The Critical Geopolitics of Environmental Change and Conflict in School Textbooks

High-ranking policy makers such as the G7 foreign ministers or US President Barack Obama have recently recognized a link between climate change, the resulting environmental changes and violent conflict. However researchers disagree whether natural resource scarcity or natural disasters lead to an increase in violent conflicts. This project asks whether the links between environmental change and conflict are discussed in school textbooks and if so, in what way. In this context, school textbooks are conceived as expressions and mediators of the dominant knowledge of a society. This knowledge is important, especially in the nations of the Global North, in the shaping of decisions regarding environmental, climate and security policies with potential global impacts. This project combines theoretical approaches from popular geopolitics and from securitization theory with the methods of discourse analysis, content analysis and visual analysis. The project also investigates the reception of textbook content that addresses environmental change and conflict by students in the classroom. 


  • 2015-2018

Project Funding

  • GEI