How Can the Social Sciences and Humanities Respond to the ‘Trumpocene’?


Professor Lesley Head from the University of Melbourne presents a paper at the Climate Change and Climate Politics: Where to Now? workshop, co-hosted by SEI and The Balanced Enterprise Research Network (BERN).

Lesley asserts that in moving forward we must deal with the possibility of catastrophe. By employing sociological qualitative methods of ethnography, participant observation and in-depth interviews, Dr Head highlights the integral role of emotions in responding to climate change as grief is a companion that will be increasingly with us. How can all this pain be generative?


Professor Lesley Head is Head of the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne whose research examines human-environment relations, both conceptual and material. Her latest ARC-funded research is investigating the social and cultural benefits of market-based environmental policy instruments for carbon and water.

This event was held at the University of Sydney on 7 February 2017.

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