Artikel von: Heide Kerber

Markus Rauchecker has been a research scientist at ISOE since August 2020 and works in the research unit Water Resources and Land Use. His research focuses on environmental governance and environmental conflicts between stakeholders with regard to the subject areas (transgenic) agriculture, land use and biodiversity. His analyses are based on concepts of policy analysis, political geography and political ecology. He received his doctorate in political science from the Free University of Berlin on conflicts over pesticide use in transgenic agriculture in Argentina. Prior to that, he studied political science, geography and history at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg and at the Free University of Berlin. // Markus Rauchecker ist seit August 2020 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am ISOE und arbeitet im Forschungsschwerpunkt Wasserressourcen und Landnutzung. Er befasst sich mit Umweltgovernance und Umweltkonflikten zwischen Stakeholdern in den Themenbereichen (transgene) Landwirtschaft, Landnutzung und Biodiversität. Seine Analysen basieren auf Konzepten der Politikfeldanalyse, der politischen Geographie und der politischen Ökologie. Er promovierte in Politikwissenschaft an der Freien Universität Berlin zu Konflikten um den Pestizideinsatz in der transgenen Landwirtschaft in Argentinien. Vorher studierte er Politikwissenschaft, Geographie und Geschichte an der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg und an der Freien Universität Berlin.
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Social ecology meets political ecology: A chance to gain new perspectives?

How can social ecology benefit from political ecology and vice versa? An international two-day online workshop organized by ISOE researchers offered the opportunity for dialogue between these neighbouring research fields. What role do more-than-human entities such as plants, animals, rivers, resources, geomorphological formations and things play in conflict analysis? This was the overarching question of the session, which linked the concept of social-ecological systems with approaches of environmental justice, resistance and politics. In addition, the question, “What happens when theoretical claims of political ecology meet practical problems in transdisciplinary, social-ecological projects?” invited to reflect on power asymmetries in everyday research.

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The role of plant characteristics in environmental conflicts

Soybeans are a crucial crop for the world economy. Argentina as the world’s third largest transgenic soy grower plays a key role in the global soy value chain with transgenic soy being a pillar of the country’s development model. Several conflicts are emerging around soy cultivation in Argentina and I focus on the conflict about royalties on transgenic soy seeds between farmers, the state and seed companies. Here, I will in particular show how some plant characteristics of soy have an effect on the emergence and the development of the conflicts.