Successful PhD defence by Natacha Bruna

Of her thesis on the rise of green extractivism
Dick de Jager

On 8 October, Natacha Bruna successfully defend her PhD thesis 'Extractivism, rural livelyhoods and accumulation in a "ClimateSmart" world: The rise of green extractivism.'

She analysed the implementation and outcomes of green policies, showing that new strategies of capital accumulation arise through the creation of new commodities, markets, vehicles of accumulation and ways of legitimizing capital accumulation.

The empirical cases which she explored showed how a new wave of green investments and projects, directly linked to climate change concerns, are further expropriating rural livelihoods and fuelling capital accumulation in the name of the fight against climate change.

The full thesis will be available for download from the ISS Library

Photos and video of the defence

Some photos taken during the defence

PhD defence Natacha Bruna

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