Weathered: Cultures of Climate
Professor Mike Hulme
2016, Sage, London, 178pp.
To understand adequately the cultural politics of climate-change it is important to establish the different origins of the idea of climate itself. Mike Hulme opens up the many ways in which the idea of climate is given shape and meaning in different human cultures – how climates are historicized, known, changed, lived with, blamed, feared, represented, predicted, governed and, at least putatively, re-designed.
Global Cinematic Cities: New Landscapes of Film and Media
Dr Johan Andersson and Lawrence Webb
2016, Wallflower: Columbia University Press: New York.
Capturing a rapidly transforming urban world, this collection investigates the emerging dynamics between filmmaking and urban change on a global scale. Drawing on work in film and urban studies, the volume innovatively rethinks the "cinematic city" and argues for its ongoing relevance.
Cultures of Decolonisation: Transnational productions and practices, 1945-1970
Dr Ruth Craggs and Claire Wintle
2016, Manchester University Press, Manchester
What were the distinctive cultures of decolonisation that emerged between 1945 and 1970? What can they tell us about the complexities of the 'end of empire' as a process? Cultures of decolonisation brings together studies of visual, literary and material cultures to explore these questions.
Urban Landscape Ecology: Science, Policy and Practice
Dr Robert Francis, Dr James D. A. Millington, and Dr Michael Chadwick
2016, Routledge, London
The growth of cities poses ever-increasing challenges for the natural environment on which they impact and depend. Landscape ecology – the study of interactions across space and time between the structure and function of physical, biological and cultural components of landscapes – has a pivotal role to play in identifying sustainable solutions.
The International Handbook of Political Ecology
Professor Raymond Bryant
2015, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
The International Handbook of Political Ecology features chapters by leading scholars from around the world in a unique collection exploring the multi-disciplinary field of political ecology. This landmark volume canvasses key developments, topics, issues, debates and concepts showcasing how political ecologists address social and environmental concerns.
Clothing Poverty: The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-hand Clothes
Dr Andrew Brooks
2015, Zedd Books
Andrew Brooks shows how recycled clothes are traded across continents, uncovers how retailers and international charities are embroiled in commodity chains which perpetuate poverty, and exposes the hidden trade networks which transect the globe. Stitching together rich narratives, from Mozambican markets, Nigerian smugglers and Chinese factories to London’s vintage clothing scene, Brooks uncovers the many hidden sides of fashion.
Transboundary Water Politics in the Developing World
Dr Naho Mirumachi
2015, Routledge, Abingdon
Mirumachi asks how and why shared water resources become contested. She explores the socio-political process of water use and allocation. This is not just simply about conflict and cooperation in international transboundary river basins. Naho’s analysis sheds light on decision-makers, the framing of development strategies, and the role of geopolitical factors and geographical imaginations.
Can Science Fix Climate Change? A Case Against Climate Engineering
Professor Mike Hulme
2014, Polity, Cambridge, UK, 158pp.
Drawing upon a distinguished career studying the science, politics and ethics of climate change, Hulme shows why using science to fix the global climate is undesirable, ungovernable and unattainable. Science and technology should instead serve the more pragmatic goals of increasing societal resilience to weather risks, improving regional air quality and driving forward an energy technology transition.
States Behaving Badly? The Unique Geopolitics of Island Sovereignty Disputes
2015, Korea Maritime Institute