‘Green Transformations’, Leonard Cohen and the Elephant

Guest blog by Marc Hudson, University of Manchester A lively debate about the near and long-term future of western civilisation took place [on Tuesday] in central London, at the launch of the book “The Politics of Green Transformations”.  The edited volume based on work of the STEPS centre, was the centrepiece of an event at…

GM report: Some nice recommendations, shame about the spin

The UK Parliamentary Select Committee on Science and Technology has today released its long-awaited report on ‘Advanced genetic techniques for crop improvement: regulation, risk and precaution’. The ESRC STEPS Centre welcomes the moves made by the Committee – as reflected in the report title – to somewhat broaden out the original narrow terms of the…

Storify: The Politics of Green Transformations book launch

←BACK TO GREEN TRANSFORMATIONS HOMEPAGE We’ve captured some of the lively debate at the Politics of Green Transformations book launch in the Storify below, featuring tweets, images & links to further commentary on the book. [View the story “The Politics of Green Transformations” on Storify]

The Politics of Green Transformations

It’s a crunch year for science, environment and development agreements – COP21, the Sustainable Development Goals – but will 2015 be the transformative moment it is being hyped as? (Michael Jacobs, Mariana Mazzucato, Camilla Toulmin and Andrew Simms debate at the book launch. Photo credit: Lance Bellers) Overview | Book | Launch debate | Video | Blogs…

Green Transformations: Whose Politics and which Green?

By Professor Peter Newell, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex Talk of transformation is back in vogue. This time the call is for a green transformation. Recent and recurrent financial and ecological crises have drawn attention to the ecological, social and economic sustainability of the global economy. This has prompted calls for a new…

Green Transformations: Video

←BACK TO GREEN TRANSFORMATIONS HOMEPAGE Book launch debate The Politics of Green Transformations was launched on 24 February 2015 with a high-profile debate at the National Liberal Club in London, chaired by co-editor Peter Newell (University of Sussex). Michael Jacobs (IDDRI), Mariana Mazzucato (SPRU), Andrew Simms (NEF) and Camilla Toulmin (IIED) discussed what it takes to create the multiple ‘green transformations’…

Is it time to refocus the Water-Energy-Food nexus?

The water-energy-food nexus is the ‘new kid on the block’ in development thinking since 2008, and is a key concept within the UN post-2015 development agenda. The current framing of the nexus, however, needs to refocus onto the big issues of inequality and local access rights to resources, according to a new Special Issue of…

Anne Glover speaks out on scientific advice in Brussels

Prof Anne Glover, former Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission, has written a revealing article on the Guardian’s ‘Political Science’ blog about her three years in the post. The article reveals her successes, as well as some of the difficulties and suspicions she faced in a new post within the large…