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Can Societies Power Down and If So How?
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
Center for Mobilities Research and Policy
Mobilities Visiting Speaker Series 2012: Professor John Urry
An analysis of how western societies are confronted by the interdependent crises of offshore finance, energy insecurity and rising greenhouse gas emissions; of the obvious need to “power down” societies, of some green shoots of a possible powering down, of the powerful forces which appear to preclude such powering down, and of the varied ways in which a powered down future may materialize.
JOHN URRY is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University, UK. He is the author of various works including After the Car (2009), Mobile Lives (2010), Climate Change and Society (2011), Societies Beyond Oil (2013). He is currently writing Offshoring (2014). He co-edits the journal Mobilities with Mimi Sheller (mCenter, Drexel) and Kevin Hannam.