Stefania Barca


Stefania Barca (Naples 1968) is senior researcher at the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (CES/UC). She obtained her PhD in Economic History from the University of Bari (Italy) in 1997 and holds the title of associate professor in Modern History and in Economic History (by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research - MIUR). She has been vice-president of CES scientific board, co-director of the PhD program 'Democracy in the 21st century' (2012-15), coordinator of the research group on Social Policies, Labor and Inequalities (2010-14). She currently coordinates a graduate seminar on Ecological Crisis and Democracy and lectures in Political Ecology at CES/UC. She was visiting scholar at the Program in Agrarian Studies of Yale University (2005-06), and 'Ciriacy Wantrup' postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley (2006-08); she has been Guest Researcher at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies of Lund University in 2015-16. She has served as vice-president of the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) between 2011 and 2013, and has served as member of the editorial board of the journal Environmental History between 2014 and 2017. She has been member of the Supervisory Board of the EU 'Marie Curie' ITN 'Entitle' - European Network of Political Ecology, and Chair of the organizing committee of the international conference Undisciplined Environments (Stockholm, March 2016). She has published articles in national and international journals in the fields of Economic History, Environmental History, Ecological Economics, and Political Ecology as well as two research monographs, one edited collection and one environmental history textbook. Her Enclosing Water. Nature and Political Economy in a Mediterranean Valley (Cambridge, UK: White Horse Press 2010), was awarded the Turku Book Prize in 2011. Her current research interests cover the environmental impact of industry in the Anthropocene, the relationship between labor and the environment, environmental justice, degrowth and commoning.

Latest Publications

Book Chapter

Barca, Stefania (2020), Antropoceno tóxico. La modernidad industrial y la lucha contra la violencia ambiental, in A. Nieto Galan, X, Guillerme (org.), Tóxicos invisibles. Icaria

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Barca, Stefania (2020), Forces of Reproduction: Notes for a Counter-Hegemonic Anthropocene. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

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Article in Scientific journal

Barca, Stefania (2020), "Les forces de reproduction", Ecorev, 49, 2, 126-38