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The New Theory of Economic “Agrowth” Contributes to the Viability of Climate Policies

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European Project to Analyse the Effects of Waste Generated by Tourism on Mediterranean Islands

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Seminar. "Assembling Neoliberal Conservation: Political Performativity and the Distributed Power of Economistic Fields"

Date: 2017-01-11

Title: "Assembling Neoliberal Conservation: Political Performativity and the Distributed Power of Economistic Fields"

Peter Wilshusen, Bucknell University (USA)

Moderator:  Esteve Corbera 

Date: Wednesday, 11th January 2017
Time: 12.30 - 14.00 h
Place: Z/023 ICTA-UAB

In the next Ecological economics, Ethno-ecology and Integrated assessment (EEI) seminar, Peter Wilshusen will be talking about "Assembling Neoliberal Conservation: Political Performativity and the Distributed Power of Economistic Fields".

This paper critically examines how economistic assemblages unfold globally within the domain of neoliberal biodiversity conservation. What are the distributed processes that bring economistic conservation governance structures and processes into being and sustain them over time?  How does power unfold within economistic fields?  A relational view of neoliberal conservation confronts the challenge of accounting for a range of elements—discourses, actor-networks, organizational forms, social technologies—that constantly shift and change relative to overlapping institutional boundaries.  Focusing on neoliberal conservation initiatives framed in terms of “business and biodiversity,” the paper identifies practices of assemblage that animate and reproduce dynamic fields across institutional, spatial, and temporal boundaries.  It examines two initiatives—the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (formerly the Natural Capital Declaration) and the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP)—in the context of major events to illustrate how practices of assemblage align, articulate, and entangle discourses, organizational forms, and social technologies.

Peter Wilshusen (PhD Univ. of Michigan, 2003) is an associate professor in the Environmental Studies Program at Bucknell University (USA).  From 2012-2016, he also served as executive director of Bucknell's Center for Sustainability and the Environment.  Peter is a broadly trained social scientist (human geography, cultural anthropology, environmental sociology, political ecology) with interests in international governance issues related to sustainability, environment, and development. 

He has over twenty years of experience studying and working on issues related to international biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, primarily in Latin America.  Peter's current research focuses on economistic approaches to transnational environmental governance efforts focused on biodiversity conservation. He co-edited the book Contested Nature (2003) and has published numerous articles in journals such as Antipode and Environmental and Planning A alongside book chapters and reviews. 

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