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PROTECTED AREAS AND THE EXPANSION OF NEOLIBERAL CAPITALISM IN EUROPE

PROTECTED AREAS AND THE EXPANSION OF NEOLIBERAL CAPITALISM IN EUROPE

Objective

Central to the constitution of current ecological crises are modernist environmental views that separate nature from society, culture and civilisation and which make possible large-scale exploitation and despoliation of natural resources. In recent decades, the critical study of conservation conflicts have contended that, despite promoting new environmental attitudes, most conservation initiatives have failed to query the nature-society separation that underlies ecologically depredatory initiatives. But nature conservation is experiencing profound changes, which challenge our current knowledge of the tensions surrounding the relationship between conservation policies and Western ideas of nature and society in binary opposition. The growing links between capitalism and conservation and the current economic crisis are extending the faith in market solutions to environmental problems and creating new spaces for global capital expansion. This research project seeks to critically analyse the ideas of nature that are encouraging new neoliberal trends in Protected Areas, facilitating their conversion into new spaces for global capital expansion, and the intentionality, situated interests and individual and collective agencies behind them. This research will focus on the multi-level network of individuals and institutions that supports an ongoing phenomenon of territorial reintegration and land-use reorganisation in two Protected Areas in the Region of Andalusia (Spain) with the aim to promote the growth of a service economy, replacing customary farming and fishing practices whose reliance on subsidies makes them clearly deficient within a globalised economy. I will identify these actors and institutions and trace their worldviews, practices and role in processes of decision-making with the intention to unveil how Protected Areas have become an instrument to incorporate marginal regions and livelihoods to global capitalism and the role ideas of nature play in this process
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

Address

Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2tn Sheffield

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 221 606,40

Administrative Contact

Daniel Rose (Mr.)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 623409

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2014

  • End date

    31 August 2016

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 221 606,40

  • EU contribution

    € 221 606,40

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom