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Social-ecological conflicts and renewable energies. The example of windparks in Oaxaca, Mexico

Renewable energies commonly associated with sustainable growth and development. As a key technology within the concept of green economy, renewables are considered a remedy to meet the challenges of climate change and “peak everything” within the capitalist world economy. However, projects of renewable energies are highly contested. In the Mexican Istmo de Tehuantepec an opposition movement is criticising the socio-ecological impacts of 20 Mega-Windfarms, the disregard of indigenous rights as well as the absence of sustainable economic perspectives for the region. Drawing on a perspective of critical political ecology, the PhD project analyses the re-configuration and re-arranging of 'land control' as well as the institutional and narrative framing of these processes.

PH.D. Thesis funded by Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.

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