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Rapid transition in finance and economics: recent and historical perspectives

15th June 2016 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Monsoon Room
Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, UK

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This event is part of a series of Transformations events, organised by the New Weather Institute, the Centre for Global Political Economy at the University of Sussex, and the ESRC STEPS Centre.

Charge: Free, but please register in advance by email to [email protected]

Details: Creeping climatic upheaval and corrosive global inequality are like two threads pulling apart civilisation’s fabric. Internationally coordinated action is further threatened by doubts over Europe’s future due to the referendum on UK membership.  To survive and thrive we face an unprecedented challenge of rapid transition. But the way we live is locked-in by multiple factors including an economic system, dominated by finance that fails the poorest, is obsessed with environmentally destructive growth and resists change however broken. This seminar, part of a series organised by the New Weather Institute with the University of Sussex and the STEPS Centre explores the circumstances in which rapid, progressive economic change might happen.


10.30 – 12.00
Introduction: Alan Rusbridger, Principal of Lady Margaret Hall

1. Rapid transition: new perspectives

Prof Danny Dorling, University of Oxford
Prof Mary Mellor, Northumbria University
Prof Peter Newell, University of Sussex
Chair: Lindsay Mackie, New Weather Institute

12.00 – 12.30 Break

12.30 – 2.00
2. Economic transition: historical perspectives

Prof Victoria Chick, University College London
Dr Geoff Tily, Senior Economist, TUC
Maurice Glasman, London Metropolitan University (Oxford University & Queen Mary’s College London, Visiting Lecturer)
Chair: Andrew Simms, New Weather Institute

2.00-2.30 Plenary & conclusion: insights for rapid transition

About the Transformations series


When in the past have societies made rapid transitions, and what were the circumstances that drove them? What can we learn from these times, positively and negatively to enable the transition we need to make today in the face of climatic upheaval and fossil fuel dependence?

The Transformations series, co-organised by the New Weather Institute and the STEPS Centre, aim to change the conversation about transition in the UK. Through informed public discussion and engagement we will gather opinions, capture outcomes and stimulate debate about how to facilitate the speed and scale of the transition.

See the Transformations event series page for more details.