Research Workshop: The politics of sustainable prosperity, 11 July 2017, Keele University, Newcastle
11 Jul 2017
This research workshop considers the political foundations of environmentally sustainable, yet still flourishing societies, bringing together papers on both the barriers and new possibilities of sustainability politics in the current conjecture.
In these times of climate change, over-consumption, and ecological collapse, there is a need to re-think the meaning of prosperity. What is needed are new visions of these sustainable and flourishing societies.
The workshop will be most relevant for researchers, postgraduate students, as well as practitioners from think tanks/NGOs and policy-makers who are interested in these themes. The first half of the day addresses the role of the state, analysing the limitations of today’s ‘environmental states’ as well as the emergence of a new ‘climate state’. The second half explores key discourses and arenas beyond the state, such as cultural politics and the de-growth movement. Finally, a roundtable discussion with the presenters and discussants brings the different perspectives together, to explore new ideas and debates on what the future politics of sustainable prosperity could look like.