About the Book
This edition introduces the core concepts and major works of the burgeoning field of political ecology. It also explores the key arguments and contemporary explanatory challenges facing the sub-discipline now and for the future. Ecological politics has become increasingly integrated into the institutional structures of nation-states and the global economy. The language and concepts of political ecology have been adopted by much of the political and theoretical spectrum. Political ecology may be expected to play a growing theoretical role in relation to the ideological mainstream and it remains to be seen whether more radical and oppositional political ecologies, which were very significant in the emergence of the field, will once again grow in relative importance. This edition presents a wide range of excellent research that not only begins to crack the shell of political ecology, but by creating a space for both early and established research works to extend a broadly-conceived political ecology into new and worthy frontiers.
About the Authors
Devasish Sarkar obtained his doctorate in engineering from the IIT Kharagpur. His professional attention then turned to the complex interface between science and society, especially in the case of environmental crisis in Himalayan region. He worked as senior professional staff at ICIMOD, Kathmandu). Later, he joined the International Academy of Environment in Geneva as Senior Research fellow. Presently, he is a fellow of the India-China Institute, New York and an adviser to the Water Diplomacy Programme at Tufts University, USA. His research in the past 25 years has generated critical trans-disciplinary public interest knowledge on the environment and development.
Ravi Malhotra is research associate of Geophysics at Stanford University. He graduated from Punjabi University, Patiala in 1984 and received an M.Sc. (1988) in geophysics from Stanford. He has made contributions to several aspects of seismic imaging, ranging from velocity estimation to parallel algorithms for seismic migration. Since the early nineties he has been at the forefront of the development of wave-equation 3-D prestack migration methods and other environmental issues. His important published works are Climatology; Global Warming; and Environmental Security and Sustainable Developments in South Asia.