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I have just finished my PhD thesis in human ecology at Lund university,
a thesis in which I use various network-analytical tools on global trade
flow matrices for two categories of primary commodities: primary
agricultural goods and fuel commodities. The thesis is based on a
combination of world-system analysis and ecological economics, though
taking its footing in political economy and classical Ricardian trade
theory: the main purpose is to check a proposed structural theory of the
somewhat elusive concept of ecological unequal exchange, though reframed
in a way that is more compatible with how Arghiri Emmanuel defined the
The thesis contains two method chapters and two empirical chapters in
which I conduct regular role-analyses and structural mappings of these
trade flow structures, as well as a heuristic for measuring centrality
that I believe is somewhat novel. It's available as a monograph (297
pages) as well as in electronic format (pdf).
More info and abstract available here:
And, of course, those who want to attend the diss defence on the 11th of
September in Lund, Sweden, are more than welcome!
Carl Nordlund, BA, PhD student
Human Ecology Division, Lund university
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