Ecovillage Responses to Globalisation

Using the diverse economy to transcend capitalist limits Introduction Globalisation; the popular, albeit contested, term has dominated academic and mainstream discourse for a number of decades. It has received vast amounts of praise and recognition for its achievements; e.g.- the opening up of international trade enabling economic growth in many countries, improvements to health and … Continue reading Ecovillage Responses to Globalisation

Desert Cities: Socio-Ecological Resilience in Dubai

Resilience is in no way a new concept; there exist many traditional societies who have sought to ‘buffer’ themselves against external shocks for a long time (Walker and Salt, 2006, xi). This term itself however came from the discipline of physics (Sander et al, 2000, 9), later adopted by ecologists to refer to the ability … Continue reading Desert Cities: Socio-Ecological Resilience in Dubai

Producing and Managing Environmental Risk in the Scientific Community

In recent history there has been a noticeable shift from the risks of external dangers, such as natural disasters, famines and floods, to the manufactured risks created by humans (Giddens, A. 2002, p26). In other words, a change from risks concerned with what nature can do to us to a more ecocentric concern of what … Continue reading Producing and Managing Environmental Risk in the Scientific Community

Rethinking Socio-Ecological Problems Through Resilience

Prevailing norms of sustainable development today are characterised by the assumed compatibility of economic growth and environmental protection. This idea emerged particularly after the publication of the Brundtland report in 1987, which advocated that both environmental and developmental issues could be solved together, hand in hand (Adams, 2005, 291). Sustainable development eventually has come to … Continue reading Rethinking Socio-Ecological Problems Through Resilience