The University of Arizona

The relevance of Regional Political Ecology for agriculture and food systems

Ryan E, Galt

Abstract


The region as a concept continues to hold promise as a way of breaking through the many binaries that often divide political ecology. Operationalizing a regional political ecology approach allows the researcher to generate a large number of insights and conclusions that a more narrow disciplinary (disciplined) focus and non-scalar approach would miss; this is because important biophysical and social processes intersect with each another and work together to produce and/or mediate important outcomes for human and environmental well-being. The article draws on a number of cases to examine what comparison of political ecological research between regions could look like. I argue for a reinvigorated relationship between regional political ecology as an approach and agrifood systems as the object of study, and pose questions that can help shape this endeavor.


Keywords: regional political ecology, regional comparisons, network political ecology, agriculture, food systems, agroecology


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2458/v23i1.20184