Power/Knowledge in Natural Resource Management

Martijn Duineveld, Kristof Van Assche, R. Beunen

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This special issue of Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning draws the attention to ongoing concerns about the management of natural resources (NRM): their exploration, extraction, processing, and commodification is still happening in ways that are perceived to be socially unjust and ecologically unsustainable. The special issue seeks to highlight how the Foucaultian notion of power/knowledge remains underused and underdeveloped in the realm of environmental and resource governance. The contributors argue that any improvement in NRM to social justice or sustainability will have to pass through the knot of power/knowledge. Revealing the actual functioning and effects of current NRM opens potential for critical thinking, shifts power relations and questions the core assumptions of experts or economic outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-322
JournalJournal of Environmental Policy and Planning
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Power
  • Knowledge
  • Foucault
  • Discourse
  • natural resource management
  • Governance
  • Sustainability


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