Tyndall Manchester seminar- Emancipating Transformations: from controlling ‘the transition’ to culturing plural radical progress by Professor Andrew Stirling
|Starts:||16:00 23 Jun 2016|
|Ends:||17:30 23 Jun 2016|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public, Post 16|
|Speaker:||Professor Andrew Stirling|
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.
Professor Andrew Stirling
Role: professor of Science & Technology Policy at Science Policy Research Unit
Organisation: University of Sussex
Biography: 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 DEFRAfunded 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.
Travel and Contact Information
George Begg Building