This PhD project will investigate recent created forms of “commoning” and radical ecological citizenships in Catalonia, Spain, and will examine responses to socio-environmental crises by analysing new forms of monetary/non-monetary exchange/cooperation and emerging practices of law/regulation, contributing to the emerging field of environmental economics.
This project will also aim to illuminate the inter-relationship between the human and more-than-human in responses to socio-environmental crises, contributing to an emerging body of scholarship and praxis which combines ethnographic methods with more-than-human participatory research. Donna Haraway and Ana Tsing´s contributions to multi-species debates become relevant to this project because they inform that the process of re-politicising economy and ecological thought involves both human and non human actors. This research will thus make use of ethnographic methodologies to further investigate how these forms of “commoning” intend to include the more-than-human in an attempt to break from anthropocentric solutions which perceive “nature” and non-human life as mere resources.
Navigating through political science, sociology and geography, this project will engage with critical theory and social movements, and will explore human-nature relations and alternative forms of economic and political governance and resistance. The project will seek to theoretically connect “commons” literature, degrowth and the “more-than human” and will experiment with community partners in order to find collectives practices for living in “common”.