Prof John Barry
Professor of Green Political Economy
School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
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John Barry is a father, a recovering politician, Professor of Green Political Economy at Queens University Belfast. He is also co-chair of the Belfast Climate Commission. What keeps him awake at night is the life opportunities and future wellbeing of his children in this age of the planetary crisis and why it is easier for most people to believe in the end of the world than the end of capitalism and economic growth. His areas of academic research include post-growth and heterodox political economy; the politics, policy and political economy of climate breakdown and climate resilience; socio-technical analyses of low carbon just energy and sustainability transitions; and the overlap between conflict transformation and these sustainability and energy transitions. His last book was The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability: Human Flourishing in a Climate-Changed, Carbon-Constrained World (2012, Oxford University Press).