Notes on Contributors

Mohamed Adow is the Founding Director of Power Shift Africa and the expert advisor for Africa for the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF). For almost two decades Mohamed has been deeply involved in international climate and energy issues, including advising states in multilateral negotiations on climate change, developing policies and programmes. From 2008 to 2019, he led Christian Aid’s global climate policy and advocacy work on developing countries’ issues. He also led Christian Aid’s delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Montreal Protocol, and other multilateral environmental negotiations, and he engaged and influenced governments and other stakeholders in favour of the world’s poorest populations.

Tor A. Benjaminsen is a Human Geographer and Professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Currently, he holds an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council to investigate causes of migration and conflict in the West African Sahel. He previously carried out research in East Africa and northern Norway on issues of pastoralism, environmental governance, and land-use conflicts. His latest book is Political Ecology: A Critical Engagement with Global Environmental Issues (2021, Palgrave Macmillan), co-authored with Hanne Svarstad. He was also a Lead Author of the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Shibaji Bose is an independent consultant in visual research methods. His work draws on long-term visual ethnography and participatory visual Action Research in remote and climatically fragile zones in South Asia. He has written on health systems and climate change in The Lancet, Indian Anthropologist, BMC Health Services Research, BMJ Global Health, International Journal for Population, Development and Reproductive Health, Regional Environmental Change, the IDS STEPS Centre Working Paper series, The Statesman, The Economic Times, Hindustan Times, Geography, and You. Alongside his interests in mediating between dominant and implicit narrative spaces, he has co‑curated PhotoVoice exhibitions and directed films that have been showcased at the Wellcome Trust, Cannes Film Festival, and Health Systems Global symposiums.

Andrea Brock is a political ecologist and political economist at the University of Sussex, UK. She works with environmental defenders and researches the relationship between extractivism, corporate power, and state violence. Recent publications include Enforcing Ecocide: Power, Policing and Planetary Militarization, edited with Alexander Dunlap (2022, Springer) as well as journal articles, blog posts, and newspaper and magazine articles on policing, criminalisation, and stigmatisation; policing and environmental justice, dispossession, and ecocide; the political ecology of solar energy and the injustices associated with energy transitions and green extractivism; repression of anti-extractive resistance, and the relationship between policing violence and nature conservation.

Fernando García-Dory grew up between Madrid and his family farm in the northern Spanish mountains. Over several decades, he has been involved in the Spanish peasant movement Plataforma Rural, part of La Via Campesina. He was involved in the creation of the Spanish Shepherds Federation and the European Shepherds Network. Currently he is also European Regional Coordinator for WAMIP, the World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples.

Ella Houzer is a former postgraduate student at the University of Sussex, UK, with an MSc in Climate Change, Development and Policy.

Amber Huff is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, UK where she is co-leader of the Resource Politics and Environmental Change Research Cluster and director of the Centre for Future Natures. She is a social anthropologist and political ecologist, and her research areas include the politics of environmental change, international conservation, extractive conflicts, and the new commons.

Lyla Mehta is a Professor at the Institute of Development Studies, UK and a Visiting Professor at Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences. She does critical social science research on water, sanitation, and climate change. She has extensive research and field experience in India and southern Africa and is currently leading a Belmont/Norface/European Union/ISC project on Transformations as Praxis in South Asia. Her most recent books are Water, Food Security, Nutrition and Social Justice (2020, Routledge) and The Politics of Climate Change and Uncertainty in India (2022, Routledge), co-edited with Hans Nicolai Adam and Shilpi Srivastava.

Mary Menton is a researcher with Not1More and a Research Associate with the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, UK. From 2018 to 2021 she was a Research Fellow with the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme where she was the UK lead on the Atmospheres of Violence and Another Sky research projects. Her research explores the violence(s) experienced by those who resist the destruction caused by the expansion of extractive industries and neoliberal models of development.

Felipe Milanez is assistant professor at the Institute for Humanities, Arts and Sciences, the graduate programmes of Culture and Society and Social Sciences, at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. He holds a PhD from the Centre for Social Studies, at the University of Coimbra, from the programme of the European Network of Political Ecology, and coordinates the research group Ecologías Políticas desde el Sur/Abya Yala of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences. Working with indigenous peoples and environmental defenders, his current interests include political ecology of arts and decolonial epistemologies, genocide and ecocide, and extraction and violence.

Lars Otto Naess is a Research Fellow and co-leader of the Resource Politics and Environmental Research Change Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies, UK. He is a social scientist with 25 years’ experience of climate change, development, and agriculture. His research centres on the social and institutional dimensions of tackling climate change in a multi-risk context, political economy of policy processes on climate change at national and subnational levels, and the role of local knowledge for adaptation to climate change. He is domain editor for Climate and Development for WIREs Climate Change, and associate editor of Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems.

Peter Newell is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex, UK and co-founder and research director of the Rapid Transition Alliance ( He sits on the Board of Directors of Greenpeace UK. His recent research focuses on the political economy of low-carbon energy transitions. Peter has worked at the universities of Sussex, Oxford, Warwick, and East Anglia in the UK and FLACSO Argentina. His single and co-authored books include Climate for Change (2000, Cambridge University Press (CUP)), Governing Climate Change (2010, Routledge), Globalization and the Environment (2012, Polity), Climate Capitalism (2012, CUP), Transnational Climate Change Governance (2014, CUP), Global Green Politics (2019, CUP), and Power Shift: The Global Political Economy of Energy Transitions (2021, CUP).

Devanathan Parthasarathy is a Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Associate Faculty, Centre for Policy Studies, and Associate Faculty, Interdisciplinary Program in Climate Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. His research interests include urban studies, development studies, law and governance, gender and development, climate vulnerability and adaptation, and disaster studies. He is the author of Collective Violence in a Provincial City (1997) and has co-edited Women’s Self Help Groups: Restructuring Socio-Economic Development (2011), Cleavage, Connection and Conflict in Rural, Urban and Contemporary Asia (2013), and Mumbai/Bombay: Majoritarian Neoliberalism, Informality, Resistance, and Wellbeing (2022).

Ian Scoones is a Professor at the Institute of Development Studies, UK. He was formerly Co-Director of the ESRC STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre ( and is Principal Investigator of the PASTRES programme (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins,, funded by a European Research Council Advanced Grant (74032).

Iselin Shaw of Tordarroch graduated from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in 2021 with a master’s in International Environmental Studies. Her dissertation is titled A Political Ecology of the Climate-Migration-Conflict Nexus in Syria. Iselin has previously studied Arabic, development studies, crisis management, and social anthropology and worked for the Norwegian Refugee Council focusing on Youth Agripreneurship and for the Norwegian Embassy in Amman with their political and development portfolio. She has previously worked as a photographer and journalist and is now with the Norwegian Football Association in its department for social responsibility, managing the association’s work with human rights.

Jurema Machado de A. Souza has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Brasília. She is a professor at the Federal University of Recôncavo da Bahia, where she teaches postgraduate courses on History of Africa, the Diaspora and Indigenous Peoples, and on Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. She is an associate researcher in the research programme on Indigenous Peoples of Northeast Brazil (PINEB/UFBA), a member of the research group Memories, Identity Processes and Territorialities in the Recôncavo da Bahia (MITO/UFRB), and a member of the Laboratory and Study Group on Interethnic Relations (LAGERI/UnB). She is currently president of the board of directors of the National Association of Indigenous Action (ANAÍ).

Shilpi Srivastava is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, UK. A political sociologist with interdisciplinary training in political science, law and governance, and development studies, Shilpi has worked extensively on the cultural politics of water and climate change. Her current research explores the politics of decision-making and preparedness under radical climatic uncertainty. She draws on qualitative and participatory methods to explore the everyday encounters of marginalised communities with the changing climate as these intersect with wider issues in political economy. She is also the series co-editor for the Palgrave Pivot series on Global Challenges in Water Governance.

Nathan Stephens-Griffin is a senior lecturer at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK. He works across the disciplines of sociology, criminology, and critical animal studies. His most recent research focuses on state/corporate repression of social movements, particularly the undercover policing of ecological protest. He is also interested in biographical, visual, and graphic narrative approaches to social research. He is the author of Understanding Veganism: Biography and Identity (2017, Palgrave Macmillan).

Hanne Svarstad is a sociologist, political ecologist and Professor of Development Studies at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet). Her present research is about climate change mitigation, environmental and climate justice, and critical climate education. Most of her fieldwork has been conducted in African countries and Norway. For more than a decade Hanne has carried out research about the climate mitigation scheme of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+), with case studies in Tanzania and Norway. Hanne is also engaged in theoretical studies of power, justice, and discourses, as well as in discussions of green development approaches.