Uneven Climate Crisis
June 6 + 9, 9-11am ET
The climate crisis is already affecting the world in an uneven, racialized, and gendered ways. In this context, this course introduces eco-Marxist theory in the tradition of Engels, Bellamy Foster, and complexity science. We look at how these ideas relate to eco-activism today: such as mass human blockades of weapon shipments, oil pipelines, and human deportations; and fighting eco-Fascist responses to the climate crisis.
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Oriol Vallès Codina's work (PhD in Economics, New School for Social Research, 2021) focuses on the uneven climate crisis from the critical perspective of the classical political economists (Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and Karl Marx) employing a variety of computational tools from complexity science (dynamical systems, network theory, input-output analysis, machine learning...). Currently, he is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Leeds and previously worked at Marianna Mazzucato's Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London. His latest works study 1) whether there is enough time to implement the low-carbon transition and how fiscal policy can speed it up, and 2) the purely short-term economic case for investing in universal health in middle-income economies.