Biology 4160F/5160F Political Ecology
Professor Pat Lane
Room 812 in Biology Wing, Life Sciences Center
13 hour class of lecture/discussion per week
Political ecology examines the politics of the environment using largely international
development examples. How do existing policies and stakeholder interactions affect the use
of environment by society? How do resource conflicts arise and become resolved? Political
ecology does not center on specific policies, political theories, or ideologies, but rather
considers an array of broad political and socioeconomic forces that shape the human
relationship to the environment. These forces are multiple and interact in complex ways.
Most developing people live very closely to their environment and their survival and well
being are dependent on maintaining the quality of their environments. Political Ecology
forms interconnections among many subjects such as: science, language, gender, sociology,
culture, development, social movements, public participation, economics, property systems,
power and political relationships, ecology, geography and spatial relationships,
environmental history, anthropology, among others.