The Border Wall and Beyond: Environmental and Political Ecological Implications

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Latin America Specialty Group, Development Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Studio 9, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Margaret Wilder, Wendy Jepson, Valente Soto-Cortes
Chairs: Wendy Jepson


The discourse surrounding Donald Trump’s intention to build a wall across the United States’ entire southern border with Mexico has converged in real time and overlapped in space with the reversal of the executive order protecting the rights of undocumented young people, a possible retrenchment of U.S. participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement, and growing concerns about a wall’s potential impacts on the fragile yet biodiverse environment of the border. The border—as both a significant biophysical and discursive space—is being disordered and re-ordered in ways that have profound social, political, geopolitical, and environmental implications for the U.S., Mexico, and beyond.

What is at stake with the border wall in terms of environmental justice for marginalized communities or for endangered wildlife and ecosystems? For indigenous peoples who have lands that straddle the border? What might a revised or rescinded NAFTA mean for the border environment? For those who seek to engage in resistance, what strategies may most effectively challenge these new realities?

In a series of two panels, a group of scholars will work discuss the political implications and the interactive environmental implications of what we call here ‘the border wall and beyond.’ Each participant will provide short comments based on their expertise and research, followed by questions and answers and substantial interaction with people in the room.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Margaret Wilder University of Arizona 15
Panelist Kenneth Madsen The Ohio State University 15
Panelist Francisco Lara Arizona State University 15
Panelist Valente Soto-Cortes University of Arizona 15
Discussant Juanita Sundberg University of British Columbia 15

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