Links to writing

Here are some of the more interesting pieces I’ve written over the years, including academic research, public social science, and journalism. (I’ve worked as a writer and editor since my days as a student journalist at The McGill Daily in Montreal.)

Most recent work

2017

Daniel Aldana Cohen. 2017. “The Other Low-Carbon Protagonists: Poor People’s Movements and Climate Politics in São Paulo.” Pp 140-157. In Miriam Greenberg and Penny Luce eds. The City is the Factory: Social Movements in the Age of Neoliberal Urbanism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Daniel Aldana Cohen. 2017. Urban Policy and Planning for Climate Change. In Alison Bain and Linda Peake eds. Urbanization In A Global Context. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2016

Wachsmuth, David, Daniel Aldana Cohen and Hillary Angelo. 2016. Expand the frontiers of urban sustainability: Social equity and global impacts are missing from measures of cities’ environmental friendlinessNature 536:7618, 391-393.

Daniel Aldana Cohen. 2016. The Rationed City: The politics of water, housing, and land use in drought-parched São PauloPublic Culture. 28:2: 261-289. [Open access pre-print if you lack access to academic libraries, academia.edu, or researchgate.net]

Daniel Aldana Cohen. 2016. Petro Gotham, People’s Gotham. In Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Shapiro eds. Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas. Berkeley: University of California Press: 47-54. Excerpt published on The Leap blog.

Daniel Aldana Cohen. 2016. Interviews with Rebuild by Design’s Working Group of Experts. [These are Henk Ovink, Eric Klinenberg, Eric Pieterse, Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Fernando de Mello Franco, and Maarten Hajer.] Public Culture. 28:2: 317-350.

Daniel Aldana Cohen. 2016. Time to Pull the Plug on Urban Fossil Consumption. Review of Andreas Malm’s Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming. Verso Books blog. May 17.

Daniel Aldana Cohen. 2016. Consumo Consciente. In Dissent magazine special issue on climate justice. Spring 2016, p. 152.

2015

The Urban Green Wars: Struggling for working-class control of cities is crucial to bringing down carbon emissions. In Jacobin symposium on Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything. 11 December 2015.

Interview: How Shorter Work Hours Can Help the Climate and Women’s Equality. Interview with Tom Malleson. Labor Notes. 18 March, 2015 (and March print issue, pp. 10-11). Republished by In These Times and Truth-Out.

Forget Fertility, Get FeralReview essay of George Monbiot’s Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea, and Human Life. Public Books. 1 February 2015.

 

 

Organized by theme, plus older work

CLIMATE POLITICS IN CITIES

Daniel Aldana Cohen. 2017. “The Other Low-Carbon Protagonists: Poor People’s Movements and Climate Politics in São Paulo.” Pp 140-157. In Miriam Greenberg and Penny Luce eds. The City is the Factory: Social Movements in the Age of Neoliberal Urbanism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Daniel Aldana Cohen. 2017. Urban Policy and Planning for Climate Change. In Alison Bain and Linda Peake eds. Urbanization In A Global Context. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Daniel Aldana Cohen. 2016. Petro Gotham, People’s Gotham. In Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Shapiro eds. Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas. Berkeley: University of California Press: 47-54. Excerpt published on The Leap blog.

The Rationed City: The politics of water, housing, and land use in drought-parched São PauloPublic Culture. 28:2: 261-289. [Note, this article, along with the whole journal, will be available to anyone without charge from May-July 2016.]

Interviews with Rebuild by Design’s Working Group of Experts. [These are Henk Ovink, Eric Klinenberg, Eric Pieterse, Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Fernando de Mello Franco, and Maarten Hajer.] Public Culture. 28:2: 317-350. [Note, this series of interviews, along with the whole journal, will be available to anyone without charge from May-July 2016.]

Time to Pull the Plug on Urban Fossil Consumption. Review of Andreas Malm’s Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming. Verso Books blog. May 17.

Consumo Consciente. In Dissent magazine special issue on climate justice. Spring 2016, p. 152.

The Urban Green Wars: Struggling for working-class control of cities is crucial to bringing down carbon emissions. In Jacobin symposium on Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything. 11 December 2015.

Seize the Hamptons: We should all get the chance to escape the city and enjoy leisure — without the hefty ecological footprint. Jacobin. New York: October 2014, 150-159.

New York’s Two Sandys. With Max Liboiron. Metropolics. 30 October 2014.

A Most People’s Climate Movement? On the climate justice movement in Brazil. NACLA Report on the Americas. New York: April 2013.

CLIMATE POLITICS BEYOND CITIES

Dissenting Climate: After Paris, What’s Next? With Kate Aronoff. [Podcast episode.] In Dissent magazine online. 13 January 2016.

Interview: How Shorter Work Hours Can Help the Climate and Women’s Equality. Interview with Tom Malleson. Labor Notes. 18 March, 2015 (and March print issue, pp. 10-11). Republished by In These Times and Truth-Out.

Forget Fertility, Get FeralReview essay of George Monbiot’s Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea, and Human Life. Public Books. 1 February 2015.

A Most People’s Climate Movement? On the climate justice movement in Brazil. NACLA Report on the Americas. New York: April 2013.

Is Climate Change Big or Small? Dissent magazine online. New York: 13 November, 2014.

Review: From Precaution to Profit: Contemporary Challenges to Environmental Protection in the Montreal Protocol by Brian J. Gareau. 2013. Journal of World-Systems Research. 19:2, 312-314.

Democracy or Eco-Apartheid. Center for Humans and Nature. New York: 6 February 2013.

SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

Counterpower’s Long Game. A review of Manuel Castells’ Networks of Outrage and Hope. Public Books. New York: 17 March 2013..

NEW YORK POLITICS

In fall 2011 and spring 2012, I helped edit and contributed to the Social Science Research Council’s Possible Futures web forum on the Occupy movement. Some pieces I wrote, with a focus on coalition composition, affect, and race:

A Mouse Eye View of Eviction Night. SSRC, Possible Futures, 23 November 2011.

Amorous Analogies: How #OWS Connects the Dots. SSRC, Possible Futures, 23 December 2011.

Were March 1st Demonstrators Occupy’s Comeback Kids? SSRC, Possible Futures, 9 March 2012.

SOUTH AMERICAN POLITICS

In 2006, I spent seven months in South America—a little in Venezuela, mostly in Bolivia—working as a freelance writer. In 2008, I returned to Bolivia with a grant for one month. I have since spent lots of time in Brazil—but have only just now started writing journalism about it (see above). (Two of the magazine pieces about Bolivia have been used in Canadian university courses on development. I mention it because I think it’s usually for the best when long-form journalism and academia overlap.)

Bolivia’s Water Fight: Will violence in Bolivia deny water rights to its indigenous people? The Walrus online. October 2008.

Coca Si, Cocaina No. The struggle to legitimize the coca leaf. The Walrus. January 2009.

After the Water Revolution. Corporate Knights. October 2006.

Maude Barlow primes the clean-water pump: Every drop in bucket matters to those fighting privatization. Toronto Star. 3 September 2006.

Power to the Presidents. Maisonneuve online. 17 February 2006.

CANADIAN POLITICS

Whose Burden? Taking on Canada’s charities. THIS Magazine. March-APril 2008.

Blown into Proportion. The Walrus. October 2007.

Caped Crusade: Ward 12’s black Superman hopes to save ’hood with fewer cops, more community TLC. NOW Magazine. October 2006.

Michael Ignatieff: A wolf in sheep’s clothing. New Internationalist. December 2005. (These “worldbeaters” in the New Internationalist are always published unsigned. I’m happy to take credit for this one.)

BOOK REVIEWS AND ESSAYS

The Dictatorship of No Alternatives: Progressive economists are rethinking markets. The Walrus. January 2009.

A Tale of Two Giants Bound by Pacifism. Toronto Star. 6 January 2008.

Sewing the Seeds of a New World Agriculture. Canadian Dimension. November 2008.

Review: Blue Covenent: The Global Water Crisis. The Walrus. December 2007.

Reading Between the Lines: In French letters and politics, racism is all the rage. Maisonneuve online. October 2005.

FICTION

Cowgirl in Reverse. Toronto Quarterly. Issue 6. 2010.