Informal, clandestine dynamics and sustainability transformations in cities
Contributed session - Social-ecological transformations for sustainability
Room 31 (26)
11:00 - 12:30
Amy Lerner, Beth Tellman
Informal, illegal or clandestine activities often drive social-ecological transformations, but are invisible and difficult to study. From off-shore banking (i.e. Panama papers) to large informal economies, large flows of capital circulate globally and embed locally, often leading to socially and environmentally undesirable outcomes (e.g. land grabs, illegal logging, or informal urban settlements). These informal processes can also confer resilience to marginalized peoples, and foster sustainability transformations, as illustrated by the importance of shadow economies. We seek submissions that propose frameworks, methods, and empirical cases that quantitatively and/or qualitatively address how informal or clandestine activities/markets influence social-ecological transformations and system resilience.
1 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), National Laboratory for Sustainability Science (LANCIS), Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico, 2 Arizona State University (ASU)
School of Sustainability Science, Tempe, United States