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Transforming environmental governance: critical action intellectuals and their praxis in the field

Ojha, Hemant and Nightingale, Andrea and Gonda, Noemi and Muok, Benard Oula and Eriksen, Siri and Khatri, Dil and Paudel, Dinesh (2022). Transforming environmental governance: critical action intellectuals and their praxis in the field. Sustainability Science. 17 :2 , 621-635
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Abstract

Over the past decade, widespread concern has emerged over how environmental governance can be transformed to avoid impending catastrophes such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and livelihood insecurity. A variety of approaches have emerged, focusing on either politics, technological breakthrough, social movements, or macro-economic processes as the main drivers of change. In contrast, this paper presents theoretical insights about how systemic change in environmental governance can be triggered by critical and intellectually grounded social actors in specific contexts of environment and development. Conceptualising such actors as critical action intellectuals (CAI), we analyze how CAI emerge in specific socio-environmental contexts and contribute to systemic change in governance. CAI trigger transformative change by shifting policy discourse, generating alternative evidence, and challenging dominant policy assumptions, whilst aiming to empower marginalized groups. While CAI do not work in a vacuum, nor are the sole force in transformation, we nevertheless show that the praxis of CAI within fields of environmental governance has the potential to trigger transformation. We illustrate this through three cases of natural resource governance in Nepal, Nicaragua and Guatemala, and Kenya, where the authors themselves have engaged as CAI. We contribute to theorising the 'how' of transformation by showing the ways CAI praxis reshape fields of governance and catalyze transformation, distinct from, and at times complementary to, other dominant drivers such as social movements, macroeconomic processes or technological breakthroughs.

Authors/Creators:Ojha, Hemant and Nightingale, Andrea and Gonda, Noemi and Muok, Benard Oula and Eriksen, Siri and Khatri, Dil and Paudel, Dinesh
Title:Transforming environmental governance: critical action intellectuals and their praxis in the field
Series Name/Journal:Sustainability Science
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:17
Number:2
Page range:621-635
Number of Pages:15
Publisher:SPRINGER JAPAN KK
ISSN:1862-4065
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
Keywords:Transformation, Environmental governance, Critical action intellectuals, Praxis, Social field
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116352
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116352
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1007/s11625-022-01108-z
Web of Science (WoS)000759300600001
ID Code:27447
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:28 Mar 2022 09:25
Metadata Last Modified:28 Mar 2022 09:31

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