Daniela Del Bene

Contact at : d.delbene-at-gmail.com

ShorDaniela Del Benet Bio: I hold a Master degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Turin (Italy) and a BA in International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Triest (Italy). I also studied for an year program at the Sued Asien Institut at University of Heidelberg (Germany), where I had classes in ethnology, history and politics in Southern Asia and hindi language.

I’m currently a PhD candidate in Environmental Sciences at ICTA-UAB. My main research topics are conflicts related to water resources and river basin management, dams and hydropower and energy sovereignty. I am particularly interested in exploring bridges between Environmental Justice studies, Political Ecology, Political Economy and Degrowth. My work focuses mostly on Southern Asia (Indian Himalayas), Europe (Alps) and Latin America.

For the last three years I have been working as co-editor of the EJatlas at the EJOLT project, the global map of environmental conflicts and resistance (EJatlas – learn more here), coordinating data collection and visualization from more than 200 collaborators across the continents.

I am a member of social movements and advocacy groups working on water and energy issues, human right to water, socio-environmental justice, and debt like the European Water Movement, the Debt Observatory in Globalization-Observatori del Deute en la Globalització (ODG), the Xarxa per la Soberania Energetica-Energy Sovereignty Network in Catalunya (XSE) and the Campaign NOTTIP in Barcelona.

Research Interests: political ecology of water and energy, environmental justice, energy sovereignty and democracy, environmental resistance, dams and hydropower.


Leah Temper, Daniela Del Bene and Joan Martinez-Alier. 2015. Mapping the frontiers and front lines of global environmental justice: the EJAtlas. Journal of Political Ecology 22: 255-278. Downloadable here

Martinez-Alier, J., I. Anguelovski, P. Bond, D. Del Bene, F. Demaria, J.F. Gerber, L. Greyl, W. Haas, H. Healy, M. Marín-Burgos, G. Ojo, M.F. Porto, L. Rijnhout, B. Rodríguez-Labajos, J. Spangenberg, L. Temper, R. Warlenius, I. Yánez. 2014. Between activism and science: grassroots concepts for sustainability coined by EJOs. Journal of Political Ecology 21: 19-60. – download here

Leah Temper, Daniela del Bene, Lucía Argüelles y Yakup Çetinkaya 2015. EJAtlas, mapeo colaborativo como herramienta para el monitoreo de la (in)justicia ambiental. Ecologia Politica

Joan Martinez-Alier, Leah Temper, Daniela Del Bene, Arnim Scheidel. Is there a Global Environmental Justice Movement? –forthcoming in the Journal of Peasant Studies

Del Bene, D. and Temper, L., Per una cartografia della giustizia ambientale – l’EJatlas, tra luoghi di resistenza e nuove narrative socio-ambientali, Gazzetta Ambiente -forthcoming-

Blogs for the EJOLT project 

“No resistance can win without an alternative vision.” Ashish Kothari on India’s activist agenda

India’s National Alliance of People’s Movement: 20 years of struggle

Chilean Patagonia saved from Hidroaysén-madness

Supreme Court of India slams the building of megadams

Nayarit communities call for support to scrap destructive water management schemes

New Indian Party fights for social and environmental justice … and wins

Jal Satyagraha in the Narmada Valley

Himalayan dams: goddamned!

“Ríos para la vida, no para la muerte – Rivers for Life, not for Death”

Large Useless Imposed Projects

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