Practising Feminist Political Ecologies

Moving Beyond the 'Green Economy'

Edited by Wendy Harcourt and Ingrid L. Nelson


A new, politically timely and engaging text that puts feminist political ecology back on the map.
Destined to transform its field, this volume features some of the most exciting feminist scholars and activists working within feminist political ecology, including Giovanna Di Chiro, Dianne Rocheleau, Catherine Walsh and Christa Wichterich. Offering a collective critique of the ‘green economy’, it features the latest analyses of the post-Rio+20 debates alongside a nuanced reading of the impact of the current ecological and economic crises on women as well as their communities and ecologies.

This new, politically timely and engaging text puts feminist political ecology back on the map.

Author Bio

Wendy Harcourt is associate professor at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University. She was editor-in-chief of the journal Development from 1995 to 2012 and during that period published five books, including Women and Politics of Place with Arturo Escobar (2005). Her monograph Body Politics in Development: Critical Debates in Gender and Development (Zed Books, 2009) received the 2010 Feminist and Women’s Studies Association’s Prize.

Ingrid L. Nelson is assistant professor in the Department of Geography and the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Vermont. Her research in Mozambique examines masculinities, class and gender dynamics in forest conservation; afforestation ‘land grabs’; and illegal timber trade contexts.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: are we 'green' yet? And the violence of asking such a question - Wendy Harcourt and Ingrid L. Nelson
  • Section I: Positioning feminist political ecology
    • 1. A situated view of feminist political ecology from my networks, roots and territories - Dianne Rocheleau
    • 2. Contesting green growth, connecting care, commons and enough - Christa Wichterich
    • 3. Life, nature and gender otherwise: feminist reflections and provocations from the Andes - Catherine Walsh
  • Section II: Rethinking feminist political ecology
    • 4. Feminist political ecology and the (un)making of 'heroes': encounters in Mozambique - Ingrid L. Nelson
    • 5. Hegemonic waters and rethinking natures otherwise - Leila M. Harris
    • 6. Challenging the romance with resilience: communities, scale and climate change - Andrea J. Nightingale
  • Section III: Living feminist political ecology
    • 7. A new spelling of sustainability: engaging feminist-environmental justice theory and practice - Giovanna Di Chiro
    • 8. The slips and slides of trying to live feminist political ecology - Wendy Harcourt
    • 9. Knowledge about, knowledge with: dilemmas of researching lives, nature and genders otherwise - Larissa Barbosa da Costa, Rosalba Icaza and Angélica María Ocampo Talero
    • 10. World-wise otherwise stories for our endtimes: conversations on queer ecologies - Wendy Harcourt, Sacha Knox and Tara Tabassi


'Moving beyond narratives of eco-hero/ines to nuanced explorations of identity, activism, and the complexity of environmental justice in the lived world, this collection represents a high-water mark in the new feminist political ecology.'
Joni Seager, author of Earth Follies and Carson's Silent Spring

'This outstanding volume at last brings us a much-awaited sequel to the highly acclaimed Feminist Political Ecology. It illustrates like no other book I know the unprecedented coalitions being pioneered by women in regions across the world.'
Arturo Escobar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

‘This wonderful book brings vital counter-visions and practices to today’s debates about the green economy and sustainable development. This should be required reading for all concerned with the troubling future of humanity on our planet.’
Melissa Leach, University of Sussex


Publication Date: 14 May 2015
336 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781783600878
Hardback: 9781783600885
eBook ePub: 9781783600908
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