GY574      Half Unit
Politics of Environment and Development

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Kasia Paprocki STC 4.21b and Dr Julia Corwin STC 4.14


This course is compulsory on the MPhil/PhD in Environmental Policy and Development. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

This course explores key themes at the intersection of development and environmental politics. Specifically, the course is centred on the applications of political ecology, critical development studies, and materialist human geography to topics in environment and development. In exploring the complex relationships between historical dynamics of development, inequality, and the environment, it covers a range of important natural resource and environmental issues, such as climate change, conservation, waste, and environmental social movements.


In the Department of Geography and Environment, teaching will be delivered through a combination of classes/seminars, pre-recorded lectures, live online lectures, in-person lectures and other supplementary interactive live activities.

This course is delivered through a combination of seminars and lectures across Lent Term.

This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Lent Term.

Indicative reading

  • Robbins, P (2012), Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
  • West, P (2006) Conservation is Our Government Now: The Politics of Ecology in Papua New Guinea. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Sasser, JS (2018) On Infertile Ground: Population Control and Women’s Rights in the Era of Climate Change. New York: NYU Press.
  • Curley, A (2021) "Resources is just another word for colonialism." In M. Himley, E. Havice, & G. Valdivia (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Critical Resource Geography (pp. 79-89). London: Routledge.
  • Sealey-Huggins, L (2018) "'The Climate Crisis is a Racist Crisis': Structural Racism, Inequality and Climate Change." In A. Johnson, R. Joseph-Salisbury, & B. Kamunge (Eds.), The Fire Now: Anti-Racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence (pp. 99-113). London: Zed Books.


Essay (100%, 6000 words) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: Geography and Environment

Total students 2021/22: 1

Average class size 2021/22: 1

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication