Ariel Salleh

Ariel Salleh is a founding member of the Global University for Sustainability, Hong Kong; Visiting Professor in Culture, Philosophy & Environment, Nelson Mandela University; 2013 Senior Fellow in Post-Growth Societies, Friedrich Schiller University Jena: and Research Associate in Political Economy, University of Sydney. She taught in Social Ecology at the University of Western Sydney for a number of years; and has lectured at many schools including NYU; ICS, Manila; York University, Toronto; and Lund. Salleh’s theoretical work builds on activist experience in anti-nuclear politics, water catchments, biodiversity protection, and support for Asia-Pacific women’s eco-sufficient community alternatives. She cofounded the Movement Against Uranium Mining in Australia; The Greens; has served on the Australian Government’s Gene Technology Ethics Committee; International Sociological Association Research Committee for Environment & Society; and various journal editorial boards. Her ideas are developed in the books Ecofeminism as Politics: nature, Marx, and the postmodern (1997), Eco-Sufficiency & Global Justice: women write political ecology (2009), and some 200 chapters and articles in Capitalism Nature Socialism, Globalizations, Environmental Ethics, Arena, Journal of World Systems Research, New Left Review, Organization & Environment, Environmental Politics, and The Commoner. Salleh’s transdisciplinary analysis is seminal to political ecology as the study of humanity-nature relations. As an early eco-socialist formulation, her embodied materialism emphasises the political economy of reproductive or regenerative labour in the world system. By restoring value to local everyday care giving and indigenous livelihood skills, she re-orients social justice and sustainability debates on water, climate, and the neoliberal green economy.

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