Distinguished Lecture: Prof Simon Marvin, "Low carbon nation: making new market opportunities"

Past Event

07 March 2012, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Said Business School
Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HP

This lecture is hosted by the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities and the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society

Speaker: Professor Simon Marvin, Carillion Chair of Low Carbon Cities and Deputy Director of Durham Energy Institute, Department of Geography, University of Durham

Chair: Professor Steve Rayner, Director, Institute for Science, innovation and Society

Abstract: The transition to a low carbon future is a key challenge of our time. In the policy and strategy documents of international bodies, the UK government, sub-national authorities, businesses, and in the work of academics it is recognised that a massive reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is required. The scale of the transition required is fundamental. Frequently, both policy and popular discourse privilege market, technological and behavioral change. Yet, it remains underspecified where, how and who should be involved in making low carbon futures and with what consequences. So too, at a democratic level, is the why of low carbon futures underdeveloped.

To contribute to the widening of this debate, this lecture develops a critical analysis of the dominant pathways through which low carbon Britain is currently emerging. It examines the ways in which economic and ecological crises are mobilised as the basis for low carbon experimentation, the spatial politics of the re-organisation of governing state-space and the material strategies – retrofitting, off-shore wind, low emission mobilities and new grid infrastructures – that are designed to translate in to new interrelationships within, and external to, state-space. The lecture will debate how to enlarge and challenge the dominant and exclusive coalitions of social interests that have been shaping the largely techno-economic response to the question of low carbon transition.

Venue: Lecture Theatre 5 at Saïd Business School

Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please register at www.futureofcities2.eventbrite.com

Drinks reception to follow.