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Call for Papers LASA - Community-based Natural Resources Governance in a Globalizing World: Emerging Geographies, Identities and Modes of Cooperation

XXXVI Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

May 23-26, 2018 – Barcelona, Spain

Call for Papers

Panel: Community-based Natural Resources Governance in a Globalizing World: Emerging Geographies, Identities and Modes of Cooperation

Emilie Dupuits – Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Laura Sauls – Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, United States

Community-based natural resources governance has been widely studied in the Latin American region. Studies have considered a range of different types of natural resources and common goods (water, forests, irrigation, etc.) and scales of action (local, regional, national). However, these resource governance systems are facing increasing pressures, especially from globalized demands on specific territories, including from neo-extractivist politics and international environmental agreements. The ways in which global demands on geographies where community-based natural resources governance has been operating interact with these systems are varied and sometimes unexpected, requiring further scrutiny. Moreover, the ways in which the community-based organizations that govern these resources confront or adapt to these demands are similarly diverse, with implications for environmental and well-being outcomes. This panel aims to analyze how this interaction produces new geographies, identities and modes of cooperation for resource governance. For example, these innovations can range from transnational community networks to international advocacy to public-community partnerships. This objective will provide new insights into emerging forms of natural resource governance as well as contribute theoretically to discussions on the role of resource governance in identity and territorial formation in Latin America.

We invite papers that engage with the ways in which collective or community-based resource governance are interacting with ongoing and emerging globalizing claims. Both empirical and theoretical proposals are welcome. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

·         Cases of how community-based resource governance is resisting globalized demands on space, and the resulting emergence of new geographies

·         The interaction between national resource-based development policies and indigenous or community land/resource use

·         Conflicts generated by governance of different types of resources, especially mineral and non-mineral

·         How international environmental governance regimes (biodiversity, climate change, water) conflict with or support community-based resource governance

·         Cases of new resource governance rules and modes of cooperation emerging in areas with a history of confrontation or conflict

·         The role of social movements and regional cooperation in community-based resource governance systems

·         Implications of emerging community-based governance formations for human well-being and identities

Please send your abstracts (max. 250 words) to or by August 21, 2017.

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Relevant literature

Bebbington, A. and J. Bury (Eds.). 2013. Subterranean Struggles: New Dynamics of Mining, Oil, and Gas in Latin America. Austin: University of Texas Press. 

Boelens, Rutgerd. 2008. “Water rights arenas in the Andes: Upscaling the defence networks to localize water control.” Water Alternatives 1: 48‐65.

Bulkeley, Harriet. 2005. “Reconfiguring Environmental Governance: Towards a Politics of Scales and Networks.” Political Geography 24 (8): 875–902.

Duffy, Rosaleen. 2005. “The Politics of Global Environmental Governance: The Powers and Limitations of Transfrontier Conservation Areas in Central America.” Review of International Studies 31 (2): 307–23.

Himley, M. 2008. “Geographies of Environmental Governance: The Nexus of Nature and Neoliberalism.” Geography Compass 2: 433-451. 

Hoogesteger, Jaime, Boelens Rutgerd, Baud Michiel. 2016. “Territorial pluralism: water users’ multi-scalar struggles against state ordering in Ecuador’s highlands.” Water International 41: 91-106.

Liverman, Diana. 2004. “Who Governs, at What Scale and at What Price? Geography, Environmental Governance, and the Commodification of Nature.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 94 (4): 734–38.

Perreault, Thomas. 2005. “State restructuring and the scale politics of rural water governance in Bolivia.” Environment and Planning A 37: 263-284.

Ribot, Jesse C., Arun Agrawal, and Anne M. Larson. 2006. “Recentralizing While Decentralizing: How National Governments Reappropriate Forest Resources.” World Development 34 (11): 1864–86.

Romano, Sarah. 2016. “Democratizing discourses: conceptions of ownership, autonomy and ‘the state’ in Nicaragua’s rural water governance.” Water International 41: 74-90.

Swyngedouw, Erik. 2005. “Dispossessing H2O: the contested terrain of water privatization.” Capitalism Nature Socialism 16: 81-98.