Agrarian climate politics: the political ecology of climate and agrarian change in Sri Lanka’s north-central dry zone

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkResearch


As one of the most pressing global challenges, climate change threatens to have a profound impact upon small-scale farming livelihoods. In Sri Lanka’s north-central dry zone, climate change becomes entangled within a deeply uneven agrarian context that is shaped by histories of neoliberal political economic change, the enduring effects of President Rajapaksa’s fertiliser ban, and the ongoing economic crisis. Drawing on almost eight-months of qualitative research, I will attempt to unpack the ways in which the politics of climate change is shaped by, and in turn, shapes the politics and trajectories of agrarian change in the dry zone. The presentation aims to contribute towards emerging debates within critical agrarian studies that attempt to grapple with the environmentalization of the agrarian question and the ways in which climate change and climate politics are shaping the rural world.
Period25 Oct 2023
Event typeSeminar
LocationColombo, Sri LankaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational