Environment and Justice

Human-environment relations in Asia, Africa and the Middle East are changing at an ever-increasing pace. Previously ‘remote’ spaces and ‘inaccessible’ natural substances are being rendered accessible for global markets by new technologies and infrastructures. With this access comes new modes of production, consumption, and living that, in turn, bring long-lasting pollution. At the same time, the effects of anthropogenic climate change are transforming agricultural, pastoral and maritime practices. The projects of the research unit Environment and Justice examine these changes from both contemporary and historical perspectives. Through case studies drawn from the region, these projects seek to answer three key questions: How have local actors been acting and reacting to such transformations, and how have they been evaluating them? To what extent have they been discussing shifting human-environmental relations in terms of justice/injustice, or other related alternative concepts? What analytic concepts should we use to properly describe the relations between environmental change, social differences, and political hierarchies in these regions?


Research Projects

PD Dr. Katharina Lange

(Re)valuations of Land in Kurdistan-Iraq

Dr. Jacob Nerenberg

Debating Extraction: Plural Visions of Infrastructure in Papua, Indonesia

Dr. Nikolaos Olma

Precarious Half-Lives: Co-habiting with Radiation and Ignorance in Mailuu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan

Dr. Steven Serels

The History of Poverty in the Southern Red Sea Region (DFG)

Dr. Claudia Ghrawi

Damascus 1946-1963: From the Reinvented City to the Populist Authoritarian State

Lisa Jöris

At Home in Aleppo. Experiences and Memories (BMBF)

Lotte Knote

A Feminist Political Ecology of Seaweed Farming: Gendered Livelihood Strategies in Aquaculture in the Western Indian Ocean

Talha Çiçek

The Stubborn Mobility: Nomads and the Political Agency, 1920-2018' (AvH)