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Political Ecology Group

The Political Ecology Group is interested in all aspects of the symbolic and material politics of socially constructed natures. Its interests span the industrialised and developing world. Some members of the group are active in the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.

Meetings and seminars

The group meets weekly to discuss research in progress, to hear visiting speakers, or to discuss published papers.

Details of seminars are available.

Research opportunities

Members of the Political Ecology Group welcome applications from post-doc researchers and potential PhD students in fields close to their own research, and to the work of existing Ph.D. students. Those interested should send a 300-600 word summary of their ideas for research to one of the staff in the group in the first instance.

Details about the Department’s facilities for research students, and about application procedures may be found on the Graduate study web pages.

Research projects

Research projects currently being undertaken on this theme include:

The World Commission on Dams twenty years on: revisiting the debate on large dams

The World Commission on Dams twenty years on: revisiting the debate on large dams

As part of the wider FutureDAMS consortium (a Global Challenges Research Fund project on linkages between water, energy, food, and the environment, we are investigating the legacy and impacts of the World Commission on Dams (WCD).

Rethinking Urban Nature

Rethinking Urban Nature

The ERC Advanced Grant, Rethinking Urban Nature, is developing new perspectives on urban nature, using cities as unique laboratories to explore the complex intersections between nature, culture, and urban space.

Earlier projects


Previous special events have included:


There are no seminars scheduled at present, but you can view the archive of previous seminars.