We are proud to host short and long-term visitors who contribute to intellectual life at the Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) and to extending our research interests.
We have an active, interdisciplinary, and friendly research environment and good links with scholars in other departments and institutes at the University.
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Professor Best is a specialist on finance and global political economy, and in that context, we organised a half-day workshop on ‘Climate finance and central banking in the new inflationary context’.
This brought together specialists on central banking in combination with those on climate finance to think about the implications and dynamics of the increasing regulatory activity by central banks regarding climate change, and how that has been affected by the crises of COVID, inflation, and the Ukraine war.
Participants included Eric Helleiner, Sarah Bracking, Paul Langley, John Morris, as well as several colleagues from Manchester. A blog post summarising our discussions is here, and it has led to ongoing conversations and research activity around this theme among the participants.
In May 2021 we hosted David Schlosberg as a virtual visiting professor at SCI. In the course of this two-week ‘visit’ we held four events.
- David gave the first SCI annual lecture, entitled ‘Material participation and sustainable practice’, which explored the idea of - and demand for - political participation that is just, prefigurative, sustainable, and based on material actions. What kind of politics is guerrilla gardening or installing community batteries? While there is a long history of material participation in social movements, recent movements incorporate a shift in relations between human and nonhuman as a political act.
- We also held a seminar entitled ‘That’s how the light gets in: In conversation with Sherilyn MacGregor and David Schlosberg’. This was a discussion based on an article by Sherilyn called ‘making matter great again’, which argued that much of the work on ‘sustainable materialism’, including David’s book with Luke Craven of that title, neglected the ecofeminist roots of this interest in everyday material practices and politics. View the conversation.
- David also held a ‘master class’ on ‘from environmental to multispecies justice’ with PhD students and early career researchers at Manchester.
- We also held a meeting to discuss potential future collaborations between scholars at the SCI and the Sydney Environment Institute, where David is the director, and it was clear there are various possible areas of converging interests we will keep exploring.