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Sydney Ideas - Culture, trust and systems

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Culture, trust and systems: local and democratic politics for the Anthropocene

Co-presented with the Sydney Environment Institute


The idea of ecological democracy is a promising one, a combination of two sets of appealing core normative values – environmental concern and engagement on the one hand, and democratic legitimacy and procedure on the other. Yet these two sets of values are quite different, and not so easily reconciled.

Ecological democratic thought has been consistently mindful of the very real tension, and is focused on finding, developing or promoting synergies between democracy and sustainability.

This discussion examines a variety of ways of rethinking local politics for more sustainable and democratic ends. Speakers will address the potential of coalitions forming to prevent the increased enclosure of public lands, grassroots efforts to create new food systems, and new forms of cultural intervention and shifts – value-guided ecological democracy.

The goal is to put innovative thinkers and actors into conversation to examine the role of the local in living practices of ecological democracy.


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  • Lisa Disch is Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan.
  • Marit Hammond is Lecturer in Environmental Politics at Keele University, UK, and a Co-Investigator of the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP).
  • David Schlosberg is Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute.
  • Chair: Alana Mann is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the University of Sydney, and a key researcher in the University’s Sydney Environment Institute.



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