School of GeoSciences

Andrea Nightingale

  • Director, MSc in Environment and Development

  • How is violence related to underlying social, political and environmental inequalities?

  • What new forms of cooperation and conflict emerge when resources change?

  • How do antecedent social and power relations become enrolled in ‘new’ framings of environmental change?

  • Who benefits and who loses when resources change?


Global environmental change is projected to cause an increase in violent conflict due to a reduction in productive resources in areas of the world already coping with food security and resource degradation issues. My work cuts through this debate with a political economy and social justice critique to suggest the drivers of conflict and environmental change are more complex. Following from statistical work that demonstrates there is no relationship between environmental change and civil wars in Africa, I take an ethnographic look at how societies, violence and environments co-emerge. Through such a lens I seek to understand how environmental change and societies are co-constituted, creating particular possibilities for conflict, peace and transformation of socio-natures.

Journal articles

  • Nightingale, A.J. (2011) “Beyond Design Principles: subjectivity, emotion and the (ir)rational commons,” Society and Natural Resources 24:2.
  • Nightingale, A.J. (2010) “Bounding Difference: the embodied production of gender,caste and space,” Geoforum special issue on gender and environment 42:2, p.153-162. (available on-line since June 2010).