Global energy transitions: how they’ve happened, what they require, and what is needed now

Part of the History, Heritage and Politics Divisional Seminar series

30 Mar 2022, 1.00PM–2.30PM
Online
Peter Newell, Katie Gallogly-Swan and Dr Clemens Hoffmann
Global energy transitions: how they’ve happened, what they require, and what is needed now

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In this seminar we will hear from two noted experts on energy transitions, and their role in addressing the climate crisis. Peter Newell will discuss his new book Power Shift, which takes a global political economy perspective on the historical, global, political, and ecological characteristics of energy transitions – and the need to address power imbalances between and within countries to facilitate the much needed shift to a new global energy system. Katie Gallogly-Swan will discuss global economic governance arrangements and explore the extent to which the current institutional, political, and economic frameworks are capable of meeting the requirements of shifting onto a more sustainable path. Stirling University’s Clemens Hoffman will Chair.

Peter Newell is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex and co-founder and research director of the Rapid Transition Alliance. He has undertaken research, advocacy and consultancy work on different aspects of climate change for over 25 years and on energy transitions for the last 10 years. He sits on the board of directors of Greenpeace UK and is a board member of the advisory board of the Greenhouse think-tank. His single and co-authored books include Climate for Change; Governing Climate Change; Climate Capitalism; Transnational Climate Change Governance and Global Green Politics.

Katie Gallogly-Swan is the Policy Coordinator for the joint project between the Boston University Global Development Policy Center and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on supporting a green and just transition of the world economy. Prior to this, Katie worked at Oxfam and ActionAid as well as a range of grassroots organizations in Scotland focusing on economic, climate and gender justice. With experience in local, national and global policy campaigns, Katie is interested in how movements secure transformative change.

Dr Clemens Hoffmann is Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Stirling. His research interests include Political Ecology of the Middle East, Political Economy of Turkish Foreign Policy and Historical Sociology of International Relations.