Environmental Justice and Soy Agribusiness – Book is out!

Cover: Environmental Justice and Soy Agribusiness

Hafner, R. (2018): Environmental Justice and Soy Agribusiness. Earthscan Food and Agriculture Series.  London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-815-38535-6.

Environmental justice research and activism predominantly focus on openly conflictive situations; claims making is central. However, situations of injustice can still occur even if there is no overt conflict. Environmental Justice and Soy Agribusiness fills this gap by applying an environmental justice incommensurabilities framework to reveal the mechanisms of why conflicts do not arise in particular situations, even though they fall within classic environmental justice schemes.

Project with Indonesia: Cultural contexts of SDGs in a South-North-South perspective

Understanding cultural contexts of SDG implementations was at the core of two AGEF projects, financed by ASEA UNINET. In close cooperation with the Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta and the Sebelas Maret University in Surakarta, local-regional implications of Sustainable Development Goals 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and 15 (Life on Land) have been analysed and put in a South-North-South (South America – Europe – Indonesia) comparison. Continue reading “Project with Indonesia: Cultural contexts of SDGs in a South-North-South perspective”

AlpFoodway

Foodways are socioeconomic and cultural practices related to food production and consumption. Food heritage is a strong identity source for alpine populations. It goes beyond products to include productive landscapes and traditional knowledge on production techniques, consumption customs and rituals, and the transmission of ancient wisdom. Depopulation, ageing population and globalization put Alpine food heritage at risk of disappearing. The project will create a sustainable development model for peripheral mountain areas based on the preservation/valorization of Alpine Space cultural food heritage and on the adoption of innovative marketing and governance tools. It will also foster the emerging of a transnational alpine identity based on the common cultural values expressed in food heritage. Continue reading “AlpFoodway”

Podcast on environmental (in)justice, soy and incommensurabilities

The latest edition of the podcast “Zeit für Wissenschaft” (Time for Science) featured Robert Hafner and his work on environmental (in)justice, incommensurabilities of soy production in Argentina.

The podcast can be found here:

Hafner, Robert: “Soja”. Gespräch mit Melanie Bartos im Podcast “Zeit für Wissenschaft”, Universität Innsbruck, 2017. https://www.uibk.ac.at/podcast/zeit/sendungen/zfw036.html

#IUGSABPNWA – Science Slam 2016!

Science Slam Innsbruck 2016  – and I was part of it!

With this somewhat unorthodox title “#IUGSABPNWA oder: Es interessiert mich nicht die Bohne”, I used the stage to talk about geographic conflict research, soybean monoculture expansion and the big questions of “Hu?” and “What?” to visualise multiple  and often not understandable perspectives on environmental justice and fairness.

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Finally out! Book on Fairness and Justice in Natural Resource Politics

I am delighted to present a new Routledge book with active participation from members of our work group!

Fairness and justice in natural resource politics.

Pichler, Melanie; Staritz, Cornelia; Küblböck, Karin; Plank, Christina; Raza, Werner; Ruiz Peyré, Fernando (eds.) (2016):  London, New York: Routledge (Routledge explorations in environmental studies). ISBN: 9781138195950 Continue reading “Finally out! Book on Fairness and Justice in Natural Resource Politics”