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 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...