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ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé receives an ERC Advanced Grant

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MdM SEMINAR SERIES - “Renewing accumulation? Political economies and ecologies of renewable energy” by James McCarthy

Date: 2018-11-29

Title: “Renewing accumulation? Political economies and ecologies of renewable energy”

Speaker: James McCarthy, Clark University


Date: Thursday, November 29th 2018
Time: 11.30 h
Venue: Room Z/022 - Z/023 ICTA-UAB

A major global shift towards renewable energy is widely seen as an essential, if insufficient, response to the challenges of climate change and transition away from fossil fuels. Interest and investments in, deployments of, and institutionalization of policies regarding renewable energy continue to soar in many countries around the world, in some cases prompting mounting rearguard actions against it from countries and corporations deeply invested in established energy geographies.

Surging activity around renewable energy raises a host of questions central to political economy and political ecology:  Can renewable energy can provide a viable basis for the continued expansion of the capitalist economy, and if so, how and at what, and whose, expense? How will growing demands for land for abiotic renewable energy production fit into the contemporary land rush, and into deeper histories of the relationships between land, territory, and accumulation under capitalism? Does a major transition to renewable energy have the potential to alter dominant dynamics of the capitalist economy, or is it more likely to reinscribe them while extending the domain of commodification? This talk will explore these questions through analysis of recent examples of renewable energy initiatives from around the world, drawing from both current literature and original research on the World Bank’s Renewable Energy Resource Mapping Initiative and cases in the contemporary United States. 

James McCarthy is a Professor in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University and editor of the Annals of the American Assoication of Geographers. His work analyzes the interactions of political economy and environmental politics, with particular emphases on rural areas, renewable energy, property relations, and social movements. He has published widely on these themes in geography and related disciplines, including two major edited volumes and over 50 articles and chapters. He has carried out research on natural resource management, energy policy, and connections between rural landscapes and livelihoods for the Ford Foundation and Oxfam America. Prior to coming to Clark in 2011, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Geography at Penn State University. His current research focuses on the relationships among climate change, renewable energy, and the political economy of capitalism, focusing in particular on the ways in which a renewable energy sector booming in the context of climate change is taking up land and other natural resources in ways that may slow further climate change on the one hand, but create new social and environmental claims, impacts, and conflicts on the other.  


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