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Abstract Since the late 1980s, successive governments have increased the role of the private sector in the provision of basic services in the UK, particularly in England. In addition, shifting global trends have led to financial innovation, providing more imaginative methods of sweating capital assets and extracting revenue. As a result, the provision of services…
Is it possible to achieve a sustainable future where the social needs of all are met without exhausting the planet’s resources? Dr Julia Steinberger shares lessons learnt from communicating her research findings. How the UK compares to Sri Lanka in a study of social needs being met and planetary boundaries exceeded by researchers at the…
Individual or collective action? Snap! Tricked you! It’s a false dichotomy. The answer, as in most big challenges, is not either/or, but both/and. Collective action is by far the most important level (see parts 1 & 2 of this trilogy), but because we live in a world dominated by neoliberal ideas, where social connection is…
Taking the first step towards acting against climate breakdown and ecological crisis can be daunting, but it’s essential that we all learn to do it, in our own ways. In Part 1, I highlighted the importance of collective action, including A for Advocacy (climate communication), B for Barricade (keeping fossil fuels in the ground) and…
When the BBC asked me if I would participate in a debate panel on climate change, capitalism and democracy, I first panicked and then said yes. All I really wanted to do this week was finish up and (re)submit some research I started a long time ago. This research shows that, despite their massive growth,…
Miklos Antal: ‘A cool enough future’ for Earth Law Centre Original post here. Our relationship is in a crisis. Too much stress has built up, and I feel responsible. Unrealistic expectations led to exploitation and intolerable pressure. We have tried to numb it. After long years of denial, we tried to rationalize why we were…
Solutions that address demand for energy and associated changes in behaviour, lifestyles and social norms should be given a stronger focus in climate change mitigation say a group of researchers. Writing in Nature Climate Change, the team of scientists, including Prof Jan Minx, Professor Julia Steinberger and Prof Wandi Bruine de Bruin from the Priestley International Centre…
Lina Brand Correa placed 3rd in the Leeds Doctoral College Research Showcase. Each year this event celebrates exciting and innovative research at the university, and awards prizes to the top 3 researcher presentations. Lina commented that: ‘The driving rationale of my PhD is to investigate the dependency of economies and societies on energy systems, in…