velegrakis  PART I: Re-Engineering Socio-Environmental Relations Under Austerity  Chapter 1: Austerity and the Rebel City: The Right to the (Smart) City in Barcelona, Greig Charnock, Hug March, Ramon Ribera-Fumaz  Chapter 2: On a thought and a prayer: austerity, climate denialism and disaster in neoliberal Australia, Zoe Holman  Part II. Re-Enacting Socio-Environmental Exclusion Under Austerity  Chapter 3: The Coloniality of Austerity: On Crisis, Finance, and Indigenous Resistance in British Columbia’s Forests, Michael Ekers  Chapter 4: When Disaster Meets Austerity: Environmental Inequality and Historical Injustice during Crisis, Carmen Leidereiter  Chapter 5: Politics of austerity and ‘Otherness’ as public health determinants: The malaria epidemic in Greece during crisis (2009-2014), Panagiota Kotsila, Giorgos Kallis   Part III. Re-Awakening Socio-Environmental Movements Against Austerity  Chapter 6: The Politicised Ecologies of Austerity: Anti-austerity environmentalism during and after the Greek crisis, Giorgos Velegrakis, Rita Calvário, Maria Kaika  Chapter 7: Resisting Austerity in the Era of COVID-19: Between Nationwide Mobilisation and Decentralised Organising in Ecuador, Diana Vela-Almeida, Angus Lyall, Geovanna Lasso, Diego Andreucci  Chapter 8: Political ecologies of value: Austerity and socio-environmental conflict in the Italian South, Antonio Maria Pusceddu  Part IV. Re-Asserting the Commons as a Socio-Environmental Alternative Against Austerity  Chapter 9: Urban gardening and post-austerity in Lisbon: Between subaltern urbanism and green gentrification, Eduardo Ascensão, Franklin Ginn  Chapter 10: Community gardening and the geographies of everyday lives in the city: Reclaiming the urban commons in austerity Greece, Elia Apostolopoulou  Epilogue: Austerity from financial to pandemic crisis, Maria Kaika, Rita Calvário, Giorgos Velegrakis

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Rita Calvário is a multidisciplinary social scientist working at the nexus of food politics, agrarian movements, and political ecology with a focus on Southern Europe. She holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre of Social Studies, University of Coimbra. 

Maria Kaika is Director of the Centre for Urban studies and Chair in Urban Regional and Environmental Planning, at the University of Amsterdam. She held tenured positions the Universities of Oxford and Manchester and was awarded Fellowships and Visiting professorships at the University of London, Paris Est (LATTS), KULeuven, TU Vienna, and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Giorgos Velegrakis is a geographer and political ecologist currently working as an adjunct faculty at the Philosophy and History of Science Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece and at the Surveying and Geoinformatics Engineering Department, University of West Attica, Greece. He is teaching Political Ecology, Economic Geography and Science Technology Society (STS) on both graduate and postgraduate level.