The next Tyndall Manchester seminar will be presented by Professor Andrew Stirling on Thursday 23rd June at 4pm in room C1, George Begg Building
Emancipating Transformations: from controlling ‘the transition’ to culturing plural radical progress- Prof. Andrew Stirling, University of Sussex
Global environment policy reverberates with increasingly ambitious aims to ‘take control’ of planetary systems. Democracy is portrayed as a ‘failure’, a ‘luxury’, or ‘an enemy of nature’, which must be ‘put on hold’. Familiar rhetorics of incumbency insist there is ‘no alternative’ to compliance, other than irrational denial and existential doom.
Yet it can be recognised from the history of ‘Sustainability’ and wider issues, that emancipatory struggle is typically the main means by which to achieve ambitiously progressive transformation. In this view, concentrated power and fallacies of control are actually more problems than solutions. This talk will explore some of the key – rather important – implications.
Andrew Stirling is professor of Science & Technology Policy at Science Policy Research Unit, where he was Research Director (2006-13). His current work focuses on democracy and sustainability in science and technology, co-directing the ESRC-funded joint ISD-SPRU STEPS Centre and the DEFRA funded joint Surrey-Sussex Research Group on Sustainable Lifestyles. Professor Sterling is director of a spin-off university enterprise on Multicriteria Mapping. A longstanding member of the Sussex Energy Group, he leads collaborative initiatives on governance of climate geoengineering and the discontinuing of technological systems.