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Political ecologies of social reproduction: A comparative study of livelihoods, grassroots ecologies and socio-environmental conflicts in Southern Europe

Responsible researcher: Antonio Maria Pusceddu

Research group: Governance, Policies and Livelihoods


Keywords

Political ecology | Social reproduction | Livelihood dilemma | Popular ecologies

Funding Institution

Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT)

State

Open

Start date

01-07-2020

End date

30-06-2026

Reference

CEECIND/01894/2018


Abstract

The project proposes a bottom-up perspective on socio-environmental conflicts, focusing on the theoretical relevance of working people’s ‘livelihood dilemmas’. The research perspective combines a social reproduction framework with a political ecology approach to develop a comparative study of livelihood practices, popular ecologies and socio-environmental conflicts. Industrial and post-industrial cities in Italy and Portugal have been selected to carry out in-depth ethnographic investigations. Unveiling connections and frictions between grassroots ecologies and global dynamics, the project aims at outlining a framework for thinking potential forms of grassroots agencies in creating spaces for sustainable socio-ecological transformations.