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Transition Friction in the Ecuadorian Amazon: A Green Economy Ethnography

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address: OXFORD ROAD
postcode: M13 9PL

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
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 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-CAR
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2019-08-31


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 Project objective

The dominant framing of humanity’s current predicament emphasizes ‘planetary limits’ and impending environmental collapse, with ‘green economy’ strategies as a necessary response. Initiatives for transitions to ‘green’ production and consumption patterns are emerging and multiplying, at different scales and all over the world. The visions of ‘sustainability’ underpinning these initiatives are diverse, and their heterogeneous socio-ecological effects raise urgent questions of justice. With a focus on the power dynamics and inequalities of green transition initiatives, TRANSITION-FRICTION will cross-fertilise three literatures – political ecology, transition studies and ethnographies of global connections.

Using ethnographic methods and discourse analysis, the project will study a novel university in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador, explicitly conceived as a catalyst for the country’s transition away from extraction and export of oil and other sub-soil resources, towards a ‘green and sustainable economy’. With its 93,000 hectare ‘living laboratory’, Ikiam University is a site of ‘friction’: between the forest and the urban, between indigenous and industrial science, between conservation and extractivism, between commons and the market. Such friction is not only conflictual, it is also ‘interconnection across difference’, productive of new relations and interactions. In analysing these new socio-ecological relations and interactions in one of the world’s poorest, most biodiverse regions, the project will develop an original conceptual framework and methodological approach for the analysis of green economy transition initiatives and their uneven effects in the Amazon and elsewhere.


year authors and title journal last update
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2019 Hope, J., C. Lemanski, T. Bastia, N.I. Moeller, P. Meth & G. Williams
Childcare and Academia - an Intervention
published pages: , ISSN: 1474-6743, DOI:
International Development Planning Review 2020-04-06
2018 Michel Pimbert, Nina Moeller
Absent Agroecology Aid: On UK Agricultural Development Assistance Since 2010
published pages: 505, ISSN: 2071-1050, DOI: 10.3390/su10020505
Sustainability 10/2 2020-04-06
2018 Nina Isabella Moeller
Haphazard knowledge production: Thoughts on ethnography and mess in the urbanising Ecuadorian Amazon
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.26486.70724
Messy Ethnographies in Action 2020-04-06

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