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CASE Social Exclusion Seminars

POSTPONED, TO BE RESCHEDULED: Towards socially inclusive environmental policy: concepts, insights and challenges

Lucie Middlemiss (University of Leeds), Carolyn Snell (University of York)

Wednesday 12 June 2024 12:00 - 13:00

This event is both online and in person

SAL 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Sir Arthur Lewis Building, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH

About this event

THE SEMINAR IS POSPONED AND WE WILL BE REARRANGED FOR THE AUTUMN TERM The transition to Net Zero marks a radical reshaping of many aspects of everyday life. It also has the potential to influence positively a number of social challenges: improving public health, reducing the effects of poverty, increasing wellbeing, and bringing communities together. However, these positive outcomes are by no means a given. Household on low incomes in particular are less resilient than ever following austerity, covid 19 and the cost of living crisis, and the magnitude of change envisaged here risks being overwhelming. In this talk, the authors combine conceptual work on social inclusion in Net Zero, and empirical insights from research in workshops in seven low-income communities in Leeds and Newcastle, to understand their perspectives and concerns on this issue. The research found that people’s ability to participate in net zero was shaped by the particular community they live in (due to its geographical location, local services and infrastructure), by their house (the building and its tenure) and home (the people they live with) as well as by their lack of funds. The data makes clear that people are already acting on net zero, taking small measures that help them save money, with the support of family, community and employers. However there are big concerns about the ability to participate in the more substantial changes ahead. The presentation finishes by reflecting on policy in this field, and suggesting some more productive, and socially inclusive, directions.

These seminars are held on Wednesdays in term time at 12:00-13:00

Seminars this year will continue as in person or as hybrid (online and in person) events. Please check our website listings and Twitter feed @CASE_LSE for updates.

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