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John Barry

Professor of Green Political Economy
Queen’s University Belfast

Green-Economy, Low-Carbon-Energy-Transition, Politics

Tell us about your background and your current role…

My areas of research include green moral and political theory; normative aspects of environmental and sustainable development politics and policy; governance for sustainable development; the greening of citizenship and civic republicanism; green politics in Ireland, North and South; the Transition Movement; peak oil and climate change; the governance of science and innovation; the link between academic knowledge and political activism and policy making; trust, legitimacy and public policy; citizenship, public policy and governance; theories and practices of reconciliation in Northern Ireland. 

His books include, Rethinking Green Politics: Nature, Virtue and Progress (1999) – [winner of the Political Studies Association Mackenzie prize for best book published in political science] – Environment and Social Theory, 2nd edition, (2007); and Citizenship, Sustainability and Environmental Research (2000). His co–edited books include The International Encyclopaedia of Environmental Politics (2001), Sustaining Liberal Democracy (2002); Europe, Globalisation and Sustainability (2004), The Nation–State and the Global Ecological Crisis (2005), Contemporary Environmental Politics (2006). Global Ecological Politics (2011), and Environmental Philosophy: The Art of Living in a World of Limits (2013). 

My latest book is The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability: Human Flourishing in a Climate–Changed, Carbon–Constrained World (2012, Oxford University Press).

With regard to climate change what are the current issues facing your sector/area of expertise?

Transition of the energy system to a low carbon socio–technical system, rethinking of economic priorities beyond orthodox economic growth and GDP.

With regard to climate change, what do you expect the future issues and solutions to be in your sector/area of expertise?

Transition of the energy system to a low carbon socio–technical system, rethinking of economic priorities beyond orthodox economic growth and GDP.