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Spatial development issues: the contribution of political ecology

Dienstag, 21.03.2023

Spatial planning in the broader sense is the anticipatory coordination of public actions with a spatial impact and their steering over a longer period of time. As a generic term, spatial planning relates to spatially relevant fields such as infrastructure, transport, social, environmental or economic policy. One problem with spatial planning is that it is often understood in a very technical manner and that planning interventions and instruments are appraised accordingly. In practice, however, spatial planning is a deeply political process involving various negotiation processes that creates winners, but often also losers.

Political ecology is an action-oriented approach to the environment, that is also used in sustainability research. This approach focuses on power relations and negotiation processes taking place in the use of natural resources. It deals with the relationship between political, economic and social factors and environmental problems and changes (e.g. destruction of resources, surface sealing, resource overuse, urban sprawl, forest clearing, etc.). Political ecology differs from other apolitical ecological approaches in that environmental problems and spatial processes are politicized. It thus forms a countercurrent to the conventional scientific analysis of environmental problems.

Using Swiss and international examples, we will see to what extent political ecology makes a contribution to understanding spatial planning and development.

Dozierende(r): Prof. Dr. Jean-David Gerber
21.03.2023:10:15 - 12:00
Ort:001, Hörsaal
Geographie (GIUB)
Hallerstrasse 12

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