Gustavo García-López


Biography

Gustavo is an engaged scholar from the islands of Puerto Rico (Borikén) with a transdisciplinary social-environmental sciences training, building on institutional analysis, environmental policy and planning, and political ecology approaches. His research and practice centers on issues related to grassroots collective action initiatives that seek to advance transformations towards more just and sustainable worlds. His work has been geographically focused in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and most recently in Portugal, but also engages in transnational comparative analyses. Until 2019, he was Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Planning at the University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras (currently on leave). Previous to that, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow (Experienced Researcher) in the European Network of Political Ecology, a European Commission-funded Marie Curie International Training Network (MSCA-ITN). He participates in various collaborative research-action networks, including the Climate Justice Network (www.climatejusticenetwork.org), an international collaboration between US and Global South scholars, practitioners and activists; and the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society's (PECS) Collaborative Governance Working Group (https://pecs-science.org/collaborative-governance-and-management/). He is also a member of grassroots initiatives including JunteGente (juntegente.org), a space of encounters of grassroots movements against disaster capitalism and for another Puerto Rico possible; and Emerge Puerto Rico, an initiative of community-based climate change education for youth-led adaptability and action. He is also co-founding member of the editorial collective of the Undisciplined Environments political ecology blog (undisciplinedenvironments.org).


Latest Publications

Book Chapter

García-López, Gustavo (2021), Decommonisation-commonisation dynamics and social movements: Insights from a meta-analysis of case studies, in Nayak, Prateep (org.), Making Commons Dynamic: Understanding Change Through Commonisation and Decommonisation. Routledge

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Book Chapter

García-López, Gustavo A. (2020), Commons, Power, and (Counter)Hegemony, in Legun, Katharine; Keller, Julie; Bell, Michael; Carolan, Michael (org.), The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Sociology, Vol. 1. Cambridge University Press, 152-175

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Article in Scientific journal

Villamayor-Tomas, Sergio; García-López, Gustavo; Scholtens, Joeri (2020), "Do commons management and movements reinforce each other? Comparative insights from Mexico and Sri Lanka", Ecological Economics, 173, 106627

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