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As part of the Interrogating Development Series, the Department of International Development is hosting a seminar on 'Dismantling Green Colonialism: Energy and Climate Justice in the Arab Region' a book edited by Hamza Hamouchene and Katie Sandwell.
The Arab region is a focus of world politics, with authoritarian regimes, significant fossil fuel reserves, and histories of colonialism and imperialism. It is also the site of potentially immense green energy resources. The writers in this collection explore a region ripe for energy transition, but one held back by resource-grabbing and (neo)colonial agendas. They show the importance of fighting for a just energy transition and climate justice - exposing policies and practices that protect global and local political elites, multinational corporations, and military regimes.
Covering a wide range of countries from Morocco, Western Sahara, Algeria, and Tunisia to Egypt, Sudan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Palestine, this book challenges Eurocentrism and highlights instead a class-conscious approach to climate justice that is necessary for our survival.
About the speaker
Dr Hamza Hamouchene
Hamza is a London-based Algerian researcher and activist. He is the North Africa Programme Coordinator at the Transnational Institute (TNI), and a founding member of the Algeria Solidarity Campaign (ASC), Environmental Justice North Africa (EJNA), and the North African Food Sovereignty Network (NAFSN). He has written and edited several books including 'The Arab Uprisings: A Decade of Struggles' and 'The Struggle for Energy Democracy in the Maghreb'. His writings have appeared in Africa Is A Country, Guardian, Huffington Post, Middle East Eye, and other places.
About the discussant
Dr Luis Andueza
Luis is a human geographer with a background in anthropology and critical development studies. His work focuses on critical theory, the political ecology of uneven and combined development in Latin America, and local responses to these processes on indigenous and rural territories. Luis has experience conducting research on a range of Latin American contexts (including Mexico, Chile, and Peru) with both academic and nongovernmental organisations, with an emphasis on participatory research methods, interdisciplinarity, and the intersections between culture, political economy, uneven development, and human/environment relations.
About the seminar series
The 'Interrogating Development' seminar series is organised by the Department of International Development at King's College London. The series examines some of the most pressing issues facing global society today, from social development to emerging political economies.
This is an in-person event. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception.