Envirnoment, Sustainability and Social Movements


At the end of the UC students should be familiar with the main debates in the area of environment and sustainability and their impact on cities and be able to autonomouslyreflect on the topics addressed during the semester.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Iva Maria Miranda Pires


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 168

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Harper, K., & Afonso, A. I. (2016). Cultivating civic ecology: a Photovoice study with urban gardeners in Lisbon, Portugal. Anthropology in Action, 23 (1), 6-13.
Michaelowa K.; Michaelowa, A., (2012). Negotiating climate change. Climate Policy, 12(5): 527-533.To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14693062.2012.693393
Godfray H.C.J.; Crut E I.R.; Haddad L.; Lawrence D.; Muir J. F.; Nisbett N.; Pretty J.; Robinson S.; Toulmin C.; Whiteley R. (2010). The future of the global food system.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 365, pp. 2769-2777.
Schiavoni, C. (2017). The contested terrain of food sovereignty construction: toward a historical, relational and interactive approach, The Journal of Peasant Studies, 44:1, 1-32,DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2016.1234455
Thomas Dax & Michael Fischer (2018) An alternative policy approach to rural development in regions facing population decline, European Planning Studies, 26:2, 297-315,DOI:10.1080/09654313.2017.1361596

Teaching method

The teaching-learning process articulates theoretical sessions of knowledge transmission, presentation of concrete research experiences, practical sessions of debate, anddiscussion of projects as well as autonomous work of the students.

Evaluation method

Evaluation Methodologies - - Elaboration of a final written work framed in one of the topics of the discipline (individual)(70%), - Presentation and discussion in class of individual written work(30%)

Subject matter

1. Environment, sustainability and ecological problems
2. Social movements and environmental resistance
a. Man and the environment: anthropocene and capitalocene
b. Environmental Movements and Environmental Conflict
c. Urban networks and activist practices
3. Case studies:
a. Climate change and climate justice movements
b. The future of food, food sovereignty and food waste. Movements for food sovereignty and fair trade
c. Low density territories and their challenges. Neo-rural movements
d. Activism, right to the city and urban resistance. Urban gardens.


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