Dr Martin Craig, Research Fellow at SPERI, took part in a symposium on Monday 9th November organised by the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures. The symposium showcased multidisciplinary sustainability research across every faculty of the University of Sheffield.
Martin’s presentation introduced the concept of ‘Ecological Political Economy’ which was very well received by scientists and non-scientists alike. Martin stressed that political economy can help to understand why bad policy persists while good science is ignored.
On the same panel, Matt Johnson from the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology gave a talk on what studying photosynthesis can teach us and Martin Mayfield from the Department of Civil Engineering gave a systems engineering perspective upon the finite resources of our planet. All in all, this constituted a truly interdisciplinary panel which fitted perfectly with the Grantham Centre’s aim to advance the science of sustainability and connect it with the policy debate around how humans can live in a more sustainable way.
Martin will publish a SPERI Paper in the new year which expand on the concept of ecological political economy.