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Gustavo García-López

Researcher, Center for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra

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About Gustavo

García-López's action-research centers on the intersections between social movements and self-organized collective action initiatives that seek to advance social justice and ecological sustainability. Overarching themes in García-López's writings includes the commons and commoning, environmental/energy/climate justice, just recovery and just transitions, and decolonization. He serves in various collaborative initiatives, including the Climate Justice Network, JunteGente, and the Undisciplined Environments political ecology blog.


How Inequality and Politics Influence Government Responses to Natural Disasters

  • Fernando Tormos-Aponte
  • Mary Angelica Painter

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"Energy Inequality and Clientelism in the Wake of Disasters: From Colorblind to Affirmative Power Restoration" (with Mary Angelica Painter and Fernando Tormos-Aponte). Energy Policy 158 (2021).

FInds that communities with ties to the ruling party elicit greater government responsiveness while socially vulnerable communities are less likely to be prioritized during the disaster relief efforts, controlling for disaster damage as well as logistical, economic, and essential service recovery priorities.

"Commons Movements: Old and New Trends in Rural and Urban Contexts" (with Sergio Villamayor-Tomas). Annual Review of Environment and Resources 46 (2021).

Organizes and synthesizes empirical lessons from the emerging body of literature connecting commons initiatives and social movements. Also highlights recent theoretical efforts made by scholars to both bridge and transcend the gap between the theory of the commons and social movement theory.

"Commoning Labour, Labouring the Commons: Centring the Commons in Environmental Labour Studies" in The Palgrave Handbook of Environmental Labour Studies, edited by Nora Räthzel, Dimitris Stevis, and David Uzzell (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), 389-414.

Mobilises a commons lens to understand environmental labour issues in ongoing struggles for post-capitalist socioecological transformations. Drawing on the ‘working-class community ecologies’ framework, grounded in climate justice and just transition movements in Puerto Rico, it argues that a commons lens is central to expanding the conception of working class resistance and alternatives