Salvatore Paolo de Rosa
Political ecology, climate activism, climate justice, socio-environmental conflicts, grassroots environmentalism, place-based mobilizations, direct-action, climate litigations, socio-ecological metabolisms, discard studies, waste management
My current research within the GAMES project is part of an interdisciplinary effort to study and to enhance interactions and synergies between recent advancements in climate science (specifically, the attribution of weather extremes to climate change), legal frameworks and social mobilizations around the climate. I am particularly interested in how stronger attribution of extreme weather events to climate change and to specific emitters influences climate movements’ campaigns; how movements’ goals may be advanced by the combination of law and science through climate lawsuits; and how this interplay affects the politics and theory of climate justice. The geographical scope of the research centers on Sweden and Europe while also engaging a global analytical perspective.
My research involves the promotion of mutual learning between scientists, law experts and climate activists through workshops, collaborations and dissemination of results in a variety of fora within and beyond academia (policy settings, mainstream media, NGOs outlets and activist channels). Part of my outreach work is carried out through the political ecology platform Undisciplined Environments (of which I am a founder and co-editor), and through the Italian independent media outlet Napoli Monitor.
In previous research, I explored the engagement of climate movements in Malmö and Sweden with issues of local adaptation, loss & damage, and climate justice, focusing on the forms of contentious politics cutting across bottom-up activists’ strategies, municipal climate politics and top-down climate governance.
In my PhD dissertation, I provided a political ecology of the ‘waste wars’ of Campania region in southern Italy through an analysis of waste metabolisms and an ethnography of social mobilizations. On the one hand, I traced the production of spaces of waste management and disposal to historical, geographical and power dynamics. On the other, I focused on the progression of grassroots environmental movements from protests and resistance to bottom-up reclamation of territory.
A consistent theme running through my research is an interrogation of the politics and cultures of grassroots environmental organizing in the context of multiple ecological and social crises, aimed at supporting the self-determination and self-organization of marginalized and impacted communities in the quest for social, environmental and climate justice.
Global Attribution Models, Mediation and Mobilisation in Sweden and Spain (GAMES, 2019-2021, funded by FORMAS)
A project on how attribution of climate extremes and mediation of attribution in legal and governance frameworks create constraints and opportunities for social mobilisation and for transformational change.
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An emerging governmentality of climate change loss and damageGuy Jackson, Alicia N'guetta, Salvatore Paolo De Rosa, Murray Scown, Kelly Dorkenoo, et al.
(2023) Progress in Environmental Geography
Nog nu, politiker – ta klimatkrisen på allvarKarin Gerhardt, Kimberly Nicholas, Wim Carton, Anika Binte Habib, Diego Galafassi, et al.
(2022) Aftonbladet Debatt, -
Vulnerability and activism in urban climate politics: An actor-centered approach to transformational adaptation in Malmö (Sweden)Salvatore Paolo De Rosa, Joost de Moor, Marwa Dabaieh
(2022) Cities, 130
Climate Insurgency between Academia and Activism: An Interview with David N. PellowMarco Armiero, Salvatore Paolo De Rosa
(2022) Social Text, 40
Breaking Consensus, Transforming Metabolisms : Notes on direct-action against fossil fuels through Urban Political EcologySalvatore Paolo De Rosa
(2022) Social Text, 40
Commentary: Underestimating the Challenges of Avoiding a Ghastly FutureJevgeniy Bluwstein, Adeniyi Asiyanbi, Anwesha Dutta, Amber Huff, Jens Friis Lund, et al.
(2021) Frontiers in Conservation Science, 2
Journal article (comment)
Loss and damage from climate change: A new climate justice agendaEmily Boyd, Brian Chaffin, Kelly Dorkenoo, Guy Jackson, Luke Harrington, et al.
(2021) One Earth, 4 p.1365-1370
Use of fuzzy cognitive maps to develop policy strategies for the optimization of municipal waste management: A case study of the land of fires (Italy)Pasquale Marcello Falcone, Salvatore Paolo De Rosa
(2020) Land Use Policy, 96
Contaminant, Commodity and Fuel: A Multi‐sited Study of Waste's roles in Urban Transformations from Italy to AustriaIngrid Behrsin, Salvatore Paolo De Rosa
(2020) International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 44 p.90-107
A Case Study on Grassroots Environmentalism for Health and Sustainability in the Land of Fires (Italy)Salvatore Paolo De Rosa, Lucio Righetti, Annamaria Martuscelli
(2020) Risks and Challenges of Hazardous Waste Management: Reviews and Case Studies , p.143-156
A political geography of ‘waste wars’ in Campania (Italy) : Competing territorialisations and socio-environmental conflictsSalvatore Paolo De Rosa
(2018) Political Geography, 67 p.46-55
Reclaiming Territory from Below : Grassroots Environmentalism and Waste Conflicts in Campania, ItalySalvatore Paolo De Rosa
(2017) Meddelande från Institutionen för kulturgeografi och ekonomisk geografi. Avhandlingar
Political effluvia : Smells, revelations, and the politicization of daily experience in Naples, ItalyMarco Armiero, Salvatore Paolo De Rosa
(2016) Methodological Challenges in Nature-Culture and Environmental History Research , p.173-186
Social Economy as Antidote to Criminal Economy: How Social Cooperation is Reclaiming Commons in the Context of Campania’s Environmental ConflictsSalvatore Paolo De Rosa, Monica Caggiano
(2015) Partecipazione & Conflitto - The Open Journal of Sociopolitical Studies, 8 p.531-554
Mobilizing Communities Against Organized CrimeSalvatore Paolo De Rosa, Caggiano Monica
(2015) Social Ecology and Social Change
Political ecology: Rethink Campania's toxic-waste scandal.Giacomo D'Alisa, Marco Armiero, Salvatore Paolo De Rosa
(2014) Nature, 509 p.427-427
Journal article (letter)
About Salvatore Paolo De Rosa
Salvatore Paolo De Rosa is a Political Ecologist with a background in Human Geography and Anthropology. His main research objective is to provide a better understanding of how collective action drives socio-environmental transformations towards sustainability and justice. His current research focus is on the interactions and synergies between climate movements, legal frameworks and advancements in climate science.