Critical development studies in the Anthropocene

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In this short commentary, the ramifications of the Anthropocene for a broadly defined critical development studies are considered. The likely anthropogenic roots of increasing cyclonic intensity and associated impacts in the Pacific are drawn upon to propose four research agendas. The first focuses on how places are becoming connected through human-induced changes to planetary systems. While direct causal relationships are difficult to draw, research efforts can highlight the disproportionate contributions particular development models, actors, and lifestyles are having on more distant socioecological systems. A second more conventional theme focuses on the uneven impacts of the Anthropocene on people and places, as well as on how development is practised and prioritised. A third theme explores how the Anthropocene can be used to retheorise development in creative and more-than-human ways, recognising non-human agencies and the co-production of development processes. A final agenda involves asking how critical development researchers can strategically use and repurpose the Anthropocene to pursue socially and environmentally progressive ends.

Original languageEnglish
Article number12206
Pages (from-to)350-354
Number of pages5
JournalGeographical Research
Issue number3
Early online date10 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017


  • anthropocene
  • climate
  • development studies
  • more-than-human
  • CyclonePam
  • REDD+


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