SPERI-Grantham Centre Workshop: Towards an Ecological Political Economy of Contemporary Capitalism

WorkshopAcademics and experts with expertise on sustainability, political economy and ecological crisis from across the UK met in Sheffield on 22 September 2016 for a workshop jointly hosted by SPERI and the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.

The eight papers presented explored different aspects of the challenges posed by capitalism on the environment and its sustainability and threw light on the factors that are shaping, promoting and frustrating processes of social change in response to the ecological crisis. A number of key questions emerged: To what extent should the transition to a more sustainable future be state-led, market-led or citizen-led? What form should it take? What, if anything, is distinct about ‘ecological political economy’? What is the logic of economic growth and how does it relate to a sustainable political economy?

The eight eminent paper-givers were joined by delegates from the New Economics Foundation, the New Weather Institute and the Green Alliance, as well as other colleagues from within the University at the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID), SPERI, the Grantham Centre and the School of Law. This mix of people contributed to stimulating discussions following each paper.

Everybody present felt at the end of the day that the workshop constituted a definite step towards a better understanding of how more ecologically sustainable political economy might emerge. Forthcoming publications will disseminate the findings of the workshop.

Workshop Delegates:

Dan

Andrew

John

Craig

Dan

Richard

Harriet

Martin

Rosaleen

Ian

Tom

Peter

Matt

Tony

Kaisa

David

Apolline

Tony

Andrew

Hayley

Rebecca

Bailey

Baker

Barry

Berry

Brockington

Bruce

Bulkeley

Craig

Duffy

Gough

Hunt

Newell

Paterson

Payne

Pietila

Powell

Roger

Ryan

Simms

Stevenson

Willis

SPERI

 University of Sheffield

 Queen’s University Belfast

 SPERI

 SIID, University of Sheffield

 Grantham Centre, University of Sheffield

 Durham University

 SPERI

University of Sheffield

 London School of Economics

 SPERI

 Sussex University

 University of Manchester

 SPERI

 SPERI

 New Economics Foundation

 Law School, University of Sheffield

 Grantham Centre, University of Sheffield

 New Economics Foundation

 Department of Politics/SPERI, University of Sheffield

 Independent Researcher/Green Alliance

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