Community Economies

Elizabeth (Za) Barron

Contact Details:

 

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Department of Geography and Urban Planning &
Program on Environmental Studies
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901 USA

[email protected]

 

Qualifications

PhD  Geography, Rutgers University

MS    Forest Resources, University of Massachusetts Amherst

BS    Biological Aspects of Conservation & Anthropology

Research Areas:

Environmental governance, environmental knowledges, political ecology, science and technology studies, alternative economies

My long-term reserch interests are at the intersection of environmental knowledge, environmental governance and conservation. I am interested in delineating and understanding different environmental knowledges: how they work, where they come from, and what work they do in the world as they are communicated and used. 

I have two research projects currently underway. In the first I am examining issues of new technologies and big data in relation to political economies of biodiversity. The second is a collaboration with researchers in Finland, to examine the effects of EU policies on the biodiversity, economic, and cultural traditions tied to rural agricultural systems.

Publications

Situating wild product gathering in a diverse economy: negotiating ethical interactions with natural resources

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Building on the concept of econo-sociality (Gibson-Graham and Roelvink 2009), I propose the related concept of econo-ecology to explore and interpret diverse knowledges and practices of the environment using a range of case studies centered on interrelationships between humans, plants and fungi in the United States and Scotland.

 

Barron, E.S. forthcoming. Situating wild product gathering in a diverse economy: negotiating ethical interactions with natural resources. In: Making other worlds possible: performing diverse economies, Roelvink, G., K. St. Martin and J.K. Gibson-Graham (eds.) Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Beyond green capitalism: Providing an alternative discourse for the environmental movement and natural resource management

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In this paper interpreting mushroom hunting as part of the diverse economy facilitates its place independent of environmental protection strategies like “green capitalism,” which fail in part because they ignore non-capitalist resource use and extraction activities that do not fit within market oriented approaches to resource management.

 

Barron, E.S. 2005. Beyond green capitalism: Providing an alternative discourse for the environmental movement and natural resource management. Middle States Geographer, 38, 69-76.