Social-ecological transformations for sustainability
Room 26 (50)
16:00 - 16:40
Chair/s:
Avit K. Bhowmik
Every-day life activism’s contributions for urban transformations towards urban sustainability
Luis Berraquero-Díaz 1, Francisco Javier Escalera Reyes 2
1 Social and Participatory Action Research Group Department of Social Anthropology, Psychology and Public Health Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain
2 Social and Participatory Action Research Group Department of Social Anthropology, Psychology and Public Health Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain
Global urbanisation processes has brought environmental, economic, social and technological challenges. Large-scale urban transformations has become one of the main concern for urban planners, researchers and decision makers facing issues like to reduce the footprint of buildings, enhance the energy efficiency, the waste management, to diminish greenhouse emissions or improve transport systems. Simultaneously new social-economics conflicts have emerged in the urbanised Anthropocene making more complex the transformations towards urban sustainability. On the other hand, urban areas are also spaces for social innovation and laboratories for urban resilience. Social movement research has extensive experience analysing demands, strategies, methods and practices addressed by collective actors in order to produce a transformative change. This paper focus on analysing some activism practices located the northern area of the old city center of Seville (Spain), which combine advocacy strategies with proactive actions, understanding their every-day life as a political device toward more equally and sustainable cities. A diverse range of collectives that merge their practical local-bassed knowledge with a heterogeneous set of ideologies, theoretically critical with the urban neoliberal logics. Small communities of practices connected by a dense network, in which sociability plays a key role, transforming by doing, embedded in the local context, but casting their local actions under a global light. i.e. local currency networks, agroecological consumer groups, collective urban gardens or anti-eviction associations. This research address the question of how those activism contribute to strengthen/weakness social-ecological resilience. A 5 years ethnography, including in-depth interviews, surveys and participatory workshops has been undertaken in order to tackle urban resilience trade-offs. We will present the following results: practices and strategies carried out by different activists using the concept of functional diversity as metaphor to categorize their functions within the social-ecological system, threats, vulnerabilities and trade-offs perceived/disputed by different stakeholders and proposals emerged during the process.

Presenter/s:
Luis Berraquero-Díaz
Presentation type:
Speed talk
Room:
Room 26 (50)
Chair/s:
Avit K. Bhowmik
Date:
Monday, 21 August
Time:
16:00 - 16:40
Session times:
16:00 - 16:40