GEOG 530 Seminar in Human–Environment Interactions: Political Ecology of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus: Energy Transitions, Environmental Governance and Environmental Justice
- Semester: Spring 2021
- Instructor: Jennifer Baka
- Office: 320 Walker Building
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office hours: TBD
- Class time: TBD
The Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus has become a popular framework for analyzing the multi-scalar and sectoral dimensions of environmental change. Yet, to date, natural science and practitioner approaches have dominated the FEW literature. This seminar will develop a political ecology critique of the FEW Nexus to examine how environmental change is altering patterns of resource access, control and environmental governance throughout the world. The specific focus of the seminar will be on the FEW implications of energy transitions, perhaps one of the most transformative drivers of environmental change, and how a political ecology critique of the FEW nexus might lead to more just and equitable energy and environmental futures. The course will be divided into three parts:
- Foundations of political ecology and the FEW nexus;
- Energy and Society linkages with a focus on energy transitions, citizenship, governance and justice;
- Integration—developing a political ecology critique of the FEW Nexus, with a specific focus on formulating governance strategies for minimizing the environmental justices so often associated with energy supply chains.
Course expectations include intensive reading, in class discussions and the completion of a research paper of individual interest.
The seminar will also include a few joint meetings with Geography 530 Section 2, FEWS Seminar on Integrating Water, Food Systems, Agriculture and Conservation (Zimmerer).