Moving Beyond the Sharing Economy: The Case for ‘Sharing Cities’.
What can be bad about an economy that’s called ‘sharing’? Sharing is the antithesis of our current dog-eat-dog economy right? With a booming global population and mass-migration to cities, surely…Read More
Storying institutions: Understanding why things are as they are.
Stories are everywhere. We tell stories about who we are, stories about other people and stories about our past. We read stories and watch them on our screens. We even…Read More
Farewell Madiba. You ‘belong to the ages’
I cannot even begin to fully assess the influence of Nelson Mandela on my life. From first hearing his name as a teenager to fighting against apartheid through disinvestment campaigns…Read More
From Loncheras to Lobsta Love: Food trucks, cultural identity and social justice.
Fish tacos, vegan cupcakes, gourmet pizzas, and barbeque ribs, all served from the confines of cramped, idling, and often garishly painted trucks. These food trucks are becoming increasingly common sights in…Read More
Fixity or fluidity? Constructions of nature are in the eye of the beholder
I’m a Senior Scholar at The Center for Humans and Nature which is based in Chicago. Recently, they asked for my response to the question “How is nature critical to a…Read More
Introducing just sustainabilities: Policy, planning and practice.
This unique and insightful text offers an exploration of the origins and subsequent development of the concept of ‘just sustainabilities’. Introducing Just Sustainabilities discusses key topics such as food justice, sovereignty and…Read More
“A new redundant elevator is installed”………
For those of you who read my recent Blog Danger. Overhead Catenary Wires are Alive!? you’ll understand I’m not an MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority), or more simply ‘T’ basher. I…Read More
Equity? “That’s not an issue for us, we’re here to save the world”
People often ask me “why should race, class, culture, justice and equity play a role in sustainability; isn’t sustainability about ‘green’ things, you know, ‘the environment’?” My response is usually…Read More
Danger. Overhead catenary wires are alive!?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not one to poke fun at public transport systems; I love them, I use them in whichever city I visit, and I visit a lot…Read More
People, plants and…..racism?
A recent edition of Yale Environment 360 got me thinking about something I’ve written about in the past, and which informed my Ph.D. In an entry entitled Alien species reconsidered:…Read More