This book explores the political ecology of agrofuels as an encompassing socio-spatial transformation process consisting of a series of changing contexts, political reconfigurations, and the restructuring of social and labour relations. It includes conceptual chapters as well as case studies from different world regions (North America, Europe, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, Asia) and levels (local, national, transnational).

The Political Ecology of Agrofuels advances a conceptualisation of agrofuels that helps to fill existing research gaps. It covers global food regimes and agrarian politics as well as political arenas such as energy, climate, transport and trade. It reflects on the biophysical materiality of agrofuels, new forms of nature appropriation, struggles, discursive framings, the building of hegemony, shifting geopolitical constellations, socio-spatial configurations of power, the construction of territory, the agency of social movements and the different ways in which agrofuels are politicized at different scales.

This book asks how patterns of mobility, emissions regulation, food and energy production and consumption, and social relations (e.g. labour, class and gender relations) are shaped and re-shaped by the materiality and representations of agrofuels in both the Global South and North. The book provides tools for thinking about the diversity of the conflicts, struggles and spatial, socio-ecological and politico-economic reconfigurations and perpetuations engendered by current production and consumption patterns in the agrofuel sector.

chapter 2|18 pages

The political ecology of agrofuels

Conceptual remarks

chapter 3|19 pages

Territory, scale and networks

The spatial dynamics of agrofuels

chapter 5|20 pages

Bridging the gap with agrofuels

Energy hunger, energy scarcity and climate change in the European Union

chapter 6|25 pages

Agrofuels in the food regime

chapter 9|19 pages

Socio-environmental conflicts and agrofuel crops

The case of oil palm expansion in Colombia

chapter 11|16 pages

Transnational space and workers' struggles

Reshaping the palm oil industry in Malaysia

chapter 12|16 pages

Agrofuel networks

A case study of the regional agrodiesel network in Chhattisgarh (India)

chapter 13|18 pages

US agrofuels in times of crisis

Food, fuel, finance

chapter 14|17 pages

Immunization by neoliberalization

The strange non-death of the win–win narrative in European agrofuel policy