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Critical ethnographies of green transition

November 21, 2019 - November 22, 2019

Call for participation: Critical ethnographies of green transition

Manchester (Friends’ Meeting House) / 21 & 22 November 2019


A growing technosphere, drastic biodiversity loss and increasing climate chaos contribute to dramatic socio-ecological changes across the planet. Droughts, floods, resource shortages, mega-infrastructure, shifting species distributions, soil degradation and other phenomena impact livelihoods and indeed survival opportunities.

Experienced and comprehended in many different ways, these changes provoke a variety of different responses. Whether top-down or bottom-up,  initiatives for transitions to sustainability are mushrooming. From ‘green economy’ strategies and high-tech fixes to grassroots initiatives and social movements, envisioned sustainability transitions and their material realisations take on various forms, at different scales, all over the world: offshore wind farms, biorefineries, carbon markets, geoengineering, tax cuts for electric cars, photovoltaic roof tiles, guerrilla gardening, ecosystem restoration camps, permaculture conventions, off-grid communities, indigenous uprisings, to name but a few. These different initiatives embody conflicting visions of a ‘green’ future and the pathways to get there and may have uneven effects.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to exchange research experiences and visions with regard to ethnographically studying “green transition initiatives” in a variety of fields (e.g. energy, transport, food production), at different scales (e.g. neighbourhood, watershed, intercontinental), and led by different actors (e.g. government,
industry, civil society). Our intention is to create the foundation for a network of support and exchange.


Deepa Joshi (Gender, Youth and Inclusion Lead: International Water Management Institute);

Sarah Marie Hall (Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, ISRF Political Economy Research Fellow: University of Manchester);

Patrick Bigger (Lecturer, Critical Geographies Group, Lancaster Environment Centre: University of Lancaster)

A virtual Q&A session with Prof Gillian Hart (UC Berkeley)

Participation is free, but numbers are limited (maximum 20) – full call and short application form: https://criticalethnographies.wordpress.com/ – Please apply by 25 October 2019!

Non-academic practitioners, PhD students and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply, especially (but not exclusively) those from the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership universities. Some financial support is available for participants without institutional funding.



November 21, 2019
November 22, 2019


Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester


Nina Isabella Moeller
Denise Misleh-Heller
Margherita Lala

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