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Imprints of War in Deep Transitions podcast episode out now

In the last few weeks, the Deep Transitions podcast series has introduced the central premise of Deep Transitions, and explored the necessity for its approach in the modern economy and investment landscape. This week, we move on to the specific projects in Episode 3: Imprints of War in Deep Transitions.

“We always forget about pipelines”. Let Phil Johnstone and Caitriona McLeish change that in this week’s podcast, with their memorable account of how the World Wars’ incredible feats of mass mobilisation led us to the unsustainable age of abundant energy and militarised nations we know today.

Do we need to declare war on climate change? After all, total wars are popular examples of the momentous change and societal purpose needed to reorient civilisation towards a sustainable direction.  This research project explains why aggressive rhetoric is not the answer, but looks deeper at the mechanisms employed in the World Wars, which underlooked aspects can be replicated in the present day, which parts of their legacy need re-examination, and how this understanding can help to answer the question: what kind of low carbon world do you want?


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If you’re interested in learning more about Phil and Caitriona’s work on this topic, you can read the blog Phil Johnstone and Caitriona McLeish wrote to accompany this episode.

The two SPRU working papers produced as part of this project can be found here:

Follow Phil Johnstone and Caitriona McLeish on Twitter.

Our next episode will be out on 15 April, when Daniele Rotolo and Frederique Bone will discuss their innovative use of bibliometrics to gain historical insights of technological change.

By: Francisco Dominguez
Last updated: Thursday, 2 April 2020