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Political Ecology and Economy Research Cluster (PEERC).

Our leading research in the area of Political Ecology and Political Economy contributes to theoretical and applied debates within these fields. Scholars within the group are united by a concern for understanding how relationships between economies, institutions, states, civil societies and individuals are challenged by the scale and complexity of contemporary social, ecological, political and economic processes that are profoundly uneven and highly geographical. Interdisciplinary research within the group seeks to push thinking beyond traditional separations of nature/society, local/global, urban/rural, public/private, state/non-state, consumption/production, human/non-human to identify more just futures and means for moving towards them.

A vibrant group of academics, post-doctoral fellows and researchers, and post-graduate students our research outputs are widely cited, influential and supported by a wide range of funding sources. Our research has been supported by funding from: the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the European Commission, The British Academy, The Winston Churchill Trust, Gingerbread, Welsh Government, the National Science Foundation (US), the European Research Council, British Academy, UK Research Councils Energy Programme. We have collaborated with a range of organisations outside the academy in a number of geographical contexts including but not limited to: the Food Standards Agency (UK), Defra (UK), Department for Work and Pensions (UK), Gingerbread (UK), WRAP (UK), The Trussell Trust (UK), Confucius School (HK), Lammas Low Impact Development( UK), Hockerton Housing Project (UK), and the Right to the City Alliance (US). Members of the group also collaborate with academics in a number of international settings including the Centre for Consumer Science (CFK) in Gothenburg, Hong Kong University and Hong Kong Baptist University (HK), Monash University (Aus), University of Copenhagen (Denmark), Melbourne University (Aus), Sokoine UNiversity of Agriculture (Tanzania).

Major crosscutting research themes include:

Justice, Participation, and Inequality

Our work explores the dynamic interactions between our changing environmental contexts – physically, economically, culturally, and politically – and our different abilities to live secure, successful and fulfilled lives.

Political Economy of Urban and Regional Systems

We examine spatialities of governance, economic and social policy, and advanced capitalism in cities and regions in the UK, US, Latin America and Southeast Asia.

Environment, Nature, and Sustainability

We are exploring the nexus of issues that shape our environment, particularly energy, food, water and buildings.