Greening Urban Politics: Conflicts Over Tree Felling in Warsaw

  • Renata Putkowska-SmoterEmail author


Greenery in the city is an essential element of the urban ecosystem, have aesthetic value and is an important element of a urban landscape. Moreover, the rich history of conflicts over urban greenery, such as protests in Gezi Park in Istanbul or protests over former Berlin Tempelhof Airport, shows that urban nature can steer individuals to take environmental action. As such conflicts began to appear in various Polish cities more frequently, they brought questions about what drives people to preserve urban nature and to what extent those struggles can contribute to the ongoing critical analysis of urban politics towards complexity of environmental issues. Thus, the aim of this study is to analyse the broader socio-ecological contexts of 18 conflicts over tree felling that appeared in Warsaw in the years 2010–2017 and to look for a more universal pattern of these claims in the contemporary city.


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  1. 1.Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland

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