Marta Conde holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering (UPC), masters in Environmental Science (Birkbeck College, London) and Ecological Economics (UAB). She is currently a Post-graduate Research Associate at Durham University and Associate Researcher in UAB.
My research looks at social reactions to the expansion of extractive industries at the commodity frontiers. The ‘extractive conflicts’ endured by developing countries are caused by the 'cost shifting successes' of material and energy consumption in developed economies. Using political ecology, ecological economics and political economy I analyse the drivers, strategies and discourses of resistance movements to mining. I am particularly interested in uranium mining conflicts and the socio-economic and health implications of nuclear and uranium expansion.
Other interests include the interactions between science and activism and knowledge creation by grassroots organisation in ecological distribution conflicts, governance issues in seabed mining, the use and expansion of the concept of environmental justice in the South and the link between resource extraction and economic growth. Social and environmental impacts at the commodity frontiers are increasing as the quality and availability of resources decreases. Contesting successfully the imperative of endless economic growth can have direct and positive impacts in the lives of communities at these frontiers.
political ecology, social movements, socio-environmental conflicts, extractive industries, science & activism, nuclear energy, uranium mining, seabed mining, environmental justice, degrowth.
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