Rescaling political ecology? World regional approaches to climate change in the Asia Pacific

Fiona P. Miller*, Andrew McGregor

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The potential benefits of developing a research agenda that explicitly reconstructs a world regional political ecology are explored through a focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation in the Asia Pacific. Through an examination of scale in political ecology, world regional political ecology is identified as a promising analytical and political approach to understanding and addressing the current challenges associated with climate change. In light of this, political ecology scholarship in the region is reviewed to identify current strengths and lacunae. Whilst there is indeed a rich tradition of political ecology research across the Asia Pacific, much of this research focuses upon local/national/global dynamics with relatively little attention devoted to supra-national processes, missing important social, political, financial and material processes constructed at the world regional scale. It is argued that a world regional political ecology of climate change should build upon strengths in previous political ecology work yet extend these in three generative directions: comparative analysis of place-based, single issue research; generation of diverse counter-narratives at the regional scale; and consideration of flows and networks. We argue a rescaled political ecology that incorporates world regional scales opens a range of possibilities for practicing and pursuing more just and progressive climate politics and initiatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-682
Number of pages20
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number4
Early online date20 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


  • adaptation
  • climate change
  • mitigation
  • political ecology
  • REDD+
  • scale
  • world region


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