Dr James R Palmer

Occasionally this blog will feature updates on, and summaries of, work currently being completed by research cluster members. Below is an update from Dr James R Palmer. “My research interests lie in examining the interplay of science, evidence, discourse and power in policy-making processes related to the governance of sustainable energy systems, transport and the environment.… Continue reading Dr James R Palmer

The Politics of Urban Exploration

‘Young people everywhere have been allowed to choose between love and a garbage disposal unit. Everywhere they have chosen the garbage disposal unit.’ -Guy Debord A few months back, I was invited to the Barbican to discuss my book Explore Everything with Will Self (seen above playing out Wanderer Above the Sea of Rubbish). As you might expect, Will ran circles around… Continue reading The Politics of Urban Exploration

From automobility to cyle-ability – a subaltern path to flourishing?

Social scientists interested in mobility, and transport geographers with more social and cultural leanings, have been writing about “automobility” for more than a decade. Automobility – the dominance of personal car use in developed, and increasingly in developing countries – is varyingly understood as a self-perpetuating regime or a socio-technical system (Schwanen, in press). It… Continue reading From automobility to cyle-ability – a subaltern path to flourishing?