Geography Research Seminar: Dr. Ross Jones (University of Manchester) - Climate-compatible global production networks and the case for degrowth
|Starts:||16:00 8 Mar 2017|
|Ends:||17:30 8 Mar 2017|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Environment, Education and Development|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
Title: Climate-compatible global production networks and the case for degrowth
There is an emerging consensus, and indeed urgency, to ‘act’ in some way on climate change. Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything (2014) offered a clarion call for a much more heavily regulated capitalism to encourage a shift away from fossil fuels. There are attendant calls for the ‘slowing down’ of our rate of consumption (D’Alisa et al., 2015). How does this literature square with, for example, economic geography writing on Global Production Networks (GPN), which, despite an emancipatory focus on labour, is implicitly pro-growth and rather silent on the environment?
Drawing on his experience researching ‘ethical’ initiatives in Vietnam’s coffee (Jones, 2010) and garment (Jones, 2012) sectors, this seminar will underline some of the moral dilemmas that are raised when seeking to protect workers and the climate in a global capitalist context.
Ross Jones is a Lecturer in Human Geography at The University of Manchester. His research interests are in political economy and moral geographies. His current research and writing is concerned with ethical consumption in the context of globalisation and climate change.
Seminar Chair: Helen Wilson
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