Coimbra training

These are the workshops and local courses that took place at CES in Coimbra with different materials that can be downloaded for further information:

Political Ecology reading group series II (spring semester 2015)

Our new reading group series features discussions of papers (co)authored by members of the Coimbra Entitle team and Oficina de Ecologia e Sociedade. The papers will be downloadable from this page two weeks before each meeting. Participation is open to all.


10 de Fevereiro, 14h30-17h00: "Ignorance is NOT bliss: A review of important social science contributions to understanding sustainability which is continuously ignored and the implications of this poor research practice" (Alison Neilson)

31 de Março, 14h30-17h00: “For a Foucauldian critique of the green economy” (Emanuele Leonardi)

26 de Maio, 14h30-17h00: "In Commons We Trust. The Gift of Being Given to the Other" (Irina Velicu)

7 de Julho, 14h30-17h00: “Laboring the Amazon. The experience of the extractive reserves and the contested legacy of Chico Mendes” (Felipe Milanez)


Re-Commoning Democracy. A Workshop with Scholars/Activists

(in collaboration with: International Social Science Council, Transformations to Sustainability program)

October 16, Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra, sala Keynes

Listen to the presentations and debate:

Environmental justice: engagement, research, and writing

24 de abril de 2014, 09h30, Casa de Escrita, Rua João Jacinto 8, Coimbra



Ciclo aulas magistralis - Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Março a Maio 2014,  Faculdade de Economia da Universidade de Coimbra


Ecological Crisis. Environmental cultures, movements and politics

Graduate seminar, PhD Program "Democracy in the 21st century"

October 2013 to February 2014

instructors: Marco Armiero, Laura Centemeri, Lúcia Fernandes, Stefania Barca (coord)


Political Ecology reading group series I (fall semester 2012-13)

This first series of reading group discussions aims at getting participants in touch with some of the basic references in Political Ecology writing, with attention to disciplinary, geographical and gender diversity. It is mainly concerned with issues of epistemology (postmodern, feminist, southern, postcolonial), while also including general overviews of the PE literature and related fields, such as Ecological Economics and Science and Technology Studies.


October 25th
Richard Peets and Michael Watts, ‘Liberation ecology. Development, sustainability and environment in an age of market triumphalism’ and Arturo Escobar, ‘Construction nature: Elements for a post-structuralist political ecology’, in R. Peets and M. Watts eds, Liberation ecologies. Environment, development, social movements, London and New York: Routledge 1996, pp. 1-69

November 15th
Charles Foucault, ‘What is Enlightenment’ and ‘Governmentality’, in P. Rabinow ed. The essential Foucault. Selections from The Essential Works of Foucault, 1954-1984, pp. viii-xxxv, 43-57 and 229-245

November 29th
P. Taylor, “Unruly Complexity. Ecology, Interpretation, Engagement” (Chicago and London: Univ. of Chicago Press 2005), chapter 6
Carolyn Merchant, “Radical Ecology. In Search for a Livable World”, London and New York: Routledge 2005, Introduction and chapter 2

December 11th
Ramachandra Guha and Joan Martinez Alier, Varieties of Environmentalism: Essays North and South, London and New York: Routledge 1997, pp. 22-45
Joan Martinez Alier, The environmentalism of the poor. A study of ecological conflict and valuation, Celtenham and Northampton: Edward Elgar, 2002, pp 213-52

January 17th
James O’Connor, Natural causes. Essays in ecological Marxism, New York and London: Guilford, 1998, pp. 121-212
Mary Mellor, 1997. ‘Women, Nature and the Social Construction of ‘‘Economic Man’’’, Ecological Economics 20: 129–40.

January 31st
Boaventura de Sousa Santos,  ‘Beyond Abyssal Thinking: From Global Lines to Ecologies of Knowledges’, Review XXX, 1, 45-89
Sandra Harding, Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? Thinking from women’s lives, Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1991, pp. 138-63


Political Economy and Ecology of the Commons

December 7, 2012


Violence and the Environment: resources, conflicts, resistance

November 8, 2012