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THEME 3 : Political Geography of Resources

Theme 3 : Political Geography of Resources

Researchers situate their approach at the intersection between the geography of power and other disciplines that study the environment as a social and political construct. The notion of resource, seen as the product of political relations between actors, but also between actors and the material world (Zimmermann, 1933 ; Raffestin, 1980 , can help us analyse the relation between development and the environment. In the world today, tensions and uncertainties have arisen around the control (...)

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Theme 3.1 Representation and construction of resources

Our research examines the way environmental knowledge is transmitted, which forms a key factor of development. We aim to analyse the evolution of societies’ relation with their resources, looking at territorial value systems, representations and practices (which are themselves impacted by relations of power). We also monitor the construction of environmental knowledge and standards, to understand the part played by social and scientific representations (Jasanoff, 2004) in the evolution of (...)

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Theme 3.2 Geopolitics of resources, from the local to the global

Our research aims to update traditional interpretations of access to resources as an expression of relations of power between the State and large corporations: this phenomenon is both an illustration and a matrix of the inequalities created by development (Gottmann, 1952 . ; Klare, 2002 .). We will consider the influence of context in the early twenty first century, with the emergence of new global economic hubs and transnational players – NGOs, corporations, activists (Gabriel-Oyhamburu, (...)

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Theme 3.3 Environmental regulation and heritagisation of resources

This theme covers regulation mechanisms in terms of resource management, with a focus on their spatial set-up and territorial implications. In the early twenty-first century, the economic and environmental shortcomings of neoliberal globalisation have revealed the need for new regulations on resources. We aim to analyse the dissemination of regulation models, using their successes and failures as a guide to understand development processes, such as that of Timor (Redon, 2011 ). This means (...)

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