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Mark CJ Stoddart – “Co-Existence or Conflict? The Role of Environmental Movements in the Oil-Tourism Interface in the North Atlantic”

On April 12th at 11am, Prof. Mark CJ Stoddart will present a paper on environmental movements in the oil-tourism interface.

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Prof. Mark CJ Stoddart will present a paper on environmental movements in the oil-tourism interface. The concept of the oil-tourism interface points to the ways in which tourism and oil are related. This often takes subtle, often mundane forms, such as the carbon footprint of tourist travel, or the impacts of climate change on tourism environments. However, contact points between tourism and oil can also come emerge through controversies over oil development in tourist destination areas. The project, “The Oil-Tourism Interface and Social-Ecological Change in the North Atlantic” takes a comparative approach to understand how societies in Atlantic Canada, Norway, Iceland, Scotland and Denmark navigate the relationship between oil extraction and nature-based tourism development as visions for living with coastal environments. This presentation focuses on the role that environmental movements play in intervening in the oil-tourism interface in three of the case study regions: Atlantic Canada, Norway, and Iceland. As a comparison of these cases shows, environmental movements can align with nature-based tourism in opposition to oil extraction, but this is more likely when new oil exploration and development is proposed in regions that already have a well-established tourism industry that relies on wilderness and wildlife as key attractors. The relevance of social movement for public policy related to offshore oil and nature-based tourism development in these regions will also be discussed.

News

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.

Journal Article - 2018

Mobilizing in transnational contentious spaces: linking relations, emotions and space in migrant activism

Elias Steinhilper
The article illustrates how the transnational spaces most migrants inhabit can be politicized and transformed into particular social formations, for which the term ‘transnational contentious spaces’ is suggested.