SITUATED ECOLOGIES is a platform for research projects and activities that relate to situated and contested ecologies, in particular when viewed through the processes of urbanisation.

MOVE – New Orleans

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The New Orleans node of the Socio-Ecological Movements (MOVE) project is a collaboration between the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane and Xavier Universities in New Orleans. The interdisciplinary MOVE-NOLA team focuses primarily on the relationship between historical land use change, urban vegetation dynamics, and large scale infrastructural systems like drainage systems, floodwalls, and navigation canals. Some of the project members worked on an NSF funded Urban Long Term Research Area (ULTRA-Ex) program in New Orleans between 2009 and 2012. The MOVE-NOLA project aims to build a research repertoire that is developed iteratively and collaboratively, speaking into contemporary debates in the region around climate change adaptation, urban resilience, coastal land loss and restoration, and environmental justice. Theoretically and methodologically, the project aims to contribute a model program for doing urban ecological research that builds upon basic urban ecological data by viewing those data as situated in historically driven, place contingent, and fundamentally political processes of transformation.

For more information contact:

Joshua Lewis



Project publications:

Lewis, J.A. Yoachim, A.M. Meffert, D.J. 2013. “Crisis on the Delta: Emerging Trajectories for New Orleans” in Climate Change and the Coastal Zone, Kay et al. (eds). Taylor & Francis.

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