This seminar will explore the ways in which various forms of politics, power and resistance inspire, shape and constrain everyday sustainability transitions. A well-established critique of transitions research, particular as developed in the Netherlands, is that it neglects the vital role of social actors and movements in making transitions happen and thus tends to downplay the role of social innovation in socio-technical transitions. Consequently, this workshop addresses the role and strategies of social movements, such as the Transition Towns network and Climate Camps in advocating changes in everyday life, as well as challenging the breaks imposed on these transitions by formal political processes. Speakers will have experience of not only researching in this area but also being actively involved in the social movements. The workshop poses questions about:
- the role of different political actors in creating new spaces for discourse on social change,
- the role of difference, diversity and social justice in transitions, and how this creates different contexts and possibilities for social change across different locations; and;
- the role of scale and the goal of localization in social movements and how this relates to the sustainability transitions framework
This event will take place on Friday 22nd June 2012 in Nottingham. Further information about the event can be downloaded here: Seminar 4 The Everyday Politics of Sustainability Transition.