SITUATED ECOLOGIES gathers art, design and research collaborations to contest and democratise ecologies.
Democratic Practices of Unequal Geographies (Annual PhD Seminar)
Urban Ecology as Science, Culture and Power (PhD Course)
- Democratic Practices of Unequal Geographies (Annual PhD Seminar)
- Urban Ecology as Science, Culture and Power (PhD Course)
Research: Grounding and Worlding Urban Infrastructuers (GROWL)
GROWL develops in-depth case studies and astute mid-level theory of urban infrastructure at the intersection of political ecology and postcolonial urbanism focusing on “petro-urbanism” in Luanda with comparative studies in Nairobi and Kampala.
Film Festival: Crosscut Film & Text Festival
Using film in your research practice? Crosscut Festival for Film & Text in Stockholm is extending the Environmental Humanities.
Available Light: Film as Research & Visual Environmental Humanities
Exploring bimodal practices of research, combining film- and text-based research. This page/site is under construction.
Teaching: Democratic Practices of Unequal Geographies (PhD Course)
How to make sense of global South urbanisation while (re)turning explicitly to emancipatory politics? In this annual PhD Course/Seminar at ACC at UCT, we read across Political Philosophy and Global South Urbanism.
Design: Tactical Symbiotics & Speculative Design
Focusing on human relations to natural-artificial systems, we explore new terrain for political and ontological thought and praxis.
Book: Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-Obscene (2019)
The book centres on how to organize anew the articulation between emancipatory theory and political activism in the age of planetary urbanisation. Edited by Henrik Ernstson and Erik Swyngedouw and published by Routledge in 2019.
Cinematic Ethnography: One Table Two Elephants (2018)
A film about ways of knowing urban nature in a postcolonial city — about bushmen boys, a flower kingdom and the ghost of a princess. Filmed in Cape Town.
Organising: Situated Urban Political Ecologies (#SUPE)
Situated Urban Political Ecologies (#SituatedUPE) provides a collaborative space for scholars, students, designers and activists to expand UPE with theory & experiences from the Global South.
Book: Grounding Urban Natures (2019, MIT Press)
This book explores ‘urban nature’, history and power with studies from Lagos, New Delhi, San Francisco, Berlin, Yixing, Cape Town and more.
Research: Ways of Knowing Urban Ecologies (WOK-UE)
This project is now finished and examined social, cultural and political dimensions of urban ecology and natural resource management in Cape Town.
Call for Applications (CfA): “Nature, Capitalism, and Film as Decolonial Dialectic” 4th Annual Democratic Practices PhD Seminar, 25-27 Nov in Stockholm
August 4, 2019
This call has now ended. To check out the final course outline, go to the
Masterclass and retrospective of Trinh T. Minh-ha’s films for Democratic Practices 2019. Plus “Badiou” and Q&A with Sassen.
October 23, 2019
// Note: this post was updated by Henrik on 24 October 2019. // We are
The “Grounding book” is now out! Published as #OpenAccess by MIT Press. “Grounding Urban Natures”.
October 9, 2019
We won the MIT Press Library Award! Our recently published edited book Grounding Urban Natures:
October 4, 2019
Svarta ljud/Black noise. Event at ABF in Stockholm with Emile Jansen and Mixed Mense, 9 oct 2019.
This website is a growing platform for research projects and activities related to the study and politics of situated ecologies, in particular those shaped by urbanization. To be situated means to cautiously attend to difference and to take each location and city seriously for what it can bring to theory-making, while keeping broader geographies and dynamics in view. Our research aims to bring forth the many voices, experiences and practices that are re-working urban ecologies and collaborate around theoretical standpoints from where urban ecologies and futures can be understood and engaged.
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