Research papers 2020

University of Bristol internship papers

Bookchin, Degrowth and Libertarian Municipalism by Thomas Perrett January 2020

Murray Bookchin’s concept of ‘Libertarian Municipalism’ aimed to establish communal self-management and modes of production based on localisation and self-sufficiency, fundamentally reorienting the relationship between man and nature. Read: 202001 Bookchin, Degrowth...

Corporate power and its potential impacts on green policy by Charlie Milner January 2020

The free market and neo-liberal economist Milton Friedman once declared that the “only social responsibility of business is to increase profits”. This mantra of ‘greed is good’ led to intense privatisation in the 1980s and theorised many of the responses to the 2008 financial crash. Over this period, regulatory and economic policies were increasingly designed to reduce the control that the government had on businesses and the markets in which they operate. Read: 202001 Corporate Powe...

The Quantified Self by Hadi Sami February 2020

The quantified self is a unique cultural phenomenon that is enormously popular within contemporary society in which technology is used both to collect and analyse vast amounts of personal data, with the purpose of enabling a previously unachievable level of nuanced self-tracking. The remit of the Quantified Self has extended far beyond its original technologically astute and data obsessive adopters. It is now a mainstream phenomenon, with over a third of internet-connected people using a device or app to self-track. Read: 202002 The Quantified Self...

Volunteer papers

Sustainability challenges in the phosphorous system by Theodore Heaton-Davies February 2020

The global food system relies upon a constant flow of phosphors fertiliser, a great part of which causes extensive environmental damage through an inefficient application. This puts phosphorus at the centre of two crucial challenges humanity faces over the next century: feeding a growing population on a finite resource and limiting the release of pollutants, thereby maintaining a safe global ecosystem. Read: 202002 Sustainability...

Prospects for a Post-COVID Pacific by Thomas Cryer, August 2020

Since the emergence of COVID-19 in December 2019, the Pacific Islands have been one of the world’s least-affected regions. Whilst COVID still poses a structural threat to the region and has already had colossal indirect effects, such early successes have also illustrated the value of international cooperation and planning, lessons learned from the region’s unique historical experience of epidemics and its innate vulnerability to a variety of natural shocks. Read: 202008 Prospects for ...

Polarization and reconciliation by Marina Paraï, August 2020

This paper uses system thinking to explore the complexity of racism. This holistic approach focuses on how the components of a system are interrelated and work as a whole. The benefits of this way of thinking will allow us to highlight processes, dynamics, patterns and propose adapted ideas for depolarization. It means that polarization can be efficiently tackled when all elements contributing to support white supremacy are taken into account. Read: 202008 Polarization and ...

Climate Change and the Apocalyptic Narrative by Ella Weston, September 2020

It is argued here that the apocalyptic narrative is not an effective strategy for motivating the public to take action on climate change. Therefore, we must rethink how we narrate climate change and its solutions if we wish to better engage audiences and successfully mitigate climate change. Read: 202008 Climate Change and ...