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Dayna Nadine Scott: 0000-0003-3992-8642

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Natarajan, U., & Dehm, J. (Eds.). (2022). Locating Nature: Making and Unmaking International Law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108667289


labour; landscape; land; political economy; international law; settler capitalism; decarbonisation; solar energy; agriculture


Taking conflicts over new solar energy projects on the agricultural landscape in the global North as its backdrop, the chapter demonstrates how work and labour (including that performed in the North by workers from the global South) are erased both by the opponents and the proponents of such projects. The erasure is consistent with prevailing ways of knowing the human-environment nexus, shaped by an underlying political economy derivative of how international law has constructed and maintained the foundational liberal mythology that separates labour from land. Grounded in our commitment to pursuing a ‘just transition’ to decarbonisation – that is to say, a transition that attends to the distributional effects and disproportionate impacts of decarbonisation on workers and communities – we strive to reconceptualise work and labour as embodied practices of working and living on the land. Everyday socio-spatial practices structured by law implicate ordinary people in the making of landscapes and continuing relations of settler capitalism, shaping how ‘we’ live together on the land, including who belongs and who gets to decide.