Gustavo García-López


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 (, 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 ( He is also a member of grassroots initiatives including JunteGente (, 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 (

Latest Publications


Bustos, Beatriz; García-López, Gustavo; Ojeda, Diana; Milanez, Felipe; Engel-Di-Mauro, Salvatore (orgs.) (2022), Routledge Handbook of Latin American Environments. Londres: Routledge

Article in Scientific journal

García-López, Gustavo A.; Lang, Ursula; Singh, Neera (2021), "Commons, Commoning and Co-Becoming: Nurturing Life-in-Common and Post-Capitalist Futures (An Introduction to the Theme Issue)", Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 4, 4, 1-18

Book Chapter

García-López, Gustavo (2021), Commoning Labour, Labouring the Commons: Centring the Commons in Environmental Labour Studies, in Nora Räthzel, Dimitris Stevis, and David Uzzell (org.), The Palgrave Handbook of Environmental Labour Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, 389-414

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